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2007 December



Merry Christmas!

Hello all,

Merry Christmas! Well, that is if you celebrate that sort of thing. So many things have been happing, hence the lack of time spent writing in this blog. 🙂 I’ve been interviewing with hagwon’s on Jeju-do and making connections with those living on the island. Things are progressing and the job market there is picking up again. We’ll be heading into the busier season as the new year progresses.

I’ve been a development machine lately. I’ve written a TON of new features into the gallery software. But that’s for a later post! I will say that I’ve integrated a weather service feed into the administration end of the website. It’s led me to be obsessed with weather. Not so much like knowing exactly what it is at every moment, but the general trends and patterns and how it relates to emotions and mental states. I find it extremely interesting.

I’ve also been looking at some Albrecht Durer engravings that I downloaded oh so long ago and never took a look at. I started thinking about early astronomers, alchemists, astrologers and the like. Made me wonder about what some of those amazing minds would have done with the kind of information we have access to these days. I also started to think that most likely they would be distracted by everything in modern life like we all are, and would never do much at all! haha.

Anyway, I’ve been really into dashboard widgets that feature weather animations or things relating to the stars, or planets in the solar system. I love this one that feeds you daily composites of the sun. I thought it fit in well with a Durer woodprint. So here they are:

The Sun 12/24/07
Albrecht Durer Print

I’m going to start posting more social and political observations next year. I’ve been reading and studying quite a bit and feel I need to start talking about it. I’ve always been impatient, and I still am. But I’m starting to realize that change comes slowly and over time. It’s hard to reset your habits and patterns of thinking. We humans need repetition to learn, and unfortunately, it only gets worse as we get older. Consequently, that is one of my major fears in this life… Loosing my ability to exercise my mind in a clear way. Anyway, where I’m trying to take this is in a direction of questioning my own patterns and actions, as well as those around me, and then finally extending it out and analyzing societal patterns as a form of mass consciousness. I think Korea is going to help a lot with the later because I’ll be able to observe another society, their media, etc. I’ll also be able to analyze my own patterns and thoughts and actions because I will be removed from every “norm” that I have come to accept here as a white American.

In addition to social analysis, I hope to really present more detailed information on the environment and our relationship with nature and resources, etc. There is a lot of interactions and crossovers, so I hope it won’t just come out all jumbled. But that’s one of the major plans for the new year. I hope to also start documenting everything in photos more as a way to animate and illustrate these ideas. So stay tuned!

I wish all of you out there the best this holiday season, see you on the flip side!



Bull in a China Shop

Hello all. I named this entry “Bull in a China Shop” as an homage to my mom. I used this lovely phrase on Nancy today and I was amused that she had never heard it before. I said something like, “You’re like a damn bull in a china shop!”, which is just about what my mom would say to me. It’s really a wonderful way to insult someone with style and sass. Thanks mom! 🙂

I’ve also been programming all day. I’ve worked out all the logic and most of the main components for a new gallery module. It will let users of my software add dynamic flash slideshows to their site. They can add unlimited amounts of slideshows, and each show can have as many images as they want. I’m also adding the ability to add new slide show modules as well, so you’ll be able to add new transition styles and effects for the slide shows. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish by tomorrow. I’ve incorporated this great new piece of code as well. It allows you to resize and crop images through a flash interface. This will be used on the back-end site when people upload the images for the slide shows. You can see and example snipit of how it works here:

Crop Image Example

You can change the size of the image and also reposition it as well before cropping. This will free users from having to size everything in photoshop before uploading. After I get the slide show module integrated using this I’ll be incorporating it into the rest of the back-end. This will mean that only one full size image will have to be loaded going forward and the detail and thumbnail can be created on the fly dynamically. It will be a huge time saver in terms of both producing images and uploading them. Ok, enough computer geek talk!

I had some time to watch a few more Tom Green skits. This one made me laugh quite a bit, enjoy!



Tom Green Baseball Announcer

I’ve been watching Tom Green’s live show on the internet recently. I actually got through and talked to a screener guy on skype tonight. I never made it on the show, but it was fun anyway. This lead me to start watching some of his video clips on the internet. I thought this one was pretty funny and thought I’d post it. Enjoy.

So much for getting more work done tonight… 🙂 Oh well…



Thanksgiving Follow-up

I finally looked at some of the pictures from Thanksgiving. I thought I’d throw some up here for your enjoyment.

This was Thanksgiving day at my parent’s house:

Thanksgiving 2007 at the Cool’s

Olivia and Tess of course. These two kept us quite busy during our stay! I enjoyed our little hike with the dog as well.

Olivia Cool

Tess Cool

We also took a day trip to Pittsburgh as well. This is a quick shot I snapped from Mount Washington. It was too cold to stay out of the car any longer! All my winter clothes are still in Georgia! It’s a special kind of torture I’ve created for myself.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

OK, so I hope you enjoyed the pics. Here is a quick snapshot of the last two days for me:

-Show Nancy’s parent’s house to prospective buyers.
-Read countless blogs and sites and forums about teaching in Indonesia and Korea.
-Work on web client projects.
-Checking out Miro video player. You should do the same!
-Studying Ruby and deciding if I should tackle learning this for development projects instead of continuing with PHP. Object Oriented Programming is still new to me, so it may be a good time to switch. I’m also considering Ruby on Rails as the implementation of choice for my gallery software.
-Trying to remember to update this blog!
-And of course, drinking prodigious amounts of coffee!!! 🙂 mmmm… coffee…

Cheers and good night.