Friday night Leona flew in from Oregon, so we met up with her, Chris, and Marcia to show off the apartment and explore our neighborhood. Walked down to Polk and ended up eating outdoors at Shalamar’s. We all ordered at…
Most people know that I try to maintain an almost pollyannish aura of optimism towards our government. It’s a survival strategy. I see the slow march of democratic progress in almost economic terms. History has shown that bad times come…
Was late getting ready for work yesterday morning so I took the bus that drops off above Sausalito again. Angel Island in the morning, seen from the Sausalito hills
A few weeks ago I finally got around to doing a test install of Gallery 2, the latest and much improved version of the open source software that runs my photo gallery. Update: I no longer use Gallery to manage…
The WordPress importer for Blogger doesn’t use the already published post “slug”—which is necessary for maintaining the permalinks (aka the URLs) of imported posts. Instead the importer generates brand new permalinks based on the post titles, using rules that diverge…
I haven’t been motivated to write about this lately as my feelings on the subject are both well-known, and I think, so non-controversial as to border on blase. I feel how I feel, and I think my attitude reflects a…
“Mommy, there’s a man in the ATM!” How cops lock up their bikes in Sausalito
Let’s say I have two objects that map in CRUD fashion to two database tables that are in a one-to-many relationship. A good example would be blog posts and comments. A blog post can have many comments, but a comment…
I feel sick even downloading IE7, but what the heck. Requires a 14.8MB download! Compare that to Firefox 2.0 RC3‘s mere 5.6MB. Watching IE7 install (verifying the genuineness of my copy of Windows, installing things all over the place, cranking…
Yesterday on Boing Boing, David Pescovitz posted a link to a Toilet Halloween costume, calling it “deeply depressing disturbing.” Even worse, the product description for the costume says: A Child toilet costume is perfect for every potty mouth kid– Use…
I love the way Jimmy Wales thinks: Imagine there existed a budget of $100 million to purchase copyrights to be made available under a free license. What would you like to see purchased and released under a free license? (via…
Almost two years ago I had a salad at a Lebanese restaurant in Accra, Ghana (at two different restaurants actually) that I’ve remembered to this day. And all this time I’ve wanted to make it myself. I finally did last…
At Federated Media, any individual can buy ads on any of our 80+ sites. When they submit their creative, it’s very likely it’ll be animated. There’s probably no doubt that animated ads are more effective at attracting attention than their…
Update: I’m no longer interested in maintaining Resizable Form Fields, which was based on an early version of Raik Jürgens’ Resizeable Textarea, which he’s apparently decided to continue supporting into Firefox 3. So I’m removing all download links to my…
According to the new Firefox 2 defaults, I am guilty of opening too many tabs. At an average window width of 1024px (though I’m usually browsing at around 1200px) you can only open 10 tabs with the newly enforced tabMinWidth…
Like science? Like blogging? Anton’s putting together a North Carolina Science Blogging Conference on Saturday, January 20, 2007.
This is a free, open and public event for scientists, educators, students, journalists, bloggers and anyone interested in discussing science communication, education and literacy on the Web.
Give them enough rope… GOP Officials Brace for Loss Of Seven to 30 House Seats #
Quote of the day: Piracy is a business model, bonus insight from Cory:
Content isn’t king. If I sent you to a desert island and gave you the choice of taking your friends or your movies, you’d choose your friends — if you chose the movies, we’d call you a sociopath. Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.
Another thing I totally didn’t know existed: Mate is a highly caffeinated infusion prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water #
Ha! A casualty on the information superhighway: Help! YouTube is killing my business!
One place where YouTube’s success isn’t being celebrated is in the offices of Universal Tube and Rollerform Equipment Corp. near Toledo, Ohio. The company, which sells used machinery for making tubes to clients worldwide, has seen its site utube.com knocked off line by millions of online searchers looking for video site.
WTF headline of the day: Rodent Extinctions Linked To Changes in Earth’s Orbit #
Holy Moley! Two Gallants get beat up by a cop in Houston: This One Goes to Eleven and Houston Two Gallants show leads to arrests, alleged police brutality (which reminds me, I need to get tix for their doubleheader this weekend at Bottom of the Hill) (Thanks, Jackie!)
Marcia pisses off (and on) the Litquake crowd: San Franciscans sure are young, well-dressed and attractive #
Eric Meyer on his new oven’s Sabbath Mode
So when the oven is in Sabbath mode, you input the temperature and cook time you want. Then you press start, and for a random amount of time that ranges from 30 seconds to a minute, nothing happens. Then the oven kicks on. Ta-daaa! Indirect action! Sure, you pressed all those buttons, but the random time delay is enough to get around your religion’s restrictions on Sabbath work. It’s all, pardon the term, kosher.
Check out the neat archive format for Postcard from Provence, a painting blog
Via Jason Kottke at Poptech:
Bruce [Sterling] also related a story told to him by an engineering professor friend of his. The prof split his class into two groups. The first group, the John Henrys, had to study and learn exclusively from materials available at the library…no internet allowed. The second group, the Baby Hueys, could use only the internet for research and learning…no primary source lookups at the library. After a few weeks, he had to stop this experiment because the John Henrys were lagging so far behind the Baby Hueys that it is was unfair to continue.
Anton in the News & Observer: For conversing by blog, follow the golden rule
To read later: The beast has awoken; or, The beginning of Web 2.0 #
This is so awesome it blows my mind: Vietnamese-born artist Binh Danh prints photographs onto living leaves #
Choice quotes on the front pages this morning:
Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world…Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared and distrusted countries in the world.
(via the San Jose Mercury News: Tillman brother’s anger)
And then there’s this awesome zinger from the Chronicle:
Video of the day! This is our president:
One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see — I’ve forgot the name of the program — but you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes.
(via arse poetica)
Want to see “the ranch”? Check out my post from last year: Mean time before rendezvous with the Secret Service #
Quote of the day: I just love Google, they’re soooo cute and cuddly and adorable and awesome! #
This is who I work with: small, focused groups intent on making a simple, useful product are all I ever want to be a part of. #
THIS IS THE AWESOMEST THING EVAR!!1
The Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator or The TSA Emperor Has No Clothes
Vice President Dick Cheney said this week that dunking terrorist suspects in water during questioning is a “no-brainer,” prompting complaints from human rights advocates that he was endorsing the use of a controversial technique known as waterboarding on prisoners held by the United States.
Dick Cheney should be tarred and feathered #
GooTube insight of the day: As Google looked at it they bought a 6 month exclusive on widespread video copyright infringement. #