I’ve just upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.0.4. If you notice any oddities, please let me know via a comment to this entry. (I’ve also heard of people who are having trouble with the new three-column layout: their browser displays the left column, then the middle, and finally the right, straight down the left side…Read More Upgraded to WP2.0.4
The memorial service for Derek Maxwell (“DIM” to his friends) will take place this Thursday at 8 pm. It will be at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson, NH. (There’ll be a closed-casket “viewing” from 5-8 pm.) I know that a number of DIM’s friends and colleagues read this blog. If any of…Read More Derek's memorial service
It’s destiny. Or a delightful coincidence: Seattle soccer fans who missed the chance to see perhaps the world’s most famous athlete, David Beckham, in the summer of 2003 have a second chance. Beckham and his teammates from Real Madrid, one of the globe’s most popular soccer teams, are headed to Seattle for a friendly against…Read More The day after I arrive in Seattle…..
Merry just got quoted in O (Oprah Winfrey’s magazine), in a little piece on How to Help a Friend Who’s in an Abusive Relationship. It’s actually a nice example of the genre: a real problem, an articulate survivor, someone to provide a professional angle, and simple, concrete, practical advice. (And although the article didn’t include…Read More Merry in "O"
This is another “What I love about the web” moment. I was reading Pharyngula (as I do so often), and his piece “Evolutionists get all the fun” led me to Mark’s ruthless debunking of yet another piece of creationist rubbish by Granville Sewell, who seems to be holding up the left-hand end of the bell…Read More Evolving locomotion
You can’t make stuff like this up: AFGHANISTANâ€™S notorious Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which was set up by the Taliban to enforce bans on women doing anything from working to wearing nail varnish or laughing out loud, is to be re-created by the government in Kabul. The decision has…Read More "Freedom is on the march"
Those of you reading this blog over the last 24 hours must have been thoroughly confused. I’ve been playing with different themes (about a dozen of them, in fact). I’ve decided that I’m going to stick with the current one (code-named “treacle”) for a couple of days, adding back in some of the elements from…Read More Blog style
I just learned that a former colleague of mine, Derek Maxwell, died yesterday. He and I worked together from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s: he was the go-to guy in product marketing for our PC networking products such as PC-NFS. Soon after he arrived, the so-called “planets” re-org saw our entire group restructured…Read More Derek Maxwell, RIP [updated]
Over at The Belgravia Dispatch Greg has posted a series of interesting emails he’s received on the subject of Israel, Lebanon and US policy. All put recent events in historical context in a way that politicians and journalists have long since forgotten how to do. This caught my eye: Israel is radicalizing people who have…Read More Suez 1956; Lebanon 2006
In anticipation of my departure for Seattle on August 8, a few of us will be getting together for drinks on Friday August 4. The rendezvous point is the Naked Fish on the Middlesex Turnpike on Billerica, MA. I’ll be getting there at 5pm; some of us will be staying on for dinner (they do…Read More Heads-up: celebratory imbibition