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Kottke says a tumblelog is a quick and dirty stream of consciousness… with more than just links. Anarchaia was the first, but there are many copies. And they have a plan.

  1. Brett Kelly brought my attention to a nice hack: a cross-platform script for downloading youtube videos via the command line. You can play the resulting files in VLC, Democracy Player, or whatever you prefer. It’s ~/bin/youtube on my laptop.

  2. Nate’s post on the relationship problems of entrepreneurs is completely awesome. Go read it.

  3. CEOs who support higher minimum wages are not, as the media often casts them, renegade heros speaking truth to power because their inner moral voice bids them be silent no more. They are by and large, like Mr Sinegal, the heads of companies that pay well above the minimum wage. Forcing up the labour costs of their competitors, while simultaneously collecting good PR for “daring” to support a higher minimum, is a terrific business move. But it is not altruistic, nor does it make him a “maverick”.

    The Economist

  4. Welcome baby Autumn

    The card Erin drew for our new niece’s welcoming party.

  5. If you think about it, most people are all about minimizing risks — entrepreneurs are about minimizing regrets.

    Walter Higgins, commenting on random thoughts on being an entrepreneur, via EirePreneur

  6. I appreciate the victory, but I have a sneaking suspicion this honor is like being crowned king of the dipshits.

    Rogers Cadenhead, on his tiff with David Winer being named Top Blogfight of 2006

  7. There are too many opportunities and potential experiences in the world to choose one skill, one career or one path. It seems wise to experience and learn as much as possible, which for the software developer might mean learning to design.

    Brad

  8. Google is made up of a bunch of well-massaged, well-fed, lovable computer wonks (seriously, Google employees are the Kobe Beef of computer programmers)

    Wil Shipley

  9. Seth Roberts thinks Priceless ads are the American haiku, and I'm inclined to agree with him. My favorite was printed in the Harvard Crimson a few years ago:

    Four bleacher seats:               $400
    Twelve beers:                      $40
    Two Yankees Suck T-shirts:         $40
    Getting arrested:                  $200
    Knocking out a Yankee fan's teeth: priceless
    1. hober: someone should name a webserver thbpbbhttpd

    — during a work chat about lighttpd

  10. From now on, instead of talking about making a site accessible, I'm going to talk about keeping a site accessible.Jeremy Keith

  11. The Internet weighs about 2 ounces.

  12. I would suggest that the rate at which countries grow is substantially determined by three things: their ability to integrate with the global economy through trade and investment; their capacity to maintain sustainable government finances and sound money; and their ability to put in place an institutional environment in which contracts can be enforced and property rights can be established. I would challenge anyone to identify a country that has done all three of these things and has not grown at a substantial rate.

    Larry Summers, quoted on Bayesian Heresy

  13. Nice summary of Knuth’s reply to “Goto Considered Harmful.”

  14. I’ve met several of these meeting creatures, and I bet you have too. Good for introspection as well as a laugh or two.

  15. Innovation and experimentation, that is seen as the way to get ahead… For this strategy to work well, companies cannot only be quick to create. They need to be quick to destroy… This is not what happens. Instead, unsuccessful products are left up on the site to rot. Failed experiments become useless distractions, confusing customers who are trying to dig through the options to find what they need and frustrating any customer foolish enough to try them with the obvious lack of support… Old products never die, but they should.

    Greg Linden

  16. The oldest known blogger is Toronto resident Donald Crowdis, aged 92. He even has a Wikipedia entry! How awesome is that? (via MapleLeaf 2.0)

  17. BSG is moving to Sundays. I wonder how this’ll affect ratings.

  18. Most people, to this day, prefer to convey files using email attachments rather than URLs. Over the years I’ve tried, and mostly failed, to explain why and how to use the URL-oriented approach. Programmers do this naturally, because programmers know the difference between transmission of data by value and transmission of data by reference. But almost nobody else does.

    John Udell: Why can’t Johnny download? (emphasis his. via Joe Grossberg)

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