January 2006 Archive

Web 2 point “D’oh!”

27 January 2006, 10:29 pm
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One of photo sharing/social networking site Flickr’s interesting features is its ability to create RSS feeds for photos from its members. I have several such feeds to help keep me in touch with distant friends. Today they all suffered an interesting glitch: they delivered me ten seemingly random photographs from a bunch of different folks. […]

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small projects suck

25 January 2006, 9:01 pm
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Every now and then, something that seems like it should have been blindingly obvious forever hits me like a an uppercut to the jaw. Today’s bolt from the blue:

A $1500 consulting project requires as much client management and administrative time as a $5000 project.

I’ve been aware of this for a long time, but I’ve always […]

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a problem

25 January 2006, 8:10 pm
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Lately, I’ve been suffering from a condition. The symptom is that whenever I see or hear a phrase that begins with “Have you ever. . .” my brain sets it to the melody of Olivia Newton-John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow.” In fact, my brain actually books Newton-John for a session, so I have to hear […]

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what holds it up?

24 January 2006, 12:42 pm
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what holds it up?

what holds it up (1)

what holds it up (2)

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deli slices of security (even more on blink)

23 January 2006, 2:03 pm
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I was initially critical of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink for not delivering on its implied promises, but I’ve revised my opinion of it substantially. It’s had a real impact on the way I think about certain types of situations. I still don’t think it provides a foolproof method for applying its principles, but it does offer […]

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oops

21 January 2006, 6:29 pm
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Ventured today into our local smoothie and wrap place for the first time in a couple of years. I was less intimidated — this time I knew what spirulina was. Well, sorta, anyway. They had a juice combo called “cold prevention” or something like that. It had carrot juice, ginger, lime lemon (thanks, editrix!), orange […]

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Steve Squyres, Roving Mars

21 January 2006, 1:06 pm
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You could be excused for thinking that Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet is a science book. It’s got a Martian landscape on the front cover, and the author was the “Principal Investigator” of the projects it chronicles. If you’re not careful, you might even learn a little bit about […]

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inverse podcast dream

15 January 2006, 1:46 pm
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Had a dream in which someone forwarded me a link to a music blog that had singled out The Hyphens as a “the most promising new band since I don’t know when” or words to that effect. I was kinda psyched until I was asked if I’d listened to the podcast that accompanied the blog. […]

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