Blog Update


In case anyone is still out there, I just updated my blog again, agian, again. Again. About a month ago I decided to give Ghost a try, and it was a little bit of a rocky start. Ghost is new, started by some ex-WordPress people, and it's super cool. Other cool people are hard at work making gorgeous themes for the Ghost blogging platform, and one very industrious dude wrote a nice import tool for taking your shit from WordPress to Ghost. But Ghost remains rough around the edges, as the developers build and add to what promises to be a great blogging platform. In the meantime, I've learned how to set up my own VPS, taking my hosting experience…

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Powered by Ghost


rumblestrip.org is now running on the Ghost platform. More later.…

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Intern Punks, and the Failure of Science to Teach (Movie) History


The education system in the United States is broken, we all know that. There are several theories about why this is, but that's not what this post is about. This is about intern punks. I work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and I am happy to do so. I also commute by bus more often than not, which I'm also happy to do. But now that we're into the summer season, a huge influx of dorky college kids have flooded into Boulder, and we all compete for seats on the "GS" regional bus from Boulder and Golden and back each day, and this has been a source of irritation for me these last couple weeks, as the intern population…

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2010 in the Rearview


It's been a while since I've posted anything at all on this blog. I blame Facebook; too easy to snap a photo with my phone and upload it, too easy to link to funny or interesting things on the interwebs via FB or Twitter. But something has been lost in the process. And so begins the list of resolutions: I will try to migrate back to this blog for my vocal and visual outlet, my complaint outpost, my therapy. 2010 was a mixed bag, but I suppose that's the way it is for anyone alive. So, here in 2011, being alive, I suppose I'm up on points -- as are all of you. Specifically: In January 2010, my dear sweet…

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Update


Still alive. Brenda saw her third production season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to fruition; all shows are up and running, her crew gets tighter every year and she seems to like it more all the time. Riding my bike again; still outta shape. The four eggs nesting in our hanging plant out front have hatched; got a couple of crappy pictures, lack motivation to get them off the camera. Hooper weighs 58 pounds, a 16% increase from past vet visits; still considered normal, but he could stand to lose a few lubs, just like his owner. The goddamned TV is busted, on the final week of the Tour; parts on order, will arrive after the Tour. In one week…

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WordPress Changes


Wow, start actually blogging again, and you discover all these new things about your blogging software. WordPress, the software that has "powered" this blog for the last several years, is up to version 2.8.5 and a lot has changed for the better. Software updates are automated and work seamlessly, even for users running WP on other hosting sites (like me). Themes and plugins have similar auto install/update functionality. Apparently there's also a change to the database from latin1 to utf8 character sets, which is wreaking havoc on a few of my posts that have "smart quote" characters in them. Lots of solutions exist, but the "right" one seems to be a slightly involved conversion of my MySQL…

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Life Imitatin' Art


A few years ago I wrote a little post on this here website about my idea for the Best Band Name Ever. Imagine my surprise when there was a comment on that post, this here mornin': did a google search of my band name... found this... So it appears that some one else passed all those highway exit signs in Jersey for "The Amboys" and figgered it was a cinch for a great name for the band! Folk rock, not my thing. But at least someone has the stones to put together a band and make some music under the banner of "The Amboys"! Check 'em out on this here myspace page, they might just float yer boat. It was…

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Out of Excuses


Yeah so it's been over a month since I've posted, and it's not that I fell over dead from surprise that this nation elected a black President. Been busy, been distracted, been lazy. Lots of my friends whose blogs I read are either resorting to posting infrequently and populating their pages with twitter links and whatnot, or giving up altogether. But I kind of like this blog thing. I've had some sort of presence on the web since 1998 (starting with a crappy little static page on my old panix account that I can't even find on the wayback machine), and a "formal" blog, complete with archives and shit, since late 2002. I have documented some thoughts about 9/11,…

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rumblestrip: new layout, upgraded backend


Once again, rumblestrip.org has a new look. This time it's based on the neoclassical theme by Chris Pearson. Very clean, and with a rotating masthead graphic (currently randomly selected from eleven images, more to come). The bigger news is that I've upgraded to the latest version of Wordpress. The new version supports tagging, which allows me to assign tags, or keywords, to each post. This allows a finer-grained content definition than the traditional "categories" I used to use. One nifty feature of the new layout is the new "tag cloud" feature, which displays all the tags in my blog; the more a tag appears, the larger the tag shows up in the cloud. This simply offers one more way…

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New Stuff


You may have noticed, I changed the site's style. Based on this style, it's been a joy to add pages and look at the elegant php code the author used to create this style. It has renewed my interest in the site, in fact. Between the new WordPress version and the new style, I have a lot to play around with, here. Long overdue is my reinstatement of some very old bits from my older websites, and I'm in the process of doing that now. As such, the new/old content won't necessarily show up in the blog, so I will periodically post short links at the top of this page to new stuff that's been added elsewhere on the…

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Upgraded


It's been hanging over me like a dark cloud, upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. After reading the directions 1,000 times, I decided to just go for it. It was easier than I thought. (yawn). -The links ("blogroll") feature has been revamped, and the code that places my links on the home page no longer works, so that's a work in progress.- But everything else seems to work. Yay. (yawn.) More later. Later.…

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On Sexual Depravity (and Shrinkage)


A couple of weeks ago I posted an innocent little blurb about riding my bike in the snow to deliver some christmas presents to the post office. I included a picture of my beloved singlespeed "townie" bike that was used for the purpose. The thing is, the bike's frame is whimsically called the "Il Pompino". It's made by a company in the U.K. called On-One, and it's a great, bombproof bike frame, perfect for the task. Perhaps because the company is in the U.K. they don't realize this, but the phrase "Il Pompino" means "blow job" in Italian. Eh, probably they do know. I knew of this alternate meaning when I bought it, and I sometimes refer to…

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Moved


Well, shit. That took longer than I thought. Delayed by a holiday party video project and thwarted by my webhost's computer being downed by the horrid weather and resultant power outages in Seattle last weekend, I am now moved in to a new home at dreamhost.com, and my email is slowly trickling over to the new home on a more regular basis. In the meantime, I went to a roller derby contest (no shit), made a movie (no shit), read a book (well, I started it, anyhow) and prepared for the upcoming Christmas holiday (as best as one can). All worthy of talking about here, and in earlier times I would have talked about all these events in realtime.…

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