Saturday, September 14, 2002

Crashing, and Saving, the Old Lads' Front Office
Excerpt: Profile of Karren Brady, first woman to manage an English soccer club....
Baltic Soil Yields Evidence of a Bitter End to Napoleon's Army
Excerpt: This NYTimes article relates the story of an archaeological dig in Vilnius, Lithuania. What was initially thought to be a mass grave from a Stalinist purge turned out to be a mass grave of Napoleon's army....
High-Fat Diet: Count Calories and Think Twice
Excerpt: In this NY Times report about the Atkins diet, Jane Brody writes: The debate over high-fat versus low-fat as a means of weight control flared up again this summer, leaving many weight-conscious Americans thoroughly confused and most nutrition experts up in arms. Though billed as a "diet revolution," the high-protein, high-fat, extremely low carbohydrate diet championed by Dr. Robert C. Atkins is hardly revolutionary....

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Bob Greene resigns from Chicago Tribune
Excerpt: According to the Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene has resigned and will no longer appear in the pages of the newspaper. [...] Greene's resignation was sought after he acknowledged engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct some years ago with a girl in her late teens whom he met in connection with his newspaper column. This notice is very surprising and saddening...I used to...

Monday, September 16, 2002

A Battle Over Software Licensing
Excerpt: This NY Times article discusses a new update to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) called UCITA: One of the proposed law's main effects would be to make binding contracts of the consumer licenses that come with shrink-wrapped software — despite the fact the buyer often cannot read the licensing agreement before buying and opening the package. … One of the proposed law's main effects...

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Information Visualization Journal
Excerpt: This looks interesting: Information Visualization Journal. First issue of this new journal is available for free online. Information Visualization (IVS) is a peer-reviewed international journal, launched in March 2002. The journal is published quarterly by Palgrave-Macmillan. The journal has an ambitious goal to serve as a dedicated forum for researchers and practitioners throughout the world on all topics related to information visualization. The journal...

Monday, September 30, 2002

My past life as a dog
Excerpt: My past life as a dog: For 12 years, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo meditated alone in a tiny cave in Tibet. Now she wants to elevate the status of other Buddhist women, believed to be reincarnated as females as punishment for past mistakes.. That's hard core yoga....

Friday, October 4, 2002

Great, even MS Help is a security hole
Excerpt: Reposting from Infoworld: Windows help tool has 'critical' flaw. All versions from Windows 98 up affected, Microsoft warns [InfoWorld: Top News]...
Radio killed the radio star
Excerpt: Radio killed the radio star is a slightly biased article on the consolidation and commoditization of the radio industry. I know I don't listen to much radio these days. Wonder if there's a connection between the collapse of independent radio and the collapse of CD sales that the execs attribute to napster?...

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

An in yet another demonstration
Excerpt: An in yet another demonstration of why Microsoft is evil, the latest end user license agreement update to Windows XP Service Pack 3 allegedly allows Microsoft to update your system at will, without telling you. This may cause Windows systems to violate the HIPAA act according to this Infoworld article: Windows and HIPAA ....

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

TiVo takes short films to
Excerpt: TiVo takes short films to small screens. The DVR company announces a deal with production company Standard Film to let subscribers tune in to short flicks directed by celebrities and sponsored by marketers. [CNET News.com]...

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

TiVo takes short films to
Excerpt: TiVo takes short films to small screens. The DVR company announces a deal with production company Standard Film to let subscribers tune in to short flicks directed by celebrities and sponsored by marketers. [CNET News.com]...
Bali
Excerpt: Coverage of the bombing in Bali has been pretty poor in the US (it doesn't have the immediacy of the sniper in DC or yet another car chase in LA). The Sydney Morning Herald has extensive coverage of the impact of the bombing to the Aussie community. Bali was a popular "nearby" vacation spot for Aussies when I was living in Sydney during the...
Yet another reason to detest the DMCA
Excerpt: There's a new patch to the Red Hat Linux Kernel. However, if you're a US citizen or under US jursidiction, you cannot be told what the patch actually doees. According to this Register story, due to restrictions of the DMCA, the patch cannot be explained to US citizens w/o violating the DMCA. It's intended as an exercise to show how the DMCA can restrict...

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

As if there weren't enough
Excerpt: As if there weren't enough problems in the Middle East, according to this LA Times article, a wall supporting the Temple Mount is on the verge of collapse....

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

A High Hg lifestyle
Excerpt: So...I eat almost only tuna and chicken for my "meat", I rarely have a burger or steak (maybe once per month). Supposed to be good, right? Bzzzt. Thank you for playing. Turns out according to this article in the SF Examiner, a moderate diet in tuna can lead to high levels of mercury. Don't even think of eating swordfish. Argh. Double Argh....

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Morning news roundup
Excerpt: The Noah's Ark of the Web, 7,000 Characters at a Time (NYT): covers the development of a new font designed to incorporate all the symbols used in math, physics, and other sciences. The problem with symbols in fonts today is that most fonts have few symbols in them (think alpha Α beta Β sigma σ, etc.) and from font to font the symbols may...

Friday, November 8, 2002

Midday news roundup
Excerpt: All CDs will be protected and you are a filthy pirate (The Register): basically EMI and BMG have begun copy-protecting all CDs in Europe. The problem is that CDs were not designed to be copy protected. The copy protection schemes in use cause the CDs to be unplayable in all sorts of CD players, though in theory the goal is just to prevent people...

Friday, November 15, 2002

Pubscience shut down
Excerpt: PubScience was a US DoE sponsored site which offered free access to scientific and technical articles. Commercial publishers lobbied the Bush administration to shut it down and have succeeded according to this article at Federal Computer Week. This is "privatization" at work...basically, your tax dollars go to pay for the research, and then to find out about the results you get to pay a...

Saturday, November 16, 2002

In this Wired article, the
Excerpt: In this Wired article, the latest example of corporate greed run amok, Visa has successfully shut down a website called evisa.com for trademark dilution. evisa.com was a site about travel (and visa(s), which used to be a public domain word meaning an official authorization to travel. I have been meaning to review my credit cards, perhaps it's time to junk my Visa?...

Friday, November 22, 2002

Just when I thought it was time to get back on the plane
Excerpt: Salon: The air industry's worst nightmare Just days ago, national security executives met secretly with airline CEOs to warn them that al-Qaida may be planning to fire shoulder-launched missiles at commercial jets in the U.S. There's virtually no defense......

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Morning news roundup
Excerpt: In Australia, debate is starting over who owns the "facts" in a database. According to this Sydney Morning Herald article, the Aussies are debating whether to use the European model (where it's easy to protect the "facts" in a database through copyright) vs the US model (you can copyright the design of a database, but the actual data, eg: name address and phone number,...

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Morning News Roundup
Excerpt: Officer Krowbar retires at the age of ten from the US Customs Service. FEMA has bungled yet again, failing to pay for a 9/11 P.O. box. The best support for computers in NYC schools comes from the 21st century version of the A/V club: The Mouse Squad....

Monday, December 2, 2002

Midnight Oilslick
Excerpt: It appears that Midnight Oil is breaking up. Peter Garrett announced his departure from the band in a statement on their website, according to this "Sydney Morning Herald" article.I have to admit, I find it ironic that the announcement was made using a graphic with no ALT text (given the band's politics and the lawsuit I was tangentially party to in Sydney). Update: The...

Friday, December 20, 2002

In Tax Twist, Big Vehicles Get the Bigger Deductions
Excerpt: Ok...I admittedly own an SUV. It gets decent mileage, it's built on a minivan (vs truck) frame, and we only almost never drive it in the city, only trips out of the city (Hamptons, Po-town, Illinois, etc). That said, this article on the NYTimes disgusts me. The gist is that due to a confluence of normal tax laws plust incentives passed after the thing...
In Tax Twist, Big Vehicles Get the Bigger Deductions
Excerpt: Ok...I admittedly own an SUV. It gets decent mileage, it's built on a minivan (vs truck) frame, and we only almost never drive it in the city, only trips out of the city (Hamptons, Po-town, Illinois, etc). That said, this article on the NYTimes disgusts me. The gist is that due to a confluence of normal tax laws plust incentives passed after the thing...

Thursday, January 16, 2003

What's in your green tea?
Excerpt: While trolling around for something completely different, I came across this article from In These Times: What's In Your Green Tea?. An excerpt: Hope Nemiroff thought she was living the healthiest lifestyle possible. After being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and having a tiny tumor removed from her breast, she had changed her ways. [...] She switched to a mostly organic, vegetable-based diet. She...

Friday, January 17, 2003

In A Bread-Crumb Trail to
Excerpt: In A Bread-Crumb Trail to the Spirit of the Times, the NYT reports on the art scene and small galleries of Manhattan: Connecting the dots formed by New York gallery exhibitions is a perpetual art world pastime. The process involves matching little details or broad stylistic trends, recognizing recurring themes and common materials, or sometimes just finding the shared thread in one's own seemingly...

Sunday, January 19, 2003

According to this c|net news.com
Excerpt: According to this c|net news.com article, the RIAA has apparently decided that, in addition to overcharging for CDs and taxing blank CDs and audio tapes, that internet service providers (ie: Earthlink, AT&T, Verizon, AOL, Comcast) should assess a monthly charge against their customers, said charge being funneled back to the RIAA to "compensate" for alleged piracy of music....

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

2003 though, is more like 1984
Excerpt: On January 22, 1984 Apple ran the famous 1984 commercial. Somehow I can envision someone speaking the text of the commercial today, and really meaning it: Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory...

Friday, January 31, 2003

Oops...so much for secure facilities
Excerpt: Ouch...according to The Register and Bloomberg, a hard drive containing records of over 150,000 clients "disappeared" from a secure facility managed by IBM subsidiary ISM Canada. I hope that it was misplaced. More details at the Toronto Star indicate that the missing drive contained records from other companies and government organizations....

Friday, February 7, 2003

The patent system run amok
Excerpt: The patent system run amok...

Monday, February 10, 2003

Interesting article in Newsday today:
Excerpt: Interesting article in Newsday today: Why Won't Johnny Read?: In growing numbers, young adults are turning away from the news media their parents and grandparents rely on for information about their neighborhood, region and world. The trend started 30 years ago but has accelerated since the late 1990s. It now is seen by many as a crisis that threatens the long-term survival of some...

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Salon: Intolerance on the left:
Excerpt: Salon: Intolerance on the left: Michael Lerner, liberal rabbi and harsh critic of Ariel Sharon, finds himself blacklisted by ANSWER, the group co-sponsoring Sunday's big antiwar rally in San Francisco. Even as other members of the democratic left have denounced the hardcore Maoists and Stalinists behind much recent antiwar organizing, Michael Lerner, the dovish San Francisco rabbi and editor of the liberal Jewish magazine...

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Great interview with Kurt Vonnegut:
Excerpt: Great interview with Kurt Vonnegut: Kurt Vonnegut vs. the !&#*!@ at In These Times: [In These Times:]My feeling from talking to readers and friends is that many people are beginning to despair. Do you think that we've lost reason to hope? [KV:] I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by...

Monday, February 17, 2003

The world is ending.
Excerpt: Johnny Cash has covered the Nine Inch Nails track "Hurt"....

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

From Wired News: Are You
Excerpt: From Wired News: Are You Scared Stupid? Do Tell. Privacy International says security measures are getting more and more ridiculous. The organization invites the public to e-mail stories in a competition for the world's most pointless security measure. By Michelle Delio....

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

CD Sales Are Down Because of Radio Consolidation
Excerpt: There's a great writeup at Salon about the impact of deregulation on the radio industry, specifically about Clear Channel Communications. Clear Channel has 970 more stations than its closest competitor, frequently owning the major stations in key markets like New York, and dominating the different genres. You can't get radio coverage if Clear Channel won't play your music. My personal opinion is that the...
Introduction to Patterns for Personal Web Sites
Excerpt: Introduction to Patterns for Personal Web Sites...

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Good writeup today in Salon
Excerpt: Good writeup today in Salon about Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont who's running for US president in 2004. Read On the campaign trail with the un-Bush: Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean blasts fellow Democratic presidential candidates for trying to "me too" the "most dangerous presidency since Herbert Hoover."...
Vt. bookseller purges files to
Excerpt: Vt. bookseller purges files to avoid potential ‘Patriot Act’ searches: Bear Pond Books in Montpelier will purge purchase records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names of books bought by its readers' club. "When the CIA comes and asks what you've read because they're suspicious of you, we can't tell them because we don't have it," store co-owner Michael...
Vt. bookseller purges files to
Excerpt: Vt. bookseller purges files to avoid potential 'Patriot Act' searches...

Friday, February 21, 2003

Is Google too powerful?
Excerpt: Is Google too powerful?...
Hackers Run Wild and Free
Excerpt: Hackers Run Wild and Free on AOL: Using a combination of trade tricks and clever programming, hackers have thoroughly compromised security at America Online, potentially exposing the personal information of AOL's 35 million users....
Spam Kills
Excerpt: Nigerian Slain Over E-Mail Scam According to police reports, the suspect was a victim of the 419 scam, a thriving industry that employs thousands of people around the world. The scammers successfully manage to extort money from thousands of victims by promising them compensation for assistance in moving funds from foreign countries to banks in the United States....
Word Bursts Could Help Refine
Excerpt: Word Bursts Could Help Refine Web Searches: A besieged e-mail inbox prompted Kleinberg to design the new system. While trying to filter his mail, he theorized that whenever an important topic arose, keywords related to it would show up in messages with increasing frequency. As a result, searching for words whose usage increased dramatically and quickly—or "burst"—could help identify significant topics and provide a...
Global Umask Modification for OS
Excerpt: Global Umask Modification for OS X 10.2...
OSSTMM - Open Source Security
Excerpt: OSSTMM - Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual...
How to defeat bad robots
Excerpt: How to defeat bad robots with Apache...

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Which America Do You Want to Live In?
Excerpt: In Fortress America, Matthew BRZEZINSKI writes up one scenario for the "war" on terrorism and its impact on our day to day lives. For the better part of a generation now, Americans have gone to great lengths to protect their homes — living in gated communities, wiring their property with sophisticated alarms, arming themselves with deadly weapons. Now imagine this kind of intensity turned...

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Omron Develops 'flat light source'
Excerpt: Omron Develops 'flat light source' Technology Aimed at LED Illumination...
Lord of the Rhymes.
Excerpt: Lord of the Rhymes....

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

How To Write Unmaintainable Code
Excerpt: How To Write Unmaintainable Code > Program Design: The cardinal rule of writing unmaintainable code is to specify each fact in as many places as possible and in as many ways as possible....

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Bush v. Bush
Excerpt: Salon has a great article up today comparing and contrasting Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. and their approaches to war with Iraq. The debate over whether we need to get "them" or "him" separates warring factions of Republican foreign policy makers, and it represents George W. Bush's break from the faction of his father. The elder Bush believed in multilateralism and international cooperation and...
NASA earth map
Excerpt: NASA earth map...

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

From the BBC: Koran to
Excerpt: From the BBC: Koran to be translated into Irish: Plans have been announced in the Irish Republic to translate the Koran, Islam's most sacred text, into Irish. The ambitious project aims to bring Ireland's Gaelic-speakers and Muslim communities closer together, Leslie Carter of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin said....

Monday, March 17, 2003

Protesters target Opera House: Police
Excerpt: Protesters target Opera House: Police today arrested two protesters who scaled to the top of the Opera House's tallest sail and painted "No War" in huge blood red letters ....

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Antarctica Systems
Excerpt: Antarctica Systems...

Monday, March 24, 2003

The Sound of Things to
Excerpt: The Sound of Things to Come...

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

List of RSS Channels via
Excerpt: List of RSS Channels via The Shifted Librarian and Chris Pirillo....
Abstraction and Detail
Excerpt: Abstraction and Detail...

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

ReadyMade: instructions for everyday life.
Excerpt: ReadyMade: instructions for everyday life....

Friday, April 4, 2003

Scans of various maps for
Excerpt: Scans of various maps for the Middle East...
Using Rendezvous at Home
Excerpt: Using Rendezvous at Home...

Saturday, April 5, 2003

Bend it like Beckham
Excerpt: Saw Bend it like Beckham tonight. Great movie, see it, see it, see it. Links: official site and IMDB....

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Life's Lethal Quality Control
Excerpt: Life's Lethal Quality Control...

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Isobel (Brooklyn Heights, Tapas &
Excerpt: Isobel (Brooklyn Heights, Tapas & French⁄Spanish food)...

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Internet Is Losing Ground in
Excerpt: Internet Is Losing Ground in Battle Against Spam...
AsCII table
Excerpt: AsCII table...

Monday, April 28, 2003

Mosaid doing a Rambus
Excerpt: Mosaid doing a Rambus...

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Great. Here I am, trying
Excerpt: Great. Here I am, trying to eat healthy and drop my weight, and discover that the metric reference for weights (the kilogram) is itself losing weight (more properly: mass). Today’s NYT covers this in: Scientists Struggling to Make the Kilogram Right Again....

Monday, June 9, 2003

Prepare to pay more for
Excerpt: Prepare to pay more for your broadband: Netizens, prepare to pay more: If you own a cable modem, expect a substantial increase in your monthly rates if a proposal currently before the Federal Communications Commission goes forward. [...] The FCC is considering levying an additional tax of up to 9.1 percent on the revenue of cable modem providers. In theory, a cable provider is...

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Lost In Translation
Excerpt: We caught Lost in Translation tonight at the BAM Rose Cinemas. LIT is set in an anonymous Tokyo hotel in the present day. Bill Murray plays the aging actor Bob who is in Tokyo for a few days to tape a commercial. Scarlett Johansson plays Charlotte, the wife of a commercial photographer on assignment in Japan. Bob and Charlotte are bored out of their...

Friday, October 17, 2003

iTunes for Windows
Excerpt: Apple introduced iTunes for Windows today. I downloaded it and played around with it but initially it didn't see the music on our Mac. After upgrading iTunes on the Mac, my stinkpad found and displayed the ~6000 tracks we have (all legally ripped from our CDs of course). iTunes for Windows rocks. It's free (as far as I can tell) and is a nice,...

Thursday, November 6, 2003

The Matrix Revolutions
Excerpt: The Matrix Revolutions: eh. It was ok, but not great. I mean, it just seemed off and it's hard to describe why. The special effects were great, and I thought flowed better than in Reloaded. But there was something wrong with the way the film played out, too much activity in too many places perhaps. In the first two movies, most of the activity...

Monday, February 2, 2004

Stolen SCO Code in Linux cannot be displayed
Excerpt: Stolen SCO Code in Linux cannot be displayed...

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Mozilla Firefox
Excerpt: I downloaded the new version of Mozilla Firefox (formerly a number of other names) and highly recommend it. It's very fast and feels lightweight. I've noticed a couple of minor display glitches (it's still beta code) but am enjoying it. It's just a browser, no mail client, no IM client, though I'm sure there are or will be plugins that support such things. You...

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

design island: contemporary design from tasmania
Excerpt: design island: contemporary design from tasmania...

Saturday, May 22, 2004

IBM DB2に関する情報、メモなど (無保証)
Excerpt: Unofficial IBM DB2 blog: IBM DB2に関する情報、メモなど (無保証)....

Monday, June 7, 2004

Richard Aldrich: Opening at Oliver Kamm Gallery
Excerpt: Richard Aldrich: Opening at Oliver Kamm Gallery

Saturday, July 3, 2004

Rock, Paper, Saddam!
Excerpt: Rock Paper Saddam...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Biro-Web
Excerpt: Someone has far too much ad money left over in this year's budget: Biro-Web....

Saturday, November 6, 2004

Microsoft's Worst Nightmare
Excerpt: Business 2.0 :: Magazine Article :: In Front :: Microsoft's Worst Nightmare...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

: RSS Edges Into the Bureaucracy
Excerpt: US Federal agencies are starting to use RSS to disseminate information: Wired News: RSS Edges Into the Bureaucracy...

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

In Chile, instant Web feedback creates the next day's paper
Excerpt: In Chile, instant Web feedback creates the next day's paper | csmonitor.com This revolution has occurred, says the paper's publisher Augustine Edwards, thanks to his decision to listen to "the people." Three years ago, under Mr. Edwards's guidance, LUN installed a system whereby all clicks onto its website (www.lun.com) were recorded for all in the newsroom to see. Those clicks - and the changing...
An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web Design
Excerpt: 37signals: An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web DesignThere is a better way to manage this vast complexity than by making big decisions up front and hoping for the best. To make better sites — sites that are functional, beautiful, and "usable" — we have to break our design problems up into small independent chunks based on the real issues within our requirements. Christopher...

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Glacier dead ahead
Excerpt: An iceberg the size of Long Island is about to plow into a glacier off Antarctica: NASA - Get Ready for the Largest Demolition Derby on the Planet Scientists say Slow-Motion Collision Near Antarctic Research Station Imminent...

Friday, February 11, 2005

Tagwebs, Flickr, and the Human Brain
Excerpt: Tagwebs, Flickr, and the Human Brain (by Jakob Lodwick) What if we could tag not just photos, but also other tags? We could start to build a tagweb. When a tagweb is created from your tags, that tagweb works perfectly within the realm of what makes sense to you. The reason nobody came up with this before Flickr was because we didn't have Flickr...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Gates of Somerville
Excerpt: The Somerville Gates

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Wikiphilia
Excerpt: I was just discussing with a friend yesterday about the rise of wikis, especially in corporations. My cynical take is that, at least in the context of his company, they were little more than easier to use Lotus Notes databases. Where he works, the I/T side of the house has made it so painful and difficult to set up a Notes database, that wikis...

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

How to Sell Your Book, CD, or DVD on Amazon
Excerpt: How to Sell Your Book, CD, or DVD on Amazon: By having my stuff pop up among the big publisher's offerings for "similar books" or even in reader's lists and guides, my titles gain a greater chance to be seen and ordered. In a certain way, unless your stuff is available on Amazon, it ain't available. In fact for better or worse, the only...

Friday, February 25, 2005

I know someone in Playboy!
Excerpt: Ok, perhaps that's misleading. Fellow echoid and friend Jodi Shapiro has had one of her photos of Chris Moneymaker published on playboy.com in playboy.comversation: Chris Moneymaker. Backstory: A couple years' back, Jodi flew herself out to Las Vegas and took photos at one of the poker tournaments. As a result of that work she sold one of her photos of one of the players...

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Taxonomies and Tags
Excerpt: Taxonomies and Tags: When it comes to innovation on the Internet, metadata is becoming the new content. Tags have become the meme of the year, at least so far, writing another chapter in the history of classification systems. Tagging is an old idea, but it seems to be taking off now because some applications provide end-users with immediate benefits. For example, at del.icio.us, users...

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Visualizing data & folksonomies
Excerpt: Via Visualizing shared metadata: the tag landscape comes It begins......basically visualizing tags and tag relationships in Java and flash....
Imaginary Friends: not so bad after all
Excerpt: Study looks at benefits of imaginary friends: Researchers are investigating whether having an imaginary friend might help children to develop language skills, boost creativity and retain knowledge. Ms Roby said that imaginary friends "come in all shapes and sizes, some live in castles, some in the forest ... they become consistent characters, and mum will know what their names are". Ms Roby did not...
Social Practices in del.icio.us
Excerpt: i d e a n t: A del.icio.us study: Bookmark, Classify and Share: A mini-ethnography of social practices in a distributed classification community....

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

AS bonbons
Excerpt: Via: Making Light: AS bonbons just in time for Seder, the four questions in Old English: For hwi is þeos niht ungelic eallum oþrum nihtum? On eallum oþrum nihtum we etað hlaf swa gehafene swa þeorfne. On þisse nihte, þeorfne anan. For hwi is þeos niht ungelic eallum oþrum nihtum? On eallum oþrum nihtum we etað mislice wyrta. On þisse nihte, bitre wyrta anan....
Wave Theory ∩ Time
Excerpt: I took Physics in my Junior year in High School. I enjoyed it, we got to play with all sorts of things and perform many of the (safe) classic experiments in Physics. I also got a C since I didn't take the Calculus class needed for the Physics class until my second year in college. Anyway, one of the experiments is called the Double...

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Custom, annotated google maps
Excerpt: Neat tutorial on making custom maps using Google maps and some custom code for Firefox
Art Rock: Richard Aldrich /5BE Gallery at Rockefeller Center
Excerpt: Lisa's brother Oliver has some works by Richard Aldrich on display at the Art Rock show at Rockefeller Center this week. Lisa sent along this writeup: jameswagner.com: Art Rock opens intense arty week in New York....

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Keep an eye on Mt. St. Helens
Excerpt: Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument...

Saturday, March 12, 2005

New AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) Terms of Service
Excerpt: Via Slashdot comes news of AOL's updated AIM Terms of Service. I took interest in this bit, it seems to imply (to me, uneducated as I am in the ways of the Internet) that AOL claims the right to intercept and repurpose any communications transmitted over AIM: In addition, by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns,...
New on the strip: Museum
Excerpt: In Wired News: Museum Stirs Atomic Age Memories, Wired covers the opening of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NV. Over 100 atmospheric tests were conducted by the U.S. (unclear if that's in the continental U.S. or worldwide) out of over 1000 tests overall. The museum traces a half-century of nuclear weapons testing in a nation that grew to love or hate the...
New Order Ringtones via Digital Posters
Excerpt: Via engadget comes news that New Order is using Bluetooth enabled posters to transmit ring tones based on tracks from their new album Waiting for the Sirens Call: New Order Pioneers Digital Posters: Shoppers in HMV stores in London and Manchester will have the opportunity to check out the band’s upcoming album, Waiting for the Sirens Call in digital interactive posters. The posters, designed...

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

13 things that do not make sense
Excerpt: New Scientist 13 things that do not make sense - Features. Here's the 13 things, read the article to learn the details (and perhaps cause your head to spin a few times): The placebo effect The horizon problem Ultra-energetic cosmic rays Belfast homeopathy results Dark matter Viking's methane Tetraneutrons The Pioneer anomaly Dark energy The Kuiper cliff The Wow signal Not-so-constant constants Cold fusion...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

China Renminbi revaluation?
Excerpt: I have been trying to follow what China is doing with the Renminbi and the possible impact on the US economy. Here's an interesting article by Brad Setser: The $1.3 billion question: What will happen to the renminbi which speculates that China will not only revalue the Renminbi from its current US dollar peg, but that the change will be 10% or greater: Still,...

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Link: Why We Can't Compare Folksonomies to Search
Excerpt: Bokardo « Why We Can’t Compare Folksonomies to Search (Notes) The more I use del.icio.us and observe other folksonomies, the more I realize that we don’t use them to find “stuff”. We use them to discover “personally-related stuff”, which is really hard to do with a search engine....
Record direct to disk
Excerpt: The Sydney Morning Herald writes about Corduroy Records in Australia, the last place in Australia (and likely close to last place in the world) where musicians record directly to vinyl, no tape, no DAT, no digital nothing: Vinyl's last stand: Instead of a multi-track studio enabling overdubbing of recordings, direct to disc is a one-take operation with no margin for error, and, as such,...

Friday, March 25, 2005

net.disaster
Excerpt: Don't let your site turn into a Netdisaster. Oops, too late for Alex, Oliver, Klaus, and Todd....

Monday, March 28, 2005

Netflix SEO Efforts Expose User Data In Google and Yahoo
Excerpt: Netflix is apparently leaking customer data through its URLs, resulting in that data being cached by Google and Yahoo!: It seems user data from Netflix customers can be retrieved by the popular search engines Google and Yahoo by performing special queries reveiling a cached version of the page....
Bank puts clock backwards, crashes cash points
Excerpt: Another reason to run your systems in GMT/UTC rather than the local time zone: A man at Barclays put the clocks backwards rather than forwards an hour when the UK moved to British Summer Time over the weekend, causing ATM machines here to stop dispensing beer tokens over the long Easter weekend....

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Via echo: used evil 2u 2-u black rack mount server case antec PS
Excerpt: This is a case we bought about 18 months ago to build into a lightweight server. We put an amd based MB in it and placed it in service where it ran ok for about 6 months before it started to flake out. We messed around with it for another 3 or 4 months leaving it inoperative in the data center with several of...
Telecommute to NY? You owe NY State taxes
Excerpt: State Ruling Has Tax Implications For Telecommuters (washingtonpost.com): A telecommuter who lives out of state while working by computer for a New York employer must pay New York tax on his full income, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have wide implications in the growing practice. … The court relied on a fairness rule called the "convenience of the...
Yahoo's Tech Buzz Game market flaw
Excerpt: At etech, I wrote about Yahoo!'s Tech Buzz Game and the concept of the Dynamic Pari-Mutuel Market. Apparently they've had to change the game/market a bit: Buzz Game: Maintenance: We discovered that our dynamic pari-mutuel market (DPM) allowed players to exploit a market when a player is permitted to simultaneously invest in competing instruments. As a result, you will now be required to sell...

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Ten Reasons why China should move its peg and pull the plug on the US reckless policies
Excerpt: Continuing my education on China and the US economy: Nouriel Roubini's Global Economics Blog: Ten Reasons why China should move its peg and pull the plug on the US reckless policies: it is increasingly in the interest of China to pull the plug on the US as maintaining the peg and accumulating increasing amounts of forex reserves is increasingly costly....

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Triple J podcasts
Excerpt: I haven't played with podcasting much, for no particular reason. I tend to use my iPod sporadically, mostly while driving, ocassionally when working out. That may end soon. Triple J is an Aussie radio station (network?) which I listened to when in Sydney. Even today, years later, I buy the yearly Triple J Hottest 100 CD collection (though this year's is getting decidedly negative...

Friday, April 8, 2005

Vital Cities: an interview with Jane Jacobs
Excerpt: From Whole Earth: Vital Cities: an interview with Jane Jacobs: It [the internet] interests me as one more remarkable self-organized system, but there are lots of other self-organized systems. When the civil mail system began, it was self-organized and was only later taken up by institutions and systematized. It got quite organized by people who would go to taverns where they knew that travelers...
The archivist
Excerpt: From Slate: The Archivist - Brewster Kahle made a copy of the Internet. Now, he wants your files. By Paul Boutin. It's a brief history of the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/) and an even briefer mention of the Ourmedia project, a free archive for all content (video, audio, text, etc), the catch, if any, being that you have to make the content available to anyone...

Saturday, April 9, 2005

The Amazing Adventures of Lethem & Chabon
Excerpt: Via Making Light: The Amazing Adventures of Lethem & Chabon: Yes, our favorite dynamic literary duo is back again, folks; saving the world from the clutches of bad literature... or are they???...

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Tagwebs, Flickr, and the Human Brain
Excerpt: Article on tagging I just came across via del.icio.us: What if we could tag not just photos, but also other tags? We could start to build a tagweb. When a tagweb is created from your tags, that tagweb works perfectly within the realm of what makes sense to you. […]If you build a system that puts importance on the structure of the word, you're...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Surowiecki: worry, but not too much, about the drop in the US dollar
Excerpt: James Surowiecki writes on the decline of the US dollar against foreign currencies in: In Yuan We Trust, basically saying that while there's cause for worry, the impact of a collapse in the dollar or a hard landing for the US economy would be as devastating if not moreso for the holders of US debt (Japan and China being the top two) that it's...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Infoworld upgrade includes related tags
Excerpt: Many-to-Many: Infoworld goes tagalicious: On the articles pages they’ve moved from a fixed taxonomy that took them a lot of time to develop to a semi-structured tagging system: What I like most in this new architecture is that the related links are now driven by del.icio.us. Our edit team is tagging content in del.icio.us. The engineers are pulling down the del.icio.us RSS feeds. And...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Wow: Using Google Maps to display Chicago CTA routes
Excerpt: Google revolutionized the online map world when it launched Google Maps. Another revolution is brewing with a Firefox extension called GreaseMonkey. GreaseMonkey allows one to client side JavaScript scripts which can modify various aspects of a web page (gross oversimplification). Combine the two and you get things like the Craigslist-Google Maps mashup of a couple weeks, and now this: Chicago Transit Authority map on...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Taxonomies and Tags: From Trees to Piles of Leaves
Excerpt: More on tagging, taxonomies, folksonomies, etc.: Taxonomies and Tags Big concepts contain smaller ones that contain smaller ones yet. Over the millennia, we have fashioned the structures of knowledge in just such tree-like ways, from the departmental organization of universities (liberal arts contains history and history contains ancient Chinese history) to the hierarchy of species. The idea that knowledge is shaped like a tree...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Market populism in the folksonomies debate
Excerpt: In Market populism in the folksonomies debate : Atomiq, Gene Smith compares the discussion (ranting, evangelism, hysteria) about tagging and folksonomies to the concept of Market Populism, the notion that markets are inherently democratic. At times it's been hard to separate out the practical enthusiasm for tags and folksonomies (which I share) from the ideological enthusiasm which suggests that tags are the One True...

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Chicago Building Department approves 28 buildings by dead architect
Excerpt: According to this story Chicago Tribune | The case of the busy, deceased architect, the Chicago Building Department approved plans for 28 building projects which were submitted by an architect who died in 1993. The plans were actually drawn up by a draughtsman who'd worked for the architect, based on plans originally created by the architect. The draughtsman now faces a USD$250,000 fine....

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Crystal Meth in Kalispell, MT
Excerpt: The New West Network published a series in March-April 2005 about the impact of crystal meth on the small town of Kalispell, MT. A cycle of drugs, prositution, and criminal activities ensued allegedly centered around a prominent Kalispell businessman. Yet the [...] story isn’t ultimately about prostitution, or at least not the simple sex-for-money transaction that people associate with the word. Rather it’s about...
Tufte on Dog camouflage and interactive sculpture
Excerpt: Tufte on Dog camouflage and interactive sculpture...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Technology journalism or blogging: Deconstructing Maui X-Stream
Excerpt: This DrunkenBlog: Deconstructing Maui X-Stream is a fantastic article, technically a blog post, but really a great piece of journalism. It tells the story (so far) of a company which appears to have taken several open source projects and products, relabelled them, recompiled them, and marketed them as its own commercial software. The article is thorough, researching many angles, asking for quotes and confirmations....

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Crimson Hexagon: Books Borges Never Wrote
Excerpt: Borges - Crimson Hexagon: Imaginary Books: a catalogue of books, monographs, and encyclopædias mentioned by Jorge Luis Borges in his various books, with some elaborations to fill in certain gaps....

Saturday, May 21, 2005

APIs to various Web Applications
Excerpt: Internet Alchemy Webapp APIs...

Friday, May 27, 2005

Students blog after high school shuts paper
Excerpt: unmediated: Students blog after high school shuts paper: After a Georgia high school eliminated its student newspaper and journalism class because the paper highlighted negative stories, the student staff responded by posting their opinions and copies of the newspaper on a blog, Speaking Underground....

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Dilbert and Focal Dystonia
Excerpt: Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert has a condition called focal dystonia, which I'm going to define as a breakdown in the network between your brain and your hands: you tell your hand to draw a straight line and it starts drawing a squiggly line. According to Scott Adams, Drawing the Line, Adams had to change how he draws the strip and adapt to...

Monday, June 13, 2005

USPS Privatizes Postage Stamp Printing
Excerpt: After 111 Years, Postage Stamps Go Private: … private printers will produce all the nation's stamps, a decision that U.S. Postal Service officials say will save tens of millions of dollars a year. The bureau will concentrate on printing currency, its other major product....
Record of Tsunamis Can be Read from sand cores
Excerpt: The Boxing Day tsunami raised interest in tsunamis and how cataclysmic their effects can be. The SF Chronicle has an article about how soil cores can help determine when a tsunamic occurred in the past and give some sense as to its magnitude: Ancient sands reveal traces of huge tsunamis / Layers in soil cores could help predict future disasters: Typical evidence is a...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Keeping people informed as an antidote to disasters
Excerpt: Keeping in the disaster track for another day, an article about using the Wikipedia as a way of communicating information about Avian Flu as a means of keeping people informed before an outbreak occurs: WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: Getting Smart About Disasters: In the days and weeks following, questions of how best to identify, communicate and report on the possibility of disaster consumed...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Why the Wombat Smiles
Excerpt: On our 2001 trip to Australia, Lisa noticed that various road signs warning of wombats made the pictured wombat appear to be smiling. I think it's because the womabt knows, tohugh it will likely die immediately if you hit it, you're not going to do so without significant damage to your car if not yourself: Australians in freak wombat crash: Two men in south-eastern...
Real-time Forecast of Earthquake Hazard in the Next 24 Hours
Excerpt: Via Science Daily: Real-Time Forecast of Earthquake Hazard in the Next 24 Hours. It presents a USGS generated map of California which uses color coding to indicate the change in earthquake probability for various zones. It also explicitly states that it's not to be used as an earthquake prediction system, it's just a statistical mapping of data based on past data and recent events....

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Pitching on Acid
Excerpt: From the Dalls Observer, how Dock Ellis pitched a no hitter in 1971 while on LSD and Benzedrine: Balls Out The hardest part was between innings. He was sure his teammates knew something was up. They had all been acting strange since the game began. Solution: Do not look at teammates. Do not look at scoreboard. Must not make eye contact. His spikes--that's what...

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Does the web change reading habits?
Excerpt: How the Web changes your reading habits | csmonitor.com Computers and the Internet are changing the way people read. Thus far, search engines and hyperlinks, those underlined words or phrases that when clicked take you to a new Web page, have turned the online literary voyage into a kind of U-pick island-hop. In grad school I read Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Excerpt: From The Inquirer: Cingular has massive problemsIt seems that Cingular has a massive US-wide problem with their network, or in their parlance, a feature. This new feature, one that they don't charge extra for, yet, makes it impossible for you to get inbound calls, they just drop to voice mail....

Monday, July 11, 2005

The original Turing test
Excerpt: collision detection: The "original" Turing Test: My latest piece in Wired : few know that this is not the only scenario Alan Turing proposed in his famous 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." In it, he suggested an "imitation game," which plays like 20 Questions for transsexuals: first a man and then a computer pose as female, and the interrogator tries to distinguish them...

Friday, July 15, 2005

RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0, Compared
Excerpt: RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0, Compared...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Excerpt: Here's why you can't buy the News Journal at Wal-Mart...

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Paper planes!
Excerpt: Via allTheHeroesAreDead.com!: Paper planes (flash based demo to create various paper planes)....

Sunday, August 7, 2005

Neo's Fighting Morpheus
Excerpt: Peter Merholz takes on Clay Shirky in peterme.com: Clay Shirky's Viewpoints are Overrated: Clay's whole argument predicates a black-and-white distinction between evil hierarchy on one side and good tags on the other... And while Clay is right to question hierarchy, and, particularly, Yahoo's less-than-optimal use of it, he neglects to distinguish truly useful forms of professionally-created classification and categorization, which undermines his argument. (He...

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Ice Shelf Disintegration Threatens Environment
Excerpt: Ice shelf disintegration threatens environment: The disintegration of Larsen B is almost certainly a response to human-induced global warming, says Queen's geographer Robert Gilbert, the only Canadian researcher on the international research team. Antarctic temperatures have increased more than 10°C in the last 25 years. By comparison, the world-wide temperature change during the entire post-glacial period has only been 2 – 3°C, he adds....

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Gas use by state -- NY is 2nd lowest
Excerpt: Via WorldChanging: U.S. Gasoline Per Capita Use by State 2005...

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

On leadership and public service
Excerpt: Fascinating essay on leadership, public service, and the lack thereof these days: Groundhog Day: Change [...] There is something that keeps a group of people together that is more than just a paycheck. We "honor" individuals within our group as a way of renewing and strengthening that thing that keeps us together. It's about faith, which is a word that is much abused of...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Mess of links for 17.09.2005
Excerpt: At Access Matters, I found a nice writeup of results of testing the interaction between JavaScript and screen readers. As a followup I'm curious to find out how tweaking the DOM using JS affects screenreaders and other accessibility technologies. The American peace activivist I wrote about earlier this week was deported, er, removed from Australia and billed AUD$11,700 for ASIO's removal services. I'm interested...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Computers taking out the subway (stamp)
Excerpt: Apparently, people have discovered that with a graphics program and color printer you too can print authentic-looking stamps for various loyalty cards. As a result, Subway, Cold Stone Creamery and others are eliminating these loyalty cards due to rampant fraud. Wired News: Fraud Sinks Subway's Sub Club: Somebody told us you could buy our stamps on eBay, said Subway spokesman Kevin Kane. We didn't...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Present Failure of Tagging
Excerpt: Interesting essay on tagging, proposes introducing refactoring into the use of tagging: Table or Booth: The Present Failure of Tagging: To be a useful shift in the way we store and retrieve relevant information, tagging must be able to match the dynamic and relatable nature of our brain. As it now stands, tagging doesn't evolve with our changing ideas of how our saved landmarks...

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Excerpt: Via Gothamist, a Google Maps mashup with the New York City traffic camera web site...

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Excerpt: Wow: Deadly 1918 Epidemic Linked to Bird Flu, Scientists Say - New York Times: Two teams of federal and university scientists announced today that they had resurrected the 1918 influenza virus, the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, and had found that unlike the viruses that caused more recent flu pandemics of 1957 and 1968, the 1918 virus was actually a bird...

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Common Census
Excerpt: The Common Census project aims to draw a cultural map of the U.S. (including affinities for sports teams!). Go cast your vote today....

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

LibraryThing
Excerpt: Via Crooked Timber � � Small-World Affiliation Networks: LibraryThing, an online book catalogue for your personal library that uses tags like Flickr and del.icio.us....
NORA Calling
Excerpt: Todd writes about non-obvious relationship awareness (NORA) and how it would have been extremely useful four years ago: Three Degrees of Separation: Jonas suggested it might have been possible to have identified the hijackers in advance, because they had clearly left evidence that they were in one another's orbit. Identity recognition has historically focused on creating a single 360 degree view of an individual,...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Students refuse pharmaceutical industry gifts
Excerpt: Backstory: A pill they won't swallow | csmonitor.com Messrs. Kenyon and Petersen are among a growing band of stethoscope-wearing students who believe the medical profession needs more detachment from big pharmaceutical firms. Behind the modest rebellion is the belief that taking gifts from drug companies creates a conflict of interest for doctors. The argument: To accept handouts is to feel indebted, and doctors indebted...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Linkday Thursday
Excerpt: Prawns kill: Benihana shrimp toss cited in death Dogs Keep Dying: Many Owners Unaware Of Toxic Dog Food: aflatoxin was found in a batch of Diamond brand dog food. Aflatoxin poisoning damages the liver and can kill within a couple of days. The distribution of the "bad food" is more widespread than thought and rather than a dozen dogs, possibly a hundred or...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Ads end up in the strangest places
Excerpt: Via Consumerist and ars technica. Counterstrike is a MMORG. The company which produces it outsources the hosting of the game to 3rd system providers, typically ISPs. Subway hired an ad agency to promote a new sandwich. Through a chain of companies I'm not going to repost here, the advertising ended up being placed on a billboard inside the Counterstrike game, using a modification to...

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Got your long tail right here...
Excerpt: Seen briefly on the ABC hit series "Lost," a surreal comic novel by an Irish author who died 40 years ago has been rescued from obscurity, Reuters reported. The novel, "The Third Policeman," was written by Flann O'Brien (1911-66), who was influenced by James Joyce, and fans of "Lost" are apparently scouring it for clues to the mysterious island where passengers from a downed...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dr. Macro is blogging
Excerpt: This will be totally obscure to probably all but one of my eleven readers, but W. Eliot Kimber a/k/a "Dr. Macro" now has a blog: Dr. Macro's XML Rants (All tools suck Some tools suck less than others). I knew Dr. Macro at IBM and very meekly participated in the development of the IBMIdDoc SGML DTD waaaayyyyy back in the day which he shepherded...

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Beautiful Evidence
Excerpt: Via kottke, Edward Tufte's new book Beautiful Evidence is available for preorder, shipping in May. Of course I had to buy a copy, it has pictures of dogs on the cover....

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Bay Model
Excerpt: Always wondered what the Bay Model whenever I drove through Sausalito to visit John & Laura or my brother. It's a scale model of the San Francisco Bay (which I guess a more intelligent person would deduce from the sign). Read more here: BLDGBLOG: San Francisco Bay Hydrological Model....

Monday, March 27, 2006

Is this fallout from the Dubai ports collapse?
Excerpt: WSJ.com - Qatar Airways Backs Off From Boeing CommitmentQatar Airways had pledged to buy 20 777s at the Paris Air Show last June. Such an order, if it jelled, would give Boeing a foothold in an otherwise all-Airbus fleet....

Sunday, April 16, 2006

nano-tie
Excerpt: According to the Chicago Tribune, Thomas Pink is now selling a tie with a hidden pocket on the back of the tie in which you can stick your iPod nano. Too bad I neither commute nor wear a tie to work these days....

Monday, April 17, 2006

Stalkers who pose as their victims...
Excerpt: A Sinister Web Entraps Victims of Cyberstalkers - New York Times It is the online equivalent of scrawling "for a good time, call Jane Doe" on a bathroom wall, but the reach of the Internet has made such pranks — if they are only that — far more sinister. And the problem is only likely to grow, fueled by the availability of personal data...

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Japanese Village Votes to Dissolve
Excerpt: A village in Japan, dwindled to eight residents, has voted to dissolve itself, sell the property to a developer and use the proceeds to move en masse elswhere: Village Writes Its Epitaph: Victim of a Graying Japan - New York Times: Ogama's decision, though extreme, points to a larger problem besetting Japan, which has one of the world's fastest-graying societies and whose population began...

Monday, May 15, 2006

"product RED" -- Bono's campaign against AIDS
Excerpt: This is getting little or no coverage in the US, but Bono, working with Bobby Shriver of the Kennedy clan has launched a project to raise funds and awareness about AIDS in Africa called (Product)RED. I read about it on the Independent (UK) site: Independent Online Edition: A red revolution on the high street "What we couldn't figure out was why people said they...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rolling Rock workers seek boycott of Bud products
Excerpt: Annheuser Busch has purchased the Rolling Rock brand, but not the brewery which has made Rolling Rock since the 1930s. As a result, Rolling Rock workers are calling for a boycott of various brands: Rolling Rock workers seek boycott of Bud products. I support this boycott and will continue to not drink Annheuser Busch products....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Miscellany for 12 September 2006
Excerpt: Proposed design for Beijing 2008 TOC via Archinect. What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition. Alleges that Myspace is far from a viral success and is instead the result of a cold, calculated business play. Duh. Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds: this is the best coverage I've read about the prank so far. In brief, a...

Friday, February 2, 2007

Superbowl XLI Wiki
Excerpt: A pointer to the Superbowl XLI Wiki where Charlie O'Donnell is trying to raise money for charity by getting 100 bloggers or blog readers (really: anybody) to claim a box and donate US$10.00 (plus some Paypal surcharges). I've signed up box 67 and chosen Literacy Inc., a group I've started working with here in NYC....

Friday, June 1, 2007

Insert Clever Title Here
Excerpt: One might think nothing of consequence happened in May from my complete lack of posting here. It was a crappy month, a very hectic month, one which I don't see much value in reviewing here. Let us simply wish May 2007 adieu and move on to June. We think we're moving later this month, or potentially some time in July. Basically we don't know...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Test your AQ
Excerpt: Time-killer for Friday: Test your Asperger's Quotient (and test, and test, and test until you get it just right, then wash your hands).

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A pile of blog-like items to end the month
Excerpt: * Update: Apologies for the del.icio.us links spammage in the feed. Apparently my understanding of "no more than once a day" differs from feedburner's * I think this sums up NYC's response to the latest news about Giuliani: Rudy got laid, New York paid * Bank of America tried to tout its newly acquired local sensibilities in Chicago by featuring the iconic Sun-Times building...

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