Month: July 2007

  • Michael Apted, are you alive? (Just checking)

    David Hudson on the passing of Antonioni within days of Bergman’s death: “Someone check in on Godard, make sure he’s ok.” Who is the American Bergman? My guess is Jill Sprecher . Her movie 13 Conversations about One Thing is just gorgeous and profound. Ironically the film passed under the radars of even well-informed audiences…

  • R.I.P. Ingmar Bergman (+ Persona Essay + images)

    Ingmar Bergman died yesterday. He lived a great life and did many great things. He is a hero to me. I was a Bergman fanatic in college. I was profoundly moved in every conceivable way by Persona. I called it my alltime favorite film then, and still consider it my alltime favorite. Bergman has created…

  • Nonreaders are fat

    Dana Gioia on the personal benefits of reading: DANA GIOIA: Oh, it is overwhelming. Readers are four times more likely to do volunteer and charity work. The poorest group of Americans who read do twice as much volunteer work and charity work as the richest Americans who don’t read. So it says that reading is…

  • Remove those corporate links from sponsored themes!

    Matt Mullenweg on sponsored weblog themes.  Themes are web design templates which you can download (often for free) from a theme site. He says: Finally many of these themes try to legally disallow you from removing the advertising link by claiming it’s part of the Creative Commons attribution to leave it. This is almost funny,…

  • Presentation (August 25): Optimizing for Reading: The Art and Science of Presenting Content

    On Saturday August 25 I’ll be attending Barcamp Houston. . It’s located at the Houston Technology Center near midtown. I was going to give a presentation on ebooks, but instead, I’ve decided to give a presentation on a more general topic: Optimizing for Reading: The Art and Science of Presenting Content. Subjects covered will include:…

  • Schedule of Appearances and Events

    I’ve busy updating my professional website. I just wanted to mention that I now have started a calendar page devoted to my presentations, appearances and performances at various geek events. (with an RSS feed). For future reference, I’ll be leaving it on my About/Bio page . It’s not exactly Twitter (I’m not a twittering kind…

  • Rants against Emoticons, etc.

    Cracked.com magazine has terrible layout, but great material. You have to click on the print-only version to read it. Aha, it looks like the print-only version is redirected to the ad-infested version when you click the link. See Luke McKinney’s listing of the worst Internet ads. Here’s his rant against commercial emoticons: In the beginning,…

  • Radical changes are coming… (and a request)

    In my wordpress research, I’ve been discovering some cool plugins and themes and practices. Even though I post here frequently, updating the look and feel of idiotprogrammer weblog is fairly low on my to-do list (have I mentioned that I am looking for a job)? This idiotprogrammer weblog is a low priority for me (and…

  • Creativity Porn…and how to avoid it

    Scott Andrew on music business porn: I was talking with a co-worker yesterday about this. He’s an aspiring writer and has interest in doing voiceover work, and he suffers from the same sort of “how-to” overload. It’s easy (and strangely comforting) to spend way too much time reading articles on how to be a successful…

  • SEO & WordPress

    Matt Cutts on how to determine whether to do an audio or video podcast: head over to the site hotornot.com and submit your photo. If you’re a 7 or above, do a video podcast. If you’re a 6 or below, stick to audio podcasts. (by the way, I’ll probably be doing video tutorials very soon!)…

  • Genuine Happiness

    A succinct definition of happiness: finding (and eating) a perfectly ripe watermelon.

  • Bathroom Connectivity…why?

    I am not trying to scoff. I merely seek answers. I have noticed that newer houses and hotels include telephone jacks (and presumably internet connections) in the bathroom.  Can someone explain why? I am proud to say that I have never  telephoned anyone while in the restroom (although I have done it once or twice…

  • Portable ogg players…where?

    Just the other day I was at the electronics store looking over the flash mp3 players. If the price was right (under $50), I might have bought something. I’m looking for something just for podcasts (My 40 gig player is already stuffed with mp3s). I was very happy with my iriver hard drive players from…

  • Fedora 7 install…no problem ! (so far)

    Well, I had been worrying unnecessarily about installing fedora 7 on my laptop. Sure, it was a pain downloading the DVD and backing up data, but this time it didn’t present me with a lot of choices and installed things fairly quietly. Also, the dual boot situation wasn’t messed up at all. Right now, it’s…

  • Houston Technical Writer and Trainer: Resume and Portfolio

    Here’s the resume and portfolio for Houston technical writer and trainer Robert Nagle

  • Political kitsch videos

    Political kitch as a musical video: Obama Girl vs. Guiliana Girl . See also Hot for Hillary. RX of course was the pioneer of this format with his song Dick is a Killer. I remember Tom Tomorrow’s prediction that the reelection of George W. Bush would make it easier for him to make a living.…