I finished “The Project” last night: the reading of all seven volumes of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. I don’t have time to write a full review right now, but I found the final volume very satisfying indeed. King feels the need to defend his use of metafictional elements, but from my perspective no defense…Read More The completion of "The Project"
Yes, I’m here – so yes, the hotel WiFi works. But the journey was interesting. The flight was United 861, a routine 415 mile hop in a Boeing 757 from BOS to IAD. I checked in online from home, and managed to swap my middle seat for a window – 30A. Boarding was uneventful, though…Read More Getting to Washington (or rather to Chantilly)
Time for another trip: I’m heading out of here to fly down to Washington DC for a week’s seminar/workshop/training. (Categories blur.) I’m going to be in a hotel close to Dulles airport, working in an office close to Dulles airport, and I’m not renting a car, so who knows if I’ll have any time to…Read More From Hub to Capitol
Three pieces caught my eye today with a common theme: the personal consequences of Bush’s elective war in Iraq. First, there was a piece in today’s NYT about an ex-reservist who’s been activated for duty in Iraq. [M]y cousin Alan – the youngest – joined the Ohio National Guard after graduating from high school in…Read More The personal side of Bush's war
A thought for the day: from Fran Lebowitz‘s book Progress, excerpted in the October 2004 Vanity Fair: Reversion of rights: […] (3) All religious texts will be vetted and, if necessary, revised, by ad hoc committees composed of public librarians, English teachers, literary critics, and writers, in order to ensure that no representative of the…Read More Equal rights for the secular
River is back with two new blog entries from Baghdad. Her thoughts on viewing a (bootleg copy of) Fahrenheit 9/11 are essential reading. Speaking about Lila Lipscomb, the mother of the US soldier killed in Iraq, River says: I can’t explain the feelings I had towards her. I pitied her because, apparently, she knew very…Read More River's back
Tim Bray continues to discuss the relevance of the so-called WS-* stack: the collection of specifications related to XML-based web services. I’m not going to dive into the technology or business issues here; however Tim referred to a piece by Dare Obasanjo which argues that WS-* Specs are like JSRs. I tried to add a…Read More Debating WS-*
Just took an interesting little test called The Political Compass. Yeah, I know it isn’t new, but it’s still fun. I scored: ° Economic Left/Right: -3.38 ° Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.03 pretty much as I’d have expected.Read More "Political Compass" test
I know, I know: you see “CD of the week” and you expect music. Not this time. An Audience with Tony Benn is a double CD that I picked up in Oxford recently. It’s simply a recording of the former MP and Labour politician Tony Benn on stage, speaking about politics and answering questions from…Read More CD of the week: "An Audience with Tony Benn"
One curious feature of search engines is that they remember stuff better than you do. I bumped into this truth earlier this morning, while testing the new a9.com search engine from Amazon. I naturally(?) began by searching for my name. After getting the usual hits, I found a bunch of stuff I’d never seen before…Read More Did I say that?