Month: January 2008

  • International Delete your Myspace Acount Day is Today!

    It’s official. According to Bloggasm, (an excellent media blogger named Simon Ownes, btw whom I have been following for a while), today is the perfect day to delete that old unused Myspace account. My main problems with myspace: Why should the default be to blast music on people’s home pages? Why do you have to…

  • Why I have not been posting

    Ok, this hardly merits an apology, but I wanted to acknowledge that in the last few weeks I have not been posting much at all (although if you check my RSS feeds at right for Share the Music and Teleread, you might find some other posts). These last few weeks have been occupied by several…

  • Hating Bad Customer Service (and Paying for more of it)

    It’s official. Skype.com has the worst customer service I have ever seen. I have had an outstanding billing question for over 7 months, and I still have not received a reply. It was easy to look up and easy to answer, and I sent several identical requests (and doublechecked my email spam filters, etc). Yet…

  • A Child Dreams: Robert Miles’ Children

    On my share the music blog a few weeks ago, I blogged about the remarkable music video for Robert Miles’ 1994 song Children. (Watch the youtube video here Note: this link might die, and you’ll have to search through youtube again for it). It is a great song (one of the pioneering songs in the…

  • Monetizing Blogs and Link Condoms (Part 2)

    A few months ago I threatened to monetize this and other blogs in my empire. Don’t worry; I’ve been procrastinating.  But lately I’ve focused more on it now that David Rothman has been getting on my back. But I’ve discovered some excellent resources in the meantime; ConversionRater gives good how-to advice about monetizing your website.…

  • GDP Map of the World

    A totally bizzare map of the world by sharing which states have similar GDPs. This is actually a revision of an earlier graph, and some have accused it of problems. The declining dollar for instance means that the size of our GDP has also been declining. Also, some have argued about whether a Purchasing Power…

  • Welcome to Netflix

    My sister gave me 4 month subscription to Netflix (1 video each). Last year I watched hardly any movies, but I started out with some great ones in my queue.  My main  regret is that Netflix doesn’t seem to have  Masaki Kobayashi‘s famous Human Condition trilogy. Strange because other Netflix people report it being carried…

  • Tips for Work Activity

    A work colleague gave a mini-presentation about time management skills. Here are my own guidelines: Be clear about what your role in the project is and ought to be. Resist the temptation to turn away from an activity if something more important comes up (It takes time and effort to switch gears and back again;…

  • Ignoring John Edwards

    Jed Report has been gathering statistics about how major media has been ignoring John Edwards. The growing corporate media blackout of John Edwards is really a rather extraordinary development. Edwards spent $2.7 million on TV ads in Iowa, compared to $8.3 million for Obama and $6.5 million for Hillary. Edwards had 175 paid staffers in…

  • Goth Musician Dies (and Bereaved Mother asks tough questions about health insurance)

    While reading a digg post about Nataline Sarkisyan (the girl who died after CIGNA refused to pay for a liver transplant) , I found a comment on the bottom (with 0 diggs) by Sharon Bach. The saddest thing is that she wrote it on Christmas. Gee, some Christmas. If the argument that someone would have…

  • Humane Fixes for the Housing Crisis

    From Robert Reich’s economic blog, a commenter suggests a mitigating solution to the subprime crisis: Here’s what I propose:1. Bring down the cost of housing by forcing foreclosed properties back on the market. Higher property taxes on foreclosed and vacant properties would help do the trick. Requiring prompt auctions for foreclosures could help do it…

  • Facebook, you are not my friend

    Who is Allison Gray and why is she inviting her to be my Facebook friend? Twice in 24 hours I’ve received a facebook invite from a woman named Allison Gray. I have no idea who she is and why she is inviting me to be her friend. Hi Robert, I set up a Facebook profile…

  • The Perfect Thank you Note

    Leslie Harpold on writing thank you notes. Here is what she says should not be in them: Any news about your life. This isn’t the time to brag about your new job, a hot girlfriend, or number of surgeries. The thank-you is exclusively about thanking somebody for their kindness. While you may want more than…

  • What I’ve Been Doing

    Yesterday I upgraded 7 wordpress installs. It’s gotten both easier and more difficult. It’s easier because I’ve written out a series of necessary steps with UNIX commands about what to do. (It just occurred to me that I could put the mysql backups in a script. I’m sure there’s a way to run a mysql…