May 23, 2006


Anyone out there a PHP developer interested in helping me continue the development of the Ismo framework? I haven't had the time I would have liked to dig into entirely on my own, and works always easier in a group (at least I think so).

If you're interested, let me know.

Check out the Ismo Wiki for what's to come. If anything strikes your fancy, feel free to ask for that specifically.

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May 21, 2006

A Car Catastrophe

Our car died yesterday/today.

Last night we heard a "kur-chunk" and our power steering died.

Today, we were planning on driving it to church and then my parents house, but we ended up stopping in a Bi-Lo parking lot because the steering was worse than before. When I opened the hood, I found the serpentine belt in a heap just to the left of the engine. At some point it had mutinied and left the rest of the car to fend for itself.

We'll be hiring a mechanic soon to do some intra-car reconciliation.

Update 2006-5-22:
tension pully


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May 16, 2006

Cat kill mice...

Our cat, Emile, just disabled my wife's touch pad. It's very likely he thought it was a mouse.

(sorry) :)

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May 15, 2006

Using Prototype at

There's a very handy article over at that will help anyone interested in AJAX programming or JavaScript/DHTML interfaces: Painless JavaScript Using Prototype.

It works well as an introduction to the Prototype JavaScript library (something I'm using a lot these days), but it also works well as a reference. It has links to several other great scripts and some solid code examples to get one started.

I'm sure it's not the best place to go if you're new to JavaScript, but if you're into interface scripting and AJAX, I highly recommend it.

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May 13, 2006

My Jewelcases for a CD Catalog!

Actually, I've found 3 mostly good CD Catalogs, but not one *great* one--at least not for Gnome.

What I have found is gnomecatalog, cdcollect, and gwhere.

gnomecatalog is the prettiest and closest to what I want in the end except that it doesn't completely work. I'm using the latest version (0.2.0) from last July. It's hung on MP3's, lost it's cookies over a 5000+ file filled CD, and played the MC with my CD's for minutes upon minutes without so much as a progress bar change.

Then there's the other two. GWhere's similar to gnomecatalog, but without the pretties. CD Collect is about as minimal as you can get and therefore leaves much to be desired.

If anyone out there knows Python, please crunch these three apps together and send me the link to your SourceForge project's page. I'll be delighted and send you cookies. :)

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May 11, 2006

AJAX Note: JavaScript functions in return HTML

Even with Prototype's 'evalScripts' parameter set to 'true' the JavaScript functions don't seem to be processed.

The other JavaScript in the page still is, however, just not new function statements. I would assume object declarations are in the same predicament, but I haven't tested it.

Anyone out there know different? I'd be happy to learn. Although, it's probably for the keeps my code cleaner. :)

Update 2006-7-3: Found it!

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Error message of the day...

"Tags are too deeply nested, so Dreamweaver is giving up."

LAZY!!! So Macrodobia, what did we pay you for anyway?!? ;)

Maybe I should whip out the good old open source HTML Tidy app...

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May 10, 2006

Web 2.0 Logo review...

Stumbled across this article at about logo trends in the Web 2.0 industry. There are some very nice logos in the mix. In addition to the logos, it's nice to have a link-dump to all these AJAX-based, socially focused, Web 2.0 applications.

If you're into design or web applications, check out The Logos of Web 2.0.

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May 01, 2006

Please pray...

My Grandmother on my Mom's side passed away yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

Please pray for my Grandfather and family. We're working out logistics for the funeral today. Please pray that those plans go well, and that we all have abundant grace and give God the glory for His work in our lives.

Helen Wentworth was a strong believer and children's minister. She is at home now.

Thank you for your prayers.

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