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String-dong the Witch is Dead

I forgot to post my month-end list of search-string madness for April, so here's the quick rundown. This month's theme seems to be strange fetishes and obsessions…

* More than 300 Janet Jackson/boob related search string hits
* beard trimming pictures
* better boob inspection
* french sport that jump and climb around buildings
* girls who like to smell feet
* guinness record hairy pubic
* karate dominatrix
* ninja gaiden corridor of doom
* porker shirt
* recurring roller blading dreams
* rhinocerous penis
* shaven taco
* the snot stops here
* unshaven athletes
* whores kokomo

Movabletype 3.0 Beta

*UPDATE* – Even after the upgrade, MovableType is still giving me the Internal Server Errors on new entries and when people try commenting. There are numerous cases of the same thing throughout the support forums and the consensus seems to be that MT is a big fat resource hog. Templates and archive pages start getting too big and most web servers don't allocate enough resources to handle MT's rebuild process on the massive files. People have been able to get around it by trimming down their templates, and turning such-and-such a feature off, but is that really a solution? SixApart better get their act together and work on this, if they're seriously considering a MovableType Pro. Or start using the slogan… “MovableType: The best weblogging tool for your first 200 entries on a small site” I think I might be heading to Textpattern soon.

I just upgraded to the Beta for Movabletype 3.0. Seems like everything is pretty much the same from what I've looked at so far, except they've updated the interface with snazzy CSS. Oh, and support for that whole TypeKey thing.

So now Six Apart has got MovableType, TypePad and TypeKey. What's next? Seems the pattern is a word combined with “type”, to make a clever name. A few suggestions…

* GenoType – DNA based comment authentication
* TypePography – Unlimited font choices for your weblog
* LegoType – Weblogs powered by little plastic blocks
* TypeWriter – The ultimate in personal publishing software

Things I learned at my eye exam

* People tend not to blink as much when staring at a computer screen, thus your eyes get dry quicker
* Eyes can have freckles
* My left eye has a freckle
* My left eye has a small scar on the back right side
* Eye drops to dilate pupils sting a lot
* Always take the sunglasses offerred when you leave the eye doctor with dilated pupils
* You look like a cross between an anime character, someone on an acid trip, and a psycho when your pupils are dilated
* There are tiny glands (not tear ducts) on the eyelids that release oils to keep the eye and eyelids moist
* My eye-oil glands are a little dry and blocked
* Staring into a device where you can see a magnified reflection of your own eye is creepy

America’s Next Top Model Parking Lot

Last week The Stranger published this feature by David Schmader and Kelly O, and it was my priveledge to edit their video footage into a 10 minute tribute to the cult classic, Heavy Metal Parking Lot. To check out the video, either head to the article and download the trimmed down, lower-quality version, or make good use of your broadband and get the longer, higher quality version here: America's Next Top Model Parking Lot (40mb, Quicktime)

Waxy gave the story a link on his link blog. I'm sure the Stranger's web host is loving all these links to a 20+ mb video file.

New Street Art Mystery

A while back I posted a couple entries wondering about this painted girl that I'd been seeing around, and it turns out it's not a girl afterall. Two weeks ago, the Stranger had this cover image where I immediately recognized the style of the kids. It's a local artist Parskid (the big headed kid) who does a bunch of stuff around the city.

The next mystery is this guy…

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One other sighting so far on a large yellow sign on the freeway. Definitely some difficult locations for these, but who is he?

Long Weekend, Little Done

This kinda fell apart on me for a number of reasons. Oh well. At least I got the hang of my camera and my malfunctioning video editing programs a bit. The other participants came up with some great stuff. I pretty much gave in to frustration and tiredness, and wished I spent more time outside during the gorgeous weekend.

Cordoba and Granada

The last two cities in my whirlwind tour of Spain were Cordoba and Granada. We stopped in Cordoba for just an afternoon and one night. Just enough to get a quick feel of the city. It had a lot of the similar sights as the other cities, and a spectacular Cathedral interior, but as a whole we weren't all that impressed, having just come from Sevilla. Take a look at the photos.

Granada was the last stop, and we got there by mid-morning to make it in time for our Alhambra ticket entrance time. The Nasrid Palaces inside the Alhambra grounds only allow a certain number of visitors per day and limit visiting time. We had gotten tickets in advance, but it still took us forever to figure out the intricacies of the entrance time system. After the Alhambra we settled into our hostel, where the owner delivered tea to us almost every time we stopped in. Granada was set in the hills, just a short distance from the Sierra Nevada mountains, which made for a very different feel compared to Sevilla and Cordoba. We enjoyed wandering around the city, up the winding streets, finding hidden cafes and restaurants. Granada also has a large Muslim presence, so there were a ton of Arab craft stores and tea houses throughout the city. I loved the feel of the whole city and the when it comes to Spanish cities I could see myself living in, Granada and Barcelona are probably a tie. Take a look at the photos.

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24 Hour Video

Andy is attempting the 24 hour comic starting tomorrow at noon, and I will be doing a 24 hour video. No, not a video that is 24 hours long. We decided that at least 12 minutes long is a good length. All of the writing, shooting, editing and any post-production will all be done within 24 hours, finishing at noon on Sunday. Jed is working on a video too, and Karen will be writing a 24 page paper. Who else is in? Good luck to all.

Sevilla

After three nights in Barcelona, we took a short flight down to Sevilla, in Southern Spain. We were in Sevilla during Semana Santa (Holy Week), when the city is host to dozens of religious processions leading up to Easter. These consisted of long lines of purple, white or black-hooded people processing through the narrow, cobblestone streets, leading elaborate floats of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. My sister and I caught processions of 3 different Jesuses and 3 Virgins. Since Semana Santa is such a big holiday week in Spain, many native Spaniards had the week off and were visiting Sevilla for the processions. In the early evenings, the tapas bars were always full of Spanish men in their church suits, drinking, eating and… drinking.

Sevilla as a whole, had less of an international city feel, and more of an old, authentic (albeit a bit touristy) Spanish feel, and it had some stunning sights. Take a look at the photos.

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New Lopolis

Last night I got a new design up for www.lopolis.com. It's just the barebones skeleton right now, but it's the direction I want to go for my main site. Simple, focussed on creative work, and very easy to update. I'm planning on adding a few subtle graphic touches, and reviving a semi-daily log of still image work, ala daily.lopolis.com which is long since dead, and never really achieved what I was aiming at. The “very easy to update” bit will come with some relatively simple PHP work down the road, so as to avoid relying on the messiness of Movabletype and the hacks required to get updates working the way I want. Right now it's only achieved “easy to update”. The focus now is on more content and creative work. Time to start cranking out some videos.