Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nokia WRTKit - getting started

For the longest time I could not find the WRTKit, although I could find tons of references to it. Finally I chanced on WRTKit folder (lots of useful stuff inside) as a part of the WRT RSS example at

I then cut-n-pasted the WRTKit folder into my first "Hello World" example courtesy of WRT Effort While the example is not perfectly worded, it got me going. It almost always seems to be a part of the novice's task to discover what is obvious to the author.

The WRT Effort site seems to have a lot of useful samples, check out .

Sunday, May 03, 2009

AZZA Progress Report

Here is how AZZA appears on Nokia E90 device. has a very nice testing platform for artist developers. Stay tuned for the relaunch of AZZA in Nokia OVI store.

Skerry Boat Building Progress Report

photo 2009-04-28
My son and I are building a double ended row and sailing boat from a kit provided by Chesapeake Light Craft. We are about half finished, the hull exterior has been epoxied and sanded and is now ready for paint. The interior is epoxied and partially sanded. My goal is to finish the boat this summer. An antique British Seagull outboard engine appears on a rolling hand cart behind the stern. My son's name is Frank and he is 17 years old.

The Skerry dimensions: 15'0" LOA, 4'6" beam, 5" draft, hull weight 95 lbs. The term "Skerry" is related to the Old Norse "sker," an Orkney word, the local name for a "rugged ... sea-rock, covered by the sea in high water or in stormy weather." It was also the name given (c 1540) to "little punts or boats that will carry but two apeece." (Quotes OED.) "Skerry" is now common in Irish, and is recognizeable in the Rosalie Fry children's book The Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, the source for the famous John Sayles film The Secret of Roan Inish.