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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…
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?
BREAKING NEWS:  Munch's

BREAKING NEWS: Munch's "The Scream", "Madonna" Stolen At GunPoint

This morning in Oslo, Norway thieves stole Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and "Madonna" at gunpoint. Munch painted four versions of "The Scream" in different media. Stolen this morning was the tempera and pastel on board. It and "Madonna" carry a combined value of $74 million USD.
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 to make…
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…
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.
How To Blog

How To Blog

Tony Pierce has a very inter­est­ing (if con­tentious) post about how to blog. Most of his list is right on the mark; some miss­es by a mile. tonypierce​.com bus­blog “13. if you havent writ­ten about sex, reli­gion, and pol­i­tics in a week…
Spider-Man India

Spider-Man India

Spider-Man India Costume DesignPress Releases - Gotham Comics SPIDER-MAN INDIASPIDER-MAN EXTENDS FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD TO STREETS OF BOMBAY!
Bangalore, India (June 14, 2004)Marvel Comics & Gotham Entertainment GroupIndian pub­lish­ing licensee of Marvel Comics and the…
Blogging Heads and Tails, Who Wags Whom?

Blogging Heads and Tails, Who Wags Whom?

The tail is begin­ning to wag the blog,” says Lev Grossman in his TIME Magazine arti­cle, — Jun. 21, 2004” href=“http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040621-650732-2,00.html”>Meet Joe Blog (Jun. 21, 2004). “Why are more and more peo­ple get­ting their news from ama­teur web­sites called…
I Have Gmail!

I Have Gmail!

Thanks to an invite from a Weblogs, Inc. bud­dy, I now have a Google GMail address. If Google gives me any invi­ta­tions, I’ll be kind to my friends (I won’t post them on eBay).…
Brew Your Own Auto Fuel For 41 Cents A Gallon

Brew Your Own Auto Fuel For 41 Cents A Gallon

From Slashdot: Brew Your Own Auto Fuel For 41 Cents A Gallon “Iphtashu Fitz writes “Damon Toal-Rossi of Iowa City, Iowa had enough of the high price of gaso­line, so it didn’t take too much for his friend to talk…
It Pays To Fight A Ticket

It Pays To Fight A Ticket

In “— or fight one - Insure your car” href=“http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Insurance/Insureyourcar/P51288.asp?GT1=3391”>It pays to avoid a tick­et or fight one” MSN Money details prac­ti­cal and fru­gal tech­nic­ques for fight­ing a speed­ing tick­etand there­by sav­ing thou­sands of dol­lars on your insur­ance rates.…
Dear Maury, My Google Page Rank Is Too High

Dear Maury, My Google Page Rank Is Too High

The lesson here is that, for now, bloggers should be careful about the titles of their posts less they get too high a Google page ranking. I say “for now” because, before too long, the porn sites will figure out this little trick and stuff their pages with references to “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” Mark Cuban‘s “The Benefactor,” and, of course, the “Maury Show,” thus knocking us happless bloggers so far down Google’s ranking that misdirected Dear Maury mail will no longer be an issue.
Homeless Mothers Treated Like Queens In SF

Homeless Mothers Treated Like Queens In SF

I wish I had found this ear­li­er. It would have made a nice Sunday morn­ing feel-good read this Mother’s Day. I applaud Harry Denton for this unique and gen­er­ous 10 year tra­di­tion. From a press release by Harry Denton’s Starlight Room. San Francisco Sunday,…
Blogging Is My Business. Business Is Good.

Blogging Is My Business. Business Is Good.

Though I haven’t real­ly a point or argu­ment to make, I’m pass­ing this along as more of an FYI. Blogging is a new art form, and it’s a new a busi­ness form. Blogs are becom­ing com­mer­cial, make no mis­take about that. While Big Media is…