Monthly Archives: August 2003

Yard Work

I’m feeling kind of tired and sore at the moment, but I had a nice and productive evening out in the front yard. The yard was long overdue for a good mowing and today was the first time in quite a while that I actually had plenty of free time to work on it.

It’s not that the front yard is particularly big; it usually requires roughly twenty minutes to mow if that’s all you have to do. Recently that’s rarely been the case because of all the pine needles that need to be raked up beforehand. We have an aging and somewhat precarious pine tree (if not for the cost I’d have it removed pronto) that dumps thousands of needles every time it gets somewhat windy.

On top of the pine needles there was also a fairly large dandelion outbreak to deal with as well. Clint’s Dandy Digger works quite well (Mary and I wish we had another in fact), but when everyone’s favorite yellow weeds are left to grow unchecked for a few weeks you’re looking at quite a bit of time to get them cleared out again.

So in the end I probably spent an hour a half preparing the lawn for mowing and then twenty minutes mowing it. I’d still like to do some edging work along the driveway and a few other odds and ends, but it looks far better than when I first came home from work.

Safari Flaw

This morning I think I finally figured out why Safari always ends up with pop-up window blocking turned off. For some reason Apple assigned Cmd-K as a shortcut to toggle the feature on and off. Unfortunately for me (and probably at least a few other users) that’s the same shortcut that Net Newswire Pro uses to mark all items in a news feed as read. Since I often switch back and forth between the two applications while getting up to date on the latest news on the web it’s fairly easy to inadvertantly use the shortcut in Safari when I was trying to use it in Net Newswire Pro. I really don’t understand why Apple would assign a shortcut to a feature that most users would prefer to activate and forget about.

Movable Type Tweaking

Mark Pilgrim has a nice entry on creating Cruft -free URLs in Movable Type today. I think given enough time and motivation I’d like to implement something similar here on Axodys.

Other things in the back of my mind for Axodys:

  • Installing the new Textile plugin
  • Cleaning up my categories
  • Integrate comments and trackbacks with Adam KalseyĆ­s SimpleComments plugin (not that I ever get a significant number of either)
  • Investigate current plugin offerings
  • Develop some macros for commonly used URL and acronyms.