Weird news day

Billionaires are pledging massive giveaways. Google is canceling work on Wave. California’s absurd Prop 8 has been found unconstitutional. All of these bits of news today made me double-check the date. The Wave one is the only bad one, and it’s offset by promises to open-source a lot of the work so far. And I …

Moving

My brain has been eaten by the preparations, and all the small problems that arise in same. But basically: moving back to Boulder. I’ve managed to begin the process of seeing people back here I should have seen the whole time—I got to DC, and saw some friends I’ve not seen in years (and ran …

Fitzcarraldo

I have been a fan of Werner Herzog before, but I’ve never seen any of his movies until tonight. I watched Fitzcarraldo, which was fantastic in the layers upon layers of meaning present in it. It explored issues of madness and divinity and cultural contact and was just fantastic. I don’t think I quite realized …

Internet Celebrity

The internet is a weirdly wonderful place sometimes. I was playing TF2 last night, and first off, I ended up playing with some of my internet idols: Lore Sjöberg and Mark Rosenfelder. I knew I was playing with Lore—both recognizing his voice and having his steam username. But when I was playing as a medic …

Reunification

I went to a bit of Swarthmore’s Alumni Weekend. Two-year reunion for me, and five-year for my friends in ’05, many of whom were there. It made me think about (among many other things), my recent trip to Ireland. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” as Santayana put it. I …

Back to London

Dublin was great. Good friends, good places, got in some cricket-watching at TCD, stopped by Devitts (briefly, but did it at least—missed the session) and even got the bus down to UCD for the day. For FoWA, actually. Which was pretty great. I’ve gotta go over the pages of notes I took on the talks …

The Short of It

FoWA conference was great. Good speakers, but the audience was kinda dead. After, party with friends here, tempered by cigarettes. I managed as best I could, but now my clothes smell smoky. Urk.

Ireland

I am here. Flying in, I felt my spirits lighten. It just feels plain better here. I can’t really account for it. I don’t think I want or need to, though. I got in, a spring in my step despite Ryanair being the awful thing it is, and went straight to the center of town. …

How many countries?

Waiting in SFO at 4:40am on a rainy Wednesday, I see a billboard: Verizon advertising service in Mexico and 220 other countries. Aside from the weirdness of this claim given that they are a CDMA network and the world is GSM, so their phones won’t work in other countries, what 221 countries are they thinking …