to MSP 2006
[according to Google calendar]
Bathroom fish at the Red Vic 2006
Microloaning on Memorial Day 2006
What to do on a relaxing day off? Catch up on various paperwork and email inbox items, get my fiscal ducks in a row, listen to the new music I got when I sold old CDs at Green Apple, and enjoy the view from my picture window.
One of the fun things I finally got around to doing was making a microloan through Kiva. I'm helping George Bomboko in Banda-Kireka, Uganda, set up a groundnut business at which his brother will work to help support their family. He's still looking for an additional $300, so if you have $25 sitting gathering dust in your PayPal account, why not give George or one of the other small businesspeople on Kiva's site a hand?
Here's a neat set of photos of a recent group of folks receiving their loan funds after having their business plans approved by their peers.
Woot! It's Tuesday midday and George only needs $50 more to launch his new business. Yay, microlenders!
Capsule street fair in Hayes Valley 2006
Whee! Free opera! 2006
Free simulcast of Madama Butterfly in Civic Center Plaza
At the De Young and in Golden Gate Park 2006
Golden Gate Park flowers showing off
gotta sell my old Treo 600 2006
Thank you, Michael Schennum of the Arizona Republic, for taking this lovely photo of sumo wrestlers Wayne Vierra, left, of Honolulu, and Casey Burns, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, gently playing with a reporter's high heels. I love how they are carefully supporting each other so as not to crush the shoes.
out and about with Joe 2006
Advanced Templates in TypePad & a nice new conditional from Movable Type 2006
Not sure when it happened, but I noticed the other day that my clever hack for conditional behavior with regard to display was no longer working in my individual entry archives.
You have probably noticed I have two types of posts, ones like this, and quick little links or quotations which appear in a more compact form indented & with a border. I style these automatically.
In TypePad and Movable Type each entry has a main Body field and an Extended field. This allows you to do the "Read more..." approach and keep a big long essay off your front page. I personally don't mind having a big long essay up there - I trust your ability to scroll, dear reader - so I never used the Extended field for its intended purpose. Instead, I put my compact entries in that field, with nothing in the Body field.
This allowed me to use a conditional tag in TypePad advanced templates (which is the same in Movable Type), <MTEntryIfExtended> and <MTElse>.
I've just learned about a new tag (added in Movable Type 3.2, I think) and not yet reflected in the TypePad knowledge base, <MTIfNonEmpty>. It requires an attribute to identify the field to be examined, for example:
This adds a huge amount of flexibility and I suspect it was greeted with much rejoicing in the Movable Type forums.
I've switched over my <MTEntryIfExtended> tags to use this approach instead and this resolved the problem I was having where the archive pages were not reacting conditionally. I rather suspect they are about to deprecate the older tag in favor of this new improved approach.
As ever, drop me a note if you notice something weird and I'll eventually find time to fix it.
Warning: TypePad now case sensitive for login names 2006
I really hope this will revert because I think it is a bad change, but TypePad now requires you to enter your user name in a case sensitive way.
This meant that all the tabs in my browser which were set up with posts in draft form, list views, etc., today switched over to logging me in not to the account I've had since TypePad was in beta (or was it alpha?), but to some test account with none of my hard work in it; metagrrrl instead of MetaGrrrl.
It still knew that it was me - "Welcome, Dinah!" - but it said I had no weblogs. Since I have more than a wee bit of content accumulated, that was unnerving to say the least.
Unfortunately, the "Create your first weblog" page that was displaying for anything I clicked around to didn't have a logout button to allow me to get out of metagrrrl and into MetaGrrrl.
Finally by chopping off the end of URLs randomly I was able to get to a page that did have a logout. That was a relief since I need to write tomorrow's Discardian post tonight.
This change makes absolutely no sense to me and was particularly annoying because there was no warning and I don't see the value in having both a MetaGrrrl and a metagrrrl as separate users on a system. That sounds like a recipe for help desk confusion and user annoyance to me. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think that a database table got a setting switched wrong and that this didn't receive the business oversight it should have had.
Anyhow, long story short, I'm back in, but cranky. Also I either have allergies or a head cold.
There's a lot of grrr in the grrrl tonight.
Ikean courtesy 2006
I like how they have pencils, notepaper, van rental information and taxi information right by the payphone.
off work 2006
[according to Google calendar; possibly also Dinner at the Noonan's but that might be just Joe]
Denver airport and on home 2006
The lone golf shoe
Denver in daylight 2006
Denver civic center
Children's area at Denver Public Library:
Opening shot of Star Wars as reinacted by the new wing of the Denver Art Museum
Denver public art
Red Scare at Second City, Denver
Interesting article about the potential relationship between obesity and intestinal microflora. (Thanks to Larry for the link)
night in Denver 2006
16th St walking mall, Denver, CO
Nice night for a walk. Sprinkled later, but it was still warm.
Dinner at Rioja
vegetarian four squares, a tasting of four seasonal dishes $17.50
1. lemon thyme ricotta gnocchi
morel mushrooms, fava beans, asparagus, Meyer lemon nage
Worth a trip just for this dish (also available as an entree on its own)
2. Grilled vegetables with crepe arch
3. cauliflower pakora, herb yogurt sauce
4. potato salad
Big blue bear from below
good Denver clouds 2006
Trying to capture the sunset
Night in Denver and my stupid phone screen 2006
Today's office 2006
Desk extension is a rolling table you can put wherever you need it. Plus a light lunch and some music from iTunes... ahhh. Delightful.
The view from today's office
downtown Denver 2006
Convention center and distant snow-capped mountains
There appears to be a large amusement park nearby too.
Giant blue bear problem in Denver
Apparently these guys don't eat humans, but they are fascinated by our activities.
The best room service food I've ever had 2006
Chicken breast in a pinot noir-cranberry reduction, herb risotto and fresh vegetables.
Light, nicely flavored, not drowned in fat like every other place.
Frankly, this is better than the salad and mushrooms I had at Bix last night. Doesn't top that wonderful soup, though.
Very pleasing hotel room 2006
I like a 6 month old Hyatt...
to Denver 2006
[according to Google calendar]
"No Smoking" - F line, San Francisco Muni 2006
on one of the old cars from Milan