Searching for Google

Last Friday I saw the traffic to my site spike to previously unheard of levels, surpassing even the Joel Spolsky Effect. And it wasn’t because of my nonexistent OSCON blogging. I had noticed previously that when you search for “google”…

Has Web 2.0 jumped the shark?

Tim Bray: I just wanted to say how much I’ve come to dislike this “Web 2.0″ microslogan. It’s not only vacuous marketing hype, it can’t possibly be right. I would tend to agree. One could argue that it’s a useful…

Back from Portland

I spent all week at O’Reilly’s OSCON (Open Source Conference). It’s our flagship conference, now in its 7th year, and also the largest, with around 3000 people attending. We occupied the Oregon Convention Center for the week, with tutorials on…

Taking the Ferry to San Francisco

Yey! I finally took the ferry from Larkspur to the city today. Approaching the San Francisco Ferry Building Marcia, a friend I met through Dawn at O’Reilly, mentioned that she’d be on vacation all week and was looking for things…

On Motivation

What motivates the brain to call the body into action? I imagine many things, they’re probably ranked, and high on the list is the threat of punishment, or in the grownup world, embarrassment. For example, the possibility that someone might…

Requests for OSCON 2006

Mitchell Baker: I’d like a series of discussions on the interface between open source projects and commercial organizations. This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.

Which LDAP directory will help pull us out of Iraq?

Last night, someone left the following comment about our latest O’Reilly poll question Which LDAP directory do you use on Linux? Voting on When to pull out of Iraq First time wanted to vote on tonite’s question Cannot find anything…

Hooray for Shrimp and Grits

Last night I made shrimp and grits, a traditional southern dish popularized by Bill Neal at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. I’ve had the shrimp and grits at Crook’s at least twice in my life and the best thing about…

Google Maps, I salute you!

Every once and a while I feel like I’ve got to give serious props to the algorithms that play an active roll in my daily life. In this case, I exhibit the Wilfred Avenue exit off of the 101 in…

Mean time before rendezvous with the Secret Service

My Netflix arrived today—a documentary that came out a few years ago called The Fog of War about Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. Given that the United States is mired in a contentious conflict in…

FOO Camp

As the story goes, someone was joking that O’Reilly should have a literal “foo bar” (see metasyntactic variable if you don’t get the joke) and invite movers and shakers in technology over for drinks. Thus FOO Camp was born, with…

The Web 2.0 Drinking Game

This idea was inspired by blatantly stolen from Greg McCarroll and James Duncan of Fotango at this year’s FOO Camp. It’s particularly lively among geeks with alcohol. When someone says… Web 2.0 – take a drink Long Tail – finish…

A Religious Experience

Casey, Andrew, their two friends, and I got to Guerneville for the Russian River Beer Revival around 2 on Saturday, and I have to admit, at first glance it looked pretty trashy. I kind of felt like we’d arrived at…

Firefox tip of the day: Delete saved form entries

Scenario: as your webmail login interface is loading, you’ve already selected your username—thanks to Firefox’s form autocompletion—but at the instant you tab over to the password field, the page finishes loading, some javascript onload event fires, and the page focuses…

Love My Rifle More Than You

I wonder if NPR’s increasing fortunes are indelibly linked to the increasing duration of the average American commute? My drive from Santa Rosa to Sebastopol takes me about 12-16 minutes (compared to a 6-8 minute bike ride from Carrboro to…

Searching for Goat Rock

Can you guess what this is a picture of? Spent the day catching up with Katie Masleid, an old friend from Pflugerville, TX who now lives south of San Jose. Met up with her and her boy Rob, got a…

New Orleans Under Water

Wow. Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip