Tuesday is actually my birthday, but I’ve been celebrating it (along with Stephanie) all weekend. Friday night Conrad was DJing at a furniture store in Hayes Valley. Dawn, Mark, and Marcia came down from Sonoma County to see him, so…
Stephanie and I got to Yountville early. Like 2 hours early. We walked around the vintage shops mall, which had pretty much nothing we wanted, and only 20 minutes passed. So we hopped back in the car and drove down…
I’ve let myself get completely wrapped up in the whole story, since the moment I first heard about the missing person’s report on SF Metroblogging. Apparently I’m not alone. But I don’t get it. What happened that caused the Kims…
Did I mention I’ve been biking to work (again)? It’s only 7.87 miles! Back in Chapel Hill, I used to bike to work (and back) every day because there was no parking at our building. That and work was only…
Leeks, lemons, tangerines, apples, and celery roots. Subscription is the best thing to happen to vegetables since the agricultural revolution. I’m a total convert. I should eat more fresh vegetables like everybody, but when you put me in front of…
Discontent spurs innovation for sure, but sometimes in the least expected ways. How much should we be thanking Microsoft for its narrow vision of the web, its monopolistic business practices, and the browser it put out to pasture for over…
I worry about the day when I’m no longer able to correctly answer CAPTCHAs, and computers stop thinking I’m human.
Something changed when I got to San Francisco. Even though living in a city for the first time was an incredible challenge, I felt in some ways more settled and more stable than in Santa Rosa. Thus several chores that…
This recipe for an hors d’oeuvre came to me in a flash tonight. Suffice it to say I haven’t made it or tasted it yet: From bottom to top assemble: very thinly sliced and toasted bread, or crostini 1 large…
In May, I added the ability to put a PayPal donation button at the bottom of my posts, partly because of an email I got from someone who wasn’t willing to pay for a custom WordPress plugin, but said that…
I enjoyed Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, but it didn’t scare me. Nothing he suggested sounded too alarmist, everything he described pretty much fit my model of how we treat the environment. I support the movie so much that…
On Saturday Stephanie and I took a bus, a train, a plane, and a car to get to Austin. Above southwest Utah, about 50 miles northwest of Cedar City Now we’re here for barely three and a half days, so…
Stephanie put DDR on her Christmas list, and she got what she asked for! Then the whole Watt family joined in the fun. Who would have thunk it? Perfect for working off mom’s chocolate souffle.
It has been 8 and a half years since I left Austin and my family for college in North Carolina. Wow. Compared to the 3 and a half years I lived in Austin during high school, I’m not even sure…
I compiled a list of the least popular posts I’ve written in the last year, and not surprisingly, 8 out of 10 were from November and December, not having had enough time to gestate in the belly of Google. So…
Ha! Rogers Cadenhead on Dave Winer: I can’t think of any high-traffic blogger who put down the crack pipe and reclaimed his life other than Russell Beattie #
Unbelievable news story of the day: Arnaud Stehle said today he and his wife are grateful that publicity about their disappearance over the weekend led to their dramatic rescue five days later in the Santa Cruz mountains, where they had huddled for warmth in a hollowed-out redwood tree. #
“Domestic partners are a separate and unequal institution,” he said, noting that he had not seen details of Migden’s bill. “You don’t get federal benefits or protections, so I’m not sure what category of straight people would want to take that on and wouldn’t want to get married.” I would. #
I’m not a fan of gov’t sanctioned relationships either way: they would not marry until gay and lesbian couples are also allowed to #
I am totally captivated by the search for James Kim
(what a captivating and strange article) #
Indeed: Microsoft is no longer the primary place for technical talent (Niall Kennedy) #
Yikes, I work for an advertising company, and I’m linking to an advertisement. What is the world coming to? But this is pretty cool: American Express’ San Francisco Dish with videos of Thomas Keller and other local Bay Area chefs talking about SF eateries #
I love it, the Wall Street Journal, reporting on a video on YouTube, in a column called “Time Waster!”
Lasse Gjertsen’s YouTube video has no spoken language, zero sudden injuries and nothing in the way of narrative or pop-culture reference. No copyrighted material was harmed in the making of this film. Yet, in just a month, “Amateur” has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, according to YouTube’s tally, and the video earned the highest user ratings over that span — making it a certified viral-video hit.
This makes me SO sick: foreigners being held in overseas military prisons do not have the right to challenge their detention, a right people inside the country normally enjoy. (at this point the only thing I can believe is that these people are being detained unlawfully, and since they’ve been for so long, the evil Bush administration is trying to cover it’s ass by making these people seem like supercriminals) #
Quote of the day: Why does Google seem to be the only Valley company dead-set on innovating? #
Wow, low blow: Global Warming Denier Michael Crichton Fictionalizes Critic as Child Rapist, and excellent response by the critic, Michael Crowley, in the New Republic (get BugMeNot to read the second article) #
Since I happen to be a constituent of Nancy Pelosi’s, every time I find ADDITIONAL reasons to impeach President Bush, I am going to send her an email.
Here is reason #1
Saying that he was mentally damaged as a result of his three years and eight months in a naval brig in South Carolina, lawyers for Jose Padilla asked a federal judge in Miami yesterday to determine his competency to stand trial on terrorism conspiracy charges.
Also, in the SF Bay Guardian this week: Enough of Bush’s war: Pelosi needs to let impeachment proceed #
Thing I did not even know:
Between 2001 and March 2006, over 1,900 Guatemalan women and girls have been brutally murdered. Exceptional cruelty and sexual violence characterize many of the killings. Some of the victims had their throats cut, were beaten, shot or stabbed to death. Many of their bodies show signs of rape, torture, mutilation or dismemberment.
Why only until March 2006? What happened in 2001? #
The faculty of Southern Methodist University on the creation of a presidential library on their campus for George W. Bush:
“We count ourselves among those who would regret to see SMU enshrine attitudes and actions widely deemed as ethically egregious: degradation of habeas corpus, outright denial of global warming, flagrant disregard for international treaties, alienation of long-term U.S. allies, environmental predation, shameful disrespect for gay persons and their rights, a preemptive war based on false and misleading premises, and a host of other erosions of respect for the global human community and for this good Earth on which our flourishing depends.”
Can I just say: OUCH! And well-written. Bush is going to have a lonely retirement. #
Road of the day: Magnificient Guoliang Tunnel Road in China
On the deadweight loss of Christmas.
Brilliant! Richard Dawkins on Santa Claus: Together we should be working toward a point in the not-so-distant future where the words “Santa Claus” or “Kris Kringle” or “Father Christmas” create the same response as fingernails on a chalkboard. #
Included with the license you’ll find the 2007 Microsoft Office System User Interface Guidelines. This 120 page document includes all of the information you need to implement Office-style UI; think of it as the specification for how the UI needs to work in your product. To stay within the terms of the license, you must follow these guidelines.
and it goes on:
The 120+ page guidelines document is confidential, so you’ll need to visit the licensing site and agree to a short evaluation license before downloading it.
There’s only one limitation: if you are building a program which directly competes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Access (the Microsoft applications with the new UI), you can’t obtain the royalty-free license.
No thankyou! #
Ha! I am going to give you a sequence of minimal length that, when you enter it into a car’s numeric keypad, is guaranteed to unlock the doors of said car. It is exactly 3129 keypresses long, which should take you around 20 minutes to go through. #
Dad on yard work: yesterday I went out and got a brand-new handy-dandy gas-powered leaf mulcher. No more blowing for me. I’m now all into sucking those nasty little tree bio droppings into a bag with their other compariots. #
As an hors d’oeuvre before Christmas dinner, Stephanie and I brought my deconstructed pesto idea to life and we took pictures!
That’s one hour per 17,351 civilian deaths since we invaded Iraq: President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch on Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq (off goes another email urging impeachment to Nancy Pelosi) #
I find these ads interesting in light of this: Do you “Google?”
I will say one thing. I’ve never thought seriously about getting a PDA phone until now.
Palm advertising Treo advertising Orbitz on Orbitz #