Author Archives: Jim


It’s funny how one can have a debilitating disease and yet be in the best shape of their lives. I think my body literally slaps modern medical crap up side it’s collective bullshit head. I have Parkinson’s. It runs strong in my family on my dad’s side and my brother is suffering from it full on.

A few years back I felt it coming on in weird ways but my diet and exercise program has pushed it back to only one symptom, I can feel it rushing through my body. It’s like a freight train pounding through my blood vessels and in the quiet of night as I lie in bed, it’s really loud.

I’ve come to embrace it as a form of energy, as opposed to a disease. It no longer worries me, it just pushes me forward now…

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Many years ago, late one night, I was sitting in a rundown one room apartment in Renton, WA, writing some C++ code. It was my first C program (I usually programmed in Assembly or RPG on the minis), and I was pretty stoned and getting down on it. It was an astrology app that a Bay Area friend of mine commissioned me to write for a few bucks. I had a crushed ankle from a fall and money was scarce, so I took it.

It was a pretty cool app, using all of the tricks of the astrology trade to come up with a series of numbers based on your name and birthdate. The numbers could then be compared to a database of famous people and you could see who comes close to yours. My birth name is Leigh James Riza so that’s what I plugged in and when I scrolled the screen down to see who was close, I literally fell out of my chair when I saw the results.

I’ve always had an affinity for Vincent Van Gogh and I had read everything about him I could get my hands on. I related to him as the tortured artist who was never recognized for his work. I still relate to that…

So, my mind was blown. I ran across this printout the other day and I’ve named it Carma as a union of Coincidence and Karma.

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Grandmas Afghan

My sister found my grandmothers old crocheted afghan and asked me if I’d like to have it. Her old blanket occupies a proud spot on the top of the bed in the back of my truck, so I told her absolutely yes!

It’s in perfect shape and I recall it from when I was a kid, which makes it really old.

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Overnight Guest

Somebody spent the night outside my office. Mr. Moose I presume.

Although, if I was naked on Blacks Beach right now, I wouldn’t even have noticed…

…tiles by MapBox

(Click ↑ to go there :-)

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Upheaval Dome

A meteor crater in Canyonlands National Park. Click the crater to see the PermaLink…

…tiles by MapBox

Here it is painted:

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It’s been a nice mild winter so far and I really thought I was going to escape this place without having to deal with, this…

I’d rather be on Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park:

…tiles by MapBox

Click ↑ to go there…

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Static API

I’ve added an image generator for NeXht. It uses the MapBox Static API to create map background wallpapers for your mobile device, or whatever.

Create your map image on the lower map, press the [S] button, select [Static API], chose your size and click [View Image]. Then, just save the image and use it.

Click the picture below to go there…

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Teton Grid

…tiles by MapBox
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Billie Graham died today. I met him once in Reno, NV around 1965. I was a punk kid working as a bellman at the Holiday Inn and the place was buzzing one night about some special guests that wanted to remain anonymous. I got picked to serve them dinner so I delivered four meals to Mr Graham and his wife, both in their pajamas, and the other two were going to the adjoining room where their daughters (I believe) were hanging out.

I was pretty star-struck and I was babbling on about some relative of mine that worked with Billie once and he was gracious and extended his hand, which I shook. I kept on babbling and he extended his hand again, which I shook again.

At that point he smiled and said “Could I have my check please?” The poor guy just wanted to eat his dinner…

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It’s time to release my new app: NeXht. This project represents the best of all my past works that floated away into the internet ether when BlueHost let me down. It has become my coding statement to the world, and more than likely, my last.

It’s a powerful PermaLink generator and I will use it frequently from now on to direct blog visitors directly to places that interest me. If you wish to take it for a spin, start with the question mark button in the lower right for an interactive tutorial.

Click the cool image below for the NeXht Manifest:

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