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Tuesday December 19, 2006
08:57 PM

I'm over here, folks

Hi everyone, after a crazy long hiatus on blogging I'm giving it another shot, this time without mirroring to use Perl.

I'm at

I love you all. Yes, like that.

Wednesday October 05, 2005
05:49 PM

Important Web 2.0 Observation

Since I may pass before the end of this session, I have to give you this important information.

Web 2.0 is the first conference I've been to where you pay a lot of money to be at the conference, your chances of actually seeing a session is 50/50, and if you make into a session you're likely to be baked within 45 minutes.

Paying for torture. Yeah baby!

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08:56 AM

Arrival Day at Web 2.0

Yesterday I flew to San Francisco for Web 2.0. I went to my hotel, then to the Conference hotel to hang out and register. Since Socialtext is a sponsor I received a bright yellow badge with an even brighter ribbon. That's new to me, but so is Web 2.0. I know a bunch of folks at this conference, but none of them were around yesterday. Thankfully my co- worker Jon Prettyman arrived around dinner time so we took a walk to North Shore for food.

North Shore was cool. We found a Rogue Beer Garden, October Fest style, and sampled some Rogue and German beers. Then we went to a Seafood and Jazz place for dinner. They serve New Orleans and Cajun food while the band dishes out the tunes. Gelato and a last call drink finished off the excursion and I crashed in my room.

Now I'm up at 6:30am, my bright yellow badge almost glowing to keep me awake. Today should be fun. Several Socialtext employees get to speak at the conference and I get to meet some friends again.

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Tuesday October 04, 2005
07:12 AM

On my way to Web 2.0

Headed to a happening conference. About to board for Web 2.0.

I have the exciting opportunity to go to a conference as an attendee, I get to soak up all the interesting things from other people. I also get to meet some of my co-workers for the first time. I expect I'll be in Palo Alto for the afternoon, and I'll return to San Francisco in the evening. These things are very fluid though.

Web 2.0, see you soon!

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Monday September 26, 2005
08:42 AM

What's Happening

Life goes fast.

Our new baby is a happy one, he sleeps well and eats a lot. He's cute too, I think.

Today is the beginning of week number four at a new job. I don't think I mentioned it when I started, which is bad, but I'm working at Socialtext and I'm having a great time. The team and work are great.

I'll be headed to Web 2.0 next week. This conference looks to be a lot of fun, I hope to see some of you there. I'll bring baby pictures and I'll help you get Wikiwyg integrated into your project if you like. I've been spending all of my time working on Wikiwyg lately, and I think it's a hot project. I even did the website design, which I think isn't too shabby.

My open source work has been lagging, as most of you know. I have plenty of excuses, but none of them are all that great. You know, little things like a new baby, new job, and new life. I will overcome these shortly. Please stay tuned.

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Monday September 12, 2005
04:32 PM

David Oliver West has Arrived

Welcome to the world!

Birth2005-09-12 17:12:00 Weight7lb 10oz Length20.5 Inches

See the picture:

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09:49 AM

David Oliver West, ASAP

Chastity has begun labor. My new son will be born today. I'll be photo blogging him as soon as he's cleaned up and happy.

As you might imagine, I might be slightly unavailable today. Enjoy your day!

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Tuesday September 06, 2005
08:30 AM

Wiki Wednesday in Pittsburgh - Sep 7

[ #26619 ]

Pittsburgh gets its own Wiki Wednesday meeting!

This is your chance to get a free scoop of ice cream and discuss the latest about wikis, find jobs in social software, find great wiki software for your business, and did I mention -- eat ice cream!

SocialText is going to pick up the tab for one scoop of Ben & Jerry's (in Squirrel Hill) ice cream for all RSVP's. Stop by and chat!

For more info on Wiki Wednesdays all over the world, visit

See you there!

Tuesday August 23, 2005
11:31 AM

Apple's Address Book Disappoints

UDPATE: I suck. My color contrast is way off on my powerbook display. There is no little box in my edit view because of that. So the hate must be directed to my contrast selecting software, which probably exists somewhere behind my eyes.

I meet a lot of people and I'm trying to get into the habit of writing down some information about them. Things like phone numbers and names, and maybe how I met them or why I met them. Apple's Address Book application is great for that. But it falls short in one very important area. I can't store a photo!

I need a visual aid to remember lots of people. Photos are perfect for that, as it turns out, and address books should store that information too. I need to send this to hates-software...

I wonder if hates-software will junk up the HTML in this post I need for my journal... now do I hate MT or Siesta, or is my preemptive hate all for not?

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Thursday August 18, 2005
07:18 PM

JSAN Updates

JSAN - JavaScript Archive Network

  • Two more mirrors were created. One in Portugal and another hosted by Playboy.
  • David Wheeler updated the distribution display to show the README.
  • David Wheeler and I made the META link point to JSON or YAML meta files, given context.
  • I presented a talk on JSAN to the Sophos in late July that was very well received.
  • I presented two talks on JSAN at OSCON in Portland that were both well received.
  • The BOF on JSAN at OSCON was small but very well received.
  • JSAN powered Planet OSCON which was a huge success for a kind of "flash aggregator" for the event.
  • I was able to get a little rest and family time, and make some other huge changes in my life that I'll write about later.

Since I've last written there have been some major distributions uploaded. They're all quite neat and I'll discuss them over time. Today I'd like to talk about Brian Ingerson's (and friends) Wikiwyg distribution. It looks really cool! A rich text editor that turns any 'div' into an editing environment! Check out the demo.

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