Month: December 2002

  • Let’s Kill all the Lawyers

    or at least take away their cell phones. Wired News has a story about an Internet service provider (and all of its clients) being forced offline because one client made fun of Dow Chemical. Dow’s attorneys contacted the ISP’s upstream provider, Verio, claiming that the site violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Verio couldn’t […]

  • Google works in mysterious ways

    As mentioned in an article I cited recently, the Google search engine is one subject that we bloggers love to blog about. One reason is because of its sheer power. Many of us remember life before search engines, when finding a site was largely a matter of luck. I remember when Digital launched its AltaVista […]

  • Life in the fast lane

    Well, today started out slow, until right after Arthur and I pulled out of the driveway on our way to hunt. I was running a little late, but I could probably make up for that on the road. One time-saving advantage was that I wouldn’t have to stop halfway to pick up my brother and […]

  • What’s the big deal about today?

    Since I’m not a Christian, I’m not especially excited about a cult holiday celebrating the birth of a god I don’t believe in. But since our allegedly religion-neutral society embraces this one particular myth far more fervently than Kwanzaa or Diwali or Lughnasadh, I get a week of paid holiday from work for this one. […]

  • Unlucky Horseshoe

    As expected, today’s hunt was cancelled because of the predicted winter slop. It actually turned out to be a very light snowfall overnight, turning to rain this morning which left us with more mud than snow. As it turns out, I wouldn’t have been able to go anyway. When I fed this morning, I noticed […]

  • Well, Gee, You don’t HAVE to read it

    Wired News has an article about how blogs have recently been responsible for bringing issues, such as Trent Lott’s big mouth, to the attention of the media. It also includes some less-than-flattering comments about the majority of blogs:

  • Weird Weather

    Yesterday’s forecast predicted a high temperature in the low 60s(F) today, around 20 degrees above normal and close to the record of 66. Fortunately, it didn’t get quite that warm. The mercury stopped somewhere in the 50s, still well above normal. That was a little warm for hunting, but not uncomfortable. There was still a […]

  • Running Government like a Business

    It’s a common cliche among government-bashers that the folks running the private sector are infinitely more wise than those in the public sector, and that we’d all be better off if government was run “like a business.” Aside from the fact that government and business are not really in the same business, and therefore can […]

  • When WiFi is outlawed, only Outlaws will have WiFi

    According to this NY Times story, the Department of Defense wants to limit wireless internet technology because it could interfere with military radar systems. If our defense systems really can be jammed that easily, I think they need to concentrate on hardening them instead of trying to make the technology illegal. “I’m sorry, Mr. bin […]

  • Fed Ex Geography Lesson

    Do you know where the North Pole is? Fed Ex does; it’s in Basalt, Colorado. I found this story too late to add my prediction to the poll, but it’s interesting to see the result. I was a little disappointed to see that they have a waiver on file for Santa to allow deliveries without […]