Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Angle Grinder Man!
Excerpt: Car Owners' Hero Dresses for the Job LONDON, Oct. 2 — As is so often the case, the trickiest part came when he had to explain himself to his family. "I got kind of a lukewarm response," said the masked Englishman who calls himself Angle-Grinder Man and who has been trawling London for four months dressed in a homemade superhero outfit, complete with gold...

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Neat little site on π
Excerpt: Sample digits for decimal digits of π...

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

The Elements of Style ...now online
Excerpt: The Elements of Style is now online at bartleby.com. Note that this is the original 1918 edition, not one of the later editions by Strunk and White....

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Ohio Town Empties as Utility Buys It
Excerpt: The town of Cheshire, Ohio pretty much sold itself to a major utility, to end years of litigation between the people of the town and the utility: Ohio Town Empties as Utility Buys It (washingtonpost.com) One load at a time, one house at a time, this community is being dismantled. Dozens of houses, and a 100-year-old church -- which former occupants have stripped of...

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Ghost zip code 10048
Excerpt: Most large buildings and complexes get their own zip codes, so the World Trade Center was not unique in having its own zip code (I'm surprised it only had one actually). The zip code still gets a sizable amount of mail each day. In the weeks after the Saudi attack I read about the postal workers who used to deliver mail at the WTC,...

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Back to Iraq again
Excerpt: Christopher Allbritton is going back to Iraq. Earlier this year he raised money through his weblog to go to Iraq before/during the US invasion and posted articles without the aid of US censors or US media intermediaries. He's now planning to return in March 2004 for a longer stint covering the aftermath of the US invasion, again raising initial funds through his blog....

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

It's About Time
Excerpt: Internet Time Blog: Time Time is all we have. Most of us can feel time speeding up. Many of us are enslaved by time. But most of what we consider "time" is actually in our heads....

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Panorama of Mt Everest
Excerpt: Mount Everest. 360 degree panorama from the top of Mt Everest - QTVR panoramic movie from panoramas.dk...

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Excerpt: Peter Merholz writes about his trip to Arcosanti. This is a planned village/city/town designed by Paolo Soleri. We visited the place in 1978 on a Costello family trip through the Southwest and it seemed pretty cool to me at eleven. Some twenty plus years later I looked into revisiting it and...was disappointed. What was cool to me as a kid seemed to be totally...

Friday, January 23, 2004

How an Art Scene Became a Youthscape (NYT)
Excerpt: Lisa's brother Oliver is featured in: How an Art Scene Became a Youthscape: Imagine that you have opened a Chelsea art gallery. Not a white cube with vaulted ceilings and frosted glass doors, but a showroom in your 200-square-foot studio apartment. Each night, a futon is retrieved from the bathtub and flopped on the floor for sleeping. Come daylight, it is rolled back up...

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Cross-Border Church Visit Costs Man $10,000
Excerpt: Yahoo! News - Cross-Border Church Visit Costs Man $10,000 Crossing the U.S.-Canada border to go to church on a Sunday cost a U.S. citizen $10,000 for breaching Washington's tough new security rules. The expensive trip to church was a surprise for Richard Albert, a resident of rural Maine who lives so close to the Canadian border the U.S. customs office is right next door...
The 10 Worst Corporations of 2003
Excerpt: From The Multinational Monitor: The 10 Worst Corporations of 2003 We hate to sound like your parents, but you must take responsibility for your actions. Steal from the grocery store, go to jail. Double park, pay the ticket. But why doesn't this simple principle apply to corporations and their executives? As of this writing, of all of the U.S. corporate financial crimes committed that...

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Erasing a Skeletal Reminder of 9/11
Excerpt: The damage from 9/11 continues...a building on the north side of WTC7 was just weeks away from reopening as an academic building for the Manhattan borough community college when WTC7 collapsed against it. According to Erasing a Skeletal Reminder of 9/11, BMCC is going to tear down the building and build a replacement since the remaining structure is too damaged to be replaced....

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Visualizing social networks in Antony and Cleopatra
Excerpt: Someone has taken IRC, bots, and Shakespeare and mushed it all together to present Shakespeare Social Networks. Kind of neat, I have no idea how valid the connections are between people. Would be interesting if you fed Titus Andronicus in and added an indicator of the relationship between two characters (eg: X kills Y. Z kills X. Ok, it'd be pretty easy to hardcode...

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

The Prince's last flight
Excerpt: Plane Wreck of the Author of ’Prince’ Is Discovered: A French underwater salvage team has discovered the remains of the plane of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of "The Little Prince," six decades after his disappearance, government researchers said Wednesday.....

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Laura Lemay has a blog
Excerpt: Laura Lemay has a blog (again)....

Monday, August 2, 2004

Testing ecto
Excerpt: Test posting with ecto....

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Tufte has an RSS feed
Excerpt: RSS feed for Ask Edward Tufte

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Live by the meme, die by the meme
Excerpt: So, a programmer at Friendster was Fired for Blogging (Jeremy Zawodny's blog). Yeah, I know it's only one side of the story but you know what, Friendster lives or dies by word of mouth/mail/IM. I found out about it through 'blogs, and I've now cancelled . No loss to me, besides Frisket still has more Friendsters than I did. If all you are selling...

Monday, September 6, 2004

Snowboarding at Bondi Beach
Excerpt: Hail storm in Sydney makes it possible (briefly) to snowboard at Bondi Beach.

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Should Web design become a regulated profession?
Excerpt: Should Web design become a regulated profession?

Thursday, November 4, 2004

New error page
Excerpt: Via Anil Dash, new error page for International Explorer...

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

How do I document sources from the Web in my works-cited list?
Excerpt: I could have used this in 1991 when I wrote this: How do I document sources from the Web in my works-cited list?...

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Comments off, and no ey.
Excerpt: Comments are hosed again. I'm in the process of junking the MT cgis entirely and switching to PHP for the mt-comment and mt-trackback scripts but it's not a priority. If you need to comment, send me a note via the handy dandy contact form or email if you know one of my email addresses. Also, my eyboard seems o be having some problems with...

Friday, March 18, 2005

Back from etech, more later
Excerpt: I returned home around 6:30 this morning...I have lots of notes which I'll post after I get some more sleep (I managed to sleep on the flight but it's only a five hour flight). etech was fun though, I'm definitely going back....

Monday, May 16, 2005

Some weekend notes for 15 May 2005
Excerpt: Saw The Interpreter Saturday night in East Hampton. I'd give it 3 stars. There's a couple of "eh" moments, but the pace is decent and there were no sappy romantic scenes. It reminded us of Three Days of the Condor which was also directed by Sydney Pollack (hat tip to Jon H). If you change the battery in your IBM Thinkpad X31, be certain...

Friday, June 3, 2005

Excerpt: Drove up to the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack for lunch with Pete Fiorese, fellow ex-Olympian and IBMer. Palisades Center Mall is a gargantuan monstrosity of big-box stores stacked upon each other. It has to be one of the largest, if not the largest, in terms of size, malls I've ever been in. Lots of stores, but not so much to buy. I...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Reading 'n Writing Week
Excerpt: I've escaped to the Hamptons for a week of solitude away from the various distractions in the city. Those of you who know me know I have the attention span of a gn...ooh, look, a shiny object. ahem, anyway, I brought a box of books of which I expect to read two, and a bunch of notes I've been scribbling about yet another social...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Excerpt: I am sometimes known for hyperbole, but the following is a truthful statement: every stinking mosquito egg in Amagansett apparently hatched today. The last several nights I've been able to go outside at night unmolested...tonight? Tonight I can't step outside without getting divebombed by mosquitos left and right....

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Head down to the pub for a cuppa nice warm beer
Excerpt: On one post-Webahead jaunt to London, Todd dragged me into a pub near Covent Garden. He really, really, really wanted to try warm beer. Now, I'd been to the UK a couple of times before and had enjoyed most beers I'd had and found they were cool, not ice cold as in the US, but definitely not warm. As I recall, we ordered two...

Friday, July 8, 2005

Excerpt: Spending the weekend in Amagansett where it appears clear that it has always rained, will continue raining, and will forever rain. Lunch was at Pacific East where JCOH honored Lisa's mother for her work in social action over the years. The last time Lisa and I ate at Pacific East we thought the food was good, but the service was pretty appalling. This time,...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Back home
Excerpt: We returned home around 2:00 today, not a bad drive from Boston. Frisket was less than pleased as Lisa promptly walked her over to Perfect Paws for a proper bath. It won't be too noticeable, but I restructured this site slightly. I merged the old Personal Journal site into this Comments & Links site, with a little bit of SQL and some redirect rules....

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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