Archive for October, 2006

Freddy and Fredericka (a short review)

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

I've just finished Mark Helprin's picaresque novel Freddy and Fredericka. It's a good book that could have been a great book--or, perhaps, a pretty good book that could have been a good book--with better editing. It's conceit is wonderfully ludicrous: Freddy and Fredericka, the Prince and Princess of Wales, (based ...

Seth’s fun with lasers

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Check out Seth's fun with lasers post, and be sure to click on the pictures. Maybe not the coolest thing ever (that would be recursion), but pretty cool none the less.

Stand-up defeat

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Dick Cheney: Keep in mind that -- I think, Gen. Casey made this point this morning in his briefing -- we've never been defeated in a stand-up fight in Iraq in over three years. Wikipedia: Cheney was of military age and a supporter of the Vietnam War but he did ...

Sarah Vowell at Dogwood

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Sarah Vowell spoke at the Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival tonight. She read from her books for about half the time, and took questions the other half--about 45 minutes each. I enjoyed her most when she was slightly off script while reading--making side comments of various sorts about the topic ...

The Child of Grace at the Infinite Café

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

This is a sermon I preached at the Church of the Sojourners, October 15, 2006, with kind thanks to the Linda, Mark, Carolyn and Katie for singing with The Child of Grace with me. HTML format; text format.

The Powerset Blogstorm

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

We way cool. We loved school. We Work late. We Code straight. We Plugged in. We Bloggin. We Balloon. We Show soon. (with apologies to G. Brooks).

White and nerdy

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

How White and Nerdy Are You? (At least I only took a white and nerdy quiz; didn't make it up.)

A visit up north

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Bess and I made a quickie visit "up north" to see two of my brothers and their families. Here are a few pictures from our visit to Ed's house. Ed just bought a pretty cool chipper--he does a lot of part time work cutting down trees, and chipping them. Even cooler, Ed ...

Sadists who torture, and those who command them

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Fred Clark has a provocative article, Dirty work, that makes an interesting point about people who do the 'dirty work' of torture, such as our American agents who engage in tortuous activities such as waterboarding. First, he notes that these people, at the end of the day, must enjoy their ...

Upgrading from buggy iTunes 7.0.x to a working iTunes 6.0.5 on the Mac

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

ITunes 7.0.x for the Mac, at least, is very, very buggy. Here are instructions for reverting to iTunes 6.0.5, based on instructions found in various places on the web. ITunes 7.0.x hasn't worked for me at all for more than 10 minutes since I installed it. The 7.0.1 release did ...

A Powerset reveal

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

An article in Ventureblog about Powerset, the company I work for, has kicked up a minor storm in the blogosphere about Powerset and the very idea of natural language search. I'd just like to point people to a weblog post by Barney Pell, our CEO, on Powerset and Natural Language ...

AARP card arrives…

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

OK, so we decided to join's cheap, and has some good benefits. Our cards arrived today, and I'm a little worried. It says, "Expiration: Sep 2009."


Sunday, October 1st, 2006

(made with commix beta 1.0; commix art by Fay Ryu).