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July 23, 2003

24 on the 24th


(birthday card from Mom & Jack)

Apparently I'm turning 24 on the 24th of this month... Jarrod, currently ordained as a monk in Burma, was the first to point out the (apparent) significance of this event in a letter that arrived a few weeks ago- "Mate, that'll only happen once!" Willo was the second, "This is a good year for you, be careful what you wish for..."

It has indeed been a wondrous year. In order to keep the streak going, I'm taking off Wednesday afternoon for an extended weekend in the Eastern Sierras. See y'all Monday!

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(from the latest Onion Weekly Dispatch)

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July 22, 2003


Mitch Kapor: "My interpretation is that the suit was brought by a group of people who are pursuing litigation in the absence of a business strategy... SCO's actions are about sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt. It is morally utterly despicable."

This is what he's talking about. It's my understanding that the Internet routes around damage of this kind. It's only a matter of time, you SCO cabrónes.

[via Anil]

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Associated Press, New Music Downlod Service Launches: "Blum was not able to obtain uniform licensing rights from the record labels and artists. As a result, different songs on BuyMusic have different restrictions for how often, if at all, they may be burned onto CDs or copied to other PCs or portable music devices."

Ok, how much more clueless can an industry get?! Apparently way more...

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July 21, 2003


Got the word today that I've [finally] been made full-time, thus ending 3.25 months as a contractor/lackey. It really wasn't that bad, of course... ;)

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Buddhist bumper stickers. Since I don't see any mention of the Theravada, I think I'll roll my own...

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July 20, 2003

Hail to the Thief

Since acquiring Radiohead's new album last Friday, I've been listening to it incessantly. To say I'm digging it is an understatement. Fortunately they're playing at Shoreline (walking distance from work) in ~ 2 months. Got my ticket this evening, as did Dom 'n Mer. To be honest, I'm a bit frightened by the prospect of hearing them live... All their studio albums are brilliant masterpieces, layers upon layers of musical depth honed and painstakingly perfected, but can how does it work live?

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Network Awareness

Tim O'Reilly, All Software Should Be Network Aware: "I've been noodling for some time on the idea that we need some kind of equivalent to the old Apple Human Interface Guidelines, only for the new world of networked applications. The original UI Guidelines laid out a set of consistent approaches for GUI applications; while Windows ended up with a different set than the Mac, the idea was simple and profound: create a consistent set of user expectations and live up to them. I believe that we now need something similar for web aware applications."

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Going Mobile

Ray Ozzie, Extreme Mobility: "How could it be different if "contact mobility" weren't an afterthought? Well, think about it: your phone is connected to a network. Why aren't your phone's contacts automatically synchronized through the "cloud" with your PC, which is also ultimately connected to the same cloud? Why does your phone's display not automatically show your next appointment or meeting, being connected to that same "cloud"? And so on."

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Zeldman on Apple: "The Macintosh user community skews creative and independent, and I like being part of that kind of herd. People who use Macs choose to do so. It's not just some machine in a cubicle. People who choose Macs consider the experience of using a computer to be as important as the fact that a computer lets them get work done. An operating system that removes the abstraction between thought and action is one that lets you be more creative and more productive instead of wasting brain cells trying to remember how to perform tasks."

[via the Cluetrain list]

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July 19, 2003

Suspect, Suspect, Suspect

"From Declan's politech list, a post from EFF co-founder John Gilmore:"

My sweetheart Annie and I tried to fly to London today (Friday) on British Airways. We started at SFO, showed our passports and got through all the rigamarole, and were seated on the plane while it taxied out toward takeoff. Suddenly a flight steward, Cabin Service Director Khaleel Miyan, loomed in front of me and demanded that I remove a small 1" button pinned to my left lapel. I declined, saying that it was a political statement and that he had no right to censor passengers' political speech. The button, which was created by political activist Emi Koyama, says "Suspected Terrorist".
Read the rest...

[via BoingBoing]

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July 17, 2003

Dumbing Us Down...

It's official, the American educational system really is out to keep us all stupid...

[via Nigel]

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July 16, 2003

World Class, baby!

Evidently we just won the best Web-Based Application of 2003 award (scroll down) from PCWorld. Kickass!

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July 15, 2003


Trendwatching: "Earlier this year, research firm Forrester coined 'Digital Denial': a phrase used to describe the sorry state the music and film industries finds themselves in because of their utter denial of the digital revolution..."

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

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July 14, 2003


Sieburg sure has a way with words...

"Back to the Resident Chimp who ought to be returning the U.S. to face Impeachment hearings but seems to have deflected blame for the WMD lies, at least for now, to the CIA who I feel won't take such scapegoating for long and we may see some explosive leaks in the coming weeks that might lead to larger investigations of Shrub, Haliburton lobbyist DICK Cheney, and the angriest man alive, Donald Rumsfeld."

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July 12, 2003

What Women Want?

I just finished watching What Women Want, brilliant! Such a clever idea, a man able to hear what women think; I doubt it'd be nearly as effective or entertaining the other way around... Us? We're apes, plain and simple. Have any of y'all seen it? Thoughts?

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Spent a wee while on AllConsuming today updating my completed books list, it's slightly more comprehensive than it was before...

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July 11, 2003


After work today Mike and I are gonna catch Hidden in Plain Sight at the Castro Theatre downtown. Here's the desc:

US foreign policy is, not surprisingly, different than advertised. Find out just how different by coming to a special screening of John H. Smihula's powerful new documentary "Hidden In Plain Sight", which looks at US policy in Latin America through the prism of the controversial School of the Americas, where over 60,000 Latino soldiers have been trained by the US Army.

Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary features interviews with political thinkers (Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, Eduardo Galeano), Congresspersons (Barbara Lee, D-Ca, Mac Collins, R-Ga), Army officers, victims and social activists who tackle the issues of US economic and military policies in Latin America, the war on drugs, and terrorism. A short history, a spirited debate, a personal story, and a call for accountability, "Hidden In Plain Sight" is a bold, unflinching look at the nature and consequences of US foreign policy in Latin America.

With speakers including: author Michael Parenti and a post-screening discussion with filmmakers John Smihula and VivÌ Letsou, with Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange; also Amnesty International and SOA Watch. The evening is a benefit for both the film and Film Arts Foundation. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door.

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Wow, Estonia is totally wired.

[via Ottmar]

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July 10, 2003

Forest Sunset


I got home early enough tonight to catch the sun setting on the redwoods, couldn't resist snapping a pic...

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Only ~37 hours to go...

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[via Shellen]

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Here's what was up in Iran 4 years ago...

[via Hajir]

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July 8, 2003


Dervala's back in the First World...

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Two tidbits on inkjets, first from Gizmodo: "A Dutch consumer group is calling for a boycott of Epson inkjet printers because a smart chip in the cartridges makes them stop working after a certain number of print runs, forcing you to buy a new one even if there is still ink left."

Second, from BoingBoing: "By volume, the ink in your inkjet cartridges costs seven times more than vintage champagne."

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July 7, 2003

New Glasses

Woo-hoo! Sieburg is blogging once again!

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According to Jee, "jason's bbq was small and intimate. it was cool to meet new people. most of them worked at google with ev. i felt sort of old, though, especially after talking to a guy who i found out was actually only 23. eek. no interest in him. still felt old. anyway ...."

To which 23 year-old could she be referring, I wonder? Maybe it was Mike? An aside- do people actually care how old other people are? I certainly don't. Or is that just my idealistic, youthful ignorance speaking up?

Other folks' accounts of the event: Willo [photos], Goldman, Mike, Jane. Heh, even got some funny linkage from Willo. Quite entertaining, this Interweb-net thing!

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July 6, 2003

Be Aware

Excellent, the Government Information Awareness initiative from the MIT Media Lab. Here's Wired on it:

"GIA site users can submit information about public figures and government programs anonymously. In an attempt to ensure the accuracy of submitted data, the system automatically contacts the appropriate government officials and offers them an opportunity to confirm or deny submitted data."

"But like an FBI file, information is not purged if the subject denies its veracity; the denial is simply added to the file. McKinley wryly added that those government officials who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear from GIA."

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July 4, 2003

God Bless America!

I can't reckon anything more Uhmerican than a 4th of July BBQ at Goldman's. Sieburg is coming too, alas that Ryan can't be here... God Bless It!

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July 3, 2003


American Traveler International Apology Shirt

[via Dav]

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ENN: "Ethical" coffee pushed into mainstream

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G.E. Free

Regarding genetically modified crops, the European Union definitely has its shit together.

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July 2, 2003

Teach English in Korea

My friend Laura just started a new company to recruit folks to teach English in Korea, and her site just went live- check it out. If I weren't settling down for a long haul right now, that's probably what I'd be doing. Fortunately there's Vipassana activity going on there as well!

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More from the ENN, "Turkey launches radar monitoring system on Bosporus Strait"

I was there about 3 years ago, here are some unexciting shots of the strait.

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A sample of fresh Onion: "Soldier Hoping We Invade Someplace Tropical Next"

BAGHDAD, IRAQ—Sgt. Daniel Marshall, a member of the Army National Guard's 501st Infantry, is hoping that the next place he is ordered to invade has a tropical climate. "I'm proud to have served my country here in the Iraqi desert, but it sure would be nice if we got into a conflict with someplace nice," Marshall said Tuesday. "With any luck, President Bush is thinking about shocking-and-awing Cuba next—a little deep-sea fishing would really boost the morale of my men." Marshall said he is "so jealous" of his uncle Stephen, who got to invade Grenada in 1983.

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ENN: Colombian men undergo vasectomies for land

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Environmental News Network: All About Eggs

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Bring 'em on!

"Bring them on!" You tell 'em, Dubya! Yee-haw!

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A few of us had lunch with AaronSw yesterday, Shellen's got the photo up. That's Aaron on our left and SteveJ on our right. Aaron runs the Google Weblog and will be assimilated one of these years. Once he starts/finishes college, that is...

Here's his blog.

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