Posts tagged “meta”.

Where the hell have I been?

Been quiet over here recently, but I’ve been busy in other areas, so let’s do a quick update of what the hell has been going on:

First off, QuahogCon was a blast. My presentation went rather well, despite some technical difficulties with the lack of Internet access and the fact that I was not able to raise the local IRLP repeater from inside the building. I’ve started tweaking it a bit and submitted an abstract to The Next HOPE‘s CFP.

You can download the QuahogCon version of the slide deck here:

  • Why you should be an Amateur PPT (8.0MB)
  • Why you should be an Amateur PDF (7.0MB)

Also, available over at QuahogCon’s site is the audio of the presentation.

Next, over the past month, I re-launched Mayhemic Labs a group of very talented folks. We have started doing a few projects, the coolest one (in my not so humble opinion) is ICanStalkU, a site that rips through public photo sites looking for latitude and longitude EXIF tags. You can read more about the project at the site’s how and why pages.

So, despite the lack of activity on here, I have been keeping busy. Of course, I am always mumbling to myself on Twitter.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Ben Jackson

I don’t know why this appealed to me, considering that I can’t stand these things on Facebook/e-Mail/etc, but since Andrew Hay did it, and since he started it, I felt like I should play along.

  1. I was the host of a weekly “hacker” podcast for about a year. It was a lot of work, but I do miss it. It was fun to rant and rave for a few hours a week.
  2. I did not go to any dances or proms in High School
  3. I am a published author. Another one of those things that was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun at the same time.
  4. My wife and I met on the Internet before it was “trendy”. For a long time we would skirt the question “How did you meet?” because of the looks we would get. During our wedding, the priest mentioned it in his sermon and we were sure that this was the first time a few people in the audience found out.
  5. I flunked out of Computer Science in college (Calculus) and transferred to Computer Engineering Technology (“Computer Engineering lite” as I called it) which I graduated from.

I will not, however, “tag” anyone else. I can’t stand being “tagged” and therefore will not “tag” anyone myself.

…Hello WordPress

OK, I’ve switched over to WordPress. If you are seeing this in your RSS feed, I guess my redirect works. If there are any SNAFUs, please let me know.

Goodbye Pants…

As much as I love Pants I’ve been wanting a bit more bells and whistles in my weblog. So, I’m moving to WordPress. Hopefully, this should be as seemless as possible. RSS readers! (all 15 of you) You *may* need to update your RSS to point to – I tried to set up a redirect, but I don’t know if that will be successful…


So, I’ve been messing around with the layout here and have further went down the rabbit hole of Web 2.0. I borrowed Ryan Grove‘s super cool Flickr loading code and also added Technorati blog reactions which are like trackbacks,
>but without all the suck that goes along with them.

Maybe at some point I’ll add some content…

Technorati Goodness

Apparently, in order for me to claim my weblog on Technorati, I need to smear their link feces on my weblog in a visible manner.

You fail, Technorati, but here it is anyway:

Technorati Profile

At which our hero enters the fray once again…

Yeah… No matter what I do, I always seem to like the idea of having a weblog, but I never seem to keep it updated. With me finding out that Wonko has released his blog engine that I’ve been wanting for a while, I decided to once again take a crack at writing something.

I’m sure I’ll take it down and put up a static page again within a few months…