31.august.2006 - The Radified server (physically located in downtown Los Angeles) is being upgraded tomorrow (September 1st), so you might notice some downtime (hopefully not). See here. Letter from my web host:
We will be upgrading all shared servers for Apache, PHP and cPanel according to the following schedule.
30.august.2006 - Played Rad dad today. Have a major developmental milestone to report: the little guy rode on the big-kid swings today, for the first time.
I've always swung him on the little-kid swings .. those basket-swings, where they *can't* fall out, no matter how high they're pushed.
I've let him ride on my lap plenty of times, on the big-kid swings (since I'm a big kid), pinching one of his legs between mine, so he can't launch off my lap.
But this morning he wanted to ride by himself. I said, "You can't ride on the big-kid swings by yourself." But he was adamant. So I set him in the seat and pushed gently.
Plenty of soft sand was waiting under the swing, so even if he fell, he wouldn't've been hurt very badly. On the little-kid swings, I've always pushed him real high (which he loves).
As things were winding down, when he wasn't swinging very high, he saw a doggie and pointed .. which had him struggling to hang on with one hand. I said, "Oh no, ya gotta use both hands on these swings."
29.august.2006 - Something I wanted to mention yesterday (but never got around to) was that yesterday was the first day (in a long time) I woke feeling good.
I've been in a funk for a while now. Not sure why I started feeling good again. I mean, I didn't win the lottery or anything like that. Nothing of note has changed, certainly not overnight.
But now I feel centered, like I've finally weathered a series of life-storms [...which regulars will recall. Or maybe I've wandered into the eye of the hurricane. =) ]
In related news, I've been studying recently about diet & exercise. A wise man once told me: become a student of what you do. He claimed he'd received that advice from another wise man .. who in turn heard it from yet another wiseguy.
28.august.2006 - No updates in a week. Argh! You know how life sometimes gets in the way. Let me try to play catch up.
First, if you know someone who's interested in making movies for a living, Chapman university recently got a $40-mil boost, in the form of a 76,000 sq-foot digital arts building, chock full of cool, hi-tech equipment (geeks drool), called Marion Knott Studios.
I think movie-making is one of the more creative careers. If one starts early .. say, while in high school, for example, with a nice PC designed to edit video .. they can become fairly proficient by the time college rolls around .. with a collection of home-made productions to their credit.
21.august.2006 - HBO is featuring a 4-part documentary tonight (9PM) by Spike Lee, titled When the Levees Broke, about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Reminds me of the Led Zepplin song (1970): When the Levy Breaks.
Spike's documentarty is subtitled: A Requiem in Four Acts. The word requiem is defined as: a piece of music written to commemorate somebody who has died. [I've long been a fan of Mozart's Requiem (1791), my favorite piece by him.]
It's not like I don't have plenty of good reasons to feel sad, yet nothing had changed between yesterday and the day before, when I felt fine.
17.august.2006 - Saw World Trade Center this eve .. (at the Big Newport in Newport Beach). Well made. Very sad (was a sad day for our country). The lady sitting a few seats down cried the whole second half of the movie.
First thing I noticed was how seriously Nicholas Cage took his role in this movie. It was obvious he intended to honor the victims of that day.
16.august.2006 - Saw that Bruno Kirby died (age 57). I ran into him (& his wife) while soaking in the hot springs at the Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs (near Palm Springs) .. back in November 2003 (see HERE).
15.august.2006 - Received lots of mail regarding yesterday's entry, about the aborted over-night with the bug (Rad Jr.) .. such as this one, which comes from Johannesburg, South Africa, along with interesting insights into that fascinating country:
To keep this home page small, the remainder of today's entry is continued in Ye Olde Rad Blog .. see here:> A letter from the Rad in-box, from Johannesburg, South Africa
I spent the day with him yesterday. Great day. He was real happy, lots of smiles & laughs. Tons of energy. Tireless. Playful. Ate like a horse.
13.august.2006 - Regarding Friday's entry, about running sprints, to crank up the metabolism, in order to burn fat .. it's clear that running eight 1-minute sprints (in 16 minutes) is too much to begin with (way too much).
I felt great while running (on the beach at Crystal Cove, sunset), but my legs were sore last few days. Real sore. Was hobbling around most of the weekend. Still sore today, not as badly, tho.
To be honest, when I first heard 24 percent, I thought: No way, José. So today I found a different trainer and asked him to repeat the measurements.
10.august.2006 - Site traffic typically peaks every year around the holidays (December, January, when folks have more free time), then falls & consolidates before the next up-surge begins .. to new highs. This has been the pattern year in, year out.
Traffic was never a major concern, but rather a fun metric to watch grow. Now that it affect$ revenue however, I've become more traffic-conscious, and admit to thinking of ways it can be maximized (new for me).
But summers here last only a few months, like most places. Then it gets cold again. Certainly nothing like in the cold you get in New York, but not beach weather (like it is now). The water gets chilly.
I was expecting him to report ~15%, but when he said my body-fat was 24% .. well, I found that hard to swallow. Appears I had unrealistic expectations.
05.august.2006 - Continuing work on updating the Guide to Ripping & Encoding CD audio .. adding some spit-n-polish. Once I undertake something, I like to make sure it's done right before moving on. Not so easily accomplished with this beast-a-saurus.
Been feeling a little blue lately. Not sure why. Maybe it's just physical. (Perhaps I need more iron.) Sometimes a good, hard work-out will snap me out of it.
I still have some (minor) tweaks I'd like to make, but for now, it's quite useable, and (most importantly) reflects the latest recommended encoder settings [-V 2 --vbr-new, as of November 2005] for use with the currently recommended version of LAME:> v3.97 beta2.
The info on those 3 pages used to be crammed into a single page (yeah, lotsa scrolling). The guide now consists of 10 pages.