April 22, 2004


Today you'll get fed lots of artificially-grown, richly fertilized air and noise pollution about how the world is DOOOOOMED!

In truth, the world is getting better under just about every measurable metric you care to look at. So in honor of Earth Day, feed your head something healthy - unadulterated, free of impurities, genetically unmodified good news. I've read the last two of these and intend to get my hands on the first as soon as I can.

Note that these are Amazon.com links, but not affiliate links. I make no money off these recommendations and don't care where you obtain these books - although I might suggest looking at your local library.

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Case in Point

Order Date: Apr 10, 2004
Delivery estimate: Apr 21, 2004 - Apr 22, 2004
Items not yet shipped:
  • The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now

They'll get around to it.

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April 21, 2004



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April 16, 2004

Smart People Breeding

Much joy to Jeff and Carrie on the expectation of their most significant contribution to date.

Now, let the "child selector" and "voice-family: inherit" jokes begin!

(A nod of the head to Anil for the title of this post.)

UPDATE: Instead of CSS jokes,why not try corny Photoshop jokes?

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April 15, 2004


I went off to mail my tax forms around 8:00 p.m. this evening. I figured that the local post office would have quite a line, so I brought my fully charged iPod with me. (No, I didn't expect to wait 10 hours.)

This particular location stays open until 9:00 pm. on weeknights. When I arrived, the line was shorter than usual for the after-hours certified mail crowd. Inside the doorway, a greeter kindly pointed me to the certified mail forms - all with pre-printed address labels for federal and state agencies. I needed only to fill in my own address. By the time I had finished, a spot at the counter was open for me. A few seconds to ring up the transaction, and I was out the door.

I got home at 8:20 p.m. I didn't have time to listen to a full song in that line.

So to the Postmaster for Arlington's North Station in 22207, and everyone who works there, pat yourself on the back for a job well-done. I wish more businesses conducted themselves that way.

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Today is the day that most Americans stop thinking about the taxes they pay, at least, once they've gone by the post office they stop thinking. But Americans haven't really satisfied their obligation until Tax Freedom Day, the day they stop working for the government and start working for themselves.

This year, Tax Freedom Day came on April 11, 2004, the earliest since 1967.

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April 14, 2004

Party Line

Matt has the Internet in his pants: All Hail Bluetooth

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April 07, 2004

Best Reason to Become a Lawyer

Scott relates his friend's vocation to the law:

oh god, I love Iron Maiden. I'm going to study really hard so I can be the best lawyer and make a ton of money so I can buy...a pirate ship.

Just watch out for the sharks.

I must admit, though, nothing jazzes up a legal brief drafting session like a full-volume blast of "Run to the Hills."

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April 05, 2004

Four Corners

Yesterday, Tom and company announced the launch of Four Corners. What is Four Corners? Funny you should ask:

Four Corners is life and its many facets. Food, technology, music, politics, culture, games, language: interrelated and intertwined. A place to provoke thinking, spawn creation, inspire adventure. Much time is spent in modern media discussing how separate and different everything is -- Four Corners wants to fuse it all back together into the greater whole.

And they've got an RSS feed for those so inclined.

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April 01, 2004

I'm Feeling Lucky

Too bad I'm not licensed in California, have no desire to live there, and probably lack the "strong academic credentials" they have in mind. Otherwise, I might jump at the chance to be Google's Intellectual Property Counsel.

Google is looking for an attorney to assist with intellectual property issues. This position will be involved with a wide range of intellectual property issues. The substantive areas include copyright, framing, linking (including deep-linking), defamation, etc. And the legal work for these substantive areas ranges from advice to implementation to litigation support. Indeed, the only intellectual property matters with which this position will not be deeply involved are matters that are strictly patent or trademark in nature, which are handled by other existing Google lawyers.

Maybe I'll send in a resume just to see what they have to say.

Thanks to Mike for the link.

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