Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bye bye Blogger, Hello WordPress

Any second now you will be redirected to my new home. Visit me there and I'll fill you in.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

My latest google maps hack: crime in the hood

When google recently announced their new "My Maps" feature I knew I had to try it out, the only question was, what map do I want to build?

I tried mapping my Flickr snapshots. But Flickr had already done that. Not too interesting.

Then it occured to me that I get a daily Ingleside Police Station Crime Report email that lists all of the police activity for that day that includes the address of the incident. Bingo. So I started mapping crime reports. This is what I came up with. It currently covers the four days from April 2nd through April 5th, listing the arrests and criminal incidents. No, I will not maintain this map. I just used it as a way to learn about this feature. But it does offer an interesting view on the crime in our hood...

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Hmmm.... I'm experimenting with the New Blogger here on this old, neglected blog. Trying to figure out how the new version of blogger will affect my main blogging project the SfSchools blog. So far I am not impressed.

I had hacked the my old template at the HTML/CSS level pretty heavily. After upgrading to the new layouts feature, all that is gone. Poof. In its place is an oh-so-usable touchy-feely UI that makes a lot of things possible for people that have no clue about HTML, but injects an unwanted, cumbersome layer for anyone like me that wants to fiddle the HTML.

Sigh. It looks like one can get one's hands dirty with the low level template code. So I'll have to play with this for a while before declaring it a mistake. Or maybe this will be the impetus I've always needed to switch over to WordPress or Moveable Type. Something I should have done a long time ago...

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Quiet blog

Yeah, this blog is pretty dead these days. I've been a lot more focused on the schools blog and just living my life.

Meanwhile, check out my recent photos, or maybe a gallery of desktop wallpaper images.