Archive for November, 2005

Mario Kart DS

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Since everyone on the Cambridge side of the Hula team recently picked up Mario Kart DS, I decided to buy it (and a Nintendo DS) during my last trip to Utah. It sure has made plane trips a lot more more enjoyable.

Mario Kart is itself a lot of fun, and the WFC (Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection) is entertaining. I think I’ve been getting my butt kicked by a bunch of middle schoolers over the Internet, though.

Playing around with Flickr

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

I’ve decided to start using flickr. It’s nice in that I can just post any number of pictures from whenever or wherever — I don’t have to feel compelled to post a gallery of pictures, grouped by a set, organized by a time, all hand-done manually. A few additional advantages of flickr are tags, comments on pictures, and RSS. I can also post pictures from my cell phone (which, unfortunately, works better than using it to talk).

(I’m still not entirely sure if this might replace my own photo gallery, go side-by-side, or what.)

I suppose I should add a link to my flickr account from my website somewhere. (;

It takes YOU to Tango!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

This Friday (and every Friday to come) is Tango Friday!


The Tango Project “exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.” We’re approaching this goal by having a consistant naming spec which can be used anywhere, by any application, on any desktop. Secondly, we are working on providing a default set of icons to fill this need.

For the Tango icons, we have a style guide in place and a lot of icons already.

Even if you want to use other icons, it benefits to have them ported to the icon naming spec which the Tango project has provided. By abiding by that spec, it will make an icon theme work across multiple desktops with minimal effort.

Now you might be asking yourself: What is Tango Friday? Basically, it’s like a hackfest, except with art. Tango Friday is simply a time to join #tango on (via IRC) and use your favorite graphic editor (most people use Inkscape) to make really cool Tango-style SVG and PNG icons!

It’s open to everyone interested. You actually don’t even have to be good with graphics. We need people of all sorts, including: developers, documentation experts, fanboys, and all those just plainly interested in what we’re doing. We want people from all parts of the community, from different companies, different desktops, and different operating systems even.

We need people to help us make the stock set of Tango icons, but we also want others to help it get implemented in Xfce, KDE, GNOME, Wine, Java apps, Web software, or anywhere else it may make sense.

We had an unannounced, spontaneous Tango Friday last week, and not only was it was tons of fun, it was quite productive as well.

Make sure to join us this Friday. See you there!

Ironman Trae

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Trae, a good friend of mine (and the guy behind and way back in the day), is going to be doing the Ironman thing (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run, all in under 17 hours) in Florida this weekend, on November 5th.

You can keep track of him (and cheer him on) by visiting by searching for his name or his number, 797. Of course, he has more information about it all too, at his website.

Trae, we’ll be watching you from afar and wishing you the best of luck!