Sleep Dep good for ADD?

I have a very frustrating theory about ADD. (No, I don’t mean some asm mnemonic, I’m actually referring to Attention Deficit Disorder, which is an at-times-frustratingly prominent aspect of my personal psychology.)

I’ve noticed that the farther into the night I am, the better I can focus and the more I can get done. All day today (for instance) I wanted to do a bunch of coding and wrap some things up (see the previous two blog entries) but every time I sat down I was swamped with a level of mental static reminiscent of Harrison Bergeron. So several times I left my apartment and wandered around a bit, doing trivial little tasks that needed doing. But it was only a distraction, and with every little stop (the grocery store, laundry, J&R Computer World, Yellow Rat Bastard, California Pizza, Virgin Megastore) I became more and more aggravated and just..well… pissed off.

I knew full well I was just dodging. But I also knew what would happen if I sat down to do something. Space… the final frontier…

So I arrived home at about 6:00 and started going through notebooks looking for inspiration enough to overcome the whitenoise in my head. Nothing. Read a few blogs, but most aren’t updating on the weekend *sigh*, made some dinner (bad cheeseburger.)

Finally, around 1:30 this morning (I’m on the East Coast, it’s 3:35 now.) I realized that I’d been busy for a half hour sketching out some integration docs for my XmlRpc over http stuff. I was able to keep going until it occurred to me that this is a situation that’s far more common than I’d realized.

Something about being overly fatigued shuts down enough of my brain that I can actually think and get some work done. There’s just no other way to explain it.

If anybody has any comments or thoughts on this I’d be delighted to hear from you. No really. Click the little envelope on the left there, the comment tag, anything. Lemme know if this is as odd as I think.



Although it would be a trivial task to create a CGI version of the XmlRpc library I’m hesitant to do it. The overhead involved in cgi-land is quite oppressive, especially with “Xerces” as the Xml handler (as is currently the case.)

Dunno, might be really nice for testing though…

I might just toss it in there for S&Gs

Any opinions?

XmlRpc and Http integration project.

Okey doke. My “XmlRpc” code runs just duckily off the command line; meaning that I can happily pipe serialized xmlrpc methodCall snippets to it all day and it’ll just spit back results depending on whether or not it has a handler for the specified method.

All the recursive structures I can think of have been tested fairly well. (There may be some wrinkles, but that’s what regression test libraries are for.)

I’d post the code but I still have some work to do on documentation, test apps, and examples. They’re coming along fluidly so I’d definitely expect to see a release before I leave for Costa Rica on Saturday the 8th (w00t).

However I AM a bit caught up in the whole idea of beefing up the functionality a bunch, so I’m going to bolt it to my http library and see if I can get the server up and running. I have WAY too many uses for XmlRpc to not have a server running 24/7.

Stay on target!

At the close of my second (or is this third) week of complete independence I’m really beginning to find it difficult to stay disciplined. There’s so much I want to accomplish; things I’m extremely enthusiastic aboot. But the pressure of reality has turned to a vacuum into which I can just eat cheesy-poofs and expand.

Must get back on track 😛

Technology Attachment Disorder

Another cute thing from “InfoWorld” (god, did I really say that? yeesh) about… well, best to quote it.

…an unshakable, impractical devotion to a brand, platform, product line, or programming language. It’s relatively harmless among the rank and file, but when management is afflicted the damage can be measured in dollars. It’s also contagious — someone with sufficient political clout can infect an entire organization.

Guilty as charged.

“BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Hats off to BBSpot for this, coming to you live via Mary Wehmeier’s Blog Du Jour

Sony Music Lobbies for Ban on Markers – By Brian Briggs.

Sony Music Lobbies for Ban on Markers – By Brian Briggs

Washington DC – Ralph Hughes of Sony Music testified in the Senate today urging lawmakers to enact legislation which would ban felt tip markers. “These innocuous looking writing instruments are the scourge of our society,” he said holding up a Sharpie. “Not only can this black stick of death be used to violate the DMCA, but it could also be used to write the instructions to incubate the anthrax virus.”

A picture named sidesmiley.gifDidn’t I warn you this was going to happen? 

[Mary Wehmeier’s Blog Du Jour]

Just something I wanted to keep around ;)

More Notes on the Blogosphere.

Blogonomics: Making a Living from Blogging

“Well, if we assume that each blogger reads an average of 15 blogs, and that (since we are not yet clones) each blogger reads five blogs that are not on everyone else’s <A href=”ttp://”>hit parade, we can bet that no matter how big the blogosphere grows a) there will be plenty of eyeballs to go around and b) we will all be within a few clicks of any pertinent piece of news and c) valuable information should quickly and efficiently percolate to any reader who might want it. Think capillary action, the magic that defies gravity to suck water molecules to the top of a redwood.

Sure, opinion pages, online diaries, Christmas newsletters, commonplace books and blogs are old news. What is new is the blogosphere, the endless and (physically) effortless networking of conversations. This is the exponential leap. We’ve had the leaves; now we have the twigs, branches and trees that can connect us all together into a real-time forest of minds. The blogosphere is a social fractal, a network that scales up and down with equal facility.

As an information processor, the blogosphere superfluizes old media’s expensive and carefully constructed infrastructures and franchises.

Suddenly, Vivendi, AOL-Time Warner, EMAP and Newscorp are factories whose economies of scale are swamped by infinity, networks that have come unplugged, refrigerator salesmen trudging into the next ice age….

Next month, Pressflex will begin public testing of Blogads, a service to help individual bloggers sell and display classified ads.

Each blogger will set his own prices and approve his own ads. Each ad may include graphics and can link to outside sites or to a larger ad. We will host the service and take a small fee on each ad sale.” [, via Daypop Top 40]

Except that most bloggers read far more than just 15 blogs. I’m up to about 150 sites in my aggregator, and Phil’s clocking me at 400. The blogosphere grows because we can shift web sites into our aggregators, rather than trying to manually visit 150 individual URLs every day. I think it would be interesting to survey how many sites the average blogger reads on a daily basis, and then track the numbers to see if they increase as news aggregators move into being second generation products.

As for Blogads, publishers and (ahem) record companies are natural fits because folks that like a band or book enough to highlight it on their site might be willing to put up an ad for it, too. Synergy if done right. It’s the same kind of targeted advertising that television broadcasters need to begin adapting to in order to start working with – not against – digital video recorder (DVR) users.

I love the image of BigCos as “refrigerator salesmen trudging into the next ice age.” A perfect description of the entertainment industry at this particular moment in time.

Addendum: I couldn’t resist, so here’s a survey to start the ball rolling. If you’re a blogger, please fill out this survey asking how many sites you track daily. I’ll run it indefinitely, reset it once in a while, and post the results every so often.

[The Shifted Librarian]

Scary Stuff.

FBI Given Broad Authority to Monitor

“The Justice Department sharply eased restrictions on domestic spying Thursday, handing the FBI  broad, new authority to monitor Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations for clues to terrorist plots….

Ashcroft, claiming FBI agents in the field have been hampered by a range of bureaucratic restrictions, said the new guidelines would help them to do their jobs….

He said, for instance, that under present guidelines, FBI agents ‘cannot surf the Web, the way you and I can,’ and cannot simply walk into public events to observe people and activities.

The new guidelines give FBI agents more freedom to investigate terrorism even when they are not pursuing a particular case.” [Yahoo News] (Emphasis mine.)

At what point are we as a society going to decide that giving up our right to privacy is NOT worth the trade-off of possibly finding a terrorist somewhere, someday. It’s bad enough that the FBI can walk into any library and get patron records without having to prove just cause (and the library can’t even tell anybody about it), but now agents can investigate anyone, anywhere, with no cause what-so-ever. And not just libraries.

Where is this going to end?

[The Shifted Librarian]

Titles Work!!!

Okey doke. I’ve been farting around with my item template in Radio and have finally gotten titles up. So you’ll see a bunch of stuff in some of the older entries where the titles are duplicated. No big deal, but I’m trying to stick with the policy of never editing a post beyond the day I post it, so they’re staying like that. Also, I’ve put lines between postings, since those little 2 liners were getting pretty confusing.

Ok, now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to post my “XmlRpc” and Http libraries through radio. It’s just a cute little zip file. :p

[(Notes in square brackets are me from the future, btw.) I vaguely remember doing this. But I can’t recall what language it was even in.]