Archive for December, 2006

The new digs

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Powerset's new office in San Francisco. (I'm still in Michigan and haven't seen it yet, but I hear it's nice).

Forwords and Backwords

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

A 'forword' is a word in which all the letters are in alphabetical order, with no repeats. Here are the longest ones I could find, using a particular word list I have on my computer (all six letters): abhors almost begins begirt beknot bijoux biopsy chimps chinos chintz dehort ghosty If you allow repeats, there's also 'beefily' and 'billowy' (at seven letters). Backwords are ...

Word become flesh

Monday, December 25th, 2006

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God ...

Welcome, Tim Converse

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Since the news is out about where Tim is going after he leaves Yahoo!, I'd like to welcome Tim Converse to Powerset. I'm looking forward to working with Tim again. We've had interesting working relationships in the past: He worked for me writing code to parse RAP System execution code under ...

Jane Oren Wend

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

I've been trying to find the right words for this, but I haven't been able to. So I must just plunge in. Last Saturday morning, my mother-in-law, Jane Oren Wend, died. Today was her burial and memorial service. The service was held at First Presbyerian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan Wayne Conner ...

Harry Potter and the …

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

... Deathly Hollows. You read it here, first.

Do I want to talk to you?

Friday, December 8th, 2006

This cartoon explains an important fact about hobbies and other activities that require special communication protocols and equipment. You'll want to make sure that the other people you talk to talk about things you want to talk about and are the kind of people you want to talk to. I came ...

The Man in the Ceiling (A review)

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Jules Feiffer began writing children's books in the early '90s; his first children's book, apparently somewhat autobiographical, was The Man in the Ceiling. Lovely wife got it out of the library, and I've read it this evening. The story centers around Jimmy, a boy who isn't much good in at ...

Snow Day

Friday, December 1st, 2006

After a week or so of unseasonably warm weather, we woke up to heavy, sleeting rain and promises of up to a foot of snow. School is called off, and probably most work sites are closed (but not for us telecommuters). It must be hard to live in temperate climes ...