So this entry is a little like a schizophrenic, circuitous, software developer and employer version of the infamous Kevin Bacon six degrees of separation phenomenon on some weird level. Please humor me as I explain:
Update: I have made a modification to the default “The Weather” widget so that is adds another preference: The ability to turn on and off spoken alerts of the temperature. It utilizes the built in text-to-speech capabilities built into Mac OS X and the API provided by Konfabulator for utilizing it. First grab this file: weather_mod.sit.bin. Unstuff it, and you will end up with one file, “The Weather.kon” Next, navigate to “The Weather” widget and right-click or control-click and do a show package contents. Drop this new file into the “Contents” folder and allow it to overwrite the existing file. Then simply close and re-open the weather widget and check the preferences for the new feature. Cool. I knew this Actionscript knowledge would pay off one day. 🙂
Oh you ask, how does Kevin Bacon fit into all this? Well as you know, Arlo Rose worked for Sun, and Sun and IBM worked together to develop and implement the JAVA RMI over IIOP or Java Remote Method Invocation technology over Internet Inter-Orb Protocol and in 2001 Kevin Maney of USAToday wrote an article about “Pocket Sized” computers or “metapads”. Kevin reported that it was demonstrated to him by Kenneth Ocheltree an ahead of his time, IBM scientist who, “looks like Kevin Bacon”. If you type in Kevin Meaney (only one letter off from Kevin Maney) into the University of Virgina Oracle of Bacon you will see that Kevin Meaney has a Bacon Rating of 2: Kevin Meaney was in Plump Fiction (1997) with Colleen Camp, Colleen Camp was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon, and we all know that on March 2002, Kevin Meany was arrested in the San Francisco International Airport, which is only about 13 miles from Macromedia headquarters. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the strange referrers and search query strings in my logs after this entry gets picked up by the spiders.