Invalid Nodes, Etc.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

My daughter and I enjoyed a fine outing to the park and museum Sunday, but when we came home the house was strangely quiet. No music playing in the living room. No music in the kitchen. Xy said it had stopped a couple hours earlier. I checked my computer, whence the music flows, and it […]

Creative Degradation

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

photo by spike55151 So I took the first six seconds of “So Emotional” and looped it eleven times, each time at a lower bit rate. I call it “The Degradation of Whitney in Eleven Stages,” and you can listen to it on SoundCloud. (My apologies to Whitney Houston. This is just intended to demonstrate how […]

Social Graph

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Here’s a screenshot of a graph of my social network on Facebook, generated with the Social Graph application. This isn’t anything new, but I was interested to see the visualization. The three main clumps are, from left to right, my high school, Indiana (mostly Bloomington) and New Orleans. Some family members can be found in […]

Geekin’ Out

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

So what is it I do anyway? Lots of different things. For example: Today I’m leading a faculty workshop on Firefox 3.5, so here’s a mix of awesome cyber-geeky pop tunes. And here’s sneak peek at the slideshow I’ll be using. (I’m still working on this so it may be a little unfinished in places.) […]

iTunes 9

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I don’t have much use for most of the new features in iTunes 9 (released yesterday) but there’s one thing I like: Apple has added nested AND/OR functionality to smart playlists. Very nice. In fact I’d upgrade for this feature alone.

Chigger Bites

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

“Chigger Bites” has become my first and (only photo) to score over 10,000 views on Flickr. No need to share your home remedies, by the way. This photo was taken four years ago, so these bites have long since healed up.


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I used eGroups back in the day. They got bought out by Yahoo in 2000 and became a part of Yahoo Groups, but I know at least one guy who still calls ‘em eGroups. Sometime thereafter Google got into the game. I believe Google Groups started as a Usenet archive, but they rather quickly deployed […]

Twitter Bridges the Gap

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Twitter has become such a faddish phenomenon it’s almost embarrassing. Amidst all the hype of celebrity tweeters and whatnot, it’s easy to lose sight of the flexibility and just plain usefulness of this tool. This was driven home to me when I was recently visiting with my sister. She’s not very cyber-wired and wasn’t really […]

The Descent of Persephone

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I was tag-surfing on Flickr when I came across this fantastic image called “The Descent of Persephone,” a fresh collaboration from two artists Alvarejo and Silverqe. I noticed it was also tagged “Threadless” which I recognized as an apparel brand, so I kept my eye on it. I didn’t really know much about Threadless except […]

Brick Trick

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Here’s my new desktop wallpaper, courtesy of Brother O’Mara: This photo was taken on Iberville in Mid-City, up near N. Telemachus. I’ve passed by this drainpipe many a time and thought it would make a great picture. I finally snapped a crappy shot with my phone, which led to Brother O’Mara to visit the location […]

Collaborative Memoir

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Facebook continues to amaze as I connect again and again to people with whom I haven’t communicated for up to a quarter century. So what do you say to someone after such an interval? Sometimes, not much. But the fact is, sometimes it doesn’t take much to trigger old forgotten memories. For example, my friend […]

Desperately Seeking a Brother WP-500

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Back in the late ’80s I bought a dedicated word processor. My main criterion at the time was something that seems silly now: I wanted printed output that would be indistinguishable from a typewriter. So I got a Brother WP-500, which featured a daisywheel printer. This enabled me to produce documents that appeared to have […]

Don’t Put My Name in It!

Friday, March 6th, 2009

I wasn’t going to post anything about the current e-mail foofaraw down at City Hall, because I figured I didn’t have anything to say about it. I don’t aim to just regurgitate news from other sources here. I write about my life. Of course, the headlines that I read daily affect me and become a […]

Oh, the Humiliation

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

This picture illustrates why I can never take a sick day. I stayed home to nurse a cold a couple months back. In my absence, my co-workers decided to get matching shirts so we could all dress alike for “Technology Day,” which was today. Ugh. Also, I need a haircut.


Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Version 2.7.1 of WordPress, the software that powers this blog, was released a couple days ago. I’d been looking forward to this release, even though it’s just a minor maintenance deal with no big new features. I was looking forward to it because this is the first release since 2.7, which implemented the ability to […]

Xavier’s Library Blog

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

After a month of cajoling on my part, I’m happy to report my co-worker Nancy Hampton has finally launched the Xavier Library Blog. Please check it out and leave her a comment.

After Beyond

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I think I was secretly hoping the Beyond Jena forum would be a bust. I’ve never been involved with organizing something on this scale before, and it was a little challenging, a little demanding, a little stressful. I knew if it was successful I might be tempted at some point in the future to try […]

Dear Coby

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

One of the key tensions in my relationship with Xy has to do with television. To put it bluntly, she’s for it and I’m against it. I long ago gave up the battle to keep television out of our home, but at least we don’t pay for cable or satellite. We get our TV off […]


Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Against my better judgment, I’ve set up a new site for the podcast known as J&B’s Nightcap. It’s at nightcap.rox and the second installment is now available. In answer to Mr. Konrath’s query, yes, there is a magical way you can add these to your iPod. Just go to nightcap.rox and look for the iTunes […]

Two Point Seven

Friday, December 12th, 2008

I upgraded this blog (and a few others) to WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” today; it’s a great package, but the built-in upgrade installation feature is simply irresistible.