Everybody’s talking about Six Degrees, but has anybody seen it? Here’s an interesting weblog report on software development at Creo, where they’re making Six Degrees. It references Joel Spolsky, and Joel Spolsky raves about them, and everybody seems to be having a fabulous time patting each other on the back. Good reading, tho’, and I’m looking forward to trying the product.
The West Virginia Surf Report is good stuff. Snide, cynical, and most important, funny. Any fool can be snide and cynical, but it takes work to be funny. As Jeff Kay, the site auteur, observes, “Yes, due to the recent well-publicized shortage of amateur websites produced by assholes who consider themselves to be clever, I’ve been drawn to the web — out of a powerful sense of civic duty.” [seen on BoingBoing]
This CSS Colouring Book is a nice example of style sheets in action. [from blogdex]
Suddenly everybody is talking about Joel on Software. Maybe it was the regular mentions on Dave Winer’s Scripting News. Anyway, the guy’s got a lot of good ideas about developing software, and he’s a good writer. It’s easy to make a highly-regarded and well-visited website. Just right really good stuff regularly and tell everybody. Check out The Iceberg Secret, Revealed.
This is a test of Blogger Pro’s ability to upload graphics easily. This is Smiling Guy, the cartoon man I draw whenever I need to doodle something. I have been drawing Smiling Guy more or less continuously ever since Miss Stuart’s class at Brunson Elementary School. So there.
Apparently this is old news now (having been both Slashdotted and Memepooled), but I found it entertaining and maybe it’s new to you too. The Pop vs. Soda Page shows the geographical regions defined by how people refer to carbonated beverages. There must be further generalizations of this waiting downstream: pail vs. bucket, y’all vs. you guys, smeer-the-queer vs. kill-the-kid.
The Star Chamber in current news: Enron executives testifying, or rather not testifying, on Capitol Hill are the latest to make use of the magical cloaking effect of the Fifth Amendment. And why, you may wonder, did our founding fathers choose to build this odd privilege into the bedrock of our nation? The surprising answer, as I learned listening to public radio, is the court of Star Chamber. Its abuses in forcing people to condemn themselves during the rule of the Stuart kings brought into English Common Law the concept that people should not be compelled by the government to testify against themselves. Interestingly, there is no such legal construct on the Continent (or most other places in the world). Fascinating stuff.
The Comics Journal is a wonder of a publication. Thick and filled with long interviews with thoughtful artists, I can only guess that it publishes at a loss as a sort of labor of love by uber-editor Gary Groth. I can’t think of any magazine like it. Now they’re putting an Audio Archive online with recordings of some interviews, including Charles Schulz. [from BoingBoing]
Google now sells a packaged hardware/software solution called Google Search Appliance. It seems like a cool idea, and since they seem to do everything else right, this will probably be no exception. Slip one in your rack, and Google away.