i'm biking across maine!

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So as a lot of you know, my dad died of lung cancer just over 10 years ago. Well, I’m going to bike across Maine in order to raise money for lung research. If you’ve ever driven through Maine, you know it’s a gigantic state compared to Massachusetts, and it’ll take three days of biking to get from one side to the other. Now I’ve done the Walk for Hunger, which is 20 miles long, and sometimes, there were blisters involved. This is going to be a lot more difficult.

I also need to raise a lot more money. I’m going to have to raise $500, so I’ll be asking all of you to help me out in any way you can. I’ll probably be talking to a lot of you in person, but the easiest way to help is right through the web, so I’m going to put this here. Please visit this site to pledge for me to bike across Maine. The money is going directly to the American Lung Association of Maine. If you have any questions about the whole thing, please let me know. Also, I’ve got a roadbike, but I don’t have much else, so if you have supplies that you might think are beneficial, those would be much appreciated as well. Thanks in advance to those of you who will help make this happen.

yes we can

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if barack obama’s speeches weren’t pretty hot already, the guy from the black eyed peas set his post-New Hampshire primary speech to music, along with a whole bunch of other famous people. it’s not connected in any way to obama’s campaign, though i’m sure he’s enjoying it now. i wonder if this will get radio play on clearchannel?


i’m not sure if the youtube video will stay up, but www.yeswecansong.com (currently redirecting to dipdive.com) has the full video.

a blog on carpeliam.com? what's this?

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I’ve been blogging on and off since the day I turned 22 (way back in 2001). When I started doing server-side programming in PHP in 2002, I made my own blog, but after a few months, the GDC (which was housing the website) lost everything on their servers, and i didn’t have any backups. After that, I wanted to try something that integrated into LiveJournal so I wouldn’t have to worry about a database crash. I tried writing a Flash wrapper around LiveJournal, but that sucked hard. So when I started carpeliam.com, I had a spot for a blog to go, but it didn’t actually exist.

Until now. I came up with the cool idea of housing the blogs on my own personal database on carpeliam.com, but simultaneously publishing it to LiveJournal through the LiveJournal API. I plan to add more features soon, like when I finish writing a song, it’ll get a blog entry automagically. And of course there is an RSS for the whole thing, which might end up going up on facebook too. We’ll just have to see what happens.