Moblogging with MT, pop2blog and my phone

Using a mixture of duct tape, pipe cleaners, and old tupperware bowls, I’ve now got my phone talking to my blog.

Starting with pop2blog, I hacked it to only keep track of attached images and email subjects, ignoring the rest of the message. It also only transmits image names as new posts to Movable Type on this server. It’s on another server though, since some of the perl modules required weren’t available to my activestate perl install’s package manager (thanks chris for figuring out a workaround). I’m doing more CSS tricks to display a short 100px tall peek at the images, and if you click through you’ll see the full image (still working on the archive pages for images).

So to recap, I take a photo with my phone, push about 7 buttons to send it off to a secret email account on one server. A cronjob on a different server checks the account every 10 minutes, then processes the messages and sends the results to a third server via xml-prc, which updates a movable type blog (including one custom template to produce the table you see above, and another template to create the CSS on the fly), which is included in another movable type blog (the one you are reading). Three servers, two blogs (with custom templates), a phone, and bunch of rudimentary glue code. Now you can see why I’m surprised it worked at all.

Spring finally sprung

Yesterday was no doubt the first real day of spring for me, and I have a feeling it was for everyone else too. It started off with a morning so warm I put on a pair of shorts for the first time since last October. I enjoyed a long brunch with friends followed by warm walks through neighborhoods and ending up in a backyard for an hour talking.

After returning home, backyard primping and preening ruled the day, followed by a nap filled with warm breezes and resting cats. Dinner was had after a walk downtown to a sushi restuarant. On the trip home, the sidewalks were loaded with people doing the same, which I’ve never seen before (it is California, after all, and we rarely see anyone else walking in the suburbs).

What really sealed the deal was checking my email last night for the first time in hours and getting only three new messages. It’s as if everyone realized what a spectacular day they had in front of them and unpulgged collectively to enjoy it.

Translation: hilarious

I noticed a site talking about my mozilla article in my referrers today, but it was in german. I jumped over to google to run the translation, and here’s the best chunk of it:

…on my XP system use I the IE, despite all safety gaps and in such a way, since unfortunately the IE momentarily the measure of all things represents and we must naturally test the distribution of means of publicity particularly under IE.

First impression of Mozilla: I impregnated.

The Ben’s rock

Ben Folds, Ben Lee, and Ben Kweller (three of my favorite musicians today) are currently touring Australia together and collaborated on a special EP, with plans to do a full album this summer. I got a copy of the tracks and can’t stop listening to it. It’s just… so…fucking…good.

Usually I’m not much for supergroup collaborations, but it’s a great balance of all three. Some songs are kinda Ben Folds sounding, with lots of piano, some are acoustic and feature Ben Kweller’s sound, with Ben Lee’s sound also infused throughout. It’s even got a 80’s sounding, Gary Newman-esque song.