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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · March
· · · · 01 (3 entries)

Picture of a Switchblade · My favorite photographer, <a href='http://alexwaterhousehayward.com/blog/blog.html'>Alex Waterhouse-Hayward</a>, has launched a blog, and very beautiful it is. Alex is a writer, too; consider <a href='http://www.alexwaterhousehayward.com/blog/2006/03/nicols-guilln-and-switchblade.html'>Nicolás Guillén and the Switchblade</a>, from whence: <i>“You will need this sevillana (switchblade) and so that it will open swiftly I am giving you this little bottle of whale oil. Whale oil is the best... ”</i>
 
Elena · Last week I wrote <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2006/02/23/Remembering-Elena'>love your children</a>, pointing to a terribly sad story. Daniel, the father of the little girl who died, has been writing <a href='http://dearelena.wordpress.com/'>extraordinary, gut-wrenching stuff</a> since then, but not without splashes of sunshine. I’ve been reading it and meaning to write here again saying “Read this!” and then today Daniel reached out of the computer and <a href='http://dearelena.wordpress.com/2006/03/01/pillow-pictures/'>touched me</a> and I just lost it for a while there this afternoon. I may be emotionally wrecked but I can’t help thinking: TV can’t do this. Newspapers can’t do this. Magazines can’t do this. This is sorrow and grace shared with the world: doesn’t matter who reads it, because what matters is that he wrote it. Elena’s short story may well live, insofar as stories do, forever.
 
Free Computers (ouch!) · If you follow Jonathan Schwartz, you will have observed a <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/jonathan?entry=niagara_free_trial_update'>little flurry around our offer</a> of free-trial (and maybe free-for-keeps) T2000 servers. If you read the comments, it’s become apparent that our systems for supporting this kind of marketing promotion, uh, need some work. I’m really glad that Jonathan did this, because I know from bitter experience how bad we are at offering hardware freebies, and this will force us to fix it. Particularly right at the moment, it seems to me a no-brainer that scattering a few of our Opteron and Niagara boxes in the direction of some worthy OSS projects and startup companies would be about the most cost-effective marketing imaginable. On lots of occasions I’ve gone running excitedly to the product groups saying “Hey, it would be really great if we could get XXX a server to try out!” and the reaction is along the lines of “Well yeah, but how would we do that?” It turns out that when you’re a big public company, if you have a defined process in place for doing something, it’s easy and efficient, and if you don’t, you’re in SNAFU territory. Lots of other good stuff in those comments too, check them out. In particular, I happen to know that Wikipedia already has one of the free-trial T2000 boxes, and that’s a <em>very</em> interesting application, so we’re going to work with them see how fast we can make it run on that box. Sun is full of Wikipedia fans.
 
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