iPod Smackdown

A few days ago, my iPod stopped working. It kept displaying a sad face icon and then shutting off. I tried the remedies suggested at http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/ and having no success with my resurrection attempts I started checking prices for a new iPod.

The next day I saw an article titled How To Fix an iPod with the Sad iPod Icon on digg.com. It's a funny read that boils down to the following: If your iPod stops working and the steps suggested at http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/ don't work then give it a good smack and it will probably start working.

That night Christine, Alex and I were hanging out and I noticed my broken iPod lying lifelessly on the counter. A quick check confirmed it was still broken. So I gave it a smack...

Now it works, but I'm not sure how to explain why its OK for Daddy to hit his toys.

Alex and the Library Card

Last week I tried to request a book from the MA online library system and got an error message that said "There is a problem with your library record. Please see a librarian."

As I was driving by the library with Alex today I noticed that they would be open tomorrow. So I asked Alex if he wanted to go with me.

Me: Hey Alex. Would you like to go to the library with me tomorrow?

Alex: Why?

Me: Because there is something wrong with my library card and I have to ask the librarian what the problem is.

Alex: (after a pause) Maybe its bent.

4th of July Weekend 2006

Last weekend was a blast. In no particular order here are some of the major events.

conner starts crawling
Conner started Crawling!

lego ship
Alex and I put together a Lego Star Wars ship. He helped with all 194 pieces! We didn't get a picture of the actual putting it together because we were too deep in thought.

me conner and Paula Abdul
I had a brush with fame at an American Idol Karaoke competition! This is me with the Paula Abdul look alike!

karaoke reactions
The quality of the karaoke singing was difficult to describe in words. This picture sums it up.

Paul's Poker Face
On the 4th of July night I played Hokm. Given the current political climate, there was a strange irony playing an Iranian card game while there were 4th of July fireworks going off in the distance. Of course when I shared that with my grandmother she put it all in perspective saying "We're all immigrants." On a lighter note, here you can see I've been working on my poker face.

Flickr Slideshow lite (because my grandmother has dialup)






Flickr Slideshow lite is a lightweight web based Flickr slideshow viewer. (IMHO) It improves over the official Flickr flash based slideshow in a few important ways:

  • Works over dial up (Uses DHTML and AJAX instead of Flash)
  • Photo titles and captions are displayed under the pictures!
  • Large clickable thumbnails jump to photos!
  • Slideshow title page displays the main image, set title and description
  • Click on a photo to open its flickr photo page in a new window
  • Slideshows can be bookmarked & emailed as links!
  • Choose your own speed for variable speed slideshow
  • Useful context sensitive links: flickr's set page, set owners flickr page, other sets
  • Easily lookup slideshows by flickr username

Flickr Slideshow lite is currently hosted on my school server account but I'm not sure how long that will last as I'm getting close to graduating. That or they are going to throw me out of school for sticking around too long.

I did this project for my wife, my grandmother and as a final project for a class I'm was taking.
The code is all licensed under the CC-GNU LGPL. It involved a lot of standing on the shoulders of
giants and ideas and support from my family so it seemed right to make it available to everyone.
I offered the code to Flickr free of charge. They politely declined.
Gretuitous details of ever step of this project are available on the
Flickr Slideshow lite about page.

Share and enjoy!