November 2005 Archive

proposal: size-limited fora

25 November 2005, 12:48 pm
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Lately I’ve been lurking on a cascading style sheets discussion list. By my standards, it’s high-traffic, with 3-4 digests generated daily. But people who wrote reference books I rely on participate; it’s often very useful. (And the wiki/FAQ is a goldmine.)
The list is also quite intolerant of off-topic messages. The typical response from the moderators […]

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thirty-nine cent stamps? idiocy!

19 November 2005, 12:20 pm
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I realize that mine is a lone voice crying in the wilderness. By the time I hear of impending federal changes, big wheels are already turning, and I’m unlikely to be able to affect their courses.
But honestly, has anybody thought about how much time, money, and aggravation would be saved if the USPS adopted a […]

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the altercation and the aftermath

18 November 2005, 11:09 pm
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Thursday morning I was crossing a busy one-way three-lane road on foot. I was in a block where a highway turns into a road with traffic signals. Two vehicles had stopped and were motioning me across, even though I hadn’t reached the crosswalk. The far lane was clear. Somewhat against my better judgment, I started […]

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hurrah for sony! (but boycott them anyway)

18 November 2005, 10:08 pm
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The Sony/BMG rootkit fiasco has evolved much faster than my attempts to keep up with it. I’ve scrapped several drafts of this item as they were overtaken by events, and as I write this, it looks as if Sony may be pressured into issuing an actual apology. The facts of the case have been hashed […]

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requiem for a helmet

6 November 2005, 10:28 am
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Goodbye to thee, helmet, though you served me well.
It may seem cruel, but I’d rather pieces flake off of you than from my skull.

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