This seemed a lot funnier when I first copied and pasted it from a chat window this afternoon. Now at 6pm it's not nearly as funny. They were files that we waited all day Friday for.

Me: We didn't get the files until Monday morning, so we're still getting a handle on the CSS.

Them: I sent the code Saturday morning

Me: We're not open on Saturday

Me: Or sunday

Them: Oh.

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By coincidence I watched Black Hawk Down last night, followed by a Frontline episode titled A Company Of Soldiers.

The Frontline episode, incidentally, is causing some commotion over the 13 expletives the soldiers utter during the filming. For all the violence and senseless dog killing, saying "goddamn" after an unarmed citizen (who at the time is writhing in the back seat of his car) is killed by a ricochet is a big no-no.

My local PBS station ran the censored version, which was surprising considering the article says the LA affiliate was going to run it. I'm wondering if DirecTV requested a different feed or KCET flaked at the last moment.

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I am a kottke.org micropatron

The idea of Jason doing this even scares me a little. Of course, if I quit my job to write on this site full-time I'd be looking for a new job by noon.

Good luck to Jason and anyone who tries this in the future.

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I've been busy the past few weeks. I got sidelined with a cold and then I learned how to sew and program Cocoa with Objective-C. Sewing is actually a lot simpler than I thought it'd be, you just have to pay a lot of attention to what you're doing as the tiniest little slip kind of sends things out of control quick. There are things I didn't even think about, like weft and warp of fabric and how they affect the look of whatever you're making. My sewing machine

Similarly, programming Cocoa with Objective-C is more of the same. It's proven to be easier than I thought it'd be, and there are things I wasn't . I was a little unsure of it at first, as I stopped programming Windows stuff nearly two years ago. When I first switched to the Macintosh I had attempted to learn how to make some Mac apps but got stuck on the memory management stuff as it's not quite like C and not quite like C# so I shelved it and went back to web scripting.

Then my friend Steve gave me a head-start on an app I had been wanting to write (he basically wrote the whole thing except for eight lines that he mailed me later) and then I read this little C Language Tutorial for Cocoa which presupposes you have some working knowledge of PHP and maybe some C.

The tough thing for me about programming useful Windows apps isn't learning C# or C++, it's getting good at hunting down how to interface with libraries or APIs. For Windows I'd use The Code Project, which was a great place to get ideas for projects, but I couldn't seem to find anything for OS X. I still haven't, but the Apple Developer site has been a great start, and CocoaDevCentral has been great so far.

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B0002uryyi01a8d6jg7eef1iu_scmzzzzzzz_It occurred to me after we landed in Long Beach that my girlfriend had me smuggle this bath BOMB from SF in my luggage.

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AmazoncomprimeonlylogoI decided to sign up for "Amazon Prime" which is Amazon's new promotion allowing people to pay a fee and receive unlimited 2-day shipping. I currently buy about one order a month from Amazon (usually in groups for free shipping), and probably buy two items at my local Borders or CompUSA. I realized that very often I don't buy things and simply add them to my wishlist where they rot and disappear.

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I had dinner with Anil the other night and he urged me to add a small feature I had been putting off to Dropcash. Someone, it might have been me, said during dinner "How can you facilitate the movement of money and not make any money?" It's a real head scratcher, eh?

So I added the feature today. When your campaign goal is reached you receive an email informing you of this, and a link suggesting a small donation based on a percentage of your goal. I then round-robin PayPal addresses between me and Jason. We'll see how that goes.

More features coming soon.

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My friend Matt pointed out how some people's sites he reads are evolving into a handful of links sprinkled with some jokey commentary. It's true, I'm one of those people he's referring to. I promised myself I'd get stuff up on this site this year and part of that has meant that I fall back on del.icio.us links, rather than what I should be doing which is just sitting down for twenty minutes and writing something when I have the time. Quality over quantity, maybe.

Part of why I've been so excited about del.icio.us and using it to post links is that I'm writing some API thing that will make it simpler for me to publish my links to TypePad. I guess I've gone a bit overboard. I see a lot of links in a day, and sometimes I just want to save them for my own use, so why not get them up on the site too? Unfortunately TypePad doesn't allow the finer tuning of widths and styles that might be needed, so I'm working to help get around that.

One thing about using TypePad is that it forces you to be a little creative with how you do things. It's kind of like what Matt (the hater) said about people liking limits. I chose to work with TypePad rather than my own MT install for a few reasons, but chief among them is that I liked the idea of being constrained with a very narrow-use blogging application. If MovableType is the car then TypePad is my scooter.

I picked TypePad because I find it makes me think more creatively about solutions for getting it to do what I want it to do. I figure there's a lot of people out there who might be dealing with those same problems but not know how to program, and that's just the kind of group I like to help out.

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Dance_2But at least consider the Internet.

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