I had a conversation with my family recently about some of the reasons I don’t have a TV. A lot of them, I admit, are ex post facto. The actual reason is that I’ve just never bought one. And the…
Tim Bray on Don’t Invent XML Languages: Here’s a radical idea: don’t even think of making your own language until you’re sure that you can’t do the job using one of the Big Five: XHTML, DocBook, ODF, UBL, and Atom.…
Dare Obasanjo on Microformats vs. XML: Was the XML Vision Wrong?: I’ve always considered it a gross hack to think that instead of having an HTML web page for my blog and an Atom/RSS feed, instead I should have a…
In the background, I’ve been making a few improvements to my blog, some of which I think are pretty cool. The Elastic Homepage The first was inspired by my rampant blogging over the holidays, partly trying to keep in contact…
Another way to namespace an Atom feed, except that very few aggregators can handle it. Aristotle Pagaltzis: Who knows an XML document from a hole in the ground? XML is hard. This post first appeared on From the Belly of…
From a comment I wrote on a previous post: Usually what [blogging] takes is a certain kind of inspiration about the way I want to write about an event or experience that allows me to overcome some of the tedium…
According to Google, I’ve taken the most hilarious picture on the intarweb. What an honor. That van, known as a tro-tro in Ghana, doubles as a local bus, making the sign all the more hilarious. Of course in foreign countries,…
I celebrated New Year’s Eve this year at Goli’s place. She lives in this beautiful house up on Sonoma Mountain, overlooking all of Santa Rosa and beyond. It’s a view that I’ve never seen during the daylight hours, and I…
Complete with a cool glass of Spanish rosé and a professional stylist imported from France Yesterday, very much in need of a haircut, I put my very full, very dense head of hair in the hands of Stephanie’s mom. I…
Drove down the 101 with Stephanie and her mom to Mt. Tamalpais State Park, right next to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin. Turned out to be an especially clear day with great views of San Francisco, the Farallon Islands,…
Goli on negative user feedback: “There’s a bastion of ill sites that you could be targeting with all your energy.” This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build…
In the various places I’ve lived there have always been like 2 or 3 competing major supermarket chains. I imagine for many people that the entrance of Whole Foods into the market—a grocery store that seems to care more about…
…you tell someone who’s looking for something in a book to “scroll down a little.” This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.
On Saturday I went down to the city with Stephanie and her mom, Chris. Stephanie had a meeting for most of the morning, so her mom and I drove all over the city, starting at Lake Merced then winding our…
Remember that number. Thirty-six billion, one-hundred and thirty million dollars. That number represents Exxon Mobil’s RECORD-SETTING $36.13 BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT in 2005, you know, the same year that Hurricane Katrina and Rita smashed the Gulf, the same year gasoline surged…
Flipped through Close Reading: Chuck Close and the Artist Portrait at the bookstore the other day, really need to go see the Chuck Close exhibit at the SFMOMA. #
Terrie crunched the data: Rainfall at O’Reilly (in Sebastopol) over the month of December was 19 inches, 3 times the average! #
Reported a strange regression in Firefox 1.5: Bug 322267 – Single line pre block with overflow set to auto missing horizontal scroll #
This I must admit is pretty clever: Lip-o-suction Toothpaste Squeezer
1) Added options to reverse year sort order and output letters instead of numbers for month links
2) Added title=”month_name year” attribute (aka tooltips) to the month links
3) Other code improvements and bugfixes #
I had the application for Geek Corps filled out shortly before I got hired by O’Reilly. Strangely enough I got stuck on the last question of the application, the Statement of Interest. It starts:
Geekcorps is looking for a cadre of volunteers who are committed to bridging the digital divide one business at a time. We are asking you to be flexible, mature and open to experiences that challenge your personal and professional existence.
It seemed like the application was preemptively trying to reassure me of my doubts. I had no doubts.
A statement of interest is your chance to tell us in your own words why in the world you want to do this.
I just had no good reason. Whatever reason I thought I had had little to do with Geek Corps itself. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted change. #
Illegal to annoy?
Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person…who receives the communications…shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
I was surprised this wasn’t from The Onion: Yahoo! Announces Acquisition of Company Before Its Foundation #
I shit you not. The one eyed kitten has ascended to internet heaven:
Is nothing sacred? #
Every once and a while I read something that totally upends my world. My eyes water, I feel chills. Can you believe it was this that did it to me?
The only thing that blows about A’Roma Roasters (besides the occasionally spotty wireless) is that they don’t allow you to plug your laptop into the power outlet.
Some outlets have locks on them and another has a sign saying you’ll be asked to leave if you even think about plugging in.
Argh! I’ve been so productive, but the battery is almost dead. Time to go be productive at home. And maybe blog about my life or something. #
Charles Miller (of The Fishbowl) takes Joel Spolsky to task for peddling some essentially conservative advice:
How cool: Knife block head
This completely ROCKS MY FACE OFF! Link of the century: turning an Epson dot-matrix printer into an instrument (scroll down to listen to the kickass audio samples) #
So I Googled it, watched the trailer, and low and behold, my defamation of non-traditional relationships sensors went off. See what I mean:
Boy: Marriage does have its benefits…laughter…
Girl: You’re never going to propose to me are you?
Boy: Yeah, what, no, you said you didn’t believe in marriage. Is this a joke?
Girl: You can’t keep swinging from branch to branch, eventually you’re going to have to pick one and settle down.
Boy: Oh c’mon, what is it with you and this settling…I’m not just going to pick any old random branch, it has to be a smart, funny, pretty, sexually adept branch. It’s the perfect branch.
Girl: If you keep looking for the perfect branch, you’re going to end up one lonely monkey.
All I gotta say is, what’s so wrong with being alone or swinging from branch to branch? #
I was a picky eater, so I’m not sure this would have worked for me: Generation Pad Thai (but I like the idea)
I am not a programmer though I write code. I do not play with programming languages in my spare time. I do not learn new languages for fun. But still I find it so interesting reading about people who do: Lisp is sin and The Perils of JavaSchools #
This bothers me VERY VERY much:
Which search engines other than Google received requests [from the Department of Justice] to provide search records? Yahoo, AOL, and MSN were also asked to supply search records information, and all complied. Google did not, and that is why the DoJ asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order the company to do so.
FIGHT THE MAN! #
Oh no, the NYT ruins everything! Why Is Everybody Going to Cambodia? (I know why…)
Whoa, Steve Jobs in control of Disney? Jobs to scoop $3.5bn as Pixar board approves Disney takeover #
Dang it, Internet Explorer FUCKING SUCKS!
I try to be all cool and embed a Google Map in a blog post and IE won’t even display my blog anymore!
More information here: Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site, Operation aborted “Google Map API error”
So enclosing your code in a function and triggering it using
I’m not sure about this whole Performancing thing, given that I first heard about them via an ad on Boingboing, given that their website looks a little too cheesy. But they’ve just released a new version of a tool for blogging with Firefox (giving the overfunded Flock a run for their money) which suggests they might be sticking around. #
Quote of the day: I made a thing, right? So call me a producer. I produce things. I would not say entrepreneur – the enterprise of the thing was always dragged along by the thing itself. (I feel like this often) #
Christy on adolescence: I see a hollow protest against conformity that ends up being its own conformity. #
Quote of the day: Isaacs threw a party for his students, at which he served Tab. “I was surprised at how many of them drank it,” he said. “One was putting Scotch in it. I mean, that sounds fucking awful.” #
Send Tim flour, get a mention on his blog: I came back from a couple of days out of the office, and Sandy, my assistant, said, “Oh, and you have these three bags of flour…” #
The weird thing is, I’ve seen this album cover before, but I’ve got no idea where.
This is great. MS defaces O’Reilly books in IT security print ad: Afraid to tell people what books their developers are really reading?
Can you see what’s missing? Two things were changed. #
I love boingboing for fearlessly amplifying the rebellion: Script to replace Google logo with Evil Google logo (What happens when the people have a different idea about what “Do No Evil” means?)
Lazy web idea: write a Firefox plugin that performs “subversive” Google searches in the background to increase individual privacy while overwhelming government/corporate spooks. #
To read later: Feeding fury
Mark Rothko was an unknown abstract expressionist when he won a plum commission – to provide paintings for New York’s swankiest restaurant. So why did he pull out and give them to the Tate?