The Life of Jalo updated

To honour the upcoming first birthday of Jalo we created a new layout for his photoblog. The layout is a shift away from the darker and heavier look and Anna certainly had fun creating the banner at the top. Below are screenshots of the old and new layouts.

Old layout
New layout

In the more geeky news, the Atom feed of the photoblog was updated to conform to the new Atom 1.0 specification (even if it isn’t approved yet). In getting the feed to validate Niels Lenheer’s listing of changes between 1.0 and 0.3 would have been helpful. Well, reading the spec works just as well though.

Have you got ICE in your mobile?

The East Angliang Ambulance Service has launched a new campaign (via MeFi) that aims to have people store a contact number under ICE followed by the person’s name in their mobile phones. This would give ambulance and rescue services a number to contact in case of an emergency.

Naturally several different people can be added in this way, at least I’d need several options to cover all bases. This is a good effort, and even if you don’t live in the UK, I’d suggest storing at least one contact under ICE. Maybe this campaign will catch on in other parts of the world as well.

Song titles describing me

Anna noticed this old meme at Naamioiden takana. I decided to take up the challenge and fill in the questions using Dream Theater’s song titles.

  1. Are you male or female?
    – The Silent Man
  2. Describe yourself
    – The Test That Stumped Them All
  3. How do some people feel about you?
    – Vacant/Solitary Shell
  4. How do you feel about yourself
    – Learning To Live
  5. Describe your boy/girlfriend
    – Anna Lee
  6. Where would you rather be?
    – Home
  7. Describe what you want to be
    – As I Am
  8. Describe how you live
    – Under a Glass Moon
  9. Describe how you love
    – The Dance of Eternity/I walk Beside You
  10. Share a few words of wisdom
    – Endless Sacrifice, Carpe Diem

OK. Dream Theater’s music and song titles are a bit dark. I guess Nightwish wouldn’t be much better. Maybe I should try it with The 69 Eyes. Hmm, now I do have to get back to work — despite the heat.

SoundJuicer, MP3, and Fedora Core 4

Setting up SoundJuicer to encode the files as MP3 instead of Ogg Vorbis requires some new tricks when compared to older versions. Just installing MP3 support isn’t enough. You need to create a gstreamer audio profile to do it. Paul W. Frields has a good guide that helped me get set up.