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Monday, July 11th, 2005

Wil Wheaton at WSOP

I stumbled across Wil Wheaton’s blog after his last slashdot interview, and it’s great. I’ve been a fan of him as both a person and a technologist after watching him on the late, lamented The ScreenSavers on TechTV.

Wil’s description of his first experience, with less than auspicious results, at the World Series of Poker is intimate, entertaining and endearing. He’s a hell of a writer and I need to get my hands on his books. The trouble is, he writes so well about his preparation and experience, he might be giving away too much of the mystique of the game that has enthralled viewers since the Travel Channel started showing the World Poker Tour, which kicked off a bunch of imitators. Rounders got my attention, but World Poker Tour sealed my interest. Attaboy Wil, I can see you got caught up at the same time, but you acted where I did not. You’ve got my support. Knock ’em dead! Better luck next time!

Posted by Greg as People, Posts About Me at 18:53 PST

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First Real Deployment of GFame

Well, I uploaded it. In my right sidebar is my first real deployment of GFame as code, not a simulation. The data you see displayed is pulled from my website’s MySQL database (db), not hard coded into the template.

I had previously uploaded and activated a file that I called GFame in my WordPress plugin folder, but all it did was establish a page in my administrator’s Options in the backend – it only has one line for input (outdated now, because it asks for my Google API key), and it didn’t do anything. I’ve replaced it with this deployment.

As of now, the GFame plugin contains a set of functions that accesses my db, pulls out the stored values, and displays them (with options). I still need to:

Yes, I’m still doing the lookup searches using my interactive parser and entering the results into the database manually. But I’m making progress. I don’t get much time to code.

Based on stuff I’ve read on the Internet, particularly at Googlebar’s homepage, I probably shouldn’t include the PageRank functions into my distributed plugin. It might make me a target for the Google lawyers. But who knows, maybe the parsing is enough to get them hot – it does bypass their ads.

Posted by Greg as My Website, Programming at 14:42 PST

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Changed Home

When I first started this site in February of this year, I put up a bio as my opening page. I wanted the search engines to find something that stood out as me, just in case anyone was looking.

Now I don’t necessarily want to shove my life story down someone’s throat when they first come here. The search engines have found a lot of my site and I am confident that the bio will still be included after I moved it off center stage. I put up an intro screen as the root page. It was impulsive, but probably long overdue. I had planned on deploying Mambo to manage the whole site, but so far I’m still learning it, and practicing on the other two websites I’m trying to put up. My blog seems to be quite satisfactory as a repository of stuff I want to post to the world for now.

Posted by Greg as My Website, Posts About Me at 11:17 PST

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