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Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

Neat! Quiet, I’m sleep­ing cre­ative­ly
In some ho­tels, three-dimensional ob­jects pe­ti­tion for pri­va­cy in lieu of [do not dis­turb] signs. Guests at Kinnaird Estate in Perthshire, Scotland, for ex­am­ple, place a ted­dy bear out­side their door; the pecan-colored bear wears a blue…
Busy Two Weeks

Busy Two Weeks

Busy, busy, busy. Man, the­se have been a busy two weeks. What have I been do­ing with my­self, one might ask. Well, I might re­spond, let me tell you. Here’s the overview (in no par­tic­u­lar or­der); de­tails are be­low.Revised a book pro­pos­al and out­line…
Validated As A Journalist

Validated As A Journalist

Warning: Babble to fol­low. Completely by ac­ci­dent I stum­bled across this–follow this link, about 1/3 of the way down the page. For me, this is pro­fes­sion­al val­i­da­tion as a jour­nal­ist! As, if not the num­ber one, one of Adobe’s top 5 fans, it’s al­so…
Referrer Log Spam

Referrer Log Spam

I’ve been cu­ri­ous about this for a while, watch­ing my re­fer­rer logs (where vis­i­tors are com­ing from) fill up with ap­par­ent re­fer­rals from site with ob­vi­ous spam­mer domains–I won’t use the words, we all know them. These sites should have no…
Blog Spam = Blog Success?

Blog Spam = Blog Success?

If the amount of com­ment spam a blog re­ceives equates to the pop­u­lar­i­ty and suc­cess of a blog, I Am Pariah is pret­ty suc­cess­ful. This blog ranks very high on Google for a num­ber of pop­u­lar search terms, as it al­so does on Technorati,…
Greetings From Texas

Greetings From Texas

I’m in Texas for a cou­ple of weeks–this past week and next. I got here last Sunday, and have spent time work­ing with some won­der­ful peo­ple in Dallas and Fort Worth. On this trip, my job sites are not Top Secret or even…
Back In Blog

Back In Blog

Back in blog
I hate to say it
It’s been too long I’m high on the hog
Yes I’m let loose
From Interland‘s noose
That’s kept me hang­in’ on hold
I’ve keep look­in’ at the stats
‘Cause they’re get­tin’ way high
Forget InterNIC ’cause it’ll nev­er die
I’ve got
Technical Difficulties. Please stand by.

Technical Difficulties. Please stand by.

Technical Difficulties. Please stand by. The prob­lems with the pre­vi­ous host of iamPar​i​ah​.com just won’t end! On Monday, 3 January 2005, the DNS name server change, the move from the old host to the new one, be­came ef­fec­tive. Thereafter, it should…
Uploading At this Moment

Uploading At this Moment

I am up­load­ing and con­vert­ing the old blog at this very mo­ment (9:30pm PT 4 January 2005). Please re­turn in a cou­ple of hours to see the new and im­proved iamPar​i​ah​.com with all the old con­tent (and more!) that you’ve come to love.…
iamPar​i​ah​.com Will Return in January

iamPar​i​ah​.com Will Return in January

After the first of the year I Am Pariah​.com, The Memes List, and the Saturday Slant will all be back up and run­ning at break­neck pace. They will be run­ning off a brand new WordPress in­stal­la­tion, on a fast, re­li­able server. They will…
Quark Vs InDesign Under Its Own Domain

Quark Vs InDesign Under Its Own Domain

As part of a multi-phase re­struc­tur­ing of this site–not to men­tion mov­ing to a host­ing com­pa­ny that ac­tu­al­ly works–the Quark VS InDesign cat­e­go­ry of I Am Pariah​.com has moved to its own do­main name: Quark VS InDesign​.com Now The Authority for News &
I Wept Teaching A Class Today

I Wept Teaching A Class Today

Today was my last day work­ing in Colorado Springs. I fly out ear­ly to­mor­row morn­ing. Because I am so pas­sion­ate about InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., about the graph­ics in­dus­try, and about shar­ing my en­thu­si­asm for the­se things with oth­ers through teach­ing class­es,…
Blog… Crumbling… MT… Dying…

Blog… Crumbling… MT… Dying…

This blog and the Saturday Slant will be down for a cou­ple of weeks be­cause Movable Type is falling apart. The soft­ware on which blog runs, Movable Type run­ning off a SQL data­base, is crum­bling. It’s dy­ing, a piece at a time. Comments died…
Living Fully In the Age of Computers

Living Fully In the Age of Computers

Lisa Scheller writes about Living ful­ly in the age of com­put­ers, how to think like a com­put­er, and, more im­por­tant­ly, how not to think like a com­put­er.…
Blog Problems, MT Falling Apart

Blog Problems, MT Falling Apart

Grrr! Moveable Type, the blog soft­ware that dri­ves this blog, is falling apart. Error af­ter er­ror, prob­lem af­ter prob­lem. Auto-pinging has al­ways been an is­sue. Posting and com­ment­ing out of mem­o­ry er­rors hap­pen spo­rad­i­cal­ly every few months. Now no one…
Free X1 Desktop Search (worth $75)

Free X1 Desktop Search (worth $75)

Do you like free? If you fol­low this link, and are one of the first 100 to link back to the (orig­i­nal, not this) post from your blog, Jason Calacanis will give you a free li­cense for X1​.com, the com­put­er search tool…
WordPress or MT 3?

WordPress or MT 3?

I want things like fu­ture post­ing, some­thing I have on my pro blogs The Design Weblog and Magazine Weblog, but MT 2.6x doesn’t cur­rent­ly of­fer. I’ve been miss­ing so many Saturday Slants late­ly be­cause, when Saturday rolls around, I’m usu­al­ly on…
BlogRolling​.com Over and Done With?

BlogRolling​.com Over and Done With?

Does the blogosphere still need a service like BlogRolling.com?Should it be BlogRolling.com, or is it time for a competitor to rise up?Now that BlogRolling.com is owned by the not-so-cool Tucows, BR doesn't inspire the same warm and fuzzy brand loyalty as it did as a one-man operation started as a labor of love. So, does the blogosphere want BR to continue even it manages to get its act together?
Martha Stewart Sentenced to 5 Months

Martha Stewart Sentenced to 5 Months

NEW YORK (AP) — Friday July 16, 8:25 am PT — Domestic icon Martha Stewart was hand­ed a pris­on term of just five months Friday for ly­ing about a stock sale. After ask­ing the judge for le­nien­cy, she emerged de­fi­ant from the…
Orbitz… And Go Nowhere!™

Orbitz… And Go Nowhere!™

Trying to book a flight and hotel room on Orbitz is un-fucking-believably painful. My reservations have been inprocess (and unconfirmed) for going on three hours now. After an informational dry run last night, I went to Orbitz early this afternoon…
Child Creates Video Game To Fight Cancer

Child Creates Video Game To Fight Cancer

Make a Wish kid makes a game to fight can­cer – Joystiq“Ben is a 4th grade kid who had can­cer. His doc­tor told him to vi­su­al­ize the dis­ease go­ing away, so Ben and his mom came up with the idea of us­ing…
Woman who got wrong sperm wins suit

Woman who got wrong sperm wins suit

My god! Can you imag­ine the ter­ror she must have felt for the fol­low­ing six months? That poor wom­an! Woman who got wrong sperm wins suit – PittsburghLIVE​.com“WILMINGTON, N.C. — A ju­ry award­ed $435,000 to a wom­an who was ac­ci­den­tal­ly…
A Little Customer Service Effort Goes A Long Way

A Little Customer Service Effort Goes A Long Way

Over on Seth’s Blog is this in­ter­est­ing post:“The thing is, every sin­gle per­son who walks in­to the Lost Baggage of­fice is an­noyed, dis­ap­point­ed, up­set or an­gry. And the hur­dle that American has to get over is triv­ial. “Hi,…