Eavesdropping

When people are having a conversation really close to you, is it rude to eavesdrop? I mean if they are not being quiet and you were sitting there minding your own business, what are you supposed to do? I am sitting in this situation right now. Should I put on my head phones? Scream? Pretend…

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A good laugh at Tom Cruise

Ok, if this doesn’t make you laugh, something is wrong with you. First watch Tom Cruise on Oprah. I didn’t laugh at this, I was in disbelief. Then watch Tom Kill Oprah. I laughed. It’s funny, come on! Then watch a guy making fun of Tom Cruise for jumping on Oprah. I chuckled. Then watch…

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One thing

You can never pick two of them. You can only have one. The most important thing in the world. It can not be three things. The most important thing. Not the top ten. In the end, there can only be one. The most important thing in the world is … “A Positive Attitude”. A positive…

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Bad signs/Nice things

Auto supply giant Delphi files for Chapter 11. General Motors may get dragged into bankruptcy over it. MCI and Verizon are merging. SBC and At&T are merging. They even have a special website for it. This doesn’t fill me with confidence that phone services are going to improve. I hate when Coke/Pepsi give the illusion…

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Foggy thoughts

My head is foggy today. Having trouble concentrating. Basically, I am meandering between thinking about work, the kids, politics, the Supreme court, New Orleans, and the upcoming trip to NY for Abigail’s Bat Mitzvah. Which makes me think of Rosh Hashana. The thing I have trouble getting people to understand is how “Reformed” Judaism (the…

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Politically Incorrect

This blog will be the most politically incorrect thing I have written. I will understand if you do not wish to read any further. Have you seen the recent news articles about hot teachers being arrested for having sex with their 13-16 year old students? Pamela Rogers Turner (Beauty pageant winner) – Nine months in…

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Blogblock

Some days there is so much stuff in your head that you can not effectively blog. Blogging requires picking out some detail and focusing on it. Right now my head is filled with stuff I need to do, open source software pros and cons and topped off with a difficult day of interactive programming. Sometimes…

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Nice Parking

UPDATE: Image has been lost. ¬†Sorry. ūüôĀ How did this guy park this thing on his lawn? This is the best example of parallel parking I have ever seen. This was done a couple doors down from our friends, the Gladstone’s house. I have no idea how they managed to do it. In work related…

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75/33 Year Anniversary

75 Years ago today was the great stock market crash of 1929. Also Winona Ryder turns 33 years old today. Wow. Looking at her bio, I had no idea some of the stuff about her. For example: 1. Her real hair color is blonde but when she made her first major film Lucas (1986) her…

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Dizzy

Michael Beckner sent this image to someone else. But I know him, so I am stealing it for entertainment purposes. Look at it. It is NOT moving. Try holding your breath and see if it stops. How do people figure out how to do this?

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AJ Stables

My dad owns some racing horses with friends. His stable is called AJ Stables. He needs a logo for team t-shirts. Any opinions?

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6 weeks left

Only 6 weeks left till our house in Hercules is ready. They put the walls up. We even saw the marble slab that will be our countertop. Isnt this exciting?! Im pumped up to move. Hopefully our “options” wont look like Walt Disney chose the decor.

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Tired

Can’t seem to wake up today. Too bad I don’t drink Coffee. On a technology note: I am setting up to work within a J2EE environement, so Im installing Eclipse, WinCVS, WebLogic, Apache Ant and the Java J2SE SDK. I don’t think I need Tomcat or Struts, but who knows. What ever happened to the…

Philosophy of Life

I have a new job in San Francisco. So far, it’s the best job I’ve ever had. And sometime this/next week, I will have a third son. Here is my philosophy of life: When things go bad, just think that the bad thing is a credit for 1 equal good thing in the future. So…

First Blog using Blogger

This is my first blog. At first I tried to set this thing up with SFTP which is a secure form of FTP. I could not get it to work. I tried the filezilla SFTP server. I dont want to use straight FTP because its inherently insecure. I wish Microsoft would just create an encrypted…

Calling Bullshit (from June 7, 1997)

From June 7, 1997: (http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002600/www.commadot.com/beta/html/june5-97.htm)¬† Someone told me after the lost-world hoax debacle, “Who the hell are you? To be calling Bullshit on Universal and CNN?”This raises two important lessons. The first is regarding he power of the “published” word. The second is the power of the Internet to publish. The published word makes all…

PR Hacks

From May 30, 1997 (http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002257/www.commadot.com/beta/html/archive.htm)¬† The lost-world column stirred some emotions. So in all fairness, I will re-visit the idea of PR hacks. Early in my internet career I knew some hackers. They broke into remote systems for fun or for agenda. Some of these hackers were immature and sexually deprived. Other hackers were politically…

The Lost Sense of Journalism

From May 29, 1997 (http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002257/www.commadot.com/beta/html/archive.htm) The lost-world was “hacked” yesterday. (May 28, 1997) Someone replaced the opening image on the lost-world website yesterday. The new image transformed the scary dinosaur skeleton into a rubber duck. The caption: The duck-world. Beneath the caption was a very small tagline stating, hackers. Every detail of this replacement was…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

My hand is killing me. I think I am getting carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s in my left hand, all the way on the side near the pinky. Here are some things I heard that can help relieve sore hands from repetitive stress. Squeeze a racquetball or tennis ball to build up the strength in your…

NBA Updates (1996)

DOH! They were so close. I have predicted that the Utah Jazz will beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA finals. They almost did it last night but they were stupid. They let the clock run out thinking they would get the ball back with four seconds left and instead they kicked it out-of-bounds and…

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Midi Discovery (1996)

Kokopelli has recently developed new techniques in web page design. Background music in the form of .midi files have been a source of frustration for web designers because of varying HTML tags and cross-platform configuration, not to mention the near impossibility of embedding music on a page without having the music stop when a user…

I Love This Game! (1996)

SPORTS NEWS OVERSHADOWS NET NEWS FOR FIRST TIME!! It’s the NBA playoffs ladies and gentlemen, so forget about Intel, Microsoft and Netscape. I Love This Game! Check out the brackets to see exactly whats going on here. Ross Perot, Jr. is set to buy the Dallas Mavericks. Gee, It’s nice to be born rich isn’t…

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Baby Internet

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 29, 1997 There was a man who once proclaimed that he was shutting down shop. He ran the local Patent Office. He bellowed at the top of his lungs his exasperation, “Everything inventable has been invented. There is nothing more that can be done.” Eighteen months later a man by…

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Cause du Jour

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 24, 1997 With every great society and culture what inevitably happens is that some losers declare themselves to be leaders of the masses. The net is no exception to this rule. These leaders try to rally the masses to follow their lead which usually can be summed up with the…

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Image is Everything

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 13, 1997 OK Let’s map all this out: DATE Search Engine IPO OPEN HIGH CLOSE NOW April 2 Lycos $16 $29.25 $21.94 $17 April 4 Excite $17 $21.25 $20 $14.50 April 13 Yahoo! $24.50 $43 $33 $33 So whats the story morning glory? Whats the tale nightengale? Image. Man, I…

Cool Sites (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 11, 1997 I hate cool lists, why am I doing this? Well, maybe you haven’t seen these ones. Tr√©s Chic, mon fr√®re! What do psychos write about? The Unabomber’s Manifesto Drink Java? Go to Gamelan Need more caffeine?? Try LED flavored. Site for women on the Web, and a superhero…

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BUYOUT! (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 1, 1997 Microsoft sets to buy out Netscape Navigator! In a shocking story, the Wall Street Journal outlined the plans of software behemoth, Microsoft Corp to bypass its internet strategy and attempt a hostile takeover of Netscape Communications. This move will virtually seal, if successful, Microsoft’s internet dominance! Microsoft until…

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News

Originally posted:¬†March 30, 1996 Netscape released thier Navigator 3.0 into beta here. OK, so now Netscape has a 2.01 release, a 2.0 Gold beta 2 that has a nifty WYSIWYG editor built in, an international version release, about 30 or so plugins and now finally the 3.0 beta codenamed ATLAS. (Ooooh, holds the world up!)Basically…

Design franchises

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 21, 1997 Last week saw two portentious announcements. USWeb announced that it will start a nationwide franchise of internet consulting and web design firms. Compuserve revealed one day later that the online behemoth was planning a web hosting service. The CompuServe plan is less ambitious than that of USWeb, which…

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Net Losers

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 19, 1997 News happens everyday. Today Microsoft did something and Netscape¬†responded with blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Sometimes, like today, the news isn’t that interesting. I am the first one to be shouting out predictions for every news article to hit the Associated Press, but today…who cares if Microsoft…