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Content-Wire: "OPML is an XML format that allows exchange of outline-structured information." 

I'm listening to Fresh Air's interview (requires RealAudio) with Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, about the connection between the Taliban and Pakistan. Great stuff. 

Reuters: "Sun Microsystems said it would announce a 'digital identity' initiative on Wednesday, a move that appeared to take aim at an old foe -- Microsoft Corp and the software giant's Passport system for Internet commerce."  

NewsMax: "Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., warned Monday that the US is vulnerable to nuclear attack by terrorists who may have access to as many as 60 briefcase-sized tactical nuclear weapons now missing from the former Soviet Union." 

David Rieff: "Bin Laden wants to eradicate Western modernity, not liberate Palestine, and the US has no choice but to fight him." 

Joe Zirilli: "I have an existing application writen in VB6 and we now have a Linux Beowulf Cluster that we would like to use to speed up the application. I would like to strip out some of the application and port it to the Linux environment and then call it from the VB application using XML-RPC. What will I need to do this and how is it done?" 

Sam Cohen: "My offhand guess is that the majority of Americans couldn't care less how we 'do in' the Taliban and bin Laden and company" 

Amy Wohl on being an American. "I'm frightened -- for all of us -- but I am sure that we have to simply go about our business and let our government go about its business." 

CNBC: Market ends slightly up

BBC: Bush sides with the doves. "So far, the evidence is that Secretary of State Colin Powell is winning the policy battle. His philosophy is to build international support, to hold back US forces until they can be used decisively, to focus the effort." Comments

Edd Dumbill: "All releases up to and including version 1.0 of XML-RPC for PHP have a serious security vulnerability, allowing hostile remote clients or servers to execute arbitrary code on your machine." 

NY Times: US Says No Plan to Topple Taliban

Today Apple did a better job of announcing support for XML-RPC and SOAP in the latest version of Mac OS X. They still didn't get it quite right, XML-RPC is not part of the W3C, and the SOAP support they implemented is SOAP 1.1, which also didn't come from the W3C. It's kind of like saying the Mac user interface came from Microsoft. Oh well, it's still grrreat that they're moving forward here. 

THINK!Paul Boutin: "Installing the Code Red patch isn't enough. Netcraft's latest crawl found nearly half of all IIS servers still have a WebDAV configuration known to be vulnerable. Cross-site scripting is still unsecured on one in five machines, with many other long-known security holes still turning up on one in every five to ten sites pinged by Netcraft. And it looks like admins who install the Code Red patch often fail to remove the root.exe program the worm adds to the machine. What Code Red didn't do with it, a future worm will." 

Joel: "Gartner seems to suffer the common but moronic falacy that new or 'completely rewritten' code is somehow less buggy than old code." 

Robb Beale has discovered a new source of Great Energy on Mac OS 10.1. 

NY Times: NY Crime Has Plunged Since Attacks

Zeldman: "When I hold my woman we seem to fall under a spell, as if it is up to us to begin repopulating the earth." 

Michigan State University session on reporting of the 9-11 disaster. "Area journalists and faculty members of the Victims and the Media Program respond to questions and comments from students and members of the MSU community about news coverage of the events on Sept. 11." 

WSJ: "Online-advertising spending has plummeted since Sept. 11, raising new doubts about the business models of Web companies like Yahoo Inc. that depend heavily on such spending." 

Register: "Redmond is telling its sales channel that a rewrite of IIS is underway for version 6.0." 

Screen shot of today's NY Times home page. The same page, two weeks ago, on the day of the tragedy. Here's a question for tomorrow. Does the Times archive their home page? GIFs are nice, but HTML would be better. 

John VanDyk: "The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 could land you life in prison if you don't have a firewall. Suppose someone launches an attack from your machine and you can't prove it was not you? Zip...you're in the slammer." 

Reuters: New 'War Vote' Virus Deletes Computer Files

DaveNet: Seybold 2001 -- Publishing In Crisis

A personal note of thanks to the people at Seybold. As always, they're the best conference producers I work with. They do their jobs with courage and excellence, and they never second guess me. I appreciate the amount of trust they show in me, personally (that's why this is a personal note). At one point in the discussions last week I said -- "Let me do this, it will work." And of course they said yes, and they swung into action and we recruited a fantastic new panel. We've now got a string of great collaborations dating back to 1997 and that's worth noting. Thanks! 

Here's a question I'm going to ask tomorrow for people who keep weblogs, who didn't cover the attacks and the aftermath. Why? (Don't consider this a challenge -- it's a straight question.) If you can, respond on the Seybold mail list. 

Jason Kottke: "Doing a little research for the panel on Wed dredged up the following links." 

Doc Searls: "If this had happened ten years ago and given the technology involved, it easily could have the mainstream media would have told the whole story. Some small percentage of the rest of us would have written letters to editors or something; but the prevaiing wisdom would have been almost entirely received." 

Adam Curry: "I once was late filing tax papers and awoke to find all my money gone, transferred out of my accounts to the feds." 

NY Times: "Napster said that it had agreed to pay $26 million to settle a copyright lawsuit with songwriters and music publishers, and to make royalty payments once it started a for-pay service." 

Highlights of a 60 Minutes piece on brain fingerprinting. 

Lance Knobel: "I spent two days last week in a brainstorming session about Davos 2002. Rightly and inevitably, our discussions were dominated by the events of 11 September and their aftermath." 

Oliver Wrede: "I am not Anti-American. I am Anti-Bush (or rather against the politics he represents)." 

About Love Manila Month -- September is winding to a close, and great lists are still coming in. Thank you. So I hereby declare October as Love Manila Month II. Keep the good vibes, and the great wish lists, and we'll keep adding features and fixing bugs. 

Bush and the doves 

Supporting my President all the way. No problem here. BBC says he's going with the doves. He's a smart guy. Thinkin before dusting Uncle Osama and his troop of know-it-all assholes.

We want the support of the Afghani people, and Muslims everywhere. Good idea. And what a brilliant move it was to choose Colin Powell, one of the leaders of Desert Storm, to head the State Department. No hotheads calling the shots at the BigCountry with a heart. Powell gets it better than any of our correspondents, and Bush, like any good exec, listens to the people who work for him, and saves the oral gymnastics for the press corps.

Net-net my country is doing it just right.

And one more thing -- it's been not-correct for most of my life for Americans to say we love our country. That's a big bug. We're the world's greatest country and we know it. I love the USA. It gave me life, an education, role models and a philosophy. And if you think we're stupid or decadent, just try fucking with us.

USA -- All The Way.

One more thing and then I gotta go 

I'm on stage tomorrow at 8:30AM that means I gotta get up early, but first I want to correct an outdated assumption many people make about American role models in the 21st century. A lot of our critics think the ultimate American male role model is still John Wayne. That's cute, but that's not who we are now.

I gave it some thought this afternoon -- which movie actors do I admire most? I thought of Marlon Brando, for his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather and for the fat but beautiful NY psychologist in Don Juan de Marcos. Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets. Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon, Scent of a Woman, Any Given Sunday. Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense. My movie role models are men who think, who are crazy, and struggle to be great. They're not one-dimensional, they are rich and complex, like real people.

I also think of Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan. Einstein, of course, wasn't born in the US, and that makes him all the more appropriate as an American role model because so many great Americans were not born here. And Carl Sagan had the courage to confront our greatest fear, knowledge. He made it easy to understand that the universe does not revolve around us. It's very scary to realize that probably very little of the universe gives a shit whether our planet lives or dies. In all likelihood, they don't even know we exist, whoever they may be.

Where this goes is a subject for more thought and discussion over the coming days and weeks, Murphy-willing.

Morning notes 

Good morning. We had our first rainstorm of the season last night. What a thing to behold. Thunder and lighting. Huge. Power outages. Everything is wet. Lovely smells. Happy garden.

     

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