Monday, December 29, 2003

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

This blog really hasn't been as nasty as it wants to be.

I suspect I'm not even going to get a bag of coal for christmas this year.

The next year will be much brighter. Count on it.

The first step will be a new template. Soon appearing on a web site near you.

Friday, December 19, 2003

From the helpful folks at blogger comes another in their line of creative tutorials How To Get A Book Deal With Your Blog

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Friday, December 05, 2003

Kind of fun... The American Package Museum
I've felt like I was trapped in a snow globe all day long, with the translucent walls slowly closing in. The first snowstorm of the year will do that, I guess.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Three times is one more than twice as nice? Bubba Bubba Bubba
It will be a cold, cold day in hell before I believe that the United Nations should oversee the running of the internet.

This is wrong:
'Standardization is one of the essential building blocks of the Information Society,' reads the most recent draft of the WSIS Draft Declaration of Principles. 'There should be particular emphasis on the development and adoption of international standards.'
The mass homogenization of ideas is what impedes growth and limits innovation.
We're getting close to Christmas, and I haven't done a bit of shopping yet. I have a feeling I'm going to hurt my credit cards this year. Ouch!

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Thursday, November 27, 2003

We're making short order of a Turkey today at A Nasty Bit of Business. Be careful, or we might do the same of you, you turkeys!

Pass the cranberries now, would you?

Saturday, November 22, 2003 - Politics - Singles Seek Financial, Legal Perks Offered Marrieds
Guardian Unlimited Money | Special_reports | Nigerian email conmen fall into their targets' net
Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues: American Music From Back Roads To Big City - E-learning grows in workplace
SBC challenges RIAA over subpoenas | CNET
The 10 Biggest Spam Myths
Alex Ross and Neal Adams talk about the meaning of Patriotism in The Village Voice: Features: American Gods by R.C. Baker
Six Apart Announces First License of its TypePad Personal Weblogging Service to NIFTY, one of Japan's Leading ISPs - Rich nations flunk in educating poor - Nov. 18, 2003
A pretty nice service from the National Weather Service. I'm going to have to find a way to parse this information onto a few web sites: NOAA - National Weather Service - Experimental Listings of Watches, Warnings, and Advisories by State in HTML, RSS and XML formats
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Agreement On Historic Anti-Spam Bill

Friday, November 21, 2003

A visual guide to navigating blog comments | Blog |
Edge: Why Gordian Software has Convinced me to Believe in the Reality of Cats and Apples
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Old fish turns 65, even older fish in Chicago Articles: I Was Stalked on
komo news | Local Teen Singing The Blues After Being Sued For Downloading Music
Court limits in-car FBI spying
Decades Old Cabaret Law Faces Repeal
Wired News: Record Label Sings New Tune
It's funny where business will force you to go when you're just starting out. for instance, check out this New Startup Secret: Dumpster Diving
Frightening and sad, the House Government Reform Committee is taking a close look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and how they behaved in FBI Handling of Mob Informants Condemned
Most problems with computers at work are really with the people. Train your employees. Give them the chance, and the impetus to learn. Reward them for finding, faster, better, smarter, ways to do their work. Talk to them.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Monday, November 03, 2003

When I first saw a sign for the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, I wondered where the real museum was.
I've got a new favorite car. Produced from 1910 to 1923, the Climber Motor Corporation's Climber Automobile could actually climb up steps. Sounds a bit like the Segway of its time.
Attack of the fifty foot tall Spanglish

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Cerf: ICANN finally working on 'substantive issues'
"About Us" -- Presenting Information About an Organization on Its Website (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) - Adults are stealing Halloween - Oct. 27, 2003
Amazon Re-Ranks Intellectuals - Fun and games with its new text-search feature. By Timothy Noah
Caxton's Chaucer - view the original Canterbury Tales
Blizzard Entertainment: Technical Support Site
Wired News: New Ways to Skirt DMCA Legally!
Scientific American: Green Tea and Ginger Show New Cancer-Combating Abilities
US Patent Office '906 Letter
World Wide Web Consortium Presents the US Patent Office with Evidence Invalidating Eolas Patent
BBC NEWS | Technology | New Windows virus hits computers
U.S. Copyright Office, Anticircumvention Rulemaking
Publishers Weekly - The Amazoning of Google? Search Firm Looks for Book Content

Monday, October 27, 2003

I'm not sure that it's really necessary to critcize or parody the Fox News Network. They do a good job of making themselves look ridiculous: Fox News Threatened to Sue The Simpsons

Friday, October 24, 2003

Witch wins government grant Of course, this award was contingent upon her not trying spells that might hurt anyone.
Check what pop-upped in federal bankruptcy court: X10 files for Chapter 11
Who says that the federal government doesn't have a sense of humor? Their move to uncover illegal immigrants working at Wal-Marts was code-named Operation Rollback. They did discover 250 in 61 stores in 21 states.
Douglas Bowman presents some fancy looking navigation using text and CSS: Sliding Doors of CSS

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Why personalization hasn't worked
I 've been overhearing a lot of people saying how much they hate our government. You know, it's easy to do when you read an article like this one: Student charged in airline box cutter scare and realize that the ineptitude of the security forces is being covered up by a serious effort to prosecute the student involved as if he were a criminal.

The real question isn't whether you prosecute this young man for a lack of judgment. It's why did it take more than a month to discover the items palnted aboard planes, and would they have evedr been discovered if he hadn't called attention to them.
Art from 200,000 years ago, by another species of humanity? Ancient carved 'faces' found
I'm not sure of the merits of this announcement, but it seems that a new method of generating electricity has been discovered: Water sparks new power source

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

This is good. Chris Miller: The Ulysses Project
The Recording Industry goofs again in pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way as the Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends an alleged filesharer.
One of the major keys to learning something new is to find a good teacher. The maxdesign folks are here for us. I'm going to squeeze in a few minutes and take their Floatutorial: Step by step CSS float tutorial
I'm going to have to rekindle my plans to put together a combination computer boot camp and holiday cruise in light of this CNN article about Execs who are tech dummies seek secret training

Saturday, October 11, 2003

EdTechPost: Matrix of some uses of blogs in education Archives
Artificial “agents” modeling complex systems
Escaping the organisation chart on your intranet
Color Symbolism
A new model for publishing scientific research, and the Public Library of Science
A close look at the lack of standards, ignorance of users needs, and a need for industry wide segment marketing in what might be called an autopsy for the Handheld Computer
Quite a bit to learn about George Orwell, and about writing in Jeffrey Meyers' article titled Orwell on writing
In the good news department - good sense strikes, and the decision to initiate a lawsuit against Princeton student by CD protection software company is dropped.
Joel on Software is carrying an excellent essay oncharacter encoding. If you build web sites, and you want to know more about what that content type tag does, it's worth a read.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Creating a Killer Product
Edgar Governo, Historian of Things That Never Were
Studies are wonderful things. Always pay attention to whom funded ones you look at. For instance, a recent study that tells us work stations with multiple monitors at each computer make for a much more efficient office. Give you one guess what the company that paid for that study manufacture.
Wharton Business school has some terrific articles, like this one on whether or not suing your customers is a good business strategy. The Henry Ford comparison is priceless.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

The world doesn't have to be homogenized for the masses. Different cultures and different people have a lot to offer America. We should seriously consider letting them do that. There's probably a lesson in the following article for the Mattel people to ponder. My expectation is that they won't. See: Muslim doll offers modest alternative to Barbie
A Brief Overview of the Linguistic Attributes of the Blogosphere (pdf)
Microsoft looking at browser injunction? Eolas files motion to enjoin IE
An excellent summary on The Eolas matter

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Digital-rights group knocks 'trusted' PCs | CNET - Song swappers flock to invitation-only Internet - Oct. 6, 2003
Mid Pass Filter
The Pace and Proliferation of Biological Technologies (pdf)
Addiction a handicap? Limits of disability act tested |
The Deployment of VeriSign "Site Finder" and ISP Response
Court's call: Hands off VoIP | CNET
Wired News: Charter: Hands Off Song Swappers - Study: Classical music a money magnet - Oct. 7, 2003
Linux vs. Windows Viruses
For anyone interesting in online communities, and post rating systems: || Comment Rating Changes
The FCC has been having a rough time lately: Court Rules F.C.C. Erred in Decision on Net Access
The Philly Inquirer comes clean, clearing up their confusion over Klingons and evil monomaniacal humans: Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/07/2003 | Clearing the record
A look at the antics and adventures of Elizabeth Spiers: An unlikely new source of writing talent: Blogs
Legg Mason Told to Pay Newsletter (
Seems that there is a class (action) of people who think thatBono is fucking brilliant.
Alphapage.html - University of Maryland
Six Log: TypePad's Official Launch
CD-copy protection system said to have simple flaw
Wanted: A Legible Voting Ballot

Saturday, October 04, 2003 / Business / Technology / Coca-Cola Unveils High-Tech Billboard
No real surprise here:

This effort sounds like an attempt to dumb down computers, and make them less of a "computer" and more of a vehicle for the offereings of big business: ZDNet UK - News - Microsoft moves to integrate Windows with BIOS
Laptops are the new recording studio: The Incredible Shrinking Studio
Cheap solar power?
Good Experience - Four Words to Improve User Research
Redskins Can Keep Trademark, Judge Rules
The Morning News - How to Write a Thank-You Note
OJR article: Copyright Issues Present Ongoing Dilemma: To Link or Not To Link? 

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

The professor is a punk
Inventor of the three-fingered salute
A boomtown rat and his daughters read together
Small Business Survival Committee | News & Features
Press release: Opera announces strategic licensing agreement with Adobe
SimpleBits | Accessible Image-Tab Rollovers
Google Frequent Searchers
FBI bypasses First Amendment to nail a hacker
I described a few months back Larry Lessig's notion about a bounty on spammers to some friends who misunderstood, and thought it was my idea. They believed I was getting militant on the subject.

I wasn't, but spam is such a pathetic business model, that you would wish all of these spammers would just find something else to do. They also need to know that people will get militant if they continue to do things like described in Wired News: Spam: This Time It's Personal
Bruce Sterling's take on technology is always worth a listen or three. So open up your ears and listen closely as he tells you about Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die
Coke to track winners by Satellite

Sunday, September 28, 2003

In the face of the US government monitoring Whisky of Mass Destruction, I'm tempted to write to the IRS and ask for a refund of my tax dollars. I don't think that is how that money was to have been spent.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Goodbye, paper lion
InfoWorld: Company disowns author of critical Microsoft report
Amazon developing e-commerce search service
LawMeme - India to Forbid Song Covers?
SCO infringed copyright, IBM alleges in new claim
EFF: Flawed E-Voting Standard Sent Back to Drawing Board
Automated search ads can boomerang | CNET
Internet Sales Tax May Get's Support (
Wired News: Congress Puts Brakes on CAPPS II
Librarians to P2P critics: Shhh!
Bring back Doctor Who

Friday, September 26, 2003

Do not call again (pdf - judicial opinion)

This time, because telemarketers for charitable organizations could keep on calling, resulting in a content based limitation on freedom of speech.

Don't let any of them call, I say.
Will businesses pay people to blog for other businesses? B2B blogging at Weblogs, Inc.
The meaning of words, and the meanness of misunderstanding them. Finding the right answer these days means using the right words to look for them. See: Transform Magazine ? Putting it Together: Taxonomy, Classification & Search
I'm a patterns and design nut, and this is definitely the page for me: The Interaction Design Patterns Home Page
Electronic paper | who would have thought this would happen? Now that paper is nearing the verge of obsolescence, it's being reborn as an electronic medium. What does this mean for newspapers and magazines?
Russel Simmons speaks: Heeding Hip Hop's Higher Calling
Zen and the art of law enforcement |

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Stubbornness is a virtue when you address it by its other name - perseverance.
Not quite ready for prime time viewing: when standards bodies fight. At stake, licensing fees for the cost of using ISO codes.
The 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990 to 2000. Challenging people is good.
Blackmail and internet adware are becoming intimately acquainted as business partners. The people behind those actions may find repercussions to what they do.
I don't think I'd want to be country these days either.