Month: October 2004

  • Comments–Not Working?

    Hi, there. Looks like comments are not working anymore. Bear with me. I’ll be upgrading wordpress soon, and then I’ll solve the problem. Over the weekend, I’ll be working on plone, reading Satires by Lucian and reading a biography of Dante by Boccaccio.

  • Ali Davis on True Porn Clerk Stories

    This probably is not something you’d want to view at work, but actress Ali Davis has been keeping a diary about her work as a clerk at an adult video store. Apparently she did musical improv in Chicago and her latest journal details her attempt to sell a film script in LA. She describes something…

  • Aggregating Content on a Plone Page

    2 products for aggregating content on a plone home page: xmxdynamicpage and content panels. Also, Andy McKay’s book is completely available online.

  • Go West, Matt Mullenweg

    Here’s a nice lengthy profile of Matt Mullenweg in the Houston Press by CATHERINE MATUSOW. Matt (aka Photomatt) is a bright young developer who has been leading the wordpress blogging software project. Note: I switched to WordPress in June 2003 and remember being shocked that a local boy was running the project. Now, it seems…

  • Ukrainian Elections

    I taught at a college in Ukraine for a year and have a special interest in their October 31 election. In many ways it is dirtier and more critical than the U.S. election. This excellent article by Kim Iskyan goes into detail: Kuchma, and now Yanukovych, play hardball in a way that makes Karl Rove…

  • Quills Product

    Quills, a weblog product for plone. Plone Developer Nate Aune has started a plone weblog.

  • Stupid Joke

    Q: How many Internet mailing list subscribers does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: 1,331 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mailing list that the light bulb has been changed 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been…

  • Fun with Zope Products

    Docfinder, a zope addon that lets you view zope API documentation. Docfindertab is an extension of this allowing you to view this documentation via a tab. Note, though this is cool sounding, Dieter Maurer recommends adding this product only for trusted systems behind a firewall (and no public access). It’s useful for a development environment.…

  • Anatomy of a TV Gaffe

    Saturday Night Live messes up; Ashlee Simpson has to sing the same song, but storms offstage (video here). A sound engineer comments on how TV gaffes like this occur and how more lip synching goes on than one might think:

  • Online Ticketing Service

    Brownpapertickets is a third party service that lets small outfits outsource event ticketing.

  • Gore (again!)

    I admit it; not only did I strongly support Al Gore, I really enjoyed his book Earth in the Balance which he wrote in the early 1990’s. It was unbelievably well-written and researched. He truly is a Renaissance Man (and indeed, that might have been his fatal flaw). He has delivered some factual denunications of…

  • More presidential stuff

    Recently, I’ve been addicted to following the presidential election. Votepair, a vote-swapping service, allows people in safe states who support Kerry or Bush to swap votes with voters in swing states who favor third party candidates. Steve Sailer argues that Kerry’s IQ is lower than Bush’s. (hint: not to be taken seriously!). Actually this is…

  • Electoral Map

    Great electoral map Article: Teachers thrown out of Republican rally. Article by Jim Lobe: Bush voters are stupid! In particular, majorities of Bush supporters incorrectly assume that he supports multilateral approaches to various international issues, including the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (69 percent), the land mine treaty (72 percent), and the Kyoto Protocol to…

  • Unreal Problems

    Wonderful interview by Wojciech Orlinski with Stanislaw Lem: Internet nor World Wide Web do not amuse me. I don’t think, in general, that one should be too well informed. When you have a satellite TV-dish on your roof, you can soon conclude, that nothing happens world wide, except rape and murder. It’s some kind of…

  • Derrida’s Uncertain Legacy

    Here’s a lovely summary of Derrida’s contribution by Dan Green. Although I never warmed to Derrida’s writings, I came away with a totally different impression when I attended one of his public lectures at JHU. His points and arguments were not esoteric at all, once they were explained slowly and methodically. He was very charismatic;…

  • Postrel, Reason & Soros

    Virginia Postrel has one of the smartest weblogs I frequent, and no wonder; she is also a talented journalist and cultural critic. She gave a wonderful lecture at South by Southwest Interactive about the Substance of Style (where she made the argument that consumer choices tend to be driven by aesthetics rather than substance, and…