Migrating from Blogger to MoveableType

One of the problems I faced when switching over to my new domain was how I was going to get my entries exported from Blogger into MoveableType. Luckily there are a number of resources out there. One thing I noticed, though, is that the tutorial I followed, while really good, didn’t offer any Mac-specific help for getting your images off Blogger (mentioning only the Windows-only* utility WinHTTrack).
This post discusses a Mac alternative to WinHTTrack, the freeware WebGrabber 0.7.

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Cyber Monday

In Canada you probably know it as Buy Nothing Day. Here in the US, November 25th is known as Black Friday — so called, because it’s the day retailers supposedly start making money and getting “back into the black”. The day is typically associated with long lines and people getting trampled and/or killed at Walmart. About the closest thing in Canada is Boxing Day, but it really doesn’t compare. Thanksgiving is celebrated the day before Black Friday in the States (in Canada, Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October). Would you believe there were people — here in Sarasota — waiting in line at Best Buy at 6 pm on Thanksgiving?
Sure, I guess it could be kind of thrilling to be part of something so… crazy. I get that.
What I don’t understand is how news organizations like my favorite local TV station, SNN6, can get off reporting that “Cyber Monday” — purportedly where shoppers “Get online the Monday following Black Friday and buy” — is actually a phenomenon. You just know it had to be made up — when was the last time you heard anyone describe the internet as cyberspace? About… 1997 or so? And since when did anyone ever feel pressured to MAKE IT TO THE CYBERSTORE? *insert Napolean Dynamite quote here*
Anyway, at least one publication blew the proverbial BS horn. Thanks Robert D. Hof and BusinessWeek Online, for calling it like it is.

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dhs.org Outage

So you all undoubtedly noticed you couldn’t make here yesterday. Sorry about that. Turns out anyone with a “dhs.org” domain was kinda hosed. Here’s the official note from the kind folks www.dhs.org:

[06/08/2003 14:23 AuEST]
We are finally back up. Due to our upstream provider’s router dying our ISP lost connectivity. We appologise for the inconvience this has caused. Everything should now be back to normal.

Since I was following Davin’s suggestion and trying out a text editor for writing my entries (BBEdit, actually), I didn’t even notice my site was down until I went to upload the image for my post.
The following entry is actually from late Monday night. And PS — no, waiting ’til morning didn’t help. 🙂 Without further ado…
Monday, August 04. 11:36 pm.
[picture: wrong way sign at TPA]
So tonight, I tried to bring work home with me. It’s been a while since I’ve tried that. It took the form of twelve 11×17″ pieces of paper. I’m halfway through evaluating 150 pieces of feedback from various sources. I’m trying to validate, prioritize and give time estimates and dependencies for each item. It’s prep work for the generation of a set of requirements for the next version of our software. And it’s a lengthy, iterative process.
The spreadsheet made it home with me, but I just couldn’t find it within me to pick it up after dinner. Too many things I had to do at home. I’m going to bed now, maybe I’ll try again in the morning.

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What is it good for?

Well, over the past couple of days ‘net access at home has been flakey at best. I think it’s a sign from the broadband god. “BUY YOUR ACCESS”, booms His voice. “But this is free!” “YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEND FILES VIA IRC AND INSTANT MESSAGING PROGRAMS, IT’LL BE GOOD.” “Keep trying.”
pic of simon's overloaded subaru impreza
Sunday Simon saddled up the Subaru and sped out of Sarasota
Simon’s fiance, Janice, flew down to help him pack and keep him company on the way back up to Winterpeg. And to take a little 1000-mile detour to Houston to visit her family.
simon, janice, and mattress
Simon and Janice hang out with their last piece of furniture (which is, incidentally, now in my couch)
Everything was in that little car. Let me tell you, an Econoline 150 it ain’t. Things were packed in there so tight the windows were popping out of place.
bits and pieces from simon
Well, almost everything. Some stuff ended up back at my place.
Simon and Janice left in a hurry because they were late, and ended up arriving at their destination early. Figures! As I was doing a final check of the place before handing in the keys on their behalf, I discovered a whole bunch of dishes still in the washer. I offered to mail them to him, but he said Cam and I should split ’em up. Fine by me!
Ended up working pretty late tonight — till 7:30 actually — so I missed 1.5 hrs of Ultimate. Good thing we usually play for three. 🙂
George Acosta: Touched
George Acosta’s 5th mixed album on Ultra, ‘Touched’
Jeff lent me a double-disc mix set he picked up while in Boston last week — George Acosta’s Touched — and oh my god is it ever good. I just about went deaf in the car tonight. Even though I knew it probably wasn’t good for my ears, I just kept turning it up. I couldn’t help myself. It’s sooooooo good.
A while back my friend Scott in Regina sent me a burnt copy of one of George’s previous albums — I can’t recall the title of it right now, but I do remember it was trying to do the megamix thing — 22 tracks in 74 minutes or something like that. I wasn’t very impressed. It was a gazillion tiny little slices uber-trance, just enough time to get the taste of a song, but never enough time to actually enjoy it.
But “Touched” is completely different. Each CD contains just 12 tracks; the first disc is called “Epic Side”, and that’s completely what it is. It’s the one I had cranked in the car. In particular the first real track (Track 1 is a 40 second intro) is an absolute killer: Armin Van Buuren Featuring Ray Wilson “Yet Another Day” (Riva Remix). I’ve had this song stuck in my head all night. My other favorites include Driftwood’s “Freeloader” (Green Martian Remix) and (of course) Gouryella’s “Ligaya”. The second disc — labelled “Darc [sic] Side” — I can’t recommend it, but not because it isn’t good. It may well be better than the first disc. Problem is, I haven’t heard it cause I keep on playing disc one over and over again.
Anyway, buy it if you see it! It’ll make you tingly all over!

Donahue interviews Michael Moore

My friend Jessica just sent me a link to an interview with Michael Moore, the producer of the widely acclaimed documentary on violence in American culture, Bowling For Columbine. I saw it a couple of weeks back with the other Canadian at my company here in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a good film; it did wonders for my identity as a Canadian.
The interview is long, but I think it’s worth the read. Check it out.

Sneaky Bastards

And here I thought I was looking at customer reccommendations. Never again will I trust you Amazon, never again!

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