Month: June 2007

  • Another Blogger Sells Out

    Just so this doesn’t catch regular readers offguard, but I plan to introduce a modest amount of advertising on this site. Believe me, it’s going to be as unobtrusive as it’s going to get. I actually am working to monetize teleread and to start one or two other websites with the explicit purpose of attracting…

  • Honest-to-goodness Truck Flippings

    Two brilliant film reviews by a friend and critic Michael Barrett (from San Antonio): On Renoir’s La Marseillaise (featured in a budget DVD collection of Renoir films): It’s a collection of historical moments about the French Revolution, and even though it includes the points of view of the royalty and their minions, its primary focus…

  • Geekend coming Up!

    Since I’m officially looking for work, it may seem a little curious to redouble my efforts to master more technical skills. But after reading this Oreilly article on an xml editor for documentation, I’m tempted to download XMLMind this weekend. Partially to learn the tool, but partially to produce some DITA and Docbook documents quickly…

  • Website benchmarking tools

    How to speed up your wordpress blog Here’s a great tool for analyzing the download time and speed for a web page.  Here’s another –one which actually includes advice about optimization, On that second link, here’s a great book about speeding up your  websites.

  • Here are my tools: Off to Make some Websites!

    For the next month I’ll be making and designing several websites (at the same time I’ll be looking for a job). Here are the tools I currently use: Notetab Pro text editor. Highly recommended, but not enough key shortcuts to make me happy. Oxygen XML Editor (also for XSLT). Highly recommended, but I haven’t done…

  • Why Digg Really Sucks and Gawker Media Probably Does Too

    Here’s David Pogue’s charming video review of the iphone. It made the front page of digg. Given the excitement about iphone, it probably deserved to be.Here’s a gizmodo page that contains nothing but a link to the youtube video. It also made the front page of digg. Here’s the difference. The gizmodo review contains 23…

  • Insanely Easy Weblog Post

    A hilariously sarcastic article about the iphone hype machine by John Dvorak: What reporter describes the function of anything as “insanely easy”? What does that even mean? “Holy crap! This is so easy that I’m going insane!” In a hotel room there is a button you push on the phone and you get your voice…

  • Where is Carl Sandburg? (Sonny Bono is hiding him!)

    I have spent the last three hours trying to migrate my favorite ebooks into my mobipocket reader on my PDA. (My ebookwise reader broke a few months ago, and I lost a lot of the public domain titles). Egads, I just discovered that even though Carl Sandburg has many poems in the public domain, Project…

  • Travel sites

    List of sites to help you plan trips. See also this list of Microsoft killers.  Not quite sure what this site is all about, but it looks occasionally helpful.

  • 100 Spiritually Significant Films–and my Random Thoughts

    Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films. A good list, although many films listed here are good for their own sake and not because of intrinsic spirituality. Glad to see some unconventional choices: Fearless (see my take on it), My Night at Maud’s (a surprising pick but a great film), Solaris, Tokyo Story, Crimes…

  • The Student Debt Crisis and Self-Directed Learning for Free

    Mindy Fetterman and Barbara Hansen analyze debt burdens on younger generations. Although the percentage of people ages 22 to 29 with debt has declined, their total debt is up 10%, to an average $16,120 as of Aug. 1, compared with five years earlier, Experian’s analysis found. Every type of debt — from credit cards to…

  • Interviewing Me (Now at a Special Low Price!)

    Attention mainstream media! After hearing about how the chance to interview Paris Hilton will cost a talk show somewhere in the high six figures, I’ve decided to offer an early bird special: For a mere $99,000, you can interview me (Robert Nagle) in the flesh. We can talk about books I’ve read why my apartment…

  • Fun and Feminist

    Feministing, a  new comic feminist blog. Not normally my kind of thing,  but fun posts. Safe for work, but sometimes frank discussions. Links to interesting vids from that blog.  See Wanda Sykes has a novel solution to gender problems. (Mature content for this youtube video). They didn’t like a humorous  Trojan condom commercial but were…

  • Bambi Woods comes back (NSFW)

    This is definitely NOT safe for work (NSFW), but this interview with Bambi Woods (of Debbie Does Dallas fame) was fascinating (here is part two). The actress who played her in the movie disappeared for more than 20 years, living in comfortable obscurity in Australia. She never reveals her identity, but makes this offer: My…

  • Tips on Using Linkedin?

    Here’s a list of articles about effective ways to use linkedin. Here’s the main page. By the way, I’m looking for a job. Anything having to do with technical writing, instructional design, publishing, blogging, professional writing, distance education, teaching, content management. Let’s see…what else? I have not prepared a resume yet although I will do…

  • Dwight Pronouncements & Ebook Progress

    I emailed this to several friends and family members, so I thought my blog should be entitled to have it as well. Dwight Silverman writes his annual reports on the minimum specs for laptops these days. (See also this confession of a Dell Sales Manager). It mentions a few interesting things: better tech support when…