December, 2001: 70 posts.
What else am I up to today? Well, I spent about 45 minutes using tweezers pulling bits of grass and brush out of my favorite green wool sweater. I made the mistake of wearing it when we went out to the Laguna Mountains to watch the meteor showers a few weeks ago. I got quite a bit of the woods caught in the wool and there was no simple way to get it out. I tried Jenny’s lintroller and that brush just laughed at me. Thus, the tweezers.
I can’t think of a single thing you have to use tweezers for that is a good thing. I remember when I used to work in the ER little kids would sometimes get cockroaches caught in their ear and they had to go in there and get it out, which is a tricky operation, because when you have a damn cockroach in your ear, you sure as heck don’t want to stay still.
What was I talking about? Oh yes, some things are difficult work, and can only be done with patience and special tools.
The information revolution is altering the nature of conflict across the spectrum. We call attention to two developments in particular. First, this revolution is favoring and strengthening network forms of organization, often giving them an advantage over hierarchical forms. The rise of networks means that power is migrating to nonstate actors, because they are able to organize into sprawling multiorganizational networks (especially “all-channel” networks, in which every node is connected to every other node) more readily than can traditional, hierarchical, state actors. This means that conflicts may increasingly be waged by “networks,” perhaps more than by “hierarchies.” It also means that whoever masters the network form stands to gain the advantage.
Why does software cost so much? And when did I become so cost conscious about software? I guess it’s also that I always viewed Painter as a frivolity. It’s not strictly necessary for me to have it to do web work, so why spend hundreds to keep it upgraded? I see software like games or “fun stuf” as an extravagance. And I suppose I see letting loose my artistic tendencies as an extravangance.
Maybe I should start seeing that part of me not as an “extra” – but rather as part of my “core.”
Looks like Neil Young has written a song about it called “Let’s Roll” — and I really want to listen to it. Anyone have a copy? I should check Neil Young sites — and I suppose it’s time to look at P2P clients again for when there’s stuff like this.
This morning I put in a lackluster performance of racquetball. Once home, I napped for about 5 hours. Everything behind my nose feels like it’s filled with silly putty.
Jenny rented several movies the other day, one of which was the new Planet of the Apes. It did not make me well. What the heck happened to Tim Burton. He did a nice job with Batman, and of course Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. And I’ve always been a fan of animation, so I remember seeing Frankenweenie for the first time vividly.
So why the recent lameness in his work? Has he gotten soft? What happened to the brilliance he showed in Ed Wood?
The larger question is this — why remake movies which had real vision? The original Planet of the Apes may be an old movie, but it was a solidly made one. Why re-envision it?
Thinking of the movie business as not making any sense is not a particularly original idea, I suppose.
“We’ve been reading about how thorough the Department of Justice is,” said James R.E. Smith, who made anthrax and other bioweapons at Detrick and other Army facilities from 1943 to 1971. “That’s a bunch of nonsense. They haven’t investigated me.”
Smith, 84, now retired in Port Charlotte, Fla., said, “I’ve got the education to do it. I live alone. I’ve got two baths, so I could use one as a lab. I want to be examined as a potential terrorist.”
He added, more seriously, that he is alarmed about the quality of the investigation because it has not scrutinized people like him: “Part of being thorough is talking to people who are knowledgeable about anthrax.”
What I’m waiting for is the ability to go down to the swap meet and buy everything that would be in the local Tower Records – on something the size of a single hard drive. In a Bruce Sterling novel people talk about having a copies of the Library of Congress — well, I want a copy of Tower Records!
– You have two cows.
– You sell one and buy a bull.
– Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
– You sell them and retire on the income.
Enron Venture Capitalism
– You have two cows.
– You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The Annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
– No Balance Sheet provided with the release.
Q&A: The Internet and People with Disablities Part I and Part II
Got this at work via Ingrid – who should start keeping a journal!
I ask only because the Google usenet archive is current news right now. And another piece of current news is that the Web Standards Project is going on hiatus. I think WSP pushed for good things from Netscape and Microsoft. I had a part in writing the mission statement. I’ve had that early email of the alpha version of the mission statement on my site for a while. It evolved with the work of many more articulate than I into a fine mission statement. I wish that the [stds] mailing list archive were online. I’d like to be able to see those first discussions again — that vital energy was infectious, and empowering. We felt like we could take on the world! Or at least change the software development directions of two multimillion dollar companies.
In the end, I don’t know how much effect WSP had. But it remains as it has been in my Fellow Founding Member biography: I am “proud to be involved, even cursorily, with something as worthwhile as the WaSP.
Riverside / Beat Farmers
Village of the Sun / Frank Zappa
Streets of Bakersfield / Dwight Yoakam
Screenwriter’s Blues / Soul Coughing
Surfin’ USA / The Beach Boys
San Diego Serenade / Tom Waits
Santa Monica / Everclear
San Berd’ino / Frank Zappa
i found the exact code i needed from one of your examples, thanks!!!! my deadline is still intact.
didn’t leave an email address or last name, but I don’t mind. It’s nice to get positive feedback.
There have been some mishaps for WebStandards.org over the years – the initial signup-for-support database was lost if I remember correctly – and various discussion lists which were once vital are nowhere to be found on the site. I think that there’s still a role for an advocacy organization to champion Jane Q. Developer. Luckily, WSP is only hibernating — it’s not dead.
Canada has put its house in order. It’s time to ask the U.S. hard questions about how Sept. 11 was allowed to happen is a difficult article from Lawrence Martin of Canada’s Globe and Mail. It contains fair questions about why some CIA and FBI asses haven’t been fired with regards to the glaring intelligence failures of September 11th.
I had in mind a statement from Wesley Wark, one of Canada’s foremost intelligence experts and a consultant to the Privy Council on such matters. “What is happening in the United States took me by surprise,” he said. “I anticipated that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, there would be an enormous hue and cry to find out what went wrong. There has been no hue and cry in the United States. No recriminations, nothing even similar to what happened after Pearl Harbor in 1941…. The United States has drawn a veil of silence over the issue of intelligence failure.”
I’ll be checking vfth.com again.
How’d I find it? A casual mention on backupbrain
Truth be told, I learn a great deal by looking at how sites do their thing. I remember visiting amazon a long time ago and seeing how they generate extra url stuff and wondering what it was. I distinctly remember opening and closing browsers to see how I could mess with it and see if I could fool it. I also love tweaking url strings to see if sites still work when the urls are messed with. As you see what happens as you add and remove elements you get a sense for what’s happening “under the hood.”
I suppose my behavior is an amplified version of a a monkey with a twig poking at anthills.
It appears to be down at the moment. Google it and grab a mirror today!
Apache-mySQL-PHP installation tutorial
Apple’s OSX Downloads
Building OpenSSH 2.5.2 on Mac OS X 10.0.1
Building Zope and Python on MacOS X Server
Mac OS X / Mac OS X Server Resources
MacNN’s OSX News
MacOSX Tips & Tricks
Set Up Hosts in NetInfo
Setting up your OSX from scratch
Tips & Tricks for OS X Unix
VersionTracker.com’s MacOSX Software Updates
XIcons from MacNN – Icons like crazy!
I picked it up at The Comic Gallery. The clerk asked me if I had read it yet – presumably some folks are buying second copies – a reading copy and a save copy. I told him no, and he told me it was powerful stuff. I further told him that I had picked up the original Dark Knight at this very store, when I was taking Driver’s Ed classes across the street. He had been a clerk there even then, though I don’t recall if I bought it from him originally. He was a bit floored and muttered something about feeling old. I replied that well, how old does that make me?!?!
It’s a very odd feeling to return after 15 years to buy the sequel to a comic book.
But not altogether unpleasant.
… you’d think that Linux was failing on the desktop. It’s not, any more than, say, Saab is failing on the highway…
In the end, those kids at Columbine committed suicide. And maybe the question should not just be, Why did those kids want to kill everybody else? The question should be, Why did they want to die? Those were some pretty unhappy kids. But you’re not allowed to be unhappy in high school. If you’re not with the program, they send you to therapy, they medicate you out of it. They don’t leave you any room to just be a surly teenager.
I am thankful as hell that I was allowed to be a surly, quasi-happy teen. I was a mess, but I was never forced to put on a happy face. I was always told that life is hard. It’s normal and usual to have a stressful time as a human being. It’s reassuring in a way that you can depend on life being hard.
Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School looks worth a read.
Cutthroat = Racquetball with 3 players. Heckuva workout. I am definitely getting in better shape. Granted, I’m not in good shape yet. But I am in better shape.
My shape has been a difficult issue my whole life. I’m overweight. Ideally I can integrate behaviors into my life which help the issue in a painless manner.
And now, bedtime.
A Few Links on Professionalism:
Tom DeMarco: Professional Awareness in Software Engineering
American Society of Safety Engineers: Scope of a Safety Professional
Steve McConnell: Software Engineering Professionalism Website
Philip Greenspun: Redefining Professionalism for Software Engineers
A Few Links on Micropayments:
Clay Shirky: The Case Against Micropayments
Jakob Nielsen: The Case for Micropayments
The w3c: Micropayments Overview
Scott McCloud: Coins of the Realm II
Jakob Nielsen v. Seth Godin in Business2.0: Micropayments Debate
The Industry Standard: Web Publishers Learn to Love Micropayments
The Industry Standard: Amazon’s ‘Honor System’ to Handle Micropayments for Other Sites
NYT: If You Like This Story, Click Here to Pay Me
Current King of Small Transactions: PayPal
window.sidebar.addPanel()which takes three string parameters, the first is the name of the page, the second is a URL, and the third is to provide users with a page to customize the tab itself. I’m not using that, so it’s blank.
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But then, few have a gift for putting events and time into perspective. Perhaps the reason we don’t see more of what I want is because few can actually do the kind of research and thinking to put them together. Maybe I need to watch C-SPAN more. Booknotes, for example. often has smart people with something to say about history. And why? Because ideally, authors spend time and energy to compile lots of information, and sift through all of it to get a sense of what happened. I’d like more news outlets to act like historians. If they did, perhaps we’d all be better prepared for unexpected events.
Avid readers may remember my happiness at upgrading painter. This new New Year’s Header was made with that and my hand. I also did some futzing with drawing as well. Didn’t save anything though. Maybe next header I’ll do even more with the brush. I enjoy making these ornamental graphics. They’re useless but fun.
Coincidentally, today I got a hit on artlung.com from an altavista search for “be a cartoonist” (in quotes). Apparently I’m the #1 hit for that search. This goes to show how out of touch altavista is, I think. I have no particular advice for would-be cartoonists. Better to ask Mark Martin or even Scott Adams. I think that the search hit is a result of the exact phrase “be a cartoonist” in a blog entry from August. At the time, the blog lived on the home page, and that’s what altavista indexed.