Archive for February, 2001

The comment system seems to

The comment system seems to be working well. I just fixed a problem where it wasn’t working from the archives. All is well.

This morning I awoke with

This morning I awoke with quite a start… there was a very loud crashing sound that scared the crap out of me. It honestly sounded like someone smashed the siding on our house with a long metal pole. I looked all around and didn’t see anyone or any visible damage.

When I got in the shower, I realized that my wooden back-washer thingie that hangs onto the shower wall by a suction cup had fallen into the tub. Amazing that a little bit of wood falling three feet into a tub could echo and make that kind of racket.

You probably don’t even notice,

You probably don’t even notice, but this blog is now in .php files… all previous links to any .shtml file (or the permalinks) will continue to work. I love .htaccess and mod_rewrite.

If that previous paragraph meant nothing to you, ignore it. :)

A comment system is now in place, courtesy of Dan. Thanks, buddy. While previous Blogvoices posts won’t be available (at least right now), this system is pretty flexible and I don’t forsee any problems. Let me know what you think of it!

So, we’re trying to decide

So, we’re trying to decide where to go for our honeymoon… three possible places I discovered today:

All of these choices were inspired by this pictorial.

Here’s the news release that

Here’s the news release that mentions the possibility of having almost 11 terabytes of storage on a device the size of a credit card for $50 as early as next two years. And it has no moving parts. Wow.

In this story about how

In this story about how a local Crown Books may be going out of business, the article says, “The general problem facing what Best called the ‘old fashioned” bookstore is the proliferation of bookstore chains, which typically offer lower prices but without many of the traditional services of the smaller stores.”

Excuse me? Since when is Crown Books an “old fashioned” bookstore? They are a “bookstore chain!”

I’m || this close to

I’m || this close to getting a comment system back online…

Hm… I’m trying to figure

Hm… I’m trying to figure out why this guy lifted the text of my CD collection.

I started off my visit

I started off my visit to NJ this weekend by having lunch with my middle school computer teacher, Mr. Henkel. It was great to see him again. Mr. Henkel was one of the first teachers to really believe in me and give me a chance that made a huge difference in my life. In fifth grade, Mr. Reed let me loose on the classroom’s Apple II compatible and that was where I developed an appreciation for the finer things in life (like Transylvania, where I learned what a “sarcophagus” was). But in 7th grade, Mr. Henkel introduced me to the world of telecommunications. I spent time calling local BBSes on the Apple IIe with a 300 baud modem and loved it from the first time I logged in. From there, he let me run a BBS on the Apple IIGS with a 1200 baud modem… I wrote the BBS myself with help from ModemWorks software I bought from the SJAUG. I even remember the phone number to the BBS, ten years later!

Mr. Henkel also introduced me to sailing. He took a few of us sailing a number of times and I have many fond memories of the pre-sailing trip to the supermarket (where we convinced each other that buying a pack of 100 hot dogs for the weekend was a good idea), winning races that we forgot to enter, and falling into the (literally) crappy waters of the marina when I tried to jump into the dinghy.

I think the best thing a teacher can do for their students is to give them a chance. Encourage them to be creative and find something that’s both constructive and fun. It really is an easy way to change a kid’s life.

Here’s a picture from my visit (l to r: Mr. Henkel, Me, and Mr. Gair, another computer teacher at Memorial). I also got to visit briefly with Mrs. Reichenbach (7th grade Social Studies), Mrs. Strangfeld, and a couple others. It was great to see them all again.

This weekend we also celebrated

This weekend we also celebrated some birthdays back in NJ. Today is my mom’s birthday, tomorrow is my neice’s birthday, and Wednesday is Huyen’s birthday. Happy birthday to all!