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Nortel The Next Enron?

Nortel The Next Enron?

Excite Money & Investing“TORONTO (Reuters) – Nortel Networks Corp. (NT) (NT) fired its top three ex­ec­u­tives on Wednesday and said ac­count­ing prob­lems al­ready un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by reg­u­la­tors ran deep­er than expected.
The sur­prise an­nounce­ment from North America’s largest mak­er of…
An Olive Branch To Jamie Leigh

An Olive Branch To Jamie Leigh

Thursday, short­ly af­ter post­ing Ban Jamie Leigh From Blogs, I re­ceived a nasty e-mail from Miss Leigh. It was dis­joint­ed and dis­or­ga­nized, con­tained sev­er­al ju­nior high lev­el at­tempts at per­son­al at­tack, made lit­tle sense, and re­dressed a few things that I nev­er said. I won­dered…
Ban Jamie Leigh From Blogs

Ban Jamie Leigh From Blogs

I call up­on the bl­o­gos­phere to ban Jamie Leigh from blogs. Report her to MT-Blacklist so that her URL, jamieleigh​.net, and her name are banned from com­ment­ing on MT blogs. Bloggers us­ing oth­er sys­tems should do the same. I have al­ready…
My New Project:  The Magazine Design Blog

My New Project: The Magazine Design Blog

The Magazine Design Weblog After weeks of plan­ning, my new project, the Magazine Design Weblog, Weblogs, Inc.’s newest com­mer­cial blog, is live as of 9:00 PT this morn­ing. I’m very ex­cit­ed about this new, first of its kind, weblog. The…
Save A Chat Log… Go To Prison?

Save A Chat Log… Go To Prison?

SecurityFocus: Chat, Copy, Paste, Prison“You are en­gaged in a chat ses­sion with some friends and col­leagues, when one of them makes a wit­ty re­mark or im­parts a pithy bit of in­for­ma­tion. You hit CTRL-A and se­lect the con­ver­sa­tion, then copy it…
National Chains Shave Employees’ Hours, Wages

National Chains Shave Employees’ Hours, Wages

From the New York Times: Altering of Worker Time Cards Spurs Growing Number of Suits“Experts on com­pen­sa­tion say that the il­le­gal doc­tor­ing of hourly em­ploy­ees’ time records is far more preva­lent than most Americans be­lieve. The prac­tice, com­mon­ly called shav­ing…
Apple:  Going For The Jugular… And Cutting Its Own Throat

Apple: Going For The Jugular… And Cutting Its Own Throat

In a graph­ic de­sign group I re­cent­ly got in­to a dis­cus­sion about ap­pli­ca­tion choice on the Macintosh. During this dis­cus­sion, in re­sponse to the ac­cu­sa­tion that, with­out Apple and com­pe­ti­tion, we would “be stuck in a Windows world,’ I said the following:“Actually, Apple’s cur­rent…
YourBlog​.Blogspot​.com Going Away?

YourBlog​.Blogspot​.com Going Away?

Is your blog host­ed as a sub­do­main? Has your provider re­ceived a cease and de­sist let­ter? If so, you might find your blog tak­en of­fline. You may want to con­tact your provider with the in­for­ma­tion be­low and ask how they plan to respond.…
St. Patrick’s Day Facts

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some in­ter­est­ing facts about this emer­ald hol­i­day, cour­tesy of Finnegans Rainbow St Patricks Day Facts“Saint Patrick was not ac­tu­al­ly Irish.  “Erin Go Braugh” means Ireland forever  The first American cel­e­bra­tion of Saint Patrick’s Day…
The Man Who Loved Spam

The Man Who Loved Spam

One man’s trash… WSJ​.com – For Orlando Soto, No Day Is Complete Without Some Spam“Mr. Soto rou­tine­ly comes home to some 150 e-mail pitch­es, and he loves get­ting them all. The 45-year-old grand­fa­ther opens most of them. He an­swers…
Fighting Blog Spam

Fighting Blog Spam

Spam in my mail­box? I can­not ut­ter enough ex­ple­tives to de­scribe the depth of my re­vul­sion for spam. Spam on my blog? Sailors, cov­er your ears. Fighting spam is a pain in the ass. For the first time in my twelve years of…
Winner! Free Blog Makeover Contest

Winner! Free Blog Makeover Contest

After read­ing and re-reading, af­ter much thought and the in­put of Strawberry Blonde, I have picked a win­ner in the Free Blog Makeover Contest. Before I an­nounce the win­ner I want to state that there were many, many ex­cel­lent en­tries. Choosing the win­ner was…
Family As Clients, A Bad Idea

Family As Clients, A Bad Idea

Recently a fam­i­ly mem­ber asked for help with a de­sign project. I agreed, but it brought back to mind the last time I worked for fam­i­ly. I’ll share it. A few years ago my un­cle was run­ning for Senator of an East Coast state.…
Giant Black Hole Rips Star Apart

Giant Black Hole Rips Star Apart

Wow. All I can say is a stunned “wow”. Chandra :: Photo Album :: RX J1242-11 :: 18 Feb 04Illustratoin of star being ripped apart by giant black hole.…
Physics of Comic Books Taught At UMinn

Physics of Comic Books Taught At UMinn

Uncanny physics of com­ic book superheroes“Can you teach a physics class with on­ly com­ic books to il­lus­trate the prin­ci­ples? University of Minnesota physics pro­fes­sor James Kakalios has been do­ing it since 1995, when he ex­plained the prin­ci­ple of con­ser­va­tion…
Today Started A New Gig

Today Started A New Gig

Today I start­ed a new con­sult­ing gig train­ing in Quark. It’s a lot of fun. It’s al­so prof­itable, but the fun is the main draw for me. The gig should last about two weeks. For more on Quark, see these very ac­tive dis­cus­sions on…
Job Posting:  Kissing Ass

Job Posting: Kissing Ass

I found the be­low in a pub­licly post­ed job open­ing. Its good to know ex­act­ly what you want in an employee.“If you have ex­pe­ri­ence in the print­ing, copy­ing and/or kiss­ing ass/Graphic Arts fields please join our ranks. ”…
The Cutthroat (and Sophomoric) Literary World

The Cutthroat (and Sophomoric) Literary World

A glitch this week in Amazon.com’s site soft­ware re­vealed the re­al names of thou­sands of peo­ple who had post­ed anony­mous re­views of books… And it re­vealed a whole new world of cut­throat, pet­ty, and of­ten ju­ve­nile be­hav­ior among pub­lished au­thors and…
Response to “The Gay Marriage Thing”

Response to “The Gay Marriage Thing”

“Pagans (from what I am told) don’t get mar­ried, they get hand fast­ed. Is hand fast­ing even valid ac­cord­ing to the state/courts?” No, it’s not le­gal in and of it­self. Couples who be­come hand-fasted must ei­ther use a priest­ess li­censed…
Must Read:  World of Ends

Must Read: World of Ends

I don’t say “must read” very of­ten in any context–much less to the di­verse read­er­ship of my blog. This time, how­ev­er, I say it. You must read the be­low web page. World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop…
Free Blog Makeover Contest – Act Now!

Free Blog Makeover Contest – Act Now!

Win a free, professionally designed makeover of your blog--no strings attached! Write me an essay telling me about your current blog, the blog of your dreams, and why yours should be the blog that wins a free makeover.