2007-12-31

Video: Ken Miller on Intelligent Design

Wow! Check in out.

His content is generally fascinating, but he centers around the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

Ken Miller was an expert witness at the trial, in which a Bush-appointed judge concluded:

Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (and Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution) because intelligent design is not science and "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

His discussion and analysis are brilliant, in one case mentioning the famous textbook disclaimer stickers:

This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

His reply was brilliant and simple: the stickers don't go far enough. The alternative:

This textbook has material on science. Science is built around theories, which are strongly supported by factual evidence. Everything in science should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

He also references a comic that I have blogged about before:

Let the kids decide 

Very funny. Very important.

2007-12-18

Quote of the day

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

-Howard Thurman

Discovered via an email signature. Thanks, Briana.

2007-12-11

Tell the world to ignore Bush on climate change.

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From our friends at Avazz.org:

UN Climate talks in Bali, Indonesia are down to the wire to set new global emissions targets--but the Bush administration is trying to prevent any concrete agreement on cutting carbon.

Tell the world that President Bush doesn't speak for us. Sign the petition below, and Avaaz will deliver it to delegates in Bali--letting the Bush administration know that we don't agree with its obstructionism, and telling the world not to give up hope on Americans. We're ready for progress, even if our government is not.

Please, sign the petition.

2007-12-10

Gift Cards Suck: don't give them as (Christmas) gifts

So I'm listening to the Marketplace podcast walking home tonight and on comes a brilliant commentary: Forget the gift cards, give cash.

Bottom line: if you can't figure out something to buy someone, you're silly if you think a gift card is some how better than just giving cash.

They are more inconvenient and they are rarely fully used. Merchants push them because--surprise, surprise--they know that any card not redeemed is pure profit.

If you really care about someone, give them something they can really use.

Or give them cash--which is something they can really use.

Gift cards are the worst of both worlds. Don't buy the hype.

And yes, I accept PayPal.

2007-12-05

My younger brother is an opera singer. Wanna hear?

I really wanted to write "little" brother but he's probably an inch taller than me. I'm taller than my "big" brother, too. Funny how that works.

Anyway...

If you want to hear John Michael sing: http://www.myspace.com/johnmichaelmoore

As I've joked many times: we have about the same amount of hot air, he just uses his much more effectively.

Two thoughts on the picture.

1) Why do people always look angry in their glossy?

2) Can you tell we're related? Kinda freaky...

2007-12-01

Cool stuff from Lessig: Corruption, Obama, Fox News Porn?

Corruption

A while ago, I mentioned that Lessig is moving on to a bigger fish than media licensing: political corruption.

His first stab at a lecture is educational and entertaining in that Lessig-is-a-poet kinda way.

Corruption Lecture - alpha version.

Obama

So Lessig is behind Obama. His reasoning is sound and in many respects echoes feelings I had the last time I chatted about the Dems.

His words for Hillary are harsh:

...the part that gets me the most about Senator Clinton is the eager embrace of spinelessness.

Ouch.

Fox News Porn

Lessig links to an interesting site: FoxNewsPorn.com.

Here's to high-quality news, huh?

2007-11-26

New mission: Letter to the editor

I read an op-ed piece in the New York Times and it annoyed the heck out of me.

Taking Science on Faith, Paul Davies, November 24, 2007

His argument is as old as it is false: science is just another type of religion--another type of faith.

Somewhere between rolling my eyes and yelling at the ceiling I found a letter.

To the Editor:

Re "Taking Science on Faith" (opinion, Nov. 24):

Mr. Davies is confusing religious faith and scientific uncertainty. For instance, few scientists would claim to know with certainty that the pull of gravity applies universally. Science simply has faith that it does—with much compelling data in support of the theory and no compelling data to the contrary. This "faith" is still based upon objective observation and analysis. Likewise, the notion that there are fundamental principles that consistently explain the natural world is also a "faith" of science--a faith that has proven to be well founded since well before Copernicus, providing accurate predictions and useful knowledge. To conflate this scientific faith with religious faith--which offers no such record of accuracy or usefulness--is naïve at best; dangerous at worst.

Kevin Moore
Seattle, Washington, Nov. 26, 2007

Of course the Times has all sorts of rules about submitting a letter, but they were pretty straight forward.

I'm realistic about my chances of getting into the paper. To quote Cornel West "I'm not optimistic, but I'm hopeful".

So now I have a new mini-mission: get a letter-to-the-editor published in a major...uh...publication.

Assuming I'm an above-average writer, I think it's probably just a numbers game. Write a bunch of good letters and one is bound to get published.

Wish me luck...

2007-10-24

Voting in Seattle, of course I missed one: Fuse

From the site: Fuse is focused primarily on securing major advances in progressive public policy for Washington State.

Of course these guys have a voter guide.

Sounds like we agreed on everything except SJR 8212.

I like their argument there.

Eh. To be considered.

Kevin's Seattle Voter Cheat Sheet

The Stranger does it. The Municipal League does it.

Why not me?

I go in order for folks in Seattle. Hope this helps. Would love your thoughts.

Initiative 960

Stranger says no. Muni League says no.

Tim Eyman is a jerk.

Kevin says no.

Initiative 67

Stranger says yes. Sounds good to me.

Kevin says yes.

SJR 8206, 8212

Stranger says no. I buy their argument.

Kevin says no.

HJR 4204, 4215

Stranger says yes. I buy their argument.

Kevin says yes.

Initiative 25

Stranger says no. MuniLeague says no.

Kevin says no.

King County Proposition 1 (Medic One)

Stranger says yes. I buy their argument.

Kevin says yes.

King County Prosecuting Attorney

MuniLeauge gives both candidates 'outstanding'. Stranger likes Sherman (the Dem). (Not that I like Dems, just that I don't like Republicans.)

Kevin says Sherman.

King County Assessor

MuniLeague gives Scott Noble 'outstanding' and James Nobels 'adequate'. Stranger likes Scott.

Kevin says Scott.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position #2

MuniLeague gives Gael 'outstanding'. Stranger likes Gael.

Kevin says Gael.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position #5

MuniLeague gives Fisken 'outstanding'. Stranger agrees.

Kevin says Fisken.

Transportation District

This one is a bitch. Stranger doesn't like it. The Sierra Club doesn't like it.

The MuniLeague likes it. FutureWise (a group I support a lot) likes it. Friends of Seattle likes it.

No proposal (especially of this size) is perfect. Given the list of supporters and my love of transit, I'm going for it.

Kevin's says yes to Roads and Transit.

Seattle Council #1

MuniLeague gives Godden and Szwaja both 'good'. Friends of Seattle likes Godden. Stranger likes Godden.

Kevin says Godden.

Seattle Council #3

MuniLeague gives Harrell and Velazquez both 'very good'. Friends of Seattle likes Harrell. Stranger likes Valazquez.

Damn, now I have to think.

Reading through endorsements and web sites, I'm going with Harrell.

Kevin say Harrell.

Seattle Council #7

MuniLeague gives Burgess 'outstanding'. Friends of Seattle likes Burgess. Stranger likes Burgess.

Kevin says Burgess.

Seattle Council #9

Stranger says Clark. Friends of Seattle says Clark. MuniLeague gives Clark 'very good'.

Kevin says Clark.

Seattle City Charter Amendment 17, 18

Stranger says yes on both. Sounds fine.

Kevin says yes.

Seattle School District 1

Pos #1
ML: Maier is outstanding.
Stranger: Maier is cool.

Kevin says Maier.

Pos #2
ML: Carr is outstanding. Flynn as 'very good'.
Stranger: Flynn. Says that Carr "stumbled on our basic questions about high-profile issues like intelligent design and student free speech".

Kevin says Flynn.

Pos #3
ML: Martin-Morris is 'very good'.
Stranger: reluctant endorsement.

Kevin says Martin-Morris.

Pos #6
ML: Ramirez and Sundquist are both 'very good'.
Stranger: Sundquist.

Kevin says Sundquist.

2007-10-02

Wonderfully Beautiful Moments...

Sitting in Online Coffee on 1st in Seattle.

A class of (what looked like) 1st graders walks by in their cute, colorful rain coats with hoods.

For some completely random reason, the teachers brings them up to the glass of the coffee shop...within inches of my seat.

She knocks on the glass and points to someone across the room from me.

All the little kids smile and wave...noses pressed to the glass.

Wonderful. Perfect.

Who says rainy days aren't beautiful.

2007-09-25

Ken Burns talks about his new documentary on WWII

Another lucky Tuesday night.

KUOW. Word for Word.

Filmmaker Ken Burns on "The War"

From the National Press Club on September 19. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Check out the Documentary web site on PBS.org.

Now I really want to see this movie. Their commentary is eloquent and compelling.

2007-09-22

Believing the Unbelievable: Sam Harris at the Aspen Ideas Festival

One of those happy accident. Sitting my car waiting for a friend on Tuesday when Word for Word came on KUOW.

The program: A clash between faith and reason?

You can listen to the talk using their flash audio player.

YouTube has the videos. Brilliant.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

I've read The End of Faith by Sam Harris. He's a bit argumentative, but the content is quite educational.

Fixed some dead links: 2008-01-01.

2007-09-21

My Morals, Your Morals

Via Lauren, (from whom I shamelessly copy):

Via Andrew Sullivan, an interesting survey that assesses your attitudes about five basic “moral foundations” and allows you to compare your answers against others who have taken the test and self-identified as “liberal” or “conservative.”

Andrew took the survey to try to confirm or deny his assertion that he’s “still a conservative,” in spite of the stance he’s taken against Bush and his war.

I didn’t have too many doubts about which side of the issues I’d end up on…

This is my score. I'm green. Blue and Red are self-explanatory.

Like Lauren, I'm not surprised.

I really want to throw this at my 'conservative' friends and see how they come out.

2007-09-19

We unlocked the iPhone

My buddy Sean and I grabbed lunch today (he's back from India, where he's cranking on his start-up).

The process took a while, but we found a great resource to walk you through: How to unlock the iPhone using the anySIM program.

The phone is not mine. It's for a friend of Sean.

In the end, I was able to call his T-Mobile number and it rang on the shiny new toy from Apple.

Cool.

2007-09-14

I'm leaving Microsoft

A re-post from my work blog.

You read that correctly. September 14 is my last day at Building 10 on the Redmond Campus (well, at least as an employee).

Here is (most of) the goodbye email I sent to colleagues and friends last week.

Where to start. Iowa State. Fall of 1998. A career fair. I was a freshman looking for free stuff. The MS recruiter wanted to see a resume. I didn’t have one. (I didn’t think I would need one.) I ran back to my dorm, wrote enough to fill a single page, and brought it back to him.

Early that spring I flew to Sea-Tac and had an on-campus interview. (I was warned that that winter had 100 sunshine-less days.)

In May 1999 I showed up in Redmond for an internship. Building 25. I shared an office with a woman who’s a great friend to this day.

After 3 internships, a stint as a Microsoft Student Consultant at ISU, and 5 great years as an stock option award earning employee, I’m going to try something drastically different.

Friday, September 14 will be my last day in the office.

Monday, September 17 I’m going to work at a small, actuarial company building internal, web-based LOB apps.

  • No, I’m not crazy. (At least I don’t think so.) It’s been almost a decade since I’ve built anything substantial end-to-end. I’ve got pretty good at designing the tiny pieces of something XXXL. I’d like to try my hand at implementing a huge pieces of something M.
  • Yes, I’ll be staying in the area. Actually, working from home most days.
  • Yes, it’s all .NET still. I’m actually looking forward to cranking on SQL, ASPX, WCF, Workflow, Linq, ADO Entities, etc.
  • Yes, it’s hard to leave. I’ve been plugged into Microsoft since just after high school. It’s been a great ride. I’ve learned an amazing amount and met some amazing people. Recently though, I’ve realized that if I was ever going to unplug, it was never going to get easier than it is now.

http://j832.com is my web site. It mostly just links to my blogs. I plan to keep work.j832.com going for any WPF stuff I hack on. The other blog will be everything else. :-)

(If you want the j832 thing explained some time, just ask.)

I have two closing thoughts.

First, Doug Purdy shared a tag line that Don Box and he used on a presentation once: “There is only one program…and it’s still being written.” Microsoft was a gig. My new company is a gig. There will be gigs after. The gig is not the important thing. It’s the stuff you’re building. I love software because in the end it’s all about helping people record, explorer, and communicate thoughts, memories, and ideas. If we keep making that faster, easier and just better we will all still be working together...and making the world just a bit better.

Second, a video I discovered a couple months ago. While it was after I’d made most of my decisions, it does a good job of representing the stuff in my head right now…the stuff I’m trying to figure out. It’s absolutely worth sharing: http://blog.j832.com/2007/07/music-and-life.html

I will close out the way my good friend Robby did. A master of great design: simple and to-the-point.

Goodbye and thanks again,

>Kevin

Q: What does this mean for me, loyal reader of work.j832.com?
A: Hopefully not much. I plan to keep working with and blogging about WPF. I have some clever project ideas that I still want to hack on. A cool upside: I can actually collaborate in substantial ways with community members. I may blog a wider variety of stuff, but given the new job I'm sure it'll be mostly .NET-related. I'll keep my non-geek stuff on my personal blog: blog.j832.com.

Q: What about the bag-o-tricks?
A: The current URL (blogs.msdn.com/okoboji/pages/BagOTricks.aspx) is going to die when my MSDN blog dies. (I'm not sure about when that'll happen, actually.) So I'm introducing a new, even more stable home for the latest-and-greatest: j832.com/BagOTricks. I hope this will be valid as long as I remember anything about WPF and I pay my ISP bill.

Q: Are you planning any updates the bag?
A: Great question! I can't say much, but...um...expect great things from a lot of what's in the bag. (This is my subtle and evil way of leaning on Larry. Sorry dude.)

Q: What about the NetFX install stuff?
A: I'm going to hand this off and make sure that those who've emailed me are taken care of--hopefully by making the code generally available.

As I've said to many folks, I'm looking forward to the transition from a Microsoft High Priest for WPF to just another geek in the big city.

See you on the other side, my friends.

2007-09-13

Live Writer Beta 3: Rockin' even more

Check it out, Live Writer now supports uploading images to Blogger.

XHTML support, insert videos, these guys are on a roll.

I'm a happy customer.

Keep it up, kids!

Muni League: Democracy isn't completely broken

I went to presentation at work this summer that fascinated me. I was introduced to an organization that is dedicated to an unbiased and thorough analysis and review on local candidates and initiatives.

The Municipal League of King County

As they say:

The Municipal League's ratings assess each candidate's potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community. The non-partisan ratings are based on four criteria: Effectiveness, Involvement, Knowledge and Character.

Join and you'll receive their newsletters and reports.

Want to move our democracy forward? Put your money where your mouth is.

2007-09-05

Men still go for looks, women for wealth

An article from our friends in Australia.

...modern-day singles, like generations of their ancestors, are driven by biology with men seeking the best specimens to procreate with, and women seeking the best long-term partners.

As a recent student of evolutionary psychology, I find this kind of study fascinating. It's also a bit disturbing.

Despite my attempt to be an enlightened 3rd-wave feminist, do I still operate this way? I hope not completely.

Do I appear sexist for acknowledging this type of research? I hope not.

This bit I found particularly interesting.

While the men opted on average to see every second woman, the women expressed an interest in seeing only a third of the men again, and they appeared to calibrate their choices based on how attractive they thought they were and who they could realistically expect to bag.

So basically, men were thinking "I have nothing to lose by going to bat," where women were thinking "If I go for someone out of my league, I might be setting myself up for a fling and not a long-term relationship."

Yeah, a bit disturbing.

On the flip side, this reminds me of a New York Times article from 2006: Facing Middle Age With No Degree, and No Wife. (Registration is probably required.)

...many men without college degrees are not marrying because the pool of women in their social circles — those without college degrees — has shrunk. And the dwindling pool of women in this category often look for a mate with more education and hence better financial prospects.

So women should hit the gym and men should hit the books? Ugh. Makes the feminist in me shudder.

2007-09-04

With Faith, Ignorance is Bliss

From the LA Times: Religion beat became a test of faith

Fascinating read by a writer who was sucked into a mega-church at a low point in his life, taken through a brain-washing religious weekend, and came out "reborn".

His new-found faith inspired him to push his editors to cover the religion beat for his paper.

Hilarity ensues.

Covering the Catholic child-abuse scandal:

I never imagined Catholic leaders would engage in a widespread practice that protected alleged child molesters and belittled the victims.

Covering Mormon's disowning their non-spiritual family members:

I wondered how faithful Mormons — many of whom rigorously follow other biblical commands such as giving 10% of their income to the church — could miss so badly on one of Jesus' primary lessons?

Covering "healing crusades" meant to con terminally sick people of their money:

Hinn tells his audiences that a generous cash gift to his ministry will be seen by God as a sign of true faith. This has worked well for the televangelist, who lives in an oceanfront mansion in Dana Point, drives luxury cars, flies in private jets and stays in the best hotels.

In the end, a familiar (at least to me) conclusion:

I began to pray with renewed vigor, but it felt like I wasn't connecting to God. I started to feel silly even trying.

Fascinating read.

2007-08-21

Dems in 2008: My thoughts

I just got done watching the August 19 debate on YouTube.

First, I was going crazy to be able to play the thing in order. YouTube needs to make this easier.

For your sanity: One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight

I really can't stand debates. No one answers the questions. The questions are pretty stupid.

What can you get from a debate on video? A feeling for the 'fuzzy' stuff that a lot of people (including myself, to some extent) use to weigh the candidates.

Here's my purely subjective 'fuzzy feeling' about each candidate.

Dennis Kucinich Like some of his ideas, but he comes off like he's trying way too hard. The opposite of presidential. Wasting his time.
Bill Richardson Bumbling. Wasting his time.
Mike Gravel Comes off like an angry old man. Wasting his time.
Christopher Dodd Looks like an aging car salesmen. Not presidential. Wasting his time.
John Edwards Good ideas, but there's something off in his presence. Feels like he's 54 going on 24. Not excited by him.
Joe Biden Presidential. Good presence. Feels like he could do the job. Doesn't really inspire me.
Hillary Clinton Pretty good presence. Feels a bit rehearsed, though. Wonder how inspiring she'll be (beyond the pure Feminists). Worry about her baggage (whether it's deserved or not).
Barack Obama Amazing presence. You wanna like him. Clean delivery, but doesn't feel rehearsed. Could use a bit more polish, but that makes it feel authentic. He's got my vote so far.

2007-08-20

Teacher Arrested! (I love my mother)

Occasionally, I get an entertaining forward from my parents. Maybe you have to know my mom to find this funny.

NEW YORK -- A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction. "Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzales said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle'." When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, " If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.

Thanks, Mom!

2007-08-14

Brilliant review of Harry Potter by Stephen King

Warning: a few vague spoilers in the write-up.

From EW.com, J.K. Rowling's Ministry of Magic.

Mr. King is not too happy with most reviews of book 7:

...very few mainstream writers, from Salon to The New York Times, have really stopped to consider what Ms. Rowling has wrought, where it came from, or what it may mean for the future. The blogs, by and large, haven't been much better. They seem to care about who lives, who dies, and who's tattling. Beyond that, it's all pretty much duh.

In the process of outlining his love for the series, we learn why Rowling is a master writer and get a peak into the brilliance that is Stephen King.

A great read and a better bookend for the Harry Potter series.

2007-08-12

Oh *that's* how you create titles on Blogger

I could define a title for a blog post in Windows Live Writer, but not on the Blogger edit page. I thought I was stupid or Blogger was stupid.

Instructions from EHow.com, via Google.

Actually, it is a pretty stupid thing to hide by default.

Reverend Kevin Robert Moore

Congratulations! You are now a legally ordained minister for life, though you may relinquish your credentials at any time. YOU HAVE BECOME A MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS CLERGY. You have earned a title worthy of admiration and respect.

Let it be known on this date that in accordance with the laws of the Universal Life Church Monastery, as ordaining officer, I, Brother Martin, do ordain you into our ministry. From this day forward, you are entitled to all of the rights of an ordained minister. You have the authority to perform marriages, baptisms, and all other ceremonies of the church. You are an independent minister of this church. This is a position that carries with it a burden of responsibility; please respect others and comply with the laws of the land.

Your legal name and 5 minutes on http://www.themonastery.org/. (I actually had no idea when i signed up that they are based on Broadway in Seattle! Perfect!)

This is pretty brilliant, actually, because they are definitely going to get me to spend $20 to get a certificate.

Who wants to get married?

2007-08-07

2007-07-24

The Nation on Healthcare vs. Profit

Fascinating write-up. They make an example of a Dr. Prem Reddy, who owns 8 hospitals in California. (Emphasis mine.)

Dr. Reddy--who is, incidentally a high-powered Republican donor--has a principled reason for his piratical practices. "Patients," the Los Angeles Times reports him as saying, "may simply deserve only the amount of care they can afford." He dismisses as "an entitlement mentality" the idea that everyone should be getting the same high-quality healthcare. This is Bush's vaunted principle of "private medicine" at its nastiest: You don't get what you need, only what you can pay for.

Sobering at the least; infuriating at the worst.

Music and Life

Found on Neatorama.

A recording by philosopher Alan Watts set to animation by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Push play or go to YouTube.

Simple, but deeply important.

2007-07-10

Let the kids decide (Ha!)

The definition of brilliant satire...

Found via Miguel's blog (supposedly from the 2005-08-04 Washington Post)

2007-07-09

If I lived in Springfield

The Simpsons Movie site let's you build your own Springfield-like character. I like ducks.

Editorial: The flash experience is really nice, but the whole register/login/save thing was a pain in the neck.

2007-07-01

Penn (of Penn & Teller): I believe that there is no God

via RichardDawkins.net, via This I Believe:

Believing there's no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I'm wrong. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. I don't travel in circles where people say, ''I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.'' That's just a long-winded religious way to say, ''shut up,'' or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, ''How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do.'' So, believing there is no God lets me be proven wrong and that's always fun. It means I'm learning something.

Well said.

2007-06-27

Fil ponders 1 year post-MS

From his blog:

I quickly noticed a pattern in the advice I received: the vast majority (90%) of people told me to do what they did. If they quit, then they recommended that I quit. If they stayed and the company and climbed the corporate ladder, then that was the path for me as well.

The idea that people convince themselves of their current work situation (or relationship, or car, or political beliefs) to maintain sanity--cognitive dissonance--is something I've observed a lot since I've learned of it.

'Tis good to ponder such things.

2007-06-21

Lessig moves from noble fight to more noble fight

From Lessig's blog:

We've all been whining about the "corruption" of government forever. We all should be whining about the corruption of professions too. But rather than whining, I want to work on this problem that I've come to believe is the most important problem in making government work.

Lessig's work on free culture has been profound. (This remix of a 2002 presentation is amazing.)

Here's hoping he'll have a more profound impact on the culture of corruption.

2007-06-20

I am Seattle Traffic (.org)

I went to a meeting at work today about the future of the 520 bridge.

While waiting 10 years doesn't sound all that good, I did pick up a brochure I found very entertaining and enlightening. The source:  

http://www.iamseattletraffic.org/

I love people who are proactive about these types of issues.

The "Tenets of Traffic Zen" I found quite inspired. My favorite: Merge Gracefully.

All vehicles involved in a merge are ideally traveling the same speed with enough gap to fit each other perfectly. Think of it as teeth in a zipper. If one of the teeth of a zipper stuck out and waited until a few other teeth on the side passed, it would not work. Likewise, you must not stop when merging (unless all others are stopped as well). You must let others in. They need but one car length, and you have plenty to spare. Allowing them in front of you will mean they will not have to be confronted by a less enlightened driver, which could cause you grief you have no control over. Even if the merge happens behind you, you are being selfish, and you would not wish the same upon yourself.

Brilliant. Kudos!

2007-06-18

SIFF 2007 Redux

Last time I went to a SIFF film (I think) was in 2000, when I was an intern out here.

This year, thanks to some friends, I went to see two films.

Bad Faith (Mauvaise foi in French) was pretty good. Jewish girl gets pregnant by her Muslim boyfriend. They have to tell the parents. Hilarity ensues.

Outsourced was done by some guys in Seattle. Quite funny. It was cool to have my buddy Dhruv there, since he "got" all of the jokes and references. Seattle call center manager has to go to India to train his replacement. Hilarity ensues. Good flick. Check out the trailer on YouTube.

2007-06-12

Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Friend

Great article from Slate.

I've heard this analysis before, but it's put succinctly here (emphasis mine):

...behind every Madison Avenue victory lurks a deeper social reality. And as it happens there was another factor in the surge of engagement ring sales—one that makes the ring's role as collateral in the premarital economy more evident. Until the 1930s, a woman jilted by her fiance could sue for financial compensation for "damage" to her reputation under what was known as the "Breach of Promise to Marry" action. As courts began to abolish such actions, diamond ring sales rose in response to a need for a symbol of financial commitment from the groom, argues the legal scholar Margaret Brinig—noting, crucially, that ring sales began to rise a few years before the De Beers campaign. To be marriageable at the time you needed to be a virgin, but, Brinig points out, a large percentage of women lost their virginity while engaged. So some structure of commitment was necessary to assure betrothed women that men weren't just trying to get them into bed. The "Breach of Promise" action had helped prevent what society feared would be rampant seduce-and-abandon scenarios; in its lieu, the pricey engagement ring would do the same. (Implicitly, it would seem, a woman's virginity was worth the price of a ring, and varied according to the status of her groom-to-be.)

2007-06-11

I'm right clicka

My buddy Beau and some friends have made the tech cult video of the summer: Mac or PC.

Check out the web site.

(While Beau plays geeky very well, the dude is an insane hip-hop artist. Check out their MySpace page.)

2007-06-10

2007-06-04

Awesome graduation address by President Clinton

So I gave a graduation address a few weeks ago. I thought it was pretty good.

There is good and then there is great.

President Clinton gave the graduation address at Knox College this year.

Absolutely amazing.

[Via Think Progress]

2007-05-29

A brilliant blog post by someone from Tesla Motors:

Horseless Age: Freedom of Choice: "A lot of Americans forget that freedom of choice comes with accountability for the consequences of those choices. There is something wonderful about our country's intense love for freedom, but we can't willfully embrace ignorance alongside freedom because the combination is toxic."

2007-05-28

Tesla Roadster on ABC Nightline

Great segment. They can't get cheap fast enough.

2007-05-07

A New Way to look at Networking

A New Way to look at Networking, Van Jacobson

Brilliant talk on the past, present, and future of networking.

2007-05-06

2007-05-04

Internet Crack: Desktop Tower Defense

I think the quote I read was something like "Don't click on the link. It'll ruin your life."

You've been warned.

http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/

2007-04-17

After almost 6 months, there is finally proof I've work on a movie.

Shameless copy from Google Video:

Both Ends was originally shot for the October 2006 24-hour film challenge at the NW Film Forum in Seattle. The film was conceived, shot and edited in under 22 hours. The criteria for the challenge were:
- Black & White
- No Sync Sound
- Five Minutes or less
- Exactly 20 shots (19 cuts)
- No death on screen
- Edgar Allen Poe quote for inspiration; "Sleep, those little slices of death, how I loathe them."

Enjoy!

2007-04-15

Digg without the Digg

I really like Digg. Most of the links are pretty interesting.

I subscribe to Digg via Google Reader. (Google Reader rocks my world, BTW.)

What I hate about Digg's RSS feed: you have to click through the Digg page to get to the thing they are linking to.

Solution: Un-Digg Digg. Check it out here. Awesome!

2007-04-08

Google My Maps: very cool!

Check out my favorite food in Seattle: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=105377258694404418808.00000111c4ec8586f8e74

Blogger: No image support for 3rd-party writers

I tried using Live Writer to post an image to my blog.

No luck.

Strike one against Blogger. *sigh*

2007-04-07

Hello, Blogger

I'm in the process of moving my blog to blogger.

So far, I'm very impressed. The ability to use my own domain. The fexibility of the templates. It's all quite nice.

Stay tuned. More to come.