Monthly Archives: September 2002

Comments and Economics

Hi all. Word is spreading (as word does, in blogland) that I have a comment system that can support other people. At first, I thought this was a cool idea. Then again, I thought maybe 2-3 of my friends, at the most, might have a need for such a thing.

Now I’m in a bind. See, I host my website on a cable modem link. Cable modems are dedfinitely not for hosting website, but i run a really low traffic site and it shouldn’t really matter. This site generates less traffic than one person downloading an ISO. So I don’t feel very badly about that. Besides, there are stipulations in my user agreement that allow for web hosting on a computer that isn’t *solely* for webhosting. So I think I am probably ok, since I use my linux box for everything. It’s my baby.

So I got a comment from a person whom I don’t know, asking to host comments for them. Now that is cool, I think. I like being helpful and aiding people. Especially when I can do something for someone that lets them get something free when it would otherwise cost them money. At the same time, I like having a cable modem and I’m not willing to endanger my service contract and get kicked off of it.

So as for hosting comments for people with whom I do not know, such as Anthony (a friend of the Pope?), I’m going to have to decline comments to.

If people were interested and needed comments inexpensively, I could be easily convinced to open up a comment hosting service for a charge of $6 per year. The reason for the charge is not to make money, but to pay for the cost of being hosted on a server that is made for such things (and also to kick back a little monaay to the guy who wrote the comment system, so that he doesn’t sue my butt!). I’ve always kinda wanted to do this sort of thing anyway, so this appeals to anyone, feel free to post here, or email me (david_heigl puttheathere insightbb dotgoeshere com).

However, as I’d imagine that people probably are not interested in paying for these comments, I would heartily recommend Sensus Plenior as a more than viable alternative. Barlow (author of sensus plenior) charges $20 per year and has a wonderful comment system. People like Jon use sensus plenior, if you would like to see a demo.

So there you have it. I’m sorry I can’t feed the world (or at least provide comments to it) but I can’t. I wish I could, honestly. I think it would be fun. But I can’t. I just can’t.

Disturbing Dreaming Pt 2

Night before last, I had a very traumatic dream.

In my dream I was still living at my parent’s house. I must have still been in highschool, and my report card came in the mail. I was pleased to read that I was at the top of my class and better in every subject…except one. In the listing is said that Autonomous (aka Pope Josh) scored higher than I did in theology. That really made me mad for some reason. I stewed about it and had a hissy fit. Then a day or two later, I was still in shock and went out shopping or something to cheer me up. My mom was expecting company that night, and maybe I just wanted to avoid that house cleaning frenzy.

When I got back, I went in my room and was totally grossed out by the fact that there was poop all over my bedroom floor! Everywhere. Not just one pile either!
I was even more disgusted when I realized that Josh pooped all over my room to get back at me for stewing at him. He pooped everywhere!!!!!

I even dreamed of cleaning it all up. VERY GROSS!

I think that dream stems from reading Josh’s blog. He always makes sure to tell everyone when he’s going to poop.

blog casserole

So, after my big success yesterday, I gotta crow a little bit. After weeks of banging my head against the wall, I finally got the processor I’m trying to beat into submission to do my will. It spit out bits because it didn’t have a choice. It jumped to a interrupt vector because my will and instructions dictated it to do thusly. *flexes coder muscle*

There, done. Sorry about that.

So life is pretty good lately, despite the lack of postage. Mel and I are both recovering from colds. We did buy a bookshelf last weekend. We bought a Souder piece that is in pieces. It was affordable and sturdy, and it matches her dresser, so it does the trick for us. The biggest plus was that it fit in the car.

We’re still slowly adjusting to this married thing. Getting used to being depended on this much is very different from being a college guy. I like it though. The only parts of my life that are really missing are the parts that I didn’t like all that much anyway. At least that I’ve noticed so far. We had an enjoyable one month anniversary. It has come and gone with only a couple misunderstandings between us, praise the Lord.

I really need to call the gas company and have them come out and reconnect our gas. The heater runs on gas. Due to a misunderstanding with the landlady when I first moved in, she had the gas turned off. It didn’t bother me at the time, since it was like 99 degrees out and heat wasn’t something I felt like paying for. Now, on the other hand, I’m kinda interested in heating the house. So that needs doing.

And finally, Melissa and I invested in a digital camcorder this last weekend. It’s a pretty phly Sony DCR-TRV340. Best Buy had it on open box and discounted it by like 37% because it was missing a memory stick. Pretty good deal if you ask me. The whole thing is a wedding gift, actually. They gave us money and told us to pick ourselves a nice camera. This way, when kids and things like that come around, we’ll be ready, at least to take pictures of them. For now, I’m hoping to get a video of Josh performing his new song about Amy’s personal life. 😉

I’m not sure yet, but as far as storing the movies in a viewable format, I’m considering using SVCD. I can only play those in my computer right now, but it’s a common feature on new DVD players and seems to be a pretty nice format. It’s almost DVD resolution but I don’t have to buy a DVD burner. It allows for 30-70 minutes of video on a CD, depending on the compression ratio (how blocky/fuzzy do you want it? :). I’m thinking that your average home movie is far shorter than 30 minutes anyway, so I should be home free. (and yes, I have considered just storing them all on my harddrive. That’s probly going to happen anyway, vis Ryan’s (well done) site for his twins.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? Should I use VCD/SVCD to store movies and send them to friends/relatives? Plain vanilla VHS?

“In a wood full of princes, freedom is a kiss”

I’m getting ready to leave for Kokomo. I need to go to the Social Security Office there and officially get my named changed. Indiana roads frustrate me. I haven’t yet figured out the placement of the road signs. And the lights change differently too. Driving any length of time usually serves to aggravate me. I plan on attempting enjoyment today. My day yesterday did not go so well, and I don’t want to experience a repeat.

My family is in D.C. on vacation. My mom was calling me at least once daily, until she dropped her cell phone in some water, apparently. The only person I speak to directly now is Dave. Oddly enough, I am really comfortable with that. I was feeling lonely my first few weeks here, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not. At this point, I hate leaving the house at all. I never feel like interacting with anyone. Dave has been encouraging me to call people and even to write my grandmother, and for some selfish reason I just feel completely unmotivated to do anything of the sort.

Dave sincerely hopes that I will make new friends here. But I don’t particularly want to. I feel that my thoughts are wrong on this subject. I feel that I ought to feel differently. But I don’t. And On the same level I’m ok with that. I try to plan my days so that I don’t have to leave the house. The only time I don’t actually mind going out is when Dave is with me. He’s always such good company. Anything I do with him is fun. Even deep conversations that involve us both seeing things a bit differently.

Contrary to what one might suppose, I am so very happy. I have never felt more whole and free in my life. I love my husband, my home, and my kitties. I love my life. I just think that somewhere a part of me is confused. One probably shouldn’t be so content to be home and not go out for days or a week at a time. But I like it that way.

browsers and javascript

So Nate brings up the point that many comment system implementations use javascript: calls to bring up their comment windows. It’s true. It isn’t a purist thing to do. It involves throwing java into your page, and it does in fact exclude several browsers from viewing your comments.

Nate’s quick rant on the subject doesn’t do it for me. He sites poor him as not being able to read the comments on blogs with javascript: flavored comments because a browser he uses, namely Lynxs, doesn’t support javascript. That doesn’t wash.

Check out my server stats relating to browser versions used to view my site. (and granted, I’m not a huge, well travelled site, but I do represent the kinda traffick that our bloggospere generally sees). You’ll see that of the nearly 7000 hits on my site this month, 5 of them are by non-javascript capable browsers. That’s right around 0%. My site does things The Right Way (TM). But even if it didn’t, right around 0% of my readership would be left adrift due to non-javascript enabled browsers. So Nate’s rant doesn’t do it for me. We live in 2002. Computers with GUI enabled operating systems, big monitors and millions of colors are cheap. If he can’t view my site, it’s because he’s being a curmudgeon and using the wrong tool. He can’t even pull the low-bandwidth-so-I’d-rather-use-a-minimal-browser card. Just not the case. In fact, I’d venture to guess that a large percentage of my readership has broadband just like Nate.

I did a quick Google search on the issue though, because I was interested. I found a really interesting article on a blog called Dive Into Mark (I seem to remember seeing this blog linked off of Jon’s blog. Do yourself a favor, read this article if you’re into web design.

DiveIntoMark actually brings up some cogent reasons why javascript: links aren’t a good idea. These stories describe some real reasons for doing things The Right Way (TM).

So while I respect Nate’s opinions and usually find that he’s right, especially when it comes to programming sorts of issues, this time around I found his reasoning to be lacking. Just my opinion. He’s right, regardless. Just for the wrong reasons. 😉


overheard at work

guy 1: so what’s the difference between .org and .com?

guy 2: I dunno, I think they’re running out of .com’s and giving out .org’s.

guy 1: yeah, I’m seeing a lot of .org’s now… I don’t even know what .org stands for

guy 2: *walks off*

guy 3: and now you see www2

guy 1: yeah, and www3 and www4, 5, 6, 7…. It’s like area codes. Before you know it they’ll be out of these too….

guy 3: yeah.

This is what I have to deal with at work. 9 out of 10 people have no idea what I do here. I honestly have no idea if this is good or bad. All I know is that the things I overhear are pretty funny. Talk about things losing meaning. I had no idea that it was so unknown to go from org to ORGanization or from com to COMmercial.

Wish We Were Heroes

I admit it, I have been so horrible about blogging lately. I often feel like there’s not a whole lot to write about. All my days are pretty similar and nobody is interested in reading about domestic duties. Tonight we’re having spaghetti squash though! Yum.

Things are going really well for Dave and I. I am happier than ever, and I really do like my new life. I feel like I’m getting better at house cleaning and grocery shopping.

Last night Dave and I watched “The Count of Monte Cristo” I have to say, I really did enjoy the movie. It was nice to lay on the couch with Dave and cuddle too. It’s kind of lonely here without him. But I am getting better at that too.

Tonight, we’re going to watch “Dragonfly” and quite possibly our wedding video. I sure am glad I hired a videotographer for my wedding day. I didn’t get to SEE any of the wedding!!! I am excited to watch it tonight.

Tomorrow we’re planning on furniture shopping in Fort Wayne. A continuation of our bookcase shopping quest. We’re also going to stop by Dave’s house and eat lunch with his mom and dad. His momma cooks yummy, and I am really sick of eating my own dinners!

On the downside of today, I finally got sick. Aww. Poor poor Mel. If she gets too sick, she won’t be able to clean house. The only thing she’ll be able to do is play Dark Age all day. =(

um, well, no.

so like the slacker that I am, I occasionally read news sites whilst at work. This slashdot article was interesting to me. It’s on student’s using so called l337 speak in assignments. The comments aren’t quite so lacking in thought as many slashdot comments are. It’s an interesting read, if you’ve the time.

Particularly interesting are the renditions of the Lord’s prayer.

First the non-going-to-hell versions:

1611: Our father which art in heauen, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heauen. Giue us this day our daily bread. And forgiue us our debts as we forgiue our debters. And lead us not into temptation, but deliuer us from euill. Amen.

1384: Oure fadir þat art in heuenes halwid be þi name; þi reume or kyngdom come to be. Be þi wille don in herþe as it is doun in heuene. yeue to us today oure eche dayes bred. And foryeue to us oure dettis þat is oure synnys as we foryeuen to oure dettouris þat is to men þat han synned in us. And lede us not into temptacion but delyuere us from euyl.

~1000: Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum si þin nama gehalgod tobecume þin rice gewurþe þin willa on eorðan swa swa on heofonum urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us to dæg and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge ac alys us of yfele soþlice.

Secondly, we have the smellin’-like-brimstone versions:

ch34t l337:
0ur F47h3r, wH0 4r7 n h34V3n, h4110w3d b3 7HY n4m3, 7hy k1ngd0m c0m3, 7hy wI11 b d0n3, 0N 34r7h 4s i7 iS iN h34v3n. G1v3 u5 th15 d4y 0ur d4i1y br34d, & f0rg1v3 u5 0ur tr35p45535, 4s w3 f0rg1v3 7h05e wh0 tr35p455 4g41n5t u5.

l337: Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck! May all 0ur base someday be belong to you! May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven. Give us this day our warez, mp3z, and pr0n through a phat pipe. And cut us some slack when we act like n00b lamerz, just as we teach n00bz when they act lame on us. Please don’t give us root access on some poor d00d’z box when we’re too pissed off to think about what’s right and wrong, and if you could keep the f3i off our backs, we’d appreciate it. For j00 0wn r00t on all our b0x3n 4ever and ever, 4m3n.

The discussion was basically about the evolution of language and the importance of education in preventing the forking off of new languages (think romance languages). I found the last entry interesting not because it’s correct, it’s decidedly not, but because it was not far off. If you fix the “warez, mp3z, pr0n” line, as well as the f3i=evil, it is almost functionally correct.

Ends not justifying means though, I’m not seeing this version having any practical value, ever. It was just interesting. I particularly enjoyed “Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck! May all 0ur base someday be belong to you! May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven.

There. No you don’t have to subject yourself to slashdot. heh.

happiness is a nilla wafer

Well, kinda. Happiness is the bag of nilla wafers that Melissa packed in my lunch today. She knew that I have a not-so-secret obsession over nilla wafers. Without me asking, she bought some to put in my lunch as a suprise.

Nilla wafers make me oh-so-happy, but not quite as happy as Melissa does. 😉

mutiny makes me very angry

So I’m a bit peeved at myself. I write a nice long blog entry yesterday during my lunch, and I summarily closed the browser window without saving my entry. Grr. So no entry yesterday, because of that.

Losing the blog entry was pretty indicative of yesterday. I’ve a pretty decent headcold. Either that or bad allergies. Both are equally likely. I didn’t sleep well, I lost experience overall in the game I was playing, and things just went poorly. I’m glad yesterday is over!

Today was much better. Melissa and I are having a better day, the game is fun, Jerry is back, food was good. Life is good. Bad days come, and they make me appreciate the goods ones more.

Wow I’m tired. I think I’ll go sleepy by now. I’ll hopefully be more coherent tomorrow in order to woo you with word and song.