July 29, 2004

BBH site updated...

The BigBlueHat site has been getting rather dusty over the past few months since it underwent a major redesign.

If you visit the front page of the site, you'll see a link to three new portfolio pieces. The content is soon to be rewritten by our inspiration manager. For now it's just the quick informative stuff written by the designer. And you know how boring that text can be... ;)

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July 26, 2004



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July 21, 2004


Censorship's can be rather touchy. Many of the regular readers here have seen oodles upon oodles of cut plays. All of which, if compared to the original, are lacking in some way.

I've heard arguments for both sides, but the best written argument to date comes in the form of a novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Fahrenheit 451 is a must read for anyone who lives in America or similar western culture. Others may want to read it just to understand western society.

The main thrust of the book is censorship. The hero is a Fireman--a term redefined in the novel. The agenda is keeping people happy. I won't go further with details because you're going to read the book (if you haven't already).

My thoughts on censorship are much changed. It's not so much a matter of filtering content for our audience, but deep-teaching and constantly open forums for any and all topics of discussions.

Christians don't need to edit other peoples thoughts, they need to write down their own. Every author believes something. To make Twain, Bradbury, or Shakespeare more "palatable" is more dangerous for us than to leave them about untouched.

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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July 19, 2004

The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief

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July 16, 2004

Not quite ready for company

Tonight, I was caught... ...in an apron.

Tabloid photos to follow.

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July 15, 2004

New logo for me

New logos are inspiring. I don't recoment changing them too often, but it's good and necessary every now and then.

The first TheIdeaMan logo was designed when I was in high school, in English class. The new one (drawn tonight) was made by my wonderful wife.

She didn't intend for it to become so "famous." There's something about that drawing, though, that sums up who I am right now, just like the old logo represented who I was at that time.

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Ugly in IE

BTW, if you haven't already tried this site in IE, I don't recommend it. It's oogly. I haven't bothered taking the time to put in all the necessary hacks to make the 3+ year old browser do what the young whippersnapper Mozilla family can do. I'm still debating whether I want to bother with it or not. If it were a client's site, I would. But this one's mine, so I may just put a huge "UPGRADE TO FIREFOX" icon and link whenever a user visits using IE. Just an idea.

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July 14, 2004


You all my have stumbled past Microsoft's Passport or some other centrally located login repository. Last night I found one that's still in alpha stages, but has a lot of promise. It's called SharedID. It's built using two other promising technologies: FOAF and Atom.

You store your FOAF file with them (the part I don't care for) and sites (including MT based sites) can request access to it to validate your existence for login purposes. (did that make since?).

Personally, I think it's a great idea. The thing I don't like is that my FOAF file (the digital reference to the real me) is living on someone elses server. Somehow there neads to be a way to let each person manage their own existence in their own managed realm.

Now, granted, sooner or later there should be a server admin to monitor the actual physical box, but there's something about giving out my identity (I know we do this daily) that really doesn't sit well.

SharedID will work great I'm sure, and be used by at least a few sites in the near future. There is something more though. Just over the horizon. Let's see if we can think our way there.

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July 13, 2004

New Home

This is my new blogging home.

HatShop was closed because I liked the name so much I decided to make it a trademark of BigBlueHat. 8o) More on that later. I also ran off with the motto, "dreams manufactured here" to use with BBH as well.

I've been out of blogging so long I feel like a newby.

- read more
- blog more
- live more
(not necessarily in that order)

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July 12, 2004



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