Friday, September 3, 2004

Back home

The RNC refugees have returned. No major damage is apparent in the city.

e.p.c. posted this at 19:45 GMT on 3-Sep-2004 .

Voracious Earth

A voracious Earth |
It's the region of the world that leaves the biggest human footprint. It gobbles up 80 percent of the crop and other plant resources it produces each year. If things don't change, its ecological survival looks iffy.
Surprisingly, it's not the United States. It's a swath of Asia that sweeps from India to China. And it leads to a startling question: If these areas of the world are nearing an ecological budget deficit, can they sustain their growth much longer?

The calculation works this way: First, add up all the planet's sun energy converted to organic carbon by plants each year and call it "net primary production" or NPP - about 56 billion tons worth. Now, subtract the portion that human beings use - all the carbon in materials people consume from cotton in clothes to wood in homes to corn flakes and milk in a bowl of cereal.

e.p.c. posted this at 20:41 GMT on 3-Sep-2004 .

Saturday, September 4, 2004


Yet another site redesign on the way. I have other things I should be doing this weekend of course, but I have some ideas I want to play with and all eight of you who read the site are my unfortunate guinea pigs.

e.p.c. posted this at 20:42 GMT on 4-Sep-2004 . , Comments [1]

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Bloglines supports gzip encoding

Just a quick note: Bloglines appears to support gzip encoding of feeds.

e.p.c. posted this at 02:01 GMT on 5-Sep-2004 .

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Should Web design become a regulated profession?

Should Web design become a regulated profession?: . Does the definition of 'disabled' include people who aren't registered as disabled but who may have real accessibility problems, such as colour-blindness? Does it take into account old people who, although they might not be considered disabled, have failing sight? In other words, are Web designers in the same position as architects were, designing for a minority of the population?

In architecture, these kinds of issues are addressed in two ways: through building regulations, which are ultimately set by government, and by the training requirements of the profession's governing body, the Royal Institute of British Architects. To be allowed to practise as an architect, you have to pass three sets of exams, the third part of which concerns building regulations. Failure to observe these is both illegal and professionally negligent. In addition, architects are required to carry significant liability insurance. By comparison, Web design requires no formal qualification and, although the question of designers' liability for inaccessible Web sites has been raised, it has yet to be taken seriously.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:02 GMT on 9-Sep-2004 .

Friday, September 10, 2004

Various doodlings for week 36 of 2004

The Handyman
Back in June, I bought a nifty LCD arm for my circa 2001 Sony SDM-N50PS LCD. I checked, double checked and ended up ordering one of the smallest arms from Their ordering process was a big off and I apparently ordered a non-standard arm, and eventually it showed up in July.

It promptly sat in its box in the front bedroom for a good two months.

Finally, yesterday, in a fit of avoiding work I should be doing, I decided it was time to install it as well as drill a hole for a new grommet in the desk to pass cables through.

I got out the drill, cleared everything off the desk. Measured twice, drilled twice.

You know, since I checked and double-checked before ordering, it never occurred to me to verify that the VESA standard plates that came with the LCD arm actually matched the (alleged) VESA standard holes on the display.

But, I digress. I assembled the LCD arm, dealt with the minor setback of placing it exactly just far enough in on the desk to be difficult to brace and bolt the screw at the same time.

I pulled all of the cables through the second hole and through the plastic grommet I'd bought eons ago. Unfortunately the grommet was 2 inches in diameter. The drill bit I used, I thought was also two inches in diameter. However, it was really 2.125 inches in diameter, so the grommet is sort of loose. It will function for now.

So, everything was coming together. The next bit was to put the display on the arm.


I apparently misunderstood the meaning of VESA standard. The Sony displays may now be VESA standard sizes, but the SDMN50PS we bought in January 2001 is definitely not. It's rectangular instead of square, and the holes are too small for the screws that came with the LCD arm. Briefly, briefly I thought I'd be able to get away with only screwing the plate into one side of the display but ran into the size difference on the screws.

So, now I'm contemplating whether to try getting another adapter plate or if I should just get another display.


I continue to play around with my redesign. Since I don't have the dagger of Corporate Communications hanging over me this might take awhile. I have a work-in-progress-no-guarantee-of-anything version here. Notes, flames, etc welcome in the comments.

On it being September 10, 2004

I noticed the date and remembered it was my parent's anniversary. I believe it would have been their 3836th anniversary. I noted the date as well because I've been working with a couple of spare computers we have here and determined that one of them had been last used on September 10, 2001, though it appeared to have been booted a couple of time later that year. Was sort of weird trolling through the directories of cached web pages to see what either I or Lisa was looking at on September 10th.

(Ok, there's a bit of a math problem in thinking it was their 36th anniversary which I realized at dinner. Duh.)

e.p.c. posted this at 17:45 GMT on 10-Sep-2004 .

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Ground Zero is for tourists

In Ground Zero is for tourists, Clive Thompson writes: Though most out-of-towners don't realize it, New Yorkers don't visit Ground Zero very often. On the contrary, many have avoided going near the site — and they have dim opinions of the crowds that congregate there. (via Misha).

e.p.c. posted this at 00:02 GMT on 14-Sep-2004 .

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Ivan dropped by

...and left about five inches of rain so far.

We returned from Amagansett midday yesterday after attending Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday. Traffic was pretty light for a Friday morning drive into NYC. Caught the Cannon-Hudson opening at Oliver's gallery and finished the evening off with sushi at Monster Sushi.

Today is mad errands day as I'm leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning for about three days, and on my return we turn around and head out for Yom Kippur services so the week will be a wash (especially if this rain keeps up).

e.p.c. posted this at 09:54 GMT on 18-Sep-2004 .

Sunday, September 19, 2004

On the way... Seattle for a couple of days.

Had a very annoying experience here at JFK, they have Wifi in the AA concourse through a provider. However I had to hard code the IP address of the provisioning system because their DNS is hosed for the hostname of the provisioning system!.

e.p.c. posted this at 06:53 GMT on 19-Sep-2004 .

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Argh...missing the Creative Commons concert

About a month ago I heard about the Creative Commons benefit concert to be held at The Town Hall in NYC. I bought two tickets and stuck them to my wall in my office.

Two weeks ago I looked at the calendar and realized I needed to plan another trip to Seattle where I'm working with a friend's startup. Due to the juggling of the wedding and the Jewish holy days, this turned out to be the best week to travel for several days.

The concert, as it turns out, is the 21st of September, which, as it turns out, is when I'm in Seattle.

I knew this and said to myself, Self, you need to get rid of the tickets.

However, I don't always listen to myself, as a result the tickets are still pinned to my office wall in Brooklyn while I'm here in Issaquah.


If you see this before 7:00 PM EDT on the 21st and you know my other half and you're interested in going to the concert, either call me or her on the delightful cell phones we carry and we'll figure out a way to get them to you.

Unless you're in Issaquah, Seattle, or other points distant from Brooklyn, NY.

e.p.c. posted this at 18:41 GMT on 21-Sep-2004 .

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Back to BKLYN...

Flying back to Brooklyn around noon today. Seattle is nice but I don't plan to move here any time soon.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:36 GMT on 22-Sep-2004 .

Friday, September 24, 2004

A Night at the Hip Hopera

A Night At The Hip-Hopera is a mash-up remix of Queen's A Night at the Opera.
My only complaint so far is that it's available as a single 100+Mb mp3 file.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:12 GMT on 24-Sep-2004 . , Comments [2]

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Someone has far too much ad money left over in this year's budget: Biro-Web.

e.p.c. posted this at 10:41 GMT on 28-Sep-2004 .

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as

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