maui photos…

Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii

are up at our site at

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Back from Maui…

All right, the wedding is done, the honeymoon is over and I’m ready to rock some web dev face. Just after I recover from the jet lag. Some notes from the trip…

  • Dallas/Ft. Worth airport rocks (though I hear you don’t want to be there during bad weather).
  • Phoenix airport sucks (future airport designers… design your airport so I don’t have to go through security again to catch a connecting flight and make sure transportation between terminals is obvious).
  • Whether heat is “dry” or not does not matter when it’s 107 degrees.
  • Starting from the east coast around noon and arriving in Maui around 10-11pm is perfect as you can just go to sleep and be use to Hawaii time by the time you wake up.
  • This does not work in the other direction.
  • Maui is gorgeous.
  • Maui is also expensive, especially orange juice
  • The food is delicious. If you go, check out Io for something expensive and Aloha Mixed Plate for something cheap. A friend of mine who got married and also went to Hawaii a couple of weeks before I did loved David Paul’s Lahaina Grill. All those places are in Lahaina in West Maui.
  • Best place I ate at in Makena (where I stayed)? The poolside bar and a grill on the side of the road called the Makena Grill. It’s hard to miss the second one. Just keep driving South until you see a big grill and a white board that quotes Tony Hawk as saying it was the best place to eat in Makena.
  • Worst place I ate at? The lounge in the hotel.
  • Pick up a good guide book. Dawne and I used Frommer’s.
  • If you want to be kinda remote, Makena, in south Maui, is pretty good. Lahaina is really the commercial tourist town and Kihei is a better family trip town (for the money).
  • Regardless of where you stay, you’ll be driving to visit everywhere else.
  • Drive The Road to Hana (Hana Highway). Absolutely gorgeous drive, beautiful sites, lots of curves, and you’ll be amazed that it took you three hours to drive 55 miles (that is if you don’t stop every ten minutes to see another site).
  • It’s freaky to stand in the middle of acre after acre of black lava rock.
  • Being able to sleep with the doors open is awesome.
  • Sitting on a beach and doing nothing is also awesome.
  • Myna birds that like to argue with each other at sunrise are not awesome.

Well that’s enough for now I suppose… lots more stuff to go over… lots of pics to show. Man I still wish I was there…

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NO death in the family…

not really, but I’m testing something hold on.

edit: Sorry, sorry. But you may have seen this page where you can put an rss feed onto lolcats. Simon Spero and I where trying to figure out if there was any logic behind the choosing or the pictures or was it just random, so we tried to trigger something with the word death. Not sure how I let Simon use my own blog to do that with, but so it goes.

Again my apologies.

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looks around the website…

… kicks tires, peels off chipping paint from hood…

Yeah something’s gotta change around here. Looks like a redesign is in order. Let’s see if I can fit it in between a class, assignments, a trip to Hawaii, and, oh yeah, a wedding. Plus there’s certainly more designs, flyers, and even a logo to be made. Gah. Remember when summers used to be laid back?

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I was going to write a glowing review of Panic’s (of Transmit fame) new app, Coda, but two days into it, my trial has expired almost two weeks before it was supposed to.

… and as I was typing this post, they responded to me with a fix. Damn. Panic rocks!

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this conversation is being blogged…

I’m not sure when this happened but I’ve managed to do more design while in school than when I was a full time designer. Well, at least I’m enjoying it now.

This conversation is being blogged - flyer

New flyers for THIS CONVERSATION IS BEING BLOGGED: Our lives, online, all the time, in the trend towards lifelogging, a panel discussion presented by the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of ASIS&T that features Dr. Deborah Barreau, Paul Jones, Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Jeffrey Pomerantz, Terrell Russell, and Chirag Shah.

This conversation is being blogged - flyer

I especially like the second one, because according to the flickr page I got it from (attribute to darwinbell), the conversation was in fact blogged (at least on flickr).

Large versions of the flyers can be found here.

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updating the social…

Jim Ray sent out an email to a listserv we both live on (multimedia students, we were learning it before it was cool! Now get off our lawns!) that reminded me that I did in fact have a ClaimID. Luckily since I spend the majority of my timesplaying games and not working, my page wasn’t horribly out-of-date, but I updated it anyway with my new flickr account and the wedding site. Also, I do update my links and Facebook accounts so I’m not totally out of the loop.

So check those links out, friend me, etc.

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wedding website…

Dawne and I have created a website detailing all the wedding plans. Check it out.

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cory doctorow to visit unc…

Reposting from just about everywhere:

What: Pwned: How copyright turns us all into IP serfs
Who: Cory Doctorow

Quick on Cory: Boingboing editor, EFF, SciFi Writer, Disney-obsessed
Copyfighter, Fulbright Chair at Annenberg UCSD

When: 2 pm Thursday February 22nd (aka 2/22 at 2)

Where: Wilson Library
UNC-Chapel Hilll

Sponsors:, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Free Culture Carolina, School of Information and Library Science

Cory’s previous trip to UNC:

More about Cory:

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In that capacity, he worked to balance international treaties, polices and standards on copyright and related rights, advocating in the halls of governments, the United Nations, standards bodies, corporations, universities and non-profit. Presently, he serves as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText, Inc in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, Stikkit, Annenberg Center for the Study of Online Communities, SiteShuffle, and Onion Networks, Inc. His latest novel is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.

See also:

Cory will also be speaking at Duke as part of the Provost Lecture Series “From Myspace to Homeland Security: Privacy and the Totalitarian Urge”
5:00 p.m. – Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center

I should also note that I made a flyer for this event:

cory doctorow flyer

Clicky the pic for a big version. Feel free to share it with others. You can find a few more formats here.

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Paul Jones informs me, as he often does, of something awesome going on in Carolina this week – The 2007 Carolina Comedy Festival which culminates with Lewis Black performing at Memorial Hall on Saturday. Lots of cool stuff including several lectures, talks, and workshops about the art of comedy.

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get rid of DRM…

I would have posted this sooner, but my Internet connection has been spotty. I haven’t spent a lot of time on campus lately so I can continue to recover from the itis. At the same time, Time Warner cut off my cable too early at my old apartment. Therefore, I’m pretty much without the net until Friday when they come to the new house and turn it on.

Anyway, Steve Jobs wrote up a piece about how the music industry needs to get rid of DRM. This pretty much confirms something I’ve always expected, that companies like Apple and Microsoft would just as soon have zero DRM if the various industries would allow them too. We spend a lot of time cursing the software and hardware makers for implementing DRM and we should probably continue to do so, but we should realize that they wouldn’t be able to sell all this music and movies at all without submitting something to the industries.

It’s nice to see Jobs challenging this a little bit and I hope other software makers (Bill?) do the same and perhaps we can finally get total control of our entertainment again.

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mono tales…

So for the past couple of weeks I’ve had a mono-like illness. That is, I’m testing negative for mono, but I still have all the symptoms of mono. I don’t know what that means either.

Mono, if you’ve never had it, is a little bitch. It straps you to the bed for several weeks and then right when you start feeling better it likes to trick you. You’ll wake up one morning and feel pretty okay. Slightly light-headed perhaps, but nothing compared to the crap that’s kept you in bed for the past couple of weeks. So you start thinking, I can get back to doing what I normally do. So you get up, hesitantly at first just to make sure you can walk around without having to sit down. That works out just fine, so you try to do something, like going to class. It’s rough but you survive even though you feel like you can’t quite keep up with the lesson.

Slowly, you feel a little better everyday. You seem to be able to sustain your energy for longer periods. You can do things like eat and you sleep all night without much trouble. You start having multiple days in a row where you really don’t feel all that bad. So then you decide, “Well, dammit, I’m better! I got stuff to do! Let me start moving some boxes. I’m buying a house this weekend!”

And mono just laughs at you a half hour later, when you’re laid out on the bed again too tired to move.

I hate you Epstein-Barr virus.

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Which way…

My good friend Allen had the good fortune to have his really old, really demented flash game linked from both Kotaku and Game|Life. It’s a lot like the old Choose Your Own Adventure books of days past, except here you’re likely to be eaten by a manticore… or take down capitalism. Enjoy the Which-Way Adventure.

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wordpress 2.1…

Totally updated the blog software today… just writing this post to see the new editor. It’s… kinda familiar. I like the auto-save though. Also of interest is the ability to make any page the front page of the site and leave the blog posts elsewhere. Makes wordpress more of a CMS… which might make Lyceum more of a CMS. Hmm….

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ibiblio stoof…

Some interesting ibiblio related stuff going on –

First, Lyceum just got a new release. This one includes some bug fixes and a few features. I mean you are using Lyceum for your multi-user, multi-blogging needs right? Right. One of these days, I’m gonna make a Lyceum theme…

Last, Paul Jones got mentioned and linked at Boing Boing for pointing to a disturbing little piece Folkstreams put on YouTube. Unfortunately, they got his address wrong and it points to some squatter. Oh well, enjoy the Decomposition of Baby Pigs anyway.

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listen closely…

because this may the one and only time you ever hear me say this.

Thank gawd I’m a Cingular customer.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog has more neat links to videos and other mac products released today.

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just a lil’ dude…

I’m not usually in the business of pimping TV shows, but I had to say something about Afro Samurai:

Go watch it.

Anime-style cartoon starring Samuel Jackson as a wandering samurai (wonder if he’s ronin… hmm) looking to avenge the killing of his father. He wears the headband of “Number 2″ (which apparently means he’s the only one who can kill whoever is wearing “Number 1″) and he has a huge, flowing afro.

Yeah, cliché story but like a Quentin Tarantino movie you’re really going more for the style than the story. Nicely animated with a soundtrack produced by Wu-Tang’s the RZA. If you can stand the fact that they are showing this on Spike TV then you should definitely give it a go. I’d say more, but it’s not like Spike is paying me or anything.

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I give up…

Not on this blog (though you wouldn’t know it by the lack of updates), but on trying to stay up on games in general. There’s just too much to pay attention to these days. I don’t have the money to buy a Wii or a XBox 360, but I don’t have the time to play with them anyway. Even if I was considering a PS3, I certainly don’t have the cash to pick up an HDTV anytime soon to make use of it (so far, Blu-Ray seems to be its main advantage). And I still have five games sitting around waiting for me to be done with class projects.
So that’s it. I’m not even going to worry anymore what the hot new release is and try to remember what the hell its name was when I finally finish the last six games I want to try out. When I want something new to play, I’ll just lurk around the net and see what people are talking about that day, because I can’t freaking stand it anymore. There are just too many things to play and too little time.


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uwe boll beats the crap out of nerds…

Well this is old, but I thought I had posted this… so um…


via Kotaku.

It would seem that not only is Uwe Boll a horrible director, he’s also a spiteful bully. He challenged a bunch of his critics to a boxing match which he promised was just a PR stunt. He said he would give them some basic training and even then they would just be playing around in the ring.

He then proceeded to give them no training and went for knockouts. What a jerk.

Still, I’m a bit disappointed. I was hoping one of the critics would secretly be a decent fighter and just knock the crap out of him. That didn’t happen, but I can take solace in the fact that no matter how many flabby internet nerds he beats down, he will still be a terrible director.

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I asked Dawne to marry me last night.  She said yes.  Woot!

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