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View from Lenox hotel

I have tried the “ask for a room with a view trick” and it has worked yet again. I can’t believe I spent 10 years of business travel without catching on to this.

View is down Boylston street in Boston.


Back to the US

Speaking at SSP in Boston on Thursday (June 2nd) on the “Journal of the Future”. View from VA lounge at the new control tower.


English Food

I wonder which one I should try first?

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Pair Programming

We constantly argue about the pros/cons of Hungarian notation.

Chickpea and me

Social bookmarking as telltale

Subscribing to my friends bookmarks has turned out to be a great way of keeping in touch.

Seems it might be time to send a condolence card…

David just bookmarked the following:

Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode
Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:49 PM

What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X)
Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:49 PM

Using Disk Utility and fsck for file system maintenance in Mac OS X
Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:50 PM

Your Mac won’t start up in Mac OS X
Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:50 PM

How to use FireWire target disk mode
Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:55 PM

Bet he is glad that these bookmarks are not stored on his local hard drive.


Turns out he was bookmarking these for his father, who had tried to install Tiger on a full hard drive.

The Chowhound Passport

Going to a Szechwan, Thai or Korean restaurant with my friend, David, frequently turns into a pantomime as we try various tactics to convince the staff that we REALLY DO MEAN IT when we say that we want our food authentically spicy- and not some watered down version designed for American/British palates. I don’t think that we are the stereotypical macho, competitive, chile-death capsicum cowboys that can be so annoying at Indian restaurants, but we do like extremes in flavor.

Perhaps The Chowhound Passport could help? Which would be more embarrassing, the pantomime or waving this thing about?

Digital Retro

Seems we are all reminiscing. Went to the Tate Modern recently and, embarrassingly, emerged from the gift shop with the following:

“Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer” (Gordon Laing)

I remember lusting after practically every machine in here. Sad geek that I am- I particularly lusted after the Jupiter Ace because it came with FORTH as the built-in language. I must have read some article about FORTH, because I was obsessed with it and eventually used in on my Commodore 64. I was also inexplicably enchanted with the language MUMPS. What was wrong with me?

Cafe Orient

If you live in Oxford and have not been to the Cafe Orient, drop what you are doing and go straight there now.

If you are visiting Oxford, ignore all the restaurant advice that you find in guidebooks and go to the Cafe Orient instead.

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Demonization of the “technical class”

I am astonished at the current “anti-expertise” zeitgeist that seems to have taken hold of the US and UK. Recently Neil Stephenson summed up the prevailing mood in the February issue of Reason Online:

“It has been the case for quite a while that the cultural left distrusted geeks and their works; the depiction of technical sorts in popular culture has been overwhelmingly negative for at least a generation now. More recently, the cultural right has apparently decided that it doesn’t care for some of what scientists have to say. So the technical class is caught in a pincer between these two wings of the so-called culture war. Of course the broad mass of people don’t belong to one wing or the other. But science is all about diligence, hard sustained work over long stretches of time, sweating the details, and abstract thinking, none of which is really being fostered by mainstream culture.”

All of which has driven me back to re-reading literary theory books. A great place to start is with Terry Eagleton’s “After Theory”. For anybody wondering about how even Republicans and Tories seem to have turned into relativists. Eagleton provides a plausible explanation. He even manages to be funny while doing it.

“After Theory” (Terry Eagleton)


Ok- so I’ve been trying to move stuff out of MT and into WordPress. And just because I love confounding variables, I’ve also been trying out Ecto.

Ecto seems to be having trouble uploading pictures. Server keeps timing out. Hence the scattered posting with mysterious missing pix.

Most embarrassing.

Oh, yeah. And I’m having trouble getting WordPress extension to behave properly.

Listening to: Cool As Kim Deal from the album “…The Dandy Warhols Come Down” by The Dandy Warhols