Monthly Archives: June 2004

Book drive, volume 2

Pamie’s at it again with another book drive this year. Last year her successful book drive netted over 650 books for the Oakland Public Library system. This year, the drive will support the San Diego Public Libraries. Pamie’s got it … Continue reading

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Most hated businesses

John Shirley is compiling a list of the businesses we hate most. His top five: banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, government contractors, and hospitals. My number one choice: software companies. They add a few useless “features” to their pre-existing … Continue reading

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Kill Bill Roolz!

I had been studiously avoiding the Kill Bill movies because I suspected they were blood-laced slasher films merely masquerading as high art. It seemed to me that it would be difficult for a film to be making a significant artistic … Continue reading

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Where I’ve been

Okay, this is cool: It’s a Web site where you can create your own map of the USA indicating which states you’ve visited. This is my map — turns out, I’ve hit 43 of them (I’m not counting states where … Continue reading

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Backing up your life

As more and more of the world becomes digital, a new problem arises: how do we save our memories? Take this blog, for example: it only exists in one place: on the server hosting it. It’s true, I can log … Continue reading

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What is a Munger?

When I set up this Web site, I didn’t really think anyone would use the “search” feature. The only reason for installing it was, well, because it was there. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I was looking over my site … Continue reading

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Cameras, cameras, everywhere

When I was in Europe a couple weeks back, I was stunned by the profusion of video security cameras. They seemed to be everywhere. You couldn’t walk down the street without seeing half a dozen of them, angled for maximum … Continue reading

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Are libraries still relevant?

The New York Times has an article about the role of libraries in the age of Google. While the article makes a number of interesting points, the one that caught my eye first was this one: For every archive that … Continue reading

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Reasons to vote for Bush

John Scalzi is arguing that there’s no possible way even a conservative would want to vote for Bush this year. Now, I hate Bush as much as the next guy, but I do think Scalzi is missing a couple of … Continue reading

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Ads for preservation

The last time I visited Rome — fifteen years ago — I was disappointed because I wasn’t able to visit the legendary Pantheon, the home to Roman gods: it was under restoration. Fortunately, this time the restoration had been completed … Continue reading

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Buongiorno da Roma!

Well, I said I wouldn’t be posting from Europe, but the wife has gone earring shopping again, and I had a few minutes to make a post. I’m sitting in one of those Internet Cafe thingies, typing on an insane … Continue reading

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