TechFlash confirms what I Twittered about last night: We’ve been experiencing ongoing problems trying to connect to the Internet using AT&T’s 3GÂ network via our iPhones over the past two days. As it turns out, we’re not alone. iPhone users in Seattle report sporadic service I had an important call scheduled for 8am today; at 8:10am…Read More AT&T 3G snafu in Seattle
I spent this morning visiting the Boeing plant in Everett and looking around the Future of Flight center. Herewith a few notes and photos, probably of interest only to hard-core aviation geeks. Click the thumbnails for full-sized images. I got there just after 9, and was scheduled to take the 10:00am plant tour. While waiting,…Read More A morning at Boeing
Charlie Stross offers some useful links for those who are worried by the emerging pandemic.Read More Keeping calm….
Russell Blackford takes on Terry Eagleton’s bullshit, and in doing so gives us a particularly good definition of liberal tolerance: A liberal is not someone who takes the contorted view that her own viewpoint is no better than others on offer (that would be a vulgar and implausible sort of relativism). She is someone who…Read More Defining "liberal tolerance"
Even though I’ve been in Seattle for nearly three years, I’ve never visited the city with which it shares an airport: Tacoma. I’ve driven though Tacoma on the way to California, but that hardly counts. I’ve always thought of Tacoma as relating to Seattle in the same way that Providence, RI relates to Boston: either…Read More David Macaulay at the Tacoma Art Museum
Andrew Sullivan identifies one of the architects of the Bush/Cheney torture policy: Edward Whelan, who – incredibly – heads up the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The presence of devout Catholics authorizing the waterboarding of a human being 183 times in a row really does help put theoconservatism into a new perspective, doesn’t it? Speaking…Read More In the tradition of the Inquistion…
Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the…Read More Internet-Age Writing
I’m somewhat amazed to see that my new tech-only blog Speaking of Clouds is already the top Google hit for the search “speaking of clouds” (out of 5.5M hits) after just a couple of days. And I haven’t done any SEO work on the site; I’d better dive in and make sure that the metadata…Read More "Speaking of Clouds" #1 on Google… already?
I’m “attending” the CloudSlam’09 “virtual conference” on cloud computing all this week. I’m also liveblogging my thoughts on the conference over at my new blog, Speaking of Clouds.Read More CloudSlam'09
Here’s Jonathan’s allsun@ email announcing the Oracle acquisition of Sun. “To me, this proposed acquisition totally redefines the industry,” wrote Jonathan Schwartz this morning to Sun’s employees in a company-wide email announcing the acquisition of Sun by Oracle. Among other remarks, Schwartz adds: “Let me assure you [Oracle is] single minded in [its] focus on…Read More The end of an era