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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Sometimes not updating my weblog becomes so mentally taxing it's just easier to go and update it.

What I've been up to:

  • Writing a 200-page novel for National Novel Writing Month, which is absolutely going to be very bad (but fun nevertheless).
  • Covering the hotel strike and writing about Oakland at the SF Business Times, a fantastic learning opportunity.
  • Developing two personal Web applications, both presently password protected, and working on a third. Learning a lot about Class::DBI, caching database queries and templates and compiling on Solaris. Probably a waste of time.
  • Writing a very simple perl script for PhilG (of MIT and Philip & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing).
  • Cooking constantly with my incredibly gifted girlfriend Anne, who tonight made  four pies of walnuts (picked by her from Central Valley walnut groves), roquefort cheese and onions.
  • Neglecting to return YOUR phone call or email.
  • Publishing a wedding newspaper for my friend Renee and her husband JR (MONTHS ago).
  • Trying to get mailing addresses and phone numbers and such for Daily Cal alums for the Daily Cal Alumni Association -- send me your info!! ryantate@ryantate.com
  • Spinning. The kind you do at the Y, not on MSNBC.
  • Preparing for Thanksgiving with my mom and brother, who will be here in Berkeley in a few days. I bought a heritage turkey a couple of weeks ago and Anne and I bought the  rest of the ingredients today at Berkeley Bowl.

Part of the reason I hardly ever update is that I'm hardly ever home. And the Web publishing software I use can only be used from my home computer. There's a lot of Web publishing software out there that can be used from any Web browser. I object to that software for a variety of reasons, mainly because it is too easy. It's cheating. So I do things the hard way. I am writing this right now from Anne's house, what I've done is rented software that lets me log into my home computer from any other computer and operate it remotely. For this I pay $20 permonth.Ouch.


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