under 180lbs. finally

I guess it took a half Ironman on Saturday and eating smart this week to get me down under 180lbs. I was hovering around 185-188lbs the last several months and trying to break under 180lbs. I should get to 175lbs in a couple weeks, and *maybe* 165lbs by Ironman time in August.

Curiously, I was 185lbs at Ironman Canada last year, felt great but that was way too much weight and it showed.

My metabolism is going nuts. I love it.

Snowboarding @Kirkwood, or how many times am I going to fall on my ass

I'm back from the snowboarding trip @Kirkwood. My wife and I left with the "firm" on Friday afternoon to go up to Kirkwood. We went snowboarding pretty much all day Saturday (I'm really sore today), kicked back on Sunday morning and left in the afternoon and now back to doing some work.

The snowboarding trip was fun, just did the bunny slopes and got the hang of it after a couple runs down the slope. Nothing too exciting though it was definitely fun and exhausting.

Some more thoughts:

– Snowboarding in the Spring is fun, not too busy, sunny and hot, and the snow isn't too slushy or hard just yet.

– This is a great time of the year to buy snow gear.

– I finally did get a chance to hear Mitchell on NPR Science Friday. She did a *great* job.

– I also downloaded the lastest Thunderbird and was pleasantly surprised to see inline spell checking when composing email. Very happy! Apparently it got checked-in last January but turned on by default recently.

– Noticed there was more talk about the Seamonkey plans. Ack.

– And this is going to be just a very busy week at work capped off by a Half Ironman this Saturday @Lake San Antonio aka the Wildflower course.

Hmm…this week is going to be fun.

Luz on Queer Eye for the Straight Girl

luz.gif Our (Katina and me) friend Luz Herrera will be on TV. Luz is very, very cool, and I think still single. Anyhow, I'm very happy for her and maybe she can go on and do some sort of tv career – she's cute enough for it.

Everyone is getting on tv this year it's amazing, Blake on ABC News, I got on German TV somehow, my friend Christine was dancing with her team on the Letterman show, and now Luz.

MiniMo(zilla) coming to a cell phone near you

I thought Asa was going to beat me to the punch with these photos. Here are a couple of photos of MiniMo on a cell phone and PDA taken on my camera by Doug or Asa, not sure who. Anyhow, it's very cool and can't wait for us (well, dougt) to get this out to people. A very rich browser experience on a PDA or cell phone is going to be interesting for both content developers and consumers. The form factor of cell phones and PDAs definitely presents a challenge, but you can see it's not too shabby in these two photos. Having access to the web via these devices is convenient and may prove invaluable.

Even more photos of MiniMo in action. Just in case you can't get enough…

**Another Update**
MiniMo project can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/minimo/

It's a stripped down browser only product ala Firefox. This is a Windows CE port and also works on Familiar Linux and Symbian. Maybe others on the way, not sure. This is based on Gecko 1.8 off the trunk so fairly recent.

Firefox and Thunderbird Deployment Resources

This is an unofficial draft and set of links and instructions for deploying Firefox and Thunderbird. Note that companies are already deploying Firefox and Thunderbird and others are writing up the documentation and building the tools out to support it. I'll be consolidating the resources here, and then publish on mozilla.org when ready.

Also note that Mozilla.org is focused on end user consumers (home users) and we are NOT at this time doing enterprise customer support or deployments. Supporting enterprises is HARD because everyone does something a little different and want x or y feature or x level of support. That takes up a lot of resources and we'll need to rely on consultants, and internal IT staff, etc. who already do this.

That said, there are features in Firefox and Thunderbird that are enterprise friendly and companies that are large enough have the resources to support themselves in deployment. Certainly other companies are able to provide customer and deployment support.

  • Lock settings such as homepage, proxy and many others in Firefox
  • Set defaults on many settings within Firefox
  • Create a profile on user first usage
  • And feature list ever growing (already on way to same feature-completeness as IE's Group Policy setting features)
  • Firefox .msi builds (for testing only, give me feedback)
  • More tools and documentation to come.

    Is our house too blue?

    Here are some more photos.

    We need some help here. We just painted our house a "post card perfect" blue. We need a second opinion.

    – Is the house too blue and repaint, or should we keep this color?

    The reason we ask is that it seems to be a very bright blue and it doesn't really match the neighborhood, it stands out a bit.

    But we have gotten some compliments from neighbors, but they could also be trying to be nice.

    Ode to a Cool Sister

    Ode to a Cool Sister

    Cezanne and his workshop,
    two sunny eggs pierced with a fork,
    at Pugsleys and "there" killer blueberry muffins
    served in a red basket with a large pat of butter.

    Across the country and back three many times
    I knew I shouldn't have had that pork cutlet
    and that cheddar cheese ice cream with corn bits.

    An educated fool with money on my mind.
    It didn't work out with me an your mom.
    Bonjour tous le monde, bonjour. Wait,
    I don't speak French. Or do I.
    To the East Fabrice. To the tire swings we'll meet.

    Those coupons are expired. Fuck, shit,
    why don't you go read a book. And while "your"
    at it, get me some pudding. And a pair of Doc Martens
    with some clotted cream. Is it soft? Peut-etre.

    Victoria Falls, Turkey, Israel, Thailand,
    well I've been to South Carolina, Myrtle Beach
    Damn it, I need to rest. Can you wait?
    I'm scared. There are no handrails at the steps
    of Rome. Suck it up 'ol man. So how many toes
    do you have?

    Some birds aren't meant to be caged while some birds
    vanish like a fart in the wind. Get busy living. Wish
    I could come with you. You're only 34. I think.



    Sometimes things don't go, after all,
    from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel faces down frost;
    green thrives; the crops don't fail.
    Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

    A people sometimes will step back from war,
    elect an honest man, decide they care
    enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
    Some men become what they were born for.

    Sometimes our best intentions do not go
    amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
    The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
    that seemed hard frozen; may it happen to you.

    –Sheenagh Pugh


    In the middle of
    a chilly-warm Spring downpour,
    he blossoms
    tall and eagle-eyed in the sky
    raining sol onto my skin,
    petals of light, licking
    the cold bottoms of my feet,
    warmth that rises
    to heat the wings that lift me up
    buzzing, buzzing
    near the branches of waking cherry trees.
    He tickles aching buds
    that burst
    with joyful laughter.
    His light is the loving kiss
    of possession
    that turns my breath
    to happy song.
    More priceless than still life,
    precious as once-given gifts,
    this sudden shower
    of god-like sunshine.

    – KA