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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Trip So Far...

Fabulous, fabulous time in UK and Ireland so far. Will post a few choice pics when I can get my laptop hooked into broadband.


On a plane. Then crashing at a BnB down south in the English countryside.


Sinead’s brother Colin’s wedding in Bournemouth. Beatiful ceremony. Party went on all night.


Train to London. Underground to King’s Cross. Run through rain to a BnB. Stroll over to British Museum before it closed. Pint of Guiness and food at an O’Neil’s in King’s Cross. Jet lag sets in and we crash by 9pm.


Awake at 4am. Off to the earliest sight-seeing start in history. Tower Bridge. Tower of London (our Beefeater-guided tour was incredible). Tube to Big Ben and Parliament. Ride the Eye of London. Walk to Trafalger square. Hire a rickshaw to ride through Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus. Buy CDs at Virgin Megastore. Tube back to King’s Cross, more pints over food, crash by 10pm.


Realize flight leaves earlier than we thought, cab to Paddington Station, race onto Heathrow Express, train to Heathrow, run through Terminal One to catch flight to Dublin … Chilling in Dublin now, relaxing a bit, looking foward to a week in Ireland.

Monday, July 26, 2004

The Difference Between Them and Us

Democrats and Republicans have very different, and deeply felt ideas about what choices we should make, rooted in fundamentally different views of how we should meet our common challenges at home and how we should play our role in the world.

We Democrats want to build a world and an America of shared responsibilities and shared benefits. We want a world with more global cooperation, where we act alone only when we absolutely have to. We think the role of government should be to give people the tools and to create the conditions to make the most of their lives, and we think everybody should have that chance.

On the other hand, the Republicans in Washington believe that America should be run by the right people–their people–in a world in which America acts unilaterally when we can, and cooperates when we have to. They believe the role of government is to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of those who embrace their economic, political, and social views, leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves on important matters like health care and retirement security.

Now since most Americans are not that far to the right, our friends have to portray us Democrats as simply unacceptable, lacking in strength and values.

In other words, they need a divided America.

But we don’t.

- Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004
(transcribed from the live broadcast)
Read the script on dems2004.org

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Corey Doctorow on Digital Rights Management

[Thanks Brett and Nathan for passing this along]

This is probably the best article I have read about the fallacies of Digital Rights Management. It is a transcript of a speech that Cory Doctorow (of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) gave to Microsoft last week, posted by Anil Dash of Moveable Type. It’s wildly funny. It’s remarkably cogent. Read it.

Some quotes:

New media don’t succeed because they’re like the old media, only better: they succeed because they’re worse than the old media at the stuff the old media is good at, and better at the stuff the old media are bad at.

Whenever a new technology has disrupted copyright, we’ve changed copyright. Copyright isn’t an ethical proposition, it’s a utlititarian one. There’s nothing *moral* about paying a composer tuppence for the piano-roll rights, there’s nothing *immoral* about not paying Hollywood for the right to videotape a movie off your TV. They’re just the best way of balancing out so that people’s physical property rights in their VCRs and phonographs are respected and so that creators get enough of a dangling carrot to go on making shows and music and books and paintings.

Technology that disrupts copyright does so because it simplifies and cheapens creation, reproduction and distribution. The existing copyright businesses exploit inefficiencies in the old production, reproduction and distribution system, and they’ll be weakened by the new technology. But new technology always gives us more art with a wider reach: that’s what tech is *for*.

Tech gives us bigger pies that more artists can get a bite out of. That’s been tacitly acknowledged at every stage of the copyfight since the piano roll. When copyright and technology collide, it’s copyright that changes.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


So I’m in North Carolina for a week prior to Rhett and Christina’s wedding.


It was wonderful. Warm rain. Rumblings in the sky. Flashes of light. I stepped out of the air conditioning of my rental car and my glasses fogged up.

There are some things I miss about North Carolina.

Not being able to buy beer at the Food Lion near NC State with a California drivers’ license isn’t one of them. I’m friggin’ 30.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

ad space

apparently some chick on ebay is selling tatoo ad space on her breasts for mardi gras.

good time to do some IM brainstorming about the most appropriate ad to run there. thanks to all who contributed. y’all know who y’all are.

good suggestions:

- it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken
- i can’t believe its not butter
- pearl necklaces …. inquire within
- two for one special
- if you can read this you are too close
- babies ‘r’ us
- it takes a licking and keeps on ticking
- good to the last drop
- this bud’s for you
- melts in your mouth, not in your hands
- please don’t squeeze the charmin
- just do it

but nothing can beat:

- got milk?

Friday, April 09, 2004

Jeffrey Veen: Why Content Management Fails

I have to meet this guy. I have to meet the members of Adaptive Path. They are true visionaries in this field.

Finding this article was timely, as I am about to leave the world’s most profitable online application to return to the world’s most complicated CMS (author’s opinion). And, yet again, Jeffrey Veen nails the issue:

Jeffrey Veen: Why Content Management Fails

So many of the companies I ve spoken to lately have complained about the content on their Web sites. They say it s woefully out of date, growing out of control, and generally a complete mess. Almost unanimously, these companies have chosen to solve the problem by handing it to their IT departments.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Jeffrey Veen: Why I Don't Care About Accessibility

Thanks, Brett, for forwarding a fantastic blog post:

I don’t care about accessibility

And that’s why I don’t care about accessibility. Because when Web design is practiced as a craft, and not a consolation, accessibility comes for free.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Job of a Front-End Developer

Nice article being passed around today.

What does a front-end web developer do?

It’s a hybrid position, you are someone that paints with code. Programmers don’t accept your work as real code, and designers don’t consider it design.

heh. On this point (it’s not the main idea of the article, but its important), we hit this debate hard at Razorfish as we tried to figure out whether we were a part of the “Experience” network (with the IA’s and Designers) or the “Technology” network. I no longer think there’s one answer to this question. But each organization should find a place for the front-end guys that works for them.

I find that the comfort zones for front-end developers vary dramatically. The most successful front-end guys can speak easily with both the “design/creative” teams and the engineering teams. But in the absense of a “superstar” who does all that him/herself, it is important to try to build front-end teams that are a microcosm of the whole, with some individuals who really speak the “design” language and others who speak the “programming” one.

The biggest issue is getting the “design/creative” and “engineering” groups to appreciate each other, and recognize that there is this really important thing that happens right where they intersect.

Monday, February 16, 2004


“An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.”

Max Planck

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Five things I can't live without

Okay, joining a new social networking service today. ORKUT. The interface beats the crap out of Friendster. But at two-days-old and invitation-only, it’s more of a professional network at the moment, and it certainly ain’t no Match.com. Nevertheless, one of the questions on the “Personal” information page got me to thinking.

Five Things I Can’t Live Without

1. Food
2. Air
3. The Razorfish Creative Mission by Peter Seidler, copyright 1998
4. Heated bucket seats
5. Beer