Friday, October 30, 2009

Dark Friday

listening to some tunes

Monday, October 12, 2009

Test Post 2

Call me 'undeniable

Test (final)

This is a Test

by Jason Fleming on October 11, 2009

If there had been an actual emergency you would have heard from another source. For some reason I have this perplexing need to see my post appear in Google Reader the way I wrote it. Call me persistent, or persnickety

Test block

I guess I am having the most problem with my paragraph spacing. Everything lumps together when it comes through. Looks like trash

Anyway, here is the third, and last attempt. I'll stop belaboring the point.


Test POst

So taking this post out of 'Edit HTML' mode.

Maybe that is where my problems with GReader formatting are coming from.

It is either that, or switch to WordPress.

Here is a test picture of our son during pumpkin picking. He looks upset, pensive, irritated. I think he is actually giving a nasty look towards another consumer who has entered the patch. I think he told them No, Wait your turn.



I signed on to chat with T is for Training for the first time last Friday. I wasn't sure what to expect as I dipped my toes into the program via chat.

I was plagued by browser issues. I first tried connecting through Chrome, and then switched to Firefox. I was able to connect and would start getting into it when the system would crash again.

When I was participating I found it to be a delightful show. Maurice, the host, actively scanned the chat screen and would work to include me into the 'talk' portion of the show.

Honestly, I thought I was going to be just listening in, but then I felt the real need, and desire to participate. It felt good.

I'll have to try IE (Shudder) next time.

Friday, October 02, 2009

CHROME fail. GOOGLE fail -sidewiki

Note to Google Developers.

When you make new web products (from now on)

Make them work in your own browser first

scanning posts (Google Reader)

Really I am looking at the title and a sentence or two in each paragraph when I read blogs. Anything beyond that and I wouldn't have any time to read (I mean scan) your friends blog on a similar subject. ;)

So I will try to reduce blog entries to 2-3 sentence paragraphs. Maybe that will help my scanning compatriots. There has to be more of me than I?

Whenever I see that a blog would be interesting to someone else because of an interest I am aware of, or the career they have I will email it to them.

I share things that are of interest to me. I comment on shared items if I have something to say. I like things (In GReader) If they are interesting but not something I necessarily want someone else to check out.

Should I have put more spaces between my paragraphs?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Living in North Carolina (for real now)
Working at UF remotely.

I have to finalize some small details but this is working out well right now.

I can connect to all the resources I need to and help staff from a distance.

I'll post pictures of my office when it looks prettier

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

online identity

being so many places at once, doesn't take too much time but it takes a little imagination.

Collect your feeds and have them update each other. I find that Google Reader shares look best in Google Reader and in email, but I like to share them with friendfeed as well.

Friday, July 31, 2009

why don't you ever write

A: I have a lot going on
Q: SO do I, what's your point?

So I'm pretty sure I am bogged down more than most people, but I can't take the time out of my schedule to quantify that. Doesn't really excuse the fact that I don't write in any public space anywhere.

So here is a quick update

I use my desk as a writing pad.
I have taken on the duties of yet another colleague
When I leave for any vacation my inbox blooms like a fresh rose
Pondering the fact that there isn't a one to one relationship between a book and an ISBN in our catalog

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ff vs. twitter

I made the decision about a year ago to export myself to friendfeed and close up shop in twitter. I find myself lingering on the edges there (in twitter) though, and it makes me feel bad. I don't want it to be a contest, but it is. I don't have that much attention, and it can't keep getting split up like this. I know that friendfeed and twitter are not the same thing, and could live together, but I don't think they should (really). Friendfeed allows users to post anything, and other users can comment on those posts (like @ replies). So where is twitter providing something that friendfeed does not?

This reminds me of the TMBG song XTC vs. Adam Ant

There is no clear decision to be made, cause I love them both. Twitter to me is like all of the fiction I read as a child that enabled me to read better fiction as an adult. I still love the books I read as a child, but I understand why what i am reading now is better.

I think a 'friend' circle VENN diagram would be more illustrative, but that gets complex very quickly. I have 109 'friends' in friendfeed and 126 'friends' on twitter. There is a large degree of overlap there, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Some of those ffeeps only have a nominal presence in friendfeed and still do all of their social network microblogging in Twitter.

As I can attest the reverse can be true as well. I have been using friendfeed for about 98% of my posts in the last year. I typically only surface in twitterland if I'm feeling out of sorts on friendfeed, or if I get a new subscription request. My posts consist of 'OHAI!, I still live here', rather than much substance.

There is a very small subset that manages to maintain a presence in both places, I think I might take some time to watch what they post where for awhile to gain some understanding about why you would want to do this. Preliminary research shows a casual posting on twitter, with more substantive conversation construction on friendfeed.

I am contemplating sending a post to anyone who subscribes to me on twitter, suggesting they just start using friendfeed instead, but I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from using Twitter, just in case that is what works for them. I think that regardless of whether you are on twitter or on friendfeed you will quickly wonder what the point of it all is if you have no friends. establishing that base quickly could mean the difference between a shrug of disinterest and never coming back or fully embracing the technology.

I was dismissive with twitter several years ago, and luckily gave it another try and found what it had to offer me at the time. I have moved on, but I owe twitter a debt of gratitude for getting me here.

Monday, March 09, 2009


I found the Ipod application (Touch/Phone) 'Ambiance' in our effort to find music to put our son to sleep with.

iTunes App Store Link: Ambiance

I found it in the Application store and saw that they were offering it for free as a trial offer. It sounded intriguing, and was getting good reviews so I made the purchase (free)

Turns out that this is the most wonderful thing ever for anyone who needs some sort of noise to fall asleep. The developers seem to have thought of every variety of white noise possible.

There is even a snoring option. I can't believe this happens, but if your significant other is away and you can't sleep without their 'natural' rhythms then this should help.

For our experiment I used the 'airplane' setting and it worked great. low level hum of the airplan in flight. The plan is to get our son to associate airplan travel with sleepiness for an upcoming trip. I don't believe this will work but it can't hurt to try.

My wife was amazed to find several 'Fan' noise options that will save us from carrying around a small oscillating fans on any of our future trips.

Monday, February 23, 2009

cold inside my head

Trying to think about everything on my plate.
Fighting off a cold.
Wishing coffee was more of a curative than it is.

+Kitchen Sink repair = 85% done
>left to do:
-ordered replacement filter faucet
-reseat and cement cold water side drain

+Went to Retired Horse Farm in Alachua
>Old Horses apparently can never get enough carrots
>My 2 year old has no fear of Horse teeth

Monday, February 16, 2009

NEED some style

SO this is my fall to blog where I hardly post and post about nothing. But... I need to at least make it look a little appealing. I have noticed that over time it looks as dry and boring as the title.

Friday, January 23, 2009

embed test (The Cure: A Forest)

This is a test to see if Grooveshark's embed widget is working

Wednesday, January 21, 2009