November 2006

Yes, of course I knew that Seattle was notorious for its rainy climate. But this is ridiculous: “Rivers in at least nine of the region’s drainage systems are expected to peak at levels up to 20 percent higher than anything on record”, said Johnny Burg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Seattle… [D]uring…

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[Note: shameless name-dropping follows.] The grand-daddy of all operating systems conferences is in town this week: USENIX. 20 years ago this was a forum for trumpeting the importance of Unix in a marketplace that was still dominated by vendor-specific operating systems (VMS, Domain, MVS, and even this insignificant upstart called MS-DOS…). I remember demonstrating PC-NFS…

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As I was walking home in the rain from tonight’s Pet Shop Boys show, I found myself thinking about all of the acts I’ve seen over the last 40 years. It’s an interesting mix, from Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and the original Genesis, through Depeche Mode and OMD, to October Project and Porcupine Tree, with…

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So I’m at the theatre for the Pet Shop Boys show, starting in 12 minutes. I’ve bought my t-shirts, found my seat…. And I’ve managed to navigate my blog menu in this weird little BlackBerry browser. More after the show

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On the eve of the US mid-term elections, Michael Kinsley diagnoses the problem at the heart of American (and, sadly,British) politics. Money quote: The biggest flaw in our democracy is, as I say, the enormous tolerance for intellectual dishonesty. Politicians are held to account for outright lies, but there seems to be no sanction against…

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The last few days here have been unrelentingly wet, and so I’ve been oscillating between work and the apartment without getting up to much else. Among the minor stuff: I received and assembled the penultimate bit of furniture, the TV stand. I was able to go from: to The 19″ Samsung monitor looks rather lost…

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Dan Dennett recently had emergency surgery for a dissection of the aorta. As Boing Boing reports, his friends were anxious to see what effect, if any, this experience had on his atheism. Dan’s response (which you should read in its entirety) included this: Yes, I did have an epiphany. I saw with greater clarity than…

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Earlier this evening Kate told me that my blog was getting mangled in Internet Explorer. The last time I switched themes I tested it carefully under all the browsers I could find, including IE. I retested, and although most of the pages were OK, the main page was unreadable. So I decided that it was…

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