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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but all it did was establish a page in my administrator’s Options in the backend – it only has one line for input (outdated now, because it asks for my Google API key), and it didn’t do anything.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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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Turned 40

I watched the clock change from 11:59 to 12:00 and I officially turned 40. The first thing I did was check my balls – they were still there, so I guess everything else will be ok.

Posted by Greg as Posts About Me at 00:05 PST

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

Cool Birthday Present

Today (technically yesterday), on the way home from work, I stopped to pick up my birthday present from my Mum and Dad. I had to wait until after dinner and then for Boo to fall asleep to play with it, but it was worth it!

I’m looking at the ‘net now through my brand new 19″ flatscreen. I bumped the resolution up from my normal 1024 x 768, which I have been using both at home and work for years, to 1280 x 1024, and I feel like a kid in a candy store. Thanks Mum & Dad!

I have typically upgraded or added features piece by piece but the monitor has always been low on my list. I’ve always been perfectly happy with whatever 17″ (and sometimes 15″) that I could get my hands on. But I see now that I’ve made a serious mistake. True, the couple of hundred bucks I could have spent on a bigger monitor have bought me a lot of hard drives, memory and cpu upgrades over the years, and I never knew what I was missing. But that’s all over now.

This is going to make it a serious drag for me at work now. I’ve been cursing that old 600 MHz NT 4.0 128M ram machine for its slowness ever since I built my 3.2 GHz machine at home, but now the screen is going to suck as well! At least I can use it to look at my site and get some perspective when I want to cram more stuff in than will show well on smaller resolutions. Or am I an old dinosaur for sticking with the 1024 x 768? It’s hard to know – my boss still uses 800 x 600 and it drives me nuts when I sit down at his machine to investigate whenever he wants to know if the latest minor malfunction is really his boss spying on him.

Posted by Greg as Family & Friends, Hardware & Drivers at 01:39 PST

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