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Archive for May, 2006

  1. Bad Economic Models for Entertainment  • 
    I bought Bruce Springsteen’s roots/folk/New Orleans jazz album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions a couple of weeks ago. I unwrapped it in the car, popped it into the CD player, and enjoyed it full blast all the way up to Baltimore and back. A couple days later, the CD made its way to my […]
  2. Book-Geekity Fun with LibraryThing  • 
    I love snooping at other people’s libraries. Whenever I’m at someone’s house, you’ll usually find me with my head tilted to one side reading book jacket spines within the first ten minutes of walking in the door. I’ve been known to walk through IKEA paying much more attention to the books on the shelves than […]
  3. Web Hosting Companies That Suck  • 
    Web hosting companies have a reputation for service that ranks right up there with the cable and phone companies. In other words, execrable. This is one case where the reputation is in line with reality. Web hosting companies, on the whole, suck. One can feel some sympathy for the people running a web hosting business; […]
  4. The Game of “Ten Women”  • 
    There's a marvelous game embedded in Po Bronson's excellent 1997 book "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest: A Silicon Valley Novel." It's really about taking risks and making gambles. It's about learning to make quick decisions and not regretting your mistakes.
  5. Infoquake Chapter 4, Podcast Chapter 2, and Final Cover  • 
    It’s now approximately two months until the release of Infoquake. Pre-orders are available on Amazon.com, Booksense, and Barnes & Noble. News this month: Chapter 2 of the Infoquake Podcast Now Available Chapter 2 of Infoquake is now available as a podcast read by the author (me). Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS to […]
  6. “Return of the Jedi”: A Postscript  • 
    My tale of seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time in 1983 is not nearly as interesting as my tale of seeing The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I spent three summers waiting and imagining. The events of Empire were carefully parsed and dissected with my brother and all of my friends. I […]
  7. The Day “The Empire Strikes Back” Changed Everything  • 
    Saturday, May 24, 1980. It’s a sunny morning in Orange County, California. Jimmy Carter is president of the United States, Mount St. Helens has just erupted, Richard Pryor will be setting himself on fire any day now. The Iranians have taken a number of Americans hostage in Tehran. Lots of people seem to be singing […]
  8. Sid Meier’s “Civilization IV”  • 
    I’ve been a longtime fan of the Civilization series of turn-based simulation games — ever since the first iteration back in the very early ’90s. But I held off buying the latest release, Civilization IV, for several months because of its horrendous quality control issues. (For more on those, just take a gander at all […]