My family took a two week trip to Korea in June of 2000. We visited several locations around the country including Seoul, the DMZ, Puson, and Kyong-Ju. This is a collection of the best photos from the trip.
This is a brief compilation of photos highlighting the Aurora series (1 thru 4) of solar cars built by the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project. A more detailed history can be found at the Project's website.
Okay, so I've seen "Badges" on a lot of other blogs and thought it was a neat idea. I used a TypePad link typelist to add them to the sidebar, as described here. As for the buttons themselves, there are a ton available at Steal These Buttons. I actually used the Kalsey Consulting button maker to create custom badges that match my site colors.
Sorry about the last 24 hours of sluggishness. Six Apart's TypePad service had some hardware problems that they have now remedied. Kudos to them for the 3 day service credit for the slowdown, though I would prefer it just not happen to begin with.
Alright, so I ditched the generic text on colored background site banner. What do you think? Oh, the license plate numbers have been changed so if you want to track me down you'll have better luck contacting me than the DMV.
The picture is from the Miatas at the Gap 2001 event. The green miata, "Jelly Bean", in the foreground belongs to my father (no really cool pictures of mine yet) and the red miata, "Heart", belongs to a good friend Mike Pessoney. Photo credit to killboy.com - I noticed he has started charging for more recent pictures, but I couldn't find a way to pay at imagestation. Contact me if you need compensation and thanks for the great pictures.
Okay, so someone asked me why I picked TypePad for blogging. There were two problems I had getting a blog going: 1. Hosting and 2. Content Management. I've got broadband via cable modem at home, but the upstream data rate is questionable for any sort of hosting - plus I've heard that Comcast can be a little touchy about such things. Also, since I don't have a static IP it creates DNS issues having a server located at home. Basically I needed to have someone else host my blog. I have personal webspace through the University and through Mac.com, but both have pretty severe server side configuration restrictions.
The second problem of content management was much less well defined for me. I knew things would start pretty basic, but had potential to become more complex over time, so I wanted something with growth potential. I also have a weakness for attractive design. I looked at Radio from Userland, Blogger from Google, etc. but only Six Apart's products: MoveableType and TypePad impressed me. MoveableType is incredibly versatile, the limits are how creatively you can write perl scripts. TypePad is basically a customizable hosted but pre-configured MoveableType installation.
I seriously considered doing a MoveableType installation on my Blue & White PowerMac G3 and hosting the blog from my house despite the limitations of cable. Ultimately, however, I decided I didn't want to screw around with perl and MT or hosting, so TypePad it was. So far, I'm very impressed - particularly since this product is so young (Beta testing began in Nov 2003).
Okay, so I've been wanting to create a website for about 4.5 years, but being a moderately afflicted perfectionist I insisted upon a very clean and full featured design. I had very little interest in learning much about html, perl, databases (and whatever else you need to know to make a good site work). I made an early attempt via Dreamweaver, but it didn't offer real weblog content management. It seemed as though it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to implement powerful features in a straightforward manner. Enter TypePad. Voila! Mechanical Empathy was born in a manner of hours.
So, what am I going to do here? Well, I've never done a blog before, so I'm sure it will take me awhile to find my stride, but I'm just going to post stuff that interests me and see if anyone likes it. Leave comments and let me know how I'm doing. I'll eventually get an email address up on the about me page, but I've got to get a spammable alias first.