Month: November 2007

  • You and your opinions

    While reading a mildly interesting opinion on global warming at Nicholas Kristof’s blog, I went down the reader comments and realized something, I really don’t care what most people think about global warming. About 30-40% of  reader contributions on global warming just are inane, (example: ad hominem attacks on Al Gore, mention of something a …

  • War is a Racket

    Video: How Bush prepares before his TV address about the Iraqi War. Horrifying. Tirade by Tim Ryan about Republican lies. Here’s an article about harrassment of a student peace group in Florida. It’s a scary read, but really if you look at that group photo, you see how cool the Peace students look. They’ll be…

  • Consumers Research

    On a day like this, I’m afraid to blog, because I have a backlog of things to post. But here’s a clear exception. Consumersresearch is a great site that gathers consumer information from various sources and puts it into a single site.  It’s especially good for household products and things which don’t need to be…

  • Teleread Updates

    We’ve been down with some major problems on our database. This post will contain periodic updates about what is going on. I expect we’ll have something up by evening, and by morning we should be as good as new (perhaps better!). For the truly curious, you can follow our progress on the wordpress forums. 8:50…

  • Client-Side pages in XSLT: Promising?

    I just learned something amazing: XSLT transformation browser side (meaning: giving the user an XML document and an XSL document and letting the browser process it) is lightning fast — far faster than server-side processing. So why is no one using it? Kamal Gill wrote more about this (especially with respect to plone). I think…

  • Exercise for Middle-Aged People (Like me)

    A rather obvious idea, but I noticed this morning that it’s easy to follow exercise videos with the mute on. That lets me listen to podcasts and books on tape in the process. Yippee! (More time found). See also: my list of fave exercise vids and a feature story by Abby Ellin on middle-aged female…

  • Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday, Stranger.

  • Announcement: A new Monthly Houston OLPC club for kids

    Update Jan 3: First Meeting will be Saturday Jan 19 at Montrose Library 3:00 PM.  (Read more details and RSVP here) Update December 19: See the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Houston-laptops-for-children/ mailing list and the Houston OLPC user forum Update: I wrote an article for OLPCNews about my user group for XO laptop owners. Big news: I have bought…

  • Designing for Children: The Constructivist Approach

    In response to the announcement that SimCity will be ported to the One Laptop per Child platform, Alan Kay writes a long piece wondering whether Sim City is truly an example of constructivist learning. He talks about designing software environments for children and at the end concludes that Sim City might not be the best…

  • Usability Test

    1. Chemistry. Just for fun, go to www.chemistry.com (the online dating service). Try to learn how much membership costs without first signing up. 2. Go to Dell.com . Try to find the physical address and/or phone number of its Austin, Texas HR department. That is the story of what the Internet is about: hiding  information.

  • Tellebration Storytelling Event: November 17 (Houston)

    What? Tellebration Storytelling Event When? Saturday November 17, 2:00 PM  (Important: Note the Changed Time!) Where? Dharma Cafe, 1718 Houston Avenue,Houston, Texas77007 (see website & map). Cost: (Includes Light Buffet/Coffee) $10 (HSG Members)/$12 (non-HSG guests) I’ll be not only attending the event, but I’ll also be telling a story. For more details about this event…

  • seinfeld does the talk show circuit.

    Wow, an amazing hour long interview with Jerry Seinfeld on Charlie Rose. (video should be online in a day or so). Good insights about the TV show, the nature of comedy, etc. I’m sure Charlie Rose has other good guests. Gunter Grass, John Updike, E.L. Doctorow. Listening to the entertaining sci fi Asimov classic Nightfall…

  • Random stuff

    From a pro-Kucinich piece on Salon by Rebecca Traister: There is no better illustration of exactly how far right political discourse has swung, and how self-loathing and beaten down the Democratic Party has become, than that among its presidential candidates, the one most willing to consistently, unapologetically stand for the things on which the party…

  • Nosehairs and Broadband

    Comment on a news report about how the US is losing the race for cheap broadband: Leading the world in broadband access is about as important as leading the world in nose-hair trimmers. Sure, they can be nice and make life a little better, but in the big picture of things, it doesn’t make any…