Archives for October 2006

Enormous Copyright Infringement Claims

Interesting business strategy analysis of the Google purchase of YouTube.

Related Links

CNN: The widening waistlines of Americans have increased the consumption of gasoline since 1960 according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University. A report by Laura A. McLay of VCU, concludes that Americans now pump 938 million gallons of fuel more on a yearly basis than they were in […]

Does the News Matter?

Aaron Swartz speaks for me: But finally, I’d like to argue that following the news isn’t just a waste of time, it’s actively unhealthy. Edward Tufte notes that when he used to read the New York Times in the morning, it scrambled his brain with so many different topics that he couldn’t get any real […]

Speaking of the Onion

Hadn’t checked in with them in a while. Christian Rock Band Cleans Up Hotel Room: Hotel staff at the Highway 82 Best Western found the suite occupied over the weekend by members of the Christian rock band Ruggid Krøss swept, dusted, scrubbed, and readied for immediate occupancy. Area Man Going To Go Ahead And Consider […]

A Genetic Upper Class and a Dim-Witted Underclass?

BBC: Human species ‘may split in two:’ The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the “underclass” humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures. Men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices […]

The Tao of Holding Space

Chris Corrigan has posted a great book connecting the Tao Te Ching and Open Space: It is a collection of interpretations of the 81 short chapters of the Chinese classic Tao te Ching as they apply to my experience of holding space. I started this book three years ago, when I began noting parallels between […]

Autumn Beauty

Saturday was a stunning late-fall New Hampshire day. We went for another 14-mile bike ride on the rail trail. Bridge Over the Water The ride includes several bridges over the Mascoma River, vehicle gates, dark forest, traveling past open green fields, under an Interstate highway, next to the Mascoma Lake for quite a while, through […]

Connect the Dots

The US election is November 7th. Three weeks away. Read this, then read this. Then, spend 12 minutes and watch this testimony under oath from a computer programmer who was hired to write software to flip the vote in electronic voting machines. Scary? Well, even worse is that he was hired by Tom Feeney, the […]

Getting Connected

Classic Steve Jobs quote: Microsoft has announced its new iPod competitor, Zune. It says that this device is all about building communities. Are you worried? In a word, no. I’ve seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three […]

The Present

From Saturday’s yoga class: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift we call the present.”

Obesity, Diet, and Activity

Hood Center: Children with TVs in their bedroom are significantly more likely to be overweight than children who do not have a TV in their bedroom. [ My friend Scott Chesnut created and produced the design for this site. ]

PHP inside CSS

Did you know you can put php calls inside css? For instance, rotating images: background: url(images/letterboxSpin.php) 0px 0px no-repeat; } That’s something of a mind bomb.


There’s a new bead store in town. It’s nicely decorated, and my favorite part is a sign on the wall: Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free kitten. Hard to believe they’ll survive when Hanover rents are a couple of grand a month and a beads cost a nickel or a quarter […]

My Life at Work

Excerpt: * Would it be possible to have the h3 pick up the correct “subhead” style from the div id=”centerwrap” directly? That is, it would be nice if the user didn’t have to enter the class in the edit block. We use the Markdown processor, so typically the user would start an h3 line with […]


How the ISFP sees Self * Very affirming. * Sympathetic and trusting. * Good communicator especially where values and ideals are involved. * Hard working and practical. How Others see the ISFP * Difficult to negotiate with. * Won’t follow divorce laws or is naive about what actual law is. * Not serious enough about […]


The New Yorker reports on this year’s Gadgetoff event: When asked what he planned to do with his three and a half minutes, he said, “I’m going to demonstrate how you can transfer data faster with snails than with broadband.” Then he showed a slide of a snail hitched to a tiny chariot with DVDs […]

Stunt Software’s Overflow

This has got to be the most elegant and straightforward software utility ever designed. Watch the short screencast movie to check it out. Without question, Apple should buy these guys and integrate this into the operating system.

Rosanne Cash

Saw Rosanne Cash Saturday night at Dartmouth. Fourth row center. Amazing performer. Amazing band. Much more transformative than Amiee Mann a week earlier. Rosanne is Johnny Cash‘s daughter by his first wife (Vivian Liberto, not June Carter Cash). Cash’s husband, John Leventhal, was the guitarist, and my comment after the show was, “Watching him made […]

Advice on Work

Paul Graham: The best place to work, if you want to start a startup, is probably a startup. In addition to being the right sort of experience, one way or another it will be over quickly. You’ll either end up rich, in which case problem solved, or the startup will get bought, in which case […]

Jellyfish the Size of Small Cars

Pink Tentacle: Jellyfish invasion in full swing Thousands of the giant jellyfish, which can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb), become caught in fixed fishing nets each year. Includes an amazing photo that I’m too lazy to steal borrow and post here.