Monthly Archives: November 2009

A Thousand Roads To Nowhere

This has been making the rounds recently, an article on how America is all infrastructure, and no people. It’s trite, but the old line about the difference between European and North American cities is that European cities were built for people; the cars got there later. In North America it’s the other way around. So, […]

If You Gaze Too Long Into The Bathroom, The Bathroom Gazes Also Into You

I realize that not everybody shares my particular brain damage, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share mine with everyone else. “Architecture, said Hegel, is frozen music… Donald Swann’s music has often been compared with defrosted architecture.” – Michael Flanders of Flanders & Swann. Some relatives of mine up in Richmond Hill have, like many […]

A Single Perfect Moment

There may be no better way to sum up John Gruber’s writing than his own admission that he wishes he’d written a sentence penned by Paul Graham. Would a moment of clarity please pick up the #4a525a courtesy phone? A single, brief moment of clarity to the #4a525a courtesy phone, please.

A Note To Maya

So according to the old joke, a fed-up student asks the physics prof who’s going over kinetics in protracted detail, what good is all this? What will I ever use this for? To which the professor, not even looking up from where he’s writing on the board, says “This stuff saves lives.” The student balks […]

Spiritual Reflex

“Life is like a sewer — what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” – Tom Lehrer. In Firefox, you can turn off Google’s automatic search suggestions by typing “about:config” into the URL bar and hitting return. Then type the word “suggest” into the filter box; double-clicking the “” line […]

Acceptable Collateral Damage

A minor technical note, if you would – I’m building Mozilla from source these days for my own amusement, and I’ve had these problems with it that I should probably document. And some of you out there in internet-land might be asking yourselves the same questions, like “If I upgrade to Snow Leopard, and I’m […]

Nothing Valued Is Here

Exhibit 1: “Excerpts from Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Sandia National Laboratories report SAND92-1382 / UC-721, p. F-49.” This place is not a place of honor. No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here. Nothing valued is here. This place is a message and part of […]

More Different Than Thinking

10:52 <@mhoye> Weird. Anyone here seen a situation where ls won’t show you a file, even ls -A, but you can copy it out of the directory? 10:52 <@mhoye> A directory full of other, similarly named files that you can see just fine? 10:52 <@mhoye> I am suspecting filesystem corruption here. 10:53 <@shaver> if you […]

In Costume

Maya’s Halloween: That is all.