Television Abstinence

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…

My name in treeware

Neat!

Tim Bray on Don’t Invent XML Languages

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

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…

Elastic Homepage and Hidden Comments

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…

Sane vs. Neurotic XML

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…

On Inspiration

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…

Hilarious and Spring

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,…

A Belated New Year’s

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…

A haircut in the French style

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…

Mt. Tamalpais State Park and the Golden Gate Bridge

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,…

Loose lips show up on the blog

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…

Grocery Stores of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol

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 know you’ve been sitting in front of the computer for too long when…

…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.

From Twin Peaks to Pilobolus

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…

$36,130,000,000

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…