Monday, March 31, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:00 making sunday morning pancakes for my daughters: our ritual
  • 10:54 about to head to a kids birthday party... smiles everyone!
  • 16:24 never underestimate the power of a pack of little kids to test the bounds of sanity. nonstop energy until mandatory naptime is called. zzzz
  • 21:40 enjoying the heck out of our little community of urban chicken farmers. what a great group of people!
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:19 appreciating anew my good health after just suffering a week of the flu. I'm alive!
  • 15:15 happiness is munching away at the perfect gala apple
  • 20:36 Cool! my blog featured on Deconstructing Dinner radio show blog at
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Saturday, March 29, 2008

video: elephant paints an elephant

Thanks to Cory's post on boingboing this morning, got a chance to sit down with my daughters and watch this video of an elephant painting on a canvas (with a paintbrush supplied by its handler).

I was absolutely floored to see just how accurate a picture the elephant painted.

Imagine how much I had to struggle to explain to my girls that not every elephant can do this, nor does every elephant get the chance (should they?)

I'm still a little surprised at how moved I was to witness this, and I do so hope this was a real video and not a doctored one.

tweets o' the day

  • 08:43 got in the pool for first workout in a week. still weak from the flu, but glad to be active (ish) again. tri is in 16 days
  • 10:19 @howardgr my google calendars are not fully functional, either (still)
  • 11:02 @diong careful you don't go look at or you'll spend even more money on bike gear! (all I can do not to spend $ there today)
  • 11:40 feeling smug about my brackets as I peak in the standings. likely to fall in the ranks with today's results, tho
  • 13:36 good lunch with a non-tweeting coworker. hope he joins soon so I can "r@" him out on twitter
  • 15:07 just added my name to the list of Earth Hour observers (this Sat, 8-9p). is your name on the list? make it so at
  • 18:04 davidson's gonna slay my bracket goliathson
  • 21:18 ugh, my 3 seeds failed to win today, so my brackets suffer. At least Sharks are gonna beat Ducks to clinch Pacific Division tonight
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Friday, March 28, 2008

I'm an REI customer for life

I first got to know and love REI back in college when I was an outdoor recreation guide taking folks on canoeing, kayaking, camping and rock climbing trips.

Even back then, REI was this place where you could (and did) get anything and everything to take care of your outdoors needs. I spent enough money at the REI in San Diego, that I ultimately wound up working there (in the summer of 1990) first off because it was a great environment to spend my daylight hours talking to folks about the very equipment I used extensively on my days away from REI, but more importantly, because I got to participate in "pro deals" where employees could get the equipment at dramatically reduced prices. Heck, I think I actually bought more stuff from REI that summer than I wound up earning. Come to think of it, I believe that was the summer I began to carry the credit card debt that I wouldn't full break out from underneath until 8 years later when I hit the AOL options lottery.

Now flash forward 18 years to where I'm the customer wandering the aisles asking REI staff for recommendations on this, that and the other. When I did my Mt Whitney summit last year, it was the kind folks at REI who helped me pick out an updated pair of hiking boots to replace my 25 year-old Vasques. Of course, the REI folks helped me slide into a new pair of Vasque Switchback GTX boots (less than half the weight of my old pair, whew!), and all indications were that the boots were a perfect fit. At $150 for the pair, they should have been.

But they weren't the perfect fit. After I got back from climbing to the top of Mt Whitney (and back down again) in them, I lost the nails on both my second toes (next to the big toe), and my left big toe is still slowly growing out of its bruised nail these six months post-summit.

Now, it wasn't just my toes that took a beating on the summit run. The boots took a beating during my warm-up hikes around the Bay Area and up at Squaw Valley, and then up and down Whitney itself. Given all those miles (and the mounted crampons), you can imagine the scuff marks on the outside of the boots after all that.

So, what am I to do with a relatively new, yet still visibly worn, pair of boots that don't fit? Especially given I'm going up Mt Whitney again in three months? Well, thanks to REI's 100% satisfaction guarantee, I just take them back to REI, tell them I got the wrong size and I get credited my money back to buy another pair (they're now $160).

I was more than prepared to pay some kind of idiot tax for buying boots too small, but not to the extent of having to eat the entire cost of the boots.

REI's forgiven my mistake and retained me as a customer for life.

I wonder if I can get a pro deal on my next pair of boots?

tweets o' the day

  • 08:29 The worst of the five day flu is over. is good to be on the road to recovery! Now to assess the damage to my schedule
  • 10:50 Finally, got my permit to climb Mt Whitney this summer. We summit July 11th. Anyone want to join me?
  • 15:04 anticipating a long night of refereeing a couple squabbling dart captains. this is going to be fun
  • 16:05 at last, a nav system I can get into: a crowd-sourced traffic-busting gps called Dash ( Mossberg even likes it
  • 16:29 @chep2m agreed it should be MUCH easier. glad it's overwith :-)
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mt Whintey 2008 Lottery results are in

Hooray! Got the letter from the Forest Service today.

We've got our day hike permit (eight of us) to climb Mt Whitney on Friday, July 11, 2008.

Now, time to start rallying the troops and starting the training regimen. Considering I went from couch potato to Mt Whitney summiter over the course of the summer last year, I think any of the newbies interested in joining me this year will have plenty of time to train.

I can't wait to get up there again!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:05 fever finally broke at 3am. I'm a new man this morning
  • 10:09 has anyone used NetMiner (SNA mapping tool) or know someone who has?
  • 18:11 day four of the flu comes to an end. please let day 5 be the last of it.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I want me some Crayon Physics Deluxe

Just take a look at this and you'll see why. My daughters could spend hours on something like this and they'll get smarter for the time spent.

The first, prototype, iteration of the game (not the one seen in the video) is available, for free, at the Kloonigames blog.

Unfortunately, these games are for the PC-enabled set, not us Mac-types.

Oh, and if you like the music from the video, it's "Lullaby" by _ghost and is under CC, so have at it.

tweets o' the day

  • 08:54 Stuck in the middle of this crappy five-day flu going around. Grrr.
  • 09:45 for as little as a $5 donation (by 3/31), you, too, could be at a dinner for 5 with Barack:
  • 13:44 @krob hooray! people@work lives!
  • 19:14 tri tip now off the grill... letting it set up before cutting into it. mmmm homemade fajitas
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Monday, March 24, 2008

powdered pig bladder too late to help my thumb

It's been almost 18 years since I lost the end of my thumb (read: to the first joint) in a motorcycle chain. After all this time, I've gotten quite used to not having the extra nail to clip. The only times I really notice it's missing are when I'm trying to cut my fingernails or when I'm trying to fasten the button on my shirt sleeve.

Now, I see the miracle of re-growth is upon us via powdered pig bladder. See the CBS News story telling of a man's successful regrowth of the end of his severed finger.

A little late for me, but not for all those others bound to make the same mistake as me (warning labels be damned!)

tweets o' the day

  • 13:02 ugh. got the flu (again). trying not to let it get in the way of a sunny sunday, tho
  • 20:33 just got back from an easter party, and I think I'm completely drained. going to bed early and hoping I wake up on the road to recovery
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 01:06 time to call it a day
  • 09:22 today's the day to buy plants for the garden. upside-down tomato plant ver 2.0 to launch this afternoon
  • 15:14 @pierre great occasion to capture your thoughts on obama. couldn't agree more with how special a time this is
  • 18:09 i must be trader joe's target demo: tj's playing great! 80s songs and I'm spending more time here than I should just to see what's on next
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Saturday, March 22, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 09:23 thanks to iPod shuffle songs, rediscovering Toad the Wet Sprocket this morning. forgot just how good an album Fear is
  • 11:30 @tempo try playing a white noise CD thru headphones and adjust the volume to find the sweet spot to mask the ringing
  • 13:34 can't believe there are so few upsets in the first round. Actually, can't believe none of my upsets have panned out (yet?)
  • 17:05 getting ready to go do an 800m swim workout. first triathlon's just 3 weeks from Sunday
  • 19:07 1000 meter swim over. could have gone longer, but out of time. back at it in the AM
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Friday, March 21, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:57 bracket complete with 25 min to go. now, to watch and win
  • 09:52 nothing so satisfying as watching a reckless speeder in a residential zone get stopped by the cops
  • 11:13 Lessig: we're seeing the top 1% of the country taking advantage of the structure of congress at the expense of the bottom 99%
  • 14:10 some of these social network maps I'm looking at remind me a lot of the arcade game Tempest (from the 1980s). ah, good times
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 20:13 great day discovering filoli center gardens. the closeup of the bee is my favorite shot:
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 06:58 blogging while looking out the living room window to see the sun rise into a clear sky over the Bay Area this morning
  • 20:57 spent day discovering banana slugs hiking redwood forest 10 miles from home. see flickr for evidence:
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Monday, March 17, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 14:53 triathlon training brick #2 completed: 55 min on the bike and then 20 min running, and feeling good still. Next week: add water
  • 22:01 folks are in town. made beer braised hoisin short ribs to celebrate. feeling fat and happy and ready for bed.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 12:11 just back from my first swim lesson in 25 years. who knew there was still so much to learn about swimming with proper form?
  • 13:34 finally finished updating week 4 stats from Santa Clara Valley Dart Ass'n. A lot of good arrows thrown this week.
  • 18:39 tacos y burritos del Grullense. que saboroso
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 09:34 still recovering from a late (school) night out
  • 13:03 just had the best business lunch combo: both brain and stomach are full of good new stuff
  • 16:22 about to head up to SF for dinner... yum!
  • 16:49 sky looks menacing to the north. here comes the rain
  • 16:58 and the caltrain pulls in just as the rain begins to fall. perfect timing
  • 23:01 back from a great dinner at Firefly in SF with Will and Jerry. Conversation was as good/better than the great food. TGIF
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Friday, March 14, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:39 cloudy and drizzly on the Peninsula today. At least the flowers look happy
  • 10:49 talking with rep re: "view paper bill" function not working. She says "VZW doesn't support Macs" beg pardon?
  • 10:51 I've used my mac to view my paper bill at for four years now. and today they stop supporting macs? i smell misinformation
  • 11:29 and macs /rant
  • 15:46 new running clothes are here... gonna break them in this evening
  • 18:57 trying to eat organic peanut butter quickly is futile
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Thursday, March 13, 2008 support team says "we don't support Macs"

My jaw is still agape at the brush-off I just got from the customer support folks (specifically: B) at when I called to report that the "View Paper Bill" button wasn't working from Firefox, Flock or Safari on my Mac.

"I'm sorry, sir, we don't support Macs."

I'm floored at this attempt to brush me off for the kind of computer I'm using. It's one of those disrespectful "shoo fly, don't bother me" knee-jerks reactions I get from someone employed as a customer support rep yet not really wanting to do her job.

I press on: I've been using functionality from my Mac for the last several years, when did you stop supporting mac access?

"If you like, I can confirm that for you"

Confirm what? that you don't support Macs? or that the View Paper Bill button doesn't work?

"That we don't support Macs"

But that doesn't solve my problem: I want to be able to print out a copy of my bill to submit for reimbursement. Can you tell me how to get view my paper bill?

"Hold please"

B goes away and then comes back and tells me I need to remove all my cookies and log in again, then click the button (she can make it work from her Internet Explorer browser with no problems).

I erase my cookies, log in again, navigate to the button and click it.

I can even see where the button action is in the page source :

<button type="button" class="gray" onclick="getPDF('REDACTED','February 25, 2008'); _hbSet('c2', 'REDACTED' ); _hbSet('cv.c5', '4087617021' ); _hbPageView(_hbxStrip('billing options statement view paper bill'), _hbxStrip('/my account/overview/billing options'));" >VIEW PAPER BILL</button>

Still no response when I try to click it, again.

"It should start downloading a PDF... do you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed?"

I know how this works. For the last four years, I've been able to do this specific action once a month... that's almost 50 times running. Let's get to the point: please file a trouble ticket for me.

So the ticket starts to get filled out. It's obvious from the questions B's asking and her pauses and nonreactions to the information I'm asking her to include (last time I successfully used the function, my ability to recreate the error, the line of code on the page where the trouble's coming from, etc), this trouble ticket isn't designed to actually help the customer.

I'm assured I'll get a call back in three to five days. Business days or calendar days?

"I said three to five days."

I say I need to find a PC to tackle this particular problem. And I'm tempted to go back to receiving paper bills just to add to the overhead of supporting my account.

tweets o' the day

  • 08:38 glad to see the buds emerging on our japanese maples. spring is sprung (achoo!)
  • 10:26 Huzzah to @sethgodin "Going to alpha by default is lazy and ineffective and expensive." read the rest:
  • 14:49 The ten commandments of raising healthy urban chickens are posted (anyone know what #11 should be?)
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

still waiting on Mt Whitney 2008 Lottery results

Since I last posted about my Mt Whitney 2008 Lottery results impatience a couple weeks ago, time has c-r-a-w-l-e-d by as I'm still waiting to hear back from the "folks in charge."

While LeftCoast Mom has assured me she'll let me know when the Forest Service letter arrives in our mailbox, I still rummage through our paper-based mail at the end of each day vainly searching for some obscurely marked card that'll let me know I've got the Golden Ticket.

I've even begun to wonder if my lottery application even got there, but there's no way to find out since I didn't send it registered mail OR include a self-addressed-and-stamped postcard with my lottery form. Lesson learned for next time!

Going into this process, I thought they'd send out confirmation of results as the applications were processed. Upon closer reading, however it looks as if ALL lottery applications are processed before the confirmations are sent out. This means I'll be waiting for another month.

This is quite unfortunate, as I'm going to be giving a luncheon talk to coworkers next week trying to recruit a bunch to make it to the summit with me this year. It'd be much easier if I could answer their question of "so when's this going to happen?" with a firm date instead of a "well, if we're lucky, it'll be one of these seven dates in July or August."

In any case, they'll at least know it's time to start getting in shape!

tweets o' the day

  • 11:43 psyched to be hosting @CShirky as he comes to talk with folks in the office (plus guests) today
  • 16:14 processing all the new insights from @CShirky 's talk. what's the Promise - Tool - Bargain of your own group?
  • 17:05 so, DJIA biggest gain since 7/29/02. what of tomorrow? I can't find what happened to DJIA on 7/30/02 as reference. sources? anyone?
  • 18:07 wondering how many more cycles we're going to let the "older voters" decide who runs the country
  • 23:09 suffering from a bad beat in FB hold'em
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:51 it sure doesn't feel like it's already 9am in the Bay Area
  • 09:13 the allergies are really bad today. claritin doesn't seem to be cutting it.
  • 09:46 except for the Mel Torme, I'd swear they stole this mix tape list from my own dusty collection:
  • 11:28 Almost forgot to include the interest I made lending money via on my 2007 tax form (a reminder from P woulda been nice)
  • 12:05 my new Canon SD1100 arrived. battery is charging. Enabling Eye-Fi card at lunch. totally geeking out
  • 14:07 First Eye-fi-enabled blog post is up: lookout world
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Monday, March 10, 2008

mischief making tools

mischief making tools
Originally uploaded by thomas pix
At long last, I have the camera to go with the Eye-fi card that LeftCoast Mom got me for Christmas.

This picture of the pretty packages was achieved through using the Eye-Fi card to wirelessly upload the pic to Flickr. And the Canon SD1100 camera's smaller than my Blackberry 8830, so I feel like I'm finally "whole" again after switching from camera-enabled Treo 650 to BB8830.

Looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble I can now start to document. :-D

Creating a Philanthropic Keep the Change?

BofA Keep the Change howto
Originally uploaded by thomas pix
I drove by a Bank of America this morning, and it got me thinking about the social skills taught via their "Keep the Change"(tm) program. The concept's illustrated in the picture to the right, basically rounding up any charged amount to the nearest dollar and putting the rounded up amount into one's savings account.

The creative folks at IDEO were the ones to propose the Keep the Change program to Bank of America and it was launched back in October 2005 as a way to stimulate folks to create new accounts at BofA. (evidently it did quite well)

From what I can tell, BofA's success hasn't gone unpunished. A group called Every Penny Counts® is suing both Bank of America and VISA for infringing their 1993 "Rounder Patent" issued in August 2000.

I haven't yet figured out where the legal proceedings have gotten, but I'd offer this suggestion to all involved: open the patent so anyone can use it philanthropically. (Didn't Eddie Murphy have a movie wherein he stole the fractions of a cent rounded off of trades and make a mint doing so? anyone?)

So, I wonder how difficult/costly it would be to do something similar to Keep the Change, only direct the "rounded up" amount to one's charity of choice instead of one's own savings account. Conceptually, it seems like this could piggy-back off an existing payments program, and the brand halo could be enormous.

I've even got a name for the program: "Donate the Change."

Lest you fear, I won't be claiming any legal rights to this concept. Go ahead, make it happen. We'll all be better for it.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 06:41 beautiful sunrise in Bay Area. off to run the sawyer camp trail
  • 07:30 5 mile run is over... let's start the day
  • 07:55 debating with my wife where the sound comes drom when you snap: i say where finger hits palm (mini clap)
  • 09:51 it's an awful lot like same old politics, different gender. Such a wasted opportunity to shake things up
  • 10:16 very excited: my new camera is to arrive on Monday (already have the eyeFi card). At long last, my Flickr stream will runneth over
  • 12:02 hip deep in tax prep. ugh
  • 19:44 just had dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in 20 years. So many memories now flooding my local cache
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Saturday, March 08, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 09:01 20 tabs open in Firefox. Perhaps I should start reading all these pages I've been saving for later.
  • 11:48 must find top of physical desktop today. horizontal files too full
  • 13:24 just did a mass ignore to 127 FB notifications needing my attention. A tinge of guilt, but happy it's done. spring cleaning!
  • 16:40 off to let the chickens free-range in the backyard. weekend's about to start!
  • 18:26 I like when a listing of nearby stores includes the hours open in the listing instead of requiring another click. good design!
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Friday, March 07, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 07:52 beautiful sunrise in the Bay Area this morning... the high clouds did a great job of capturing the pink/yellow/orange at dawn
  • 10:12 wii alert: Amazon's got a shipment in now
  • 10:27 And the Wiis at Amazon are gone. Can't get enough of ours. the kids love it (truthfully, all of us do)
  • 11:11 wow. I can no longer buy any more Wiis at Amazon, per their Wii policy: 3/hh (I've already bought 3) Go get your own via
  • 13:03 @loiclemeur a 30 sec limit could indicate seesmic is to YouTube as twitter is to blog
  • 22:15 terrible call to send ucla game to overtime
  • 22:59 on the verge of a great come-from-behind win at darts tonight. sweet victory in our sights
  • 23:57 after being down 4-6, we came back to win 7 in a row for an 11-6 victory. go team!
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Thursday, March 06, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 08:52 got in a chilly three-mile run this morning at dawn. even post-shower and breakfast, I'm still cold. hmmph
  • 10:19 at the bottom of my second cup of coffee I have found warmth! (may have overdone it on the c-c-caffeine, tho!)
  • 14:18 grateful for the tools at to help me land a meeting with seven other busy folks
  • 16:48 feeling the frenetic energy of a large group of people getting ready to go overseas for a week-plus, wishing I could fit in a carry-on
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 09:16 Lots of folks coming into from Plenty Magazine... tis the season to get your own backyard hens.
  • 11:25 grrr on Cannot use object of type PEAR_Error as array in /home/obama/htdocs/utils/blue_geocoder.class.php on line 297
  • 11:26 the fatal error (previous tweet) kicks in 10 seconds after page load. so much for helping out today
  • 11:44 Trying to get a domain transfered away from NetSol to GoDaddy is like trying to slay Hydra. Where's Hercules when you need him?
  • 16:14 quick, can you name this Representative: How about some real-naming in these govt email addys?
  • 17:08 Can't find Clay Shirky's book tour schedule for Here Comes Everybody anywhere. help? where comes shirky and when?
  • 17:55 another skirmish in the war on drugs: i has to show ID to buy cold medicine (paid cash but privacy lost)
  • 21:33 got all three blogs updated today (whew) with substantive posts: that's not counting the auto-posts
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

dart league documents loaded into the cloud

Since taking over as president of the Santa Clara Valley Dart Association (SCVDA), I've been working with the other board members to get as much of our data as possible off individual computers and up into the cloud.

I've only been a member of the league for three years now, but in that time, I've witnessed some of the challenges that arise when folks keep important documents on their personal hard drives and then life happens, in other words: the computers crash or they go missing or the people just up and walk away from their duties.

No matter the reason for the missing info, the result is always the same: the league suffers from a lack of documented history. The remedy? Relying upon well-meaning-but-often-fallible memories of long-time members.

Combine all the above with the fact that most folks just want to get together and throw darts as an excuse to drink and be merry, and you've got a perfect storm of events conspiring to erase the institutional memory of the league.

So, since taking office last October, I've held the following items as the priorities of the board:
  1. Get the current weekly match results and statistics posted as quickly as possible - we'd fallen about eight weeks behind in reporting the results of matches, and as you can imagine, it was more than a little frustrating to not know how you're doing for the season, either as a team or an individual, especially when there were tough sanctions for not reporting the results within 24 hours of the match.
  2. Update the league documents to reflect current rules and bylaws - The published Rules of Play hadn't been updated since 2005 even though there'd been many changes to the rules voted by members in the many seasons since the official document was published. The Bylaws were even older (Feb 2004) and so knowing how the league was supposed to be run was difficult to determine for a newbie like me.
  3. Get all the historical data trapped on paper score sheets digitized and published - herein were trapped all the results showing team standings and individual highlights for the past five seasons and no one could get at them
  4. Hold the first SCVDA Awards to give away five seasons' worth of awards. Since joining the league in 2005, I'd never actually known an award to be given out for individual achievements (ton-80s and the like), and for amateur darters, it's all about the individual accomplishments when you're losing, as a team, to superior talent week in and week out.
Through quite a bit of effort by the board, we've been able to plow through all of the above and get everything published to the league's web site (hosted on a members' personal web server) so everyone in the league can access the info at our league's domain: It's been a long uphill climb, but we're finally on top of it. I couldn't be more proud for the work these guys have done.

Now, our priority is to get all our data off one person's server and instead get it into "the cloud." In other words: getting our documents hosted on servers that are managed by teams of full-time employees, not a part-time volunteer who's having up-time issues with his own ISP.

My thinking? I'll trust my data to the Google servers because if the Google servers go offline, something catastrophic to the entire world is likely happening and the status of our darts stats is likely not to be at the top of the list of pressing issues if Google's crashed.

So, my first thought was to rent space at a domain server (like GoDaddy) and install a CMS like Drupal or Joomla. But as I dug into configuring the CMS packages, I realized they were still too complicated for our needs.

I've instead settled on using Google Sites to host our data, and so far, I'm pretty pleased with the capabilities. I'm a long-time wiki lover (Twiki then Socialtext then PBwiki and now JotSpot, aka Google Sites) so I really love how easy it is to pull the site together.

And now I'm uploading all our league documents and results from past seasons onto the site and starting to configure the loose architecture so others can follow.

What I still need to figure out is a good solution to emailing lists and how to set up form-driven activities on the Site (do they need to be form-driven anymore?).

The holy grail is how do we capture the reporting of results each week online. We've made the leap from submitting paper-based score sheets via USPS to now faxing the results to a virtual machine that PDFs them for us.

I'd like to think we can make the leap into a peer-reviewd reporting process next Season, but there's lots of habits to change and norms to create to enable something like that.

For now, I'm happy to have our stuff in the cloud so no one can hold the league hostage again, intentionally or accidentally.

tweets o' the day

  • 09:08 Girding myself for the time change this coming Sunday. Getting up to workout next Monday's going to be a killer.
  • 11:28 thinking about the best way to show the links among a small tight-knit group working their way through a list of new contacts
  • 14:38 about to spend some time with @ethanz & can't thank him enough for his #TED blogging skillz
  • 17:41 getting ready to win it all at HoldEm tonight
  • 18:34 need a pocket camera: trying to decide between Canon PowerShot SD850 today or Canon SD1100 in a few weeks. advice?
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Monday, March 03, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 05:41 day has started early: volunteering at the treeathlon
  • 06:05 the first racers are arriving and setting up i the transition area. lots of expensive bikes here
  • 09:52 I've said "to the end and cross the mat" about 500 times so far
  • 15:51 feeling more human after a nap. triathlon seemed to run smoothly. lots of lessons learned from watching and will be blogged about
  • 16:36 watching the chooks squabble over grapes
  • 18:37 making chicken tikka masala. love the way it makes the kitchen smell
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 10:08 saturday 60 min bike ride over. now watching youngest at ballet lesson
  • 10:35 they're playing enya's orinoco flow in ballet class. my ballerina is enthralled
  • 11:42 wathcing the chickens devour the weeds in our backyard. certainly saves work for me
  • 12:45 getting stuck to donate a pint of o pos. only two us at the blood bank now
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Saturday, March 01, 2008

tweets o' the day

  • 09:11 a foggy start to leap day here in Redwood City
  • 10:13 @sethgodin quotes Gavin Potter: "The 20th century was about sorting out supply, the 21st is going to be about sorting out demand." huzzah
  • 11:41 wrapping mind around a friend's discovering she has "exercise induced anaphylaxia" talk about an incentive not to exercise
  • 17:16 scheduling a blood donation so it doesn't interfere with triathlon training program
  • 17:25 off to take care of the kids so my illing better half can get some rest
  • 18:56 finished first 1000m swim (yay!) good end to a leap day
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