No Common Gull

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Yesterday I took the B41 out to Marine Park to look for the European Common Gull that had been spotted there on Sunday and Monday. There were hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls, at least a couple of Herring Gulls, one or two Great Black-backed Gulls, but the Common Gull was not found; or if it was found nobody recognized it. It looks a lot like this much more common Ring-billed Gull:

Ring-billed Gull at Marine Park

WordPress Meetup Wrapup

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Had a good time at the WordPress meetup in NYC last night. Finally met Matt Mullenweg and various other people. It was surprisingly reminiscent of the early days of the Web, circa 1995. Most of the user group meetings/meetups/conferences I’ve been going to lately are very heavily weighted toward techies and programmers. This one was a real mixed group of programmers, artists, writers, sysadmins, VCs, and business folks. I haven’t run into a group like that for a while.

QuickTime API Overhaul?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

ThinkSecret is reporting that Apple is revising the QuickTime APIs in Leopard:

A new Application Programming Interface (API) for video, which may feature a “Core” moniker akin to Apple’s Core Image, Core Audio, and Core Animation components, will deliver most of the improvements to QuickTime. While QuickTime from a end-users perspective is not expected to undergo any substantial improvements, the new API will take years of legacy QuickTime code and replace it with a more modern and efficient architecture to deliver improved performance and maintainability.

This is long, long overdue. If I ever get around to writing my API Design book, I was planning to use QuickTime as a classic example of how not to design an API. Now if only they’d rev QuickTime for Java too.

Another Banded Goose Identified

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

As you may recall I found another banded goose, RE08, back in January at Jones Beach, RE08:

Canada Goose Black on yellow neck band RE08

Well, it’s now been identified. According to Tiffany Pinheiro at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,

These geese are part of a movement study and are collared in order to be individually identified from a distance. This goose were originally collared at Lido Beach Golf course on June 30, 2005. RE08 is an adult male.

Pet Peeve of the Day

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Blog entries written in the first person on multi-author blogs that never say who’s writing them.

Refactoring HTML First Draft is Done!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I have just submitted the last chapter of the first draft of Refactoring HTML off to my editor. The next couple of months will be occupied with author review, rewriting, tech review, rewriting, copy editing, rewriting, publicity, tool development, indexing, and other tasks. However that’s all much easier and less stressful on my end than the initial move from a blank screen to a completed manuscript.

With a little luck, the finished book should hit store shelves this summer. If anyone would be interested in reviewing part or all of the book, drop me a line; and I’ll see what I can do about getting you an early review copy. I especially need comments from people with experience in refactoring and web site development of any kind. Particular skills we need include regular expressions, mod_rewrite, Flash, CSS, and accessibility. If any of those are your cup of tea, then your help would be greatly appreciated with just a chapter or two, even if you can’t review the whole book.