Month: May 2000

An anonymous M.D. relates a conversation with a nurse, on the value of building trust:

The concept of behaving in a trustworthy way no-matter-what seemed novel to her.

“Even if the other person is not honest?”, she asks, “Even if they are not reliable? Even if they don’t do as I ask them?”

“Yes, how else will they learn to trust?”, I reply.

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Spicy Noodles: “As you may know, we have been working on localization support for Manila. Over the weekend, I finished the first iteration of the German localization. If you would like to help test and review it, please send me email for a pointer to our test site.”

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Today, I did a bunch of work on DHTML menus. It was a major pain in the ass, but I managed to get little arrow-shaped graphics into menu options which have submenus. I can barely believe how difficult it is to design complex user interfaces in DHTML. Simple stuff is — well, simple — but complex things (even if they conform to common user interface standards) seem to just suck the life out of you. When will the browser guys get their act together? This stuff is ancient history in any other application framework.

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When I was a born, my parents were in medical school. Sometimes they had to work nights, and when they did (or so I’ve been told) my mom would come home from a long night at the hospital, wake me up in the middle of the night, and play. Maybe that explains something about why I get into my most productive state of mind in the middle of the night…

Or maybe it’s maybe simply that the rest of the world is asleep, and I don’t have any distractions…

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Segfault.org reports: “In a shock usenet post yesterday, Larry Wall announced a halt to all further development of Perl. The recently issued 5.6.0 version will be the last officially sanctioned version of Perl.” (via Jeff)

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I jumped out of a plane without a parachute once. Well, actually I was attached to someone else who did have a parachute, but at least I can say I know what it feels like. ;): Smile!

Here are some quotes from Dave Winer about parachutes:

Two Days at Davos

“At dinner last night I told the story of my company and likened
the last year to jumping out of a plane with no parachute. One of
my dinner friends said that’s crazy. So I said OK, you have a
parachute. Later I thought about it and realized that there is
no parachute. Not only do you have to create the parachute while
you’re in free-fall, you also have to invent the damned thing!”

How to make money on the Internet

“It’s completely human to not want to jump into the unknown, so
being scared is OK, it’s rational. But inevitably change
comes, and you can’t take it with you. So take off the parachute,
forget what you know, and go ahead and jump. That’s where fun
comes. That’s what we’re all doing. None of us get out of this
alive. It’s later than you think.”

The thrill of the Web

“Guys, to me this is the thrill of the Web. On a personal level,
this is the jumping out of the plane with no parachute feeling.
You can see your reflection in someone else’s mind. Of course no
one likes this. Why? Ask me in a year, I’ll tell you. I’m working
on this now.”

Got any twinkies

“In past years I’ve done my most creative work in April and May.
Creativity is often shocking. That’s good. Art and war, same
thing. Upheave. Out the plane. Where’s the parachute? Oooops.”

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Undercover federal agents were able to penetrate 19 Federal Agencies and two major airports using fake badges and credentials they forged themselves using personal computers and color printers. In no instance was their forgery discovered. In one case, agents were able to leave an uninspected van in an agency parking lot for a long period of time. On one day, they were able to penetrate no fewer than eight separate federal agencies. Sennate subcommittee meetings are currently taking place.

Senator Bobby Scott (D-VA) calims that it is dangerous to hold hearings so soon after the penetrations took place, in that it may put agencies at even more risk by publicizing the methods used by the agents.

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“Fighting stupidity since 1977” An interesting website… Found via a banner ad displayed on my site while editing.
He’s looking for an apartment in LA: “I am not asking for a lot, just a studio or 1 bedroom that allows a small dog for under $800/month. Why is this so hard?” Don’t move to San Francisco, Oliver!

(I know another Oliver, who lives here in SF, and needs to do some work on his website.)

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There was a high of 82 degrees fahrenheit today in San Francisco. A hot day by some standards, but an especially hot day in my top-floor Noe Valley apartment.

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