Mindersalbum Well, new to me at least. Been listening to The Minders (hit play in the bottom left corner), Tullycraft and I finally got the re-release of Jawbreaker's "Dear You" after having only Sluttering (May 4th) to go by for a few years now.

I also picked up the Exploding Hearts, which were a band I had only heard about because of a small article in Rolling Stone Magazine a while back. While picking through the racks at Amoeba I remembered the story and figured if they were good enough for Lookout! they were good enough for me. So I bought it and I'm not the least bit disappointed. They probably weren't the greatest band ever, but I'm pretty glad I have this album. It's good.


Traffic Gauge Holy crap. I am seriously ordering this.

One of the difficult things about leaving for work in the morning is making the choice between the 605 and the 405—as well as knowing if a slowdown is going to take 5 minutes or 30. If you drive in LA for any length of time you know there are phantom slowdowns that make you feel like you got ripped-off as there is no burning wreckage or dancing penguins at the end of it.

Having the ability to route around a problem on a map, either via surface streets or a different freeway, is much easier than trying to catch the traffic reports.



I saw the Pixies last night at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. It was hot but once the show started I forgot about the heat. Great show, great sound (when it was working), lots of nice people who really loved the Pixies, and a great Indian dinner afterward with friends.

Since the concert was above the UC campus we had to walk through the north end of it and I got to see parts of the campus I hadn't seen in nearly 13 years. It's definitely been cleaned up and buildings that had been hidden behind ivy have been landscaped and painted. It made me wish I had finished college.



Probably nitpicking, but I just noticed that when I mouse over the built-in Google search box in Safari I get a poorly worded (?) tool-tip.

A couple other people noticed it too. That seems like a pretty big bug to just miss.


I am currently in San Francisco visiting friends and waiting for my flight back on Tuesday. The bartender at the bar down the road noticed that my drivers license was expiring today (my birthday) and I realized that attempting to fly with an expired license was probably a bad idea. (Terrorist are notorious procrastinators. It's a fact.)

While waiting for my giant, bingo-like number to be called—G241—I had time to think about the last time I renewed my license. It was my birthday and I didn't have a house. I hadn't created FilePile. I hadn't written five years worth of code at work or solved five years worth of problems. I lived in the heart of LA and spent Sundays on the floor picking through the LA Times while I drank coffee.

I was 27 and had recently made a bit of money by cashing in some stock. Life was pretty good and I remember feeling like my future was still pretty wide open. Lot's of people were pretty optimistic.

Of course, life got even better. It keeps getting better. There's a bit of excitement when your number gets close...G237...G239...G240...

When I'm 37 and it's my birthday, and I've forgotten to renew my license again, I just know I'll be at the DMV, smiling at how fortunate I've been.


That was quick. I switched back to NetNewsWire after just a few hours with it. Nice and light-weight, hooray Ranchero.

As a plus, because I own a license for NetNewsWire, Ranchero gave me a license for MarsEdit as well. This is my first test of that software.

Update: seemed to work okay. I like the integration with NNW and BBEdit, so I'll probably keep using this.


I was seriously addicted to Encyclopedia Brown stories when I was a kid. Someone brought up the books on a discussion board, and I was amazed that I could still remember the ending explanations.

"How can he know the knife was short if it was still buried in the watermelon?"

"He was punched in the chest yet he put his glasses on right after the bully ran away!"

"The happy baby is dancing on a hot car hood that was just driven for hours."

"The guitarist without pads on the tips of his fingers is the fake. Guitarists develop calluses on the tips of their fingers after years of playing."

Were you a fan, and can you still remember the endings?


Dropload Hits 55,000 users. That's a lot of people.

Jon has pretty much taken administration duties over there and added lots of neat features which I think has added to the growth. You can see the files you've dropped and are given the chance of resending the file in case it wasn't picked up by the receiver.

When I first came up with the idea for Dropload it was because I couldn't trade files with my friend Sean over AIM. The trick about coming up with web ideas is (I think)–when faced with something you can't do in your daily work–rather than solve the problem for yourself, solve it for others as well. But don't get bogged down in the implementation because you can architect the greatest Dropload web app of all time and very few will be able to use it or understand it or care.

RSS used to be like that until people were educated and the little orange XML buttons disappeared (or at least don't give you XML when you click them). PGP is definitely like that. I would very much like to solve the PGP problem because I think it's something people don't know they need. If there's an idea there, it'll present itself I think. Sorry to ramble.


I had been meaning to set up PGP for Mail.app for a while now. PGP is another one of those concepts that has always been out of reach of the average user. Only two people who regularly email me use PGP, and they're both programmers.


Most of you won't know what a Wiki is, and even more of you probably won't ever find out.

A Wiki is, in the simplest terms, a web application for organizing documents that is usually open for editing by all. You can start here if you want to learn more about them. There are various Wikis written in everything from PHP to Ruby to PERL. After installing many Wikis over the years, I finally feel like I found one that is very nearly perfect for my personal notets. I say "nearly" because it's still sub 1.0 and has a few important features to be added.

Instiki is written in Ruby and shares the simplicity of that language. It also includes Markdown formatting which makes teaching someone how to mark-up pages a breeze.

Instiki seems to pride itself on the "there's no third step" simplicity of installation, and it's true. I was able to get it running on my Mac, Linux, and FreeBSD machines in only two steps (download, run script). I customized it further by running it through ProxyPass in Apache so I get nice clean URLs, but that's not necessary, it's just nice.

If you had considered using Wikis before, but couldn't get past the installation or the odd formatting requirements, I suggest you check out Instiki.


Dear Andre Torrez, Thank you for referring young entreprenuer sister to PayPal. Because young entreprenuer sister just signed up for a Premier or Business PayPal account, you are now eligible to receive a Merchant Referral Bonus. Here's how it works: As soon as young entreprenuer sister has used PayPal to receive a total of $200.00 USD in payments, you will receive your initial bonus of $1.00 USD, which will be deposited directly into your PayPal account.




A few weeks ago I bought a Dymo label printer for mailing things, I have 150 jewelboxes from JewelBoxing.com, and I have several hundred CD-Rs.

What could I do that isn't illegal?


David Rayners wrote a MovableType Dropcash plugin and then held it for ransom through Dropcash until he raised $30. Though his PayPal account is new, and he couldn't accept the payments to reflect on his Dropcash page, he released his plugin as soon as he hit $30.

Chad Everett did something similar with a feature for his MT-Notifier plugin. </p>

I think it's a great way for people to get paid for their work for specific things, rather than general tip-jars that nobody seems to ever want to drop money into.

Also, Dropcash was mentioned in this Guardian story. Along with some words from me.

I've never used the word 'appeals' in that context. Strange how it showed up in there. Also, you don't need a TypePad blog to be able to raise money, just a TypeKey account and Jason Kottke co-created it with me.


This is cool: a simple PHP parser for Dropcash's XML feed. Dropcash Parser written by Matt Warren lets you display your Dropcash campaigns in any manner you wish.

Also, and I bet this wasn't obvious to people, but you can set up your own Dropcash page by copying the <form> tags and placing them on your own site. Keep the IPN information in-tact and PayPal will continue to ping the correct server. Change the "thank you" page variable to your own page and now nobody will even know you are running a Dropcash campaign.


This story about Black Triangle sightings reminded me of the late 80's when people were talking about this new fighter plane that we later found out was the F-117 Stealth Fighter. It hadn't been publicly shown, and there were many reports of people spotting these planes doing all sorts of weird things in the air.

It turned out my town was under the flight path of the Stealth Fighter as it supposedly flew between Edwards AFB and Nellis AFB, and I remember seeing them float past our back yard just a few thousand (?) feet in the air. I can't really judge the distance of planes, but through the lens of my camcorder I remember being able to see them quite clearly.

One day of the planes that sticks out the most was when something like 20 of them (or was it just a couple screwing with us?) flew over our town in a stream, about one every 2 minutes. From the south you'd see them drop from the sky just as they entered the city limits, and then slowly float the length of the town, dragging a small hum of a jet engine behind them. Once they reached county line road, they'd head up into the clouds and disappear.

A few months after that day one crashed in the Tehachapi mountains outside of Bakersfield, and more information began to leak out about the planes. When the military finally released photos and information it was obvious what we had been seeing. Since then I've seen a couple of F-117's fly over sporting events—but it really never compares to the day when I saw them and they were unidentifiable and unconfirmed.

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