|Marco's blog||An [almost] daily rant|
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
It's Jihad, Charlie Brown.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Free Translation Online alternative to bablefish. Anybody tried it?
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
A brief history of air-conditioning.
winner. And, best of all, Ubuntu runs from a CD-ROM. No installation necessary.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Internet Service. Not what they promised, but I used to get 1301.4 Kbps. Today, I got 2354.3 Kbps. Whoo-hoo. UPDATE: Early on a Saturday morning, CNET claims I got 3607.4 Kbps. But, while Broadband Reports agrees that my download speed is 3495 kbps, my upload speed was only 353 kbps.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
AP captures Hezbollah setting up Photo Shoot for Reuters. Fake but accurate.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Enron: "Enron was not brought down by fraud; while the company committed fraud, its fraud was primarily an attempt to cover up tens of billions of dollars already lost--not embezzled--in irrational business decisions. Most of its executives believed that Enron was a basically productive company that could be righted. This is why Chairman Ken Lay did not flee to the Caymans with riches, but stayed through the end."
Friday, July 14, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Rian's blog, Virtual Karma.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
The New York Times.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Johns Hopkins 25% of freshman families getting need-based aid earned more than $120,000 per year.
...it is not likely that any consumer of Microsoft's Windows or Office software purchases these products for their product activation functionality."
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Classic Car Seats spamming your Blog? I have deleted six of their posts this week. And I found them on other blogs, not just mine. Don't buy from spammers.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Delta Takes Steps to Avert Mass Retirement of Pilots. You can't win. You can't break even. You can't quit.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Can one oppose polygamy without opposing gay marriage? Sure, if one is icky and the other is not.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
PDF Security Compromised in Gmail.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
CNET Bandwidth Meter Speed Test at 583.7 Kbps. UPDATE: But, I am very glad to be home, and not just because I get 1301.4 Kbps.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
U.S. Generals Call for Resignation of Media Leaders and Immigration Counterprotest Draws Millions to Job Sites.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
which faked a pickup explosion, is targeting NASCAR.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File. UPDATE: Day 1, and nothing is broken, and some ads are not displayed.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker?
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
US Airways dividend miles are expiring. Hat tip: View from the Wing.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
The Fix-It Myth for a succinct description of our health care "crisis".
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
A Nasty Business. It is never as simple as we wish it were.
Friday, December 30, 2005
a study shows.
Friday, December 09, 2005
The Volokh Conspiracy.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
you ended up as socially irrelevant as the University of Chicago (an institution Harvard officials looked upon and shuddered).
Monday, November 28, 2005
Academic v. Reciprocal licenses.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Web-based Office Suite? UPDATE: A pretty good review of Writely.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The Justice Department intervened in a court case on behalf of Research In Motion because?
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Sony on the label, and if they do, don't buy them.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Sony's Rootkit malware. And MS makes you edit your registry to disable CD Autorun.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I oppose the Miers nomination. Conservatives deserve better; Americans deserve better.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Johns Hopkins Magazine, where I learned "Unknown to most of the record crowd of 44,920 in Philadelphia, seven of Hopkins' top nine scorers, including Harrison, had suffered significant injuries during the two weeks leading up to the finals". We wondered why there were so many unsung heroes.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
FBI to get veto power over PC software? Link included.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Weis grants little boy's dying wish.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Arnold Kling, who must be a great teacher.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Common sense revolts at the idea that creating a virtual card catalog is not fair use.
$200,000. PER PERSON, FEDERAL SPENDING ALONE. Steven E. Landsburg says take the money and run.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Cato is resigned to Katrina spending. And I would add half a billion for CPB to Cato's list.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
You Don't Save What You Don't Own: Disaster amplifies the private-public incentive divide. Greyhound, after all, did not leave hundreds of its buses to be destroyed. And, of course, this very fact caused Nagin to scream for "every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country" to come to the aid of his city.
Mary Landrieu Bobs, Weaves, Implodes.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Opportunity Cost is better than 78 percent of the economists questioned.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Judging [his] Faith and Following the Money. But I thought profits were good?
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
an hourly sales associate.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Hopkins Lacrosse Team Honored at White House, without flip-flops.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
National Champions Gallery: Photos courtesy of Homewood Imaging and Photographic Services.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Power Line and the WSJ. But not the Today Show.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Terrorism Lessons From 1870, especially since I think Arnold Kling strays from his area of expertise quite nicely.
Friday, July 08, 2005
The Only Supreme Court Editorial You Need to Read.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Kennedy Slams Unnamed Supreme Court Nominee. Tactic: Nominate Ann Coulter, and then anybody will seem moderate. UPDATE: Life, OK, Chuck Schumer imitates ScrappleFace.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Freaky Research is some of the most important.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
explains why 1990 is the Kyoto baseline year.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
The Baby Name Wizard answers not only that, but answers it over time.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
How We're Heading Back to the Future is worth reading even without the aside, "What, you think people invented agriculture for bread?"
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Why Gitmo's no gulag. And the final word from Charles Krauthammer.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
wins twice. And HickokSports had the list updated by Monday. And even the West Islip boys win 'A' title.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Nagging Cold Spell is the subject, while the GPA spike is in the fourth-from-last paragraph. I will be looking to break the bad luck streak of playoff games I watch in person.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Supreme Court strikes down discriminatory bans on interstate wine shipment. Now where was that free shipping?
Hubris: Islamic World Outraged By Alleged Flushing Of Koran. Even the Aussies are far behind us.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
the orthodox Catholic position that though individual Catholics can err morally, the church and the pope cannot is about as sensitive as asking a Rabbi whether he has accepted Jesus as his Lord and savior.
Monday, May 09, 2005
this election, would that have made Mandela's government illegitimate?
Monday, May 02, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
wrong again as a second-half burst lifts No. 1 Hopkins past Towson.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Airlines' Merger Could Benefit Frequent Fliers.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Craigslist for-rent ads scraped and placed on Google Maps is not transformative, I do not know what is.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005
How Everyone Can Get Richer as Per-Capita Income Falls. Shocking even though we know intellectually that you cannot average averages.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
downgrades the Blue Jays the week before they beat Virginia.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Saturday, March 19, 2005
worried, but so was I. My inamorata knew better, as we listened to a great comeback.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Requiem for a Cop - Jerry Orbach.
Friday, March 11, 2005
I am Charlotte Simmons a favorable review, and I agree, having received the book as a Christmas present, and enjoyed it also.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload are good, but only really work if adopted by entire organizations, as internal e-mail is much more of an issue for me than external.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
No. 1 JHU beat the third-ranked Princeton Tigers in their opener, 9-6.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Men's Fencing Wins MACFA Championship. Bishe's 13-0 record in foil leads the Blue Jays to another first-place finish at Haverford.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Monday, February 21, 2005
weak, when implemented by humans with limited memories.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Power Line makes fun of a NYT correction, but my sis adds another correction, "The actual formula is a^2 + b^2 + 2ab(cos c) = c^2 and in the case of a right triangle cos c is zero, so it simplifies, but the formula can be used on any triangle [not just right triangles]. Geeky enough?"
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Hertz GPS, you are really missing something. They gave it to me free, but I would gladly pay for it out of my own pocket next time I traveled somewhere unfamiliar. The hardest part was learning to ignore my own directions and instead trust the device. Alas, they will have to come down in price before they gain mass appeal. And the hotel has big rooms and free high-speed Internet Access. Of course, I forgot how CT dirts their roads in the winter.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Some analysts blame the cost-cutting, which prompted too many veteran HP employees to take their skills to other companies, notably Intel and IBM. HP will shell out $21 million in severance and fund her retirement. But somebody will defend her.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Rummy got a chance to clear the record.
Friday, January 28, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
Friday, January 07, 2005
98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Gonzales Won't Answer, Cites Geneva Conventions. And now Bin Laden seeks Geneva Ruling.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
IBM's PC Business Has Been Losing Money, but they provide great support.
Friday, December 31, 2004
payback time again?
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
NYT thirteen paragraphs to get around to noting that Carlos M. Gutierrez, the commerce secretary nominee, "has a compelling personal story, having been forced to leave Cuba in 1960 at the age of 7 after his father was threatened by Fidel Castro. He never completed college and got his start with Kellogg in the 1970's in Mexico City driving a cereal delivery truck." Wonder other compelling personal stories, say about a patrician senator who by the way served in Viet Nam, get similar treatment.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Lobbyists Try to Kill Philly Wireless Plan.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
NBC Reporter Declines Al-Jazeera 'Best Video' Award. If the story of Fallujah isn't on that NBC videotape, should you just take it out on Tom Brokaw? And maybe these Kerry-like heroics were justified?
IBM honored with the 2004 PMI Professional Development Provider of the Year.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
NPR star Keillor sure sounds like more like a bigot than a humorist. I guess counting all the votes really means counting all the votes he wants to count.
Monday, November 15, 2004
ZDNet: Fact and fiction in the Microsoft-SCO relationship would lead you to believe there are two big companies involved.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
PDF4Free creates PDFs as easily as printing. It was one of PC Magazine's Fall Freeware Recommendations.
Friday, November 12, 2004
How Hillary Clinton Won the Elections of 2008 and 2012, by Dave Kopel, Independence Institute.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Roger L. Simon lays out the anti-Kerry case.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Shirky says Social Software must avoid the tragedy of the commons. As a bonus, you get the Slashdot FAQ and the Federalist Papers in the same sentence.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
The Political Quiz, and scored less than 50%.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
cider for the neighborhood Halloween block party.
Friday, October 29, 2004
replied the Hall of Famer, 'if we do it every year.'"
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Al Gore and the Unabomber?
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Hugh Hewitt thinks Bush won, but the real loser is Shieffer and MSM. With bias in the open like this, Bush was wise to not to refuse to participate in a debate moderated by a CBS airhead.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
United States Patent: 4,022,227 has now expired, and the comb-over is back in the Public Domain. The Donald, who is no doubt reading this blog, is notified.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The 10 most dangerous species of IT manager. Not mutually exclusive.
Monday, August 16, 2004
IBM plans fewer U.S. layoffs to compensate for offshoring. I was read that script also.
essay on the relationship between physics, engineering, and regulation, and their effect on our culture (so strong I did not think about it until I read the essay), seems much more interesting that it would have been a year a go.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
coming, of course, from an economist.
Monday, August 02, 2004
Alcohol sharpens your brain, say researchers. What would we do without researchers?
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
recycling, because this is a real (though small) incentive.
Monday, July 26, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Most Expensive in America. Three of the top four most expensive publicly listed homes in America were on LI.
J.P. Morgan Chase waste billions so its CEO could keep his job? How about $3.5B/year? And then, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank announced it is relinquishing its New York state banking charter to convert to a national bank and merge Bank One's principal banking subsidiary and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank under one national charter based in Ohio.
Five flooded towns in NJ declared a state of emergency, and for us, our shopvac got a workout, but we were fine otherwise.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Friday, July 02, 2004
Firefox Download, and really like it. And I might not be alone. Is Internet Explorer Is Too Dangerous to Keep Using?
Johns Hopkins Is Top Hospital. In your face, Mayo Clinic and Mass General.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
The Philly Zone, and then he went out to dinner with his parents and his nanna. Needless to say, he was perfectly behaved. We dined al fresco, and he woke when a car alarm went off, but did not even fuss.
Friday, June 25, 2004
Iraqis, Seeking Foes of Saudis, Contacted bin Laden." Their headlines screaming "No Collaboration!" are now just hair-splitting. Update: Andrew C. McCarthy agrees with me.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
DTaP, Hep B, IPV, Hib, and Pneumococcal vaccines were a bit tough. He tolerated the first two, started crying on the third, and let us know he was very unhappy by the fourth. But, never has he slept so well in the afternoon.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
The Laffer Curve, we read, "The most controversial portion of Reagan's tax revolution was reducing the highest marginal income tax rate from 70 percent (when he took office in 1981) to 28 percent in 1988. However, Internal Revenue Service data reveal that tax collections from the wealthy, as measured by personal income taxes paid by top percentile earners, increased between 1980 and 1988--despite significantly lower tax rates." UPDATE: Opinion Journal (last item) eventually gets around to reading the same paper.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Why are the media silent? Well, not ALL the media.
Monday, June 07, 2004
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Syracuse ousted No. 1 seeded JHU 15-9, let's hope the USNA can salvage yet another disappointing Memorial Day Weekend.
Friday, May 28, 2004
Newsday's T-Rock's Take, not just for the prediction, but for his sense of humor. UPDATE: Of course, all three of his final four predictions were wrong, but it was funny nonetheless.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Hofstra still holds the Lacrosse quarterfinal record with 12,289 in 1999 is that I took my father and sister there to watch the Jays avenge a regular season loss to Hofstra there.
Monday, May 24, 2004
JHU beat Carolina on Comcast Sports Net, and with that victory, I zoomed all the way from 839 to 658.
Friday, May 21, 2004
My Left Arm for a Gmail Account? I got mine. Just be an active blogger.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
year out of bankruptcy, US Airways' future is still precarious. Must be the lawsuits. Oh well, "Never mind".
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Sunday, March 21, 2004
WAER-Syracuse where the Blue Jays crushed the Orangemen, I called into sports talk radio show, and got on the air.
Friday, March 19, 2004
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Biophysical Profile. A lifetime of scored test results awaits.
Christopher Hitchens wields the sword of sarcasm pretty deftly.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Viacom-EchoStar dispute illustrates why content providers and cable monopolies need to be separated.
Friday, March 12, 2004
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination this morning. No more flashcards for me.
Sunday, March 07, 2004
appears that I joined in just when we took over the game.
Saturday, March 06, 2004
If Ebbers Masterminded the Fraud, Why Didn't He Sell More Stock? Because he was a believer.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Friday, February 27, 2004
Friday, February 20, 2004
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Valentine kiss exhausted an Italian man. But who believes the Beeb, especially on a story so incredible?
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Sunday, February 08, 2004
replacement. This would even work for an off-shore replacement.
Friday, February 06, 2004
Google Cache, bloggers would find it harder to prove MTV was rewriting history.
Monday, February 02, 2004
beneficiaries of Saddam's oil. I guess the protesters were correct. It is all about oil.
My Architect, an excellent documentary.
Friday, January 30, 2004
brandy, chess, and conversation? Well then, the academy will have to do without me.
candidates who aren't conceding anything. Where's my towel?
Monday, January 26, 2004
US Airways be saved? Forget that, what about saving my frequent flyer miles? I suppose I go to the back of the line.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Monday, January 12, 2004
Johns Hopkins Maintains Waiver For Men's and Women's Lacrosse, as the Division III Membership Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor of Amended Proposal.
New York Post. Well, I can type, and I can drive, and if they paid me half a million, they could save on benefits.
victory over the Packers. My inamorata got invited to a skybox, and we took the Broad Street Subway Line with some rather boisterous fans, walked passed Kate Smith, and a guy receiving medical treatment (my guess, he was atop his vehicle and fell off), breathed a sigh of relief when we entered relative calm of the box area, and enjoyed one of the most exciting games I ever saw in relative warmth. I say relative because the daughter of the guy with the box kept cracking open the window to better experience the full-throated fans, and the rear door kept getting opened (by the waitresses, the fans in the box sneaking out for a smoke, by a trio of cheerleaders entering to warm up, and during the overtime, the guards who kept the sky box section secure basically just camped out in our box), but I was pretty comfortable. On the return subway ride, a true gentleman who offered my inamorata his seat, redeeming all of humanity, or at least the typical Eagles fan.
Saturday, January 03, 2004
Caltech. Not a page-turner, but more worthwhile (and I like his novels).
Novak affair. Cynically, but well, if within a narrow field of view.
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
To be happy at home is the ultimate end of all ambition. Yup. What he said.
to the NYT account. Second, he gives us an election prediction. Spot on in both instances, IMHO.
Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her [Mary Jo Kopechne] in her old age. Or to be more accurate, would have taxed us to send checks to her.
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
stopprop65.com and help save JHU Lax (or protect our football players from Division I). But be careful. The website allows you to write to NCAA President Myles Brand. No matter what you think of the NCAA, let's not be counterproductive.
Monday, December 22, 2003
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
reviews The Return of the King. Good review, better book.
say, "Happy Anniversary, Wilbur and Orville". One picture, or a thousand words?
SelectSmart.com tries to match all candidates to my Platonic ideal (a 100% match). Bush leads the generic Libertarian Candidate 70% to 66%. Howard Phillips is next at 41%, and Joe Lieberman leads the Democrats at 36%.
Monday, December 15, 2003
I think we are all disgusted by the way George W. Bush's administration has allowed honesty and candor to seep into the genteel world of international affairs.
Friday, December 12, 2003
The Weasels' Just Desserts. Andrew Sullivan is similarly spot-on. It might become the international version of The Little Red Hen (maybe I would link to The Dallas Morning News version, if it were not for their stupid and evil linking policy), especially now that we got him.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Hold Moonbeam in Your Hand, what would the speed of light be while you were holding it?
Sunday, December 07, 2003
snowstorm, I turned in a spectacular couch potato performance, as I watched Navy beat Army.
Friday, December 05, 2003
Wal-Mart shoppers are well-behaved, even when offered $29.87 DVD players.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Which of these [tech] companies does the BEST job of treating its customers right?
Thursday, November 27, 2003
MPAA, RIAA Seek Permanent Antitrust Exemption. They will probably get it, so they can get better at bullying innocent people. UPDATE: MLB does not deserve its Antitrust Exemption. They are trying to deny me my Yahoo pitch-by-pitch updates.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Madonna, as that might be easier than Time Warner, the Gap stores, and eBay.
Op-Ed Contributor to The Three-State Solution, my fave.
Spam Rage. Definitely mitigating circumstances.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. If this blog gets me into trouble, I hope they will represent me.
Monday, November 17, 2003
knew something about applied genetics 4,400 years ago.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
boy. My inamorata and I went for the high-resolution ultrasound today, and within the limits of the equipment, they discovered no problems. Of course, there are plenty of more diagnostics (amniocentesis, triple blood test) they had been willing to do, but we had passed on them.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
UN-run Internet. Let me join the Black Helicopter Crowd.
Friday, November 07, 2003
the NYC cops. But, maybe they will manage to accidentally mangle their paperwork.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
The NY Times might someday disclose that he is a lawyer representing international corporate creditors of Iraq, and that he previously favored canceling the Soviet-era debt still outstanding on Russia's books.
CBS exiles its planned Reagan mini-series to Showtime. Of course, Showtime, unlike broadcast TV, could also show an uncensored view of the Clinton Presidency, but I doubt they would have entertained that idea. And, ultimately, did Drudge and the new media save CBS from itself? BTW, my inamorata has repeatedly confirmed that what Terry Teachout blogs, "Newspapers, in case you didn't know, take cancel-my-subscription-you-bastards letters very seriously—if they get enough of them". Her publisher not only reads them, but replies to them.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Ellen Gray reports that Ronald Reagan has a lot more friends [than Adolph Hitler].
Andy Rooney look easy. Is that because Sullivan is so good? Or maybe because Andy Rooney is so bad?
Sunday, November 02, 2003
The Thomas Crown Affair on DVD.
Friday, October 31, 2003
copyedited or lawyered?
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
ScrappleFace? We report. You decide.
pro-anything so long as it is anti-American. The best reporting I saw on Saturday's protest came from Belligerent Bunny, a blogger. At no extra charge, Belligerent Bunny quotes P.J. O'Rourke. "'How come,' I asked Andy, 'whenever something upsets the Left, you see immediate marches and parades and rallies with signs already printed and rhyming slogans already composed, whereas whenever something upsets the Right, you see two members of the Young Americans for Freedom waving a six-inch American flag?' 'We have jobs,' said Andy."
spam cost your company? And, not that I think either will be effective, but lawsuits and national legislation tap an anger that I share with many.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
300% turnover rate, treat them as humans, and you can have 5% turnover rate. Maybe even get a decent reputation, and get better employees in the first place. UPDATE: My inamorata reminds me that inbound and outbound telemarketers have very different turnover rates. Of course, outbound telemarketing is a less pleasant job, and the 300% turnover rate surely applies to them.
Monday, October 27, 2003
We're Not Losing the Culture Wars Anymore by Brian C. Anderson. Why are we not losing? Three new developments: cable news, the Internet (especially bloggers), and a democratization in publishing.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Jeff Jacoby is correct strategically. But tactically, how about opening one front at a time?
Monday, October 20, 2003
Fork, my inamorata and I arrived at the Philadelphia Orchestra just as the house lights dimmed. First, a showy orchestral piece Richard Strauss' Don Juan, and then an incredibly showy cellist, Steven Isserlis, who played the Elgar Cello Concerto, which I had never heard before. He played like a violinist, not just the speed of his finger work, and the ease with which he hit high notes, but he also frequently raised his bow with a flourish. For his encore, played a rapid pizzicato plucking with the neck hand as well. Then my inamorata noticed that he had anonymously joined the orchestra for the "Enigma" Variations, also by Elgar, but the principal cellist got to perform the solo as the variations rotated around the orchestra members. And Sunday night, I got treated to cake and ice cream, and amiable madness. Good preparation? I hope not.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
self-hating New Yorker is unforgivable. And, no, it is not for the money.
Friday, October 17, 2003
over the BoSox.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
IBM's Performance May Indicate Better Times Are Coming. But it would be better news if we "will hire 10,000 new workers" in the US.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
NaDa to silent compositions.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
if you are going to be wearing red socks.
Friday, October 10, 2003
Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever. Surely (stop calling me Surely) a shame his search was interrupted.
Thursday, October 09, 2003
as they try to cut costs by looking to India.
chemists receiving a Nobel Prize was from Hopkins. He became the 30th person associated with Johns Hopkins to win a Nobel. As a 1974 graduate of the School of Medicine, he also became the 13th graduate of the university to do so, in a line dating back to Woodrow Wilson, Ph.D. 1886, who won the Peace Prize in 1919. And he is using his bully pulpit.
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
JHU Blue Jay Football cracks the Top 20 for first time in school history.
roast turkey with mashed potatoes and asparagus, and ended with a double dessert: a Martha Stewart Apple recipe and cake.
Thursday, October 02, 2003
Kuwait foils smuggling of chemicals from Iraq, and she wonders "How does one smuggle weapons of mass destruction that do not exist?"
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Attention Is a Finite Resource. OK, the real story is that a growing body of research evidence indicates that multitasking actually erodes, rather than enhances, productivity.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
U.S. Capital is on a crisis footing for Hurricane Isabel, and so are we. I ran out for bread, and my inamorata is filling our gas tank.
Nice little software company you have here. Sure would be a pity if something legislative happened to it.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
line up for all that they can get.
Sunday, September 14, 2003
installed my first pop-up stopper. I am usually slow to upgrade an existing configuration for a minor benefit, but in this case, Google's toolbar is a huge improvement.
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Johns Hopkins Roll Past Washington & Lee, 36-7, especially since my inamorata's Irish lost to Michigan.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
The New Republic has started a blog by Gregg Easterbrook, and he gets off to a pretty good start. But, if pressed for time, try Signe's version.
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
the pre-eminent figure of the Chinese Communist revolution and the leader of his country since 1949. No mention of the fact that, if you exclude reckless but not purposely murderous government policies--for example, the loss of over 20 million Chinese during the famine of 1959-'62, which was caused by the failure of the Great Leap Forward, Mao was the number two mass-murderer of all time.
Monday, September 08, 2003
ready to bolt if the economy heats up. Of course, that is a pretty big if. And that means that somebody has a perverse interest in ensuring that the tech recovery is postponed (or moved off-shore). Good thing I generally do not believe in conspiracies.
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Hopkins beat Rochester 27-9, as Merrell connected with Wolcott for three second-half touchdowns. Meanwhile, my inamorata's Villanova edged Temple in double overtime, while her number 19 Notre Dame pulled out an overtime victory against Washington State 29-26.
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Rousseau and Locke, as well as a couple of others, but I suspect few will fall in the other two quadrants.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
which soared $3.75 to $85.76 after Goldman Sachs upgraded computer hardware stocks. Good thing we are a hardware company today.
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
some bad press. So, what do they do? Force Hopkins to leave Division III, including football. We would surely be black and blue. But maybe we can play Division I cricket, just as our fencers have always faced Division I opponents?
Monday, August 25, 2003
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Saturday, August 16, 2003
Blackout is over, and my inamorata and I made it to LI, but my work e-mail is still down.
Friday, August 15, 2003
permission to subtitle my Blog "All the news that's fit to print". But, I like my current subtitle better.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
diamonds, near-perfect carbon crystals, undetectable by scratch tests or a jeweler's loupe. And I thought we would have to wait fifty years for nanotechnology to change the supply chain.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Best of the Web Today about John Kerry wanting Swiss cheese on his Philly cheesesteak. But, in fairness to Kerry, I have been able to order provolone in place of the de rigueur whiz.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Friday, August 08, 2003
idea of reform is to eliminate scholarships. Sounds like a monopolistic cartel to me.
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Monday, August 04, 2003
Seller's List as fairly priced.
Friday, August 01, 2003
violated age discrimination laws when it converted its traditional pension plan to one that cut benefits to about 130,000 workers and retirees. Of course, workers who get "resource actioned" before they reach a traditional retirement age benefit from the newer plan. And those who have held more than a few jobs might have never vested in any significant pension under traditional plans.
Doonesbury version of cultural literacy, military terminology is omitted from the curriculum. A klick is slang for a kilometer. BTW, Doonesbury is sponsored by Slate, which features "Bushisms". Actually, now that I think of it, both GWB and GBT are Yale alumni. Maybe something in the New Haven water?
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Opinion column on the Pentagon's proposed "terrorism futures market", which has a better intellectual pedigree than most of its critics.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
tight neckties have been linked to glaucoma risk, I am glad to sport an open collar.
Bob Hope, Master of One-Liners and Friend to G.I.'s.
perfect for young families" is a stretch. And "Just 15 minutes from New York City"? Has anybody from MSN ever been east of the East River?
Monday, July 28, 2003
Pridwin. It was the first time we were all together since my inamorata and I said "I do". And the next morning, we completed the crossword puzzle.
Saturday, July 26, 2003
The curse of the Babe continues.
Friday, July 25, 2003
Pentagon leaders are warning of dangers for U.S. in Liberia, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell favors sending forces there.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Is this the last stand for privacy? But we'll give away our life story for a Big Mac.
Saturday, July 19, 2003
Sex Arrests on a Gay Beach in the Hamptons, next "a train to Buchenwald". And better watch that public drinking.
Friday, July 18, 2003
somebody who, in 1992, managed to patent video compression over networks, and is now looking for some little guys to maul before going after big bucks from deeper pockets. Students were writing compression algorithms in the 1970's, so I guess if you are trying to move the [large] video data files across a network, wouldn't the idea of compressing the data be obvious?
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Alligator Zydeco Band was on our plaza today at noon, and I managed to slip out for five minutes to enjoy an Italian Water Ice (lemon, of course) and listen to some fun tunes.
MP3 files can contain more than just music shared from strangers. Alert your network administrator if he is busily scrubbing all MP3s from your network.
Accenture tops net revenue, earnings expectations. Yahoo's Q2 Net Revenue Jumps 42%, and, most important, IBM's profit grew by a quarter billion dollars after non-recurring charges were added back to last year's number.
Monday, July 14, 2003
movie. Funny, not laugh-out-loud funny, more like a building strange situation. Saturday night was our night for fine dining with friends. And Sunday we recovered with a green salad featuring chicken from the grill, followed by a great warm, homemade blueberry pie.
Friday, July 11, 2003
Malone will play for LA for $1.5M. Maybe a ring is worth $17.7 million. But, in any case, he is a real athlete.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
the media as open source is to proprietary software?
cloaking device. Now, if only I could connect it to a radar detector...
Monday, July 07, 2003
Michael Kinsley is a little consistency.
Thursday, July 03, 2003
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
blog; I have one less thing to worry about.
learn from China? I doubt it, but at least a NYT regular can.
Monday, June 30, 2003
Bleu, where we ate after she said yes on the last Saturday of June 2002. It has been a very good year.
Friday, June 27, 2003
in full color.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Best of the Web also. See the human shields article under the "Stupidity Watch". But she outdid me, because on Monday it was the featured story, as the top box read, "BEST OF THE WEB TODAY / DNA discoverer says stupidity can be cured! But then where would we find "human shields"?"
is not such a bad thing.
Monday, June 23, 2003
Spezia for some outstanding fish. The waiter poured the wine very generously. Good thing it was a BYOB.
Friday, June 20, 2003
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Buddy Guy and Los Lobos.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Monday, June 09, 2003
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf (adjoining my parents' room). On Friday we visited Muir Woods and had a great dinner at Tommaso's, which was recommended by my inamorata's friend from law school whom we met later that night in the Mission District. Saturday, we rode a cable car to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and went to a wedding with the fun side of my family. Sunday, we had another good flight back. Now we are sleepy, but back to our routine, and maybe a little grateful for it.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
Top New York Times editors resign, thanks in part to the many bloggers who have kept the issue alive. Maybe if they only had cartoons?
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
WMD, but that does not mean they never existed. And in any case, "literally every neighborhood and town [in Iraq] is reporting possible [mass] grave site".
According to the NYT, it must be the federal sentencing guidelines. Follow-up: the jury got the result it wished, despite being denied a full role in the process.
Friday, May 30, 2003
occasionally liberal and politically correct? Still, John Carroll can spot a problem almost as well as his ex-readers and a lot better than Howell Raines.
Thursday, May 29, 2003
HMS Vengeance. Only $4,500,000.
invisible? Maybe JHU needs a better Ministry of Propaganda? Thanks to my sis for the link.
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
lacrosse final. Worst of all, the Virginia goalie is a junior. But we can wait until next year also, as we are losing only one first team All-American, and two second team All-Americans. Another consolation was the quality of the fans on our sofa.
Sunday, May 25, 2003
No. 1 Hopkins roll into title game with a 19-8 victory over Syracuse. JHU now faces UVA in the final.
resource action", but I will be spared this round. On Friday, the weather broke, and we saw the sun for the first time. Passed the first of the IBM certification examinations, and was able to get to ATL well before my scheduled flight. Delta no longer offers standby, but does offer confirmed same-day departure changes, for $25. Well worth it to depart at 5:05 instead of 8:00, but I wanted to make sure the flight was on time. Sure enough it was, so I went though security, without my belt as planned, and without my shoes on, as recommended by the TSA folks, and got to my gate in the nick of time. Of course, by the time I got there, it was showing an hour late, because of bad weather in Philadelphia. Must be the scattered showers forecast in the McPaper.
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Hyatt with a great IBM rate. After all this, I understand why more business travellers are using regional airports to avoid big ones with reputations for delays. And through it all, I missed Hopkins move into final four with 14-6 win over Towson. After a night of poor sleep, typical for my first night in a strange hotel room, I walked over to the IBM Education Centre. My table selected me to present Monday morning, and it was well received by the entire group. Had a quick lunch, like everybody else, and like everybody else, I dashed to replicate email. Tuesday, on the walk back to the hotel, I passed by a nice ($20 entrees) restaurant called Houston's. I noticed its tough dress code. Baseball caps need to be worn brim-first. Rain today, so I am checking out the hotel's wireless high-speed network. Sweet - blazingly fast and idiot-proof. The receiver was a separate box, powered via my USB port, with a cable to plug into my network adaptor.
Friday, May 16, 2003
Chuck Schumer or Melvyn Weiss.
Foistware. Strike Three: It takes on one of the best free downloads ever, Ad-Aware.
provide universal health care? Despite leaving off two issues, replacing [almost] first-dollar insurance with catastrophic only (I know, what is catastrophic to me might not be catastrophic to you), and the administrative and reporting burden, and barely mentioning the direct and indirect costs of medical malpractice claims, I think this is some smart talk from a Robert Shapiro, a Clinton economist. Maybe the NYT could hire him, and dump Paul Krugman.
competition from Microsoft, or SCO, which now threatens to sue all commercial Linux users. Any proof from SCO? I suppose software companies have a cycle: losing money while creating; making money on license sales; making money on professional services; making money on maintenance; trying to sue others. Well, they must be at the end of their cycle, because they have forfeited all credibility in the tech community.
US patent covering pop-up ads. Normally I hate stupid patents (weren't they supposed to promote the useful arts), but I hope he finds a buyer who will enforce this one with a vengeance.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
declines to find gun industry liable. Will the judge take some sound advice?
is a scream, and he has Donald Rumsfeld down pat.
this need to be revealed? Forty years ago, it would have been news (albeit of a very personal nature), but now? All it proves is that Bill Clinton's morals were not unique.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
just plain evil. OK, on second thought, they might just be lazy instead.
Monday, May 12, 2003
wedding pictures (we are almost done) and on Sunday we hosted Mothers' Day. Mmmm leftovers.
Sunday, May 11, 2003
advance to the round of eight, beating Army for the first time in years. Next week, they will face Towson at Towson.
Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Ike, and Reagan.
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
high roller really betting? Say I go to Preakness Day (an old vice), and bring $100, my usual stake. On the first race, I bet my usual $12 ($2 on each of two horses to place, and then boxing the exacta). Say I cash $20 worth of tickets. So, I feel lucky, and for the second race, I double my bets, but again only cash the same $20 worth of tickets. I continue betting $24 for the remaining eight races, cashing $20 each time. How much did I bet? Well, I went in with $100 to risk. But I left with $72. So, was it $28? Or was it the $228 I dropped at the ticket window over the course of the day? Any single number is misleading, but in my simple example, my total bets were almost an order of magnitude greater than my net loss on the day.