Drupal development, project updates, occasional knee / head slappers

Sep 23, 2012
When I first heard about the Eye-Fi several years ago, I was super excited. It feels like the future is really here when you can fit a Wi-fi transmitter into a little SD card. But I didn't get around to getting one until a couple weeks ago when I thought it might improve a video recording workflow. 

The camera I was using to capture some green screen footage required that you have to take it off the tripod to get to the SD card, which means that the careful positioning of the camera has to happen each time you want to get at the files, which was a huge pain. So, if I could have just streamed the video straight to the computer, no repositioning would be necessary.

After getting the Eye-Fi application set up on my mac, I did a test run with a photo, just to gauge the speed. To transfer a maybe 2MB file took several minutes. That meant that a 500-1000MB video file was going to be incredibly impractical.

So, I returned the little beast, happy to know that I got a chance to give it a go, but it would have been nice if it worked. It's probably not a great fit in general for modern photo resolutions.

Sep 23, 2012

This is my son grooving out to some live music at the Boise downtown Grove. The music was awesome but the dancing really got me.

Sep 22, 2012
A couple weeks ago, the graph of my life took a 2% dip when I all of the sudden couldn't listen to Radiolab when I was exercising. It just kept crashing about 7 minutes into an episode, which was just enough time for me to stick the phone in the armband, and start start sweating. Then right in the middle of some beautiful discussion on the nature of memory or the afterlife, it would cut out. What a bummer.

I tried restarting the iPhone, I closed the app in the multi-task bar, I even re-installed the thing, and still it would cut out. It would always take me a while because sometimes they stick some silence in weird paces on the show and it was hard to tell if maybe it was an artistically long pause or something.

Finally, I looked up whether there was anyone else with the same problem, and found this nice article that outlined everything I'd done except for one thing:

Hold the top power button down, then when the power slider appears, press and hold the home button.

This does more of a full reset, clearing caches, brushing out cobwebs, telling the kids to go home. And it worked! Today I wanted to keep running just to listen to more awesomeness, but my 1.5-year-old was ready for home.

Sep 22, 2012
I've just enabled Disqus on my blog (running Drupal 6) here, and would love to hear any tips on using it and encouraging people to use it. I see these huge Disqus comment threads sometimes and am wondering if that's happening because the blogs are just incredibly popular and well connected or because there's some secret sauce that Disqus adds if you do the right things with it.

So, I'd love any input as to how any of you might be using it, and if it helps in any particular way to build a solid readership that typical comments might not provide.

Thank you!

Sep 22, 2012
One thing that's been on my list of things to do for the last couple years has been setting up a domain name shortener service so I can use my own domain and hopefully retain a bit of that PR juice (looking into the SEO implications of domain shorteners has also been on my list). I just found out that you can use your own domain at, and it looks super simple. Because of its ease, it just got bumped up on my list, but I still haven't gone through the process yet of setting it up.

Here's the settings screen.

Sep 22, 2012

The view into our house at night, as Backyardigans echoes down the hallways.

Sep 22, 2012
I'm not sure how I feel about it, ethically speaking, but I can definitely empathize with the inventor. 

Sep 22, 2012

This is a pretty awesome thrift store find, magnetized gears in a portable briefcase. 


Sep 22, 2012
I've somehow managed to survive a long time in this industry without learning Vim, but sometimes I'm in a position where I can't open a text file on a live server with a normal text editor. For example, today I needed to edit a php.ini file to add an extension in, and I can only get to it via the command line. Here is the list of commands I needed to get the job done:

  1. To open a file in Vim, navigate to where the file is and type (for example) vim nameofmyfile.txt
  2. To edit text, you have to press i (which puts you in 'insert' mode). To stop editing text, click ESC.
  3. To save the file without exiting Vim, type : (that's SHIFT + semicolon), a and ENTER
  4. To exit the file and save, type : (that's SHIFT + semicolon), x and ENTER.
  5. To search for word, type /yourwordhere (but not when you're in 'insert' mode). Type n to go to the next match.

The command line kind of bums me out sometimes when I really don't know how to get started on something. If you feel the same way at all, hopefully this will help you out.

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