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Join us on Tues Nov 25th at City Hall
November 20th, 2008 | View Post
The result of last month's planning commission hearing was to postpone for another month. The motion passed by the commission was for the zoning department to figure out a way to make this property residential without affecting the setback rights of the vacant property to the east.

In addition to all of this, Misty Lansford has recently appeared on Fox7 trying to get the county to fix the Travis County International Cemetery, something I have been talking about in all of my presentations. If you can make it to planning commission on the 25th to voice your concern either for the industrial use, or for the cemetery, we'd love your support!
Stop Industrial Development in our Neighborhood!
October 14th, 2008 | View Post
JOIN US ON TUES OCT 28TH AND THURS NOV 6TH AT CITY HALL

STOP INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
Please come to city hall and support downgrading 3617 Axel Lane from industrial to residential.
Let's build houses next to our schools, not industrial factories!


The front side of my campaign postcard.


The back side of my campaign postcard.




Dear Fellow Resident,

We have spent the past 14 months working hard to downgrade property on Axel Lane from Industrial to Single Family Residential and now we need your help.

Despite our neighborhood association, M.E.T.S.A., openly supporting this change, the planning and zoning boards refuse to acknowledge the problem and would prefer that an industrial area remain adjacent to our elementary school.

Please support our neighborhood by showing up to city hall in favor of downgrading Axel Lane. Parking in the city hall garage is free.

Sincerely,
Kevin Ludlow
Original DADGAD Song
May 5th, 2008 | View Post
There is a very long history to the full origin of this song. I originally wrote it in 2002, and continued improving it for a few more years. While the melody has always remained the same, it wasn't until early 2006 before I finally had the full sound and subtle intricacies as I wanted them.

I recorded it the other day so I could share with people on YouTube.


About openFace
March 23rd, 2008 | View Post

The first openFace logo
Welcome to openFace!
...online archiving software

It's been over three years since I decided to embark upon my own personal content management system (CMS) specifically for powering my personal archival space on the internet, www.kevinludlow.com.

My first version of such a software package was designed under the guidelines that database designs were not only unnecessary, but also that they provided gaping security problems to the average user. As a result, my first CMS (which incidentally has powered www.kevinludlow.com for the past several years) was designed such that the administrator could use databases for support, but that the resulting website would be 'built' and hence all pages would actually be static. Given the system was driven by pluggable modules, it was titled staticMOD.

Though the staticMOD system worked well, it became more and more clear that in order for a CMS to be truly dynamic, it could not rely upon the administrator to 'build' new database remarks into the static pages. After coming to that sad realization, I discontinued building the finer features of staticMOD

In the summer of 2006, I began working on new concepts for how a true personal archival package should be built, and specifically how it should differ from the typical content management system. The system should avoid more technical features commonly used for allowing administrators to set up slashDot style websites, and should rather focus on the aspects truly desired by users: photo support, video support, personal blog, contact capabilities, and etc. Additionally that all aspects of text should be taggable in a wiki-like style thus allowing visitors to truly learn about the website owner's world.

After over a year of here-and-there planning, the first bits of code were written on the 19th of July, 2007. From then on, the software package has slowly been transformed into the vision I have had for it all along.

Some of the more interesting features, in my opinion, deal specifically with how entities are tagged throughout the openFace system. For example, say you are looking at a scanned photo over 80 years old of relatives, perhaps your grandparents. openFace has the unique ability to not only let you discern who is who in the picture, it will also tell you roughly (or in most cases exactly) how old the individuals are in the photo. Additionally, you have the ability to click on the individual and read more about them and how they pertain to my life. The same profile display will link you to various stories about the individual, any video footage I may have of them, some personal information, and of course will allow you to view all images with said individuals.

As far as the look of openFace goes, it may strike you that the website has a remarkably similar look and feel to Facebook. Though I suppose it is safe to say this is no coincidence, no portion of Facebook was used to design this website. Additionally, no codebases, external or otherwise, were in any way borrowed from Facebook. I simply feel that of the social networking sites available online Facebook is the only one that has done it right as far as a clean interface goes. My imitation of that cleanliness is nothing shy of flattery to the web-layout team over at Facebook.

To expand on the previous statements, all code was written from the ground up in Linux shells using nothing more than VIM. The codebase is primarily written in PHP, though it also relies heavily upon JavaScript, CSS, and of course HTML. To date, the entire codebase (including comments) is in excess of 16,000 lines. The entire API is also documented with the help of Doxygen.

Though there are still many features and functions on the way, some of which are even discussed in the former paragraphs, I hope you'll enjoy the first new version of my content management system personal archival system, openFace!
Advertising for Ron Paul
January 7th, 2008 | View Post
We used to always write on one another's cars in high school with shoe polish and so I figured it would be just as useful for an election.


Talking to People About Ron Paul
December 3rd, 2007 | View Post
I've become a tremendous fan of Ron Paul over the past year. I wanted to put together a short speech explaining to people my thoughts on what is likely needed in order for him to make any progress in the 2008 election.

The topic is a little dry, but I think brings up some good points.