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Wednesday 17 June 2009

...against the White Sox at Wrigley. Which, believe it or not, is more humiliating for them than the revelation that Sammy Sosa tested positive for steroids in 2003.

Neither of these things, you understand, is a surprise.

Wednesday 17 June 2009 16:54:16 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cubs#
Tuesday 16 June 2009

The fuzzy dude is 3 years old today. Obligatory baby picture:

That's his Petfinder mugshot from when he was about 8 weeks old. After the jump, a photo from just now.

Tuesday 16 June 2009 14:15:52 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 15 June 2009

Not me, this morning. Him:

He must have had a decent flight, too; the weather here today is almost June-like. (Photo after the jump.)

Monday 15 June 2009 15:08:24 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | US#

Parker has slept soundly most of the day after he and I walked up to Ribfest yesterday. The round-trip took us about 2 hours (not including stops) and 12.8 km.

More after the jump.

Monday 15 June 2009 11:58:41 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Kitchen Sink#

Photos and reviews of Ribfest tomorrow morning. Right now, though, I'm all about the novelty of updating TDP from my phone. Also tomorrow, I'll explain why this is a bigger deal than it seems.

Sunday 14 June 2009 20:43:53 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Security#
Saturday 13 June 2009

The Guardian is reporting riots in Tehran following reports that the Iranian election monitors have declared yesterday's election fraudulent:

Iran is facing political turmoil after hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was confirmed today as the winner of the presidential election and outraged supporters of his chief rival took to the streets to protest against a "dangerous charade" after a record 85% turnout.

Tonight riot police in Tehran faced thousands of angry demonstrators shouting "death to dictatorship" amid shock and confusion after the official result backed Ahmadinejad's claim to have won, made barely an hour after the polls closed on Friday night.

...Ahmadinejad's crushing and contested victory by 63% to 34% is a grave setback for hopes for a solution to the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions and for detente with the US now that Barack Obama is seeking dialogue with Tehran. Israel immediately reacted to the news by demanding intensified efforts to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

Is Iran heading for civil war? And what's Israel's reaction going to be?

Saturday 13 June 2009 14:12:58 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | World#

Chicagoans: you haven't imagined it. This has been the coolest June on record, though the forecast calls for a warm-up this coming week:

The cloudy, chilly and rainy open to June here has been the talk of the town. So far this June is running more than 12°F cooler than last year, and the clouds, rain and chilly lake winds have been persistent. The average temperature at O'Hare International Airport through Friday has been only 59.5°F: nearly 7°F below normal and the coldest since records there began 50 years ago.

It's also been wet. Very wet. So far this year we've had 499 mm of rain, 35% above our normal 369 mm, with more falling as I write this.

Welcome to East Seattle.

Saturday 13 June 2009 08:32:26 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#

I upgraded from a Dash to the T-Mobile Sidekick XL 2009 today. I'm returning it tomorrow.

I need three things from a SmartPhone, all of which my 2-year-old Dash has:

  1. Access to email, through POP3.
  2. Synchronization with Outlook.
  3. Web browsing.

It does #3 incredibly well. Sadly, though, despite 90 minutes with two different support people at T-Mobile, I can't get #1 or #2. The support CSRs didn't know why, but I figured it out, and I have to say even if I explained to them they still wouldn't know.

(More after the jump.)

Friday 12 June 2009 21:06:16 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Business#
Friday 12 June 2009

First, it's interesting to see young voters partying down on election night in Iran. Second, did you know about the 32 polling places in the U.S. where Iranian citizens can vote? Third, here's a helpful chart from the Beeb explaining how Iran is ruled:

Friday 12 June 2009 13:37:07 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | World#
Thursday 11 June 2009

Via Beth Filar Williams, the Douglas County, Colo., Public Library has installed a device that brings daylight into the center of the building:

Thursday 11 June 2009 12:28:09 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cool links#
Wednesday 10 June 2009

Just hangin' on the steps, shootin' the breeze, makin' policy:

(At the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris. White House photo.)

Wednesday 10 June 2009 18:29:29 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US | World#

The following photo shows a programmer, a usability expert, and an IT manager struggling to figure out how to add players to a bowling game using AMF's scoring software. I don't even remember the sequence we had to go through, but I do remember thinking (a) on average, we were sober; and (b) software that makes something so simple take so long should be punishable...in some appropriate way.

On the other hand, one doesn't go to a bowling alley because of the software they use. On the first hand, however, bad software makes everything less fun.

Wednesday 10 June 2009 18:11:48 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Kitchen Sink | Software#
Tuesday 9 June 2009

I mentioned Saturday that my friends and I took a Segway tour through the capitol district of Raleigh, N.C. Here's proof, complete with the capitol....

Tuesday 9 June 2009 09:40:00 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Geography | Kitchen Sink#

Programmers and other nerds probably know of Bookpool.com, a technical-book seller on Martha's Vineyard. Knew, I should say. The retailer shut down in March. They had the best selection and by far the quickest shipping of any specialty bookseller I've used. It's a shame, really.

Tuesday 9 June 2009 09:07:46 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Business#

I'll have photos of my weekend in North Carolina tomorrow morning. Right now, though, I have to do the blogging equivalent of a spit-take after learning that Justice Ginsburg has stayed Chrysler's bankruptcy while the company loses $100 million per day.

I mean, wow.

Monday 8 June 2009 19:41:41 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US#
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