December 21, 2006

Less Keyboard

The end of the year has forced me to collect my thoughts and score how well I've done during the second half of this year.

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August 08, 2006

One last thing..

More software-related posts coming eventually. Also, wtf with the inability to specify a category? :p

TextMate & Markdown

TextMate & Markdown

I've been messing around with TextMate lately, trying it out for several unrelated tasks that seem to always require a little bit more than your basic text editor. I had not tried the blogging bundle before, but figured it was worth a try.

Markdown support has always been pretty crucial for me, as well as the ability to construct new posts with a minimal amount of effort (I hate mouseclicks!). So far so good. The only remaining issue is dealing with the strange default template that TextMate seems to use when constructing the headers with markdown, but that seems to be fixed by using nothing but the following at the top of the entry:

Title: __insert title here_
Format: markdown

Not too bad. Now if I could only figure out how to add keywords, and set comments to be turned off by default, that would be fine. Cheers. --ivan

April 17, 2006

That's Taxes To You

I have about four rolls of undeveloped film sitting on a desk (two from this weekend), and two more in the works. I just finished my taxes and am sitting on the floor of the living room experiencing something between sticker shock and apathy. All in all, I am getting a bit of money back, but the process by which all if this came together took all the fun out of it days ago. Federal return measured 16 pages, which might be more than last year, and that one seemed hefty.

In other news, I've been lugging around this book the past few weeks, hoping to have a solid hour to devote to re-reading it here and there. But every time I sit down to go over something in it, I'm interrupted. At home, alone at a cafe, or times like this. I'm hoping to come up with a few good presentation ideas on modeling in general that I can start introducing into our informal developer "brown bag" meetings which we have at work once a week. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but lost sight of these things in the midst of constant change.

April 03, 2006

That's Mr. Eastwood to you

Interesting note on Language Log on why comics avoid the name 'Clint'. I vaguely recall hearing about this a long time ago, but it didn't really register in my head until now.

March 26, 2006

The Product of One's Labor

Three years ago, I left the world of consulting to join a small start-up. Our 10-12 person company was purchased by 360Commerce a year later, during which I stayed on as a contractor for twelve more months developing the same software (a small piece of a now larger pie) before leaving for another job. Our development team was never greater than 5-6 people, and we worked in a pretty close-knit environment. A few months ago, it was announced that 360Commerce was itself being purchased by Oracle. As goes 360, so does my old team.

Lost in the news of this latest acquisition is the small detail that the software I worked on is no longer considered a strategic piece of the new company's larger pie. Apparently it's being shelved. Even though I am no longer at that company, I still wonder what to make of it all..

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Where is Ivan?

I took a slight turn in the past few weeks, and thanks to some welcome prodding, got myself a new flickr account. All photos will be there, possibly referenced here-- I'm not sure yet what to make of all this.

It might actually work out for the better. The desire to post a few photos on the web (since photography is what I aspire to do in my off hours) overshadowed the original purpose of this site to be about other things. But photos fit in with the short attention span most of us keep on the web, so to keep them off this site would probably be a mistake.

That said, not having photos here for a few weeks has taught me an important lesson about myself-- I'm getting lazy doing non-photo related things outside of work.

March 09, 2006

blue sky, new mexico

EarthandskyPulled from the archives along with a lot of similar photos. No address, but if I had to guess, this was somewhere on the way to the D.H. Lawrence memorial. (F100, 24mm f2.8D, Ektachrome 100)

March 08, 2006

Walnut Room

Walnut Room We walked past the Walnut Room last Saturday right before closing. They were setting up some food around the fountain, presumably for Sunday morning brunch.

Not that you asked, but I'm a fan of the french dip at the Frango Cafe. On a weekend downtown, when all the frou-frou restaurants are full on Michigan avenue, it was always empty. Sure hope it's still around when Marshall Fields becomes Macy's.

March 05, 2006


Janes-1Flower and candle, taken one evening at Jane's. We arrived just before closing, and they were nice enough to seat us. We've been there a few times now and always have a good meal. Recommended.

As a side-note, this was my first time re-acquainting myself with the Nikon FE. Funny story about it-- I had problems loading the film! I took a picture of the candle at our table while winding the film, and noticed that it wasn't advancing. Eventually I remembered that the film spools counter-clockwise, and took this shot again as a test.