Word Plus One

I know, I haven’t updated in longer than forever… But if you’re interested in a quick story that’s updated every day, check out my new project: Word Plus One.

From the about page:

Word Plus One is an experiment in very short stories, called “micro fiction” or “flash fiction“.

Starting November 1, 2006, I will write a new story every day for a year. Each day, the number of words in the story will increase by exactly one. Yes, the first story is only one word long. If your attention span is anything like mine, this is great!

After the year is up, perhaps I will start over again at one.

I would really like to hear what you think about the stories, so please feel free to add your comments!

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Back in SF

Kristen and I arrived back in San Francisco last night after nearly three weeks in Binghamton spent buying and working on our new house. The whole house has a new coat of paint, and is getting new laminate floors and carpet installed throughout.

I have all of our “before” photos (we took a bunch) on my Flickr album with lots of comments, so feel free to check it out. We’ll be back there again (for good) around the end of April (we’ll be driving a truck cross-country), so I’ll be sure to get some “after” pics up then.

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Still Alive?

Yup, I’m still alive. I just realized that it has been over six months since I’ve last written an update here. It’s amazing how fast that happens. I must have seen something shiny. But hey, I’m not the only one.

Exciting news of interest to friends and family is that Kristen and I have found a house, and are in the process of buying — we close in March. It’s back in Endwell, NY, Kristen’s home town (and within driving distance of my parents), so we’re looking forward to being back home. I’ll be keeping my job at Nimblefish, though, working from a home office, with some occasional cross-country travel thrown in.

From the realtor’s site, here’s the original listing with photos, and here’s a video tour.

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This is one killer web application, and something I’ve been specifically waiting for ever since I first tried out TiddlyWiki some months ago. It’s called ServerSideWiki — it’s a centralized version of TiddlyWiki.

TiddlyWiki is a remarkably useful “non-linear personal web notebook” that runs right in your web browser. It allows quick editing, linking, and formatting of text content (see the orignial Wiki), but it does it all in one seamless application, instead of the traditional “send information to the server and wait for a response” method.

Sound familiar? That what the promise of AJAX applications has been bringing to the web. Applications such as Google Maps and Ta-da Lists (to name just a couple) use this technology to make us forget we’re in a web browser.

But TiddlyWiki’s fatal flaw (at least the thing that kept me from really using it) is that it saves its data right on your computer. I realize that there are some advantages to this, like access to your information when you’re not online, but for someone like me who uses at least three different computers daily, what I really want is the easy synchronization that comes for free by storing data on a centralized server. And that’s what ServerSideWiki delivers.

There’s a disclaimer about ServerSideWiki being in development, but it works great for me so far in Firefox. Give it a look! (via Jake Tracey)

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Since it seems like such a large portion of my posts here have become Mac-related, and since I’m always following the news and learning more about my computer of choice anyway, I’ve just launched a new site: Macpot!

Macpot is dedicated to news, tips, and tutorials about the Mac and the OS X platform. To get things started, I’ve added most of the relevant Mac content from Distracto to Macpot. I’ll be writing lots of original content for the site, and will be linking to the best Mac-related stuff elsewhere on the Internets as I come across it. If it sounds interesting, check it out. If, on the other hand, you’re more interested in reading about my personal life, (1) you can still find that here, and (2) what’s wrong with you, anyway?

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Well, we’ve actually been back for a while now, and finally into the swing of things. We had a terrific time, and spent most of it relaxing down at the pool by the beach:

Kristen's Feet

Frank's Feet

Lots more photos are posted to my Flickr album.

The hotel was amazing, and gave us lots of opportunities to spot celebrities. At one point or another, we shared the pool/beach with:

  • Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the TV series Lost, which Kristen and I were both hooked on this season. He was there for his wedding, and got married on the beach.
  • Matthew Fox of Lost, apparently also there for the wedding.
  • Jerry O’Connell, who I remember best from Sliders (yes, I’m a geek), but who everyone else remembers from Jerry Maguire.
  • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, vacationing there with Jerry O’Connell.
  • Charlie O’Connell, brother of Jerry, and recent star of “The Bachelor” was there with whoever “won” him. I don’t know who it was, I didn’t watch it.
  • Jerry Seinfeld was on vacation with his wife. No introduction necessary. Yeah!
  • And a few people we couldn’t identify, but had random people approaching them for autographs. So they must have been somebody more important than you and me.

But the real highlight of the trip was just spending time relaxing with my wife, and celebrating our first year of marriage. Here’s to many more (and easier!) ones to come!

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Kristen and I are busy getting ready for our vacation, and we’re extremely excited about it! One year after we got married, we’ll be spending our anniversary in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, where we took our honeymoon. We have no plans for while we’re there, we’re just going to relax and drink a lot of fruity drinks. How could you not? Just look at this place!

Princeville Resort

Is that not beautiful? It’s going to be a life of luxury. This year has gone by so fast, but so much of our lives has changed in that short time. It’s been the most joyful adventure of my life so far, and I can’t wait to see what years to come hold for us!

I’m not sure about the Internet situation at the hotel, so you probably won’t hear much from me for the next week and a half. I’ll be checking in when I can, and there will be lots of new photos up on Flickr when we get back. See you on the other side!

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iBook/PowerBook battery recall

iBook Battery imageMy iBook is included in the just-announced Apple battery safety recall. Something about a fire hazard, could cause a nuclear explosion, gloss over that, hey, I get a new battery for free! If you have an iBook or PowerBook, you might want to check your model and serial numbers to see if you qualify.

Having never participated in an Apple recall before, I’m impressed at how convenient they’ve made it to exchange the battery. Just fill out the form online, they ship you a new battery along with prepaid return shipping, and you send them the old one when it gets there. Nice and easy, and I get a brand new fresh battery to boot!

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Tutorial: Subversion on Mac OS X

This tutorial has been moved to Macpot — as I make updates to it occasionally, I’m linking here in order to avoid maintaining two separate copies.


Mouse + keyboard + USB hub = bad

USB hubI’ve been experiencing some weird mouse trouble with the new PowerMac lately. And no, I don’t mean being unable to find the right mouse button, though that is also puzzling. My problem was a little more frustrating.

Occasionally, when moving the mouse around, and especially when dragging, I would get “phantom” clicks. The mouse would suddenly click or let go of what I was dragging, even though I clearly hadn’t clicked. You can imagine how much trouble that caused when moving files around — they were suddenly dropped into some folder my mouse was moving over, but I had no idea which one!

Then inspiration hit me. My mouse was plugged into the keyboard hub, which was then plugged into an external USB hub, and that was plugged into the computer. Perhaps if I knew more about USB communication, I would have realized that was a bad idea, but I eventually got it. Plug the keyboard directly into the computer, and bam! No more problems. Weird, but I’m much happier now.

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