Geek notes


A few notes that may interest the computer geeks out there.

Masterclass == O'Reilly

I think the Masterclass books, published by Fighting Films, are roughly the judo equivalent of the O'Reilly computer books. In both cases, any serious practitioner is likely to have some books in the series. I like the Masterclass books better in some ways, mainly because I have a strong preference for books less than a half-inch thick.

Now if only there were an equivalent of the Fighting Films DVDs for computer programmers. The nearest I can think of is the Apple developer videos that are available on iTunes to registered developers. Hm — how great would it be if we could get Fighting Films videos on the iTunes Store?

Early domain name ideas

The domain name I really wanted for this blog was I thought it was memorable, and "flying meat" describes what we judo players often are. Only after I did a "whois" did I realize why it sounded so catchy: Flying Meat is a prominent "indie" Mac software company. I don't know how I forgot this, considering I subscribe to the developer's blog. My brain must have put my judo facts in a separate compartment from my geek facts.

Another domain name I liked, and wished I'd thought of, was I forget how I came across the Being Uke blog; I suspect some other blog I was reading had a link to it and the name jumped out at me.

I admit "JudoNotes" is rather bland, but I figured it's easy to remember and spell, and it does reflect what I mean to do with the blog.


Speaking of indie Mac developers, I use MarsEdit, by Red Sweater Software, to write all the posts on JudoNotes. MarsEdit changed my blogging life. Instead of the ugly, cumbersome web-based interface I used to use, I now have a great-looking Mac application that makes it easy, quick, and pleasant to start a new blog entry, to browse and touch up past entries, and to maintain drafts of multiple blog entries before posting them.

6 Responses to “Geek notes”

  1. PAUL VIRTUE Says:

    Flying Meat…… You would think that was a good name.

  2. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Hah! Flying Meat would have been good indeed. I'm sure Gus will be amused.

    Thanks for the extra kind words about MarsEdit. I love reading this kind of stuff.

  3. Andy Says:

    Man, if I could have gotten, I'd have made t-shirts for sure.

    If Gus Mueller ever sells Flying Meat t-shirts, I'll buy one.

  4. PAUL VIRTUE Says:

    And I would have worn It proud!

  5. Jon Adams Says:

    I can't believe it took me so long to see this reference to my site ( It was originally created as a Tomiki Aikido blog but is being transformed to document my MMA training.

  6. Andy Says:

    Cool, Jon. I hope sometimes you're tori too!

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