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Category: food

03/18/06 01:08 - 28ºF - ID#32527

Left Bank

Last night I went with (e:hodown), (e:lilho) and (e:terry) over to Left Bank for dinner. Unfortunately, (e:matthew) couldn't make it becaus ehe had to work. I felt bad because he has wanted to go there for so long.

Their food is seriously fancytastic but quite expensive. I would have to say it seemed worth it though. I don't know if I would have felt that way a year ago.

We started out with fried Calamari, fried Oysters, a salad and fried wanton combo and giant jumbo shrimp on top of artichoke bottoms.

For dinner (e:terry) had a giant ravioli cheese extravaganza, I had lamb stew with the softest yummiest lamb bits I have ever had, (e:hodown) had the most expensive thing on the menu: a really nice steak with jumbo shrimp on top, then covered in melted cheese. (e:lilho) had salmon.

I drank wine. The first cheaper wine actually tasted much better than the second round of more expensive wine.

I think it came to something like $150.00 plus a $45 tip. My phone battery was dead so i didn't get any photos, but I think hodown did. Unfortunately, she has one of those old fashioned non-digital cameras- so who knows if we will ever see those pics.
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Category: estrip

03/17/06 02:43 - 30ºF - ID#32526

Busy Day

Before I left work I connected my laptop to the internet via a USB cord and my phone. I actually get 2.3mbps. I love my phone.

Then I came home form work and met with (e:kara) about public relations and changing some stuff on the site. Some of it is big changes, some of it is little changes. First of all I fixed the inlink system so that it is as easy as the regular elinks. Hopefully, this will make connecting journal entries much easier which I think is an important thing to make easy as it makes reading and understanding the flow of jorunals much easier. I encourage you peeps to always link between your own and other epeeps directentries e.g. (e:news,782) instead of just (e:paul) You
basically just add a comma in between the username and the specific entry and it makes follwong a conversation a lot easier for readers. I will retrofit all of your old inlinks this weekend.

So bye bye, inlink chains. I feel free-er already. Here is what (e:kara) and I discussed.

goals:
more committed users - what make some ~100 user sign up but not write. What makes people tired of writing?

strategies to achieve this goal:
ongoing viral marketing projects; incentive programs (contests for new users, mobile users); signage in college residence halls and college newspapers.

Newbie Guide focusing on "what to do when you get to the (e:strip)" - publishing and chatting, to start.

- additional sections: why you should draw; why you should use epad; uploading media; using links, file sharing with gather, testmonials?
Promote Bonus Features: remember buffalo; gather; documeet; media library; sounds and music.

For Paul:

updating each user's profile page to be more free sort of like a mini myspace; converting the newbie email to plaintext from HTML to avoid email system inconsistences; popup messages should appear on the page as they are posted, not after a page reload - live private messenging; add a musical note icon to the "sound on"; when "inlinking," change the code to be (e:paul,15); rewrite the categories using AJAX or pulling in the categories already used; make the "add a sketch" graphic say "(e:draw)" - something more explicit about drawing.

Explore options for partnerships with verizon, cingular, tmobile to promote mobile features.

Side Note:
I also "completed" my truly awesome web site maker today. Now you can include PHP or HTML/javascript snippets on a per page basis. So basically, it has the option to be parsed using estrip's textBling parser or to just use regular HTML, CSS, javascript, PHP markup. I may user part of the concept for the new profiles. I want some sort of drag and set layout for pictures music, text, etc.
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Category: buffalo

03/16/06 09:45- ID#32525

Bye bye Buffalo Current

This is as farewell as it gets. Here is the truck picking up all the Buffalo Current boxes last night.

I wonder if I could get three of those. Does anyone know the people behind the Buffalo Current.

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03/16/06 01:33 - 34ºF - ID#32524

New Game

Preview of a game I am working on, it loads new userpics each time.



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Category: web

03/15/06 07:52 - 34ºF - ID#32523

Working on the poetry site

I am making a website for this older gentleman using my new CMS system. I love being able to quickly get something up with little effort, it gives me more opportunity to concentrate of the design. He typed all these poems on an old fashioend typewriter and is about 80 years old. He would like his work to be published to the web. I think it is pretty cool that it will have the photograph of the typed copy next to the html text of each poem.

I will post the link when it is done. The poetry is about the stages of life and is entitled, "The Ages of Woman and Man"

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While I was at it, I created a typerwiter key maker, so I am going to do an estrip theme based on typewriters. It will be the first black theme.

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Category: web

03/15/06 07:02 - 35ºF - ID#32522

Surebert and alexwebcamworld

I redid the surebert site a while back and today I was looking at the stats. Surebert is a very simple to use AJAX API I wrote last year. It looks like it has been downloaded almost 500 times yet I the only place that linked back to the surebert site, like I requested, is my boss's church's web site. In combination with Poser (downloaded 150 times and avaiable in both ASP and PHP format), also on tthe surebert site it can grab data from anywhere on the net and include it live on your site using only javascript. in fact it is what runs the chat, the peep count, the old radio, the many other features on this site.

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Today I found alexswebcamworld ] on google by searching for surbert.js.

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The site seems to be a guy who keep most of his life on web cam. I frequently thought about this a couple years ago but honestly, having a mobile blog was more appealing at the timeand I went with that route. Maybe when I can have a live mobile webcam blog I will change my mind. I think actually, I can have that right now if I would just program it for my phone. I am so overly intimidated by Microsoft Visual Studio. It is so foreign to me, the way it works. Don't get me wrong, i love IDEs but the visual part is insane. I just am not comfortable giving up that much control to the system. It is probably because I don't fully understand how it works, but it seem slike whenever I start a project there a already a million files and lots of code.

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Category: work

03/14/06 07:03 - 32ºF - ID#32521

restaurant and breaks

I totally get absorbed in the form maker API I was making at work and forgot to take a break. I am so angry with myself because I promised I wouldn't do that anymore after 5 years of virtually no breaks at Canisius.

This was all my fault I just forgot to go until 6:59. I get out at 7PM. The thing is I always wait for terry till 8. I f his stupid phone wasn't broken I could have just called to say I am walking home, but as I have to wait anyways - I decided I would spend $11 on a fancy dinner at the hotel next door to roswell. Their food is amazing.

The guy next to me if freaking about about how he has some paycut and won't be able to afford the $500 trips to toronto on the weekends. His attorney says this and that. Blah, blah,blah Ans his property value need to be re-evaluated Thank god he has no debt, he says to some woman he is with.

In the end he decided it wuld be okay because his lower salary is still higher than most people in Buffalo.

This is a chicken focaccia sandwich. Nothing about this type of bread says focaccia to me. At least it tastes really, really good.

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Category: web

03/13/06 10:21 - 57ºF - ID#32520

Google Mars

Has anyone else seen google mars ? It is a new mars mapping interface based on the googlemaps interface. I cannot wait till they have the 3d version. You can see the data in elevation, visible image, and infrared image maps.

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Category: pets

03/12/06 08:55 - 49ºF - ID#32519 pmobl

Sugar Gliders

The sugar glider found an organic crunchy cheese stick.

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And then spent the next half hour nibbling it.
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Eventually, the other sugar glider came to investigate and snuggle
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Category: gps

03/12/06 08:06 - 49ºF - ID#32518

GPS comes so far

I remember when (e:jacob) stole my first Delorme Earthmate GPS for my iBook. I loved it. The maps it used were so innaccurate and Arizona was developing so fast . that it often showed us simply driving through the desert. Using it was the utmost complicated endeavor as it required a serial to USB converter, batteries, plenty of sky view and like ten minutes of setup before it was ready. No tto mention the software and iBook itself were flaky.

Then when I worked on Public Transphere we had some 2000 serial GPS unit that was a little more sophisticated but the interface was just as bad.

Recently I ordered a bluetooth gps for my phone and today I started actually playing wiht it. It is so incredible. It is tiny, like the size of a pack of gum, fully rechargable via usb and even works in the house. Furthmore, it is so accurate that it can detect me lifting up and putting down the phone or the speed at which I walk down the driveway. The potential is incredible and it output fully standard compliant NMEA sentences.

Look at the data mapped to google earth as I drive down elmwood. It's really great because my phone is also a 700k-1MB/s modem for my laptop.

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Before I even used it I ordered another GPS but this time just the little chip which can record to a SD card. The advantage of this setup is that it can be standalone and tiny, not much bigger than a quarter. I can attach it to anywhing and it will reocrd its position for up to two weeks.

Soon enough, I want to make my journal track me as I move around the city. To bad I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. It might be kind of boring.



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