Thursday, March 2, 2006

Beautiful Evidence

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.

e.p.c. posted this at 15:22 GMT on 2-Mar-2006 .

You must be a terrorist if you pay your debts...

Man and wife decide their credit card debt is too high and send in a one time payment to pay it off. Result? The payment is held pending review by the Department of Homeland Security: Pay too much and you could raise the alarm: They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:51 GMT on 2-Mar-2006 .

Friday, March 3, 2006

Attention: Christa E Fritz

The next time you send out an email on behalf of Rod Smith, IBM Vice President of Emerging Technology, with the subject ATTENTION! ATTENTION! IBM WANTS YOU TO.... (ISYN), you might consider using the Bcc: field, or telling Lotus Notes not to expand the distribution list, if only to shorten the message length, if not to shield the entire attendee list for the O'Reilly etech conference from automated reply storms and address catchers.

And the all caps style for Subject: lines went out of style with PROFS.

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e.p.c. posted this at 01:57 GMT on 3-Mar-2006 .

Sunday, March 5, 2006

Off to SAN, Hedda Gabler @ BAM

I'm off to San Diego for the 2006 eTech conference.

We went to BAM last night to watch the Sydney Theater Company's production of Hedda Gabler. Was possibly the best theatre I've seen in quite a long time. Stars Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving. I thought it was perversely ironic to have Hugo Weaving play the role of Judge Brack. Misha has a much better review than anything I could come up with so I refer you there. I'd say to go see this at BAM but it's sold out. Perhaps elsewhere (I don't know where else they are touring).

We last saw a production of Hedda Gabler mid-September 2001. Possibly September 19th or 20th. For some reason I can't remember anything about that production except the face of the actor who played Judge Brack. Not his name, just face.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:59 GMT on 5-Mar-2006 from Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, March 6, 2006

In San Diego, no one can hear you...

Arrived fine, around 10:00 p.m. PST. The trip almost started tragically, at least for a techie. As I left the JFK AAdmiral's Club I realized my power supply was still happily plugged in at the seat I'd just left. AA has supplied many, many outlets at this club, the newest of the clubs and possibly the first since the growth in travellers with gadgets.

I forgot last year's little lesson: when flying to San Diego, go carry-on. Even though I took my time getting off the plane and walking to the baggage pickup area, there was still a 20-30 minute wait for bags.

I'm staying at the Sheraton Suites hotel (hat-tip Priceline). So far the network connection has dropped every minute. It's either poorly managed network infrastructure, or an attempt to prevent people from using VOIP applications like Skype.

e.p.c. posted this at 07:36 GMT on 6-Mar-2006 from San Diego, CA.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Flying home

I'm at SAN waiting to board my flight home (AA208). eTech was fun for two and a half days, and absolutely lousy this last day. I blogged some eTech notes here, I'll post more when I get home.

e.p.c. posted this at 04:37 GMT on 10-Mar-2006 .

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Bay Model

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.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:35 GMT on 12-Mar-2006 .

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Victims of Technology: Bank Robbers

The growing credit-card and debit-card-it-ization has lead to a decrease in cash at banks. As a result you get stories like these:

Bandits hold up cashless credit union: Two masked men burst into the Benicia credit union just before noon today with weapons drawn. They bellowed at employees to drop to the ground and hand over their money.


The robbers apparently had no idea they'd attempted to rob a credit union that immediately deposits its money, making it impossible for anyone to access it, Mortensen said.

and... from the 18/03/2006 Globe And Mail: Bank bandit blues: Plastic reducing cash at branches: The frequency of holdups is increasing, but the amount of payoff is decreasing as banks continue to improve their security techniques. It has almost become a thing of the past to deal with cash, as most people prefer to use credit cards or debit cards. So, in most cases, there isn't much actual cash to be stolen.

e.p.c. posted this at 14:32 GMT on 19-Mar-2006 .

Working like a lapdog

Frisket decided to curl up against me as I was working on the couch today.

e.p.c. posted this at 19:53 GMT on 19-Mar-2006 .

Monday, March 27, 2006

Desmond Doss has died at the age of 87. A conscientious objector, nevertheless he served in the Army in World War II as a medic. During the Battle of Okinawa he rescued approximately 75 wounded soldiers while under fire, resulting in a Congressional Medal of Honor. More: Lauded Conscientious Objector Desmond T. Doss Sr., Burial Set April 3 At National Cemetery For Medal Of Honor Winner Desmond Doss

I suspect the Foxnews crowd would call him a traitor today.

e.p.c. posted this at 05:55 GMT on 27-Mar-2006 . , Comments [1]

Is this fallout from the Dubai ports collapse? - 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.

e.p.c. posted this at 14:42 GMT on 27-Mar-2006 .

Yet Another blog

I hesitate to mention this because it seems like I just finished consolidating sites, but I am blogging technology over here: 202 Accepted. The title of the site is a bit of an inside joke, lacking creativity I borrows an HTTP status code.

e.p.c. posted this at 16:15 GMT on 27-Mar-2006 .

Friday, March 31, 2006

Got AdSense?

Apparently various personal injury lawyers and personal injury attorneys are driving the highest PPC rates: CyberWyre » Most Expensive AdSense Keyword: $78/click. If you're in Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles you're getting targeted by someone who's trying desperately to get your personal injury business.

e.p.c. posted this at 03:39 GMT on 31-Mar-2006 .

No Brokeback for the Bahamas

Via Pandagon: Brokeback - too extreme for the Bahamas at Pandagon: A Bahamian government board’s decision to ban the movie Brokeback Mountain has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain.

Brokeback Mountain, which won critical acclaim and three Oscars, including best director for Ang Lee, has also been banned in mainland China. Turkey has restricted viewing to viewers over 18.

I assume the Bahamas does not get much GLBT tourism, or if it does that that will end shortly.

More here: Bahamas Bans 'Brokeback Mountain'.

e.p.c. posted this at 18:26 GMT on 31-Mar-2006 .

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