Month: February 2008

  • Freelancing Resources and Reading a book a Week

    40 Methods to Justify/Raise Fees in a Consulting arrangement. Freelance Hourly Calculator See also 101 Resources for Freelancers (mainly free web applications). Steve Pavlina on the benefits of reading: But the actual knowledge and the new distinctions you gain from reading are not the main benefit. My experience has shown me that the real benefit…

  • Will Luise Rainer show up?

    The only question I wonder about tomorrow Oscar’s ceremony: will the oldest Academy Award winner Luise Rainer appear live on the stage for the 80th anniversary of the Oscars? 5 years ago (the last time they invited former winners to appear) she was 93 and looking majestic and yet feeble. Here’s she is in Great…

  • Fun statistics about the US

    Our future has an interesting list of economic data for the US. News flash: economic indicators have declined in key areas since 2000.

  • Random Lists

    Elearningpost has long been one of the more interesting weblogs out there. I’ve been reading it off and on for — gosh, 7 years! It’s run by Maish R Nichani (who is much much smarter than I) and has lots of useful information in the field of information design, instructional technology and even web design.…

  • More on Haley Paige (NSFW)

    For those who remember my recent piece reflecting on the death of Haley Paige (aka Maryam Haley), her father has added several additional details. She worked in the porn industry, so be careful about both links (which have a topless photo). Sidenote: Isn’t it odd how a  2006 discussion topic on a NSFW website has…

  • Net Flix Tip

    If you take the movie survey in the Recommendation Wizard on Netflix, and if it asks if you like a Star Trek episode, don’t say yes… or else you will find every single show of the series appearing on your Recommendation Queue.

  • Rel=license

    In an article about the v. 3.0 version of Creative Commons (CC) licenses, Angela Natividad shares a  tip on how to ensure your CC site is machine-readable: The ever watchful Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped lends a helpful tip. When you add the CC license code to your site, include the rel=”license” attribute in the…

  • Two Treasures for Valentine’s Day

    Here are two unusual treasures  to look for on Valentine’s Day. First, Hear my Song is a zany outrageous Irish musical with a heart. It’s about a nightclub producer’s attempt to win the heart of his girl (and persuade a legendary Irish tenor to come out of retirement to perform).  I saw this movie quite…

  • Boring but descriptive Headlines

    Cory Doctorow spills his blog secrets on a video: Use boring but descriptive headlines. This is basically right, but I wonder if using a SEO tool allows you to type boring description tags but keep the exciting headlines. In other news, I just realized that the SEO plugin for WordPress was not working properly because…

  • Drupal 6 Release

    I’ve been following Drupal as a CMS for quite some time and have been busy planning my next site launch. Basically it will enhance and expand teleread. Today Drupal 6 is released . Here’s two screencasts about how to make it work and a list of modules that support version 6.  Two modules I’m following…

  • Anti-Smoking Goes Disney

    Magical Amount by Sunny Side of the Truth. I’ve blogged about this Public Service Announcement  video production group before. Here’s some older videos. The most interesting thing about these PSAs is that they never appear in time slots I watch–so essentially I never hear about them except  through youtube. I have no  doubt that they…

  • Owlcon Tonight (and Tomorrow, and Sunday)

    This weekend I’ll be attending my first gaming conference at Rice University called Owlcon. I’m going mainly to Dungeons and Dragons, but apparently there are some LARPs  at the event too. I’m heard about these activities, but assumed they are for the diehard fans (who have the costumes and weaponry and know how to speak…

  • Banished from Commenting by Akismet: What to do?

    Here’s a way to silence a person you don’t like: train a distributed anti-spam network like Akismet to mark this person’s posts as spam. Wow, that’s a downside to distributed spam-checking I had never considered. We encountered that with a commenter on teleread. I spent an hour trying to figure out why he was getting…

  • Will Democrats have a credential fight over Florida and Michigan delegates?

    I am happy to report that Democratic presidential candidates will finally be coming to Texas to fight it out. For most of my adult life in Texas, I’ve never seen Texas as a battleground state (even in the primaries). Now here’s a scary thought: delegates from the disqualified state primaries of Florida and Michigan demanding…

  • Owlcon Gaming Event (Rice University, Houston Feb 8-10)

    I don’t have the exact details but I’ll be attending Owlcon Gaming Convention in Houston to play Dungeons and Dragons all weekend. I am excited. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons for about 4 or 5 years. More precisely I used to be the Dungeon Master (I generally sucked as a player). In high…

  • Bloggers vs. Journalists: A Comparison

    A journalist is someone who is paid by a corporation to write. That corporation is legally liable for the accuracy of this journalist’s statements. A blogger is someone who usually doesn’t blog as a full time job. No corporation assumes the legal liability for his/her statements, so the blogger works under greater legal and financial…