Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Although Blogger is a reliable, free blogging service, it is lacking in indexing capabilities as it only provides archiving by time, but not categories, keywords or tags. Yesterday, I wrote about using del.icio.us tagging combined with template changes to provide categories. del.icio.us has a new feature, tagrolls, which makes adding a keyword index to a blog simple. While the directions below are written with Blogger in mind, they can be used with most blog services which allow template customization. Here are the steps:
- Tag blog entries using del.icio.us. Make sure that you add a unique identifier for your blog. For example, I use JanineWhite as a tag on all of my blog entries, as well as whatever keywords describe the entry.
- Configure a tagroll for you del.icio.us account. Set the size to the highest setting to ensure that all keywords show up. Adjust the max font and min font to the largest sizes you want your keywords to have. If you want them all to be the same size, set the sliders to the same location. The max font cannot be smaller than the min font and the min font cannot be smaller than the max font, so adjusting one may adjust the other. I made my max font and min font the same size. Change the max font and min font colors to match your blog, as desired. I blanked out the title and unchecked icon so that I can format the heading for the list myself. I suggest leaving sort on alphabetical for a keyword list. For flow, select list. If you want to know how many del.icio.us entries per tag you have, select tag counts.
- Copy the tagroll code into the sidebar of your template.
- Modify the tagroll code to only pull the keywords related to your blogs by adding a forward slash and your unique identifier after your del.icio.us account link. For example, in my code http://del.icio.us/feeds/js/tags/jiwhite becomes http://del.icio.us/feeds/js/tags/jiwhite/JanineWhite.
- Save the template and republish the blog to see the changes.
Unfortunately, del.icio.us does not have additive searching. Although only tags associated with blog entries will show up in the keyword list, unless you only use your del.icio.us account to track your blog entries, when you click on the keyword links in the sidebar, all del.icio.us entries associated with the tag will be displayed.
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Thursday, February 23, 2006
Some references for getting categories and tags into Blogger:
3 ways to use del.icio.us for categories in blogger
Blogger Categories Revamped
Tagging in Google's adopted baby
technorati and delicious tagging
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
We also rented a wheelchair and purchased grab bars to install around toilet. I'm using crutches to lift myself up and down, which works, but is not as safe as I would like. The wheelchair makes it much easier to get around and will be very useful at work. The wheelchair doesn't fit through the bedroom door, so I still have to use the walker most of the time at home.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
I woke up this morning with my analgesic wearing off. The muscles I'm using to compensate for not using my leg, including my abs, back, arms and chest are sore from holding me up. My ankle is also much more painful. I took two Hydrocodone and am using a cold pack which is cutting down the pain to a bearable level (7/8 out of 10) and doing things like writing this entry and petting the cats to get my mind off of the pain and relax. On the bright side, although my throat is a bit sore from the intubation, I'm feeling significantly less nauseous.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Once we got back everything went very smoothly. I changed into a hospital gown and left a sample for a last minute pregnancy test, needed beauce I had done my pre-op bloodwork before we went to Kauai and they have to have a pregnancy test within two weeks of the surgery. The staff was very helpful and the facilities are beautiful, for example, there are extremely comfy leather recliners in the pre-op room, rather than hospital beds. They ended up needing to do the longer procedure that requires harvesting tissue from another part of the ankle to reconstruct the ligament. After surgery, I woke up nauseous in post-op and was given some medication for it. I also got some more medication for the pain. I hadn't been told that I would need to get my mobility aids myself before surgery, so Jim had gone out and purchased a pair of crutches and a walker while I was in surgery. Overall, I would highly recommend Physician's Surgery Center and all of the attending physicians and staff who took care of me.
My lower leg is encased in a traditional hard cast. It's a good thing that we bought a massage table several weeks ago because it will make it much easier to bathe at home. I can only have sponge baths until I get changed to a removable cast in one to two weeks.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I am preparing myself for the mental and physical ordeal of recovery. I had a broken wrist when I was very young, which I don't remember as being overwhelmingly painful. Waking up from surgey on my ankle should be less traumatic than waking up from sinus surgery last year. This afternoon in physical therapy I had Laura, my Physical Therapist, give me some exercises I can do to keep my back and hip as healthy as possible while I'm stuck in bed the next couple of weeks. I'll be going shopping this evening for entertainment. My Dad, who is a Physician, will be visiting for a week starting Sunday and our new Assistant will be starting full-time next week. I also have a plan to finish tax preparations and program a web site while I'm down for the count. Between analagesics, exercises and keeping my mind busy, I expect as quick a recovery as possible.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Authentication is the process of proving that an individual is who they say they are. Authentication is established by something that one is, i.e., fingerprints or retinal scan, something that one has, i.e., an identification card, and/or something that one knows, i.e., a password. One might think that authentication by something one is would be the strongest form of authentication, but in practice biometrics can be spoofable. The more types of authentication that are incorporated in a system, the more likely that system is to be able to correctly determine that an individual is who they say they are. For example, ATM authentication uses two-factor authentication, something one has, an ATM card, and something one knows, a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Authentication establishes identity, who someone is. Authorization is the process of allowing privileges to a known individual. Increased authorization is earned based on trust and reputation. Authentication must proceed Authorization to ensure a secure environment where the right people can perform needed or desired actions. Hardt appears to be skipping the question of authentication and skipping directly to authorization. Web sites could share authorization levels based on trust of established reputation, but only once the question of authentication has been settled for an individual. A single appliance can perform both functions, but they must be done in the proper order to establish a secure environment. As long as Hardt confounds the concepts of authentication and authorization in his notion of identity, security professionals will have difficulty buying into his framework.
Monday, February 13, 2006
The jungle fowl are most plentiful on Kauai because it is the only island to which mongoose were not introduced. The mongoose were introduced to the Hawaiian islands to control the rat population. Unfortunately, one is nocturnal while the other is diurnal, so they never meet and most of the islands ended up infested with both rats and mongoose. The mongoose are a scourge because they eat the eggs of ground fowl, like the jungle fowl and the endangered Nene goose. Kauai avoided the mongoose because, when they were brought to the island, one of the mongoose bit the king, who then ordered the entire shipment drown in the ocean. There is also a small island off Kauai, Lihau, which is predominantly inhabited by rabbits because when the rabbits were brought to Kauai, they reminded the king of the mongoose and they were ordered to be abandonded there.
There are several species, including jungle fowl, pigs, goats and deer, that were introduced to the island for food. Only the jungle fowl and pigs have no hunting season. They cannot be taken on Federal land. They can be taken on County land. However, there is a $500 fine for having an animal on County land. If you trap a chicken on County land, it's now your animal on County land and you can be fined for it. Anywhere on Kauai that they are not fenced in, the jungle fowl can be hunted without the use of guns. They continue to be a meat staple on the island. The eggs can also be eaten. However, people shouldn't eat chicken eggs they find lying around on the island because they don't know how long the eggs have been there and they are likely to be fertile, unlike the vast majority of commercially produced eggs. Most hens in modern commercial farms have never seen a rooster.
Jungle fowl, Gallus gallus, are the only ancestors of modern chickens, Gallus gallus domesticus. There is concern about the species survival because they can and do crossbreed with modern chickens. One study found that 96% of the jungle fowl on Kauai has interbred to some extent with mondern chickens. We saw many examples where this had clearly occured. During one of the hurricanes that hit the island in recent times a poultry farm was hit and modern white chickens were scattered in with the local jungle fowl population. It is not unusual to see chickens that are part jungle fowl and part white chicken on Kauai. Another possible threat to jungle fowl that is currently of concern in other parts of the world is the Asian bird flu. However, I have not found any reports of it in the Hawaiian islands.
Although they are very beautiful and many people mention them in passing and post pictures of them on the Internet, I was surprised by how difficult it is to find reliable information about the jungle fowl online. Here are the few references I could find that I consider reliable and more information on Hawaii:
- Checklist of the Birds of the ABA Pacific Region
- The status and degree of hybridisation of Red Junglefowl on three islands - a comment
- Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
- Hunting in Hawaii
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006