Monday, December 31
Saturday, December 22
Friday, December 21
As these archives return to the world, I have to admit some trepidation. Reading my old words I am sometimes painfully informed of how naive, and sometimes plain wrong, the younger me could be.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Palm Inc. (news/quote) (PALM.O), the No. 1
handheld computer maker, on Friday said it would appeal a court ruling in
favor of Xerox Corp. (news/quote) (XRX.N) in a case over a patent for
handwriting recognition software.
``We assert that the Graffiti handwriting technology does not infringe the
Xerox patent and that Palm has strong arguments to support its defense,''
Eric Benhamou, Palm's chairman and chief executive said in a statement.
Xerox said on Thursday that it had won a patent infringement suit against
3Com Corp. (news/quote) (COMS.O) and Palm over the Graffiti product.
Xerox had sued U.S. Robotics, which was later acquired by 3Com, in April
1997, claiming that the handwriting recognition technology marketed as
Graffiti and used on Palm handheld devices infringed a patent Xerox
received in 1997.
Xerox said the technology was invented at its Palo Alto Research Center,
known as PARC.
``Palm will defend itself vigorously and does not intend for this
litigation to affect its business strategy or business model nor that of
its licensees,'' the Palm statement said.
Thursday, December 20
Gee, I don't know if that's the case. Inspiration can run out, you know. Laura Nyro made a choice that has tempted me on many occasions. And that was to lead an ordinary life. She married a carpenter, as I understand, and turned her back on it all. Which is brave and tough in its own way. Many, many times as a writer, I've come to a day where I say, "None of this has any meaning." If you maintain that point of view, if you hold onto it and possess it, that's it for you. There's a possibility that you can come firmly to that conclusion, as Rimbaud did, and give it up. I've always managed to move out of those pockets.
That's because we are uncool! And
while women will always be a problem for
guys like us, most of the great art in
the world is about that very problem.
Good-looking people have no spine!
Their art never lasts! They get the
girls, but we're smarter.
Because if you think Mick Jagger will
still be out there trying to be a rock
star at age fifty, you're sadly sadly
we'll have a newsgroup of our own
without all this flak from you morons
my lurkers will post round my throne.
Wednesday, December 19
historical epoch when one conceptual system is drawing to a close
and another rising to take its place; after all, even dish soaps are
frequently retailed as new and revolutionary.
TUESDAY "sixty-eight" ,"Disapear"
Sunny day real estate - "pheurton skeurto" "In Circles" "the prophet"
Alkaline Trio "Exploding Boy"
Dashboard Confessionals "Screaming Infidelitys"
some others band that are great
Ani Defranco "pick your knose"
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes they do punk covers
Flogging Molly there this irish folk band with a upbeat tempo
Modest Mouse :"Never ending Math equation"
other Emo bands: Hey mercedes, Hot rod Circuit,
thanks enjoy maybe youll find some bands youll like
by Roxane Googin
[For the last two years Roxane Googin and I have
participated in a small early-September telecom conference.
In 2000 I wish I had listened to her with my wallet (in
addition to my ears). In 2001, her warnings extended to
the larger economy. I convinced publicity-shy Googin that
her message needed to reach beyond her community of
portfolio managers, that it needed to reach policy makers,
corporate strategists and other decision makers if we're to
avoid a Japan-style permacession and get the communications
revolution -- and economic growth -- back on track. Below
is what Googin said early last September -- David I]
Tuesday, December 18
It is time that we scholars began to earn our keep in this world. Thanks to a gullible public, we have been honored, flattered, even paid, for producing the largest number of inconsequential studies in the history of civilization: tens of thousands of articles, books, monographs, millions of term papers; enough lectures to deafen the gods. Like politicians we have thrived on public innocence, with this difference: the politicians are paid
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for caring, when they really don't; we are paid for not caring, when we really do.
In a 1999 affidavit, Beverly claimed he was hired by the mob to kill Faulkner because the officer had interfered with mob payoffs to police.
Steve Lutz makes his existence in San Diego. Steve Lutz has written 4 TeeVee articles and 1 station break. Steve Lutz works with computers an average of 600 hours a week. Steve Lutz can no longer relate to humans on any level. Steve Lutz hates himself and others. Please kill Steve Lutz
The revulsion felt at secret American schemes of assassination has given way to the fervent hope of some that our assassins will be more successful this time. A recent national poll revealed that one in three Americans is ready to sanction torture in the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Once again, the good we do and the evil we are capable of glide within the same tight orbit.
The two got into Devlin's Peugeot 403 and drove to a safe house. Devlin turned up the volume on a radio while Gottlieb delivered his instructions. What Gottlieb said left Devlin dumbfounded: Devlin was to assassinate Patrice Lumumba, a charismatic leftist leader. 'Jesus Christ!' Devlin thought. He had long worried about Soviet efforts to gain a foothold in the Congo and had lobbied to get rid of Lumumba. But this was not what he had in mind.
Monday, December 17
For wireless ISPs, small is beautiful - Tech News - CNET.com "The other guys look at my stuff and all they see is that one of my radios is covered in bird crap," Schafer said. "But I'm making money--they're not."
About 15 yars ago I was deeply involved in some control software running on a PDP-11. It was a safety system for railroads, and the work was so intense I started dreaming about it. One recurring dream I still remember to this day: I was working on my own brain, and I'd messed up the device driver for my eyelids. I couldn't open them. And of course that meant I couldn't fix the software because I couldn't open my eyes to see it.
Rev. Peter da Silva, ULC. "Cave cuniculos lagana ferentes"
Saturday, December 15
Very cool palm database. Free.
Publishers don't have 'an unquestionable natural right to own' and control software ... we have a right to question the type of society that copyright of software creates ... good software can be created under a different production model than one which involves corporate ownership and control (54).
Friday, December 14
UBL: We were at a camp of one of the brother¹s guards in Qandahar.
>This brother belonged to the majority of the group. He came close and told
>me that he saw, in a dream, a tall building in America, and in the same
>dream he saw Mukhtar teaching them
> how to play karate. At that point, I was worried that maybe the
>secret would be revealed if everyone starts seeing it in their dream. So I
>closed the subject. I told him if he sees another dream, not to tell
>anybody, because people will be upset with him. (Another person¹s voice can
>be heard recounting his dream about two planes hitting a big building).
> UBL: They were overjoyed when the first plane hit the building, so I
>said to them: be patient.
> UBL: The difference between the first and the second plane hitting
>the towers was twenty minutes. And the difference between the first plane
>and the plane that hit the Pentagon was one hour.
> Shaykh: They (the Americans) were terrified thinking there was a
> [Note: Ayman Al-Zawahri says first he commended UBL¹s awareness of
>what the media is saying. Then he says it was the first time for them
>(Americans) to feel danger coming at them.]
> UBL (reciting a poem):I witness that against the sharp blade
> They always faced difficulties and stood together...
> When the darkness comes upon us and we are bit by a
> Sharp tooth, I say...
> ³Our homes are flooded with blood and the tyrant
> Is freely wandering in our homes²...
> And from the battlefield vanished
> The brightness of swords and the horses...
> And over weeping sounds now
> We hear the beats of drums and rhythmŠ
> They are storming his forts
> And shouting: ³We will not stop our raids
> Until you free our lands²...
Thursday, December 13
Present Vision has lots of laws -- acres of rules and principles for getting from here to the answer. Sitting in their tiny apartments, the Russians had figured out that getting from here to there required passing through a number of steps that could be characterized -- a pedagogy. Rules can't be skipped or taken out of order, but by following them in the right order, important conclusions can be drawn. Present Vision is a navigation tool for organizational creativity.
Wednesday, December 12
Ten years. What happened!?
I freaked out, joined the Army, worked for the government, and went into business for myself.... I'm a professional killer.
I think what you fear Martin is domesticity. It's the greatest fear that men have who belong to Western Culture. It's centuries old. Like King Phillip, in the 11th or 12th century who decided one day that he was so bored with his dreary life at home with his wife he thought, "Well, wouldn't it be great if we hit the road and fought... oh... the Saracens." So he put the word out and was amazed when a million men signed up and all of them wanted to go and fight in distant lands and do terrible things to people rather than stay at home with their families.
English, 230 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001
saveAssistant Professor of English
Assistant Professor, tenure-track, in English: Rhetoric and Composition starting August 19, 2002. Responsibilities include: teaching composition theory, pedagogy and related courses to MA/MFA students, introductory and advanced undergraduate writing courses, writing-intensive courses, and other courses in the candidate's specialty consistent with program needs. Applicant should be interested in and qualified to eventually assume training and mentoring roles with teaching assistants in a large undergraduate writing program. Load: 12 cr/semester (3 courses). Continuing research, advising and committee work expected. Required: doctorate in composition theory, completed by date of appointment; training and experience in college-level teaching of composition and in using technology for writing instruction. For full position description, see http://www.english.mnsu.edu. Send application letter, CV, and dossier (including transcripts and three letters of reference) to Harry Solo, Search Chair, 230 Armstrong Hall, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001 by January 7, 2002 (postmark deadline). AA/EOE. [R]
Chris Ware lists all the things he can't do. He can't articulate off the cuff; he can't organise his thoughts into grammatical format; he can't transcend self-doubt. He can't do interviews and he can't understand why he is becoming a success. If he had to describe himself in one word, it would be "farce".
Gosh, my email drafts folder is generally chock full of things that I
started and stopped. I return to some few of them, but some will stay
there without ever becoming something more or something else. If
students *really* got to treat their drafts that way--not as things that
must be always be pummeled into final form, but as potentially useful
though sometimes happily abandoned explorations--maybe the whole
"drafting" thing would make more sense to them, and serve them better.
Kathy at C.O.D.
Perhaps this is why Joey, our two-year-old, runs out the front door and into the parking lot.
This is a mighty stupid way to work. But it gets worse when we have to redesign. Unless we work with proprietary publishing systems (which have problems of their own), all that old content riddled with FONT tags and stuck inside table cells has to be poured into our new templates by hand—one page, one table cell, at a time.
Request a listserv for your class.
Request an Athena account
Download FTP Explorer
Web Research Evaluation Checklist (thanks Stacy
Tuesday, December 11
From what I understand, you can solve this by putting www.blogger.com in your list of "trusted servers."
BTW, the bookmarklet version still works.
That's just a thought. I don't have time to do it right now, but if someone wants to hack it together and try it out, lemme know.
(You can change the URL the BlogThis! points to be searching your registry for "blogThis." I'm not going to say how you do that, because if you don't know, you probably shouldn't be in there. ;)
– Evan Williams [10/11/2001 3:14 PM]
Friday, December 7
The rest are orphaned children, not even distantly related to Jovid's family. The orphans are from the neighborhood; their mothers starved to death after their fathers died in battle. There are few orphanages in Afghanistan; there's no need for them.
"Someone just takes them in," Jovid replied when I asked him what happens to most orphans. Just to be clear, Jovid's family is desperatly poor. Still, it would never occur to them not to feed a hungry person.
The truer and sadder story of crypto was that the spooks and the geeks both beat the hell out of our democratic process, rendering lawyers, consumers, the Congress, the industry, and the Administration totally irrelevant, and leaving crypto as a blasted technical wasteland, in a kind of Afghan-style feud, where every single party was necessarily a crook, or a scofflaw, or a deceiver, or weirdly suspect, and there was no legitimacy, and no common ground, and still, today, no good method to assemble any.
US OK'd Indonesian '75 E.Timor Invasion - Documents ``It is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly,'' Kissinger told Suharto, according to the document. ``We would be able to influence the reaction in America if whatever happens, happens after we return.''
``We understand your problem and the need to move quickly but I am only saying that it would be better if it were done after we returned'' to Washington, Kissinger said, according to the
Wednesday, December 5
mgkimsal: random thought -
mgkimsal: why is it that virus writers invariably can't spell or write
worth a dime?
mgkimsal: do they think that by putting in bad spelling/grammar more people
will think it's 'real'?
mgkimsal: I swear, the first time someone puts together a *real* virus -
something that can generically put together random yet coherent and
real sounding email messages - we'll be in for a real treat.
camworld2: i still think a virus that deletes Outlook and installs Eudora
would be great
mgkimsal: no argument here
camworld2: think about it, a PROACTIVE virus that does good
mgkimsal: actually, we were just talking about this here
mgkimsal: one of the things diehard Outlook fans like is the
mgkimsal: if you wrote a virus that simply moved people's appointments around,
without drawing attention to itself, you'd do more damage than
anyone could imagine
mgkimsal: don't have it replicate 50,000 times per hour
mgkimsal: just now and then
mgkimsal: and silently change Bob's appointment from 1:00pm to 9:30am
mgkimsal: he'll drive somewhere when he shouldn't be, etc.
camworld2: ha ha
mgkimsal: I'm too evil...
Monday, December 3
Saturday, December 1
Synchronize thinkdb with MS access. Cool. Expensive.
I second CeeJ's choice of the Sony Mavica. At school, we've used the one's
that record to floppy disk with great success (and they are pretty easy to
learn, if you're going to teach others how to use a d. camera). Also, we just
bought the Mavica that burns to mini-disc (instead of the 3.5 floppy). It
takes MPEG movies (with sound), has a focusable lens, zoom, and also does the
requisite still shots in small or large filesizes (up to 2078xsomething, or
close to that). It usually runs around $1000, but i found it online for as
little as $650. And you can get CD-RWs, so you can use the same media over
and over. And those little discs hold a *bunch* of pictures. I've taken as
many as 50 stills and at least 20 minutes of video and have run out of
battery power before I've run out of disk space.
President: "Yes, I have spoken this evening with 2 legal advisors, who are already putting together the case. If my PC is repaired, ok, but if my archive is destroyed I will start an international court case against Microsoft. In the tribunal we will be able to enjoy ourselves, I'm almost hoping they won't be able to fix it!"