Month: December 2007

  • New Anonymous Blog on the Economist

    I am happy to see that the Economist has a blog, Free Exchange.  Like the magazine, it seems to have sound free market analysis (and regular content). I still can’t figure out why the Economist strips journalists of the right to have names when they hire them. Question: how much would a media outlet have…

  • Ashford Court Apartments Maintenance Problems: Where is my electricity?

    Sorry, I haven’t been posting a lot recently, but my apartment has had limited electricity in the last three days, making it impossible to cook or watch TV or access the Internet. A fuse went out, and I suspect the repair would take 10 minutes. I reported it three times on the telephone and sent…

  • Isn’t there an easier way?

    I run and maintain about 7 separate wordpress weblogs. Unfortunately they are always going out of date. Every two months or so I need to go through the process of backing up the database, checking for incompatibilities and doing the update. It’s extremely time-consuming (and a major reason to consider blogger or hosting at wordpress.com) …

  • RIP, Maryam Irene Haley (Haley Paige, Miriam Haley)

    This post is not going to be work-safe, because it is about the death (and possibly the murder) of  a woman who starred in porn movies.  The woman’s stage name was Haley Paige, but her real name was Miriam Haley (or Maryam Haley).

  • Where is Anne’s Music?

    Fascinating 7 minute radio broadcast about a strange computer networking problem radio announcer David Kestenbaum has. A new folder pops up in his Windows Explorer called “Anne’s Music.” Coincidentally it contains the same songs  from  his own collection. What the heck is happening? Click the listen link (javascript, unfortunately) to hear the story. Found on…

  • Merry Christmas, Suckers!

    Today I bought a boxful of books for my niece. She’s in third grade, and I think I bought some good books, but honestly, I have no idea whether she would like them.  The woman who checked me out  talked about giving books to her grandkids. When she was young, she lived in a small…

  • Online Tracking

    More comics from xkcd.com . Or you can go straight to the image directory. Ok, here’s another one: Ok, one more about Youtube (this is the funniest).

  • Huckabee’s letter to a rapist

    Seasoned veteran Murray Waas thoroughly refutes Huckabee’s denial he interviewed in the Wayne Dumond case.  This is a sad case, and I don’t think we should crucify public officials for making a bad call on a parole case (Given the number of people in prison, it’s bound to happen). At least I can appreciate a…

  • Carbon-Neutrality

    Consumer’s Guide to Retail Carbon Offset Providers (PDF). To Summarize: Buying an offset does not solve the problem if you continue your lifestyle. You can’t buy an indulgence. Different carbon offset companies have different ways of measuring and different ways of offsetting carbon. (See this article by Andrew Revkin). Based on the ratings, it looks…

  • Nobel speeches

    Only two things to read today: Doris Lessing’s moving Nobel speech about the poverty of books in the world.  Al Gore’s great speech on global warming.

  • Facelift for Jamendo!

    I’m intrigued by the new facelift for Jamendo. Jamendo is an amazing creative commons music sharing site, but over time I noticed annoying things about search, the player window and other small things. Unfortunately, a few months ago, jamendo totally erased my online playlists I had diligently composed. I was angry, but how long can…

  • Where is my email?

    I started at a new technical writing gig two weeks ago and I recently discovered 2 things about Microsoft products (specifically Office 2007). In fact, chances are that I will buy a copy fairly soon. It only costs $115. MS Word is really incredible. A lot of its improvements have to do with user interface…

  • The Ultimate FAQ

    I’m proud to say that the first FAQ I wrote for the plone.org site has been accepted. The question took a good 5-10 minutes for me to unearth the answer. Wow, I’m gratified to see that technical publishing guru Tim Oreilly wrote a lengthy comment on the interview I did for TeleRead about ebooks. Although…

  • Best Novelty books

    Here’s something I cross-posted on Teleread: Great novelty books as Christmas gifts.