Week ending Sunday 2009/11/08

Monday 09:48 · For Canadians puzzled by all those big TV/Cable full-page ads about taxes and funding: www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4504/135/ [Original.]

Monday 09:54 · @sfj good ad; but then, anything is better with a Bach cello suite as a soundtrack. [Original, responding to @sfj.]

Monday 11:14 · @binary42 Hey, I hope you'll write about that; the pluses and minuses and practical problems. [Original, responding to @binary42.]

Monday 20:08 · 10-yr-old asks: "Why is it called the bullpen?" A trip to Wikipedia reveals: Nobody knows. [Original.]

Monday 23:40 · Wow, @sogrady reaches high: redmonk.com/sogrady/2009/11/03/no-on-1/ Good on ya. [Original.]

Tuesday 07:21 · @mjasay The defining characteristic of a blog is that it's a human not an institutional voice. And clearly it's not just a Maine issue. [Original, responding to @mjasay.]

Tuesday 10:27 · There's some very evil shit going on this week in Seoul: www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4510/125/ [Original.]

Tuesday 11:08 · Scottish Springtime: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/11/03/Scottish-Ruby-Conference [Original.]

Tuesday 12:40 · CLASSPATH Hell... now with S-expressions! www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/11/03/Clojure-N00b-Advice [Original.]

Tuesday 13:35 · David Byrne on Life, the Internet, and Everything: journal.davidbyrne.com/2009/10/102409-internet-antichrist.html [Original.]

Tuesday 14:56 · @zeldman Depends who's on top of you I suppose. [Original, responding to @zeldman.]

Tuesday 15:07 · Getting the feeling that this isn't going to be a good week. [Original.]

Wednesday 07:49 · @xamat Haven't done one of those recently. (That was 2006) Looking back, I'm pleased that things mostly went as predicted. [Original, responding to @xamat.]

Wednesday 13:45 · By the way, that 3k head-count reduction wasn't just idle talk. Lots more Sun alumni as of today. [Original.]

Wednesday 16:34 · You too can have thousands of followers, 3½¢ apiece: www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting/archives/2009/11/buying_twitter.html [Original.]

Wednesday 19:12 · @waltmossberg's take on the Droid/iPhone ptech.allthingsd.com/20091104/motorolas-droid-is-smart-success-for-verizon-users/?mod=ATD_iphone - much less in-depth than MobileCrunch at www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/10/30/smartphone-showdown-iphone-3gs-vs-motorola-droid/ [Original, responding to @waltmossberg.]

Wednesday 19:17 · Technologist angst re Gartner storagemojo.com/2009/11/03/gartners-magic-hydrant/ - but it's always been there. Clearly there's a market for Gartner's products & services. [Original.]

Thursday 08:15 · @dervalah Got a suspect DM from you, suspect you've been hacked. Change your Twitter password. [Original, responding to @dervalah.]

Thursday 09:22 · NYT says best outcome for Ms Kroes personally would be for Oracle to call off the deal. www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/technology/companies/05iht-oracle.html?_r=3 Wondering why that's relevant. [Original.]

Thursday 13:20 · @headius Isn't ramen sort of the Asian version of a burger? [Original, responding to @headius.]

Thursday 13:56 · Gosh, when you run a 30-thread -Xmx900m Clojure job on a MacBook, OS X starts walking funny. [Original.]

Thursday 19:51 · Rails hosting kitten-fight; instructive: blog.eliotsykes.com/2009/10/30/heroku-vs-engineyard-cloud-vs-joyent/ [Original.]

Thursday 21:06 · Now it's quiet. I've been sick for like 2 weeks; my body implodes once the children are asleep. Fucking viruses. [Original.]

Thursday 21:10 · Remarkable WW2 pictures from a Soviet photojournalist: tsutpen.blogspot.com/2009/11/shutterbug-friday-7-dmitri-baltermants.html [Original.]

Thursday 21:19 · @Scobleizer T and FB are businesses, their open-ness and closedness are a matter of this quarter's strategy; nothing intrinsic. [Original, responding to @Scobleizer.]

Thursday 21:33 · 3 lines of Lisp arithmetic that produce the Wrong Answer. I've been staring listlessly at them for at least 2 hours. #IBlameTheVirus [Original.]

Thursday 22:06 · I could sit here for a long time staring at video of atomic bombs going off (via @stshank, www.nv.doe.gov/library/films/testfilms.aspx) but think I'll crash. [Original, responding to @stshank.]

Friday 10:42 · @terrycojones Who are the other two? [Original, responding to @terrycojones.]

Friday 10:51 · ISO's going to standardize SOA *and* cloud. www.elasticvapor.com/2009/11/iso-forms-group-for-cloud-computing.html Someone want to pay me to pitch in for a few years & minimize the damage? [Original.]

Friday 20:17 · Wow, Don Rix died. Fine man. One of my startups lost him some of his money. www.vancouversun.com/life/remembered+philanthropic+legacy/2194567/story.html [Original.]

Saturday 09:25 · @gruber Aren't biz cards kinda last-millennium? [Original, responding to @gruber.]

Saturday 09:26 · Give us this day a solution to this day's child-care crisis. [Original.]

Saturday 09:27 · @headius I'm not sure Rubyists are the best focus group to ask about the finer points of .class file management. [Original, responding to @headius.]

Saturday 09:38 · Gack, tbray.org has gone pear-shaped. Smells like a disk has gone to play with Jesus' ponies. [Original.]

Saturday 10:20 · Fans of US political theatre might want to tune in C-SPAN and watch the healthcare-bill machinery working its way through the US House. [Original.]

Saturday 10:23 · @timoreilly Little-known Austen fact: OED says she has the first-known use of the word "baseball", in Northanger Abbey. [Original, responding to @timoreilly.]

Saturday 12:35 · There's another Tim Bray who makes Gothic thrones from wood in Northern California. Way cool: www.newblog.isetehtud.pri.ee/?p=540 [Original.]

Saturday 14:26 · Not what I usually mean when I say "Flash Hell": zoomquilt2.madmindworx.com/zoomquilt2.swf [Original.]

Saturday 19:12 · Looks like Stupak passes. [Original.]

Saturday 19:24 · @Scobleizer Check out the gmail app [Original, responding to @Scobleizer.]

Sunday 00:05 · Just finished running through my talk tomorrow for #asist09 - not sure what I'm getting into. [Original.]

Sunday 13:06 · On stage at #asist09 About to attempt to entertain. [Original.]

Sunday 18:46 · "SEO Ethics" #worldsthinnestbooks [Original.]

Sunday 21:14 · @al3x For your everyday want-a-beer-with-some-food, I recommend Victoria Bitter. Not half bad for mass market. [Original, responding to @al3x.]

Sunday 21:17 · So tired I actually drifted off momentarily while reading an email. It's time to shut the computer. [Original.]

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