so, i finally got around to cleaning up my public blog a little. in looking for some canned solutoins to my moveable type woahs, it became appearant that i’d slept through the downfall of moveable type. the last time i looked, wordpress was a niche app without the bells and whistles i’d grown accustomed to.
bengt.org was accumulating roughly 1000 spam comments a day. while they were queued for approval (and auto-deleted after 7 days), any actual comments would have been buried in the onslaught. i intend to post more frequently, but touching doing so on moveable type was just a reminder of how janky my instance had become.
after 45 minutes of fiddling with captcha and openid plugins, i started looking for a cleaner solution. i’ve been with moveable type since may of 2004, the pre-3.0 days, and upgraded several times, so bitrot had definately set in. hack upon hack and left a fragile pile of php, perl, and really bad css. any of the less elegant patches were non-starters, as they conflicted with my previous hacks. i pretty quickly realized a clean install (app, database, themes, and plugins) was the only real solution… so, while i’m reinstalling, i might as well consider my options, right? it’s possible sixapart has taken their eye off moveable type while they’ve “diversified” in vox, typepad, and blogs.com (not to mention the brief affair with livejournal). whatever the cause, moveable type has flagged.
as i mentioned, my previous experience with wordpress was several years ago and the early versions left me underwhelmed. somewhere in the interim, it’s become a full blown content management system, with a plugin and theme architecture that makes it pretty compelling. i exported my posts and piloted a moveable type install on an unused domain (i own several that are typically just redirects to bengt.org, including the puke.net and monkeylove.org). while some of my glee is clearly neophilism, i was very happy with what i found.
i was able to setup the blog, import my old moveable type posts, add some pretty workable anti-spam measures, find a canned theme i liked, modify it, and integrate my flickr photostream within an hour or so. after another couple hours of fiddling with permalinks (including some fairly nasty mod_rewrite hackery) and kicking the tires, i was satisfied it’s a relationship i was willing to commit to.
i can’t lie down/sleep too soon after eating or drinking. (see the life posts for a full description of why. in short, i have a hiatal hernia and bad acid reflux.) on vacation with not much else to do, i pulled the trigger last late night. the most noticable effect is that rss readers refetched my last 10 posts. a minor, but annoying side effect of differing rss schema. i had figured out a way to avoid it, but not without propogating some of my foul moveable type hacks to wordpress, a sin to which i was unwilling to fall victim.
i submitted this, as a “medical inquiry”, early this morning:
I was thrilled to catch one of your commercials on television the other night. The URL “silenceyourrooster.com” displayed at the end told me that your product might fulfill a need in my life. In examining the collateral provided at silenceyourrooster.com, I’m unsure how to proceed with getting Ambien CR for my rooster.
My rooster is a 7 month old Buff Orpington with traditional markings. He has recently started persistent crowing from sunrise until 9AM or so. While we find his crowing amusing and live in a rural/agricultural area, we have neighbors within earshot of his usual pasture. If Ambien CR can actually (temporarily) silence my rooster, I believe it might be the perfect product for this situation.
Please advise on how I might get Ambien CR prescribed for my rooster?
when viewing a jpg in internet explorer (uri ends in .jpg), why doesn’t “right-click, properties” get me exif data?
and where’s my flying car?
i’m a geek.
i can geek out on almost anything. in trying to figure out how i’m going to structure the work my team will do over the next year, i did a fair amount of research on the topic of “innovation”. i totally geeked out on it, and came out the other side feeling dumber for my efforts. connceptually, it seemed a little odd to research “innovation”. in my mind, research is an attempt to uncover “prior art” (what other people have done), while innovation is all about the forward looking and the “radical departure from status quo.”
having said that, i really really really like talking to people who have a novel approach to solving an old/common problem or a clever application of a new technology and want to give my team some space to do that. i have some ideas about how i might acheive this, but wanted to back them with “measurable goals”.
the earth-shattering outcome of my research? i’ll save you the frustration and brain damage:
- i’m really glad i’m not the director of it for some small company.
- lots of people think their reuse of something clever someone else did is “innovative”.
- “innovation” is a good way to explain something that you spent a bunch of time on that still hasn’t paid off.
- people who do innovative work don’t generally use the word in a sentence without “air quotes”.
- and… the only thing i’ll retain… there are two approaches to innovation, supply driven and demand led. (more in the following paragraph)
two simple thoughts:
supply-driven innovation occurs when you have a new technology looking for a problem. (“oh, look! new hammer! where nail?”)
demand-led innovaiton occurs when you have a problem looking for a solution. (“pile of nails and i got nothing heavy.”)
yep. that’s it.
it’s not much, but it’s what i took from three hours of reading papers on innovation, metrics to evaluate the impact of innovation, and a fair amount of meaningless drivel.
side note: in the right light diana krall sounds an awful lot like queen latifah. (see also: various artists: we all love ella: celebrating the first lady of song)
this is my 100th post to bengt.org. based on some pretty weak apache log analysis, i estimate that roughly 165 people will read this over the next year. i apologize in advance.
music that’s made the last few weeks bearable.
eagles of death metal
fujiya and miyagi
the black keys
the donnas (yes, still)
the apples in stereo
reverend horton heat
neutral milk hotel
the official windows live hotmail launch was monday.
a lot of very talented developers put a lot of long hours to make this specific release happen. i have the privilege of working with many of them and am frequently impressed by their desire to ‘do the right thing.’ this is one of the reasons i love my job.
i’ve worked for microsoft for 7.5 years and had something to do with hotmail that entire time. i’ve seen many many talented people have a profound effect on the service we run. many (most, in fact) have moved on, inside or outside the company. some have gone back to school, some have moved north to redmond, some have left to work for other companies, and a fair number have left to pursue careers with our competitors.
it wouldn’t be right to congratulate the current product planning, customer support, business, marketing, dev, and ops teams on this major release and re-branding of hotmail without highlighting the incredible legacy left by their predecessors. there are hundreds of people who’ve worked on hotmail over the past 11+ years, most of them will go unrecognized. hotmail works, in part, because of a number of very wise decisions that were made many years ago.
congratulations to all of you who used to work on hotmail. any success we have is partly your doing.
i haven’t posted for months, but endeavor to do so more.
i’ve returned from a great vacation and despite feeling alternately tired and overwhelmed by the flu-like symptoms, i’m pretty optimistic about my life. ;)
a few quick updates:
- i’m procrastinating the surgery but have been managing my diet closely. symptom-free for the most part.
- my kids are now 7 and 3. i feel old, in this context.
- work is going well. i’m frequently reminded of how kick ass my team is. makes my job easy.
i might even post again, later tonight, but figured it was worth getting something out there, even if i don’t.
i contacted the thompson center, after procrastinating for a couple months. dr. overholt is out until march 20th, but i will likely have my surgery the last week in march.
i’m nervous, but optimistic about getting through this phase of the treatment.
i’ve almost entirely lost my voice, today. horrible cough, too. i’m tired of being sick.
i’ve been working through a bit of a haze. headed to redmond, tonight; returning tommorow evening.
it’s been a pretty crazy week. the whole thing has left me drained, but optimistic. been really introspective and figuring out what i want in my life.
giving up on the mayo clinic. i’m just going to schedule the barrx for january and be done with it.
i’m sitting in the boise, idaho airport. i woke up at 4:30 mountain time (3:30 pacific) to catch my 6:00 (mountain) flight to boise. i’m sick and anticipate completely falling apart, mid-afternoon. i’m going to work anyway, though. too much to get done.
there’s a man sitting next to me with a really chunky hp laptop. he’s running a localized copy of xp in japanese. he played one game of ‘go’ and sat looking confused for 10 minutes before he changed the settings to ‘computer vs. computer’. his laptop fan kicked on and it’s madly playing game after game of go against itself, emitting this horrible clicking noise with each move (4-5 a second, most of the time). is he learning?
well, i’m off to take my $3 dose of dayquil and make sure my mail’s synced for the flight. (the boise aiport has free wi-fi; amazing how much more pleasant it is to endure a layover here, as a result.)