The 25th year of life during the first 27 year cycle. The Queen of Clubs is "a symbol for a positive and strong will. Her quest for knowledge is insatiable, and they are impatient and intolerant of ignorance or mental laziness in others."http://metasymbology.com/qot.htm
A friend of mine chooses to think of his life in 27 year cycles. I think it's a great idea, since 27 is the year rock stars tend to die. Kurt Cobain, the most recent. We're both 25 now, meaning we have 2 years left in our cycle. This is convenient because I plan on completing the book in my 27th year, opening up the next 27 years for an entirely different project. K also plans on having her first exhibit around the same time. Yesterday we decided that we'd make the big move to New York City in our 27th year. It's all I've been able to think about since.
Maktub just relaunched their website: maktub.com, which I have the pleasure of hosting. It's in anticipation of their new album Khronos, of which I have a pre-release copy. It's a lot different than most of what I listen to, but it's very good. It's soul-drenched and raw. Produced by Steven Fisk, who produced some of Nirvana's early albums. Incidentally, I'll be meeting him next friday, at a CD release dinner.
I've remained blissfully ignorant of the inner workings of xml and the process of integrating it with perl, until tonight. I just haven't wanted to learn, but now that I have, it all seems so strangely simple. It's that same barrier that most people have with html, I think. Anyway, now, the amazonid module will cache all requests in xml, and check the cache before pinging the amazon site for the info. I'll have to set it up so that the cache is updated frequently enough, but that info isn't very dynamic, so it doesn't need to be too often. Cool, eh?
Also, I'm storing the asin information in a public directory /xml so that others can feel free to use it too, if they so desire (and are too lazy to scrape amazon's site). It probably won't be much use until it has a larger selection of asins, however, I won't ever come anywhere close to having a comprehensive selection. I wonder how difficult it would be to circumvent Amazon's stubborn reluctance of opening up a way for people to more easily gleen item information from the site by creating a network of sites that store asin information in xml? I wonder if they'd fire me for doing something like that?
I work at Amazon during my off-time. I'm technically a Technical Product Program Manager in Personalization, which is responsible for features like Recommendations, Your Store, Your Favorite Stores, and New For You. Before that I was a TPPM in Automated Merchandizing, which is responsible for features like "Customers who bought this also bought...". Before that I was a web developer in Personalization. Before that, I was a trainer in Customer Service, and before that I answered phones and email 10 hours a day, four days a week, on the nightshift. I've been at this job longer than any other job previous, and prior to working here, I knew nothing of html, perl, and hardly even the web.
This is just a test for the experimental [amazonid|0375412530] syntaxThere's additional item information down here in the footnotes... or at least there's supposed to be. Carpe!:
My top book recommendation at the moment is: Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel.
Basically, this new tag take an asin and checks amazon for relevant asin info. It'll be pretty slow right now since there's no caching of the information, but that'll change if I find this useful at all.
Wow, it actually works. That's amazing! Now, what should I do with it, if anything?
Stephen says that the new server will be ready by this weekend, marking the point at which I can separate this single cell organism into its two twin entities: Mockerybird and The Twelves. One will be for me, and the other will be a community open to everyone, moderated by kv, and probably vastly more popular. In the meantime, I'm trying to genericize this a little bit more so it's easy to have two distinct sites that essentially share the exact same code.