Tuesday, November 23, 1999 11:57 a.m.
Before my wife would allow me to work on the construction of
our house in Canada, she insisted that I take a night school
course is woodworking. Good idea - I learned enough not
to cut my arm off. You could start by reading this book,
then check your local high school for continuing
Monday, November 22, 1999 07:53 p.m.
A LAN for a treehouse
There is a cyber
city, and a cyber
island, and a cyber
why not a cyber treehouse?
I have 10-Base-T and fiberoptic wiring around
the rest of the property, so naturally I want to put a few
outlets in the treehouse for impromptu net surfing.
Sunday, November 21, 1999 04:56 p.m.
Hurricanes and treehouses don't mix
Having just been through Hurricane Lenny and over
36" of rain, I am pretty sure that a treehouse is
not where I would spend a hurricane.
We are pretty busy cleaning up, but we have our
solar panels back up and our generator going and
Internet back, so life is not all bad.
While waiting for me to restart the PC that has
the voluminous treehouse research files, why not
take a look at the Apathy
pita. It was the first I ever looked at - it
covers a wide range of seemingly unrelated topics.
Wednesday, November 17, 1999 08:16 a.m.
Hurricane interrupts posting
Hurricane Lenny is causing us some worry, so I
won't be posting much today. Why don't you spend the
time while I am busy visiting one of my other sites ...
... a continuously sifted set of entertaining links devoted to the
proposition that the Internet allows a programmer to live and
work anywhere he wants, including a tropic island -- or
Tuesday, November 16, 1999 11:15 a.m.
How about a honeymoon in a treehouse
Prices at Parrot Nest are $25 per night:
"Spending the night under a 100’ guanacaste tree in a thatched treehouse is
like nothing else! The lodge is surrounded on three sides by the Mopan River, so a refreshing swim in clear water is never far away
and the wildlife of the area abound. Yes, parrots are in great number here, along with hundreds of other types of birds, making this
an ideal location for birdwatching. Coati, agouti, otter, and the giant iguana are among the many animals which are regular visitors to
our beautiful gardens which, though lush and exotic, are virtually mosquito free, a real bonus for those who love the great outdoors -
and a good night’s sleep."
And you can go to Eva's Cafe in San Ignacio to catch up on your email.
Monday, November 15, 1999 04:03 p.m.
Mailto Encoder: Spam-free links?
Look at the "mailto" link above (and Email on the left side of this
Seems normal doesn't it? But it isn't. If you look at
the source code, you will see a "spam-proof" link.
is coded as
It works as my email address, but enough of it is coded as Character
Entities (i.e., m means 'm'). If you put your
cursor over the link, it even displays correctly.
This wasn't my idea. I got my special link from SiteUp's Mailto Encoder. It looks like it should stop an ordinary
spam robot sifting through my site, but couldn't the
robot be programmed to be smarter?
One problem! If you try to edit existing Character Entity
codes in a Form textbox, your browser is likely to
display them as the equivalent printing character.
Then when you submit your edit, your spam-proof
link becomes an ordinary spam-lure again!
So keep a copy of your encoded Mailto link in a file
to cut and paste again.
Monday, November 15, 1999 10:34 a.m.
Like boat rigging
Here is a tented pole pavillion for a restaurant
where we had lunch last week.
It uses stainless steel bolts, cables and fasteners.
And the poles are cross-braced by diagonal
stainless cables. Very elegant. For a tent.
Sunday, November 14, 1999 09:42 a.m.
A treehouse resort
Stay in a treehouse for $45 per night, and up, at
Have them build you
a treehouse. Study Treeology.
Read about their 10 year
fight with the planning authorities. Attend their World
Saturday, November 13, 1999 10:38 a.m.
Reading light for treehouse
Having lived without regular power for 3 months in the aftermath of a hurricane, I can tell you that one of the things you
miss the most is reading in bed after dark.
So our new house has solar power, batteries, and
But what about the treehouse? I could run
power from the main house into the trees and put an ordinary
lamp next to my treehouse bed, but that
seems like cheating.
How about a propane or kerosene lamp to read by? Or a self-contained
Saturday, November 13, 1999 09:57 a.m.
Email to nowhere
I put the wrong email address on my 'Email' link on this
page. It should be
This means that the email links on the archived pages
will always be wrong. Sigh..
Such a mistake is a reminder to check every
link, which I normally do. However, I don't
configure an email client for my browsers anymore,
so I never tested the email link. Reason:
most newbie Net users can't figure out how to configure
email in their browser, so I like to see web pages
the way they do.
I have another news site that
allows people to subscribe to an email notification.
I have learned that many people cannot
type their email address correctly (about 30% of those
you can guess the correct address, as in
Which reminds me of what I suggest when people are
picking email addresses and web domain names:
- keep them short
- do not use words that are
(even your own name)
- be sure you can say it over
the telephone without having to spell it out
- do not use l or 1 or O or 0 in any context where
they can be confused
- do not use special characters
such as dash or underscore.
Saturday, November 13, 1999 08:05 a.m.
Need a treehouse domain name
is already in use and .Net and .Org are taken.
Try the Domainator.
Another cool project by Nathan Wallace.
Friday, November 12, 1999 05:17 p.m.
A Beanstalk, Not A Pipe
The key to the Net's
extraordinary innovation is that it
doesn't allow a term like "allow":
"First, it can't possibly work, and if it did,
damned if we are going to allow the
creation of a competitor to
Power To The People:
"Buffy, we simply cannot allow these lower classes to
program. They work so cheap the profession will be ruined".
distrust government and would prefer to dismantle the
state than work with it -- or for it:
"We don't even care about Washington. Money is extracted from
Silicon Valley and then wasted by Washington."
But as Oscar Wilde aptly noted, nothing succeeds like excess. As long as
Silicon Valley continues to innovate, create wealth and set the
technological agenda for the nation and the world, it's also likely to
maintain a skeptical view of the current political institutions and power
relations, both here and abroad. The skepticism is part of an arrogance
born of extraordinary accomplishments.