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· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · December
· · · · 11 (4 entries)

Arab Potatoes · Joke cour­tesy of Car­rol Cox: An old Arab man who has been liv­ing for 40 years in Ida­ho want­ed to cul­ti­vate pota­toes in his gar­den, but dig­ging up the earth was get­ting to be too hard at his age. His on­ly son, Ali, was study­ing in France, so he de­cid­ed to send him an e-mail ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion: “Dear Ali: I feel very dis­ap­point­ed be­cause this year I'll be un­able to plant my pota­toes in my gar­den. I am too old to plow the ground. I wish you were here, then my prob­lems would be solved, be­cause you would re­move the soil for me. I love you, Dad” “Dad: For God's sake, DO NOT re­move the ground of that gar­den. It's there that I have hid­den ‘you-know-what’. I love you, Ali” At 4 a.m. the next day the lo­cal po­lice, plus FBI and CIA agents, along with Pen­tagon del­e­gates, came in and turn the gar­den up­side down look­ing for dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­al to build bomb­s, an­thrax or what­ev­er. They found noth­ing and they left. The same day the old man re­ceived an­oth­er e-mail from his son: “Dear Dad: I am sure you can plant your pota­toes now. It was the best I could do in the cur­rent cir­cum­stances. I love you, Ali”
 
John Battelle on Search · It turns out that John Bat­telle, who’s made his mark at a bunch of dif­fer­ent pretty-good in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion­s, whom I met at the Foo Cam­p, and who in­ter­viewed me about it for Busi­ness 2.0, is one of the few peo­ple in the world who ob­sess about search tech­nol­o­gy as much as I do. I just stum­bled across his ex­cel­lent Search­blog; any­one who’s tak­en the trou­ble to plow through my es­says on the sub­ject will prob­a­bly find a sub­scrip­tion worth­while.
 
Notes on Bosworth · Adam Bos­worth been dis­cussing what he calls a “Web Ser­vices Browser” for months over at his blog, but I was re­al­ly hav­ing trou­ble get­ting the point. After his speech here at XML 2003, I think I sort of get it ...
 
Meetings · Wed­nes­day evening, Lau­ren and I had a so­cial in the spa­cious and com­fy suite that she gets for chair­ing the XML con­fer­ence, and it was great fun. (If you know us and didn’t get in­vit­ed, sor­ry, we on­ly de­cid­ed Wed­nes­day morn­ing and missed see­ing a few peo­ple). For me, the re­al thrill was there were sev­er­al pairs of peo­ple at the par­ty who’d known each oth­er for years (elec­tron­i­cal­ly) but had nev­er met and were re­al­ly hap­py to do so. Put Bet­ty Har­vey and David Meg­gin­son and Rick Jel­liffe and Dare Obasan­jo and Jon Udell and Norm Walsh and Sean McGrath and James Clark and Peter Flynn and Eve Maler in a room — the ev­i­dence of the wine­glass­es sug­gests there were thir­ty peo­ple or so, I just picked those names off the pic­tures that I took but aren’t good enough for on­go­ing — put all these peo­ple in a room, and you get more than a few of of these You’re David? Wow! mo­ments. I had one of those my­self, meet­ing Dare Obasan­jo for the first time. Dare is giv­en to oc­ca­sion­al over-the-top flam­ing and snarling on mail­ing list­s, and he looks kind of men­ac­ing too, but turns out to be a friend­ly, cheer­ful, and in­ter­est­ing guy.
 
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