Thursday morning, I got an IM from my Dad: so if I were to appear on your doorstep in a couple of days for a few days what type of impact would that be to your lifestyle Heh. No problem!…
Photog Sues After Picture Appears On Burundi Currency [Kelly] Fajack says he’s not a litigious person and would give groups like NGOs permission to use his images for free. He says he probably would have granted Burundi officials permission to…
After some wine tasting around the town of Sonoma, we took the narrow Trinity Road to Napa Valley for an early 5:15 reservation at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Restaurant in St. Helena. Stephanie and I have driven by…
Indeed, indeed it is. Am I so audacious as to write this post in IE6 on Ubuntu? Indeed I am. Why would anyone want to even contemplate doing this? To test webpages in the browser still used by 65-85% of…
These days I’m up around 7:30am pretty consistently, so I can leave for work by 8:40. It takes about 50 minutes on average to get down to Sausalito in light traffic, which is pretty good considering it’s a hair under…
Last year Mark gave a rousing review of his experience at the Crucible’s annual Fire Arts Festival in Oakland. “They had these fire torches that shot flames up within range of the BART trains traveling overhead,” he said. I was…
Apartment hunting in San Francisco can be daunting. The first burden to overcome is learning the neighborhoods. Luckily, San Francisco is a relatively small big city, with 800,000 inhabitants in an area roughly the shape of a square, 7 miles…
Even before I knew I had a job at Federated Media in Sausalito, Stephanie and I were envisioning what it’d be like to live in San Francisco. In part for the experience (I’m frequently reminded that being young and childless…
Two weeks ago, after coming back from the Fire Festival at 2 in the morning, Stephanie and I got up early and went down to the city to look at apartments together. We saw an expensive 4th floor apartment in…
Has anyone heard about Scoopt?
When you send Scoopt a photo, you automatically grant us an exclusive worldwide licence to market that photo for a period of three months. During this three-month period, you agree not to publish the photo anywhere else.
When the three months are up, the licence becomes non-exclusive. We will still try to sell your photo but now you can also publish it yourself on a photoblog or a picture sharing site — or anywhere else at all.
Quote of the day: Encoded with ROT26—circumvention will be prosecuted! #
File this under “how to decline an invitation to the White House”
It is our belief that the current administration of George W. Bush has used the mass communication of words and images in ways that have seriously harmed the political discourse in America. We therefore feel it would be inconsistent with those values previously stated to accept an award celebrating language and communication, from a representative of an administration that has engaged in a prolonged assault on meaning.
Santa Rosa in song lyrics:
down in Santa Rosa over the bay
across the grapevine to L.A. #
8 years is like a millenium online!
Geeky for sure: Text-Messaging Shorthand for Geeks Using Server Response Codes #
Check out some of the new features coming to us in Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 1: browser session restore in case of a crash, support for client-side session and persistent storage, ability to re-open accidentally closed tabs… #
Neat: Katrina Cottages
Rising from the ruins of Katrina, new cottage prototypes revolutionize the concept of affordable housing and embody a movement to rebuild the character of Gulf Coast towns.
Wikipedia article of the day: Bohemian Grove is a 2700-acre campground located at 20601 Bohemian Ave, Monte Rio, California 95462 belonging to a private San Francisco-based men’s fine arts club known as the Bohemian Club. Every year (since 1899) Bohemian Grove is the location of a two-week (covering three weekends) encampment, beginning in the middle of July, of some of the most powerful men in the world. (note: Bohemian Grove is unrelated to Lair of the Golden Bear) #
Craigslist quote of the day: wife says must sell [2003 Honda Silverwing] to get a boat #
On Grape Nuts: The only positive that comes from this product is that it effectively sharpens your teeth as you eat it, or at least, polishes the pieces of teeth that have snapped off as you fruitlessly gnaw away. #
You can now display recent images rather than random images. Neat, huh? #
So sad that this country has inflicted this president on itself.
President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program that intercepts Americans’ international calls and e-mails, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday.
And from yesterday’s news, but relevant taken together:
I say, we do appear to have a president completely out of control. #
New interesting idea: Is the nation state under threat from the rise of the super-city? #
Infographic of the day: (ashamed of my government) #
Photo of the day:
“I realized that the problem was not that they were trying to imitate the other person but that they weren’t capable of ordering anything themselves, and it was just unnecessary cruelty to point that out to them,” Kenny told me not long ago. He said he was getting more and more people of that sort. “Why is that?” I asked. “The country’s going that way,” he said glumly.
Ex-SILS prof in Wired News:
Headline of the day: [Nobel] Peace prize winner ‘could kill’ [President George W.] Bush (via ae) #
Listening to Steven Miles, author of the book Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror on Forum this morning was absolutely horrifying. That our “democracy” could turn so malignant so quickly is perhaps the most terrifying. #
On the baseball cards industry:
Linguistic coolness: Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names
I made a quick script to part-of-speech tag the original list of 6,500 artist names that we were considering. This left us with a set of common band name grammars (popular ones were NNP NNP and NNP #.)
Two excerpts from the same article on the Daily Show’s take on Net Neutrality, first the fluff:
Mocked by comedian Jon Stewart for calling the Internet a bunch of tubes, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Thursday he is open to going on Stewart’s popular “Daily Show” for a rebuttal.
and then the moneyshot:
One congressional aide said the show had explained the controversial Net neutrality issue “better than any corporate lobbyist or policymaker I know.”
How fucking incompetent can one president be?
President Bush said yesterday that he is sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice back to the Middle East today to negotiate an end to the bloodshed in Lebanon and Israel, amid widespread criticism that the United States has waited too long to push for an end to the conflict.
I vote NO CONFIDENCE again and again and again.
Joel Spolsky agrees:
maybe the current Bush presidency has given you the idea that it’s ok to make fun of the scientists, inventors, researchers and programmers who are creating the future, finding cures for your diseases, building the spreadsheets you use to figure out how much commission you’re making, and educating your idiot progeny. Maybe a know-nothing in the White House has given you the idea that it’s somehow acceptable now to poke fun of geeks and nerds, in big two-page ad spreads on the inside front cover of a magazine for founders of startups.
You tell it brother! #
To read later: Dave Johnson’s Beyond blogging: Understanding feeds and publishing protocols (pdf) #