Month: September 2007

  • Creative Commons, photos and flickr

    Here’s a reason not to use a liberal license on your photos. You might be sued. Lesson learned: merely because you have the right to use the photo doesn’t mean the model release has been signed.  Or that you have publicity rights.

  • More Erica, Less Erica

    Erica O’Grady, who I blogged about before A friend of mine has a live video stream of her liposuction procedure. And oh, yes,  she twitters a bit the whole time. I can just imagine the family scrapbook 20 years later: “And here’s your father and I in Paris. and there’s my liposuction video…”

  • On the folly of writing columns

    Anne Applebaum on how Columbia U. should have organized the event with the Iranian president: Nevertheless, it would have been wrong, once he’d been invited, to ban Ahmadinejad from speaking: To do so would have granted him far more significance than he deserves and played right into his I’m-the-real-democrat-here rhetoric. Instead, the university should have…

  • SXSW Interactive Price Increase

    Unfortunately, it looks like prices for SXSW Interactive have increased precipituously. Early bird rates have increased from $250 to $350.  Although this is merely acknowledging the popularity of the Interactive session, it will no longer seem as awesome a deal as it used to be. Still it’s good deal if you haven’t gone before. In…

  • $2000 refunds for everybody.

    Brad Templeton has a crazy idea: raise the price of gasoline to $6/gallon, and give everybody a $2000 refund. As for me, I fill up with 10 gallons every two weeks. 260 x 6 = $1560 . Sounds like a good deal to me. Ancillary Benefits: Penalizing Illegal Immigrants

  • Hostile interviews in USA

    I’m no fan of Iran’s president. But this week he appeared on 60 Minutes and subjected himself to one of the most hostile interviews ever (kudos to Scott Pelley). See transcript part 1 and part 2. Then he gave a speech at Columbia where he was booed and asked even more hostile questions. I’m all…

  • Beautiful Girl is Like a Melody video on Youtube

    A moment I’ve been waiting a long time for: musical numbers from the 1936 movie Great ziegfeld on Youtube. First, is the amazing/magical wedding cake number. It’s 8 minutes long! It’s in elaborate art deco style, and unfortunately the low resolution version on Youtube misses out on the extraordinary detail of the costumes and sets.…

  • Petraeus Betray Us?

    I’m inclined to agree that the Moveon.org ad about General Petraeus was a bit unfair to the man (although the criticisms in the ad were valid enough). But ever since I heard the ad headline, “Did General Petraeus Betray Us?” every time I hear a politician or journalist use the general’s name on TV, I…

  • Gecko Gathering Saturday September 22, 2007

    Host: Brian Herod Location: Willow St. Pump Station, 811 N. San Jacinto, Houston, TX View Map and Photograph When: Saturday, September 22, 7:00pm Phone: 713-480-6303 Website (I’ll probably be telling a story at this event. It should be lots of fun) From Brian’s announcement: Beginning in September, in the spirit of those geckos gathering, a…

  • Against Emoticons

    A year or two ago, an acquaintance I corresponded with briefly indicated her hatred of emoticons, especially the everpresent smiley face 🙂 .  I found her dismay amusing, but it stayed with me..to the point where I am agreeing. Often, the smiley face is used to lessen the blow of a complaint or criticism or…

  • Teenage Girls Promote Music Videos

    Nagle’s Rule of Music Videos The karaoke versions produced by teenage girls become more famous than the original versions. I don’t particularly like either version of the song, but the amateur version is much more interesting to look at. Here’s another student music video of Touch and Go’s “Would You Go to Bed with Me?”…

  • Brain Transplant will commence

    After weighing my hardware options very carefully, I have decided to attempt a complete motherboard replacement and a repair installation on Windows with a new video card. Yes, that sounds like a lot, but it saves me the trouble of replacing the hard drives, DVD writer, power supply, RAM and case. If it fails, I’ll…

  • Ploneability Higher Education Workshop: November 7

    I’ll probably be attending the Ploneability Higher Education workshop at University of Houston on November 7.  Registration is free. I don’t work at a university per se, but my plone/ebook implementation should be relevant to people at the university.  Plus, I used to teach at a university in another life.

  • PC Meltdown

    My desktop PC had a meltdown yesterday. I’m busy plotting my options. Light posting for the next few days. Update: I’m buying a barebones PC and adding a video card and flat screen. As I replay this scenario over the years, I worry less about data loss (I was ready for this), but I worry…

  • Sacrificing your life for an editorial

    Texas Soldier Omar Mora died recently (according to a report by Dana Schiller). He (along with 5 other soldiers) cowrote an editorial with the New York Times that criticized U.S. strategy toward Iraq. Amazingly, he is the second of the six writers to die. A real tragedy. Here is the wisdom these men died to…

  • Punishing the Realist

    Oliver Goodenough on how throwing good money after bad distorts judgment (especially in connection to the Iraq war): We can cut our losses now and take our lumps, or we can keep throwing good money after bad until maybe we wear the other side out, but in the process raising our own ultimate losses substantially.…