Archive of Posts from May 2003

May 30th, 2003


We had a great thunderstorm this morning around 5am. With lightning and everything! (They're rare out here on the west coast.)

May 28th, 2003


I'm mad at Word.

Note to self: Word won't ever ask you if you want to close the document. It's asking you if you want to save the document. (Big difference.) And most likely, you do want to save the document. Especially if you've been working on it feverishly for the last five hours. Don't ever answer no to saving changes; there will be no way to recover your hours of work despite the promises of ...enhanced reliability and data recovery tools. The AutoRecover files will vanish the instant you click no—along with your feeling that this is going to be a good day with lots of progress.

May 27th, 2003

Oregon Notes

More Corvallis propaganda: this fair city won one of two gold-medals given by the League of American Bicyclists for being a bike-friendly city. The other winning city was Palo Alto, CA. Right now my bike is closer to Palo Alto than Corvallis. I'll have to fix that soon.

And this is a great lesson about Portland's architecture: The Rise and Fall of Modernism in Portland by Michael J. Totten. [via Anil]

May 23rd, 2003

Newport pictures

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May 22nd, 2003

Up picture


May 20th, 2003

Terror Alert!

As the terror alert level goes up, I think it's important to think about the psychology of terrorist alarms (pdf). This essay analyzes the terror warnings from a psychological perspective. It was written by a professor at Stanford.

May 19th, 2003

Sea lion pictures

Sea Lions in Newport...

sea lions

sea lions

May 18th, 2003

Wedding dress picture

hanging dress

I couldn't take my camera to my own wedding—so I don't have any pictures I can post. But it was a well-documented event and a great day. Matt posted a wedding mopho.

May 15th, 2003

Sailing on the Willamette Picture

Sailing on the Willamette
On the Willamette River

May 14th, 2003

Fountain Picture


May 13th, 2003

Mt. Hood and Portland picture

Portland and Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood and Portland

Fox Tower and flowers picture


May 12th, 2003

Freenet Con

FreeNetworks Conference 2003. Cory Doctorow and Tim O'Reilly will be speaking there. And I think the conference will be interesting on a sociological level alone. I mean, what happens when you gather together a bunch of wireless hackers in Las Vegas?

And here's an in-depth description of the Wireless AP in a light fixture that Rob and Adam were showing at eTech.

May 9th, 2003

Charger found!

No worries, found my charger. Charging will commence soon. As you were.

May 8th, 2003

Mophos on Hold

I lost my cell phone charger, so mophos (and cell phone calls) won't be coming in for a bit.

Weblog Bookwatch

Just stumbled across an article (Deep Thinking about Weblogs) that mentions Weblog Bookwatch in its Weblogs and commerce section:
Their book list is compiled by a computer program that sifts the titles out of weblog posts across the Internet and ranks them by popularity. Once the final line of code for this program was written, the marginal cost for linking to fresh, kickback-generating sales became zero.
What the author doesn't know is that the kickback (Amazon affiliate fees) from Weblog Bookwatch is roughly $10-$20 per quarter. That's not exactly covering the costs of maintaining it. But he is right, it's a way to aggregate information fairly effortlessly (once the code is stable) that could theoretically lead to paying for its own bandwidth with enough visitors. Right now, more bandwidth is spent searching weblogs than serving up links of books with affiliate tags. If that ratio was reversed the commerce angle might be there.

May 6th, 2003

I'm blogging this

I'm blogging this.

May 5th, 2003

Historic Oregon brands

Interesting look at Oregon history through the brands of local products: Sold in Oregon. [via di-pole Moment]

May 2nd, 2003

Tulips on the Windowsill Picture

tulips on the windowsill

I lied. I had one left.

Done with Flower Pictures

I'm all out of flower pictures.

Unopened Flower Picture

unopened flower

May 1st, 2003

Purple Flower Picture

purple flower