My week has been nothing but me running around, but somewhere in the middle of it, I’ve gotten a fair amount of work done.
My Dad gets married tomorrow. It sort of sounds weird saying that. My parents split up a couple years ago and personally, I didn’t think he was going to get re-married. As it turns out, I was wrong. A lot of this week has been wedding related in that aspect. As I mentioned earlier, I started the process of opening up an investment account, and I spent a lot of time setting up new business with my stable of clients this week as well.
On top of all that, I’ve also been working on programming this … thing. I’m not sure what to call it. I think its going to be a unified management system for my entire life, or at least that’s what it’s looking like. I’ve been putting off automating a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running the OblongBox network and ModernOpinion.
In creating the system I’m working on, I’m accomplishing a couple things at once. I’m creating some portable modules I can use for other projects (things like profile and user management) as well as creating some tools that can make my life simpler. As I’m working on the various components of the system (which I’m taking special care to make as compartmentalized and scalable as possible), my mind is reeling as to what it’s eventually going to encompass. The amorphous blob of a plan that’s in my mind currently is some sort of answer to the Google/Yahoo account – something that does everything. I’m thinking image, podcast, and blog management, profile creation, money management… things like this.
The modules I’m putting in currently mostly have to do with aspects of blog management. I’m throwing in a few things that are monetization tools for bloggers and a profile management system. I’m trying to think of a community-ish way that’s different from the norm to tie it all together.
Another thing that I’m thinking I’m going to tie into the system is this monstrosity that I built this week sitting next to my workstation.
I’ve been complaining for weeks that the way I gather my daily news and information has been sorely lacking. I hate the bias of MSM, but I enjoy the presentation. I like the perspective of New Media, but the tools for viewing and enjoying said media are a little lacking.
So I built this two computer – three monitor setup, that will eventually connect up to a server component I’m building, too. Essentially, one monitor is going to display a video feed that will be coming down from a Shoutcast video server. The content of the video server will be a combination of video podcasts that I have set up on the server as well as recorded TV shows from my home PVR that will get uploaded on an automated basis.
The second monitor will be headlines and images displayed in that Matrix style I’ve talked about a several times. I’m going to rig up either a button or a touch screen setup that will display the full articles on the monitor next to it for in depth reading.
It’s not something I could easily package up and sell, but it will be a neat little info-pr0n showpiece for my office. I’ll try to get some pictures up soon.