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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I travel a lot.  Yesterday Jaden called me while I was out of town because the Playstation 3 was having problems connecting to the network.  He was perturbed because he likes playing online with his friends with  his favoritest game of all time:

 

Ok, so he has four (4) favoritest games, and they’re all Transformers.

  • Transformers, the Game (from the 1st movie)
  • Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (from the 2nd movie)
  • Transformers War for Cybertron (no movie)
  • Transformers Dark of the Moon (from the 3rd movie)

Coincidentally, shortly before he called I noticed a Facebook update from a friend complaining about the Playstation Network. 

For those who are unfamiliar with the Playstation Network (PSN), let me bring you up to speed.  The PSN can sometimes be a flaming pile of guano left baking in the Texas sun.  When it’s down (which seems often), most games don’t play at all.  It’s not just that you can’t play online with others, but for some games, you can’t even launch the game because the game developers and/or Sony decided that it’d be neat to require the online portion to be working.

Armed with the tip-off from Facebook, I could convey to my son that it probably wasn’t our Internet connection but most likely the Playstation Network that was down.  So I asked him if the other computers, laptops, gadgets were working.  He he asked me to hold on while he checked.

It took him a while.  I stayed on hold for a good 4-5 minutes, which actually is a long time knowing that there are plenty of Internet-enabled devices to check.  He eventually returned with confirmation that other devices in the house were indeed working fine.  I felt good in the knowledge that I was coaching him on the tenets of proper troubleshooting. 

We comiserated on his inability to play his game with his online friends, then I asked him about his day and how his Backyard Monsters were doing.  After our chat, we hung up, I went about my work out of town and returned that night.

Today I found this on my home office desk.

 

HI DAD  COMPUTER IS FINE. I JUST CHECKED ON IT. AND THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THE COMPUTER

I rest easy knowing that in addition to solid Troubleshooting skills, I’ve also imparted two equally important abilities, and that is Documentation and Communication.  Now I know why it took so long for him to return to the phone.

 

Websites as graphs 

Saw this over at Poppy Cedes.  Some guy named Sala made an HTML Graph Applet.  He’s also doing an art project called One Thousand Paintings and a self-proclaimed web’s first collective music video.

[edit – forgot this important part] The applet makes a graphical representation of a website, following all the little links and depicting different content with a representative color and connecting the content that is related.  So this is what my website (http://whall.org) looks like as of now:

websitesasgraphs whall.org html graph

What do the colors mean?
blue
: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

Watching the animation of the thing build is also nice.  Click on my graph above to watch it build out.   The one for Blogography has some pretty clusters of yellow flowers.  Very fun to watch.

About the only thing that would make this even cooler is making each of the dots with tag so when you hovered over a specific dot, it would tell you what object it’s looking at, and possibly what it is.   For example, hovering over something might pop up a small caption that said Image: [url] so that it had a clickable url for the image.  Or maybe even a thumbnail.

I’m noticing I pretty much don’t use tables (represented by red) except for the one cluster down in the lower left.  So I wonder what the green dot is leading to the cluster, and the red dot starting the cluster.  It would be cool if hovering over the dot told me what it was, or what blog entry, etc.

Battlestar?

My scifi.com’s newsletter this week had this little snippet:

Huh?  I thought the season finale of BSG said “Battlestar Galactica returns in 2008”.  But if they’re coming back in November…. I’m confused.

I guess I’m going to have to actually go and read some BSG forums and blogs and get updated.  Unless someone wants to update me here 🙂

Movies I saw

Both of the movies I saw this week were awesome. 

Evan Almighty – Awesome movie.  I had decently high expectations for it already, and it not only met them but surpassed them.  Great family flick, but also just funny to watch. 

Evan Almighty

Transformers.   Need I say more?  Jaden and I absolutely LOVED this movie, although we needed earplugs for his sensitive ears.  Tons of action, decent plot (don’t argue with me here, k?), great special effects and a childlike love for robots!

Transformers movie poster


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