I accidentally typed www.smokinggun.com into the location bar instead of www.thesmokinggun.com today, and boy am I ever glad I did. John Weir is the programmer behind the fantastic International Herald Tribune site, and the code is licensed under the GPL. I hope to find a use for this stuff soon.
So I finally made it to Illuminares, an annual lantern festival at Trout Lake park. The fire dancers were amazing.
Excellent article about software for the guitarist available on Linux. Some software mentioned is of interest to any musician interested in what is available for linux.
What a shocker: E911 implementation behind schedule. Maybe when someone comes up with a compelling location-based service idea, the carriers will start caring about implementing this. If I hear the stupid 'Starbucks will beam you a coupon when you walk by!' example once more, I think I'll explode.
Hmm. Tempting. Procmail is very useful, but not at all user friendly; a Perl replacement is worth looking at.
As it has become ever harder to reach people between the ages of 12 and 34, advertisers have pushed viral marketing entirely underground, pitching them on the sly and hoping that the message takes and spreads, viruslike, with none of the intended marks knowing the better. This might mean leaving cigarette packs in bars, as tobacco companies have done, or loaning automobiles to ''key influencers,'' as Ford did in 1999, when it placed the Ford Focus with 120 people in five major markets. Or it might mean hiring some of Big Fat's 50 operatives in 30 cities to drink vodka and water at trendy bars.
I'm on a 'the Internet is so cool' kick recently; stories like this are part of the reason why. Another big reason is internet banking; it's been a huge help to me recently.
Awesome article on how DreamWorks uses Linux internally for production (and a brief mention of Perl, too!) It's amazing how being faster and cheaper helps sell a technology.
Nothing like a good this language vs. that language rant, especially when the writer supports the right language. ;-)
Nazi Saga Takes a New Turn. I think that pursuing and punishing Nazi criminals is a noble task; pursuing and punishing the wrong man - repeatedly - isn't.
Bah. Beijing gets Olympics. Execute more people than
anywhere else in the world, get the games! I'm also disappointed that the only reason Canada was making a big noise about human rights in China is because we stood to benefit in the comparison.
Fortune article on stock analysts that pump up stocks they own.
And a recent server move seems to have eaten this most important link: David Foster Wallace on usage