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Sunday 25 December 2005

If you're Christian, merry Christmas!

If you're Jewish, happy Chanukkah!

If you just want to be with your family and share the joys of the holiday season, happy holidays!

Finally, if you believe we athiests have declared war on Christmas, read Michelle Goldberg's column in Salon, then Frank Rich (reg.req.) in the New York Times, then reflect on why any majority group in a democracy, who control the government and the press, would persist in believing that the minority were oppressing it.

Sunday 25 December 2005 10:27:13 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
The saga of the Webcam continues. At least it's back on its perch.
Saturday 24 December 2005 21:57:41 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software#
Saturday 24 December 2005

Yesterday I posted about news articles I found funny, that included a Chicago Tribune report that Mayor Daley was musing about hosting the 2016 Olympics.

Today the Tribune's architecture critic wrote a surprisingly detailed column about it, offering a list of pros and cons.

Now, forgetting for a second that just a moment ago I posted about the U.S. paying Iraqi media paid to run news stories, what do people think? Should we try to host the 2016 Olympics in Chicago?

Saturday 24 December 2005 09:24:43 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
Molly Ivins helps us detect fake news planted in Iraqi newspapers by U.S. soldiers.
Saturday 24 December 2005 09:11:14 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
Photo of me engaged in my favorite activity that doesn't involve Anne.
Friday 23 December 2005 20:38:24 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | #
Friday 23 December 2005

MSNBC this hour: Alito argued Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

Let the games begin...

Friday 23 December 2005 09:49:16 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
For no reason that I can determine, an unusual number of today's Chicago Tribune headlines tickled my funnybone.
Friday 23 December 2005 09:43:51 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics | Weather#
Thursday 22 December 2005
If something were going to go wrong in my office, you'd expect it would go wrong the day I left. You'd be right. Dang.
Thursday 22 December 2005 09:27:59 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software | Weather#
Every day, my dad walks Reggie, his Austrailian shepherd, along the beach. Today, however, it rained.
Wednesday 21 December 2005 23:05:51 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#
Tuesday 20 December 2005
The Red Streak ceases publication after Thursday's issue. Maybe RedEye will follow? One can hope.
Tuesday 20 December 2005 11:36:29 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#

Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly suggests that the wiretap scandal (reg.req.) may be worse than it appears:

It seems clear that there's something involved here that goes far beyond ordinary wiretaps, regardless of the technology used. Perhaps some kind of massive data mining, which makes it impossible to get individual warrants? Stay tuned.

Read the full story from Drum.

Tuesday 20 December 2005 10:35:26 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#

Praise be!

MSNBC is reporting this hour that the judge hearing the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board case has ruled that Intelligent Design is not science.

I think Doonesbury's strip last Sunday put the case into perspective quite nicely.

Tell me: would it be an appropriate response to the neo-Creationists to demand that we preach evolution in their pulpits? Just wondering.

Update: Full story from the New York Times (reg.req.)

Tuesday 20 December 2005 10:02:42 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
Teran Loeppke, Boycott Organizer at UNITE HERE Local 1 in Chicago, sent us some information about the picket line at the Congress Hotel on South Michigan Avenue.
Tuesday 20 December 2005 08:48:07 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#

There's a lot going on this week as Anne and I prepare for the holidays. I expect to have some really interesting things to report soon. But I don't have them yet.

I will say, -18°C (-2°F) is really quite cold.

One thing of interest: Apparently there's a storm off the Pacific Coast that's generating some heavy surf. I'll be in Carmel, Calif., the day after tomorrow. I hope to have some photos of really big waves by Thursday.

Monday 19 December 2005 18:56:02 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#
Saturday 17 December 2005
Last week, I posted a short chart of how sunsets are getting later. Today, because I wanted to know for myself, and therefore I can't imagine anyone else not wanting to know also, I've figured out when certain sunrises and sunsets will occur for the next year.
Saturday 17 December 2005 11:59:31 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#
Four stories from past week (two of them today) sadden all of us who love American democracy.
Saturday 17 December 2005 10:54:21 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#
For a couple of years, Inner Drive has had a webcam pointing out the window. We've moved twice since the webcam first went online. From time to time, we've adjusted the webcam slightly. And, every so often, the webcam adjusts itself.
Saturday 17 December 2005 09:28:11 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software | Weather#
Friday 16 December 2005

The San Francisco Chronicle today ran a long-overdue correction:

A story Nov. 15 about mathematical references on "The Simpsons" TV show mistakenly said that 1,782 to the 12th power plus 1,841 to the 12th power equals 1,922 to the 12th power. Actually, 1,782 to the 12th power plus 1,841 to the 12th power equals 2,541,210,258,614,589,176,288,669,958,142,428,526,657, while 1,922 to the 12th power equals 2,541,210,259,314,801,410,819,278,649,643,651,567,616.

(Linked from today's Romanesko. In the "Anne" category because she actually does know this kind of thing.)

Friday 16 December 2005 12:34:51 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | #
Thursday 15 December 2005

I've finally added an explanation of Evolutionary Delivery to my corporate site. I wrote this as part of a proposal to a client in September, and for reasons that passeth understanding, I neglected to publish it online.

By the way, I write software for a living, so if you're reading this and realize you need a small, agile development team for a .NET project, send us a message.

Thursday 15 December 2005 17:08:41 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software#
An example of a piece of code that desperately needs refactoring.
Thursday 15 December 2005 13:23:22 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software#
Read Microsoft's Framework Design Guidelines, written by the guys who wrote the .NET Framework.
Wednesday 14 December 2005 18:23:04 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software#
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