Month: April 2004

  • Sharing Music Playlists

    I’m going to get my share the music weblog up this weekend. In the meantime, I found this great playlist sharing site. I will definitely contribute.

  • Conference: China’s Digital Future

    Dan Gillmore will be speaking at a conference on China’s Digital Future . They even will have archives of their conference.

  • Headphone Review Site

    Here’s a headphone review site. I’m interested in buying some cordless/wireless headphones. On another note iriver has announced its timeline for better firmware for its ihp-140.. I use the iriver every day, so this is like a big deal for me.

  • Things to Buy for Prison

    Entertaining amazon.com list: Things to Buy for Prison

  • Favorite Books of Robert Nagle

    Anybody wonder what kind of novels I recommend to people? Read on.

  • Academic Reading v. “Fun” Reading

    Langour Management laments about not being able to read any more enjoyable fiction in academia: How many times have I been on the train or in the park at lunch and seen someone enjoying a book of genre fiction, while I’ve been highlighting a mixed pile of pages photocopied from the Canon? Sometimes I see…

  • Illegal Tomatoes

    Virginia Postrel post about yummy tomatoes, and Tim Worstall wrote about how EU trade rules are keeping out “illegal tomatoes”. This actually reminds me of the strange restaurant menus I encountered in Eastern Europe. Instead of menus being marketing tools, menus often contained simply the number of grams each dish contained and the Trade Minister’s…

  • Andy Rooney’s Professor and Mine

    While reading TV Journalist Andy Rooney’s WW2 reminiscences in the book My War, I came across an astonishing coincidence. In 1940, Rooney had an economics professor named Kenneth Boulding…and in 1987, I had the same professor!

  • Hynes on Cubicle Space

    James Hynes, author of Publish and Perish, has written this about cubicle offices: The year my second book, Publish and Perish, came out, I took a job as an office temp for a large Texas state agency, working for eight dollars an hour. This was one of the inevitable low points on the sine wave…

  • Audacity Review

    Transom has a review of what’s good and bad about Audacity sound editing program.

  • US Deports Muslims

    I’m reading a longish article by Michelle Goldberg on salon.com (subscription required) about Muslim families who were expelled from USA after September 11, and came across this whopper: In November 2002, the Justice Department instituted the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or special registration, which required men from most Arab or Muslim countries to report…

  • War Devastation

    4 Photographs of Hiroshima Ground Zero taken on the day the bomb was dropped. Here’s an essay about the photographer along with an interview and other eyewitness accounts. Even more shocking to modern sensibilities are these American videos of American soldiers killing off Afganis and Iraqis (links near the bottom of the page). Even more…

  • Creating Content Types

    Updated help about how to create new Plone content types using archetypes. In 2 or 3 weeks, I’ll be getting heavy into this stuff.

  • Educated Women Rejoice

    According to an article by Diane E. Lewis, the “education penalty” for women (where greater amount of education reduces her likelihood of being married) is disappearing. “The woman doctor who falls in love with an artist doesn’t have to worry whether he can afford to support her,” said (Rosalind) Barnett in a telephone interview. “She…

  • Bricklaying v. Programming

    Joseph Newcomer complains about how universities prepare computer programmers by comparing it to getting a B.S. in bricklaying. In the freshman year, we teach the students about bricks. The kinds of bricks. The sizes of bricks. The purposes of bricks. Plain bricks, glazed bricks, outdoor bricks, paving bricks, fire bricks. Each exam tests their knowledge…

  • Blogging Statistics

    Some blogging statistics by Rick Bruner. Highlights: in late February 2004, the Pew Research Center released a study based on phone surveys of 2,515 online adults it had conducted a year earlier, which found that 2 percent of respondents had their own blogs. Based on Pew’s estimate that 126 million U.S. adults are online (as…