McDonald’s [Santa Cruz] grafitti

    last time i was down in the cruz i had to pee real bad on my way out of town. so i stopped at McDonald's. used theirs. it was real generic white box made of cinder blocks. real sterile. then i noticed this little [about 1 foot square] metal door. and i think its a circuit breaker box. immediately i think of the hilarity that would ensue if the power was cut. open it and ... bubkiss. it was just one water knob thingy. but inside this little box was the bright and fun and exciting graffiti. it was really struck me so much i went back out to my van and got the ol' cam-damera and took these four pictures. it was like this little secret box of colour in a very, very sterile white box. shhh... it's a secret.


    Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: The Future, Wouldn't That Be Nice? by The Books.

    oreilly mac os x conference

    kids call it the ten con. or at least, THIS kid does.

    tencon logo

    i went on tuesday. sat in on a few talks.

    how to run your own software business, [which was covered in a good write up here and even an audio version here (44.1mb mp3)]

    xgrid, [presentation files downloadable from oreilly's site] [it's fun to think about building superclusters so easily...].

    lunch was good [and good for vegans like me] : burrito fixins. they separated the meat-stuffs from the veg-stuffs. thanks, oreilly. you're the best!

    did lots of hanging out with / meeting other geeks. met marko from finland, he's a good guy. brent simmons whose two products (NetNewsWire and MarsEdit) i use everyday and i love them both. aaron whose book i'm reading and really digging. and, yes, he was wearing the cowboy hat. i would love to be able to take his class at the ranch, but, alas, it's $3500 that i don't have. so i'll stick with the book. he was so nice and empathetic. i think he would make for a good teacher. i'm disappointed that i wasn't able to make it today to see his talk on Best Practices for Cocoa Programmers. also, i missed out on brent's talk about using webkit : user interface challenges. i'd also liked to see Test Driven Objective-C Development, too.

    but the real star of the show, i think, was Delicious Library made by Delicious Monster, a small company recently formed by Will Shipley (founder of the OmniGroup) and Mike Mata (18 year old designer who worked for OMNI since he was 15 - not bad). there's enough buzz about this app already. i don't need to recap it all. but it's hott. with two T's. this thing is gonna blow the F up. just you wait and see. i'm not the only who thinks so either.

    delicious library icon

    spirited away updated

    i recently blogged here about a clever little app for mac os x called SpiritedAway. well, it's been updated to version 0.3. it added a few features that are pretty handy. the ability to exclude certain apps being hidden. it also changes the icon in the menu bar if its active or inactive. he changed the icon from the cute full colour green ghostie to a black monochromatic ghost with big eyes open when active, little beady eyes when inactive.

    i can't sing enough praises for this app. a really great example of keeping it simple. designing for one thing and doing that thing really well. i'm glad the trend has moved back away from the monolithic-do-everything-really-poorly-including-crap-i-will-never-EVER-use-suite back toward the-small-stay-focused-on-one-task-but-still-play-nice-with-others series of apps.

    the developer's blog is in a language i don't know. so i can't really tell what is being said about it there, but you can download it from the apple mac os x downloads site.

    icon.jpgSpirited_Away_16.pngprefs.jpgSpirited Away 0.3 Menu

    don’t just [not] vote

    election time is coming up just right around the corner and everyone seems to care a lot. ok, whatever. i think people should vote or not vote. but regardless everyone, all of us, should do more than just casting a ballot every 2 or 4 years. direct action gets the goods.

    there's a lot of energy being spent by what seems like everyone [the corporate media, the independent media, water coolers, pop culture icons, activists of all flavours, families, friends, et al] talking about and preparing for the election. all discussion of the merits of either candidate or how well n/either one represents you or me. it just seems like there's a lot of inertia caught up in this big spectacle. again, i don't care how you, or anyone votes, i care more that you, and everyone else, does something more than that. voting alone never changed anything. neither did not voting.

    so here's the pitch: go to read the intro page and more if you like what you hear. there's a small half-sized little paper/pamphlet you can download and read/distribute, too. (which was produced in conjunction with the folks over at crimethinc fareast.)

    and then on election day, we show the fuckers that mean business. no, not THAT kind of business. both the Republicrats and Demopublicans

    i don't think we a special occasion to come out and party in the streets, (just like i don't think we need a special day to give presents to people we care about) but it certainly presents an interesting opportunity for us to show our force in large numbers.

    cast your vote or not, then hit the streets. neither one of those bastards represent our needs and desires. nor could anyone in that position. the very system itself will always misrepresent people in its protection of the system itself. george w. bush is not our target. if/when he falls, the institution that gives power over our lives to other people will still exist. until we dismantle it.

    no matter what happens that day in those polls, take to the streets.

    keep loving. keep fighting.

    geek tattoos

    so i have a few tattoos. puzzle pieces on my wrists that say "we go together" [on right] "just like puzzle pieces" [on left]. and the rebel-alliance symbol on my upper middle back. and i'll admit i have plans for other pretty nerdy/geeky tattoos whose plans are not public yet.

    today i got thinking about what kind of other geek tattoos do people get which led me to find this site.

    and lemme tell you, there are some bad, some good, some AWESOME, but most are all geeky. here are some of my favourites: CMYK, atari + pacman, heart emoticon [ <3 ], his name in braile, PHP tags, NPN Transistor schematic symbol, and the apple logo with power symbol inside of it.

    Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: In Concert by The Faint.

    Mosaic + SGI + Hubble + Alias|Wavefront

    This reminds me of the very fist experience I had with the web.

    Telescope Will Have Images 10X Sharper Than Hubble: "jangobongo writes "After a 20 year struggle, the University of Arizona's $120 million Large Binocular Telescope was dedicated last week. This unique telescope will have twin 8.4-meter (27.6 foot) mirrors that sit on a single mount. Using methods similar to a medical CAT scan, a technique of "tomographic" image reconstruction will be used to produce pictures 10 times sharper (example) than the Hubble Space Telescope for a fraction of its $2 billion dollar cost."

    It was at the headquarters for a HUGE pharmaceutical company called Eli Lilly. I had been going to a sort of computer club that was nearly as cool as the Homebrew Computer Club was in the 70's, but seriously how could you ever really expect it to be.

    Sometimes, though, we were exposed to coolish things. Like, I saw the Apple Newton right after it came out and waaay before most of the world was exposed to PDAs. So there was some good that came out of it. But the most important moment was when us kids were basically listing our complaints about the way it was ran one night to the adults who worked at Lilly and kind of supervised. I said I didn't feel like I was learning anything new. I wasn't being challenged. Or whatever.

    Afterward, one of the supervisor / sponsor type guys came up to me and told me he was sorry about my frustration and wanted to do something about. He offered to come in on a night that wasn't our normal meeting night and show me some other things. Man, was I drooling.

    That night was a real turning point in my life. I saw things I had never seen before. Some of which I wouldn't realize for years to come that they were important. Some immediately resonated with me. For the first time I saw the web. Web sites. A web browser. Mosaic. An SGI. Far away astronomical sites. 3D modeling / animation. Unix. C. Molecular models. High speed data connections. (I thought 2400bps was fast.)

    The two things that stood out to me right away were 3D modeling (I decided right then and there that I was gonna go to school to study computer animation and I did just that until I discovered Flash, but that's different story for a different day) and the web.

    Jesus h christ, I spent hours looking at stuff on the web. There were only like a 100 servers or something then. Most of which were very niche focused, not very interesting to a freshman in high school in Indiana. But, I did see NASA's Before and After pictures from the Hubble telescope. Remember, the hubble was flawed or damaged right after it went up and all the photos were coming back fucked up. One of the mirrors in the satellite was slightly off. Goddamn! Go into photoshop and do a Gaussian blur of 100px on a 4x6 photo of 72dpi and that would pale compared to these Before photos.

    If you're out there somewhere (or if anyone knows him) David Crumbacher, Thank you, dearly. That night changed my life. Seriously.

    Update: some time after writing this post David found and we traded a couple emails. It was good.

    google still ‘not being evil’

    how do companies (yahoo!) develop technologies (DomainKeys signatures) that they themselves could use, but then NOT use them?

    Gmail Begins Signing Email with DomainKeys: "According to a post at IETF's MAIL-SIG list, Google has begun to sign outgoing email from Gmail with Yahoo's DomainKeys signatures. This is the first large provider of email that is actually doing so (not even Yahoo has started that yet).""

    (Via Slashdot.)

    the wonderful world of pgp

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    so i finally made the plunge. i don't know what the hold up has been. i thought it would be a whole lot more complicated and not worth the hassle. so, i'm in now. i've got GnuPG (gpg) all up and running on my machine and public key sent off to a key server ( here's the key.

    shaners becker [] //

    Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (Darwin)

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    it is also available here as ASCII-armored PGP key

    anyone interested in PGPing their mac and needs a little help, go here. it sure helped me.

    for every shopping mall. and every bomb that’s dropped.

    i just saw on cnn on tv that a U.S. plane or helicopter dropped a bomb in a street where about 50 iraqi people were running out of a building. the score is you can't really tell who these people are from the craptastic quality of the video of the bomb drop.

    i haven't been able to finding anything about this in the webspere yet. the closest i came was on the bbc site, but its not specifically about this one controversial bomb.

    it's times like this that i am surprised [again and again] by how glibly we can stomach such killing. i'm reminded of a magnificent photo book called Inferno by james nachtwey. "Though he is probably the world's most honored recent war photographer, James Nachtwey calls himself an 'antiwar photographer...'" He tries to show the true face of war. starving millions. famine. aids epidemics. children victims of land mines. Not the vague abstract far away emotional disconnected images of despots and military men and 'strategic targets' and 'smart bombs.' [if there was ever an oxymoron, it is 'smart bomb.']

    Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: headlines by the devil is electric.

    Massive Change : the future of global design

    there's this show up at the Vancouver Art Gallery called massive change that i sooo wanna see. the girl has gone a couple few times now and raves about it.

    "Massive Change:The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that will change the way you think about design just as contemporary design is changing the way we live in the world." (from the gallery site.)

    as i understand it, it's about the design of the world. not the world of design. unfortunately, it's not coming here to SF.

    apparently, amazon still owns the patent to impulse shopping

    Judge's Ruling Spares 1-Click: "theodp writes "Agreeing with Amazon’s characterization of its 1-Click feature as a feature of an electronic product ordering system and not an electronic fund transfer or transaction system, a Judge has tossed out a $50M lawsuit that threatened Amazon's 1-Click patent. But outside of Court, Amazon touts its patent-pending Amazon Honor System as a way for Web sites to use 1-Click shopping technology for voluntary payment transactions - most notably for 9-11 donations and campaign contributions - that do not involve consumer goods or Amazon-specified prices, which the Judge argues are essential 1-Click ingredients."" (Via Slashdot.)

    the best tv moment i’ve ever seen

    available for download from here (as well as other places on the web):

    "Jon Stewart goes on Crossfire, one of our vapid political “debate” shows and asks them, plainly, to stop hurting America, to leave the side of the politicians and the corporations and start working for the people. "(nod.)

    my favourite moment is one that didn't actually get many laughs. "i always thought in a democracy, and again i don't really know because i've only lived here, that in a democracy ..." hilarity.

    scott and carrie the first time i visited the bike house circa 2003

    scott and carrie the first time i visited the bike house circa 2003

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