"SCRUZIA" ... a very infrequently updated weblog ...


Erik T subset ... and test

I'm sure this'll look a mess, but it's a collection of "catch up with Erik T" links, and at the same time a test of what formatting is done by blogger when you email a posting. So, I catch up with Erik Thauvin not by reading nor even skimming all of the articles, but rather by collecting the ones that I otherwise might have clicked on, here in this text file labeled as an html file. Sort of a link-reskimming of the Web's premier Java-orientd link-skimmer. Timeline starts about 12/22 or so.
Extra tidbits to note: - lucane.org free "groupware" - that logger "anti-framework" - neward's predictions for 2k5, except that his site is currently down. Note that Bruce Eckel has a new weblog for shorter thoughts.
http://j2medeveloper.com/weblog/page/eortiz/20041228#about_predictions_the_cross_of C. Enrique Ortiz' (J2ME guy) self-prediction review http://www.weiqigao.com/blog/2004/12/24/1103918583000.html Weiqi -- Blogging Year In Review: 2004. http://jroller.com/page/Trainer/20041223#struts_javaserver_faces_and_java Andrew -- Struts, JavaServer Faces, and Java Studio Creator: The Evolution of Web Application Frameworks. http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2004/12/23/books.html Ten for the Holidays. Greg Wilson reviews books for programmers and selects ten (or more) for your holiday reading. http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2004/12/23/patterns.html Holiday Party Guide to Patterns. A survey of some of the Gang of Four design patterns: Composite, Singleton, Factory, Adapter, Decorator, Facade, and MVC. http://www.blueskyonmars.com/archives/2004/12/23/index.html Kevin ... Where to put files on the Mac
http://www.jazillian.com/reasons.html Joe -- Why Java is better than C http://www.clientjava.com/blog/2004/12/22/1103726737000.html Scott ...Scott -- Java Graphing, JGoodies, Screenshots with Java. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2004/12/22/jakarta-gems-1.html The Hidden Gems of Jakarta Commons, Part 1. The Jakarta Commons has a wide-ranging collection of handy classes that can save you the trouble of reinventing the wheel yet again. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2004/12/22/2004-yearender-1.html ONJava 2004 in Review: Popular Articles. Editor Chris Adamson takes a look back at some of the most popular articles published on ONJava during the last year.


Recursive animations

I wrote a little about this two years ago on GIGO. Last week (I can't keep up with those guys), boingboing noted a similar picture, and linked to instructions for how to make such a thing. I couldn't find any names on the mantasoft.co.uk site.


Topo! National Geographic

It's time to get the all-of-California National Geographic Topo! map collection. The UI could be better, but it's good enough to plan a couple of backpacking trips a year. Time to check out the current best discounts at the Apple store...



I participated in a "Trails and Greenways" conference in San Diego a few years ago (1998). (I was co-sponsored by two of the SF Bay Area's mountain biking advocacy organizations, ROMP and MBOSC.) That's where I first heard of the East Coast Greenway. Now it looks like someone is blogging a bicycle adventure along it, to raise funds to complete it. Interesting claim (on its profile page) that the ECG is the nation's first long-distance urban, shared-use trail for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. I guess the American Discovery Trail isn't urban. (Always gotta be careful about those adjectives.) [Bonus link: if you do a google search for long trails north, my page here is the first link. Today.]


work away today

think about tomorrow


BlackCap Basin

Plan for some time next summer: Start at one of those SCE reservoirs (Florence or Wishon). Walk up and southeastish, until near the crest that divides that watershed (North Fork of the Kings?) from the one that's inside Kings Canyon NP (Middle Fork of the Kings?). Buncha cross country. Nothing anywhere near as gnarly as what we did a couple of weeks ago in the NFSJ area.


Donner Pass

Between Grass Valley (Deb's Mom in hospital) and Reno (my dad in another hospital), I stopped by at Donner Pass. There's a nice little Glacier/geology-oriented half-mile interpretive trail up there. Maybe next time, I'll actually walk it.


Big Sur Ventana Molera

Took the new pop-up tent-trailer down to Big Sur for the weekend. Its maiden voyage. Went remarkably smoothly. Under two hours to drive down there, not too much trouble backing it into the site, despite its small size and cramped access road. It was great to be up out of the dirt -- the Ventana campground is pretty thrashed, and there's lots of loose dirt. Marty and I walked up the Gorge trail one day; he and Ben and I walked up to Pfeiffer Falls, way up to the Valley View, and then out from the Andrew Molera parking lot to the beach, and down along the Ridge Trail for around a mile and a half. Fun scramble-climb up the bluff in order to take the north (trail-camp side) trail back to the parking lot. Probably walked about 7 miles that day. Deb remodeled the Columbia, and put together some fabulous meals. She and Mary got to "do the spa thing" on the day the rest of us did the hike thing. Next weekend: (i.e., starting Thursday night): NFSJ!


Training for the NFSJ trip

The NFSJ trip is getting close -- two weeks from today. Looks like there will be four of us. And meanwhile, next week Deb and I are planning to spend a few days in Big Sur. Under 90 minutes from home, it's a shame we don't get down there more often. Gotta get the tent-trailer prepared for that one.


NFSJ, over the hill

Time for the NFSJ trip is drawing near. Gvdl was off this past weekend on a serious Sierra Club trip, taking the PCT from Tuolomne Meadows to Sonora Pass in four days, light- and fast-packing 20 to 23 miles a day. I was mostly hiking from the back bedroom all the way (12 to 15 feet) out to the hot tub.


Going SE of Yosemite

Later this summer. NFSJ trip. Five days, but only 28 miles or so. Time to get the permits!

Just connecting ...

See, I actually have way too many other weblogs already. My second but primary one was a Radio UserLand weblog at tmp.i.am, currently featuring the Scala translations of a bunch of Java exercises and easily findable via a Google search for Thinking in Scala; zia at pycs dot net, where I was the first Windows user of Phil Pearson's bzero weblog tool (written in Python); the old mtb.editthispage.com (my first weblog-ish thing), which I expect to vanish without warning one of these days; my internal BlogCentral one at work that you probably can't see from here; and that goofy spymac.{net?, com?} one whose main purpose was to get me some more web-visible disk space for photos. And the main purpose for this one is so I can make a comment on another blogger blog. Maybe I'll keep this one as a monthly summary of the others.