Monthly Archives: February 2010


I was asked in an email why I thought that Google Buzz thing was such a big deal, so here goes. Other, smarter people have written a lot about privacy as a human right as well as a practice, notably Bruce Schneier: Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing […]

They’re Just Words

It turns out there’s been an update to Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” policy. Remember a month ago, how they said they weren’t going to be censoring Chinese search results anymore? We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be […]

If You’re Happy And You Know It, Hulk Yourself Up

That is all, as you were.

The Novelty Of It

A few months ago my wife said that her relatives might find me a bit less completely incomprehensible if I stopped speaking in cartoonishly exaggerated, long-winded metaphor. I said that’s kind of how I roll. She said “you don’t roll” and I explained that it’s a metaphor, let me tell you all about it. It’s […]

The Eternal Recurrence Of The Same

Oh, god. Via the New York Times: Google has been talking about entering the direct e-book market, through a program it calls Google Editions, for nearly a year. But in early discussions with publishers, Google had proposed giving them a 63 percent cut of the suggested retail price, and allowing consumers to print copies of […]


Have you noticed that when some Person A endorses some notion they can’t really articulate, and person B enthusiastically supports that half-formed idea with arguments they really haven’t thought through, both of them will inevitably say that the other person “gets it”? So about that iPad. I appear to be in the minority of my […]

On The Subject Of Children

Two things have appeared in my newsfeeds in the last little while. It’s great that they’re right next to each other like that. Exhibit 1, via Metafilter: “This is the full text of a statement by Amy, the girl victimized in the Misty Series, a child pornography video.” “My uncle started to abuse me when […]

It Turns Vegetables Into Food

Oh really, she says? Yes, really. Salad dressing: Two ounces of a good olive oil, About 3/4 of an ounce of balsamic vinegar, One clove of garlic, Half a lime, and Some powdered wasabi. And small mason jar or other glass container with a lid. Peel the garlic, give it one good thump under the […]

Set Adorability To Stun

It’s hard to believe that Maya and I are related, at times.

Dear Internets

I haven’t forgotten you, internets. I have so many half-finished drafts here, but I haven’t been able to beat any of them into shape yet, for which I apologize. But you deserve the Mot Juste and not juste des mots, and I do not want to set the bar lower. Here are some pictures to […]