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to MSP 2006

[according to Google calendar]

Posted on May 31, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bathroom fish at the Red Vic 2006




Posted on May 30, 2006 at 08:55 PM in creativity, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Microloaning on Memorial Day 2006

What to do on a relaxing day off? Catch up on various paperwork and email inbox items, get my fiscal ducks in a row, listen to the new music I got when I sold old CDs at Green Apple, and enjoy the view from my picture window.

One of the fun things I finally got around to doing was making a microloan through Kiva. I'm helping George Bomboko in Banda-Kireka, Uganda, set up a groundnut business at which his brother will work to help support their family. He's still looking for an additional $300, so if you have $25 sitting gathering dust in your PayPal account, why not give George or one of the other small businesspeople on Kiva's site a hand?

Here's a neat set of photos of a recent group of folks receiving their loan funds after having their business plans approved by their peers.


Woot! It's Tuesday midday and George only needs $50 more to launch his new business. Yay, microlenders!

Posted on May 29, 2006 at 02:08 PM in linky goodness | Permalink | Comments (4)

Capsule street fair in Hayes Valley 2006



Posted on May 28, 2006 at 12:14 PM in creativity, San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whee! Free opera! 2006


Madama Butterfly


Free simulcast of Madama Butterfly in Civic Center Plaza

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Posted on May 27, 2006 at 09:01 PM in creativity, San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

At the De Young and in Golden Gate Park 2006


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Golden Gate Park flowers showing off


Posted on May 27, 2006 at 04:56 PM in creativity, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

gotta sell my old Treo 600 2006

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Posted on May 27, 2006 at 02:16 PM in tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sumo wrestlers try on high heels

Thank you, Michael Schennum of the Arizona Republic, for taking this lovely photo of sumo wrestlers Wayne Vierra, left, of Honolulu, and Casey Burns, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, gently playing with a reporter's high heels. I love how they are carefully supporting each other so as not to crush the shoes.

Posted on May 27, 2006 at 12:03 PM in linky goodness | Permalink | Comments (0)

out and about with Joe 2006

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Posted on May 27, 2006 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Advanced Templates in TypePad & a nice new conditional from Movable Type 2006

Not sure when it happened, but I noticed the other day that my clever hack for conditional behavior with regard to display was no longer working in my individual entry archives.

You have probably noticed I have two types of posts, ones like this, and quick little links or quotations which appear in a more compact form indented & with a border. I style these automatically.

In TypePad and Movable Type each entry has a main Body field and an Extended field. This allows you to do the "Read more..." approach and keep a big long essay off your front page. I personally don't mind having a big long essay up there - I trust your ability to scroll, dear reader - so I never used the Extended field for its intended purpose. Instead, I put my compact entries in that field, with nothing in the Body field.

This allowed me to use a conditional tag in TypePad advanced templates (which is the same in Movable Type), <MTEntryIfExtended> and <MTElse>.

I've just learned about a new tag (added in Movable Type 3.2, I think) and not yet reflected in the TypePad knowledge base, <MTIfNonEmpty>. It requires an attribute to identify the field to be examined, for example:
<MTIfNonEmpty tag="MTEntryMore">
This adds a huge amount of flexibility and I suspect it was greeted with much rejoicing in the Movable Type forums.

I've switched over my <MTEntryIfExtended> tags to use this approach instead and this resolved the problem I was having where the archive pages were not reacting conditionally. I rather suspect they are about to deprecate the older tag in favor of this new improved approach.

As ever, drop me a note if you notice something weird and I'll eventually find time to fix it.

Posted on May 27, 2006 at 11:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Warning: TypePad now case sensitive for login names 2006

I really hope this will revert because I think it is a bad change, but TypePad now requires you to enter your user name in a case sensitive way.

This meant that all the tabs in my browser which were set up with posts in draft form, list views, etc., today switched over to logging me in not to the account I've had since TypePad was in beta (or was it alpha?), but to some test account with none of my hard work in it; metagrrrl instead of MetaGrrrl.

It still knew that it was me - "Welcome, Dinah!" - but it said I had no weblogs. Since I have more than a wee bit of content accumulated, that was unnerving to say the least.

Unfortunately, the "Create your first weblog" page that was displaying for anything I clicked around to didn't have a logout button to allow me to get out of metagrrrl and into MetaGrrrl.

Finally by chopping off the end of URLs randomly I was able to get to a page that did have a logout. That was a relief since I need to write tomorrow's Discardian post tonight.

This change makes absolutely no sense to me and was particularly annoying because there was no warning and I don't see the value in having both a MetaGrrrl and a metagrrrl as separate users on a system. That sounds like a recipe for help desk confusion and user annoyance to me. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think that a database table got a setting switched wrong and that this didn't receive the business oversight it should have had.

Anyhow, long story short, I'm back in, but cranky. Also I either have allergies or a head cold.

There's a lot of grrr in the grrrl tonight.

Posted on May 26, 2006 at 08:56 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (1)

Ikean courtesy 2006

I like how they have pencils, notepaper, van rental information and taxi information right by the payphone.

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Posted on May 24, 2006 at 03:10 PM in worry vs. clarity | Permalink | Comments (0)

off work 2006

[according to Google calendar; possibly also Dinner at the Noonan's but that might be just Joe]

Posted on May 24, 2006 at 12:00 PM in work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Denver airport and on home 2006




The lone golf shoe


Posted on May 23, 2006 at 07:18 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Denver in daylight 2006



Denver civic center


Children's area at Denver Public Library:


Opening shot of Star Wars as reinacted by the new wing of the Denver Art Museum 

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Denver public art


Red Scare at Second City, Denver



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Posted on May 23, 2006 at 02:57 PM in Food and Drink, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Posted on May 22, 2006 at 11:05 PM in health | Permalink | Comments (0)

night in Denver 2006

16th St walking mall, Denver, CO 

Nice night for a walk. Sprinkled later, but it was still warm.

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Dinner at Rioja 



vegetarian four squares, a tasting of four seasonal dishes $17.50

1. lemon thyme ricotta gnocchi

morel mushrooms, fava beans, asparagus, Meyer lemon nage

Worth a trip just for this dish (also available as an entree on its own)

2. Grilled vegetables with crepe arch

3. cauliflower pakora, herb yogurt sauce

4. potato salad


Big blue bear from below

Posted on May 22, 2006 at 09:03 PM in creativity, Food and Drink, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

good Denver clouds 2006


Trying to capture the sunset



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Posted on May 20, 2006 at 07:14 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Night in Denver and my stupid phone screen 2006


Posted on May 19, 2006 at 08:53 PM in tools, travel, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Today's office 2006


Desk extension is a rolling table you can put wherever you need it. Plus a light lunch and some music from iTunes... ahhh. Delightful.


The view from today's office

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Posted on May 19, 2006 at 01:04 PM in travel, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

downtown Denver 2006



Convention center and distant snow-capped mountains 

There appears to be a large amusement park nearby too.


Giant blue bear problem in Denver 

Apparently these guys don't eat humans, but they are fascinated by our activities.

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Posted on May 19, 2006 at 08:47 AM in creativity, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

The best room service food I've ever had 2006


Chicken breast in a pinot noir-cranberry reduction, herb risotto and fresh vegetables.

Light, nicely flavored, not drowned in fat like every other place.

Frankly, this is better than the salad and mushrooms I had at Bix last night. Doesn't top that wonderful soup, though.

Posted on May 18, 2006 at 09:49 PM in Food and Drink, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Very pleasing hotel room 2006


I like a 6 month old Hyatt...

Also, wifi!!

Posted on May 18, 2006 at 09:21 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

to Denver 2006

[according to Google calendar]

Posted on May 18, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

"No Smoking" - F line, San Francisco Muni 2006


on one of the old cars from Milan


"No spitting"

Posted on May 17, 2006 at 08:28 PM in health, San Francisco, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

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