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Sat, 21 May 2005

A married man…

So the wedding went off yesterday without a hitch. A big thank you to everyone who attended, and those who couldn’t be there. Pictures will be forthcoming soon. If you have pictures on cameras, etc, I would really appreciate it if you could put together a zip file of them and send them to Hasta luego…

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Bad Joke…

Two chemistry majors walk into a bar. The bartender says to the first, “What can I get for you?”


“And you,” asks the bartender?

“I’ll have an H20, too.”

The second guy died.

If you get this, you might be from UTD. If you don’t get this, please be wary of the perils of DHMO poisoining.

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Sat, 07 May 2005

Expensive Hardware Logging and Greasemonkey

For those of you keeping score in the “Expensive Hardware Lobbing” game, this is your link. Clicking the links for each of the planets gives you a breakdown of how the scores were calculated (fun). More interesting even than baseball. :^)

On a more technical note: Greasemonkey still rocks, and now there’s an XPI-compiler for user-scripts.

Compiling user scripts into extensions

One of the problems with Greasemonkey scripts is that they’re very geek-oriented — assuming people have Firefox installed, they need to install Greasemonkey before they can use your script. Adrian Holovaty has simplified this process by creating a Greasemonkey compiler, which converts a user script into a full-fledged Firefox extension (XPI file) that can be used by itself.

This will definitely lower the barrier to entry for writing Firefox extensions, and make it much easier to get people to use user scripts.


I have to concur with the “easier to write” thing. There’s a metric ton of inane details that have to be taken care of when writing XPI’s (having tried and given up once or twice). There are definitely more complicated things to do, but you have to learn a lot of different tech’s (JS, XPI, XML, HTML, XUL, etc) to do something useful. Plus a lot of it is very Mozilla-specific so it doesn’t feel “right” to do it that way. Definitely Greasemonkey → XPI is much more interesting, and some of the things I’ve read about: “forget XUL, do it all in mostly cross-platform DHTML (JS + HTML + DOM)” seem to make more sense. JS and DOM manipulations have really advanced (matured?) to the point where using them is a practicality, now if only IE7 doesn’t muck it all up again.

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Thu, 05 May 2005

Protests over Coulter at UT-Austin

So Coulter is that crazy op-ed person who sometimes gets her stories in Yahoo!’s most popular with all-cap titles. Evidently very conservative or something. Read the following because it’s funny, it’s scary, and it’s wrong.

The title of the Daily Texan front-page story covering Ms. Coulter’s speech was “Arrest Made at Coulter Speech.” You could also have caught it on CBS or in the Austin-American Statesman. The general idea is that some jackass made a scene, and Ann Coulter was also there.

I am Ajai Raj, and I am a jackass.


Freedom of Speech. Freedom of the Press. Land of the Free. Home of the Brave.

Where’s Jason and Mo when you need them? :^)

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