Society Archives

  1. Signing E-mail With Initials

    When did it become the in thing to sign off your e-mails with just your initials (or even just one initial)? I’m getting more and more e-mails that end with something like (using John Doe as the name in the example): … Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Regards, j. or even a plain: … Lorem…

  2. “All You Need is Love”

    I generally don’t watch commercials (thanks TiVo), but occasionally one starts before I hit the skip button. This weekend I saw that Chase is using “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles as the background music for their current credit card commercial. That’s right, a song against commercialism being used to pimp a card…

  3. Dirty Laundry

    Sometimes it’s really hard to not tell your side of the story. The recent drama around Rocketboom being played out in public is hurting the reputation of both Amanda Cogdon and Andrew Baron – whatever the real story is. The same thing happened last month with PubSub, when information was broadcast that really should have…

  4. Irony

    There is an IBM commercial on TV right now that shows a series of people all singing along to: I’m not like everybody else…1 But… they’re all singing the same thing together – each one, like everybody else. Is the irony here intentional and I’m missing a larger joke? by the Kinks, I believe. [back]

  5. Whither Primary Sources

    I’m not entirely sure how or when it happened, but in the past year I’ve weeded almost all primary sources from my personal news intake. Pretty much everything I care about will get picked up or commented on by one of my secondary sources. I never gave much credence to the folks who talked about…

  6. Gas Prices

    I recall having some conversations years ago with friends back at the BigCo in the Bay Area about gas prices. We were wondering what the price per gallon would need to rise to for people to actually change their driving habits. I recall my estimate was $4-5/gallon. With gas prices exceeding $3/gallon in some areas,…

  7. Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon

    This Saturday, I’m going to be participating in a bowl-a-thon to support Junior Achievement. This is a great organization and I’m happy to be able to help out with my donation and time. The point of this is to raise money for JA, so if you’d like to sponsor my participation in the bowl-a-thon (basically…

  8. Bloglines Meme

    My first participation in a meme , blame Scott. Go to bloglines (don’t think you need to have an account). Find your own blog on bloglines (if it’s not there you can sign up and add it I guess, if you don’t have a blog this one’s not for you). Click related feeds (each time…

  9. New York Minutes

    Quick notes I jotted down (in my Treo) on my way to, and during my first day in the Big Apple… Is that cop pulling out after me? Whew, only a warning ticket – I almost don’t mind the delay. Man, I feel sorry for this guy at the checkin counter. Apparently changing his flight…

  10. Following up on Orkut

    A few weeks ago I asked what the big deal is with these social networking sites. Last week, I may have found out. I’ve posted a few times asking if anyone would like to help with a security audit of Tasks Pro™ but hadn’t found anyone who was able to help. On a whim, I…

  11. Social Networks

    Like Friendster and LinkedIn before it, I got an invite and signed up for Orkut. I think I’m missing the point on these things though. I tend to sign up, add one or two friends during that initial visit, then forget all about them. What am I missing? What is it about these sites that…

  12. Good TV Tonight

    The best shows on TV are having their season premier tonight: Ed, The West Wing and Law & Order. The West Wing is the only show on TV that I actually make a point to watch… love the TiVo.

  13. Software and Services Cost Money (even on the Web)

    Brent has a few good comments on the price of services and software. I had a discussion along a similar vein as this with my friend Chris last week. Chris and I are in a fantasy baseball league together and we use the Yahoo! fantasy sports system to run it. The league format is a…