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July 2004

I can't believe it is not Coldfusion

Word of BlueDragon Spreads to Apple Developer Community (

If you know OS X developers and administrators who want to serve CFML, let them know they can use our free Server edition (yes, in production) or our Server JX edition (adds the few things held back from the free version, like precompiled/encrypted templates, enterprise database drivers, and integration with JSPs/servlets). They can also use our J2EE edition, deploying it on Tomcat, JRun, or other J2EE servers and servlet engines that run on the OS X platform.

Do I need a better reason to try and get my job to buy several Xserves for me to play with? I think not.

Wired on Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Bruddah Iz Gets Belated Buzz tells the tale of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a traditional hawaiian singer who recorded a fantastic medley of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful Life (caution that link will launch iTunes).

After watching 'Meet Joe Black' I went to the iTunes Music store and downloaded Facing Future, which is just a beautiful album.

It is a shame that Iz, as he was known, died at such a young age. He weighed in at about 1,000 pounds at the time of his death, and now he is more popular than when he was alive. He was always something of a superstar in Hawaii, too bad he wasn't 'discovered' until it was too late for him to really benefit.

James Duncan Davidson's First Days with the Airport Express

First Days with the Airport Express

Within minutes of picking up the box, I had the device out of its packaging and into the shelving around my home stereo. And a few minutes after that (after installing a new Airport Admin Utility and a Airport Express Setup Assistant) it was set up and running.

I want one, but I don't think I would get much use of out it, so I am going to resist.

Big Bunny, slow news day

bunnyiconNow I have heard of slow news days, but this is pretty ridiculous, although that rabbit is HUGE! Read what the heck I am talking about here, and here is a snippet:

Roberto the 2-year-old Continental Giant is almost 4 feet long and sleeps on a dog's bed because he can't fit into a normal-sized hutch. Roberto is larger most 3-year-old children, according to the report.

That's Senator Fo' Shnizzle to you

The New Yorker was there when Vice President Cheney swore to a fellow on the Senate floor:

At this point, according to observers, both statesmen decided—by seemingly unspoken mutual consent—to abandon the gutter patois of the common carnival worker and to resort instead to an eminently more quotable (but, to those not versed in the vagaries of hip-hop idiom, more confusing) exchange of viewpoints.

“Oh, it’s like that?” Mr. Cheney queried.

“Whut? Whut?” Mr. Leahy shot back.

“Once again,” Mr. Cheney replied (quite obviously quoting a lyric from Ice Cube’s 1990 album, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”), “it’s on.”

All I got was a stinkin' registration packet

Duke is giving all incoming freshmen iPods:

Apple also said that this fall Duke University will give iPods to all incoming freshman. Duke will hand out approximately 1,800 iPods that will be pre-loaded with Duke-related content and will allow students to download supplementary university material in addition to being able to play music.

Hmm and Duke has an online application. Interesting. Maybe I need another under grad degree.

You got error in my error!

Just a little tip from you old pal Scott, it doesn't help track down an error in your application if your error handling routine has an error in it.

My error handling would dutiful send me an email every time I did something that caused a specific error, but the information it sent me just didn't make any sense. Until I realized what was happening:

1. I took the steps required to create the error

2. The error was created and called the error handling code

3. There was an error in the error handling code

4. The error in the error handling code called the error handling code and sent an email to me reporting the second error, but not the first.

Confusing, no?

It is official, 4th Generation iPods announced

newipodLadies and gentlemen, the New iPod.

From Apple's website:

Incorporating the fabulous Apple Click Wheel that was first introduced on iPod mini. Offering up to 12 hours of battery life. Weighing in at just 5.6 ounces. And getting slightly thinner with each new generation. iPod continues to define the perfect digital music player for Mac and Windows. You can now purchase a 20GB iPod for $299. Or a 40GB iPod for $399.

Of course the new iPod is better, slimmer, and can last longer than the old, stupid iPods (of which I have one. Anyone wanna buy it so I can get a new one?) but the most interesting thing about the new iPod webpage is that is links to an Apple webpage about batteries.

It has some tips about prolonging the life of your Powerbook and iPod batteries, and really who doesn't like that?

They Might Be Sick of Clever Article Titles

If you are a faithful reader of Blankbaby, you know that I am borderline obsessive about They Might Be Giants. Not only do I enjoy their music but they are doing some very interesting things. Read about it at MSNBC:

You’re selling this new album online at a dollar per song, too, right?

This is the whole new wrinkle: we have the digital rights to our album. We have our children’s album available along with a rarities disc. “The Spine” is up online along with an extended EP. For $12 you get an album and a half of stuff—definitely less than retail. It suggests the whole way people get music is going to be redefined. By doing something like the EP, “The Spine Surfs Alone” EP, is really interesting because it’s a really unreasonable EP—it might as well be called “Our Halloween Record.” It’s all these ugly, over-the-top creepy songs. I have no idea how a proper rock critic would respond to it—I would imagine they’d hate it because it’s really unimportant and in some ways kind of silly. It’s exciting to have an outlet that’s so appropriate.

Sysadmin Appreciation Day, July 30th, 2004

I actually won't be at work but July 30th is the 5th annualSystem Administrator Appreciation Day. As it says on the website:

Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It's the least you could do. Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let's be honest, sometimes we don't know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.

Sysadmins are people too!

Remember, I like food, Pepsi and money.

Thomas Edison, Poster Boy

differenteddieI really did enjoy those 'Think Different' ads that Apple ran a few years ago. RedlightRunner is having a sale, and Tommy only cost $40, that is half off!

But, I think displaying this in my apartment and then checking my Newton for my appointments while listening to my iPod and checking my email on my Powerbook might be a little much.

And this is my last Apple posting for today, I promise!

Unless something really cool happens in the next 45 minutes, you never know.

Some Crazy Bastard Wants to Hit Me

thespineI just downloaded The Spine, the lastest studio album from They Might Be Giants.

I know what you're thinking, 'Scott, I thought you liked TMBG, why would you steal the food from their mouths and the money from their pockets by illegally downloading their new cd?'

Oh ye of little faith! They Might Be Giants actually opened their very own download service, that they own and operate. So I paid my $13 and got their new CD and the EP (The Spine Surfs Alone) directly from them, giving them a bigger cut of the action.

I am listening to my purchases right now, and you have to give it to Them, after 20 years they are still crazy mofos.

Here are some lyrics from a song entitled 'Wearing A Raincoat,'

Wearing a raincoat is flying around in a yellow rubber airplane Made out of a raincoat, yes but when you think of that You hurt your mind And you'll need your mind For later on

Needing a mind for later on
Is a friend that comes at a price
But when you hate the friend
That comes at a price
You will play the drums
To help you sleep

I am so excited that I might be seeing them twice this month.

Plus, the Brothers Chap created a music video for Experimental Film. Homestar and They Might Be Giants? A little slice of heaven I tells ya.

Elvis or the Beatles? These are the tough choices

Found via, a little quiz that determines just what kind of person you are.

The questions are:

01. Elvis or Beatles?
02. Letterman or Leno?
03. Britney or Christina?
04. French or Spanish?
05. Steak or Chicken?
06. Walmart or Target?
07. FOXNews or CNN?

My answers:

01. This is a tough one. I don't think I could live without either, but I am going to have to go with Elvis (Thank you, thank you very much).

02. Letterman, no contest. He is actually funny.

03. None of the above. (If I had to pick one it would be Christina, but I don't think I will ever be forced to pick one.)

04. I love french dressing, and thanks to Mexico I am against all things spanish, so French by default.

05. Steak.

06. Target, since Walmart is evil

07. I get all my news from The Daily Show, but I would go with CNN.