Wednesday, August 22
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Tuesday, June 5
Monday, June 4
Saturday, June 2
Friday, June 1
Thursday, May 31
A new drug.
A new way to express myself.
Thank you, Hostess, for the wonder, the dream, the truth that is "Twinkie."
How I will consume you without being consumed myself is a mystery.
I am beholden to you, Oh Glorious Twinkie.
Tuesday, May 29
In another reality, I am in a canoe on the Weikiva Springs River with a dog named Boris eating apricots and sweating from the excercise of rowing under the afternoon sun.
Friday, May 25
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Wednesday, May 16
Monday, May 14
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Wednesday, May 9
Tuesday, May 8
Monday, May 7
Saturday, May 5
We're having a very nice time. Today: exploration.
Friday, May 4
Without a doubt, the most classic example of real-life Homer Simpsonism I've ever seen.
Thursday, May 3
When I look forward to using my perscription nasal spray as much as drinking that first cup of coffee in the morning, you can be sure that allergy season is well underway.
Wednesday, May 2
Tuesday, May 1
I think it's time to change things. I mean change everything. You won't notice, of course. To you, it will seem that everything is the way it always was. Only I will see the difference. There, that's better!
Monday, April 30
After that, even his typing volume increases. And wouldn't you know it, today I forgot my Glenn Miller CD and must block the sound with the stale mp3 collection I have here at work.
Sunday, April 29
Saturday, April 28
My career path at the time was taking me further away from programming and closer to the networking and systems side (before I became a Technical Communications major).
The concepts of OOP are so refreshingly different from what I've done for so long. Having spent so much time with ColdFusion and ASP over the last few months, this is like visiting a new country and making the discovery that this is actually where you come from.
Wednesday, April 25
The five baby birds we rescued are alive. Their parents are feeding and caring for them, despite the significant changes to their nest setup and location. You can see one of the parents approaching the nest in the picture below, carrying food. My wife was able to identify the birds as Downy Woodpeckers (follow the link for images and sounds).
Dodi, the woman who donated the nest-box and helped transport the birds was there again tonight while we were taking pictures. She was the owner of a pug (dog) who's godmother was Sophia Loren. We had a very nice time.
On the way back, I took a nice photo of a Barred Owl.
Tuesday, April 24
We hope that the donated birdhouse, lashed to sturdy branches of a larger tree, will help them survive - if their parents, watching from a nearby tree, will resume caring for them again.
Daily, I am amazed at the disrespect for wildlife that our society breeds into its children. Things cannot continue this way.
When things change around you, it's best to take note of the change. To observe it, to understand it, to learn with it and to grow whenever possible - but without loosing sight of who and what your truly are, without loosing your essence.
As human beings, we change and adapt, but with deliberate slowness.
Hivelogic, too, is a living entity and must change. But because hivelogic is an insect, the way it changes it different than the way we change. Insects often go through a metamorphasis, dropping the shell of what they were and emerging from the hard, fixed, remnants of their past life anew and evolved.
During this metamorphasis, I will still post here daily, but behind the scenes, things will be moving, growing, and changing, until the new insect is ready to emerge.
Please stay tuned.
Monday, April 23
- I've re-added the link to Hyakugojyuuichi in the menu under a section auspiciously called Media. It seems that most of the people coming here are looking for it and now they won't (heaven forbid) have to actually read the contents of this page.
- PeopleCards have arrived, and they seem boring. Despite that fact, I have applied to be on a people card.
- Everyone is making a huge deal out of that stick-figures fighting thing so I know I
should blindly follow the packought to post it. It's probably worth a look.
Sunday, April 22
I'd say you have a point there, and it's about time that you learn.
Stay tuned, cool things (such as revealing the true purpose for this site) lie ahead.
Saturday, April 21
If you don't see a lot of changes, that's ok. If you're the type of person who always views source and typically downloads and reads CSS, you may see what I've changed. If not, let me summarize: I'm using a modified holy-grail approach for the layout of this page. Three simple <DIV> tags make all of this possible (although I could have been lazy and used two). There are no tables, no frames, and nothing difficult behind the scenes. A child could do this. Okay, a geeky child.
I went on a great nature hike today - it feels good to get excercise via an entertaining activity as opposed to "going on a jog" which tends to be so deliberate.
So there you go.
Update: Got lazy, now using just two <DIV> tags.
The new coffee I have purchased is fruity, zesty, "interesting" ...
I hate it.
At 5:30 am, I don't want interesting yet.
Friday, April 20
- dynamic resizing: check
- cleaned-up CSS: check
- cross-browser compliance: check
- slick new background: [BUZZ]
- phat new logo: [BUZZ]
- very cool thing I'm not revealing yet: [BUZZ]
Thursday, April 19
Have you ever been in a groove and you can feel it, feel things changing like the earth shaking beneath your feet? That's where I'm at now. Man alive, if I can just keep this level going for a while longer!
Wednesday, April 18
- I'm writing a book you'd be interested in reading, and I'll eventually expose chapters here, once I find a font I like for the PDF distro.
- I'm working full-time and on-site via contract
- A recruiter named Rick called me today. He wants me to me to work in Ft. Lauderdale. I told him nicely that I wouldn't consider moving back there for any less than a quarter of a million dollars. The phone call was very brief.
- I desperately need to get a haircut.
- My business partner says that we could be the primary provider of interoperable software to the fortune 100 companies, if he could only get his hair cut.
- I'm eating wintergreen Altoids by the tin.
- My cousin busted his face.
- I'm switching ISP's for hivelogic.com and for my commercial website.
- The Korean restaurant still has my credit card.
Tuesday, April 17
My first mission is to help the Seminole County Animal Shelter which is running out of money fast. It's not supported by the county or by taxes, and it's in need of cash or it will have to close down.
You can donate as little as $1.00 to the fund, or as much as $50. This is for real, and I can use your help. Thanks!
Monday, April 16
As you know, the only thing better than coffee is a website hit. Sometimes, late at night, I sit bolt-upright and completely awake - with the absolute knowledge that you - yes you the one with the shirt - have visited my site. And for that I say, thank you. Please, everyone, be seated.
Sunday, April 15
Saturday, April 14
Friday, April 13
Thursday, April 12
Becerra told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America that she lived with the worm in her brain for three years. She gave it a nickname, Tonya, and she said Tonya gave her life-altering seizures that kept her from living her life.Weird stuff happens on this little planet.
Error 103:java.sql.SQLException: java.sql.SQLException: The log file for database 'blogger' is full. Back up the transaction log for the database to free up some log space. [more info]Seriously though, everytime this happens I realize how much easier this is when I just type it out and FTP. Tonight I'm just happy to know HTML.
Wednesday, April 11
Tuesday, April 10
I hate to dwell on this, but I just can't get over it. The user operates a "control panel" on a web page, which actually sends a message to a guy named Nick, who carries out the action described in the message. It's just like the Flinstones' world, where you push a button which pokes the ass of a little animal who washes the dishes! Its too funny! I don't know whether to laugh or cry.That's just classic.
PB over at onfocus is always posting the pictures he takes while on a nature hikes in CA. Well, I can take pics too! I present for your perusal these lovely Florida images. Welcome to Central Florida, kids! Click the thumbnail for the full-size image.
Monday, April 9
Sunday, April 8
Saturday, April 7
Korean movies and pop music attract millions of Japanese fans. Korean women are idealized for their beauty, men for their prowess as lovers. Seoul is beating out London and New York as this year’s coolest vacation spot for Japanese tourists.It is truly a unique and amazing place - in no small part because of its people and their culture. I think it's because their lifestyle is very pure, the food they eat so fresh, completely well balanced, and their lifestyle so active and clear.
Frustrated dotcomers gaze longingly at the entrepreneurial atmosphere that has transformed South Korea into the most-wired country in Asia.
In business pants and dress shoes, one if my wife's uncles was able to lead us on a difficult 2-hour hike up the side of a mountain in Pusan while my wife and I (who jog 4 times a week and thought we were healthy) struggled behind him.
As to the beauty thing - I remember walking through the streets and markets and shopping malls in amazement - an average girl there would stand out in a crowd here with ease. I suppose the men would too. And if they realize it, they don't make a big thing out of it.
Then again I may just be in a good mood - the Bibimbap I had yesterday rocked! More Soju please.
Friday, April 6
Micro soon recovered, however, when she went down on the DEC and opened her device files to reveal her data set ready. He accessed his fully packed root device and was about to start pushing into her CPU stack, when she attempted an escape sequence.It's just funny.
"No, no!" she cried. "You're not shielded!"
"Reset, baby", he replied. "I've been debugged."
"But I haven't got my current loop enabled, and I can't support child processes", she protested.
"Don't run away", he said. "I'll generate an interrupt."
"No!" she squealed. "That's too error prone and I can't abort because of my design philosophy."
But Micro was locked in by this stage and could not be turned off. Mini stopped his thrashing by introducing a voltage spike into his main supply, whereupon he fell over with a head crash and went to sleep.
Thursday, April 5
Enough about me, I know what you really came here for. You came here because you wanted the strange, bizarre, and uniquely japanese experience that only Hivelogic can bring you (this is totally safe to watch at work, but you'll need flash and a sound card to enjoy it).
Wednesday, April 4
Tuesday, April 3
Monday, April 2
I see it so clearly now.
Something big is going to happen. I can feel it.
Luckily I had a few machines on remote networks to help with the DNS and the mail queuing. Fun, eh?
Sunday, April 1
I decided to purchase a new hard drive: I don't like upgrades or reinstalls, and I was intent on preserving my old config and data, just in case. And it seems as if hard drives are a commodity nowadays. "Okay, let's see, I need a quart of milk, a loaf of three-seed bread, I need to get a key made, and maybe a 40 gig hard drive."
So here we are, hard drive purchased and installed, Windows 2k and mandatory applications setup and ready. No problems, not one. I guess there are some benefits to having done this a few hundred times before. Oh well, we're back and that's what counts.
hivelogic: do I get a free book for teaching?So I think I'll go ahead and teach it.
hivelogic: is it hardbound?
hivelogic: I will teach no such class.
Friend: The money might be good.
Friend: Not sure how much that class pays.
hivelogic: good enough to re-bind the book?
hivelogic: can I refer to myself as Dr. Pritchard?
Friend: You will be completely in charge. Call anyone anything you want.
hivelogic: can I dim the lights and have "naptime"
Saturday, March 31
I'm big in Japan. Really.
There is literally no end to the spam I get. I usually scan, delete, scan, delete. Today I found something entertaining, and worthy of posting here:
Imagine, coming home from a hard days work, the house is quiet, the kids are staying with grandma. Your spouse is working late...How's that for creative spam?
To set the mood, you light up some candles. Turn on some nice background music, Barry White perhaps...fire up the jets on your luxurious whirlpool tub and let the bubbles flow. Get lost in this moment and forget all your troubles.
WHOOPS! I don't have a Whirlpool Tub!
Well we do, and at an AFFORDABLE price, YOU CAN TOO!
Friday, March 30
8:11 PM: Argh. I just ran a query that took 21 minutes, and then it failed, so I had to change something and try it again.First of all: Tea? Allow me to introduce you to a "college-level" beverage we like to call coffee. Truly the nectar of the gods. Try some. I have a feeling that it may be more effective than the overextracted, watered down, chopped-leaf mixture you tout as a stimulant.
9:52 PM: Still chugging away! 90% of the database changes have been made. The rest should be fairly quickly. Or maybe not.
10:18 PM: Shit. Something just went horribly wrong.
11:16 PM: It'll be okay. Just don't bother come back here tonight.
3:23 PM: Let's see. We're on the verge of hour...11? "As much as 3-4 hours?" Ha! (I'm getting closer. But am still a ways off. More tea...)
Am I complaining? No. I'm pointing and laughing. But I do feel bad for those without enough HTML to say what's on their mind right now. And we're nearly done with an extensible XML-parsing system that will relieve us of the blogger burder. We'll open it to the world when it's ready.
Oh, and as to Jerri being kicked off? Tears of joy my friends, the bittersweet tears of joy.
Thursday, March 29
"And you can call me P. or you can call me Diddy, or you can call me P. Diddy, you know what I am saying?," he said.This is just absurd.
Why the name change? Puffy had too much baggage.
"I just need a fresh start," Combs said. "That's all."
Wednesday, March 28
I now have a commenting system (again). Click the "Comments" link beneath each post and you'll see the popup window. Enter a comment. It's fun.
If you were wondering, there were several reasons why I hadn't had one for a while:
- blogvoices.com was very cool but way too slow and held up the loading of this page.
- all the good commenting systems were written by geeks. As a rule, all geeks use PHP (I should know, I taught PHP at LinuxExpo 2000) and the hosting service I use does not use PHP.
- I don't have time to find/write one in ASP (yah!) or ColdFusion.
Tuesday, March 27
- Pages load fast. Much faster. Especially interactive pages. This is good.
- Web and CSS standards seem to be observed - at long last. We may have reached a place where we get standards compliance (read: pages look the way they were intended) without the bulk and instability of Netscape 6.
- The Personal Bar is very cool. I like the idea of having news, weather, and my contact list (and MSN) available to me in the browser. Fewer clicks is a good thing.
- A few cookies seem to be gone, I've found myself having to re-enter username/passwords on a few sites (like blogger.com) but others like amazon still remember me.
Monday, March 26
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow and asked him, "Can I sit like you and do nothing all day long?"How true it is.
The crow answered, "Sure, why not?" So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Management Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing,you must be sitting very, very high up.
Sunday, March 25
You know you've "made it" when Ernie of little yellow different links you. Break out the peppermint schnapps Weezie, we're movin' on up!
Friday, March 23
I have a Dwarf Chinese hamster I named buddy. I got him a ball he can ride in, when we put him in he chases the dog!! It's really funny. Another funny thing is that Buddy eats all of our dogs crackers!What a find! I'd also like to give a big thanks to Justice for this image, which is real Iraqi postage.
And in Weston, a dog being walked around the local reservoir was sucked into a culvert, pushed 200 yards through the tunnel and flushed out the far side into a brook, Weston firefighter Alan Lazzari said.Okay, off to a breakfast meeting. I wonder if I can expense it?
Thursday, March 22
Dear Dan,Sad stuff. I never expected things to be free, but I admit that I've gotten used to the phenomenon, and will miss it. I just hope that sitemeter never dies this way.
A little over a week ago, you should have received an email from us notifying you that we are terminating our free Counter service. Please note that this letter is your second notification.
On another note, I keep going floundering on my feelings about MacOS X. This article and a recent email from a friend want to make me decide once and for all to like it.
Tip o' the sombrero to Justice for the link.
Congress Adds 'All Your Base Are Belong To Us'WASHINGTON, DC-- Seeking to increase fiscal accountability among citizens who have no chance to survive make their time, the House of Representatives added an "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" amendment Monday to H.R. 333, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001.
Amendment To Bankruptcy Bill
"What you say!!!" shouted the bill's sponsor, Rep. George Gekas (R-PA), following the amendment's approval. "This bill will not only make debt-ridden Americans more accountable, but it has the added benefit of taking off every 'zig' for great justice." Opponents of the amendment protested that it would potentially set up U.S. the bomb.
Wednesday, March 21
Radiation scares me. Even just the word. Radiation. Images of Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Horishima. Nagasaki. It's bad stuff. Radiation. Every time you go outside, look up into the sky, you're exposed. UV radiation. Gamma radiation. Alpha Particles. X-Rays. This stuff is real, it's everywhere, and it's getting worse. What are we supposed to do, live in fear?
I say we need to restore the earth. Make it a better place. Be a better people. Really.
I've learned that there's a new and popular "mystery thing" to blame any and all of your problems on. It's called DNS. Sorry folks, but despite what you're claiming, your troubles are not DNS related, and Network Solutions does not control the specific setting for your mail records (your ISP does, and it's called an MX record).
On a lighter note, I stole this hilarious tax return for the recently laid of dot com employee from Ernie (the grandpappy of cool californian/asian/ahead-of-the-game/just-got-laid-off blogs).
Tuesday, March 20
Stuff I need to do today:
- Endure the tortures of the damned at the grocery store
- Call my mom, wish her a happy (belated) b-day, hope she got my snail mail card
- Turn danbenjamin.com into a shameless self promotion/propoganda website
- More interviews ...
- Setup a new UNIX web/email server for a friend
- Find reliable and free hosting for a bunch of my sites (not this one). Any takers?
Monday, March 19
So far, I haven't paid a dime for any of this, at least not directly. How long, in an environment where online advertising is dropping even for gold-plated brands like Yahoo's, can this last?But you know, I don't really see this as a recession. I mean, your grandad always told you there's no such thing as a free lunch, and if it seems to good to be true, it won't last.
It's not that I particularly want to spend more money. But I recognize that someone else pays for my free lunch -- and when others stop paying, the meals could disappear.
Last night before I went to bed, I was watching the Neandarthal meets Cro-Magnon Man show on the Discovery Channel. Of course I had bizarre nightmares about it throughout the night. Man, it sucks to be a caveman, even in your dreams.
Sunday, March 18
I bet those of you with android bodies are rejoicing right about now, aren't you.
Saturday, March 17
I go to the doctor. My appointment, hastily made, is with a doctor I have never heard of or met before. His nameplate is attached haphazardly to the wall by the office door.
The doctor is distracted, makes eye contact without actually looking at your eyes. His movements are cautious, deliberate. I realize he is android.
Situation: improving rapidly.
Friday, March 16
drinking some coffee
nothing to worry about
late for the airport
flight: completely full
sinus infection brewing
heading to Boston
a new perspective on life
a cycle, broken
sometimes what you dream
is not what lies in your heart
this is a hard truth
Thursday, March 15
The pain continued even as I tried to distract it, and just got worse. Then, as we entered our final approach, the pain began to subside. It was a miracle: with each foot we descended, the pain decreased noticeably. By the time we'd landed, the pain was gone.
Until the return trip.
Since then I've been stuffed up, in a bit of pain, sense of taste fading, self-medicating with over-the-counter remedies, waiting for today's appointment with the Doc. It's a sinus infection, blocked sinus, something like that. I've had it before about 4 years ago.
Wish me luck.
And finally, if you're not easily offended, you should watch this, it's great.
Wednesday, March 14
I have not had coffee yet: Things are moving in slow motion. Some kind of celophane substance is floating in mid-air here. My cat is speaking Portuguese. I hear the sound of a thousand hungry rhinos at my bedroom door. One of them is angry, but which one, which one.
Someone please get me some coffee. Why is it always like this before I have coffee.
Tuesday, March 13
- Foriegn, listening to AM radio station in their language (regardless of language) at maximum volume while talking on cell phone.
Misses your stop.
- Boston native, lived there all his life, tells you how he beat that guy up for talking about his mother that way, the bastid!
- Boston native, doesn't speak except to complain about how expensive Boston is.
It seems like I only get spam in one of two categories - multilevel marketing or sex. I got these two this morning, one from each category:
Hello There,This one came in from "Misty" (are there really people named Misty?) and fits easily into the second category:
Please allow me to introduce myself.....my name is Brad.
I am a member of what will surely become known as "THE" Internet Business Opportunity Of The New Millennium.....and, in the spirit of welcoming a new millennium, I felt compelled to share this incredible business opportunity with you!
I Miss You SOOOOOOOO Bad!!!!And still I don't click the links ...
I am sitting here at work thinking about how good it would feel to have your hands sliding up my skirt.(I don't have any panties on!)
I just remembered. I have my digital camera with me. I'll take some pictures for you to look at. Hehe. I'm so bad today.
Monday, March 12
Thursday, March 8
The cigarette is the only consumer product that, when used as the manufacturer has intended, can be deadly.I found some pictures on the web of cars that I've owned. Below is a picture of an RX-7 that's virtually identical to the one I had. I loved that car, despite the fact that I spilled brake fluid on the sealt-belt which caused the dye to run. Every time I drove it I got an ugly red stain across my shirt - but I wore it like a badge of honor. I drove an RX-7.
Wednesday, March 7
Also, as I mentioned, I've completely redone this page using only CSS (aka style sheets). I'm actually putting together a tutorial on how I've done this, because if you're used to traditional development, it takes a bit of "tossing out the old stuff to fit the new" brain-stretching.
In the meantime, I offer to you these bizarre links:
Tuesday, March 6
What does this mean to you? It means that if you're using something nice and recent like IE 5.x or Netscape 6.x, you'll see something wonderful - and it will look identical in both browsers ... just the way I want it to look.
Before, if you visited this page using If Netscape 4 you saw something terrible - a mockery of this page's true beauty. Now, you get a message telling you to upgrade your browser and the page you see is completely devoid of layout. You see something out of the early 90's - but if you're still using Netscape 4, you're used to it.
Somehow I knew you wouldn't believe me. Go ahead, view the source. And here are three screenshots of this page looking identical in IE 5 and Netscape 6:
Monday, March 5
As much as I hate to admit it, the idea of loosing tons of free music (despite the fact that I only download songs that I already own on CD *wink*) is very depressing.
Then the fries are frozen until the moment of service, when they are deep-fried again, this time for somewhere around three minutes. Depending on the fast-food chain involved, there are other steps interspersed in this process.So there you go.
McDonald's fries, for example, are briefly dipped in a sugar solution, which gives them their golden-brown color; Burger King fries are dipped in a starch batter, which is what gives those fries their distinctive hard shell and audible crunch.
Sunday, March 4
For The Record, I've never eaten at Beefy King. And now that I'm leaving Orlando, I really think I should. It's my understanding that the Beefy Spuds truly represent the pinnacle or Florida cuisine.
Saturday, March 3
Okay, now even you know.
Friday, March 2
Thursday, March 1
On another note, I was just reading an article over on Salon.com about censorware blocking translation sites like babelfish because they can be used to redirect to other (banned) sites indirectly. But you can always do the same thing with akamai like so:
Wednesday, February 28
And so, it begins again, so innocently. "Look how cute!" the child says, "This one looks like a baby, that one dances to the music." And now everyone has a robot in their home. Nobody thinks twice.
Well, I'm not fooled, and I have some advice for you: never tell a robot your password or leave it alone with your dog. Trust me on this.
Zero Wing updates:likes AYBABTU.
I'm still sick but feeling a lot better, thanks. I'm going to attempt to get through a lunch at my favorite restaurant today. Maybe getting out will help.
Another All Your Base picture for your enjoyment:
Tuesday, February 27
For a bit more information about the All Your Base phenomenon, you can read this Time Magazine article which tries to come to grips with this phenomenon:
Nothing is more adored by cubicle-dwelling Gen-Xers than geek kitsch. And nothing is geekier or kitschier than Japanese video games of the 1980s, back when efficient translation was not considered essential. The dialogue of Zero Wing contains such gems as "Somebody set us up the bomb," "Take off every Zig for great justice" and a chilling warning from a villain known only as Cats: "All your base are belong to us."As important as something like this is, I've decided to mirror the original movie as well as the phenomenal Flash video.
If you're wondering what you're doing here, you probably came here via danbenjamin.com which is going away for a while (as a website, anyway). If you went there, you wound up here, so welcome to the latest and greatest.
Monday, February 26
Then a few phrases catch on ... All Your Base Are Belong To Us and For Great Justice ... and the next thing you know, it's a meme.
Although I hate to follow a trend so blindly, at this point, not mentioning it here after viewing this wonderful flash movie would be a disservice to its creators.
This is important. This means something.
Sunday, February 25
Being there makes me feel alive again. Like I'm back on the map, locatable, findable, like I'm somewhere that matters. A place where bagels taste right and honking in traffic doesn't get you killed.