Katrina kicks Nola

I get back to my hotel room, turn on the news, and see the horror that is New Orleans in the wake of Hurricaine Katrina. Oh my god. The pictures look much like the tsumai damage from the Indian Ocean region not too long ago. The main difference is, people had warning to get out.

I have a certain love for this city. There is just something about it and I can’t tell you what it is exactly, but it’s just what it is and I love it. To see this kind of damage is just heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what would have happened if they hadn’t given instructions to evacuate the city. Even so, the tragedy of those that had to stick it out, of those that lost everything… ugh.

On the road

After years of avoiding business travel, I finally now find myself in the blissful womb of Oakland International Airport, awaiting a fun filled cattle car excursion to the great American Southwest.

The first thing I’m noticing here in Oaktown ‘Port is that three of us, in a row, were asked to open our PowerBooks for our illustrious Department of Homeland Security. There we were, three otherwise unrelated strangers, showing off our technology to The Man. It was interesting to see the swabs that were used to sniff for whatever it is they sniff for, passing the tissue in to a little slot for analysis.

This airport is hot and sweaty, and not in a good way. There is no A/C going on in here. But there are some really big fans that do a great job of pushing everyone’s funkiness all around. Mmmm, tangy! Something about this airport reminds me of Wal-Mart. Or more specifically, the people at Wal-Mart. I can’t quite place my finger on it… not that I’d want to.

My bluetooth settings on this machine seem to have gotten clobbered somewhere along the way. I vaguely remember the frustrating phone calls to SBC when I was trying to get my DSL set up in the new house. I may, may, have deleted all my various network profiles, one of which surely contained my bluetooth phone prefs. Crap. Well the good news is that I had the foresight to make sure that I had some PHP5 and MySQL installed locally. I was able to try out some more code examples from the book I’m reading. (Jim – I’ll be in touch!)

Later, somewhere over the Sierra foothills…

When we took a deep right turn over Alameda, I got a good view of some of the East Bay. For instance, that excavation pit on the hillside on the east side of Oakland off of 580 is as ugly from the air as it is from the ground. The hills between Oakland and the 680 corridor are gorgeous though.

I could see our new house. We flew almost right over it, just north enough so I had a clear view. Thank you Google Maps.

My new PowerBook battery is holding out well. That’s good. Speaking of which, everyone on this flight is PowerBook. No cruddy Dell’s, Toshibas, or Vaios, and not even an iBook in sight. It’s all silver PBs here mostly the 12″ variety like mine but there’s at least two 15″ users in the house too. I thought it was a freak occurrence when I went through security, but now I see that it’s a thing. It’s a little weird. Last time I was flying regularly, I was always the only PowerBook user in sight. But that was five years ago…

Later, over Las Vegas…

Las Vegas looks hilarious from the sky at night. It is still trying to grab your attention even for us way up here. You can see all the flashy blinky lighty thingies all along the strip. From way up here, the place looks like it has a pulse.


I am in my hotel room in deepest, darkest jungles of Albuquerque. This is indeed the Land of EnchantmentѢ. Good night, world!

Gig Land: Web Designer for Zone Labs

Zone Labs in San Francisco needs a web design contractor and quick! Interested folks can send their resumes to khalperin AT zonelabs.com.

Position Title:  Web Design Contractor

General position responsibilities:

The Web Design contractor is responsible for supporting all production efforts for Zone Labs online campaigns.

Proactively manage and produce all of E-commerce-oriented, technology partner and SMB initiatives including web promotion activity such as email campaigns, landing pages, ad banners, etc.

Required skill set and experience:
  • High-level proficiency with HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Demonstrated expert understanding and implementation with popular email clients
  • Detailed understanding of cross-browser compatibility and proven experience creating highly-compatible web deliverables
  • Hands-on experience with Dreamweaver HTML editor/design tools a must
  • Excellent sense of web design to ensure optimal response from online campaigns
  • Detailed-oriented with ability to track, organize and prioritize multiple, simultaneous projects and request
Desired skill set:
  • Demonstrated ability to positively affect visitor/user behavior
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in cross-department planning and the ability to manage your own work schedules and commitments
  • B2C and B2B background desired

BS/BA degree required or equivalent industry experience, with a minimum of 3-5 years of web design/ production experience.

Send your resume to khalperin AT zonelabs.com.


This entry just had me laughing with irony:

AKBK home – Smoking toooooo much PHP – Six deadly PHP sins, this week…

I’m sure other languages suffer as well, but thanks to PHP’s learning curve, software written in the language often falls into 3 categories

  • Half a clue (HAC)
  • Reasonably worked out
  • Over engineered

I’m struggling with code of the over-engineered variety lately on a couple of project takeovers. Clearly there was a better way…