aka W. 'Ian' Blanton

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Thursday, February 6th, 2008
Please ignore irregularities with the blog, I'm getting ready to flip it to new software. (This time for sure! :))
 Friday, September 7, 2007
MyiTunes Well, since I haven't been posting; here's some music ...:)

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 Sunday, July 8, 2007
Is the A list dead? Is blogging dying? Whoooooo Caaaaaares!?!

Is the A list dead? Is blogging dying?: "What I meant was that my friends who blog who are NOT A listers are seeing their traffic go down — even Maryam has noticed this. I theorized that was due to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce’s rise. "(Via Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger.)

Of course, it couldn't be because it's summer, could it?

I know I've been too busy with work and home projects to even post, and my reading has been only my absolute essential (read: technical Apple/Mac sites), and even that has been only on a "when I have time" level.

Of course, ironically, summer is when Homeschoolers get busy, and never mind that we have the big twin Harry Potter events coming up (new movie and last book).

Seriously, while I keep an eye on how many people are reading my weblog (answer: hi Dad!*), I'm certainly not going to tizzy if my readership rises or declines.

Ok, I'm half-lying, if suddenly my readership jumped to hundreds or something, I'd sit up and take notice, and wonder who hacked my site. :)

*Kidding, I know the rest of you are out there, I can hear you breathing.

On that "summer" note, Yay! I just finished the floor moulding in the main room in teh basement! Yay Ian!
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 Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Calling John Appleseed...Smart iPhone Marketing

Calling John Appleseed...: "

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Do you get the sense that Apple goofed up a bit while rushing out the iPhone activation videos? It's not just the 80GB iPhone. Aren't all fake numbers supposed to start with a 555? Anyway, yes, this is the same phone number for John Appleseed that was in the iPhone preview video from last Friday. And, yes, I did give the number a call to see what would happen thinking it would connect me to an Apple/AT&T ad. Instead, I heard 'The mailbox for number 408-550-3542 is full and cannot accept new messages at this time. Please try again later.'

I also dropped John Appleseed a note at his dotMac account, but he didn't reply to that either.

Update: Just called again. This time I got the message 'Hello, you've reached the brand new iPhone of John Appleseed.' He invited me to visit Apple.com. After, a standard-sounding voicemail prompt instructed me to record my message after the tone.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog.)

Now THAT is just blasted smart. Someone at Apple or AT&T really got their act together. What I find particularly interesting about it is that they clearly did it after the fact", that it was a response, rather than a planned out "Oh, won't this be cool?"

I know, having doe it intentionally would have been more calculating and shown more forethought, but I honestly am more impressed by a quick response than wide-ranging marketing plan. Shows you can think on your feet. Because that phone number may have been an accident.

So, am *I* getting an iPhone? Dunno. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has dug up a rumor that it will have IMAP support, which would move me from my current "wait and see" stance to a "maybe we need to try one of these puppies".

Of course, this presumes we can even get our hands on one of these things. It'll be interesting to see how they sell.

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 Wednesday, May 16, 2007
BeerBelly, The

That's NOT his real beer gut!!

Oh sweet Jesu...

So, first off, I'm entertained, since well...WTH it is inventive. What's more, it's basically just a version of the backpack we got for my daughter last year, which has a built-in bladder for water (or whatever).

Secondly, well, so, how much liquid do you think you could smuggle onto an airplane with one of these babies?

Thirdly, this is what the problem with security is - people can always think of a way around it. After all, this isn't that different from the Boda bag I used to wear when I rode/raced motorcycles.

Of course, once the security people get hit to this, the makers of "The BeerBelly" will just make the "FannyPack™"

So then they can say they were just looking for Beer. :)

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 Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Stolen/Copied/Sold cover art? So, I was on eMusic earlier, grabbing some albums off, and I ran across a band called "Hand Over Fist" with an Album called "Night Creature". Now, nothing stood out about the cover art, which is that of a reptilian creature bathed in fire, ascending. No biggy, decent art....

...Which also happens to be the cover art for a book, "Phoenix", by the most excellent Steven Brust.

Now, I assume this is kosher...well, O.K. I don't; I have no information so I dunno. Honestly, that's between Steven's publisher and the artist - Denis Beauvais -who created the work in question.

No, what scares me, is that I was able to identify it from glancing at the thumbnail on eMusic. Man, mind full of trivia.
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 Monday, May 7, 2007
10 Things I Hate(d) About School (abridged edition)

Alternate Title: Hey Nerd - Do My Homework!

So, I just ran across this little article over on the Boston Globe site called "May I do your homework?", wherein the writer talks about being contacted by High School students with requests for information for homework assignments.

She starts to wonder, due to the wording, whether they were basically asking her basically, to write the assigments for them, since they seemd to be more requests for information, rather than guidence on avenues of research for themselves.

This reminded me of one of the problems I had with Public school back in the day:

Homework is useless.

Well...I know it's not. But as a student, it really is. It goes nowhere. "Oooooh look, I wrote a completely brilliant essay on "Yertle The Turtle". I'm glad the teacher enjoyed reading it for 3 minutes *flush* ...and onto the next essay by a 10 year old.

That this was apparent to me becomes underlined by an essay I wrote in Sophmore year in in High School; "On the futility of writing essays". I don't, of course, still have it, or anything (*flush*), but it got me sent to the Principal.

Mind you, these days with what schools are worried about students writing, it probably would have gotten me into an honors class. I did get an "A" for the structure, etc. However it was clearly a big "fuck you" to the class/school. But I digress.

In the Globe article, the author wonders:

I'm not sure where the blame belongs, given the abundance of potholes along the road to joyful learning: MCAS tests, SATs, the winner-take-all economy, our focus on credentials rather than content. Then, of course, there's the laziness, orneriness, and resistance to authority with which the human race is naturally endowed. That we probably can't change; for the rest, we've got to do better.

My suspicion would be that, to paraphrase Roger Waters; "All in all it's just a, 'nother brick in the wall". The educational system has spent years building that wall, and now, it's a bit more difficult to tear it down.

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Our focus on the world...

Wheres on Earth: "I consider it almost criminal that airlines tell you to close your windows so bored passengers with broken headphones can watch a censored movie on a tiny screen — when the scenes outside the window are ones many of our ancestors would have given limbs for a chance to see."(Via The Doc Searls Weblog.)


Doc got awesome photos, too....England, Scotland and Greenland

I flew out to Cupertino last October, and it was hard not to just keep looking out the window, even though I was flying at night.

I think it's one of the reasons I like to be the person driving, when I travel, as it gves me an "excuse" to keep looking around. (Although some of the wildest stuff I've seen was when I was a passenger, as a kid.)

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 Thursday, May 3, 2007

Sorry for the interruption in service, folks. My provider decided to do some maintenance, and I ended up flubbing my DNS entries, so we had a small moment of inaccessibility. Over now. so, my apologies to the 2 people who actually read this thing. :)

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Army (Army Reserve) "Blipverts"?

Blipvert: An extremely high-speed commercial which crams an entire 30 second ad into less than one second.

So, is it just me, or are the Army and the Army Reserve running extremely short (like 1-2 second) commercials during "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report"?? Are these airing anywhere else, and I'm just missing them?

I'm not complaining, I'm just trying to figure out what the hell something that looks like a "fragment" of a commercial is supposed to accomplish.

Wait...must Join Army....Must join Army....

Same post, new blog
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