DaveNet: Faking a death online.
A personal note to people who believed Kaycee was a real 19-year-old woman who died of leukemia. It's a good thing to be trusting, to have an open heart and to be generous with your empathy. It's good to have accessible emotions, it's not a sign of weakness, imho it's a sign of strength. I didn't go for it, because intuitively I didn't believe it. Something didn't feel right. That doesn't make me better or worse. People who believed did nothing wrong.
However, if this medium is going to become as great as I think it can, we have to be able to freely probe and question. It's just as important as believing. And people who are hurting, for whatever reason, deserve recognition and tenderness. There's not enough of that in this environment. If this experience can add that, then some good will have come from all the michegas.
I read Garret Vreeland's account of his father's death from leukemia. I believe Garrett, I don't need any proof. I know he's a real human being, the generous, big-hearted kind. That he was hurt by this is no surprise. But Garret, you're still here, I'm still here, and so are many others. There's still a lot to do.
4/21/01: "When she discovered that something scared me, she'd say 'Then that's what we'll do!'"
Skeptics Dictionary: The Sokal Hoax.
Press release: Vivendi acquires MP3.Com.
Grub is an open source distributed crawler.
35 XML-RPC implementations.
My attempt to ease into European time has failed. I thought "Hmm, if I go to sleep at 4PM and wake up at midnight I'll do better when I get to Copenhagen." No such luck. My body didn't feel like sleeping until midnight California time, which is 9AM in Europe. Oy.
I am easing in another way. Instead of using my desktop I'm using my laptop today. This way if I forgot anything I can just copy it. So far I haven't forgotten anything.
Craig Burton: "Things have changed forever."
Dan Gillmor: "We had information which is truthful, which we got legally and is in public interest,'' Felten noted. "And we can't say it."
Wes is coming to California just as I'm leaving. Next week is the WWDC. I'm hopeful that we'll hear some announcements from Apple re SOAP and XML-RPC.
On Metafilter they're talking about things that give you chills. For me it's a Good Humor ice cream truck. Not the ice cream, just the truck. Watching the door open on a hot day, probably when I was still in a baby carriage, is a lasting visceral deep memory of pleasure and magic. I would love to buy one. Got one for sale?
Sidney Markowitz found an ice cream truck for sale on eBay and says I could paint the Good Humor logo on it myself, but that's not the same thing, I'd rather admire a picture. It would be a pisser to drive around town in a real bona fide 1960s-style Good Humor truck.
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