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Bunkface + RSS

JaredThis is Jared, creator of, a very funny website. He has a blog that he handcodes, so it doesn't have an RSS feed. (RSS: What it is and why you need it.) If I can't check a site for updates through an RSS feed, then I have a hard time remembering to check for updates. So, I created a php script that scrapes his site and creates an RSS feed. Subscribe to this link in Bloglines and you'll get all of the updates as soon as they're posted.

evoskin: Plain

The new evoskin that I mentioned earlier has been published to the skin repository. You can take a look here or download here.

Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes.

Where Is Everybody?

A man emerges from his office to find the hallways mysteriously devoid of co-workers. He wanders the silent, empty building looking for signs of life but finds no trace of humanity other than coffee brewing, purses slung over chairs, and folders lying open on desks. Suddenly, he remembers a mandatory meeting in the first-floor conference room.

New vacation photos

At the City Museum Tim crawling between planes The Emma

More vacation photos are up in the gallery. Also, while Tim and I were waiting for everyone else to show up for laser tag today, we played a few games of Makoto.

How Starcraft could have been

Early screenshots of Starcraft - If you're a Starcraft fan like I am, then you may enjoy looking through these screenshots and descriptions from alpha and beta versions of Starcraft.


Vacation, part one

We drove from Adrian, MO, to Cottleville, MO, today. We're staying with our friends, Tim and Angie. We met their new son, Isaac. He's a cute little guy, and very tiny. I can barely remember when Emma was that small.

Bad Album Covers

Gospel Axe

Bad Album Covers - More mustaches than you can shake a gospel axe at.


Bush Appoints Bolton to UN

Bolton and BushBush Appoints Bolton as U.N. Envoy, Bypassing Senate - New York Times President Bush invoked the seldom-used recess appointment because he wasn't able to get the Senate to confirm his nominee to the United Nations. Several Senators were requesting files on Bolton's service, but the White House refused to release them. From the article:

The appointment brought to a close a five-month standoff between the White House and Senate Democrats, who had held up Mr. Bolton's confirmation over accusations that the former undersecretary of state for arms control had manipulated intelligence to conform to his hawkish ideology and had bullied subordinates.

Democrats were also angry about the refusal of the White House to turn over documents related to Mr. Bolton's service at the State Department as well as his caustic comments about the United Nations in recent years. At one point, Mr. Bolton said that several floors of its headquarters could be lopped off without being missed.

This is really too bad. Bolton is not the right person for this job. His behavior in the past has been anything but diplomatic. The fact that Bush couldn't get his nominee properly confirmed is just one more indication that his second term is not going so well.

Yahoo buys Konfabulator, sets it free

Konfabulator ScreenshotSearch giant Yahoo! recently bought Konfabulator and their first order of business was to get rid of the $19.95 charge and start giving it away for free. I've been using the Dashboard for Mac OS X, which is by all accounts copied from Konfabulator, and I think I like Konfabulator better. One reason is that it's available for Windows, too, so I can set up my widgets at work to match my widgets at home and have some sort of continuity. Another reason to prefer Konfabulator is that you can do all sorts of thing with the widget windows. You can make them part of the desktop, you can make them always on top or you can set them so they're only visible when you display the widget layer with Konsposé (press F8 and all the widgets become visible and the background is obscured). I've been trying out widgets, and here are some of my favorites so far:

Radar - Nice, resizable weather maps
systemDashboard - Memory Monitor - Monitor memory and hard drive free space
Multi clock - Who doesn't want an old-timey pocket watch on their desktop?
THCalc - Nothing special, just a calculator

Those, along with the weather forecast and calendar widgets that come pre-installed, are what I'm using now. If you have some other widgets you like, leave a comment and I'll try them out.

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