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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
My father, Jack Lawrence Martin, died this morning at 8:00 a.m. He was 85 years old. He served in the Civilian Concervation Corps and was Corporal in the Army Air Force during World War II. He loved farming, raising animals, collecting antiques, and old-time country music (especialy Roy Acuff and The Stanley Brothers).
Sunday, July 27, 2003 redesigns.
The Pianist [here, here, and here] seems to have two official homepages (both flash-based but good) as well as a site just for its soundtrack, which includes some nice samples that play in a loop (I have it open in another window right now, in fact). The Pianist is another in a long line of good films about the holocaust that make you want to crack open your history books and get a better understanding of things.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Geek update: Been coding Flash MX all day for a new CD-ROM project that's due August 15th. I'll try to create a web version as well. And, either way, I'll be adding some screen shots to the portfolio. Found some good info on setting up Tomcat on Windows 2000. It references Java 1.3 and Tomcat 3.2.1, but it works with the latest distro. Setting it up is a snap. And it's also easy to roll out on OS X (though, on my old iBook, it's too slow to be much fun).
Movie update: Caught Pirates of the Caribbean, which was fun and reminded me a bit of The Princess Bride. Also watched Phone Booth, believe it or not, which was far from good but not nearly as bad as I had heard. Also saw The Live of David Gale which was horribly preachy and, despite my eternal respect for Kevin Spacey's acting (which is as good here as anywhere else), was better done several years ago in Dead Man Walking (which is also a bit didactic, but to a lesser extent). It's hard to create an "issues" movie that doesn't suck. The Insider pulls it off. I can't think of any others that do.
Monday, July 21, 2003
Found a good introductory tutorial on making JDBC connections to MySQL databases with the Connector/J driver. Great sample code helps you test your install in seconds.
Friday, July 18, 2003
I keep forgetting to mention Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, a nice little movie about life and why we bother living it. It stars Alan Arkin, whom I've liked since I first saw him in Glengarry Glen Ross. I also have a soft spot for Ray Liotta, who has done some fine work and some not-so-fine work over the years. But things are getting better. Identity was solidly entertaining and Narc was a really solid film (as good as all the hype I'd heard about it). I Also caught About Schmidt, which was good but very slow going. I'm still not sure if the destination is worth the journey in that one.
Thursday, July 17, 2003
It's the end of the road for Netscape. One wonders what effect, if any, this will have on Mozilla (note the fancy redesign).
Tuesday, July 15, 2003 weighs in on the SCO affair
Compay Segundo, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, died Sunday at age 95.
Monday, July 14, 2003
Post-Boom Job Guide, from It's from earlier this year, but still relevant.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
Nothing tastes quite as good as food grown in your own garden. Our Roma and cherry tomatoes are starting to make. Mmmm good.
Gina has been accepted at the MUSC College of Pharmacy! That means I'm on the job hunt, trying to find something in Charleston, South Carolina (maybe I can get a consulting gig improving their web site, for one). If you're in the loop about such things, email me. Gina has already started packing up our house.
The comments are working the but the comments counters aren't incrementing. I suspect a permissions problem. Archives are working again. Work continues on the new blogware. I've also been getting lots of questions and positive feedback for showlister.
Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Looks like the hacking contest of the previous weekend was a non-event--and possibly a hoax. I took down two servers just in case.
Adobe is dropping the Mac version of Premiere in the next version. That's quite a shocker, as it was only the most recent version that made the move to OS X. I guess Apple's Final Cut Pro has been making serious inroads. The sad thing is, I'm not sure how they'll compete with SonicFoundry's Vegas on the PC platform. Maybe they should port Premiere to Linux and gain a new user base.
Garret linked this interesting review of Ms Coulter's latest screed.
The new version of blogger has a fresh new look, but I'm halfway through rolling my own blogware, which will be a complete rewrite/rethink of an open source project I started a long time ago. The new version will be called "Wheatblog App" so as not to confuse it with wheatblog. I should have it by the end of the month.
Friday, July 04, 2003
RIP, Barry White.
Caught Punch-Drunk Love today. Another fine film from P. T. Anderson. Also caught Gangs of New York, which was really, really bad. A sad addition to Scorsese's many great films.

The media lab at MIT is always cooking up cool things, including the government information awareness site (
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Congratulations to Amy and Jose on the birth, today, of their son, Christopher.
Some open source flash fun from
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