RSS autodiscovery on every page (of a static site)

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

So you have some feeds and want browsers to be able to find them using autodiscovery. The problem Unfortunatly, you have static pages and would have to update each one to add the <link> tag. At PCC, we have a site composed of tens-of-thousands of pages. Some are static, some are dynamic applications we can […]

Fireworks Fireworks

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

For the forth, we went down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks. Portland puts on a pretty good show. I forgot to bring a camera – but found that the iPhone takes pretty good firework shots:

Hot day, Cold waters Hot day, Cold waters

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

This weekend was beautiful. The temperatures in the valley peaked Saturday close to 100. This is considered surprisingly hot for the Portland area. It is even more surprising when you consider that less then a moth ago it was still threatening to snow. The long winter and quick warm up has caused the rivers to […]

Skiing Skiing

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

For over 15 years in Portland, I have stared up at Mt. Hood. Each winter, it becomes covered in a fresh blanket of white snow. I have gone hiking, snow camping and even snowshoeing. But, until this year – the most traditional of snow sports (skiing) had eluded me. This was my third time and […]

Paddling  Upstream Paddling Upstream

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

A big weekend. On Saturday, we went urban-lumberjacking again. On Monday, Fish flew out to his new home in Land-o’-lakes Florida. Between those two, I found some time to do a little paddling. Jamie and I went to the Elk Rock Island dock that is about 5 minutes south of my house. When you launch […]

Mushroom Hunting Mushroom Hunting

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Last weekend, I went with several friends (Sam, Poarch and the disgruntaled Mr. Fish) up to Larch Mountain. Less then 45 minutes outside of Portland, this lush area is just inside of the Mt. Hood national forest. It also happens to be some of the highest elevation around. In winter, the snow falls here first, […]

TPR5: Adding Google Maps to Your College Website

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Paul Dempsey, Dickinson College He asks the crowd, “Who has good maps/directions to your campus”. No one in the audience raises a hand… Google maps was launched in Feb. 2005. API released in June 2005. The “terms of use” mean that the service is available to both non-profit and commercial sites. However, they do reserve […]

Pepper Envy

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Back in March, I spoke about the the Ghost Chilies that I had planted. Like many peppers, these thrive best with a long, hot growing season. Unfortunately, this summer in Portland provided neither. Now, chilies will grown in the Pacific Northwest. You just have to plant them early and protect them from the frost. Last […]

Ghost Chili Ghost Chili

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Last November, I read this article on BoingBoing about the crowning of a new capsasin king. At a 1,000,000 scoville units, the Bhut Jolokia from southern India is over 100 times hotter than any jalapeƱo. I soon found myself searching for seeds. The Bhut goes by several other names including “Ghost Chili” and “Poison Chili”. […]

Student Success and Retention Conference Student Success and Retention Conference

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

The Student Success and Retention Conference was held February 8-9, 2007 at Portland State University’s University Place, 310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, Oregon. The SSR Conference was sponsored by the Joint Boards Articulation Commission, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, the Oregon University System, and Oregon’s community colleges.Together, Andrew Roessler and I were […]