Month: October 2007

  • Light blogging…maybe?

    I have a lot going on for the next month or two. Blogging will be light, or will it?  Who can predict these things?

  • Fascinating Screwdrivers by Thurston Borgraves

    Have you ever heard of Nanowrimo (the National Novel Writing month)? It’s a competition for writers to try to write a 50,000+ word novel in one month. I’ve always viewed the project with a combination of amusement and disdain, but this month I decided to try it. It starts on November 1 and ends November…

  • 15 Laterals…and Still Going

    I am not a football fan, and I am certainly not a fan of college football. Also, Trinity University (which I attended) has always had an amateurish football team. However, this football play in a Trinity University game has to be the most remarkable thing I’ve ever seen in a football game. Fellow Trinity grad…

  • two fun videos

    Ok, I’m not going to turn this blog into a list of my Youtube faves. But I enjoyed these two. The first is a wacky German practical joke involving mirrors (it takes a while, but it’s fun) . Here’s a 4 minute Steve Martin skit, the Great Flydini. I was a big fan of his.…

  • Fight Global Warming: Recycle!

    Ever wondered what the lyrics are for these crazy Bollywood dance numbers? This video will give you a taste. Paul Feldman on global warming and coal fires: Underground coal fires in China alone produce as much carbon dioxide annually as all the cars and light trucks in the United States. Fires in other countries, including…

  • Writers who have changed me

    A few days ago I realized that the recent Ovid has had a profound impact on me and my writing. I am reading Michie’s excellent translation of Art of Love and last year I read the incredible partial translation of the Metamorphosis by Ted Hughes. I expect to read everything else within the next month…

  • Odds and ends

    Good discussion of .epub format. Surprising revelation: because ebook readers have to load up the entire xhtml/html file into memory, that causes latency and slow loads.Eric Wild on XInclude processing in XSLT 2.0 processors. Apparently it works a lot better in 2.0 than 1.0. Drew Carey political video on free market solutions to traffic problems.…

  • Why Users Don’t Read Documentation: Technical Writing Secrets

    Peter Morville’s subject of findability comes up all the time in looking for information on the web. Yesterday I was seeking a driver for an old scanner. Should be easy. I had a serial number but not the model number. Unfortunately, the website contained no information about how to determine the model number. To access…

  • Formulas for Living

    The Edge has published its replies from this year’s question: WHAT IS YOUR FORMULA? YOUR EQUATION? YOUR ALGORITHM?” My math is not good enough to follow most of the answers, but here are my two favorites: a Nobel prize winning economist , a child psychologist and adult psychologist.

  • Willful ignorance

    I for one am growing weary of political nominees claiming they are unfamiliar with the details of a case or situation or policy and so cannot answer the question. Sometimes that line is appropriate (for judges for instance about future cases), but Mukasey’s “I don’t know” answers about waterboarding, torture and executive authority borders on…

  • Late Night TV Observations

    Jay Leno interviewed a presidential candidate (Barack Obama) on the Tonight Show yesterday. I realize it’s not a hard-hitting news show, but in the 20 minute interview, Leno did not ask Obama a single policy question. Not one. As informed as I consider myself about American politics, I admit I really don’t know what Obama…

  • Mystery of the Invisible Interest Charges

    I am paying my credit cards online.  The account management websites are especially slick–especially that for Chase bank.  Chase not only has the best website, they also keep policies and terms of service (along with updates!) on an easy-to-find tab. But on all the credit card websites, I have noticed how cleverly they hide the…

  • Global Warming Videos

    Great and simple 9 minute video by a science teacher about what action we should take about global warming: Here’s some more videos by the same science teacher. They are fascinating, cogent and fun.

  • Someday my princess will come

    Amazingly, upon coming home this evening, I found a teeny tiny frog waiting for me at my door. I stood right near the door itself, as though anxiously waiting for me to open the door. I shooed it aside happily. Frogs always cheer me up. When there are lots of frogs around, I feel more…

  • Numbness of Sorrow: 18 Minute video interview of a murder victim’s mother

    Here’s a sad and otherworldly 18 minute TV interview with a mother of a murdered girl. It seems on the surface to be a perfectly ordinary interview, but the girl died the day.  the mother found out only hours before she did the interview! She and her son  had actually seen a newscast about the…

  • How to find a Houston technical writer (for real this time!)

    In a previous post, I expressed frustration at getting my Houston Technical Writer resume/portfolio site listed on google. Lo, and behold, it looks like I accidentally set the blog to private (See: Options –> Privacy). I think I did that during the early stages of the site. Problem solved.