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I did meet Sharlie on time. Her laptop is screwy, though, so I still have it. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll be able to fix it. Anyone know how to solve “Error 633” in Windows’ dial-up networking, assuming the obvious has been tried?

Then I went to Sandy’s for breakfast, since I got up about ten minutes before I had to be out of the house. Her hollandaise is to die for.

It rained off and on all day. Several good downpours. The garden is happy.

We have a good handful of strawberries ripening right now. Perhaps tomorrow they’ll be ready.

I’ve got my invoicing just about done for the month. There’s “only” 152 invoices that I had to flag for review tomorrow after I go hiking in Blaine Basin with mom and dad.

Improving the Web

Brendan Eich wrote (and Joel Spolksy notes):

> What matters to web content authors is user agent market share. The way to crack that nut is not to encourage a few government and big company <q>easy marks</q> to go off on a new de-jure standards bender. That will only add to the mix of formats hiding behind firewalls and threatening to leak onto the Internet.

The best way to help the Web is to incrementally improve the existing web standards, with compatibility shims provided for IE, so that web content authors can actually deploy new formats interoperably.

I think this is dead on. IE has the market share. It will have it for some time. Does that mean we should give up? Skip SVG, because it’s too limited as IE implements it? Skip XForms, because a little DOM and JScript work works better in the short term?

I think not. IE is hackable. I think that even binary plugins are okay to do the work. ActiveX does let you do things that the Netscape plugin API does not: You can extend past the edges of that little grey box. Let’s make some shims. Let’s make them tough, durable, hard-to-knock-out-of-place, easy-to-install shims. Stop saying This page made for Mozilla, stop saying This page made for IE, and stop saying Standards compliant when what that really means is We use a subset of the standards because that’s what’s available. Let’s write a set, a coherent set, of ActiveX controls. Let’s package them up in a simple, one-click installer. Let’s make it as easy to install as Flash, and as compelling to do: Let’s make SVGs sing and dance. Let’s get Joe User to install the shim just to see that funny cartoon that his brother sent him. Let’s take advantage of viral marketing and tell-a-friend-about-this-site forms. It works. It’s worked for the history of the web.

And most importantly, let’s make this shim silently upgrade IE to do what everyone really wants, whether they know it or not: Support an interoperable, standard web.

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In addition to that, I have a glass half full of wine and half full of juice. I have a fried egg sandwich with chili sauce and chutney. I have pasta with cherry-tomato and mushroom sauce.

I have anime music that I believe came from Zin.

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It’s raining. There’s been a steady shower for almost an hour now. The clouds are the same grey color the cat who is curled up as tight as he can get in my lap, and have been all day. The air is cool and moist. The mountains are mostly hidden from view. The world looks happy this evening.

Carrie called yesterday — I was so worried when I heard her voice. I wasn’t expecting a call from Quo Vadis. She was, however, asking about the recipe to bagels. I can’t remember if I botched it or not. I was completely taken by surprise. She’s having a blast, which is taking a load off of my mind. There were several times before she left that she had to be cajoled into going.

I think I have my problem with the stereo pinned down. A bad speaker cable. I shall replace it in the morning.

Note to self: You have to be up at 8:45 tomorrow, to meet Sharlie and help her with her computer again. Do not screw this up. Do not oversleep. She’s been a great customer, and you got that nice table from her on credit. Now do her a favor and be there on time.

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I had a most wonderful conversation with Jem last night. I stayed up way too late, and it was worth every bit of not being able to get up this morning.

It was nice to be able to talk about issues surrounding girlishness and lack thereof, and not have it be a weird thing to talk about.

Then, this morning, I talked to Fiona and that was good too.

I want more good conversations like that, darnit!

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One of these days, I will get up enough emotional energy to actually think about what I wear in a day, rather than just using the first thing I find that’s reasonably clean.

It’s sad, I know, but so much of the time, I just don’t have the energy to deal with it. It doesn’t help that what I’d really love to wear, I don’t own and probably doesn’t come in my size.

Grr!

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I just made my LJ page validate. Now if only there were some way to force everyone to use XHTML instead of HTML, so the friends page would.

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I’m talking to Franny. I like talking to people like Franny.

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It’s dark, so I suppose I should get off the computer and do something useful.

I haven’t checked my voicemail today. I haven’t done any real work. I did kinda poke at some fun stuff, but I really didn’t accomplish anything.

Of course, it is Sunday. I really should let myself have a break now and again.

I think I’ll make a big cup of decaf and go play the cello.

Checking in.

I shaved my legs this morning, and my chest. I feel more like a girl than I have in a while. It’s a small relief. I looked in the mirror and my posture changed a bit. I feel phyiscally better than I have in some weeks. It’s small stuff, but it makes a difference.

I don’t talk about this much. It’s partly my parents — they make comments about squeekingknute and they’re not that positive. They don’t knock summerkid much, thankfully. That would make me even more upset.

I peeked at Venus Envy this afternoon. I nearly cried right there. It wasn’t any one cartoon, either. It pokes at my psyche in funny ways that aren’t always comfy.

Carrie called, wigging out and wanting to come home early. She gets homesick so easily. I started dumping, too and it wasn’t so hot. We ended up hanging up for a while, she thought for a bit, I slept. My late nights this past week caught up to me. We talked again. My cell battery died. That was a blessing, because the ‘net phone had better quality at that point. We hashed and talked for a long time. I haven’t had that long a conversation in ages. We get wrapped up in our lives, and don’t talk much. I internalize everything and tend to hide anyway. It’s not good. I feel all clogged up.

I feel more sane now. It’s getting on toward 11:30, and I think I’ll go take a walk and get my cell charger. It’s hot in here and I’m drinking tea.

(more) Literate URLs for Swiki

I’ve been working with a fellow from Portland on getting his Swiki setup, where you can get a business card page for $25/year into some sanity. That means co-existing with everything else on the server, not taking over port 80, having sane URLs that you’d be proud to put on a business card, and being easy to administer. In addition, hiding the “list of Swikis” is important.

It turns out to be fairly easy. Start up the Swiki on port 8000 or what have you, get it running. Then set up Apache, which runs on port 80, thus:` <VirtualHost *:80>

DocumentRoot /somewhere

ServerName yoursitename

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^/(admin|schemes)(.*)$ http://localhost:8000/$1$2 [P]

RewriteRule ^/$ http://localhost:8000/MainSwikiPage [P]

RewriteRule ^/(.+)$ http://localhost:8000/$1 [P]

</VirtualHost> `

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We slept outside last night, like we have several times this week. It’s getting warm enough to do that on a regular basis, though it’s by no means hot at night. I think it’s in the mid forties lately. I haven’t checked.

Going to sleep, I saw three or four shooting stars.

Waking up in the middle of the night, the milky way was this almost blindingly bright stripe painted down the middle of the sky. I love that it’s that dark here, so that it can be the brightest thing in the sky.

I sleep really well during the darker phases of the moon. I feel rested and energized, though a little groggy still just like when I’m camping. A little warm liquid should help, though.


I am so glad to have heard from Kathleen. I’ve been missing hearing anything.


Marina, sorry for skipping out on you last night. I’m spending time with Carrie, though, before she leaves for Quo Vadis on Tuesday. I really will be around to help at some point, though.

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I just talked to Dawn for the first time in over a year. It’s so bizarre to be reading about accounting for one’s business, and then instantly got back in time four years in your head, thinking of old conversations and how things were.

Strange.

Yoink

A copy of The Last Unicorn, the 1984 printing, softback and in perfect condition? Free? Sure!

New Cellphone

Here’s a small prop to LG for making a dandy small, cheap cell phone. I got a TM510. I’m happy. I paid $50 on ebay, and it’s like new. It’s text-message beep is a little quiet for me, but I’ll live.