Archive for May, 2003

Jish off the air

Well, it looks like the starwars kid saga has now gotten Jish’s site pulled. http://jish.nu is redirecting to xroad, and deep links are returning an error page (e.g. http://www.jish.nu/miata)

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Almost Tofu Mole since google can’t find the recipe

I made a Tofu Mole a while ago from a recipe on the web. It was good, but needed adjustments. Now it’s nowhere to be found. So this is what I could come up with that passes for a quick thick red mole recipe.

All of these are rough quantities. Nothing was really measured.

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dried chipotles, deseeded and minced
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 15 oz can stewed tomatoes, pureed
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, pressed dry, cut into small slices.
  • 1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate

Cover the bottom of a pan with oil, when it’s between warm and hot, add the spices, chipotle and seeds all at once. It should bubble and cook for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes and garlic. Stir, let bubble a bit, and add the tofu and chocolate. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. Add sugar and salt to taste, 1/2 tsp each or so.

This recipe also needs a little work – I’m pondering adding reconstituted dried blended chilies instead of the powder, and maybe more sweetened vs unsweetened chocolate to cut down the bitterness and make it a bit smoother.

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Weblogs on KUOW

KUOW, the local big public radio station, is running a show on weblogs (nonpermalink, only good on Thursday 5/15) at 10am PDT today. There are streaming feeds on their site.

Anita is on the radio. It’s a little surreal listening to people I know on the radio. This really feels like a local radio show. A guy with a radio blog on Salon gave his url. (http://blogs.salon.com/0002222/) Lots of numbers. Repeated a couple of times. They (the writer and the host) didn’t really convey what Radio means in that context.

They’ve covered that one of the real killer apps may be reporting on the local political scene. The papers don’t cover it very well, and there are some people who are really tuned into the local scene who could provide that coverage.

They have covered the pictures of cats thing too. They’re looking at audioblogging as a counterpart to radio. blogging:journalisim::audioblogging:radio. Weblogs as a defense of family spam. There’s an army of lunatics armed with cellphones patrolling the city. And they’re going to wind up on the radio.

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One Shot

Jason under the tree during the concert.

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Two Shots

Mike the drummer and the bassist at Jason's concert

A shot from the Jason Webley concert. It was really low light, I’m amazed that this is as sharp as it is. I was in back during this part, watching the movement of the light as it reflected from the cymbals.

A mirror shot

There are lots of ground level windows in Fremont near the bike path. I’ve wanted this shot for a long time. If you’re the people in those offices, we’re not looking at you. Really.

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Blogger Co-op

What it would take:

  • A hosting machine. Jonscompany has virtual debian servers for $75 per month. 4 gigs space + 40 gigs transfer. That’s probably not enough space, but it probably is enough bandwidth.
  • Enough people to make it reasonable that can have some trust between them. Probably 4-10 people.
  • A couple of designated admins — people who have run their own servers for a while on a DSL line probably qualify with some mutual shoulder peering.
  • Some policy on sharing the bandwidth and the overages. Some commitment between the bloggers.
  • Provide apache, mail, dns, ssh for the domains. probably need MT, zope, and php, along with frontier for me. Postgresql and Mysql are also probably going to be needed.
  • We’d probably need secondary DNS somewhere.
  • Not sure what domain hosting console type things are necessary. I’ve always found them a limitation, but then I prefer having root.

The lower budget version of this could be distributed over a bunch of DSL lines, but i think the reilability wouldn’t be any better than what the same DSL hosted systems are getting now.

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Confirming something that Seattlites have long suspected, July 4 is the wettest day of the month.

Looking at my referrers, a huge percentage of my readers come from Google. I have lots of googlejuice, but a good chunk are coming in to pages that generally aren’t linked by humans. Some of the pages are clearly not useful, especially ones like the ‘Eyes of March’ and ‘Pi day’, and ‘shortest day of the year’ posts. All of these posts were just throwaway one liners, but thousands of people have wound up there. I should go through the logs and see if I can come up with a utility rating of Google’s referrals.
On the subject of Cyveillance – a quick grep shows 520 hits in 2 ways this past week, none before that. This roughly coincides with mentions on Scripting News, although there are a lot more referers mentioned. And I haven’t even been ranting about any content industry lately. I’ve got 2 UA strings for the bot, one showing NT 3.51, and a lot of stupid bot behavior. No requests for robots.txt. Time for a TOS for robots, some tarpits, and some mod_rewrite fun.

I’ve been doing some technomusing about a blogger’s co-op to provide hosting for people who need something more than a hosting account will give them but who can’t justify getting their own dedicated machine. I’m thinking that it would take just a few trusted bloggers to justify the cost of a dedicated server as long as a couple of them could share in the system maintenance and blog tool setup. I’m not sure that it could be a business, as its point is catering to bloggers who aren’t satisfied with the tradeoffs required to make money. I’m not sure of the demand though.

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The limited use of standards…

Technically Safari could draw dancing panda bears and play the hamster dance jingle where an <hr> is supposed to be, and that would be standards-compliant.

Dave Hyatt here

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More notes on Frontier on Wine

  • Setting user.webbrowser.winDefaultBrowser to /usr/bin/manila will launch mozilla with webbrowser.launch. Doesn’t seem to launch with url.
  • the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT section of the registry doesn’t seem to exist. Writing to it using wine’s regedit puts info in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes.
  • Well, it looks like my winedefaultreg wasn’t merged in. But there still aren’t any classes_root.
  • winregistry.read appears to work, as does winregistry.write, if not going to the classes_root section.
  • We can determine if we’re in wine by looking for wine specific registry keys.
  • The user experience is a lot better in KDE than afterstep, but things are a lot slower. Go figure. I only have 256 megs in this machine.
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You don’t burn maypoles, you leave them for people to wonder about in the morning.”

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