Month: April 2007

A List Apart: Doing the survey, crunching the stats


The web design gurus of A List Apart have finally taken it upon themselves to codify and quantify this thing called web design. “Who does it?” they ask. “And why?” So if you do any web work – in the design or development arenas – feel free to take a stab at their quick-to-fill-out survey. You’ll feel better after you’ve done it, and it will be for the good of the industry. And prizes! You […]

6502 Assembly Language


Back in those early days – when I was a little kid in the start of the ‘80s – we had a computer. It was an Apple ][+. It was a fine computer, if a little expensive, but I cut my computer chops typing in programs from Nibble magazine. I learned AppleSoft BASIC and all that. Cut to college, second semester of my sophomore year I took computer science 101. It was fun and easy […]

Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84


CNN is reporting this morning about the death, yesterday, of American author Kurt Vonnegut. It must be a little too early in the morning for the on-air CNN folks though because they listed Catch-22 as one of Vonnegut’s books, which is of course by Joseph Heller. Hopefully they’ll correct that for later broadcasts. The NYTimes has an obituary up as well. Wikipedia is also on the case already. One of my first places here in […]

The Skimmable (Forgettable?) Boing Boing


I don’t know when it happened, but I realized recently that I don’t really read Boing Boing anymore. It’s still there in my feedlist, and certainly they still are posting quite frequently. But somewhere in there I got tired of seeing the same four or five ideas posted in innumerable permutations. It’s so homogeneous, it’s turned bland to my taste buds. I just don’t seem to have the time or the inclination to wade through […]

Miranda July has a new book of stories due out


So here’s my little Miranda July story. A couple of years ago, I had gone to the Kill Rock Stars website. KRS is an independent record label on the left coast. They had a sampling of MP3 files from their artists. I downloaded what I could. Okay, fast forward a few months. For some reason, when I was driving, a song would keep coming up on my iPod, which was plugged into the car stereo. […]

Where have you been all my life, Scribus?


I was looking at this entry over on Vichar’s Linux blog and was amazed. It’s basically a list of a lot of open source alternatives to proprietary software. It’s a very excellent list, and the software listed there is top notch. What totally caught my eye is an alternative listed to Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress called Scribus. I’ve been back in the Linux world for a year and a half, and I’ve heard no one […]

Movable Type template for an Atom 1.0 feed


I’m always tinkering with the back-end of Manufactured Environments – trying out new ideas and learning. One recent change is that we switched from an RSS 2.0 feed for the main blog to Atom 1.0. I figured it was time to go with this more comprehensive and rational solution for syndication. One advantage of the Atom feed is that it offers both summaries and full-text posts of the blog. I see that the Atom 1.0 […]

Don’t go back to Rockville


With a pending move, I’ve had a chance to look back over the past decade that I’ve spent here in Iowa City. Long, strange trips, indeed. I never could have imagined what was in store for me when I showed up on Linn Street in May 1996. My first place was downtown, and that was a great introduction to the pulse of the city. The places that we live in shape us in perceptible ways. […]



I had some news I wanted to share with you about big moves. In a couple of weeks, I will be leaving the pastoral splendor that is Iowa for the northern beauty of Wisconsin. I’ve accepted a position within my company in their Appleton, Wis. office. I will officially be working for the Wisconsin group – a collection of ten newspapers throughout the state. Appleton, which is not far from Green Bay, has a metro […]

It’s not about the blogs, anymore.


As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the quarter just ended, and we’re due for another State of the Blogosphere report. My money is on a big decline. Well, at least with blogs. And that’s where the story is, according to Dave Sifry. Today, he posted a State of Technorati post. It doesn’t come out and say that blogs have gone to the dogs, but instead he looks toward where the growth is: social […]