# Wednesday, October 12, 2005

We’ll be running an emergency communications drill in Hillsboro this Saturday morning, October 15th.  Details are here.  Basically the idea is to see how many people can reach the county EOC (Emergency Operations Center) from their homes via radio.  Any radio will do.  The EOC will be monitoring amateur (147.4) FRS (channel 9) and CB (channel 9).  Some of us hams will also be monitoring the FRS channels in an attemp to relay messages to the EOC from FRS users.  I’m hoping that when people see how far they can actually reach with their FRS radios, they might be encouraged to get their amateur licenses. 

If you have a radio, and you live in Hillsboro, get on the air at 10:00.  We’ll be listening.

CERT | Radio
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# Monday, October 10, 2005

After seeing Serenity, I was really jonesing to watch the Firefly series again, but alas, my copy was lent to a friend and thence disappeared into oblivion.  So…

I ordered a new copy, and it showed up on Friday.  Pure goodness.  I’ve gotten through the first 4–5 episodes already.  What’s not to like?  The dialog is fantastic, the future both well crafted and highly plausible, and the acting was quite good for what it was.

It’s always a joy to watch Joss Whedon’s shows.  It’s nice to know that there’s someone out there who doesn’t assume their audience is composed entirely of knuckle draggers.

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I upgraded both this blog and my food blog to the tip of the dasBlog CE 1.8 source, and had no problems at all.  I love how smoothly the content upgrader from 1.6 works.  I’m digging some of the new features too, including built-in support for FeedBurner

Kudos yet again to Scott and Omar et. al.

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# Monday, October 03, 2005

Kudos to Joss for making such a good transition to the big screen.  Vikki and I went to Serenity yesterday, and we were both impressed.  I thought they did a great job of preserving the best parts of the show, while coming up with a story that could be self-contained in two hours. 

Several reviews I saw complained about the lackluster special effects.  To them I say:  that’s not the point.  The effects were comparable to what was in the show, and that’s all that was required.  If you spend all your time on effects, you end up with something as crappy as Episode II.  The whole point to Firefly/Serenity is the character development. 

I do think that if you haven’t watched the show you won’t quite grasp some of the subtler bits of the film, but probably not so you’d notice. 

Overall, well worth seeing whether you’ve seen the show or not.  If only they’d stuck with more of the banjo music…

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# Friday, September 30, 2005
How cools is this?  The first ever pictures of a live Giant Squid.  My son has been completely fascinated by these things for years, so he’ll freak when he sees these shots.  Getting pictures of a live Giant Squid has long been the holy grail of marine biology, which makes these images that much cooler.
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# Thursday, September 29, 2005

The long awaited movie version of Joss Whedon’s brilliant TV series Firefly opens tomorrow.  I’m all aquiver with anticipation.  The show was fantastic, and the previews of the movie look pretty darn good too. 

Joss, man, everything you do is art!

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September and October are the very best months here in Oregon.  Yesterday was truly spectacular.  Bright sunshine, clear blue skies, 45° in the morning, 75° by lunch.  The leaves are just starting to turn, and it looks like they are going to be something else this year. 

I also love that when I walk to work from the bus stop in the morning I often see Killdeer and a Great Blue Heron hanging out in the field across the street. 

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Scott turned me on to TiddlyWiki a while back, and I’m totally diggin’ it.  I decided to use it for my latest Web Services class at OIT, and so far I think it will work out well. 

For those who haven’t seen it, TiddlyWikki is a self-contained, all DHTML wiki.  Just one HTML file filled with JavaScripty goodness.  It has very nice editing features built in, so all you have to do is keep slinging the one file around, and it’s all there.  I don’t have to worry about installing any server side code on my hosted site, and can edit the file basically anywhere FTP works. 

There isn’t much there yet, but if you want to take a look at an example, my class site is here.

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# Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Since our beloved husky-German Shephard Saffy passed away in July we’ve been casually shopping for a new dog.  Vikki and I both decided we wanted something smaller, and mellower.  In short, something that will be content to just hang out, and doesn’t take up too much room. 

Last week we found what we were looking for in the form of Carter.  He’s a Chihuahua/terrier mix that we got from the animal shelter.  About a year and a half old, had his shots, neutered, some puppy school.  All is good.  He’s a bit of an escape artist, but when he’s not escaping, he pretty much just wants to hang out with us, and he’s about the same size as our cat.  Perfect. :-)

Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:08:42 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 

I’ll be starting the class I’m teaching this term at OIT tomorrow night.  Introduction to Web Services.  There’s still time to get in on it.  CST 407.

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