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Thursday, July 26, 2001

The price of doing business with Sometimes they make you a "Blog of Note" which (I guess) is supposed to make me feel good about myself while I become an advertisement for their site. I guess I'd feel better about myself and Blogger if template updating hadn't been broken for the last few days. All in all it's a miracle considering the price. And if it goes away? I guess I'll have to spend the 11 hours programming my own version in PHP and MySQL.

I'm taking a few days off. There will not be any new piece next Monday and no blogging at all for the next few days. In preparation for the drought I leave you with a blogroll of people I visit regularly (you can add your own more topical sarcastic, witty and hypocritical commentary on top my general ones below):

Anil Personal reflections in bite size morsels
CamWorld Good links with strident commentary. (He's been wronged and we all get to suffer a little for it.)
davezilla Just shut up and do it
glish Great UI designer. Steal from this guy. Please.
kottke This is my herd-mentality side at work. I have no fucking idea why I read his blog.
little.yellow.different. A funny, cool guy is hard to find. (Or is it find too hard?)
memepool The smuttiest links-with-a-cause you'll ever surf.
Metafilter Anarchy just the way I like it.
More Like This My dirty little secret. Really great links.
Q Daily News Sanity just the way I like it.
Scripting News Because a mind is a terrible thing.
SiliconValley (Gillmor) Um, because he links to me?
Slashdot Because they will never link to me.
Talking Moose Yeah, I know, the Moose is a Winer kiss-ass. Meanwhile he/she has managed to speak in a voice that is sensible yet missing any real sense of rationalizing and that's a sure-fire formula for doom.
WinerLog Winer hate site. I keep checking here hoping it will be funny. (Hasn't happened yet.)

I Laughed, I Cried, I Wrote a Check
Andrew Sullivan For when I really hate myself.
Babes Get your mind out of the gutter.
Babbette OK, on three, everybody: back in gutter!!
bluishorange The nice kids.
Community Service For the Blind
I Can't Believe It's Not Evil The not-so-nice kids.
Katha Pollit For when I really love myself.
Linux Kitty I found this in my logs and I'm hooked like Springer.
Lisa Brecht Deep thoughts. OK, shallow-guilty-pleasure thoughts. Better?
Shelly Because on the Web, no one knows you're a... what are you again??
udaho uhudma! aight?

One Time Hits
Gates Not that one, the cool one.
Poster boy for the misunderestimated.
Fluff. Sigh. A flash that makes me laugh every time I doodle with it.
The second coming of Al Gore
Is it really Ecstasy? Check it on the dancefloor.
The gift that keeps on giving.
Before we bust up Microsoft, would it be ok if we fix this problem?
Why Blogging is dead (circa Nov. 2000).
Why Blogging will never happen (circa Nov. 1999).
posted by VS 7:44 PM

SHIT! One of my favorite blogs (Asian Bastard) just went under and is no more. ("I'll spare you the tedious details, but what it comes down to is Web Host vs. Asian Bastard, final score Host 0, Bastard 0.") Rumors are that he'd rather shut down than face a FS parody ala little.hebrew.different. Hey, I can believe it. Meanwhile, I'll let you all know when the AB resurfaces.
posted by VS 1:34 AM

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Some things to keep in mind:

On a completely different sampled note: I recently saw dj spooky. He's uh, phat, or whatever. He's doing some serious touring, catch him if you can.
posted by VS 11:45 PM

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

In celebration of Adobe's calls for that Russian's guys release, davezilla shows us why a good graphics tool is essential to getting your point across in: "How Men Pee..."

sherri sent me a bunch of one liners trying to cheer me up. Typical: "I no longer need to punish, deceive, or compromise myself, unless I want to stay employed" and "To have a successful relationship I must learn to make it look like I'm giving as much as I'm getting." I'm pretty well suicidal now. PatrickC pointed me at dack's bullshit generator, that was a little more helpful -- until I realized how accurate it was. I even saw Dennis Miller in concert last night in efforts to cheer me up. My favorite two lines: "...and in other business news Starbucks has announced they have opened their first Starbucks inside another existing Starbucks" and "Dubya surrounds himself with good people the same way a hole surrounds itself with a donut." I think he was sedated.

If you click on nothing else: Roedy reminds us that "having HIV is still a major pain in the ass."
posted by VS 12:49 AM

Monday, July 23, 2001

Reaction to little.hebrew.different has been pretty astounding. Quite frankly I had no idea how popular little.yellow.different. is. It figures, I just didn't think about it. I was busy being blinded by my jealous angst over his creativity.

SeattleTimes/Newsday: "Some funds feel guilt over owning Microsoft: Stake in 'monopoly' would violate ideals" I forget, who said: "Divestiture is such sweet sorrow...." ?
posted by VS 12:54 PM

Sunday, July 22, 2001

Well, I wasn't going to publish until tomorrow but Ernie let it out of the bag....

Here it is folks: little.hebrew.different

posted by VS 4:00 PM

I'm not sure why things are so heavy lately. It's hard being me. Somebody send me some email humor.

Here are the lyrics that David Letterman's Late Show didn't want you to hear. [via anil]

The latest accusations make this old article from last year about cops and kids by Poundstone just plain creepy.

Today's word for the day: Gabacho.
posted by VS 3:23 PM

Saturday, July 21, 2001

Full service Asian Bastard: A quickly spreading email virus on Windows called sircam and Bush-Cheney-Escher porno, er, art.
posted by VS 7:01 PM


One pissed lemur: "I am boycotting your products and am advising everyone else within the sight of these words to do the same. Before you brush this off as the ravings of a guy with an internet connection and a website, let me advise you that I am not alone."

posted by VS 12:41 PM

Friday, July 20, 2001

Pretty kooky: Community drawing board. (Who says Java isn't vital!!)

Pretty depressing: Just took the freak test. Here's my results:

Need to be unique:76%  
Need to NOT conform:84%  
Willingness to express dissent:91%  

If I read this correctly it basically says I have a very average need to actually be what I shout about that everyone else should be. Great. In other words: A loud mouthed hypocritical conformist. Fucking perfect.

Then I got a kick out of this. [via davezilla]
posted by VS 1:22 PM

I get a financial lesson and yet another scolding for not paying attention in class (will it never stop?): According to a Motley Fool piece called "Income Statement Demystified Back to Basics, Part 11," (hey Fool: if it's 11 parts then it's not very basic any more is it?) states that "unearned or deferred revenue is sales revenue for which the company has not completed the earnings process."

Olivier Travers ("a former Microsoft France employee and still a shareholder") sent me email explaining that while it's true that Microsoft's desktop revenue might have been flat for three quarters, it's unearned revenue for the desktop sales for the same period more than makes up for it. (You'll need an MS Office viewer to see the charts.)

Then came the scolding: "Bob Herbold used to explain that in company meetings."
posted by VS 11:23 AM

Thursday, July 19, 2001

You all know about the Moose, right?. Good stuff, right up FS alley.
posted by VS 1:40 AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Sun Reaps What it Sues
posted by VS 11:06 AM

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

posted by VS 9:56 AM

Monday, July 16, 2001

Well, in a loving tribute to our favorite bipolar-blogger I give you the Auto-Winer Generator.

All you other bloggers: don't get too cozy, comfy... you're next.
posted by VS 12:19 AM

Friday, July 13, 2001

I couldn't even get through this article (from on how Microsoft is leading the charge on music non-sharing I was so depressed about it. Microsoft and AOL would fight over air if they could but they will settle for music.

I want to get this as clear as I can make it:

"Sharing files" ala Napster or any other digital music copying scheme is stealing by the legal definition and immoral by today's societal standards... which is exactly why everybody and their mother should be doing it as much as possible.

I worked in the recording industry for huge record companies for 12 years before I worked for huge software companies for 15 years. I feel confident in saying that (with the possible exception of campaign financing) few arrangement are a better example of legalized corruption than a recording contract. A lot of civil disobedience is required to get back to sanity.

A friend of mine said they disapprove of stealing music ala file sharing because "I want to make sure the artist gets paid." Get this: Artists don't get paid by signing record contracts !!! If you want to make sure the artist gets paid, buying their CD doesn't help your cause. The best thing to do in that case is steal the music from the record company (who "owns" it) and then write the performing artist and composer a check for five dollars each. Then see them in concert and throw money on the stage.
posted by VS 9:56 AM

September in Des Moines just sells itself, but Chris "Lockergnome" Pirillo still felt compelled to go all the way with a Spielberg-esque production for this promo for Gnomedex. (Chris has been hounding me to be a speaker at this thing and I told him I'd only do it if he refused to pay me and then he realized that he didn't have a clue who I am, didn't remember ever getting in contact with me and started talking about restraining orders. He wants me.)

A privacy statement from lemur to rival FS.

This article targeted at IT managers about prima donna programmers caused a riot on /.

Want some quizzes? How sexy is your weblog? [via davezilla]. Are you a good web designer? Can you tell the difference between Al Gore and the Unabomber?

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[via wannabe]

Smart people keep telling me about the "open source novel" Exit Strategy. I keep asking if there is any corollary to StoryFuck. Smart people keep ignoring me.

Penelope Trunk: "I got a new boss, and at the time, I alerted him to the fact that while I was sure he knew I had no goals, I wasn't sure he knew how much that was going to cost him. He said he'd look into it, but no goals emerged. In fact, it was clear that my boss, whose power base had doubled with the reorg, was overwhelmed and not clear on his own goals." [via sirdrew]
posted by VS 1:24 AM

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

A kind of biased but neato piece on Apple in the schools.
posted by VS 9:47 AM

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

There is a new Crash and Trash: "Image Problems"

Let me know what you think.
posted by VS 1:31 PM

Slackers rejoice! 250 (and growing!) haikus on the death of WebVan.
posted by VS 9:38 AM

Friday, July 06, 2001

CNN: "Critics say the program is a response to customers that have not been upgrading to new versions of software, most notably Office, and a way for Microsoft to rectify that loss in licensing revenue. Microsoft has reported nearly $7 billion in revenue in the past three quarters this year for its desktop applications division, roughly equal to the same three quarters last year. The revenue accounts for 37 percent of its business, so that means 37 percent of Microsoft revenue has not grown over the past year." [via /.] Let this one sink in and think about how really ugly things are about to get inside Microsoft.
posted by VS 11:29 PM

Thursday, July 05, 2001

Listen, I've had someone very close to me come much closer to death than Cheney has (with the exact same disease) so don't give me any shit and enjoy. [via dash]
posted by VS 9:43 PM

If you're not quite over the hangover from yesterday's partying here's a sobering one from Katha Pollitt: "Most of the time I think of gay rights, women's emancipation and the decline of male dominance as irreversible historical processes, blah blah, driven as they are by powerful material, social and intellectual forces, blah blah blah. Then comes the Bush Administration and I find myself thinking: Yeah, right."
posted by VS 5:52 PM

Tuesday, July 03, 2001

I'll take 100mgs of RAM and a spanking to go. [via little yellow different]
posted by VS 10:36 AM

Dan Gillmor is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. That's fine but the hilarious part is that he points to a Word security update page that has an ad in it that says: "Keep your email out of court." Follow that link and I ended up here where the opening blurb of this third party site says:

"The Problem with Email.
Email is easy to distribute and nearly impossible to erase. For every message sent, countless copies are created. Inappropriate use and uncontrolled distribution put your corporation at risk."

The irony is so thick on this one you could cut it, serve it to a family of four and have leftovers for a week.
posted by VS 8:25 AM

Monday, July 02, 2001

OK, one last link, because this one was too good to pass up. [via metafilter].
posted by VS 12:08 PM

Don't tell these kids that fat client apps are the way to go. [via metafilter]

Speaking of kids, I'm hardly a gadget kind of guy but if you've got a favorite niece/nephew this thing from Kodak (of all places) makes a really cool gift.
posted by VS 11:13 AM

Paul Andrews gets it too. "The megamerger that put Case in control of a domain larger than Gates's own also tightened his hold on what Microsoft sees as the keys to tomorrow's digital kingdom: subscribers."
posted by VS 10:39 AM

Even if Adam and Winer doesn't understand him, John S. Rhodes has got it totally figured out. It's not the best writing in the world and the site looks pretty junky but John is dead on. Smart Tags, Shared Source, even the DOJ thing -- it's all a side show.
posted by VS 1:21 AM

Adam has graciously agreed (uh-huh, with only fives links to his book) to write a piece for FS. It's called "Dr. Selfpub - or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love" and it's all about what a pleasure it is to quit and trash your ex-employer.

Just so his head don't get too crazy big I'm working on a proper review of the book for the next "Crash and Trash."
posted by VS 1:18 AM