» Today's date is » 11-12-13. Good day to post a forward- looking entry. Cuz we know what comes next.
Not sure tho, what topic to pursue, but I have a few in mind and today seems like the perfect time to begin. (Only tangentially related, but nonetheless interesting » point. And this one, too. Ooh, this too.)
Eleven Twelve Thirteen ..
First however, I need to
convert the previous entry into Moveable Type pages.
Oh. It looks like
Moveable Type 6.0 was released last month .. but they have done away with the freebie version, and the cheapest license is now » $ 595.
If you look to your right » you'll see that I normally install each new version as its own installation ..
.. beginning with MT v2.x, seeing that I have my
own VPS and can do whatever. So MT6 would become » Ye Olde Rad Blog v5.
This is an easy way for me to go back and see how my
interests have developed over the years, along with my skillz and the relentless march of digital technology. My writing. My life. (My first post with Moveable Type came in May, 2003.)
Abandoning the freebie version is exactly the kind of stuff that torques some people ..
.. seeing that the folks at Moveable Type (
Six Apart) have done this very same thing before ..
.. which is what ignited the disgust that led to the remarkable rise of
MT has been
losing market share. Might be a good time for me to try ExpressionEngine. Then I could do a nice compare-n-contrast.
first post with MT was May '03. So I have more than a decade's worth of entries .. with Moveable Type. You think they'd offer me a free install of MT6 for that reason alone.
Back then (2002), I didnt even know what a web log was. People would write and ask,
"Dude, what blogging software are you using?" And I would reply, "Blogging software? Umm, Dreamweaver?"
ExpressionEngine has a free
'core' version that comes in a stripped-down package, without features that I can probably live without.
If you want the
whole dealey-o, that will set you back three bills ($ 300).
My concern with EE is that » if you are not a paying customer, then nobody is much interested in helping when you hit a snag and need an answer to some quirky problem. That's exactly what happened to Moveable Type .. after they went to the sub$cription model. Totally understandable.
Or maybe I could even go for
MODX .. tho I do not need a full-blown CMS. Revolution is at v 2.2.10. Do you remember when I installed a pre-release beta copy (beta5)?
Okay, I just perused the site. Revolution looks like a nice piece of softrware. Just reading the documentation posted there
at the site gives you a feeling of competence.
'Revolution' seems to be a name they take seriously. I have always been drawn to competence.
I would be proud of that site. And I remember their
support was both friendly and helpful.
Back before the 1.0 launch, I told them that »
good documentation makes all the difference, which includes videos.
I traded many ideas with the author of
this book (bob), back when he was just thinking about publishing a book (.. which turned out to be » 772 pages).
Oh, this is funny. Check out
the subdomain » rtfm (reading the, uh, freaking manual). Clever. We had a similar phrase in nuclear power, except the F stood for a different word .. one more common with sailors. They are obviously having too much fun down there in Dallas.
Whereas Moveable Type is
Perl-based, EE is based on the PHP application framework » Codeigniter, and MODX uses all the latest/greatest most forward-looking technology.
This is why I feel MODX currently represents the best vehicle to take today's CMS'er into the future. (Plus I like the
name of their flagship product » Revolution.)
The final version of MT
5 was » MT 5.2.7, which you can still download » here. (I currently use v 5.12.)
Archives are posted » here (tho not 5.2.7) in both the zip and the tar format (which I prefer).
Today's entry remains very much a work-in-progress.
Okay, I have completed converting the previous entry into Moveable Type [ »
Last Days of Summer (2013) ]. It turned out to be a 2-page entry .. that I probably should've made three.
I see that Page One is 650-KB. How can that be? I normally shoot for 250, or 300 max. So 650 is definitely two pages worth. Even Part 2 is heavy at » 450-KB.
I should break up Page One into two separate pages. That suks.
» The last few days of summer are always full of such nectar. Autumn arrives with the equinox at precisely 1:44 PM Pacific Daylight time on the 21st. ( 4:44 on East coast).
Last Days of Summer
Shhh. This is the precise instant the sun slips quietly cross the equator .. yes, heading back south .. after famously spending the past six months with us
here up north.
I like the way that cooler days and brisk nights lend themselves to
clear-headed thinking. And today is the last full moon of the summer. Howling time.
Internet allows me to communicate with, and establish a dialogue with people in places such as New Zealand and Johannesburg, South Africa ..
.. I am now '
conscious' (.. in a way I was not before) that .. when our autumn begins, their spring begins.
And day-light here = night-time there (.. on the other side of the world). Everything is opposite.
I think it is good .. for all the
world's creatures to become conscious of others. That our little world is not the whole world. Cooperation being the key.
» Experiencing Life with Those Less Fortunate
One of the most interesting guys that I met at the
coffee shop (.. he was always reading some interesting book there whenever I saw him) ..
.. told me that, after college, he left to live
for a while in São Paulo (l argest city in South America, with 11 million souls).
I asked why he chose
São Paulo .. of all the places he could have gone. He shrugged and said that he thought it would be good to see how the rest of the world lives (.. as opposed to limiting his experience to the bubble that is Orange County).
"What was your biggest surprise?" I asked, recalling my own surprises at how reality often differs from expectations, "upon arriving? .. that you hadnt expected to find there?"
"The smell," he said (without hesitating) .. staring off, as if recalling some distant memory.
"The smell?" I asked, seeking clarification.
"Yeah," he said. "Smells like garbage there. Like rotten garbage. Never goes away."
He turned to
look out the large plate window and added, "People here could never live like that."
This guy worked in an office right above the coffee shop, so I never had much time to chat with him.
"Gotta go," he'd say. "Back to the mines."
It was obvious to me that he had a breadth-of-experience and a
depth-of-social-insight .. that you dont find very often .. especially not in ritzy, glitzy Newport Beach.
His experience there in São Paulo seemed to foster a sense of
compassion for those less-fortunate .. tho I somehow suspect he possesed this compassion before he ever got his passport stamped.
I respected him for that (.. especially when I think of
what Einstein said). He had a quiet knowing confidence .. that you don't often find in Orange county.
I would describe him as » intelligent,
thoughtful, understated, well-read, tall. No flash. No bling. He wasnt looking to prove anything to anybody.
Today's entry remains very much a work-in-progress. Who knows where we might end up.
The End Result of Supply-Side Economics
» Rich Get Richer ($upplied)
reached the end of supply-side sconomics and it has become clear that the end of this road looks like this » the rich get richer. Cuz the 'suppliers' are only 'supplying' their friends (.. who happen to need it least).
Inequality sits at record levels and is getting worse every day ..
unless you're rich, that is .. in which case it's getting » better. And our kids get left holding the bag (of ever-increasing IOU's).
Has this not
become obvious? .. to even the most casual observer?
» JFK Assassination » 50 Years (11-22)
zeitgeisty note, I should probably mention the 50-year anniversary of the JFK assassination .. and compare-n-contrast how things have changed. And not.
That photo of JFK reminds me of the beach at Main Beach,
Laguna. Tho I do not have a good photo of exactly where I mean » right across the street ( PCH) from the Starbucks with the comfy couches.
In reality, it was probably taken on
Martha's Vineyard back in the sixties. The parents of my brother's high school girlfriend took their kids there for vacation every summer.
Soon as the kids graduated, they sold everything and
moved there. The place is a ghost town in winter (they tell me).
She showed me a nice time there for a weekend one summer. Stepping onto the island is like stepping off into another world.
I liked it very much. Luscious, powdery sand. Everybody is in a good mood (naturally).
She had a perfect gap-toothed smile .. like
Lauren Hutton. I always thought my brother should have married her. She was a real sweetheart. Everybody liked her. Even Nana.
» The Vineyard & Martha
I heard that the Obamas vacation at the Vineyard.
The gap-toothed girl said (as we were cruising the island Saturday nite) »
"This is where the rich people hang out. But there's not much happening here. I know a fun place. But I just wanted you to see it."
So I'm guessing that this is where the Obamas chill .. fleeting as it may have seemed. If you blink, you miss it.
Tho the island itself is definitely
peaceful .. as tho all your troubles cannot make the ferryride over and must remain back on the mainland.
Nothing worisome is allowed on the Vineyard. (That is Martha's first and only rule.)
I found the Vineyard's "
island effect" even more dramatic .. than what you find on Catalina .. because the summer at the Vineyard is so short (.. compared to Catalina).
So you appreciate it more. (No, the Vineyard is nothing like the
Kennedy was a Catholic from New England, so naturally I can relate to him.
I think Obama should go to Dealey Plaza on November 11th and give a
half-century speech from there. He's good at stuff like that. A good time for a speech about gun control, no?
» Who Killed the Kennedys?
Kennedy assassination reminds me of the lyrics in the song by the Rolling Stones » Sympathy for the Devil (ranked #32 of all time by Rolling Stone magazine) »
I shouted out, "Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all, it was you and me.
You and me? How so, Mick? [
Live performance on YouTube. ]
Of all the handful of YouTube videos I saw, the
one featuring Jim Garrison seemed the most reasonable. Seems this is the same perspective that spoke to Oliver Stone and which he used to craft his film.
Today's entry is continues in
Ye Olde Rad Blog v4 .. see here » Last Days of Summer (2013).
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