Welcome to Jekyll!

You’ll find this post in your _posts directory. Go ahead and edit it and re-build the site to see your changes. You can rebuild the site in many different ways, but the most common way is to run jekyll serve, which launches a web server and auto-regenerates your site when... [Read More]

A Very Happy Anniversary

Our (now) five year old, J, used to get heavy fevers about every three weeks. It would spike up to about 103-104 degrees for two or three days and he'd be miserable. During this time he would also have trouble eating, drinking and just breathing. The doctor's diagnosis was PFAPA,... [Read More]

EJK for the Year

Music: Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton One year ago today, I was playing around with Automator in OSX and decided to create a script that would automatically upload my latest picture in ichat to flickr. Every time I change my chat icon in iChat I upload it, (mostly) daily. It... [Read More]

Installing HDTV on my MythTV PVR

I just installed an HTDV Wonder tuner card into my ubuntu MythTV box. So while I watch a bit of a very pretty PBS program, I wanted to throw a couple of notes here to remember what the heck I just did. My myth box is running ubuntu fiesty fawn.... [Read More]

New Screensaver

Found via [http://www.tuaw.com/2007/08/20/keeping-time-with-aurora-and-polarclock/|TUAW]: I just found this cool new screen saver called [http://blog.pixelbreaker.com/polarclock/|PolarClock]. It's a cool visualization of the current time. It's available for Mac and Windows, so go get it. PolarClock 3.0 is now available as a screen saver for Mac and Windows, and also as a dashboard widget... [Read More]


I've had a few thoughts recently that don't merit a full blog post, but I still want to share. Perhaps a [http://tumblr.com|tumblelog] might be better for me to share quick ideas and thoughts. Anyhoo, here's a few ideas that have popped into my head recently: What the heck is [http://www.demko.com/AARP070630.htm|that... [Read More]

iChat2Flickr update : Direct Upload Action

My last post detailed an automator action that would upload a copy of your ichat buddy icon everytime you changed it with a built in camera. Unfortunately, it had to use the mail program to send the picture to flickr by email. But what should I find on [http://www.tuaw.com/|TUAW] this... [Read More]

ichat2flickr automator action

Since I started using a Mac with a built-in iSight, I've been changing my buddy icon every morning. It's always a bit of a surprise how it comes out, because you only get 3 seconds to pose. Some of them were turning out pretty funny, and I wanted to be... [Read More]

300 months

At bedtime last night, somehow the issue of 300 months came up. I wish I could remember how, but right now I can't for the life of me. I think it had something to do with a big number and a good length of time, but the previous part of... [Read More]

New iPod Case: myFrontPocket

I received an iPod (30 GB w/video) for Christmas this year and I'm having a lot of fun learning about and playing with it. One of the dilemmas facing a new iPod owner is how to actually carry the thing around. You want to be able to access most of... [Read More]

The Highs and Lows of Social Networks

I confess, I confess. It's true. I have sunk into the depths of all that is ugly, cheap, and downright evil. That [http://www.starwars.com/databank/updates/news20011205.html|wretched hive of scum and villainy]; I have created a MySpace page. But fear not, I am not about to sink into the depths of black backgrounds, glittery... [Read More]

Brick Bash 2007

Just a quick update this week. I had a good talk yesterday with the [http://www.stayathomegeek.com/|Stay-at-Home-Geek, Duane Collicott] about his upcoming celebration of all things lego, [http://www.brickbash.com/|Brick Bash]. We've brought the kids the last two years and it's been great. Duane's invited a lot of cool exhibitors and has plenty to... [Read More]

Funny Dancing Men!

I found this on [http://www.boingboing.net/2007/01/26/stickfigure_webtoy.html|Boing Boing] last week, and it's been a blast with the kids. [http://roxik.com/pictaps/|Pictaps] is a super-cool flash app written by Japanese web designer [http://roxik.com/|Masayuki Kido] that allows you to draw a character, then watch a multitude of them dance, cheer and jump around to the beat... [Read More]

AADL's Catalog Gets Social

I was going to write a quick blurb about [http://www.perceptivepixel.com|Perceptive Pixel's] new [http://fastcompany.com/video/general/perceptivepixel.html|Multi-touch Computer Demonstration] (which you should still totally check out), but I just have to write about the awesomeness that's sitting in front of me. The [http://www.aadl.org/catalog|AADL catalog] has just been opened up to the public. Basically, it... [Read More]

Flickr as Local History

We had a magical sight outside yesterday: near freezing temperatures combined with a slow, steady rainfall had produced a thin layer of ice on everything. Tree branches, bushes, lampposts, street signs and even individual blades of grass were all transformed into china-shop glass treasures. Combine this with the recent warmer-than-usual... [Read More]


Here's my first upload to [http://youtube.com|youtube]. Yeah, I know, welcome to 2005. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXVLt4kFZoE] [Read More]

Embedding Yahoo Maps

While working on a site (powered by [http://drupal.org/|drupal], of course), I came to the location page, wherein I needed to place a map. I knew I could cut-n-paste a static image of the location, then link it to either Google or Yahoo maps for further activity, but I wanted something... [Read More]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone. As my first post of 2007, I thought I would share a favorite video from youtube. This embodies everything that is good about web 2.0. It's made by a guy in Norway that has either way too much time on his hands or he's a... [Read More]

On Rooting: Picking a Team

So our mighty Pistons were unceremoniously dispatched from the NBA Playoffs by Dwayne Wade, Shaq, White Chocolate and the rest of the Miami Heat, leaving me in a familiar position: no local team in the Championship series (see Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, and my beloved Wolverines). But I'm a sports... [Read More]

McFreakin' Me Out

Okay, is it just me or is anybody else really disturbed by the new McDonald's chicken sandwich ads? I'm not sure if what happens to this guy is really encouranging me to rush out and buy one of those chicken sandwiches. I mean, since when is inducing the fear of... [Read More]

Upgrading to Drupal 4.7 (*cross fingers*)

The Freetagging capabilities in Drupal 4.7 alone make it worth the upgrade. Luckily I found this great video tutorial to guide me: http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/drupal/files/videocasts/4.7-upgrading.mov I just need to backup first, then we'll see what happens. UPDATE: Well, I've made the update, and so far it's working just fine. The first thing... [Read More]
Tags: dev drupal

Wii will teach you to pronounce

So Nintendo's upcoming video game system has a new name. Initially referred to as the "Revolution" during development, it is now going to be called the "Wii". When I saw that, the first question that popped into my mind was, "how do you pronounce that"? Apparently, Nintendo foresaw this problem,... [Read More]
Tags: fun gaming

RSS Update Macro for Quartz Composer

The RSS feed functionality of apple's Quartz Composer development tool has a lot of potential for creating dynamically generated information, but it leaves a little to be desired if you have data that is updating quickly. Quartz Composer's RSS patch uses Safari's RSS feed functions, which only get refreshed at... [Read More]

I'm goin' to BootCamp

Apple today announced BootCamp, an Apple-created utility for dual booting your (and my) intel iMac with OS X and Windows XP. This is certainly more appealing than the OnMac method, which admirably came first. "Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need... [Read More]
Tags: gaming

Your Mom Knows (About) Web 2.0

  ...that is, if your mom reads Newsweek. That means your dad, your grandma, your uncle Louie, or your brother-in-law Stan know about it if they read Newsweek. More importantly, it also means your mayor, your police chief, and your public library board know about The New Web (2.0) if they... [Read More]

AADL Pittsfield Branch Screen Saver

Movie #1 - Welcome Screen (mp4) :: Movie #2 - Book Display (mp4) :: Download About: Based on the foundation of the aadl_saver (below), I created a new screen saver to welcome patrons to the new Pittsfield Branch. It contains a welcome screen, listing of events, and multiple dynamic displays... [Read More]
Tags: aadl dev

AADL Books RSS Screen Saver

Download About: A dynamic display of New or Top Books (including cover images) from the AADL RSS feeds. Currently only displays books, as the other items don't have good cover images (yet). Best of all, the information comes from the AADL RSS feeds, meaning it's always up to date! [Read More]
Tags: aadl dev

Turn Your PVR into a Dancin' Machine

Note: I wrote this article for byopvr.com a while ago, but I thought I'd get a copy up here as well. Basically, I turned my old desktop PC into a Tivo, but without a subscription fee and total control over the content. It also has the perk of being able... [Read More]
Tags: gaming

Here we go

So help me... we have just clicked "Place your order" on Amazon.com for one of these babies: Yep, we're taking the plunge: a 20" intel imac. And even a larger upgrade than one might think considering The Wife(tm) has been working on a G3 tower running MacOS 8.6 for the... [Read More]

Slippery Slope is not a Fallacy

Ever had one of those days? We had our weekly dinner night at church this evening, and as I had been dropped off at work this morning, I planned to take a different bus than usual that goes right in front of the church, reaching it about 15 min. before... [Read More]

Get your Groove On

Get your Groove On Originally uploaded by *ejk*. I've gotten back into DDR (StepMania) in the last week or two, and we pulled out the pads last night with the boys after dinner. I created a couple of new profiles for them and let them go at it. They had... [Read More]
Tags: gaming

mobile post

I'm posting this from my treo 650. It's a handy little tool that lets me access the web from just about anywhere. I've even found ssh & vnc clients for it. I just need to get email working on it and I'll really be connected. (Typing anything more than a... [Read More]

First Post!!!!11!!~!

Heh. I'm doing more and more online: flickr, bloglines, moblogging, and, of course, drupal. I decided it's about time I put a personal page together. All of my experience with drupal at work made it pretty clear that it would do everything I wanted it to do, plus I could... [Read More]