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July 31, 2004



wonder wheel, coney island
captured with a T610, posted live and wirelessly with mfop

July 30, 2004



they might be giants, prospect park
captured with a T610, posted live and wirelessly with mfop

July 20, 2004

airport express


Bought one on a whim yesterday to replace my dependable but failing 1st generation graphite airport, and I think I'm going to have to return it. While the streaming music is a fantastic feature, it just doesn't fit into my network as a Graphite replacement. Currently my one ethernet port graphite distributes it's IP signal over the Airport and the Local lan, however the Express only distributes it's signal over the Airport, making the Express not a replacement for the Graphite, but an addition, and basically a waste.

From the FAQ which I always read after I've messed up:

Question: Since AirPort Express only has one Ethernet port, does it act as a LAN port, WAN port, or both? Answer: Depending on how you have it set up, the Ethernet port can function as a LAN port (defined as either simple bridging or sharing your Internet connection via network address translation) or a WAN port (connecting to your broadband Internet service provider or upstream router). However, it never acts as both simultaneously in the way that the original AirPort Base Station (Graphite) can. When the AirPort Express is using network address translation, the Ethernet port acts as a WAN port. When it is set up as a WDS remote station, it can act as a LAN port. Assuming that your Internet service provider only gives you one IP address (the most common scenario for homes), this means that AirPort Express can only accommodate wired clients when acting as a WDS remote base station or bridge. Therefore, if you need to support wired clients and only want to get one base station, you should get the AirPort Extreme Base Station instead

July 18, 2004

for future reference

the song for HBOs Summer Film preview video is The Von Bondies with C'mon C'mon

I can now successfully remove it from my cranium.

July 17, 2004

smart cars

a smart car is shorter length wise than a Hummer is wide. if I parked one on the street head in, it would clear the width of other cars on the street, but would I get a ticket?

July 15, 2004

six degrees of an assault weapons ban and some creative design

I have often been told that the easier you make something to understand, the more successful it will be. Successful designs of the past lend this statement to be true. Online petitions have been around as long as the internet has, and although they are pretty simple to understad the value of them as tools is debatable. I myself am never too sure that an online petition can do more than old fashioned writing and a telephone call. A new method helps to add a level of design that I have never seen before on a Petition, but whether that will help or hinder the validity of the petition remains to be seen. Even if the cause is just, the viewer may simply submit just to see their dot on the map.

What am I talking about? Well, I was working on updating the author profiles on Gothamist and I decided to checked out one of their contributors websites; therealjanelle. On this website I came across this posting which discussed a petition website that visually satisfied and relayed the data in a new way. The website, designed by eyebeam, asks the viewer to sign a petition on a pretty heavy subject, the renewal of the assault weapons ban that will be expiring pretty soon. The organizer behind it is the father of a child who was killed at Columbine.

It's not a straight forward sign and thank you form, it has a bit of creativity behind it. When the visitor signs via the below link, a visual line is traced from the originating source to the poster. The flash site is updated on the fly and dots litter the American landscape with markings of it's signatures. It's pretty impressive and very powerful technique. But there is a lot of white space that needs to be filled.

Sign it, wont you?

July 6, 2004

amazing race tonight


The premier of the 5th season of the only reality show that I can stomach and throughly enjoy begins tonight. eleven teams of two race around the world to win one million dollars. each week they must complete a set of tasks on their way to their next unknown location, eventually ending right where they started. It's amazing cause one team could be in the lead one week and behind the pack the next. It's dependent on volatile variables, like flight connections, that can send a lead into a tail spin.

I've always wanted to go on this show, I think it would be an incredible experience. I was to apply for the 5th season, but I had a scheduling conflict so I wanted to apply for the 6th season. But now I find out that they have already casted for the 6th season and it will Air in the Fall lineup! Argh! Very disappointing, but still a good thing, cause the future of Amazing Race was uncertain at the end of the 4th season. Already filming a 6th before the 5th airs is a very good sign of confidance.

Still sucks though. Ah well, I'll be watching! Amazing Race premiers tonight at 9:30 on CBS.

July 3, 2004



duncan in the park. We adopted him one week from today.
captured with a T610, posted live and wirelessly with mfop


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