Mobile Blogging

This was posted with mo:Blog, a blog client for PalmOS. It supports the blogger, metaWeblog, and MovableType APIs. The MovableType API is supposed to work best with Typo.

Got Typo Working

I got Typo working as I want it. The solution was adding a line to config/environment.rb to tell it to make all the links relative. I didn’t need the new strip-request-uri parameter for lighttpd.

ActionController::AbstractRequest.relative_url_root = "/blog"

Then I setup up the proxying. This was done through webmin but the directives produced were:

ProxyPass /blog http://znark.com:8090/blog
ProxyPassReverse /blog http://znark.com:8090/blog

Switching to Typo

I am switching the blog to Typo, blog software written in Ruby, using the Rails framework.

The hard part is getting the software to run fast and run where I want it http://znark.com/blog/. FastCGI and Apache don’t seem to work with my hosting company. So I could run it through CGI which means the each page loads slowly as it compiles tons of Ruby libraries.

A popular solution at TextDrive is to run a personal Lighttpd web server process on an assigned port. Then, Apache can proxy to lighttpd so nobody has to remember to go to http://blog.znark.com:8090/.

However, I haven’t figured out how to get typo to go in a subdirectory while running under a subdirectory. Lighttpd doesn’t yet have all the rewrite functionality needed. Until I get this figured out, the blog may be broken or not have any style.

Vacation: Return

On my final day, I was planning on taking the ferry to Port Angeles, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and then driving past the Olympic Mountains. But the morning ferry was full and I wasn’t willing to wait for the afternoon one.

I drove back north to the other ferry terminal and caught the Washington State Ferry from Sidney to Anacortes. It went through the San Juan Islands and stopped in Friday Harbor. It was probably the slowest route; the ferry back to Vancouver would have been faster. But the islands were nice and scenic and it was interesting to pass through an area I had visited as a young kid.

Vacation: Victoria 2

The next day I went to the attractions in Victoria. It was another atypical beautiful day.

I took a water taxi on a tour of the harbor. I got to see seaplanes landing and taking off nearby.

I went to the Undersea Gardens. Basically, they walled off part of the harbor, stocked it with native fish, and turned it into an aquarium. The best part of the show with a scuba diver where he showed an octopus.

I went to the Royal BC Museum. It had exhibits on the natural history (stuffed animals) and human history (totem poles) of Britich Columbia.

I went to Craigdorrach Castle. The mansion of an early BC industrial baron, it is perched on a hill with a commanding view.

Finally, I went to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse to the west of Victoria. Fort Rodd Hill is a old fort with coastal artillery for protecting the naval facilities at Esquimalt Bay. And the lighthouse used protect the ships; now it is just picturesque. There was also a clear view of the Olympic Mountains.

Vacation: Ferry to Victoria

The next day, I took the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The ferry was a huge vessel which carried 200 plus cars and trucks on two decks. The ferry wound its way through the lovely Gulf Islands to Schwartz Bay on the north point of Saanich Peninsula, 30 minutes drive north of Victoria.

My hotel, Queen Victoria Hotel was downtown, two blocks from the legislature building and the harbor. I originally planned to stay only one night in Victoria but I changed my mind and stayed an extra day.

That afternoon, I wandered around Victoria. Victoria’s downtown is compact and very walkable, wrapped around the Inner Harbour, with the Legislature Building, Empress Hotel, seaplane terminal, and lots of shops, restaurants, and bars.

I walked to the top of Beacon Hill Park, which was behind the hotel. It had a view of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Vacation: Vancouver 3

It rained all day long on my third day in Vancouver.

First, I went to Stanley Park. Stanley Park covers half of the peninsula with downtown. I went to the Vancouver Aquarium. I discovered taking pictures of moving dolphins and belugas underwater is difficult. And discovered that taking pictures of animalI walked along the seawall and saw downtown through the rain.

Then, I went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This is an overpriced tourist attraction wrapped around a pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses a deep gorge. The rain forest (accurate name) on the other side was nice to hike around and they had built walkways through the treetops.

Back in Stanley Park, I had another expensive dinner at The Fish House. Seafood was the theme for food on this vacation; I think I had a salmon at every dinner. This was some of the best.

Vacation: Vancouver 2

The next day, I explored Vancouver. It was a lovely sunny. In fact, I neglected to wear sunscreen and got sunburned. I foolishly carried around my rain jacket expecting the weatherman to be right and not thinking Vancouver in October could be so nice.

First, I wandered around Gastown, which is the oldest area of Vancouver. Then, I went to the top of Harbour Centre Tower which has a spectacular view of Vancouver and surroundings. I took a full panorama of photos. I even got to see a seaplane landing in the harbor right next to downtown.

Vancouver is just beautiful. The downtown is all skyscrapers, boring business ones and lots of glass condos. To the north, there is Burrard Inlet and the northern suburbs clinging to the mountains.

I took the Skytrain, automated subway and elevated railroad to Science World. I didn’t go in, but caught a water taxi nearby. I took the water taxi down False Creak to Granville Island. I walked along the seawall to Vanier Park and Kitslano Beach.

I had lunch in Kitslano neighborhood and then caught a bus to University of British Columbia. UBC has Museum of Anthropology with lots of native Indian artifacts.

I took the bus back to downtown. After resting from all the walking, I went out to dinner. First, I took the SeaBus, a passenger ferry, to North Vancouver and back. Then, I went back to Harbour Centre tower to see the city at night. Unfortunately, I took a panorama but most of the photos came out blurry from the darkness. Finally, I had dinner and good beer.

Vacation: Seattle & Vancouver

The next day I wandered around Seattle before driving to Vancouver. I walked down to Lake Union, wandered past the ships in South Lake Union Park, and up some steps to Queen Anne Hill. I saw some seaplanes which fly to Victoria.

Then, I drove to Vancouver. It was raining the whole way and drizzling in Vancouver. I checked into my hotel and wandered around downtown Vancouver. My hotel was near to the Gastown quarter and the financial district. I had dinner at a sushi place and beer at a nearby brewpub.

Vacation: Seattle 1

Two weeks ago, I took a week-long vacation driving to Canada. I spent the first night in Seattle.

That night, I went to the restaurant, SkyCity, at the top of the Space Needle.

The food was excellent. Expensive but worth it. The view was also magnificent. It would have been better in daylight but the lights of downtown Seatle were still impressive.

I used my Treo to take photos all the way around. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell if they are blurry because of the low resolution (640×480) or because it was night.