Thursday, June 09, 2005

Lisa and Elijah flew to Colorado last week. They got bumped to first class. I fly all the time and never get bumped to first class. They flew back yesterday. Storms backed up the system and they didn't get home til 2:30 this morning. 

Travel karma is a mystery.

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Chapel Hill blogging teach-in, this Saturday at noon.

Ruby sez, "Why aren't you blogging?"

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TVPhotoBlog has a post and pics from the Thomasville furniture plant closing.

One quibble: he says US jobs are being shipped to "less talented workers." My understanding is that Chinese furniture production, at least at the upper end of the market, is being done with high quality and high-tech. That's a big part of our problem -- they are matching us or coming close on quality, with labor costs that are a fraction of our own.

The same is true in parts of the textile industry...and in knowledge work, too.

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With blogging by businesses and organizations getting lots of media love...a look back at what may have been the first national magazine article on the topic, and certainly the best headline I ever got past an editor. (The Scoble column did not include the use of blogs as project and knowledge management tools within the enterprise -- that came later, and such blogs and wikis are still widely ignored by the press in favor of the outward-facing sites.)

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Mr. Sun slandered my youthful self with unfounded accusations of Andy Gibb fandom (as noted in the comments, 13-year-old me liked a different brand of crappy music), but his Prince Valiant comparison hit home.

All I wanted was long ponytailed hippie hair, and all I could manage was a modified Isro (Jewish afro) -- it grew out and up and without regular maintenance would achieve a volume that made it difficult to walk through conventional door-frames and posed a risk of neck injury.


Still true today, although as Nonny illustrates, I'm compensating.

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Lenslinger on the end of a downtown legend, Blumenthal's. The store will relocate, but it's hard to imagine that Blumenthal's or downtown will be quite the same.

Previously: a philosophical question and worries about underpants.

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Brian Russell is job-hunting. "I really want to continue working for non-profit organizations using technology to help people."

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Jon Lowder reports that the Winston-Salem Journal is allowing (some) comments on (some) stories...and in the comments to his post, we learn that the paper will launch its first blog this week, a journal of a student trip to Africa.

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Atrios on some big projects that New York City might consider, now that the ill-conceived stadium deal is off.

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Richard Dawkins: "Science feeds on mystery."

As in recent columns by WSJ's Sharon Begley and moi, he attacks the idea that gaps in scientific knowledge undercut science and indicate a supernatural solution:

The creationists' fondness for "gaps" in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. Gaps, by default, are filled by God. You donít know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You donít understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please donít go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God.

More on ID.

Meanwhile, an admission by one man that teaching the Bible as "literature" in public schools is in some part a cover for putting creationism back in the curriculum (7:52 PM, Alex Samuels).

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