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I quit Facebook Mon, 31 May 2010

I decided that having a Facebook account primarily for extending the marketing/publicity for the work that I'm doing wasn't worth it. I disagree with Facebook's "public by default" policy and the way they roll out changes to their Terms of Service and privacy settings. I think their recent change to make the ui for privacy settings easier to use (and not require a phd) is a good one, but not good enough for me to feel comfortable giving my data (or that of my friends and family) to them.

I'm also in the process of signing the copyright assignment statement to join the GNU Social project to build a federated system that gives people full control over their data. I'll be looking into building these features into PyBlosxom, as well.

Ignite and Pecha Kucha Mon, 18 May 2009

Discovered that O'Reilly has a thing called Ignite which sounds just like Pecha Kucha. In regards to the Boston versions of both of these events, the most recent Ignite - Boston has video recordings of the presentations.

Stamp values Sat, 06 Sep 2008

The United States Post Office increases the cost of postage periodically. They do faster than I use the stamps that I've bought. In the process of this, I ended up with first class stamps that have no value listed on them, so I had no idea how much they were worth.

Buried on the USPS web-site is this quick service guide that lists the values of all stamps that have no value listed on them. Hooray for search engines!

Rocketboom Wed, 12 Jul 2006

I didn't follow Rocketboom daily, but I did watch it frequently. I watched it today with Joanne. I liked Amanda better. First thing that crossed my mind is that they picked up another pretty face to replace Amanda. Why does it have to be a pretty face? Is Rocketboom just another "pretty face vocalizing quip-ridden news"?

Global warming Sat, 03 Jun 2006

How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic (which I discovered from Miguel de Icaza's web log) makes for some good reading. I'm definitely interested in seeing An Inconvenient Truth now.

Me and Thee Coffeehouse Sun, 15 Jan 2006

S and her parents work at the Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA (it's 30-45 minutes from Boston depending on how you go). I go every now and then and catch the shows I find interesting. There are a few venues in the Boston area that have a solid concert list and Me and Thee is one of them. For example, in the next few months they have Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot, and Lucy Kaplansky.

Definitely worth checking the concert schedule to see if there are upcoming shows you might be interested in. It's a great venue and when J is there, they have amazingly decadent cookies.

Me and Thee coffeehouse
2005-2006 Concert Schedule

Brattle Theatre needs help! Wed, 04 Jan 2006

The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA needs help! According to their web-site (, they need another $200,000 before the end of February otherwise they're going to have to close their doors forever.

I've seen a lot of neat movies at the Brattle over the years. The theatre isn't wildly great, but the people are.

There has been some press about it, but I figured I'd post an item on my blog for those people who live in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area, didn't know, and/or want to help out by donating some money. I think it is important in this case, less for the legacy, but more because they bring in a lot of great movies and the people and atmosphere is great.

"Why I Hate Advocacy" Fri, 03 Jun 2005

I discovered "Why I hate Advocacy" from jgoerzen.

I encounter this regularly when talking about operating systems, programming languages, text editors, and even non-technical things like car manufacturers, methods for making coffee, types of beer, music, politics, .... I never connected it with a "want to be part of the tribe" behavior. I wonder if this behavior is something that's relatively recent or dates back to primitive man. Regardless, it makes it difficult to discuss things in a rational, objective manner to understand what's really going on and the nuances involved.

Also on jgoerzen's blog entry is a link to "Why smart people defend bad ideas". Reading the two essays back to back was really funky.

Watching the election stuff Tue, 02 Nov 2004

We're watching CNN and MSNBC and a couple of other stations. MSNBC keeps showing graphics that will have a 0 under Kerry and a 0 under Bush and then a 0% between the two indicating what percent of the votes they have in and then whoever is talking says something like, "Uh, it's too close to call this state!" Silliness.

I wish Terry Bradshaw and John Madden were announcing the election stuff. That would be far more interesting. I bet Mike's with me on this one.

Doc Searls on essays about "terrorists" Thu, 14 Oct 2004

I wish more people thought like this.

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