Friday, December 22, 2006

Power, at Last!

Yay! We have power!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Corporate Inside Scoops

Interesting site by a Seattle local:

Friday, December 15, 2006

Lucky Winds

It seems we were pretty lucky last night. We lost power at 12:15AM, and some major branches fell on and around the house, trashing the TV antenna. But, I also heard, among the earthquake-like shaking of the house, a loud creak, but no thud. I figured a tree fell, but didn't hit anything, and maybe it wasn't that close.

In the morning, I wasn't sure whether to bother walking the deck to see whether it had been hit, but I did. Amazingly, the deck wasn't damaged (at least not much), but this 4-5-foot wide tree that was uprooted, just next to deck, to the left of the second or third flight of stairs from the south entrance. The tree feel southward, along the slope below the parking spaces.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Amazon Gift Organizer

Amazon has a service that lets you organize your wish and gift idea lists, e.g. per person. Very cool tool for parents:

Amazon Gift Organizer

I'll have to see whether the information is public, though. I don't want people's birthdays to show up as public data.

Wired News

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Flickr for Statistics

Ian Yorston characterized Swivel as a flickr for statistics. It looks quite fascinating.

Orkut, Censorship & Terrorism

I've started peeking at some "inside Orkut" blogs, and they recently linked some fascinating discussions on Orkut, censorship and terrorism:

[...]Google demands a judicial order to process the request which further delays the arrest of the accused, who may even have fled by then.

"However, logs of accused using Yahoo mail (of or Hotmail (of Microsoft) are provided immediately upon request as Yahoo and Microsoft both have their subsidiaries in India," says an intelligence official.

And, apparently, terrorist organizations are able to use AdWords to make money:

The specific Google properties which are serving these ads are housed on the Google Orkut social network. Orkut groups which were serving these Google Ads were set up by Hezbollah, Iraqi insurgent and other terror oriented groups.

An interesting, and unfortunately shocking, quote from

Controversial website is back in the news, this time over the posting of ‘obscene’ material about ‘Hindu girls’. And leading the charge against it is Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil.
On Friday, after Shiv Sena MLC Arvind Savant tabled a copy of the ‘objectionable’ material in the legislative council, Patil announced that he has sent a missive to the Centre, asking for the site to be blocked and banned. The government, he said, has instructed all authorities concerned to block the site. Any cyber cafe owner found violating the rule would face criminal proceedings.

Another blog post on the topic:

I sincerely hope that this is not typical government behavior in India. Maybe we'll be seeing clear illustrations of the difference between "democracies" and countries with constitutions protecting basic individual rights, such as freedom of speech. Maybe we'll also see the difference between people able to see the difference between content authors and media transports.
Unfortunately, many Indians have little tolerance for foreign cultures. I have personally almost gotten thrown off a train by a train conductor in India for hugging my wife in public. (That said, India should be commended for being at least generally democratic in a region of dictatorships and religious hostility.)

I also hope that government officials are able to see that terrorists leaving traces on the Web is actually a good thing for law enforcement and national security agencies.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

His Dark Materials, the Movie

One of my favorite recent reads (listens, actually), His Dark Materials, seems to be on its way to becoming a movie, starring Nicole Kidman.

I hope the Snow Leopard Trust gets a chance to some publicity through the movie, since one of the main characters is partly a snow leopard. (If you find that grammar peculiar, read the book.)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Extend Spotlight with Google

And I thought this was my idea...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Ndiyo Hardware

Very sexy compared to earlier prototypes.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Martian News Pre-Announced

Wired is commenting that NASA has announced that they will be announcing a "significant find" on Mars.

Also, a moonbase is planned for 2024.

Leopard Release

Storynory Turns One

Storynory turns one just a few days after Aditi. Congratulations!

New Parallels Beta

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Lepus Animatus

This is just too cute!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Free Fonts

Q posted an interesting link to a free fonts site.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Radiation Scare

Hoffman's Princess Torte

I think it was my friend Bill Christensen who clued me in to Hoffman's in Kirkland, in the Parc Place mall. I mentioned a wonderful cake we eat in Sweden called the Princess Torte, and how I couldn't quite understand why tastes in Brazil and the US seem to be so different.

Well, it turned out there is a local bakery which makes Princess Tortes, and, local tastes aren't that different. Everyone I know who has tried the cake here loves it too.

What I don't understand is why it isn't being sold everywhere, and why Hoffman's isn't the new Costco or something.... ;-)

I'll be ordering one for my daughter Adidi's first birthday party on Saturday, with lots of mmmmmarzipan.

Layers of sponge cake with raspberry jam, whipped cream and Bavarian cream and covered with marzipan