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July 30, 2004

Inheritance gets Domestic Distribution

I just got this e-mail from Kris Kristensen. Congratulations Kris!

On Monday SOLITAIRE FILMS, LLC signed a domestic distribution deal with ARDUSTRY HOME ENTERTAINMENT.  The super-natural thriller INHERITANCE is scheduled to hit the shelves of video stores throughout the country on February 8, 2005.  However, there is a remote chance that the film will be released as early as November 2004.

Two versions of the film, which stars Jen Taylor (the voice of Cortana in the popular video game HALO), will be released.  An R-rated version, and an Unrated Director's Cut (due to graphic sex).  Director Kris Kristensen was thrilled that ARDUSTRY was willing to deliver an unrated edition of the film, "The scene in question is very graphic, but it's not exploitive.  I'm very grateful that ARDUSTRY is willing to retain the integrity of the film by releasing a director's cut in addition to the R-Rated version."

The film will be released on both VHS and DVD.  The DVD will contain 2 commentary tracks; by director Kris Kristensen, and one by co-writers/producers Kristensen and Brian McDonald (the team behind the award winning short film WHITE FACE), in addition to a Behind The Scenes film featuring interviews with actors Jen Taylor and Marjorie Nelson.

The release of INHERITANCE (filmed in Seattle, WA) on home video may also be supported by a nationwide tour of the film in micro-cinemas, with some members of the cast and/or crew attending.

INHERITANCE is a super-natural thriller about a young woman who struggles to retain control of her identity which she believes is being possessed by the spirit of her dead benefactress.

For more info or to see the trailer visit: http://www.inheritancefilm.com.

It's a great movie and a good chance to see the voice behind Cortana, from the video game HALO. Look for it in video stores soon.

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Photo Friday Challenge: Sunset


Orcas Island, Washington looking at the sun set over Canada.


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July 29, 2004

The Radicati Group Caught Up in Scandal

CEO Sara Radicati of The Radicati Group and Teney Takahashi are caught posting "anonymously" to Ed Brill's personal web log. Follow the thread for an entertaining look at how the Domino blog community comes together and tracks them down. Good job on the detective work fellas!

Lesson learned -- don't send e-mail from the same IP address you send your anonymous postings. It makes the anonymous part impossible.

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July 28, 2004

We're breaking into the Apple iTunes Music Store Top 10 this Friday

Are you with us? We're going in!

On Friday morning, we're going to crack the Apple iTunes Music Store Top Ten purchased songs for the day. Our target is Leslie's "Hattiesburg" song. Here's how it works -- if you don't have iTunes installed yet, download it from the Apple web site. Then, on Friday morning, we'll buy Hattiesburg and dance about.

It looks like we've got some help. Thanks Tracie!

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Leslie Braly on iTunes Music Store

The lovely Leslie Braly now has her CD on the iTunes Music Store thanks to CD Baby. As part of my redesign of Leslie's site, we signed up with CD Baby to distribute the CD and also for them to act as the Digital Publisher. This allows CD Baby to submit the CD to digital distributers such as Apple iTMS, New Napster, Music Match, Rhapsody and MusicNet.

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July 26, 2004

Family Circle Magazine Error

Family Circle Error
Family Circle Magazine gives you this error when viewing it from Safari. There are so many negative things I could say, I'm not sure where to start. The only good thing I can say is they appear to have spelled everything correctly.

via webstandards.org

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July 23, 2004

Get Well Card for Doug Bowman

Doug wasn't able to make it to WebVisions 2004, but the attendees signed one of the conference posters for him. If you look close at the second "i", you can see my name. Bad backs are bad news.

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WeatherPop Screeen
It was actually hot riding my bike into work this morning. I'm going to use WeatherPop to keep an eye on how hot it ends up this weekend.

National Weather Service forecasts for the US, with watches and warnings my.aol.com, wunderground.com, usatoday.com forecasts for International Users 3 to 5 day forecasts depending on your location.

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July 22, 2004

ecto and iTunes

Now I understand how ecto uses the iTunes link. Start iTunes and play a song. Press the iTunes button and it adds a link like this 10:15 Saturday Night from the album Join The Dots: B-Sides & Rarities 1978-2001 (Disc 1) by The Cure which is a Google search link for the Artist.

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This is the second time in two days I've been sent a survey that is using suverymonkey.com. You can create surveys with 10 questions and 100 responders for free. No banner ads on the free surveys. I like them.

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July 21, 2004

Jupiter Hotel Portland, Oregon

At the recent WebVisions Conference in Portland, Oregon, I stayed at the Jupiter Hotel. It's a former crack-house hotel that is being gutted and remodeled into a boutique hotel. I think they are on the right track. The Burnside area of Portland is rather sketchy because there are several missions located in the area. I didn't mind it since I wasn't traveling with the family, but I will choose another area to stay when we go back for our train/zoo trip.

You can see they diner is still under construction. The white building is the hotel, looking into the courtyard.

Jupiter Hotel Portland

It looks like the diner will have a Northwest look with exposed wood.
Jupiter Hotel Diner

The room was very small, but comfortable.
Jupiter Hotel Room

I thought the square, deep sink was just to look hip, but soon realized I had room on the counter for my toiletries. Hot water was just about nonexistent in the sink. The shower, however, had plenty of hot water, if you turned it to cold. Those beginner plumbers always have trouble with that. And, it's only a 50-50 chance of getting it wrong.

Jupiter Hotel Bathroom

This is the courtyard from the side my room was located.
Jupiter Hotel Courtyard

A neat touch was the doors covered in chalkboard covering so you can leave notes. They also offer free wireless Internet access, but you have to ask for the password. A quick traceroute showed that they were using transedge.com for their internet acccess. So, if you need to send mail, you can use smtp.transedge.com.

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July 13, 2004

Speaking of Ant

Take a look at Johan's Ant tasks for processing DXL.

The example "takes the file source_test.dxl and imports all the elements into the local database names.nsf."

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July 12, 2004

On Ant

rentzsch writes about WOProject: Why You Should Care,

But it should really be called Ant: Why You Should Care. I'm working my way through Ant, The Definitive Guide and am starting to get it. I have a task of zipping thousands of files, SFTP'ing them to a server, unzipping them and running a script. It takes up to an hour or so with all of the details I've left out. With an Ant script, I could get this down to minutes.

Next on the list is using Ant to check HTML files into CVS, zipping the old version on the server, deleting files, deploying new files and copying the server zip to the workstation, renaming it to the current date/time.

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July 10, 2004

Microsoft Developer Arrested

Here's an interesting story from my hometown newspaper, the Seattle P-I:

A Kirkland man arrested last week on allegations that he stole proprietary technology from the AltaVista search engine two years ago is a Microsoft Corp. employee who has been working on the Redmond company's MSN Search initiative.

[T]hree other people with knowledge of Chavet's Microsoft employment confirmed that he has been working on the MSN Search effort. A brief biography attached to a paper Chavet co-wrote on text analytics described him as an expert "in all aspects of search technology."

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July 08, 2004

WebVisions 2004 in Portland

I will be attending the WebVisions Conference in Portland next week. This is the best price I've seen for a conference that only requires a small amount of travel. I'm planning to attend these sessions:

Why Designers Need to Care About ROI
How Measuring Business Value Changes Web Development
Weblogs as a Technology Platform
Tables Are Gone, My Code Is Valid, Now What?
Interface Design Tips: The Three Little Things

There will also be an AIfIA dinner following the conference and before the party.

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July 01, 2004

Rendezvous for Windows, among others, Technology Preview

From Apple Developer Connection

Rendezvous technology is now available on Windows 2000 and XP. This preview release includes full link-local support, allowing Windows machines to discover advertised HTTP and FTP servers using Internet Explorer. It also includes a printer setup wizard which allows Windows machines to print to Rendezvous networked printers, including USB shared printers connected to the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express Base Stations. With the included Rendezvous SDK, Windows and Java developers can begin the process of adding Rendezvous service discovery to their applications.

There is also Rendezvous for Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Java Clients.

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