Over at Boxes and Arrows, HTML's Time is Over. Let's Move On. by David Heller.
I don't see a long term future for HTML as an application development solution. It is a misapplied tool that was never meant to be used for anything other than distributed publishing.
Over at Write the Web, I answer the question, "Is the weblog community too introverted? Is that why you're having to stretch minds to get people thinking about the fringes [during your 'From the Margins of the Writable Web' presentation at the Emerging Technology Conferece]?"
Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X, Part 1 is the first in a
three-part six-part series over at O'Reilly that will help you get started serving Web pages. Part 2 helps you configure CGI access, Part 3 takes a look at PHP, Part 4 is reader-asked questions, Part 5 is Apache and MySQL, and Part 6 is Apache modules. Wow, that's some good stuff. (Thanks Jason!)
Sunday's New York Times Magazine has a really interesting article, Reagan's Son, the Radical Presidency of George W. Bush. The premise? Bush is no centrist and certainly no idiot. Author Bill Keller draws interesting comparisons between the two presidents. I hope this doesn't portend a 49 state sweep for Bush in 2004…
An article in Fox News a few days ago by David Boaz, Democrats and the Right to Choose – What?, criticizes Democrats for not supporting "choice" more broadly, as if it's hypocritical to support individual freedoms in one instance and support the broader interests of society in the next. Boaz writes,
Whether or not you support the right to choose abortion, surely that is a more difficult issue, involving more lives and more complexities than the right to choose a school for your child, to use marijuana, or to own a gun. And yet many of the supporters of "a woman's right to choose" don't support a woman's right to make those choices.
While we're at it, I'd like the choice to yield to pedestrians when I'm driving and to pay for purchases at the store. Oh what? You say that I can't drive all high on marijuana, shooting off my gun, running down children (on their way to voucher schools of their mother's choosing) in the crosswalk? Drat. I was beginning to like libertarianism. [via Glenn]
You can now create your very own blog at Tripod. Too bad the, "ERROR: You must be a paid subscriber to access this feature." message only appears after you go through the account creation process and then click on the "blog builder" tool. Of course, if you read "Learn More" before starting — which I didn't do because I was too curious to read and wanted to get started blogging right away — you find out blogs are only available to paid subscribers. I wonder how it compares to Blog*Spot? [via Anil's links]
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]
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.
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.
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.