I’ve often contemplated starting a daily photo blog (I may still), but as it turns out, I may not need to. This year I posted to my blog 195 times (not counting neatlinks), and included over 369 photos and screenshots…
Welcome the new additions to the family: After moving into my first apartment, the only room I felt I knew how to outfit appropriately was the kitchen. I had 3 rooms to furnish, and ended up spending over half of…
I heart the Golden Gate Bridge—in all its international orange glory. Possibly the best part about working in Sausalito is that I get to cross the bridge twice a day (and twice a week on bike). The skies were quite…
At this point, I’m not yet sure if this is a wall for art, or a wall of art, but either way, I like it. While shopping for Christmas presents at Kindred in Santa Rosa last month, I stumbled upon…
I like to buy a bunch of flowers when I get groceries. It usually costs $6-8, which seemed like a waste at first, but after a while, it’s really nice having a bunch of flowers in a vase, which in…
Waited in line for half an hour this morning afternoon at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe on Jones and O’Farrell. This was going to be my first meal of the day, and it was already after 1. I’ve walked by before…
I keep wanting to write something about living in the city, but I’m hesitant to do so, because how I feel is such a moving target. Last week I was struck by a bout of typical beginning-of-the-year boredom. So that’s…
Don’t take away our khat! [The Somali Islamic Courts Council] attracted support from residents who have known little but violent anarchy, bitter clan rivalry and squabbling warlords since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991. But bent on introducing sharia, Islamic law, the Islamists angered Somalis who are traditionally moderate Muslims after they formally banned the popular khat in November. #
A lesson for Virgil Goode: The first Muslim elected to Congress, [Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minn], says he will take his oath of office using a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson to make the point that “religious differences are nothing to be afraid of.” (thanks Dad!) #
I just got sucked into Ken Rockwell’s link-i-rific articles on photography: How to do anything photographic. I find it rare these days that I get totally sucked into a site rather than just skimming the first few paragraphs of a post. Let me just say one thing: dude is prolific.
Something tells me Ken’s opinions upset a lot of people—which I like. I like strong opinions. Why Your Camera Does Not Matter is a good place to start. I don’t disagree with the thesis “The less time and effort you spend worrying about your equipment the more time and effort you can spend creating great images,” but now I am seriously doubting dropping $1200 on a Rebel XTi + lens. #
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE PRESIDENT YOU ELECTED ALLOWED THIS:
Captives at Guantanamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed. There was an unknown bearded longhaired (detainee) gagged w/duct tape that had covered much of his head.
Video to watch later: Lawrence Lessig at 23C3 On Free, and the Differences between Culture and Code #
Quote of the day: As a former mail-room shipper, it gives me major cargo-wood. –Cory Doctorow #
Habari relies on PHP5 with PHP Data Objects (PDO), and your choice of SQL database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite). Habari is strongly object oriented, and implements the full suite of the Atom Publishing Protocol. #
No good: In a contradiction between its grants and its endowment holdings, a Times investigation has found, the [Bill & Melinda Gates] foundation reaps vast financial gains every year from investments that contravene its good works. #
Quote of the day: [Steve Jobs] indicated that the company set out to develop a smart phone that would make today’s current smart phones look dumb. (lots more info here) #
The Secaucus Chamber of Commerce must be in damage control mode today: The way we tracked the dispersion of the smell and the prevailing winds indicates that it came from New Jersey, somewhere near Secaucus #
I love that the name of this column is called “How 2.0″ Create a lasting cast of nature’s perfect crystals with a drop of chilled superglue #
This might be why I do what I do: I never stopped looking for that optimistic future. It’s something every tech nerd craves and I think that’s why we got into the technology field to start with: to make the world better. #
Props to all my white and nerdy peeps up in Sebastopol. #
Crappiest SERP URL of the day:
Adel Hamad was a teacher of elementary school orphans, a hospital worker, and someone who coordinated the delivery of food, medicine and blankets to refugees. He has been imprisoned for 5 years and classified as an enemy combatant, despite the lack of any allegations or evidence that he ever acted against the U.S. or its allies, or even had political sympathies for those who did.
Damn. Why even bother with a TV: Dell’s 22″ 1680×1050 Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor (E228WFP) for only $296! #
My goodness: A new ad campaign, in which [AT&T] will spend more billions of dollars to erase the impression that it spent billions of dollars to [advertise the Cingular brand] over the last two years, will start Monday. By April, all you will remember is that Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. #
Quote of the day: DON’T LET FAUX-KLINGLONS SEND REAL AMERICANS TO WAR! —Rep. David Wu #
This will probably resolve itself: Congress to Send Critics to Jail, but ironically only if bloggers get the word out. Hooray for bloggers being the most voracious protectors of free speech rights (as compared to the mainstream media). The only way to protect free speech is to practice it.
37signals fodder: Microsoft says that the problem was that users couldn’t find and use the more obscure features of Word, Excel and the other Office tools. No, that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that there were too many features, those features were poorly designed, and the different Office applications implemented those features inconsistently. The applications were broken—not the user interface #
I am going to keep this up until this STOPS! These are the words of Jumah al-Dossari currently being held at Guantanamo. I am starting to believe the only reason they are being kept there is that if they were set free, many many people would be charged with crimes against humanity: At Guantanamo, soldiers have assaulted me, placed me in solitary confinement, threatened to kill me, threatened to kill my daughter and told me I will stay in Cuba for the rest of my life. They have deprived me of sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and shined intense lights in my face. They have placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the ability to go to the bathroom or wash for prayers. They have wrapped me in the Israeli flag and told me there is a holy war between the Cross and the Star of David on one hand and the Crescent on the other. They have beaten me unconscious.
Yikes! America’s top pork producer, [Smithfield Foods] churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat. #
This tickles me: #
Has this guy been living under a rock? The longtime treasurer of Alcona County in northeast lower Michigan has been removed from his job and charged with nine felonies for allegedly stealing county money to invest in the notorious online Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Scheme #
Man oh man, I find this article excellent. #
While exploring Wikipedia tonight, I learned that the [Halifax_Explosion] was the largest artificial explosion until the first atomic bomb test explosion in 1945 and still ranks highly among the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions. #
“It” is a mountain lion: “Jim was talking to me all through this, and he said, ‘I’ve got a pen in my pocket and get the pen and jab him in the eye,'” she said. “So I got the pen and tried to put it in his eye, but it didn’t want to go in as easy as I thought it would.” When the pen bent and became useless, Nell Hamm went back to using the log.
Always forgetting Alt+F2 opens the run command dialog box in Ubuntu #
I thought that was the case: If you’re used to windows, you’re used to a ‘persistent clipboard’. That is, if you copy something from one program, close it and paste in another, it will paste. ubuntu only pastes if the first program is still open. How annoying! Is there anyway to fix this? #
Wow, this means war. Both the Debian and Ubuntu communities are working on Linux installers that operate within Windows, to help reduce the barriers and speed the adoption of using a free operating system. #
Quote of the day: The papers allege that the [record] companies, “ostensibly competitors in the recording industry, are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and public policy” by bringing the piracy cases jointly and using the same agency “to make extortionate threats … to force defendants to pay.” (via Corey) #
Oops: the Cartoon Network acknowledged placing several devices containing magnetic lighting circuitry along Boston’s major thoroughfares are as part of a promotional campaign of its animated show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” #
Playing with: “white noise” generator with sox for Linux