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Rocky VI? Oh please no

Good lord, MGM puts 'Rocky VI' in ring. Please don't let this be true. The plot: "'Rocky VI' would find Stallone as a 50-year-old Rocky Balboa who is now at work running a youth center. He is lured out of retirement from the ring for one last fight." Yeah, right.

New Year's Resolutions

It's almost time for New Year's resolutions and while I haven't made any myself, I want to suggest one to you, dear reader: get your finances in order. I only suggest this because I did it myself at the beginning of last year and it has made such a difference in my life. January 1 is such a nice date to start keeping your personal accounts in something like Quicken or Microsoft Money. And it makes tax time much easier too. With all the online banking connections offered nowadays, keeping your finances up-to-date is as easy as clicking a button.

I also recommend the Motley Fool. Tons of free information and advice there about how to get on top of, and stay on top of, your money. Their 60 Second Guides are fast tips on all sorts of important topics and their The 13 Steps to Investing Foolishly is a good primer on investment strategy. So go ahead: resolve to be the CFO of your own financial empire. Not only is it important, it's also fun! (Note: I have no connection with any of these products. I endorse because I love.)

Tim O'Reilly on Piracy and other things

A wonderful essay by Tim O'Reilly: Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution. He makes a very compelling case for the evolution of business models and giving the customer what s/he wants. Totally worth reading to get a deeper understanding of piracy and what's going on with these issues. The comments are worth reading too.

Another mod_pubsub idea

Another idea for mod_pubsub: real-time updates over at Weblogs.com. From what I can tell, weblogs.com receives a ping when a weblog updates. It must store that info in a database or text file and then whenever the page loads, writes the list from that. Why not subscribe to its own pings and write them as they come in? Seems totally doable to me.

National Poinsettia Day

Oops, I'm so confused from all my travel and moving that I lost track of the date. All day yesterday I was planning on pointing out that today was National Poinsettia Day. Except it isn't, because National Poinsettia Day is December 12, which was yesterday. D'oh! Pretend it's today and go buy a poinsettia if you haven't already.

Male-o-rama

SXSW generally has a higher male-to-female ratio of speakers and attendees than most other conferences, and yet you wouldn't think so by looking at the pictures on this page describing the panels. The content mentions many women will be speaking, but out of 10 speaker photos, only one is a woman. :(

Political activism via blogging

There's a cool article today in Wired News about logging protesters using weblogs to get their stories out. Wired couldn't resist the title, "Treetop Blogging Protests Logging," har har. I've always been intrigued by the ways in which weblogs could be used for political activism and on-the-spot reporting. It will be interesting to follow the Treesit Blog to see how it develops.

My mom in Newsweek

My mom's in Newsweek -- there's an article in this week's Newsweek on The World According to Google by Steven Levy. Apparently the print edition features a photo and I think some text about my mom and her Google cooking. It's cool to have a meme-making mom!

Joel on Software on programming

"So for now, my advice is this: don't start a new project without at least one architect with several years of solid experience in the language, classes, APIs, and platforms you're building on. If you have a choice of platforms, use the one your team has the most skills with, even if it's not the trendiest or nominally the most productive. And when you're designing abstractions or programming tools, go the extra mile to make them leak proof." From a longish but intelligent article from Joel on Software on programming and the difference between language proficiency and mastery. There's some good stuff to chew on in there.

On the conference tip

On the conference tip: some goodies coming up next spring. First the second O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference will be held April 22-25, 2003 in Santa Clara, CA. This promises to be a forward-thinking gathering of some of the smartest, exciting, and most interesting people doing technology-related work today. I know that sounds like some excessive praise, but honestly the two O'Reilly conferences I've been to have been the two best conferences I've ever attended. I'm not saying this because they invested in a company I founded or because I write for them, I'm saying it because it's true. Do whatever you can to attend this one, I expect great things.

Also looking good is the Gel Conference (Good Experience Live) scheduled for May 2, 2003 at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Participants will gather for one day to, "[e]xplore what it means to create, and to be a part of, a good experience." Gel's offering a sweet referral program. If you register, would you be so kind as to enter my name in the referral field on the registration form? I'd really appreciate it.

KnowNow release

I haven't had a chance to take a look at it yet, but KnowNow (where I worked for a few months) has released under Apache-style license some of their technology. Matt's got some thoughts about it.

A timely application I'd like to see with it is a page of Amazon's top selling items during this Christmas season, perhaps broken down in minute or 30-second segments. I.e. every thirty seconds, whatever sold the most items would appear on the page. I'm not sure whether this is possible b/c I haven't looked at what mod_pubsub actually does yet, and also because I doubt Amazon crunches and releases their data that quickly. I don't even know whether you can get the most popular items (updated hourly) via the Amazon API. But you get the idea. It could be a cool holiday gift tracker widget.

Supernova panel photo

Here's a funny photo of my weblog panel from Supernova. Honestly, Nick and I didn't think Dave was saying crazy things, at least not the whole time. It just looks that way. Or am I just trying to read Dave's email? ;)

New York transit strike

What's this? A possible transit strike? What am I, still living in France?

Interview with AOL's Rick Robinson

"It's natural that the blog and the home page would combine. And when you remember that AOL has the largest collection of home pages in the world, it kinda gets interesting," says Rick Robinson, VP of Community Products, AOL in an interview with Mark Hurst over at Good Experience. [via Dave]

Transcontinental cat success!

Jason Kottke and Meg Hourihan are pleased to announce the arrival of Bodhi Hourihan, a nine-year-old domestic short haired neutered male tabby. Both mother and kitty are resting well after an uneventful trans-continental red-eye flight which arrived at New York's JFK airport at 6:45 AM this morning. Bodhi is adjusting to new surroundings and did not realize Meg's worst fears (such as peeing and pooping in the cabin, escaping from cat carrier and running around airplane [perhaps to pee and poop further], clawing Meg's face and breaking free from her arms as she walked him through the X-ray at SFO, etc.). Meowing was minimal. Smells were non-existent. Bodhi now enjoys sitting beneath the claw-foot bathtub in his new home and purring.

Hysterectomies often unnecessary

A really interesting and important article on Yahoo! today entitled, Hysterectomy: The Operation Women May Not Need.

Insurance information

Thanks to everyone who's sent in health insurance tips. I'm following up on all the suggestions and will share my experiences as soon as I've got some data.

Supernova conference weblog

I'm at the Supernova conference down in Palo Alto. Missed the morning but I'm looking forward to getting engaged this afternoon. You can follow along with the conference weblog if you'd like.

Minor site updates

A few minor updates around the site to reflect my changed location. Some updates to the About page and finally some fresh content for the sidebar. For some reason I couldn't get FTP to work over my dial-up in France, so I was stuck having the world believe it was taking me two months to read the Great Gatsby.

Blog small talk

Oh God, I just realized that my posts have become the blogging equivalent of small-talk. All I'm doing is talking about the weather. I really need to get back to work again so I have more to talk about.

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