Over 1000 updates from the Dragonfly database (the CMS that ran the site before I moved to Joomla).

Apparently at some point the post dates got fucked, but I anal-retentively went through and pulled dates (a couple are approximate) from a SQL dump from 2009. At least that should fix the order. Really, I should manage to figure out how to reverse the order on all these super-ancient posts so they read more intelligently.

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Gettin ready for a change!


Its been a long time coming, but Im finally working on a new version of Clapboard. I cant promise that itll all work, but Im trying – Ive had some help getting the information from the database transferred over and now Im looking into ways to make the new site do what this site does and maybe more.

Well see.

Hopefully, the next five years or so (how long have we been on this software?) will be as great as the last five, site-wise, and will get even better.

Thanks for reading my stuff.

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First Harvest, 2009


And its done! This afternoon, Ill be eating the first tomato that Ive picked from the vines I’ve been growing in my own yard. Im excited. Its not quite a victory garden or anything, but its a step, and a nice way to get into growing on a small scale.

In the picture you can see that the bigger tomato is roughly the size of a tennis ball. Theyre very dense, and still quite firm. I have no idea if theyll taste good (secretly, I know very little about tomatoes), but I can imagine, based upon weight, color and the fact that I grew it with my very own love and affection, that itll taste amazing.

Ive kinda been getting into fruit trees, too, although theyre a much bigger investment of time. I think that if I have some fruits growing (next year – strawberries?), I can manage the longer-term commitment to a couple of trees pretty handily. Well see.

In the meanwhile, happy Friday, and I hope youre all looking forward to the weekend. Go to the beach, go hiking, and if youre on the east coast, stay out of the humidity. Seeing Harry Potter is a good way to do that – I want more people to discuss it with.

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Announcing BrownieProject.com


I finally have a place for the Brownie Videos.

You can finally watch them. The page has been in soft-launch for awhile now, but this is the first open, public announcement Im making.

Right now, all six Brownie Videos online, along with some special footage and commentary. Id love to recruit readers of Clapboard to provide commentary (or Brownie videos of your own!), but first and foremost, Id like readers of Clapboard to go check out BrownieProject.com. Tell your friends, tell your enemies. Tell your frenemies. Twitter it, put it in your Facebook status, make your default video on MySpace a Brownie Video. Spread the word. This is the only way other people who arent us will see these silly videos, and the only way theyll be able to spend two minutes enjoying the fruit of the labor of a small-but-growing gang of kids who work for brownies.

I want to extend my thanks to everyone whos worked on a Brownie video in any capacity – you guys make the magic happen. Anyone who hasnt been in one yet is more than welcome (expected?) to be in one. I promise that Im getting better, even if you cant tell by seeing the end result.

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Mike is visiting!


Mikes finally here!

Its like a mid-week long weekend. Were hanging out in LA for a couple of days, which is fun. He arrived yesterday, and we went into Hollywood for awhile, then to the LaBrea Tar Pits. A weird night out last night was also fun, but it made me tired.

Today, were going hiking up in the hills and then down to the beach for awhile, but only after a nutritious breakfast at the Good Neighbor. So woot to that.

In other news, I have a question. Why cant developers come out with some system tools for the damn Pre? I want an FTP device of some sort, and a remote desktop app.

That is all for now. More later.

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Michael Jackson, RIP


I guess he never really had a chance.

Its a shame that he died before this show – it was going to be a monster. I was proud just to be watching it and happy to be singing along. What a great gig that was. I wish the world could have seen this show at least once before MJ left – too much negativity still hangs on his memory.

Tomorrow, the Staples Center will be empty as if this all never happened. Anyone want to rent it?

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almost the weekend.


Whats everyone doing? Im working, so Im hoping to live vicariously through your experiences. For my end of the bargain, Ill bring you the latest and greatest MJ news, or at least anything thats not prohibited by my NDA. I wish I could post pictures, because man, everything looks so cool. I actually like things like this that arent yet finished – I think theyre often more attractive than the finished product.

I think that weird visual tick is somehow connected to my enjoyment of ruins – I really like visiting the site of former castles, I like the fallen-down houses in the woods back near where I grew up, I like urban decay. There was a story the other day about the possibility that cities were going to bulldoze-and-leave deserted parts of town for nature to reclaim, and while I think its not likely to happen on any large-enough-to-matter scale, the idea does present interesting potential. If there was a way to leave buildings standing but not attract vagrancies and crime, Id rather see that than bulldozing. How cool would half-reclaimed city blocks look?

Thats actually an interesting idea for a visual in my next script. I should start writing it in my “spare” time here at the Forum. Oh spare time.

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its already Wednesday


Sunday was Disneyland, then Monday, Yesterday and Today have all been long-ass workdays. Im slacking a little on my web responsibilities because Im working so much and the work I am doing feels like its all spinning my wheels – frustrating. Ah well.

At least I have the evening gigs to keep things novel. Im still trying to get everything right, so every song, every event is a challenge, but thats just a good reason that Im so tired. I havent even been going out – how weak is that? Tomorrow, though, Paul V spins covers at Stinkers, so Ill be doing that for sure. Fun times.

Also, why have weird spammers been signing onto my site over the last couple of days? It inflates my ego by making me think that people are interested in what I have to say until I realize that theyre probably just trying to spam links somewhere. Sad times.

If only I had trade secrets to divulge. The secrets I DO have, I will NOT divulge.

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I gots me an LLC


I should probably have a gigs topic these days. Man. Anyone feel like mocking up a ball-and-chain icon all web 2.0 style in PShop for me?

Anyway, I got me an LLC today! Me and Dave, doing Promptin Circumstance West, LLC. Effin sweet. Okay, well, all I did today was go through LegalZoom and pay for it, but still. Ill have paperwork theoretically in a few days. And for under a grand. Woot.

I also got a PO box today for all that work stuff. I need to get JVS back together as an entity, but thats a chorus for another song. Today is all about this thing. Im sitting here, waiting for MJ to show up and hoping to get out early, basking in the glow of corporate shell-dom. Heres hoping that this becomes one of those megacorps that hippies are always whining about. The megacorp of teleprompting. Teleprompting special interest groups, all funded by me. Yay for the ability to do evil.

In other news, Im going to Disneyland tomorrow for free.

Also, Ill probably unveil a new website on Monday. At least here. A soft launch – excellent plan! A few nerdy (and not-so-nerdy) folks can look first, before the intended rush of non-popularity.

Okay, enough of this. Back to my regularly-scheduled nerding around.

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Workin for a living


That title is a little misleading. Im working and Im living, at least. And Im working more than I have been recently, which is good. I still dont really have a life or do anything that would be considered interesting or blog-worthy (my awesome, NDA-hobbled afternoon gig notwithstanding, of course), so theres that.

I do love my Pre. Its badass. I fuckin wish it synced with Outlook. I wish the battery lasted a tiny bit longer, but thats about it. My Touchstone came in today, so Ill pick it up tomorrow and my charging issues will be addressed. Otherwise, I love the multitasking (which Im using without even thinking about it already, so thats good), I love the gestures and I really like the new keyboard. I dont know if Ill ever be a touch-typist on it, just given my huge-and-oafish thumbs, but Im already speeding up sending texts and such.

Other things:

  • I have tomatoes. Theyre Green, but growing. I should post a pic.
  • Em is helping me define what Ill be needing from an assistant when I finally get around to hiring one. I need lots of help on it, so thats good.
  • I cant stop listening to Nerdcore.

Enough with the twitter-style lists. Happy Thursday.

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So here we are


June Gloom has been quite the staple of life here recently. Its been raining a lot for LA, too (which is to say that its gloomy a lot and a few drops come out of the sky occasionally). This is manifesting itself in my life in the fact that I dont want to do any work. I love my new Pre, and I like what Ive done so far with MJ, but I havent done much. Web stuff has been like pulling teeth – its like theres something wrong with me. I even have THINGS to do. Man.

That said, Im happy to have those things to do, and I know Ill kick into gear here sooner rather than later and have a bunch of things going on at once, creatively. Ill have some web stuff to announce later in the week, I think, so thatll be good. At the present, theres slow movement on the Il Punali front, so thats good. Hopefully soon, well be able to put the retail site (back) up in a couple of weeks. Well see.

Okay, enough of this – Im getting psyched to get something accomplished. Almost time for lunch with Brad.

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Cool News


palm_pre_smNormally, the most exciting thing I could post on this site today would be about the purchase of my brand-new Palm Pre and about how excited I am for it, but today, things are a little different. Today I have something actually exciting to report.

I’m working with Michael Jackson.


Now, I”m not so sure what my NDA allows me to say, but for those of you who have been following my various entrepreneurial ventures over the past year or so can rightly guess. I mean, the man is in rehearsals for his shows in London, afterall. That”s not top-secret or anything.

Anyway, I”m super, super, super psyched, both for the way that this company is (finally) getting off the ground and for me personally, because I”m going to get to spend plenty of time in the presence of the King of Pop over the next couple of weeks. Effin” rad.

Anyway, more to come, like a review of the Pre (woo!) and some talk about the non-secret aspects of my current gig. Happy Saturday!

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Hi there!


Friendly neighborhood Matt here, checking in. Its been awhile, and Ive been working on websites. Im hoping to have more news and pictures soon, though.

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Software Installs


So Vista was a short-lived experiment. I broke it on Monday night trying to do a simple re-partition/boot record switch/OS install on a broken RAID5 array. I mean, jeez.

Anyway, Im on to Windows7 Beta, and thus far, its fine. It feels similar to Vista, although theres more candy coating and such. And I stuck with 64-bit in the stubborn hope that someday itll be better than its current suckiness. I keep thinking that the benefits have to entice programmers to write for it, and I keep being proven wrong. I think only Photoshop CS4 has a real 64-bit client, and before I reformatted, I couldnt make it open .png files anymore.

Speaking of Photoshop, Im wondering: am I the only person in the known universe who chooses the “custom” option on the installer and goes through and unchecks a bunch of stuff? Well, besides Scott.

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Lotsa Rocks!

I hadn’t paid attention to how many images were in the old “Coppermine” photo albums. I think the best thing to do is to attach them to each individual post as I come across them from inside the “Coppermine” folder, which I’m uploading now.
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Pictures from Yosemite follow the break.  Lots and lots of pictures.

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Ill have pictures soon, but I wanted to post and brag about being back in LA after a long absence.

Camping was awesome, Napa was awesome, BootieSF was awesome, I didnt die on either the all-night drive there (1am to 6am LA-Yosemite) or the all-night drive back (2am-8am SF-LA), so thats awesome, too.

The only un-awesome thing about my trip was that I let so many things go that today isnt really a vacation day, but a catch-up day so I can hit the ground running tomorrow. If I ignored you, Im sorry, and Ill get into the swing in no time – I promise.

Pictures soon.

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Im home!


Okay, so I was technically home yesterday at 1am, which means Ive been home for something like 30 hours. The NYC portion of the trip was absurdly busy, but mostly fun (except for my mystery hangover on I think Saturday). I stole the picture above from Jon on FB, by the way.

For some reason, Im absurdly stressed right now – dont know whats gotten into me. It may be the short week into which Im packing so much stuff, it may be the mindset that Ive been working with – I dont know. Ive gotta figure it out, because the days keep coming and nothing bad is really happening, so I should just calm down.

Eh, at least Im going to Yosemite this weekend.

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Hanging out in DC


Its Drews birthday, and Im chillin in his apartment, waiting for some files to upload so I can do another (a final??) migration test before releasing the newest version of ShoeHardware. Not an exciting present for Drew, but hes at work, so its probably okay. I think were going to lunch, so Ill do my best to be showered and presentable (ha!) by then, at least.

The flight was uneventful, and I managed to sleep from takeoff through about hour three, so that was cool. After that, I put on music and dozed. This part of the trip is the fun part, – NYC is going to be tough. I have a lot of work to do and not enough days to do it in, and its already stressing me out. At least I have a fun plan for Saturday night that is NOT work-related. So yay to that.