Archive for July, 2004

@#$&#%@ spammers

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Just deleted 994 spam comments. Some “marketers” think the best way to attract attention to their pornographic wares is to spew comments all over my site. Insane. Evil.

That’s part of why, in order to comment in the ultimate community application, you must be a) registered and b) a paying customer. More coming soon :-)

Linky Goodness – 7/4/04

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Happy Birthday, America!

Fray: Fireworks.

The Amazon.com knee-jerk contrarian game.

Really good view from the cube this week on a job-seeker’s insight from the other side of the table.

Interesting use of a weblog: Make money on eBay.

An insider’s view of Microsoft Money’s development process.

The long-lost ArsDigita Systems Journal Archive.

We have a policy that we’re not being hacked.

Why PHP scales.

Do you believe in Miracles?

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Netflix came through with Miracle last night.

Not the deepest of movies, but for a kid who was playing hockey at the time, it was a thrill to relive.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

A. and I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 last Friday night at the Fenway theater. It’s what you expect, demagogic and entertaining. The editing was really good, the musical cues were masterful. The opening-night crowd in Boston was into it, looking for any excuse to cheer. I learned a couple of things, including the fact that no one looks regal while having makeup applied. As propaganda, it was actually quite effective.

And because Fahrenheit 9/11 is propaganda, it also annoyed the hell out of me. I despise being manipulated, and this movie exists for no other reason than to try to make me hate President Bush.

That being said, I think everyone should see it. It shows a different viewpoint from those in the mainstream media, and it’s important to be exposed to different viewpoints, if only to reinforce your belief in yours. And that’s where Michael Moore fails; he refuses to even acknowledge that there may be a smidgen of logic in Bush’s decisions.

I disagree with President Bush on many — ok most — of his policies, but I don’t believe he’s evil. I’ll do my best to un-elect him this fall, but I won’t question his basic humanity.