Posts from January 2002


If it’s possible to fall head-over-heels in love with a meme, I’ve done it. Googlewhacking: The Search for The One It took me a few tries. I’ll admit I sat staring at the screen for a bit. Google found thousands and thousands of what I considered to be incredibly strange juxtapositions. esoteric amplitude? 2,250 hits

Not For Legislators (NFL)

A rich white man gets offended at an NFL game. I still can’t stop laughing at this one.


I just added The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog by Rebecca Blood to my wishlist Way to go, Rebecca!. link via

Tony Kornheiser

In which I make a mistake on national radio

Not So Happy Ending

The scene was jubilant — a dream come true for a loyal New England Patriots fan like Michael Downing. His beloved team had just capped an improbable comeback to defeat the Oakland Raiders in one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history. Just seconds later, as his family cheered amid the bedlam at

Google Rules

10 things Google has found to be true Focus on the user and all else will follow. It’s best to do one thing really, really well. Fast is better than slow. Democracy on the web works. You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer. You can make money without doing evil.

I heard this morning that neither Tyson‘s pre-fight rampage or yet another pending rape charge will have any effect on the Nevada State Athletic Commission‘s decision to reinstate Psycho-Miko’s boxing license. Instead the commission will review more substantial issues, like the number of zeros on their checks.

Never Stop Questioning

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” That quote is often attributed to Einstein. I cannot confirm that he ever actually said this. But I doubt I would hear many arguments if I suggested he was one of the greatest thinkers in history. Is “questioning” really all that important? I guess it depends on

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A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


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