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What is nanopublishing?

A Guardian article, New biz on the blog, looks at the ways in which people (people being Nick, with whom I'm working) are using weblogs to create new "thin media" or "nanopublishing" sites. The key with these new ventures is cost: because it's low, revenue requirements remain in a reasonable realm (oy, alliteration overload, honestly that wasn't intentional). By which I mean, it's easy to get into the black and stay there. Also, if you read the article closely, there's a mention of what I'm up to these days (the bit about the Lafayette project). More on that as things get less vague in the coming months. [via Gawker]

State of the Union

I tried to watch the State of the Union last night. I even thought about blogging as it happened, but I realized the post would be a reactionary, emotional tirade short on insight and reflection. So I tried to listen. But eventually I got so disgusted and annoyed that I shut off the television, missing the part I'd tuned in for in the first place -- the justification for going to war with Iraq.

Buy low, sell high

Over at the Motley Fool, a question: Is there any silver lining to falling stock prices? Answer, "There sure is."

These words should ring true for anyone investing for the long haul -- especially those just starting out. If you've just plunked your first thousand dollars into the stock market and plan to keep adding to it over the next decades, you'll benefit from falling prices in the short term. And, by investing for more than 10 years, you smooth out the risk of owning common stocks.

This counter-intuitive perspective is also important if you're someone who regularly invests in stocks. Since you're buying stock perhaps every few months, you'll be able to get more shares with each payment if the prices are falling. Remember: It's not timing the market that matters, but your time in the market.

Delayed Sidekick

Back when I posted about the Sidekick being available for only $49.99 from Amazon, I ordered one. Shortly after I placed my order, it was delayed, and now I've received notice of a further delay. Which means (from what I can tell), only one of the rebates can be activated now (luckily the $100 one, but not the $50 one). I placed the order January 10 and now Amazon is estimated shipping February 5 - 12. I think I'm going to go ahead and cancel and save my money. Word on the street is a color monitor in summer '03, so maybe I'll wait for that instead.

Greatest comeback in professional sports

Poor Oakland, they needed a Frank Reich-like comeback to pull out last night's game. Alas, they didn't have Frank Reich. Or anyone like.

Down in DC

I'm down in DC today for DCDotComm so posting will be light, if it happens at all.

The best cookbook ever

The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena SpielerWhile I'm talking about cooking, I have to recommend my favorite cookbook of all-time: The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler. I use this wonderful cookbook all the time. It's filled with really good stuff: a roasted portobello mushroom recipe that takes less than five minutes of prep (and less than 30 minutes total) that will knock your socks off, tarts, salads, soups, even dessert! I've made probably 50% of the recipes and only one was lackluster (probably user error). If you're looking to spice up your cooking repertoire, I strongly recommend this book.

Vegetable stock recipe

I've posted my veggie stock recipe for those that are interested in making stock from scratch. Don't be limited by the ingredients I use here. You can always add more based on what you're making (i.e. seeds from a squash if you're making a squash soup, mushrooms if the stock will go in porcini risotto, etc.) I like to keep it simple because I usually don't know what I'll be using the stock for in advance.

Depressed

All this writing about political stuff this week is making me very depressed.

RU-486 under attack

The abortion pill RU-486 was approved for use in the United States in 2000 but a University of Oregon study, profiled in this Wired News article, Study: Abortion Pill Under Attack, finds that disinformation and political hurdles are hindering its use.

A study by University of Oregon researchers has found that access to the treatment is limited by anti-abortion campaigns, as well by legal roadblocks physicians must face in order to prescribe the drug.

"The basic issue is that the public lacks awareness of what medical abortion is and how effective and safe it is in early term pregnancies," [Maria] Harvey [director of research at the University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women in Society] said. "Women lack that info; therefore they can't be active consumers."

Harvey's paper finds that anti-abortion groups have perpetrated the notion that RU-486 is associated with serious health risks, and that it was rushed through FDA approval without sufficient study.

France approved RU-486 in 1989. England approved it in 1991. Over 200,000 European women have used RU-486 rather than surgical abortions to safely terminate pregnancies. It's outrageous that disinformation campaigns are keeping women from making informed decisions about their best course of treatment. Knowledge is power. Some people would prefer that women don't have any.

8 and 9 are in!

Earlier this week I posted a brief list of tips and tricks. I didn't have any to fill out the "8 tips" or "9 trick" spots but a very nice reader named Kris took the time to send some in. So, here we go:

Eight tips for using your pocket PC

Top Eight Mistakes in Web Site Design
9 tips for new C++ programmers

Nine Tips to Incorporating UML into Your Project

Nine Common E-Commerce Mistakes--and How to Avoid Them

Nine Tips for Dog Behavior Modification (Ok, this one's not tech related, but still useful. Perhaps my neighbors with the lunging dogs that try to eat me will read it?)

Thanks Kris!

Behind in the fact race

As a new New York resident, I'm playing catch up with all my fellow citizens who've resided here longer. For example, only today did I find out that the state muffin of New York is the apple muffin (of course!), which is something I'm sure everyone else has already known for a very long time.

Two years ago

On this day two years ago, I posted a poem by Marge Piercy, "For two women shot to death in Brookline, Massachusetts."

Pro-choice Democrats

From today's New York Times: In Turn, 6 Presidential Hopefuls Back Abortion Rights.

Pizza on Earth

Today's Boston Globe Food section features on article, Going from farming to pizzas, about my aunt and uncle's farm and pizza business. "A typical winter menu features pizzas with plain cheese; pepperoni with or without capers; oven-roasted carrots, beets, and potatoes; and potato with bacon and sour cream." Mmmm, sounds delicious. I've yet to try one of their pizzas, though family members that have rave about them. Must get to Vermont ASAP, stomach growling already...

Roe v. Wade

30 years ago today, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States. Justice Harry A. Blackmun wrote in the decision:

The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy. In a line of decisions, however, going back perhaps as far as Union Pacific R. Co. v. Botsford, 141 U. S. 250, 251 (1891), the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution...

This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment's reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.

This evening at 5:30 PM there will be a 30th Anniversary Vigil in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (First Street and Maryland Avenue, NE) in Washington DC. NOW President Kim Gandy says:

On this day, the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, women and men across the United States will honor one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in our history...Today we remember the women who died from illegal abortions; we thank the brave doctors who have risked their own lives to provide full reproductive health services; we applaud the millions who have stood up to protect these rights over the years; and we recognize the gains and contributions women have made in society since they have been able to freely plan their families.

Best search term in quite some time

If you search on Yahoo! for the term sometimes you just hate people and you blog, I'm the fifth result. I do not know what this means.

Tips, tricks and mistakes

Six Common Enterprise Programming Mistakes.

Seven Mac OS X Tips.

Eight missing.

Nine missing.

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips.

File under: found while looking for something else

Free TV tickets: attend a live taping of your favorite TV show (if your favorite TV show happens to be $100,000 Pyramid, Cedric the Entertainer, or The Tonight Show).

Seabiscuit preview

Last week when I was at the movies, I saw the preview for Seabiscuit. If you recall, I was gaga about this book when I read it awhile back. I can't wait for the movie! Hurry up July! Hurry up!

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