The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, August 12, 2002

A Virtual Tour of Condo Conner

Seeing how Condo Conner has sold, I figure I can now safely link to the Virtual Tour Of Condo Conner.

I had originally done this back in late May so I could show a potential buyer the place (he had expressed interest in buying it “As-Is” so I took pictures of it “As-Is” and oddly enough, I never heard back from him).

I liked the way I did the navigation on the site—I have the condo layout, with markers for where I took each picture and in what direction I was facing when I took them, plug grouping all the shots into their various rooms.

But before linking to it here, I wanted to get the place sold (and let me apologize fo the state Condo Conner appears in). But since it is now sold I can feel better about posting these pictures in a more public location.


Experiments in Hypertext

Typographically speaking, using underlines and changing the color of text for a link is … um … ugly. Functional, yes. Eyecatching, yes. Asthetically pleasing … debatable. And for reading hypertext fiction (fictional stories using hypertext as a medium—and there has to be a better name) it can get downright difficult, depending upon the density of links (I've yet to come across any hypertext fiction that has the density of links that any wiki has; I've also yet to come across any hypertext fiction that has drawn me in, again, unlike most wikis). So I spent some time writing some experimental hypertext to see if I can't come up with some alternative methods for displaying links.

I've also added a new section to my personal site (in something like four years) to contain the various hypertext experiments I've done (so far, two).


If only …

Jerry: (reading from card) So, Todd, you're here to tell your girlfriend something. What is it?

Todd: Well, Jerry, my girlfriend Ursula and I have been going out for three years now. We did everything together. We were really inseparable. But then she discovered post-Marxist political and literary theory, and it's been nothing but fighting ever since.

Jerry: Why is that?

Todd: You see, Jerry, I'm a traditional Cartesian rationalist. I believe that the individual self, the "I" or ego is the foundation of all metaphysics. She, on the other hand, believes that the contemporary self is a socially constructed, multi-faceted subjectivity reflecting the political and economic realities of late capitalist consumerist discourse.

Crowd: Ooooohhhh!

The Jerry Springer Show

I might actually watch Jerry Springer if his shows were like this. If only …


The author robots love

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It's a bit sobering to realize I'm getting about a thousand hits per day (so far this month) but that eight to nine hundred of those are various robots out there, indexing my site.

I think I can now understand where someone could get 10,000 page views and 4,000 visits (not to say their counts are wrong—I just think the software they're using may not take into account robots). Last month I got over 13,000 page views but … taking out the robots, I'm left with 2,235 human viewed (for the most part) pages.

I mean, I'm flattered that robots like my site and all that but still …

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