When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · October
· · · · 26 (4 entries)

On Freeing China · In the pages of the cur­rent Busi­ness Week, to my sur­prise, a cred­i­ble write-up on how the peo­ple of Chi­na might get out from un­der their government’s thum­b. It takes a bit of a long view, which is ap­pro­pri­ate when ad­dress­ing a big prob­lem ...
 
#9 · After din­ner Fri­day the kid want­ed to do a jig­saw puz­zle and I thought that we might as well have a mu­si­cal back­drop for our qual­i­ty time. I felt in a rock & roll mode and my hand fell on the White Al­bum. Even­tu­al­ly Revo­lu­tion #9 came along, and all these decades lat­er, you know, it holds up pret­ty well. Any­how, the kid with fur­rowed brow was try­ing to fig­ure out which way a piece of Thomas the Tank Engine would fit, and I was mak­ing help­ful sug­ges­tions when I no­ticed that in his lit­tle munchkin voice he was in­ton­ing “Number nine... Num­ber nine... Num­ber nine...” Now that’s Qual­i­ty Time.
 
Stewart Brand · Ear­li­er this month at the Foo Cam­p, I screwed up and I’m still feel­ing bad about it. I found my­self sit­ting around a fire with one of my tru­ly ma­jor in­flu­ences, and I couldn’t man­age to com­pose even a few fee­ble words of thanks to some­one who made a big dif­fer­ence in my life. This is by way of try­ing to make up for it a bit ...
 
On the Side of a Tire · I was try­ing to get some work done and the kid was pes­ter­ing me: “Show me some pic­tures on the com­put­er, Daddy.” So went to Google Image Search, and said “What would you like to see a pic­ture of?” “Ummm... a tire.” No idea where that came from, but easy enough. We looked at a cou­ple of pic­tures of tires, and as a side-effect I found out How to read a mod­ern Pas­sen­ger Car Tire Side­wall. Some com­mit­tee some­where ob­vi­ous­ly in­vest­ed se­ri­ous time in work­ing this one out.
 
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