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Peter Drayton reports on the Liberty Alliance spec which was released today. BTW, I'm having lunch in Menlo Park with Microsoft's Palladium team on Friday. Still trying to figure out if there are application developers for our Seybold show in September. I don't want to host another BigCo shootout. I want apps conneced to scripting systems that publishing system managers can use, esp Mac OS X apps. 

NY Times: Stocks Rebound in Late Trading

Adam Curry: "Take me back to 1996 levels and call it the bottom." Wishful thinking. 

Brother can you spare a Euro?  

A picture named dubya.gifPoor Dubya gave another speech about confidence in the economy, and yup the stock market responded by going down again, by hundreds of points. Analysts speculate that this is because he said nothing that inspires confidence. It's true, his manner of speaking does anything but inspire confidence. He still has that sing-song way of talking like he's reading off a cue card even when he's ad libbing, and the huge pauses in awkward places don't help in confidence inspiration. Then again what could he say that would get people to not be scared of their friends and neighbors continuing to dump stocks? 

John Patrick: The Spam Has Got To Go

Mark Pilgrim explains how to do relative font sizes in a way that works in all popular browsers. 

Paolo says my picture and his are in the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, next to Gutenberg's. They're talking about weblogs. For some reason, on my About page, I claim to be speaking "witta Italian accent," and that's how I got this writeup. I love Italy.  

For what it's worth, there is a book about Burning Man. John Foster sent a pointer to this Bruce Sterling article in Wired about Burning Man. 

Excellent AP article about integrity in search engines and the US Federal Trade Commission. "Google was the only search engine that appeared to meet all the criteria laid out by regulators." 

Duncan Wilcox on Google's integrity. 

On this day three years ago, Dan Bricklin got permission to release VisiCalc for free on the Web.  

NY Times: "While the music industry scrambles to keep albums off the Internet before they reach stores, one highly successful artist has managed to skirt online piracy with a surprisingly low-technology solution."  

Paolo: "Weblogging is not just a way to socialize, it's also a way to do business and to create relationships with people all over the world." 

Morning coffee notes 

A picture named rb.gifI noted on Wes's site that he also has a copy of the new Rebecca Blood Weblog books, which I very briefly reviewed yesterday. Paul Andrews comments, saying he would like to write a book about blogs. Paul is a very thoughtful writer. But like Paul, I wonder how to ensconce Web writing in print. To me, this is like fresco painting, and books are much more permanent. Have there been any books about Burning Man? How would you write a book about something that looks so different from every angle. That is the main failure of Blood's Blog Books, and of course is no fault of hers. When she looks at blogs she sees the weblogs she knows; and misses the enormity of the medium. It's my opinion that anyone who attempts to write a book about weblogs will miss the point in this way. Perhaps it's the impossibility of writing a book about it that makes the medium so interesting. It's also why most of the BigPub articles about weblogs are such surface-scratchers.

I started writing this morning at 4:30AM Pacific. It's interesting to look at Weblogs.Com at this hour. It's mostly Europeans, with a few sprinkled Americans, perhaps insomniacs, or, like myself, early risers.

I'm on the mend for sure. I have lots of pain this morning, more than I've had since being released from the hospital a little over three weeks ago. I take this as a good sign. One of the things that happens when one has such disruptive surgery is that the nerves at the site get disconnected, resulting in major numbness. This is a blessing, for while the numbness is very uncomfortable and disconcerting, it masks the pain. Luckily I have a good pain killer. It makes me feel pretty damned good. For a while. ;-> (Postscript: The Web reveals all. I suspected that Vicodin was highly addictive. I like it a bit too much.)

I'm also lucky because a few Scripting News readers have been through this, and are sending me reports on what to expect, and they're right on mostly. One of my correspondents, a Scottish professor, had a bypass in late May, he's about three weeks ahead of me. One correpsondent says that it's a six-week recuperation for someone my age. If so, I'm about half-way, which feels right. And I guess, Murphy-willing, the second half of the recuperation will be easier than the first, but get this, paradoxically, it will take much longer. My doctor says it goes like this. In the first thirty days you feel 65 percent. After the second thirty days, 85 percent. But you don't get to 100 percent for a full year after surgery. But what he doesn't say is that 100 percent after surgery is a lot better than 100 percent before.


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