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SE edition

Tuesday,  03/22/16  10:07 PM

iPhone recursionYeah so Apple announced the iPhone SE*, so now I can finally get a new phone.  Yippee!

This is a picture from December 2012, when I first bought an iPhone 5 (I've since upgraded to an iPhone 5s).  At the time I thought *it* was too big :)  Yay, smaller phones.

It was a maximally boring announcement, and many are actually wondering if this kind of incremental update shouldn't be announced via a press release instead, saving announcement events for truly new things like Apple Watch or the iCar**.


Apple: 40 years in 40 secondsThe event actually started great but went downhill.  Apple did a nice little 40 years in 40 seconds video, which is kind of cool.  And Tim Cook's defense of Apple's customers' privacy was strong and unambiguous ("we will not shrink from this responsibility").

IMHO the green-ness was a little overdone.  A tepid response from the audience, and the blogosphere.  Carekit - okay, that's cool, and useful.  Points for that, but not big points. 

Then a whole range of incremental product updates: Apple Watch bands, new tvOS, 5" iPhone SE (yay, but yawn), IOS 9.3 (meh), and last but perhaps not least 9.7" iPad Pro (meh).  The most interesting thing in all of that was Apple's explicit positioning of the iPad Pro as a replacement for old PCs (by which they meant, old Windows PCs, but it could apply equally to old Macs too).  I still think iPads are great for consuming content, not for creating it.  I can't yet imagine that a tablet will be my everyday computer.  But of course for many it already is.

So what about my phone-y dreams?  Still just dreams.  Maybe truly revolutionary improvements to the smartphone will come from smaller companies.  Anyone want to embed a projector in their phone?  Or to design a new better input mechanism?  Please, go for it!

* So what does SE mean?  "SE Edition", of course :)

** The Tesla Model 3 event next week should be amazing



Archive: March 20, 2015

Iditarod day twelve: DeeDee in Nome!

Friday,  03/20/15  09:29 AM

I'm delighted to report that early this morning DeeDee Jonrowe finished her thirtieth #Iditarod, pulling into Nome in 31st place at 5:10AM, after ten days on the trail.  This wasn't her fastest or her highest place, but she finished with 15 dogs, the largest team still running, and she finished!  As noted earlier she suffered from severe frostbite earlier in the race, during those cold early days along the Yukon (-40F!), and despite being among the leaders into Huslia, the halfway point, was never able to recover.  Congratulations to her for persevering and finishing, wow.

DeeDee signs the finishing register
(note her fingers!)

Speaking of persevering and finishing, I highly recommend Beyond Ophir, a book by longtime Iditarod musher Jim Lanier, which I've been reading as a delightful companion to the 2015 Iditarod.  It chronicles his first Iditarod, way back in 1979, and is a wonderful collection of stories of a life well led in the wilds of Alaska.  Jim is a retired pathologist (!), and this year at age 74 was the oldest musher in the race.  I was sorry to see he scratched yesterday in Unalakleet, due to "musher illness".

And so ends the 2015 Iditarod (for me at least, there are over 30 mushers still "out there", and the Red Lantern Cindy Abbott has only just checked into Unk).  Each year at the end of the race I have this sad feeling of leaving a strange and cool little world and returning to "the real world", until next year.  Onward!

Oh, and some final pictures...:

Ken Anderson finishes into Nome
Ken Anderson in the Nome stretch

Martin Buser mushes up Front Street
Martin Buser mushes down Front Street toward the burled arch

dog tired in Nome
dog tired after 1,000+ miles ... the Nome dogyard

Northern Light over Nome
Northern Lights over Nome --- WOW

Onward ... until nextyear!

[All 2015 Iditarod posts]


Archive: March 22, 2014

Angry Nerds

Saturday,  03/22/14  09:18 PM

From Atlassian (makers of JIRA) ... Angry Nerds:

I love it.  Check out especially the character descriptions.  And of course ... play it!


Google unjumps the shark

Saturday,  03/22/14  09:33 PM

So... I think Google have unjumped the shark.

I was just looking at some old links I'd saved for possible blogging from the depths of time, three years ago.  At that time I was convinced Google had jumped the shark; that marketing people had taken over from engineers, and the company was headed for a slow sad decline, following in the path of so many technology leaders before.  Check out their home page; I saved this as "Google shark jump 1":

And this as "Google shark jump 2":

Just look at that... I mean, look at it.  Who would ever think this was a nice clean home page?  That black menu is hideous, and there are way too many things going on.  But check out Google's home page today:

A lot cleaner.  Yeah there's still that Google+ junk, but someone has clearly gotten a clue.  And Google have unjumped in a lot of other ways; take the fact that this screenshot uses Chrome, which is now my default browser, having supplanted Firefox.  And look at the success of Android.  And Glass.  And Android Wear. 

Who knows what will be next?


Saturday,  03/22/14  09:49 PM

MakerBot MightBoard attached to AVR RISPmkII programmerSuch a busy week ... traveling, meeting, and ... coding.  I have two awesome development projects going at the same time, and it feels like I just don't have enough time to do everything.  (One, a cool improvement to the eyesFinder kernelizer, and the second, a custom update to my Makerbot's firmware :)  So I shall blog.

The stress of being a programmer is driving many of them crazy.  Then again, many of them were crazy to begin with, so who can tell?

Glasshole dogGlassholes: at least you know who they are.  So interesting the difference in reception given Glass vs smartwatches.

Wearing Apple.  "The first step is to start looking at things from Apple’s point-of-view. I ask myself, 'What problems can a wearable device solve?'"

Disrupting healthcare with Google Glass.  Unfortunately this is another incorrect usage of 'disrupting', but there's no doubt Glass can deliver value in healthcare, and any industry where people cannot use their hands to access information.

Moto 360 watchThe Moto 360 watch: 'we wanted to hit the whoa mark'.  It's a nice looking watch, but there are many of them.  Will it work?  Seems an always on screen implies poor battery life.  Still contextual information at a glance could be most useful.

Dave Winer: New Scripting News.  My pattern with Dave is I never get what he's working on until much later, and then I realize he was just way ahead of me.  FWIW he is more responsible than anyone for getting me into blogging.

the grass printerHere we have a Grass Printer.  Excellent.

How Earl "Madman" Muntz changed car (and American) culture.  Give this article a chance, it picks up steam and ends up making some pretty subtle points.  I love the 4-track cartridge player.  "Always good at spotting the next trend, Muntz went on to be among the first people to market satellite dishes, home video recorders and big screen TVs. By the time of his death in 1987 he had become the biggest retailer in southern California of a new device called the cellular phone."  Good call.

iPhone6 mockupiPhone6 will include temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors.  Of course it will.

And ... it will include "Healthbook" software.  That will be cool.

The BBC has 10 theories on what could have happened to Malaysia flight 370.  Quite interesting.  I guess the simple disaster theory is the most likely, but I love the idea that the plane hid in the shadow of another plane. 

Edward Snowden gives TED talkEdward Snowden gives a TED talk.  How cool is that?  I'm a little conflicted about Snowden, but there's no denying his motives were good.  At this point, we must shine more light.

Paris Metro swimming poolAn abandoned Paris Metro station reimagined as a swimming pool.  Just when you think you've seen it all, you realize 'it all' is so much more than you thought :)


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lazy Sunday

Sunday,  03/20/11  09:22 PM

I found the peppersHey y'all; not only a lazy Sunday, but a stormy one too; it rained all day here, seriously, and blew like crap all day too.  Wow, haven't seen a gale like this for a while.  Ran to the store, had to park carefully to avoid fallen and about-to-be-fallen trees, ran into the store (was soaked thoroughly), and then backed my car into the store to load it.  Started a trend, too.  (Ever wonder why supermarkets have double doors - now you know.)  Anyway ... also got in a little work on my new project, and re-watched The Social Network, which is *great* in case you want to know...

the social networkI'm going to say, I think maybe Facebook is the best thing ever on the 'net; I used to think Amazon, and then eBay, and then Google, and PayPal was in there too, but Facebook is awesome.

Powerline: what really happened at Fukushima.  "From this natural disaster, we can learn that properly built nuclear plants can withstand powerful earthquakes and tsunamis. But backup cooling systems and any on-site cooling pools must be protected from any after effects of an earthquake."

Messinger swings into orbit around MercuryYee ha!  Spacecraft swings into first orbit around Mercury.  Is 'Messenger' the coolest name for a spacecraft, or what?  Even better than Voyager.

Dave Winer: What Twitter and the NYT have in common.  As a student of both, he has standing to comment: "Neither company has a way to sustain itself financially...  Funny thing is, they're like ships passing in the night. Each is the solution to the others' problem."  Another thing they have in common: they should both listen to Dave :)

Matt Goss wins Milan-San RemoSo the prestigious Milan-San Remo race was yesterday, and Philip Gilbert finished third!  And Fabian Cancellara finished second!  No surprises so far, except Matt Goss won!  Matt Goss?  Yeah, an overnight sensation years in the making.  How come HTC-Highroad are always the team with the hot young talent?

And today's big news?  AT&T are buying T-Mobile, consolidating the GSM-based carriers in the US.  Om Malik says everybody loses.  We'll see if it actually happens.

for a teen: iPad or Macbook?Hey ... I've been asking; for a teen: iPad or Macbook, and so far only 17 of you have responded (iPad 17%, Macbook 70%, and "it depends" 11%).  Please vote ... thanks!

Onward, into a far-from-lazy week!  See you soon...


this much nothing (New Yorker, 3/7/11)

Sunday,  03/20/11  09:47 PM

I love it
almost as much as
this much nothing


Archive: March 20, 2010

week of 3/15, redux

Saturday,  03/20/10  06:21 PM

the National Cathederal in Washington D.C.Greetings blog public, this is coming to you from Washington DC, where I find myself after a busy week and a flight out yesterday.  I am in town for a DICOM Working Group 26 meeting and the U.S. and Canadian Association of Pathologists annual conference.  It will be quite a week.

So I'm looking out my hotel window, and atop a nearby hill I see this beautiful cathedral.  So I walked over.  And there it was, the National Cathedral, in all its glory, looking for all the world like an old European church from the 17th century.  Who knew?  Anyway it was cool.

And now, a filter pass!

Health Care reform passes, but at what cost?  "This bill is unlikely to achieve most of the objectives that have been set out for it.  In the end, then, we're left with a highly expensive, fiscally dangerous expansion of health insurance that locks even more people into a broken system.  That's an achievement, all right, but not a particularly good one."  What we have here is insurance reform, and although it is badly needed, this bill is badly done.

Victor Davis Hanson says we've crossed the Rubicon.  I'm afraid he's right...

the Yike Bike - a new design for portabilityThe Yike Bike, a strange new bike designed to be easily collapsed for storage.  Huh.  It doesn't look like a winner to me, somehow...

NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older.  "NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now in its seventh year on Mars, has a new capability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations of rocks that it spots on arrival at a new location.  Software uploaded this winter is the latest example of NASA taking advantage of the twin Mars rovers' unanticipated longevity for real Martian test drives of advances made in robotic autonomy for future missions."  Wow, seven years.  And the original mission lifetime was 90 days!

Tesla Roadster - Tag Heuer editionYes, of course there is a Tag Heuer version of the Tesla Roadster.  And yes, of course it looks cool; dare I say, this is the best treatment I've seen...  vastly better than that weird orange that Tesla seem to like, even with the carbon fiber accents...

John Battelle on the iPad media frenzy, and specifically Wired's 'iPad demo': "What I find interesting is the media's response to the iPad (and I include tech blogs in the category of "media").  Overwhelmingly, the media wanted to believe that a hip magazine like Wired (caveat, I was a co-founder) would, natch, have the hippest iPad demo, a demo that, natch, would prove the viability of ... the media's own threatened business model!  The truth, however, is a bit more complicated."  Indeed.

Canada Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo was designed by Cirque du SoleilSo this is cool: the wooden Canada Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai was designed by the Cirque du Soleil!  How cool is that?

The perfect rule for texting etiquette.  Ask permission if you would also ask permission to visit the bathroom.  One on one or small group, yes, big group, no.  I love it.

electron microscope view of a record's grooveFeeling groovy; here's a cool electronic microscope picture of a record's groove.  Be sure to check out the comments, too; I love that someone thinks they've detected Misty Mountain Hop!

Here's a question: Is Facebook better than sex?  Here's an answer: No.  I think people use Facebook largely because of sex, however.

Marc Cantor's avatarMarc Cantor: the history of Avatars.  How cool; I *totally* remember back in the day, with the Marc Cantor theme song and his cool little avatar...  if I close my eyes and concentrate, I can hear the theme song too...

From Google: Now it's easy to switch from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps.  "Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange is a new server-side tool that migrates your company's email, calendar and contact data from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps."  Wow.  If I was gutsier or my company was smaller, I would try this.  If.

Oscar Friere wins Milan - San RemoCongratulations to Oscar Friere for winning Milan - San Remo.  Good for him, he still has it, and good for Rabobank, who were due for a victory.  298km by the way, a war of attrition.

Nature by Numbers - an awesome short videoThis is beautiful: Nature by Numbers.  Absolutely, you *must* watch it, and you will thank me.

Looks like Michael Lewis has created another megahit: The Big Short.  An expose of the current "financial crisis", in the same vein as his awesome Liar's Poker; Cory Doctorow loved it.  Not out for the Kindle yet however...  So I have to wait!

Palm ad on bus: life moves fast, don't miss a thingJean-Louis Gassée: Who will buy Palm?  "If you’re in a hurry: no one."  Man, this is too really too bad.  But I cannot disagree.  Still, I can love my Pre!  [ via Daring Fireball; John Gruber comments "from a man who knows what it's like" (because of Be) ]

ZooBorn: a baby squirrel monkeyZooBorn of the week: a baby squirrel monkey.

Wrapping up (yawn); this is so true... 
Some days you make the coffee, and some days, the coffee makes you :)
some days you make the coffee, and some days, the coffee makes you


self aggrandizement (NY 3/15/10)

Saturday,  03/20/10  07:30 PM

The blogger's progression...

(for Josh :)

[Update: self-reference :]


Archive: March 22, 2009

Sunday,  03/22/09  09:07 AM

Spent yesterday working, and watching basketball (I'll review Madness Round Two when I've had a chance to watch all of it)... had intended to ride, but did not...

... and last night Shirley and I attended "Swinging on a Star", the Assistance League of Conejo Valley's annual charity auction (for which Shirley was co-chair).  It was a great event, featuring the Harry Selvin orchestra, a "big band" jazz ensemble featuring some awesome musicians, many/most well over 60 (I'm guessing).  Emcee Bill Jones did a wonderful job too, not only running the live auctions but describing some of the philanthropic activities of the ALCV to help motivate bidders.  Best of all the event raised a lot of money; of course with the economy being what it is we were afraid people might not be able to contribute as much as in previous years, but it seems things went better than expected.

Saxo Bank Tour of California Team JerseyOh, and yes I did win an auction for a Saxo Bank team jersey, signed by their entire Tour of California team: Fabian Cancellara, Jens Voigt, Stuart O'Grady, Jason McCartney, J.J.Haedo, Gustav Larsson, and Frank and Andy Schleck.  It was donated by George Morrow, EVP of Amgen and key sponsor of the Tour of California.  I'm not a sports memorabilia person but this is cool.

I'm sure you've heard about Barack Obama's gift to Gordon Brown, a collection of 25 DVDs...  so it turns out they are region-coded for the U.S., and can't be watched on U.K. DVD players.  Heh.

Instapundit: Bush league?  This isn't even A ball.

Victor David Hanson: Why are so many Americans depressed?  A great analysis.  And... somewhat depressing.  Seriously.

Scott Loftesness tells a great Henry Kissinger anecdote: Is this the best you can do?  Who knows if it is true, it could be true, and it is great no matter what.

The Force: action figure :)The best Star Wars action figure.  I love it.  And may it always be with you :)

Mark Cavendish wins Milan - San RemoSo my hat is fully off to Mark Cavendish for winning the Milan - San Remo cycling race, proving that he is more than "just" a sprinter.  300K over hill and dale, and then a bunch sprint with the break.  Whew.

From a year ago: Paul Graham's ontology of ways to disagree.  I still agree with this :)  Well worth keeping in mind while reading "the news".

Robert Scoble: Why Facebook has never listened to its users and won't start now.  They might not, but they should.  If nothing else it would give people like Robert something new to blog about...  and also it would make me oh so very happy because I really dislike the new home page.  To the point where I've stopped Facebooking, there's no there there anymore...

Dave Winer: What Firefox should do.  Essentially, break the mold and implement stuff in a browser which has never been there before...  I fully agree with this.  Firefox could be a platform, but if they're not careful Google Chrome will get there first.

I missed this, but it's cool: Apple adds HD video purchases to the iTunes Store.  You could totally see this coming.  Blockbuster is so very dead.  And I think I think I think Netflix too, although they might have a chance.

49ers racing at World Championships in WeymouthSailing pic of the day: 49ers racing at the World Championships in Weymouth.  Excellent.

TP52 Artemis going to weatherRunner up for sailing pic of the day: TP52 Artemis going to weather.  Awesome.


Archive: March 22, 2008

Saturday,  03/22/08  09:02 PM

Did a great ride today - 74 miles, with 9,000' of vertical, on a beautiful Spring day... then spent the rest of the day eating...  More of the same tomorrow, I'm afraid :)

I hope you all have a fantastic Easter, hanging out peacefully with the ones you love...

seeing red - 2004 county-by-county election resultsDid you know that Barack Obama is considered the country's most liberal senator?  I find that remarkable.  Not that he is so liberal - that I knew, or at least am starting to figure out - but that the Democratic Party is poised to nominate the most liberal senator as their candidate for President two elections in a row!  (You may remember John Kerry was considered the most liberal senator in 2003.)  Now regardless of your personal politics, you have to admit this is not smart.  History is not on your side trying to get the most liberal senator elected.  There are a lot of conservative people in the U.S., and they vote.  I would not be surprised if the Democrats end up seeing red come November...

The aftertaste of the Obama / Wright speech is definitely a bit bitter; Ann Althouse analyzes a Rasmussen poll taken just afterward...  "The important break in the numbers is between "excellent" and the rest, and 70% said the speech fell short of 'excellent.' This is, I think, disastrous for Obama."  I thought it was excellent and yet, I find myself more worried about him as a possible President.  I think Jeff Jacoby pinpoints the problem nicely: Wright and Wrong.

Slate writes Out-of-wedlock births are a national catastrophe.  Yeah, no kidding, more than half of all kids are born to a single parent.  Let's talk about this in the great Presidential debates, huh?

Big cycling news: Slipstream have been invited to the Tour!  That's excellent, so the U.S. will have a team...  Well I guess High Road is a U.S. team now too (formerly T-Mobile, and formerly German).  Just too bad politics have kept Astana out, Tour Director Christian Prudhomme said "These are, I believe, the best teams in the world", but he can't mean it; clearly the team with Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer, and Andreas Kloden is the best.

Fabrian Cancellera wins Milan - San RemoCongratulations to Fabian Cancellera; the Swiss time machine won the first "big" race of the year, Milan - San Remo, and he won it with style, powering out from the peloton with 3K to go and winning easily.  He is nasty strong, the best in the world right now.

Caltech's Thirty Meter TelescopeThe Caltech News' latest issue's back page was a diagram all about the new Thirty Meter Telescope.  The TMT will be the biggest, baddest, best ground-based telescope ever built.  I scanned the diagram; please click the thumbnail at right to enlarge.  It does look really cool; I love "big science".  {One funny thing; although the design of the TMT has been worked on a lot, the location has apparently not yet been decided.  One would think that would be important, eh?}

CIO magazine asks Should Microsoft Throw Away Vista?  Their answer is yes.  (Mine, as you know, is yes, too.)

This is really funny: PZ Myers was Expelled from watching Expelled, a new creationist movie, presumably because he's a vocal atheist, but his companion was not.  His companion was Richard Dawkins.  You might ask why people can't see the movie if they don't agree with it, but since we're talking about creationists here, logic does not apply...


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Cool art that will mess with your head, part I

Sunday,  03/06/05  09:11 PM

I received a long picture-laden email entitled "Cool art that will mess with your head", courtesy of my colleague Steven Hashagen.   It is indeed cool art and it will indeed mess with your head.  I plan to dribble it out over time. Anyway here's the first:



  If anyone knows the artist please tell me; I'd love to give this proper attribution.
[ Update 1/7/14: This is The Sun Sets Sail, by Rob Gonsalves ]




Sunday,  03/06/05  09:29 PM

NYTimes: White House approves pass for blogger.  Excellent.  Amazingly, the usually clueless Times even included the URL to Garrett Graff's blog, FishBowlDC.  The Times, they are a changin'...

Microsoft Office dinosSteve Rubel: Microsoft Office marketing is stuck in the prehistoric era.  "It seems to me like they're trying the same ol' stuff they did back in 1995.  Where has the innovative Microsoft Office marketing machine gone?  The company's army of 1200+ employee bloggers do more to market Microsoft's products/services these days than anything the corporation has done in years."  I don't know, I think the dinos are cute.  Paleolithic, I think.  And they are a tribute to office diversity :)  [ via Scoble ]

Chris Anderson: The tragically neglected economics of abundance.  "Although there may be near infinite selection of all media, there is still a scarcity of human attention and hours in the day.  Our disposable income is limited.  On some level, it's still a fixed-pie game.  Offer a couch potato a million TV shows and they may end up watching no more television than they did before; just different television, better suited to them."  Another great introspection about the long tail.  Chris' blog is batting about 1,000, every post seems worthwhile.  Subscribe to it!

Oh, and here's another: What about producers?  "It's worth noting that commercial success is not the only (or even main) reason to be a Long Tail producer.  Most authors write books not to get rich but to reach a readership, whether it be to enhance their academic reputation, market their consultancy, or just leave a mark on the world.  The Long Tail effect may not pay their rent, but it will find them a bigger audience, and if what they're offering is really good it may be dramatically bigger."

Olivelink is person-to-person video streaming.  Wow.  Kind of like video podcasting.  [ via Matt Haughey ]


Archive: March 22, 2004

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Monday,  03/22/04  10:53 PM

The Hubble Space Telescope took an amazing picture the other day - actually it took 11.3 days of exposure time, taken over the course of 400 Hubble orbits.  This image - called the Ultra Deep Field - contains about 10,000 galaxies, cutting across billions of light years.  "In ground based photographs, the patch of sky in which the galaxies reside (just one-tenth the diameter of the moon) is largely empty."

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field

(click image for full-size interactive viewer)

Be sure to hit F11 to maximize your browser's window so you can see as much of the image as possible.

As usual, I upsampled the image and am serving it with Aperio's image server software.


Engineering Conversions

Monday,  03/22/04  11:25 PM

The other day, in my massive catchup post, I mentioned some crucial engineering equivalences:

  • If something is physically impossible, then it is really hard.
  • If something is possible but you don't know how to do it, then it is hard.  Even if, once you knew how to do it, it wouldn't take much time or work.
  • If you know how to do something, it is easy.  Even if it takes a long time and requires lots of work.
  • If you know how to do something and it won't take long, then it is done.

In the same vein, Ken King, Aperio's CFO, points out some important engineering conversions:

  • Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
  • 2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton
  • 1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
  • Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond
  • Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
  • Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: Knot-furlong
  • 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year
  • 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Serling
  • Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
  • 1000 aches: 1 kilohurtz
  • Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower
  • Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line (think about it for a moment)
  • 453.6 graham crackers: 1 pound cake
  • 1 million microphones: 1 megaphone
  • 1 million microphones: 1 phone
  • 1 million phones: 1 megaphone
  • 1 million megaphones: 1 bedlam
  • 1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles
  • 2000 mockingbirds: two kilomockingbirds (work on it...)
  • 10 cards: 1 decacards
  • 1 kilogram 102 grams of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton
  • 1000 cubic centimeters of wet socks: 1 literhosen
  • 1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche
  • 1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin
  • 10 rations: 1 decoration
  • 100 rations: 1 C-ration
  • 2 monograms: 1 diagram
  • 8 nickels: 2 paradigms
  • 3 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. League
  • 1 millihelen: amount of beauty required to launch one ship

Offered as a public service...


Monday,  03/22/04  11:42 PM

So, let's see what's happening...

BBC: Beloved Queen Mother Dies. "The former Dutch queen, Juliana, has died at the age of 94 after a prolonged period of illness."  A woman who, while Queen during days when The Netherlands was truly a Monarchy, always retained the common touch.  [ via Adam Curry ]

Dave Winer thinks we need a Reality mode for TV interviews.  Sounds good, but who's reality?  Dave's is clearly not mine; "Example. Cheney didn't say things are better in Iraq, only that Hussein is gone and his death squads are too.  The void they've created is (remember we're in Reality Mode) certainly as bad as he was, probably much worse.Worse?  [ Later: Adam Curry has a different reality from Dave, too ]

"frozen falls"Check out daily dose of imagery.  Some amazingly beautiful photographs.  I like this one a lot.  [ via Tom Coates ] now has 21 bloggers, and lots more activity.  If you're interested I built an aggregated RSS feed using  Feel free to use it!

Citizen Smash reports on My Interview with Rebecca.  Amazing.

Neilsen Hayden: On the Getting of Agents.  If I were still writing a book, this would be very relevant.  Oh, wait, I am!

Mark Cuban has a blog!  The ex-founder of and current owner of the Dallas Mavericks is known for pulling no punches, especially with NBA referees.  Check out this post, for example.  "This is posted for your enjoyment only and is not to be used for gambling, April Fool’s gags, or coming to conclusions."  Yeah, right.

cat attackHere we have - Cat Attack.  Click on the pic at right to watch the movie.  I don't know about your cat(s), but mine would play with this until they drop.

Mark Andressen:Why Open Source Will Boom - in 103 Words:

  1. The Internet is powered by open source.
  2. The Internet is the carrier for open source.
  3. The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.
  4. It's simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.
  5. Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.
  6. Incentives around open source include the respect of one's peers.
  7. Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.
  8. Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.
  9. Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.
  10. There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren't software companies.
  11. Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.
  12. It's free.

Interesting review of Debugging (the book).  The Nine Indispensable Rules:

  1. Understand the system.
  2. Make it fail.
  3. Quit thinking and look.
  4. Divide and conquer.
  5. Change one thing at a time.
  6. Keep an audit trail.
  7. Check the plug.
  8. Get a fresh view.
  9. If you didn't fix it, it ain't fixed.

These all seem really "right", to me.  And I would especially point out #6, which is often neglected, and #9, which is invariably true, even when it appears not to be.

And finally we have: Biologist stopped at airport with severed seal's head in luggage.  I am not making this up.


Archive: March 22, 2003

Saturday,  03/22/03  10:44 PM

APC with woman and child_____ WAR _____

Are you watching the war?  I am...  But I gave up on TV, they are too far behind and too personality oriented.  I'm refreshing The Command Post and the BBC Reporters Log, oh and InsideVC's blog, and skipping around from there.  This could go on for weeks - months! - I wonder when I'll stop polling for updates every half hour.  Right now I can't tear myself away from it.

U.S. Forces are now within 100 miles of Baghdad.  Their speed of advance is awesome.  Iraq is the size of California, and it is 600 miles from Kuwait to Baghdad.  This is like having an army cross into San Diego from Mexico and reach San Francisco two days later.  It is hard to drive a truck that fast on a highway, let alone thousands of tanks and all their supplies through unpaved desert.  Amazing.  Here's a great map by Nick Denton showing coalition forces in Iraq (the orange sprinkles).

Interesting post on the Belligerent Bunny Blog: The failures of the peace mongers.

_____ NON WAR _____

Dave has a great idea - an adaptive search engine that returns results based on who you are.  This seems so obvious doesn't it?

Pentagon Spokesperson Tori ClarkeThe Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP was released today; not big news in my life, but there are some who have literally been counting the days...  These things sell millions of units, an order of magnitude more than a typical PDA.  And they are becoming more powerful...

Finally, I can't bring myself to call this war news - what the heck is Pentagon spokesperson Tori Clarke wearing?  I promise I did not do this with Photoshop...


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