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The importance of a good (and well-targeted) headline

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

I use as a stand-in for an RSS feed of my twitter stream – my basic “Daily” is just all the links from all the people I follow, and I skim it once or twice a day, typically (it’s at!all, if you care to look). Today as I was skimming I saw a […]

Parade’s Chelsea Clinton story intro if it was about Bill

Monday, April 8th, 2013

One of the ways to tell if you’re writing a story about a news-worthy female in a way that doesn’t display hidden sexism is to replace all mentions of the woman in question with references to a man and see if the story still sounds professional and appropriate. Parade Magazine’s feature on Chelsea Clinton fails […]

Puppy teeth encounter my new laptop power supply. My packrat tendencies serve me in good stead, I have one laying around

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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A miracle of life.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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Woman piling your cart with a dozen bottles of water I AM JUDGING YOU! Oh, wait.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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A good morning’s work – this is more than 20% turnout just for the morning shift.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

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Apparently I’m having a very “leet” calorie tracking day.

Monday, April 4th, 2011

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Muchkin: Cthulu, apparently about farming.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Overheard this weekend after a round of Muchkin (our first!): Son: “There are a whole bunch of different Munchkin games. Munchkin: Clerical Errata, Munchkin: The Need for Steed, Munchkin: Cthulu, which I guess is about farming…” Wife and me: LOL…thud…ROFL…. “What makes you say that?!” Son: “Well, there’s a cow on here.” As it turns […]

Facebook credits at Target. Hmmm.

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

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NUnit and app.config in VS2005

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I ran into a little problem yesterday in setting up unit tests for some new data access classes for my employer’s website.  I’m using NUnit 2.4.8 and integrating it with Visual Studio as outlined here, so when I’m ready to run the tests I select the external tool and NUnit spins up and loads the […]

links for 2006-07-02

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Modifying Configuration Settings at Runtime – The Code Project – C# Programming very helpful today – quick snippets for reading/writing/updating appSettings key/value pairs. (tags: c# development.c# config code)

On the death of a loved one

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

“The question of death is also the question of life, panditji, and the question of how to live is also the question of love. That is the question you have to go on answering, to which there is no answer excpet in the going on.” from Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

New features in Rojo!

Friday, November 4th, 2005

There are some new features showing up in Rojo – a brief (and seemingly incomplete) note in this Forum post; no news from the rojo-folk about the balance of the new features yet, but I’m sure it’s coming. Here’s what I’m seeing: Permalink to this story in Rojo – not sure what the goal of […]

Changes to OPML Validator Beta

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Dave has updated his OPML Validator Beta in response to comments; among the changes are ones that clarify the difference between error and warning conditions as I discussed here and in the comments to the announcement and to the update. Thanks, Dave – I think these changes make the validator much more useful for developers […]

Rojo User Support – now in forum flavor!

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Rojo Forums are here! I had mentioned this to the support team at Rojo a while back, and I knew it was in the works, but it’s good to finally see it here! Hopefully the Rojo community will come out of the woodwork and make this a lively place to exchange ideas, tools, and information. […]

The Gryffindor has landed….

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Well, after a rough day of waiting (and realizing that I had supplied the wrong address to the Amazonobots – meaning that it wouldn’t be delivered to my office until Monday instead of to my house today), we finally went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood […]

Back from vacation…

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Well, I’m back from my in-law laden vacation in Boston and a great time was had by all. Luckily I’ve got a wonderful set of in-laws who are always fun to be with and whom I love like family (which is good, since they are). We stayed at the Kingdom Fine Arts Bed & Breakfast, […]

Lawrence Lessig creates meaning from chaos

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

This is a tremendously moving, sometimes horrifying, and even a little inspiring story. Also truly well-written. I saw Professor Lessig’s post about it this morning and was curious what those ghosts might be. Naturally once I waited long enough, the document came to me in that inimitable RSS kind of way, via John Battelle’s Searchblog. […]

David Corn on the Gang of 14

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

David Corn does a great job recapping some of the many concerns I have with the “compromise” in the Senate yesterday. To reiterate (because I think it’s important), the Democrats gained nothing here. In fact they lost ground, because now that there’s a compromise in place, when the showdown comes (and come it will), the […]

“Moderation in all things.” ~Terence

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

BuzzMachine… by Jeff Jarvis I call avoiding stupidity victory, myself. I call moderation virtue. I’d like to agree. But I can’t. This wasn’t compromise on the part of the Democrats, it was capitulation. Senators who have legitimate concerns about judicial activism stood across the table from senators willing to change the rules to get things […]

Stewart Brand’s Environmental Heresies

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Environmental Heresies Stewart Brand, author, founder of Whole Earth and co-founder of The WELL, and participant in The Long Now Foundation, writes convincingly about some paradigm-shifting ideas in environmentalism. He argues persuasively that population growth as a problem in diminishing, that genetically modified organisms are potential solutions to problems from hunger to invasive species, and […]

Wishlist – Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra – MP3 Player – 30GB

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 – Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra – MP3 Player – 30GB Good reviews, good hard drive size (bigger than my laptop!), much better price than an iPod. Sounds like a winner!

An Leabhar Mòr – The Great Book of Gaelic

Monday, March 14th, 2005

An Leabhar Mòr – The Great Book of Gaelic in Archipelago. Volume 7, Number 3 of Archipelago has a wonderful online sampling of An Leabhar Mòr, a work reminiscent of the Book of Kells. It is a collection of 100 examples of Gaelic poetry from the 6th to the 21st centuries. 20 of the poems […]