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I'm peeking through the curtain at shul into the big main synagogue as my son practices his barmitzvah haftorah. It's very vouyeristic. The Rabbi is moving about applying his attention in his trademark manner that corrects the slips while remaining silent otherwise. Seeing this caring detachment with my son, the same as I enjoy each and every day with my own learning, only strenghtens the love and respect the Rabbi earned years ago.

- Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 19:08:59 (EST)
I've been building flowcharts with QuarkXpress for years. Sure, there are tools for that sort of thing, but they just aren't sensitive enough for a sensitive guy like me. My workflow has developed a hiccup, however. Repurposing media has always been a trick, but now we are able to build full-blown apps that are the size of an image file by using vectors. (nothing new there) My problem is that these print docs could have been opened in Flash if they were created in Illustrator. The thing is, I'm partial to quark from my newspaper days and always sought an excuse to bust out the dusty tools. Guess that's gonna end (snifsnif) 'cuz I'm too busy to do the art twice.

- Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 19:07:19 (EST)
I can't quit thinking about the girl who was murdered around the corner on 55th a couple days ago. Being a dick, I joked it off to the kids with some pimp & ho story and even asked some bystanders if they saw the stain. (that earned a pack of glares) The story was that some dude got dumped, shot her on the sidewalk outside her condo, then killed himself. Shocking, but sadly common. The dude who sold me some smokes today brought it home. The girl was 21 and just graduated. He shot her 4 times while she was down. Now that's messed up.

- Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 21:27:13 (EST)
Last night we finally got to see Holy Rollers and it was spectacularly relevant. Like most movies that look into Hassidic culture, they missed many technical details (tefillin straps) and muffed the hebrew. Fine. That's to be expected. What they did do, at least for me, is tap into the emotional response to very heavy situations and philosophies. Mark Eisenberg's character walked the fine line between modern and ancient worlds and showed us in sharp contrast how different they truly are. Perhaps it got a bit moralistic at the end, but what story about sin and repentance wouldn't?

- Wednesday, December 08, 2010 at 14:39:55 (EST)
During the weekend, I saw The Social Network, a brilliant hacker movie that I couldn't recommend higher. Today, I feel some resentment though because I was in this business years before Mark Zuckerberg gacked facematch. So, where is my $250 billion?

- Monday, October 25, 2010 at 18:57:27 (EDT)
I sent my first tweet as @cancersite and pointed to my fledgling cancer community site. It looks so good now, but the template didn't work with buddypress like another site I'm launching. I added twitter and facebook links to the canceranswers homepage. I can use some help with the next step. I think I have a handle on aggregating content on facebook, but I don't know how to get others interested in posting/moderating the page. I also don't know how to pimp my twitter page. Automating contend on the canceranswers homepage is another big one that can pay. My google $ appears to have increased $200 this month.

- Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 14:05:46 (EDT)
Plex wouldn't play on my machines, but I found a port for PPC from XBMC and figured out how to watch in "windowed" view. Thus, now I am watching Da' Ali G Show without opening an app while I "work". Plus, is there a format this thing can't handle? My music and photo libraries are revolutionized in simplicity! I grabbed a suicidegirl archive years ago off kray that was useless before xbmc indexed it with folder thumbs :) After a massive video media migration last night, (2.4TB!) the app just new that the source has changed and reindexed on the fly when I opened it this morning. All this on a G4 mac-mini!

- Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:04:28 (EDT)
As a seasoned internet pro, I scoff at viruses. That is, until my PC was taken down by a good one . Many fixes failed, including a format and new XP install. Being a hater, I just went to eBay and bought a five-year old Mac Mini for about $70. Then, a new DVI display adaptor (paid 4 times the price for "genuine apple" because it was prettier) and USBwireless adaptor (no airport card!). So much for the "bargain." Finally, it starts and connects. Needless to say, that old mac runs nicer and plays video better than any PC I've ever been enslaved to. Plus, I found a KILLER APP that allows writing to a NTFS Partition with a mac. That alone makes the effort worth it.

- Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 14:33:34 (EDT)
This is the first entry since removing the blog from my homepage.

- Wednesday, August 04, 2010 at 18:10:09 (EDT)
I didn't mean this to be a rant about all things google, but what research project does not begin there? I've used health.google for my personal records, but as a resource it is awesome as well. There was a new interface at images.google as well. Just when you thought their offering was perfect, it gets better. Anyway, I have a toothache. The bad news is it's Periodontitis. The good news is also that it's Periodontitis. I went to the dentist expecting the drill and left with floss. I'm not the only one with lousy dental hygiene and TMJ. But, I'll save a ton of dough if the floss stops the bone loss. My wallet is one of my best teachers...

- Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:56:12 (EDT)
My Cancer Treatment Information site actually makes money from advertising. Then again, it was built in 1996 and online ever since with huge traffic and links to it from all over the world. For new sites, there is no traffic so it is impossible to earn ad income. In the month of June, I was able to drive traffic to the site with the following results: 35 Clicks, 656 Page impressions and an Estimated earnings of $24.91 (sweet!) What this doesn’t account for is the $173.25 I paid to bring that traffic. I bought ads so I could sell climbing walls. I got one email and no clients, then stopped the campaign after losing money. July's stats? 10 pages and 0 clicks = $0 earnings.

- Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 14:01:16 (EDT)
Here's another reason why it is hard to be in this business these days. Having a website is no big deal. When I made my first site in 1994, it was radically cutting-edge. By today's standards, it's less than a joke. Now, you can get a site like this for free. The deal with this client was free site programming and hosting if I could post my ads, but they wanted a cut. The site had incredible functionality for sharing, but the client didn't want to share. What good is a blog with no posting? Go post to it yourself. At least someone will...

- Wednesday, July 07, 2010 at 22:08:17 (EDT)
I don't really like talking about building custom websites anymore. The industry has changed and selling people on the new model is hard. A new client provides a good example. He had a WordPress site already and could use some optimization help. So, I ported his site to .html and posted ads. He was opposed to ads for the "competition" while using open source software to run his site, yet saw no irony in it. Another new client gets it and will be fun to develop a web 2.0 portal for him. I have an idea for capturing traffic and for promoting this guy. No idea what this is good for yet. (inspired by the L.A. Eruv)

- Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 13:27:06 (EDT)
I finally redesigned one of my sites that was put up in 1996. It used to move product, but now it drives traffic due to high search relevancy. It didn't help that someone stole my code and cloned my site (!) Go ahead, compare my page to theirs. Now, check the redesign. Nice. Special shout-out to Bare Bones for allowing the replacement of code blocks through whole folders of files using their BBEdit tool. I had to move to a new server because my old one got bought (again) by some crap company. Big hassle, but a good thing. Check out my new product launch. Saphira is on the East Coast, so I gaked a mobile phone blog for her. She also has this one.

- Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 19:02:06 (EDT)
My life has been pretty serious as of late. The whole parenthood and head of household thing has taken on a new flavor as I come into my own. Still, the person I was is who I am and some stuff remains a family value to be passed to my kids. A big one is the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) ethic and aesthetic. It's sooo punk! Thus, we packed it uptown to see The Runaways, the year's best movie by far. (Avatar? Feh!) There was some big league teenstar power pulling us in. Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie was more than perfect. Same with Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Jailbait! Stella Maeve (Emma Boardman on Gossip Girl!) was cute as Sandy West, but the show-stealer was Michael Shannon (Cecil B. DeMented!) as Kim Fowley. That's who I want to be when I grow up! Therein lies the contradiction...

- Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 14:14:39 (EDT)
Man, I've really been lagging on my blog lately. It has something to do with my time being my own now that I don't rely on an employer to pay my bills. Another big factor is that the kids have grown enough for me to join the minyan at shul three times a day. Another huge time commitment is learning the Daf Yomi. To do this, I got my first volume (out of 72) of the Artscroll Schottenstein Edition. The current Masechet is Sanhedrin and it is WAY complicated. Thus, I find myself studying at all hours of the day and night to keep up with the page-a-day schedule. Today is Purim and it has it's own set of related mitzvot. Last night, the kids joined me after Seudah Shlishit for Megillat Esther, which is alway a rowdy good time. We distributed Mishloach Manot today, which is another of the activities related to the day, along with Matanot l'Evyonim and Machatzit HaShekel. The night finished with the Purim Seudah which was a tipsy good time for all.

- Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 16:25:18 (EST)
Happy New Year! I hope you have a good one!

- Friday, January 01, 2010 at 03:10:28 (EST)

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