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September 3, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Cabin Days Past


The above image, Endless Noodle is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is Candy Girl by The Four Seasons, released in 1963.

Thirty-four years ago, Sherry and I were moving back to Chicago from the cabin we lived in since that prior April when we married. September 3rd was also a Monday that year in 1973.

That cabin experience comprising those first four-plus months of our marriage was a wonderful time for us. We used to go swimming in the nearby lake, travel down to the Wisconsin Dells for a day of fun, gather together with the other folks in the small town meetings. Living in the country was so very relaxing.

We would cook out over the open fire and watch the stars come out at night while laying on the cool road in front of the property. When the wind blew at night, we could hear it approach from far off in the distance as it rustled through the forest towards us.

We looked out our window in the loft and observed the Moon arc across the heaven. We dreamed of our lives ahead and looked deeply into each other's eyes.

In the years after that we would frequently come back to that cabin with our friends and later with the children of all of us friends. We would cook out over the open fire, take the kids down to the Wisconsin Dells for a day of fun, tell stories as we watched the stars come out at night.

Those were wonderful times at that cabin where it all started out for Sherry and I. It doesn't seem very long ago at all...

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I published the "TOOM Web Server Statistics for August 2007". 96,000 page views for August with 920,000 hits and about 20 GB's of data transfered between two servers supplying this web site.

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My friend, Ronnie Allen, has a Internet Radio Show on Wednesdays where he interviews artists from the old days of Rock-n-Roll. On September 5, 2007, Ronnie interviews, Jimmie Rodgers. That should be a cool show.

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Using the Swing Applet, Page Graphs I made the graph of this Time Out Of Mind web site shown below. The basis of this visualization technique is from Aharef. He uses the following legend to explain the colors:

blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

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Here's another web service that uses visualization incorporating Amazon's listing of books by keyword and building a picture of that keyword using images of book covers. I entered PMI for references to the Project Management Institute (PMI) on that web page and the following image was created.

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During a recent discussion on my high school web site, we talked about the slag pour at Wisconsin Steel. I watched that event many times near 106th Steet and Torrence Avenue in the South Deering section of Chicago.

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I found a page of useful free demo plug-ins for PhotoShop.

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Apparently Microsoft never stops trying to bribe and bully its way in the marketplace. They don't innovate, they just steam-roll.

Meanwhile, Apple willingly helps society with positive business practices.

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IBM has discovered more cool applications for nano technology.

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Some good news on the SOA front for Web 2.0.

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I've heard so many times how Excel does this and Excel does that. Excel is pretty good, but there are sometimes better ways to handle the manipulation of data than using Excel as the only tool. Only closed minds consider Excel the end-all tool for understanding information and basing decisions on it.

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I felt this 4.7 earthquake today.

Don


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