Is it only in the US that we can't deal with the words small, medium and large? Or, to be more specific, that we can't deal with the words small and medium? We have to start at large and work our way up - tall, grande, venti or large, extra large and super-duper large. They mean the same thing - you've got three sizes, one of them is the smallest. One is the largest. The other one is in the middle. Why is it that we care what word is used? Are we really so dense that we believe that ordering a large off of a menu where large is the smallest size makes any difference over ordering a small of the same actual capacity?

More to the point, I don't really mind what you want to call your sizes. Call them Larry, Curly and Moe for all I care. But the simple fact is, one is the smallest and one is the largest. If I order a "small", don't look at me like I'm a moron and say "we don't have a small, sir". You have at least one. Perhaps another, that's no one's business but your own. Get over it and fill my order.

So while we're arguing about having a small size (or not), other people around the world have developed a language where they can communicate great distances - up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) - by whistling! Now these aren't new languages by any means, so try to stick with me. What I'm getting at is that if those people had been hung up on what to call the distance they were able to whistle, they'd never have accomplished anything...

Goat herder Doug: "I can't whistle more than 3 miles if I don't try very hard. That's easily my smallest whistle. I know what I'll do - instead of calling that my "short" whistle, I'll give it another name. Hmm... "medium"? Still not big enough, but if I call it "large", how will I let people know what I mean when I use my longer whistles? What am I going to do? I just can't call that my "small" whistle. Guess I'll just send a carrier goat. I know, I'll send Barney, the short-haul carrier. He can make it the 3 miles. But then they'll think that I don't measure up, because he's my short-haul goat. Maybe I'll call him my medium-haul goat. No, that's not going to do either. I'll just have some goat beer and forget about this mess."

Can't we just call a small a small?

A while back, I adopted the Firefox (technically, the Mozilla) versioning system. Namely three integers, separated by dots (1.2.3).

They will use four, to include a build number, but I don't think that I will. This is used specifically in the auto-update feature, so the Bloglines Toolkit, at least, needed to support it. And since we all know that I'm so anal about those things, I couldn't have the toolkit supporting it while the other software didn't.

It turns out I have no idea how to spell "Shmalias". Perhaps it should start with "sch", as in the Laverne and Shirley theme song. Regardless, you should be able to figure it out. Anyway. Like many (I assume), we watched the Alias premier on Wednesday. I have to say that I was disappointed like crazy.

The latest soap opera plot was okay, but it didn't even last the whole episode. And who didn't see Sloan heading the new team as it was being introduced? And what's up with the "black ops" agency that just happens to have another few dozen people working out of the same location? Surely someone in the train tunnels of LA would see someone taking the secret exit. What happens at rush hour? It would all seem to be a bit less than covert, wouldn't it?

I find it amusing how people constantly want to label things, but they so dislike being labeled themselves. Nonetheless, we like labels. Now we don't want anyone actually using them to specifically refer to us, but in a general sense, people love to classify things. How else do you explain the memes and quizzes so popular on the internet? People simply want to know how to rank themselves among others.

Luckily, I don't care (much) for those things, and I won't bore you (at all) with any more of them. At least for today. But the concept of labeling things in a more general sense has always been interesting. Greek mythology gave us the Ages of Man. We've seen the industrial age. Some people now say that we're in the information age. I don't think so.

I think it much more likely that we're in the franchise age. How else do you explain the explosion of franchises? And by franchises, I mean in the sense of something being a franchise - such as a name brand - as opposed to an individual location of a larger corporation, like Subway. Though the latter isn't necessarily precluded either.

For instance, say you need something. How often do you run down to the five-and-dime? How many of you even knew that there was something called the five-and-dime? The dollar store is about as close as we get to those prices these days.

But I'm sitting here trying to think about it, and it has been a long time since I've been to anything that's not owned by some large corporation. We do try to go to smaller, locally owned restaurants if we go out, but for retail? Very rare that we even make it past Wal-Mart, and if we do it's down the road to Target or Home Depot. I can't even imagine how people got by in earlier times. That must be an indication that we're doing something.

"We believe in communication. We're doing this because we think LiveJournal has something that's really strong with the community. We feel that that's one of things we are lacking."

Mena Trott, in an interview about The Deal. I doubt anyone would argue that point with her. To be fair, I'm not sure that anyone wants to argue much of anything with Mena. But on this point, I think she pretty well nailed it.

I've released MT-Notifier version 2.4.1.

This update fixes a small bug with purging a user record from within the management screen.

I was playing with the database yesterday, and decided that some of my auto-incremented values (id numbers for particular tables, specifically Movable Type's PluginData) were simply getting too high.

Recently I encountered the Narrator trojan for the first time. This baby was really challenging to my nerves, as it used some techniques that I hadn't seen before. All the usual tricks of showing up in the Windows registry, or hiding out in the start menu were there, but I could have sworn that I cleaned them out. Yet every time the computer restarted, there they were - two instances of the trojan that I just couldn't kill.

The first problem was that the filenames (one .dll and one .exe) were random. You'd see something like yknkoj.exe or ituked.dll. So I couldn't just search on those names to find help on the internet. So I turned to Trend Micro, whose software I use in a number of places. Their virus encyclopedia is generally pretty good. But the search function on their site turned up nothing - even though the trojan was named in their software!

I just posted MT-Notifier version 2.4.0.

This release adds support for transferring Movable Type notifications into the Notifier system.

I decided that I didn't really like the color scheme. Mostly it was that green. Nothing wrong with green, and the color - in general - is definitely still one of my favorites. But after the relatively easy-on-the-eyes color of the last scheme, I decided it was just too bland.

For a change of pace, I've released MT-Notifier version 2.3.5.

I figured everyone was tired of new versions of MT-Approval. In any case, if you're paying close attention, you'll notice that I didn't mention anything about version 2.3.4. That's because it was done for all of a few hours before a bug reared its head, requiring the updates in 2.3.5.