Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, November 14, 2003

Ooooh. I want one.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Today, vi and sed are my friends.


Wow. Apple just released a 1.4.1-level Java VM for MacOS X 10.3. That was fast. It only went out to developers a week or two ago.

Satan's Laundromat, a Brooklyn-based photo blog.

T-Online to buy AOL? By all means, take them!

The Germans really are a kinky people. This is the highest form of sadism.

[Update: Here is a remarkably bad translation of the Der Speigel article reporting on the deal.]

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Someone came to the office for an interview yesterday. We were going over things on his resume. Just stuff he had listed on there. It went pretty well. Then I asked him to rate himself in a bunch of areas, on a scale of one to ten. Core Java. Core J2EE. Design skills. Project management.

Then I asked him to rate himself in some web technologies, like JSPs and Servlets.

"Oh, I'm really inept at JSPs; they are my professional specialty."


So I moved onto the "Yahoo Question."

You know: "the box on the left is your computer, the box on the right is Yahoo.com. You type yahoo.com into your browser and hit 'enter.' Explain to me what happens."

It only went downhill from there.

More on the current sense of un-history. The thread started by some documents disappearing from a government website, continued via The Memory Hole regarding Time Magazine's website removing an article from the archive, now an academic take on the situation.

CNN: "Survey finds 8 out of 10 Americans want a new job."

Apropos of the last entry, I saw this on Monday.

I swear it wasn't a setup. I'm just not sure if the guy in the Times truck was getting his copy of The Onion, if he was grabbing a bunch for the guys in the overnight newsroom, or if I uncovered a huge conspiracy. Maybe The Times actually publishes The Onion. Hmmm.

The Onion: "Mom Finds Out About Blog."

The Onion is so good.

MacOS X geek-note here...

We all know that F9 is the Exposé key. But Shift-F9 does Exposé in slow-mo. Nice.

Isn't it a wonderful evolution of the personal computer where we get excited by slowing something down? Well, maybe it is just me.

The Meatrix. It isn't what you think.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

James Gosling appears to be moving out of research, into product-driven work. Cool.

The only thing more pathetic than the "we're-so-vapid-we'll-ask-candidates-who-they'd-party-with" Rock The Vote show CNN put on the air is that the questions appear to have been staged. If CNN was going to plant questions in the audience, they could have spent more time coming up with questions that didn't make the audience and candidates appear to be idiots.

CNN, the organization that bills itself as "The Most Trusted" news source. What crap.

"A people hire A people, B people hire C people. Always strive for the most excellence. Never be scared to work with people who are smarter than you. Never be scared to let others be smarter than you."

Wisdom from Dave.

Don't buy any more networking products from Belkin. Causing routers to intentionally malfunction is one thing; claiming that what they were within their rights is quite another. This is a company you cannot trust.

An IP router cannot have an agenda of its own. This is a nightmare scenario that could cause real problems.

I'd love to talk to the developers who coded this "feature." They must have known that this was a jackass move.

Monday, November 10, 2003

While I wait for a long build to finish, I might as well tell you about what happened yesterday.

As I emerged from the subway, I found myself in the middle of a demonstration. SIgns, and slogans, and everything.

But, as I've noticed about several other demonstrations, these people were too happy. Too much laughing and joking. Too much levity. One should look serious at a demonstration.

And these people had these green stickers everywhere that said "Tear down the wall!" Do you think they intended to invoke Ronald Reagan?

They all looked quite happy, indeed, except for this guy. He was dead serious. Staring off into the abyss of 41st Street.

And lest you think I snapped this shot during some passing moment, not so. He held this freakish pose for a good minute. Doesn't he look a bit like Cornholio?

Excellent. Simon Singh is hosting a series of radio shows on the scientific and social history of five numbers. Simon Singh is the author of, among others, The Code Book, a history of cryptography.

John Siracusa has an article about MacOS X 10.3 running on ArsTechnica. John is the man for OS X reviews. Worth a read, if you are at all curious.

What is more strange: that these things are actually rabbits, or that people get together to look at these things in "rabbit shows?"

Just in case you were wondering, Fleshbot went live this morning. Certainly not work safe.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

"Yet as Pease and his men load up their humvees and prepare to head back to base -- the man, who only moments before had been held at gunpoint, now invites his captors to stay for breakfast." [via Kevin Sites]

People are so complicated.