Archive for May, 2004

Random referrers

Monday, May 31st, 2004

I couldn’t sleep Friday night. The cats were walking all over me, the crowds departing T.T. the Bear’s and Manray were especially loud. So, I did what everyone does when they can’t sleep: I combed through my referrer logs.

I’m really fascinated by the people who are direct linking my images. Instead of copying them and hosting them on their own servers, they just hotlink to my images. What this means is that I have to pay the bandwidth charges for each pageview on the other site. Very annoying!

Especially annoying is the eBay guy who somehow got his hands on a cache of Monster Seats; he’s selling the tickets and using one of my Fenway pictures to show the view. Sometimes I found really interesting subsections of the web, places I wouldn’t have found on my own, places where people discuss the joys of beer and sausage.

If I were feeling nasty, I’d do what Jeremy Zawodny did. Bwa ha ha.

The way we eat now

Monday, May 31st, 2004

Harvard Magazine has an outstanding cover story about the way we eat now. It’s long, but well worth the time investment.

Everywhere in the world, the richest people build the biggest homes, but as the world’s wealthiest nation, the United States is also building the biggest bodies. It’s hardly cause for patriotic pride. “We’re leading a race we shouldn’t want to win,” says associate professor of pediatrics David Ludwig. Many foreigners already view Americans as rich, greedy over-consumers, stuffing themselves with far more than their share of the planet’s resources, and obese American travelers waddling through international airports and hotel lobbies only reinforce that image.

Also, it emphasizes that the only time to grow bone is during adolescence; anything you do after that is just trying to stem the loss. So, teenagers, drink your milk!

Weight-bearing exercise only slows the rate of bone loss for adults; pre-adolescent bone growth is far more important to long-term skeletal strength. Hence, the sedentary lifestyles of today’s youngsters—and the cutbacks on school physical-education programs—may be sowing the seeds of widespread skeletal breakdown as their cohort matures.

Thailand teaser

Monday, May 31st, 2004

I’m in the middle of putting together my Thailand travelogue. The hardest part is the editing–I’m at 374 images/pages, I need to get it below 125. With any luck, I’ll get this up and launched by the end of June.

In the meantime, here’s one of my favorites: a boy at the temple, offering up his lotus flower.

Thai boy with Lotus Flower

No need to be anonymous

Monday, May 31st, 2004

Jeff Jarvis comments on two once-pseudonymous bloggers who are finally coming out with their real names.

I have much more respect for writers who are willing to put their monikers where their mouths are. I have no respect whatsoever for trolls who snipe and run into their rat holes of anonymity.

The excuses for not revealing your identify are — let’s be honest — rare. If you have the courage of your convictions, then follow the examples of Danziger and Frey. Reveal yourselves.

I heartily agree. Say what you want, but stand up for what you say.

Linky Goodness – 5/30/04

Sunday, May 30th, 2004

The final Angel recap. Sniff.

Troy in 15 minutes. Ramblings on Troy. I love when classics majors deconstruct summer blockbusters.

Execute people who write computer worms.

Unemployment in China.

The curse of beauty for serious musicians.

Knowing when it pays to use a travel agent.

How banks can prevent phishing.

Outstanding!!! FCC Song.mp3 (audio file). Not safe for work or those who disapprove of salty language.

Jay Brewer and Russell Miner in ads for MacWorld Boston.

Jay Rosen on the transparency era at the New York Times. Get Your War On takes on the Times.

News cliches which should be banned for life.

What the hell, here’s another one

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Peter, age four

My nephew, age four

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

I got this picture at Peter’s birthday party last week. I really like it…

Peter, age four

Boston.com buys Boston Dirt Dogs

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Here’s a press release from the mothership about Boston.com buying Boston Dirt Dogs.

[Boston.com editor Teresa] Hanafin said, “We want to give Red Sox fans as many opportunities to talk and debate about sports as possible, and Boston Dirt Dogs is the perfect forum for that. Our users love joining the conversation about sports online every day, whether it’s sending us photos for a Johnny Damon look-alikes gallery, creating party recipes for the Patriots’ Super Bowl run or ranting about a managerial move in the previous night’s game.”

I think this is a great move for Boston.com; I’d like to see them buy up other locally-focused weblogs. The next obvious choice would be Boston Common. Adam does a great job pulling together the best of the local weblogs; it’s a natural fit with Boston.com.

I’ll have to walk upstairs and ask Teresa if they could do that…

Your source for all your single serve coffee needs

Monday, May 24th, 2004

Jay has a new targeted blog. Go check out Single Serve Coffee.

What’s wrong with the music industry

Friday, May 21st, 2004

This is one long sentence which brilliantly summarizes all that’s wrong with the music industry.

Linky Goodness – 5/20/04

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

How to care for your web designer.

Turn your disposable camera into a stun gun.

A roadmap for converting your site to web standards.

Ujiko: a new search engine with a really neat search-results interface.

Everything I learned, I learned through blogging.

An entrepreneurial approach to a writing career.

Globe 100

George’s employment blawg

Google and spyware

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Google is putting out a proposal to help fight deceptive Internet software.

As a provider of services and monetization for users, advertisers and publishers on the Internet, we feel a responsibility to be proactive about these issues. So, we have decided to take action. As a first step, we have outlined a set of principles we believe our industry should adopt and we’re sharing them to foster discussion and help solve the problem. We intend to follow these guidelines ourselves with the applications we distribute (such as the Google Toolbar and Google Deskbar). And because we strongly believe these principles are good for the industry and users worldwide, we will encourage our current and prospective business partners to adopt them as well.

Blogs and recruiting

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

With all the travel, I forgot to post this article from a couple weeks ago.

Workforce Management magazine reports on the growing trend of HR folks using weblogs to recruit. I’m extensively quoted, and the HR Blog gets a couple of nice plugs.

The Boston Globe launched its own blog last year on its jobs Web site BostonWorks.com. Jason Butler, senior product development manager, edits the Job Blog and the Human Resources Blog, which provide links to articles from around the Internet to “help recruiters do their jobs better,” he says.

Free to marry

Monday, May 17th, 2004

Congratulations to all the new couples! I’m happy I live in the one of the most progressive states in the country.

Extensive Boston.com/Boston Globe coverage here.

YAFROs on the frontline

Saturday, May 15th, 2004

Here is an interesting use of moblogging. Soldiers in Iraq posting pictures directly on the web. Yay for disintermediating the media.

I’m tempted to moblog the first weddings on Sunday night. Cambridge’s City Hall is but a four-minute walk from the cookie factory…

Super Size Me

Saturday, May 15th, 2004

A. and I saw Super Size Me at the Harvard Square Cinema last night. The movie has a definite agenda, but it’s highly entertaining. Brilliant movie–I’m never going to eat again.

Also, as it turns out, it’s super-handy getting married to a lawyer. On the walk back to Central Square, she was able to explain some of the legal concepts behind the McDonald’s suits. We have a nice deal: I explain network effects, she explains rebuttable presumptions.

Isn’t that cute.

Hello from Atlanta

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

I’m here in Atlanta for the Editor and Publisher Interactive Media conference. I hope to pick up some good ideas for BostonWorks and the Globe.

Atlanta is a tough town to get a Pepsi.

President Bush and Sarbanes-Oxley

Friday, May 7th, 2004

If the CEO of a corporation can go to jail for underlings’ misdeeds, shouldn’t our first “CEO/President” be held to the same standard?

Maybe I’m just bitter having to wrestle with Sarbanes-Oxley at work. Listening to Gerry Callahan’s blather isn’t helping: “It’s just a couple of naked guys. What’s the big deal?”

Bush pauses to comfort teen

Friday, May 7th, 2004

I often disagree with President Bush’s policies, but here is a case where he seems like a decent enough guy.

Laura Allen: Allen Haz Funk

Friday, May 7th, 2004

A. and I went to Laura Allen‘s CD release party Wednesday night at Ryles. Laura leads a jazz combo with her vibraphone. It’s fantastic music; I had it on the constant loop in my office yesterday.

Go buy her CD.