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yay
so after some time of tweaking and re-tweaking, my wiki has stabilized to the place it is today. it's practically impossible, given the subject matter (adventure racing) and the targeted audience (people who spend a lot of time outdoors) to get those people to write anything, so I end up writing the content myself.
One of the pages actually got vandalized by a casino-based site. I was actually proud of my little wiki, it's reached a level at which people want to vandalize it!
so here I am, re-evaluating my decision to encapsulate my photo galleries into a JSP tag library. the hosting provider that I work with can do JSP, but the tomcat server isn't configured right, and everytime I upload a change to any JSP file, it kills the ability to serve JSP content... so I'm slowly heading toward the php horizon, 70% of my pages are now php, soon, I'll have the MySQL and php logic hammered out to display the galleries more effectively.
that's all for now. today is my wedding anniversary from last year! everything is great, she's the best, and we're planning on making to year two at least! ;)

later everyone. -brandon

wiki work

so I've been working on a wiki...

since the last time I wrote here I've remarried, re-invented myself, and have been really enjoying life with a new sense of freedom.

anyway, back to the wiki. from what I can see, it has huge potential to change the way the internet is used and structured.

which is why i've decided to run YAWS (yet another wiki site).

it's an experiment really, one that will help me define what works and what doesn't. you know... a venture in learning something. squeezing some new drops of juice from the lemon, so to speak...

more later

ultimate frisbee and mechanical translation

met a computational linguist last nite. mechanical translation. apparently he is one of 40 people in the world that does this kind-of thing. he's a great ultimate frisbee player. fast. he's looking for the holy grail of all human languages. the base-language that when translated into mathematics, supplies a common ground for connecting all languages, be it japanese-to-icelandic, or english-to-swahili, to-whatever. very interesting conversation. I wonder what that base language would sound like....

later
glory days of the unaffective

ok, maybe it's just me. maybe i feel like my contributions to society need to have more impact than a nice font choice for a product that promotes paranoia. web app development aside, it's time to reeavaluate.

any jobs out there with meaning? that give back just as much as you put in -- maybe more? i know they're out there. i am being lazy.

i have decided that I need to feel like i am contributing to something. so i have decided to contribute a diary entry. so there. done.

back to work!

-binaryfoo
dungeon siege
well guitar was absorbing most of my free- time/thoughts/concerns until Dungeon Siege came along. That game is slightly addicting. It wasn't until a 4am displayed on the clock, that I considered I might be in trouble. Fortunately for me my installation has a corrupt file that needs to be reinstalled. I am not bothering to fix it at this time.

so back to music.

jsp, servlets
wondering if there are people in the advogato community that use JSP, write servlets and stuff. doing that at work with minimal guidance short of a couple Wrox texts. it's pretty fun, but i'm not sure that I'm building my apps in the most efficient manner possible.

L8r,
binaryfoo
it's march

project lists, telescope plans, divorce paperwork, marathon training, guitar, molecular biology, moving, coffee... ah, lovely coffee. :)

so much that's keeping me busy, so little to keep it still. seems like the best way to keep yourself afloat is to keep moving your arms, eventually land will find you. personally i like the 'farting-armpit-stroke' -- the kiddie fish love it.

so whose up for some bio-in-foam-attics?


-binaryfoo
IIS web applications -- the drama of suckiness

Well talking with the east coast developer about his deployment process, I now can say the the dharma transmission is complete, I now know that he should have done that a long time ago! Better later than never I suppose. At least his process is documented now. Why does M$ insist on hiding key aspects of a process in options, tab bars, and menu drop-downs? There's no logical flow to it, you just have to 'know' where all these things are.

Anyway. The development team is making a shift from CVS to PVCS, our company standard now. Unfortunately, the powers that be didn't consider that a lot of the developers on the web team use Linux -- which PVCS is in the process of making available for linux developers, I think the PVCS group is feeding us their alpha versions. But I actually had a chance to go back to my Linux roots and play in console land at work. All I can say is ahhhhh.... Give me more, I want more!

Ilan, thanks for the tip, I was really hoping for some activeX help tho, I know that I at least have some chance of success with that. That should at least give you some indication of how fargone my lovelife is. ;) I mean, what am I doing working with this doomed technology? Actually, I won't have to work with it too much longer, this is purely for maintenance, most of our apps already run on unix systems, and we're using JSP, which I kinda like.
Never admit to knowing about something you never want to work with.
-binaryfoo out

grrrr... activeX caca

Anyone work with deploying WebClasses to an IIS server manually? Here's what I've done so far:
  • compiled the dll
  • created a Standard Setup package
    • added all the necessary files
    • placed it in a separate deployment folder
  • passed the newly created package to the webserver using pcAnywhere's encrypted file transfer mechanism
  • ran the setup program
  • restarted the services
OK, so the app still doesn't work, and I've only made a tiny, tiny change, insignificant by most standards. What happens is that the database calls are no longer working. Is there something special about using the package and deployment wizard vs manual installation? I'm about fried, ready to consider working in a bakery again. Ah the smell of bread...

so my wife has decided that she wants me back. that after kicking me out, carrying on a lesbian relationship, and moving over 500 miles away. what do you think? Should I pack up my things, move to a place where I'll live in poverty, and give it another shot? The thing is, I've met an incredible woman that really likes me for who I am, and I feel like I can be completely honest with her. Bonuses all around. :) But I'm still married legally... Not sure where the suckiness ends and the coolness begins.

ANYWAY, activeX sux, unless someone can convince me otherwise.

peacefully praying para perl permutations
-binaryfoo
Sunday

Times bring change
Constant spinning.
Up, down,
Off, on,
1, 0.

Every action the beginning, of a new thought every thought the beginning, of a new action.

I influence you, you influence me, separate from our actions, yet one with them.

a toast to new thought.
a round for the thought that got us here.


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