Month: April 2002

One day, when Ole had gone to town and left Lena home alone, Ole’s friend Sven dropped by. He was sitting by the kitchen table chatting with Lena, when out of the blue he said, “Lena, would you let me feel your left breast for a hundred bucks?”

Shocked, Lena said, “No, of course not.”

“Would you let me feel them both, say… for five hundred bucks?” asked Sven.

Lena thought about it. Soon she decided there would be no harm in making five hundred dollars as long as Ole never found out, so she lifted her shirt and let Sven have his fun. He handed her five one hundred dollar bills and walked out the door with a grin on his face.

Later that day when Ole got home, he came in the door and said, “Lena, did Sven drop off that five hundred bucks he owes me today?”

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James Hong is trying out Radio again. My advice: Stick with it for a bit, and explore. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Also, be sure to ask questions — there are lots of folks out there who would be happy to answer.

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New York Times Op-Ed: Former President Jimmy Carter makes the case that the road to peace is withdrawal of Israelis from Palestinian lands in exchange for acceptance of Israel and Israel’s right to live in peace:

“[Ariel Sharon’s] rejection of all peace agreements that included Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands, his invasion of Lebanon, his provocative visit to the Temple Mount, the destruction of villages and homes, the arrests of thousands of Palestinians and his open defiance of President George W. Bush’s demand that he comply with international law have all been orchestrated to accomplish his ultimate goals: to establish Israeli settlements as widely as possible throughout occupied territories and to deny Palestinians a cohesive political existence.

“There is adequate blame on the other side… [Yasir Arafat’s] all-too-rare denunciations of violence have been spasmodic, often expressed only in English and likely insincere. He may well see the suicide attacks as one of the few ways to retaliate against his tormentors, to dramatize the suffering of his people, or as a means for him, vicariously, to be a martyr.

“With the ready and potentially unanimous backing of the international community, the United States government can bring about such a solution to the existing imbroglio… The existing situation is tragic and likely to get worse. Normal diplomatic efforts have failed. It is time for the United States, as the sole recognized intermediary, to consider more forceful action for peace. The rest of the world will welcome this leadership.”

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cheating.

A guy named Peter Sisk emailed me a while back to tell me that I’m my own Googlewhack but it doesn’t count either, because the word “Reedie” isn’t in the Dictionary.com database. Drat!

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Ole went fishing in Canada and returned with only one fish. When Lena saw the fish she said, “The way I figure it, that fish cost us $400.” “Well,” said Ole, “At that price it’s a good thing I didn’t catch any more.”

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I changed the tagline for this site, after a bit of thinking about this post. My new tagline: “Peace is a choice, not a condition.”

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Ole and Lena were so excited to get a new cellular phone. Ole was to call when he was on his way home from town. Ole called Lena when he entered the freeway. “Lena put supper on, I’m on my way home.” Lena says, “Be careful because I hear some nut is driving the wrong way on the freeway.” “It’s worse than that Lena, where I’m at there are a hundred cars going the wrong way!”

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The Google SOAP API is making quite a splash. It’s at the top of the Daypop.com top 40 right now, and rising. Looks like Daypop users like the Google API almost as much as they like the new iMac. Does that mean that webloggers have a disproportinate number of geeky Macintosh users? Not sure about that one…

Dave is up after midnight pointing at work Simon Fell is doing with SOAP, the Blogger API, the Google API and Microsoft Word. My heart sinks a bit knowing that the stuff he’s done will only work on Windows. (Please correct me if I’m wrong on that. 😉

Give us ubiquitous APIs that use standard protocols, and we scripters, programmers, protocol wanks and geeks will give you ‘Net-aware apps you’ve never dreamed of. We can do wonders with paper clips and Duck Tape, but we could do so much more with a Swiss Army Knife and a soldering iron

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I just saw a TV ad on the History Channel for websites hosted by Verisign.

What on Earth are they thinking? No demos. No screenshots of their editing interface. No FAQ. No mention of browser-based editing, web services integration, browser compatibility, web standards, shopping carts, credit card acceptance, automated features, etc… All they have is a pretty woman smiling at you next to a fancy banner graphic which reads, “It’s as easy as 1-2-3…” [their emphasis, not mine].

In fact, there’s not a single hyperlink on the entire page!

$65.00 per year (domain name regisration not included)? Looks like a money-grab to me. A company as wealthy and powerful as Verisign could do much better than this. I’ll stick with what I’m using for $39.95/year, thank-you-very-much.

Oh by the way,… Like, what–ever!

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Paolo Vlademarin reminds us what you can accomplish with Radio UserLand in 30 minutes:

“Just a couple of days ago a friend called me on the phone to discuss totally different things, and during the conversation he told me something about outliners (as I discovered later, he was a More user). So I told him about Radio and the new Instant Outliners feature. Then I guided him trough the Radio web site, software download, install, opening of his weblog, software update, quick introduction to the news aggregator, initialization of his new I/O and how to subscribe to my public outline…

“Now, consider for a while what this person has actually done in about half an hour:

  • downloaded and installed a web server
  • created a public web site
  • started a news aggregator
  • got a new form of communication (the I/O) working

“…And, btw, have you had better support on a $40 application from any other software company? Microsoft? Intuit? Adobe? Apple? It didn’t happen to me.”

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