Monthly Archives: June 2003

Blogshares Update

I haven’t done a whole lot with blogshares since getting my site registered and an initial foray into buying stocks for the first week or so, but I check in occasionally to see what’s going on and make the occasional trade. I was shocked to discover just minutes ago that my share price is approaching $20 now. That’s especially cool since I bought back 4K out of the original 5K possible as I earned money off of my original investments. I do wonder what kind of activity was involved in driving my stock price so high so fast though.

The Echo Project

Echo is an initative to develop a common syntax for syndication, archiving and a publishing API that’s getting a ton of support from all the relevant people. It’s going to be very interesting to see how rapidly this supplants RSS as the standard. I plan to support the format once it solidifies.

NetNewsWire 1.0.3

NetNewsWire IconIn case you didn’t notice from ranchero.com and elsewhere– NetNewsWire 1.0.3 was recently released. With the big new Combined View feature, the 25%-off sale, and the knowledge of just how much time I spend in the Lite version I just couldn’t pass it up.

Incidentally this is my first post via NNW.

HP 5

I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix early this morning after two straight days of reading squeezed between basketball games (Saxon Shootout was this weekend). I really enjoyed reading the book and the fact that it was almost 900 pages long meant there was a lot of great meat to the story, but I don’t think it’s my favorite from the series. For some reason that I haven’t completely pinpointed yet Prisoner of Azkaban had a lot more emotional resonance for me when I read it than the last two books in the series.

I don’t really want to get into specific spoilers about OOP at this point, but there were a couple things I really, really liked and want to mention. One of the strengths of the series has always been its memorable characters, but up to this point the character focus has largely been on Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I absolutely love the fact that both Neville and Ginny experienced significant (and in many ways surprising!) growth and development as characters over the course of the book. I also enjoyed the continuing plot thread involving Fred and George starting up their own magical joke and gag shop. While I found the ongoing development of Harry’s relationship with Cho Chang fairly poignant [SMALL NON-SPECIFIC SPECULATIVE SPOILER AHEAD] I liked the way things ended up with an entirely different seeker possibly being a better match for Harry down the road (at least as far as one of Harry’s two best friends is concerned)[/SMALL SPOILER]. It was also fun (and at times painful) to watch Ron start to come into his own with his various new roles in Gryffindor.

Despite all the good things about OOP there were definitely things that I didn’t like or just generally annoyed me, but I think I’ll save them for a later entry when I’ve had more time to reflect on the book. In the meantime if you’re a Harry Potter fan and haven’t gone out and picked up the latest addition to the storyline you’re seriously missing out.

Nokia 3650s In The House

Well, it took a while because Intelenet Wireless ran out of stock, but Mary and I received our brand new Nokia 3650 phones yesterday and they’re pretty sweet. They’re actually kind of smaller than I expected too which is sort of amusing considering I’ve read some complaints about that out there on the web. To me they seem perfectly proportioned.

I may have to pick up a D-Link bluetooth usb adaptor so that I can easily interface our computers with the phones. I think I’m also going to add the base t-zones capability to my phone at least, but I’m not looking to do a lot of file transfering at this point.

Getting back to my phone review I’m quite pleased with the sound quality and T-Mobile’s coverage in Spokane seems great so far. This morning I was able to call Mary in her classroom from my office here at work and there were no problems whatsoever. I was also able to call Mary from out at my mom’s house last night and she lives in a housing development several miles south of the city limits so that was pretty cool. It will be interesting to see how the coverage is up north where Mary’s parents live.