Thursday, July 24, 2003

The Supergrass song "Can't Get Up" is pretty much the best song ever written. At least I think so right now. (You can find it on Life on Other Planets.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Forrester Research, a high-technology consulting group, estimates that the number of service sector jobs newly located overseas, many of them tied to the information technology industry, will climb to 3.3 million in 2015 from about 400,000 this year. This shift of 3 million jobs represents about 2 percent of all American jobs.

"It's a very important, fundamental transition in the I.T. service industry that's taking place today," said Debashish Sinha, principal analyst for information technology services and sourcing at Gartner Inc., a consulting firm. "It is a megatrend in the I.T. services industry."
-- from that NYT piece about IT jobs moving overseas that everyone's talking about

Miriam Rainsford has a very cogent and thoughtful piece about the effect of mp3 filesharing on music sales.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Fascinating piece in the Post about George Mason grad student Sean Gorman, whose geography dissertation maps North America's critical information infrastructure, that is, the fiber optic interdependence of American businesses in total. He got all of the information on the web, none of it is classified, still the Dept of Homeland Security wants it shut down or classified. Or, as the case will most likely be, funded by the DHS so that everyone signs NDAs and we never hear about it again. ("The government uses research funding as a carrot to induce people to refrain from speech they would otherwise engage in," said Kathleen Sullivan, dean of Stanford Law School. "If it were a command, it would be unconstitutional.")

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Thanks for using the SelectSmart.com 2004 Presidential Candidate Selector.... Your responses determined the order of the list below. The results are scored on a curve. The highest score, 100%, represents the closest match to your responses. This does not mean that this or any candidate shares all your views. However, the candidate at the top of your list shares more of your selected views than do any others.

Your Results:

1. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH - Democrat (100%)
2. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (91%)
3. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (85%)
4. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO - Democrat (81%)
5. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (81%)
6. Graham, Senator Bob, FL - Democrat (76%)
7. Lieberman Senator Joe CT - Democrat (74%)
8. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (72%)
9. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL - Democrat (68%)
10. Libertarian Candidate (27%)
11. Bush, George W. - US President (2%)
12. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (-1%)
13. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (-7%)

First of all, I think Kucinich is an idiot. And... Lyndon LaRouche? And you'd think Moseley-Braun would rank higher with me than Lieberman. So I have to really suspect the algorithm that produced this.

Thursday, July 03, 2003

You know, trying to configure my home Apache configuration to look like my work setup was bugging me. Then, when I Google the error "denied for user: 'ODBC@localhost'", I see I'm not alone in the world. So many broken PHP sites, it's a wonder anyone fixes anything.

I love language-bashing too. I tried Java and it seemed kooky to me. Lots of OO, but you never actually touch the machine. Besides, I script, I don't utilize "real langages."

"Bellwether. This is the leading sheep of a flock, on whose neck a bell is hung. It is nothing to do with climate, prevailing winds or the like." I always wondered what bellwether meant, and now I know. As a writer, I like style guides and usage guides, Kottke's remainders list points to one I haven't seen, from the Economist. There are others, right? Like Strunk, the American Heritage, Oxford, Yale And remember the MLA? Perhaps the true measure of a undergrad's willingness to go to grad school, and study even more liberal ats, could best be measured by his willingness to ingest lots of MLA. But I hated it; hence, I only got a B.A.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

I have mixed feelings about Nader going after the White House again. On the one hand, I think anything that gets actual issues onto the tv and into the faces of people eating their TV dinners... good. But did Ralph hurt Gore? And if he did, should we blame Ralph for war, bad government, right-wing judgeships? Now that I said it, it seems too simple. I mean, when I voted for Gore, I wasn't voting for Gore, but against Bush.

Buddy Hackett, who broke into comedy as a young waiter-performer in New York's Catskill Mountains and went on to achieve iconic status as a raunchy nightclub performer and rubber-faced clown in movies including "The Music Man" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," died Monday at his home in Malibu. He was 78.

Is it strange that I'm touched by the death of Buddy Hackett?

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