Archives for December 2005

The Leap Second

Jamie Zawinski brings us the important details you need to know about tonoght’s leap second. Live it up, there’s an extra second in our lives today! (Very geeky) update: How the leap second propagated via the Network Time Protocol the keeps all the world’s computers, probably including yours, in sync.

Steve Jobs Movie Posters

The magic of Photoshop.

Linked lists

It’s the end of the year, and plenty of people (thanks Jason) are generating “best of” links, jogging memory and generating smiles. * Culture hacking: Improv Everywhere (“We Cause Scenes”) stations a tuxedoed bathroom attendant in the Times Square McDonalds, and records the action. Complete with annotated photographs, and a video clip. * One (more) […]

Avoiding Errands to Do Real Work

Paul Graham on good and bad procrastination: Most people who write about procrastination write about how to cure it. But this is, strictly speaking, impossible. There are an infinite number of things you could be doing. No matter what you work on, you’re not working on everything else. So the question is not how to […]


My friend Jon Husband reminded me that worldwide surveillance has been going on for years. You can read all about it. Grim.

Ruby on Rails Bootcamp at Big Nerd Ranch

During the first week of December I traveled to rural Atlanta to attend the Ruby on Rails Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch. The Ranch isn’t a place, exactly – more like a concept. In the US, they rent an executive retreat lodge 1-2 weeks per month, where 18 students take single rooms in a […]

(Unintended?) Consequences of Surveillance

If your life is similar to mine, you may have been too busy these last few weeks of the business year to notice an important story brewing in the US capital. It’s one worth reflecting on during the year-end break; here is a summary written in links. * Laura Rozen has a data point on […]

Chaotic Growth

Michael Arrington tackles the Web 2.0 definition: Web 2.0 is not a marketing slogan. It is the slogan of a people’s army. Our army. They are words that help us explain the explosion of conversations on the web, and justify our enthusiasm for innovation. Web 2.0 is why I came back from my exodus at […]

This One’s For All You Writers Out There

Doonesbury is bite-sized amusing today. Alex is writing her college application essay. Her dad looks on.

Plausible Story

My friend Hannah has an excellent new blog, called Plausible Story. Recent news indicates that 1 in 20 Americans is illiterate in English, despite increasing college graduation rates. I suggest Americans might be innumerate as well – 1 in 20 is 5%, and if people understood that 5% of the country could not read or […]