|Thursday, March 13, 2003|
First Tiffany now Me.
at 7:51pm, EST this evening, someone found my blog by searching for child porn on the Roogle engine. If that was you, kindly please see a psychiatrist. There is no porn here. There hasn't been any porn here. That is, unless you count my drooling over tech.
8:45:08 PM comment 
Robert talks about blogs.
So, my friend Robert has a Big Entry up today. It's called, "I Hate Blogs." The big question I have to ask is one in response to tenet seven of his conclusions, which is "Trackbacks are cool, comments are not.", my question is...
Is the reasons that comments aren't cool because they're interjecting someone else's thoughts into your space outside of you control, or is it for some other reason? The same, I would imagine, would apply to Trackbacks.
I find Comments to be a great way to foster conversation and dialogue in one space, instead of spread out across the internet in a somewhat disjointed fashion. So...I suppose, since Robert doesn't HAVE comments on his blog (thus adhering to his own tenet seven) I ask the question here...is blogging interactivity a bad thing when it happens in one, but a good thing when it happens in a slightly different one?
I still don't understand his tenet one, either.
I hate it when....
There are days when, after work, I wish to be restrained physically from returning there the next morning. Today is turning into one of these days. I really really hate it when we use the wrong tool for the job. We recently decided as an organization to do some data analysis on a metric assload of statistics on schools. Some people in our organization decided to do this using, of all things, Microsoft Excel. Now, they want a front end put on it. A real, workable GUI. Excel doesn't offer these things. We needed to use the right tool for the job from the beginning, not just the tool that made things the easiest for the bosstypeperson. Now, I like the people on this project, they're well meaning, they're intelligent, but we didn't get to them with the information quickly enough. We should've insisted they run through this data in an app like FileMaker, which you can chnage the skinds on at your leisure, instead of Excel which doesn't really have skins at all.
It's irking when we use the wrong tool for the job, because suddenly, it's the day before a big presentation and they want to spruce it up a bit. Which they could do in FileMaker, but not as well in Excel.
There was some talk of using PowerPoint as the GUI, but that's presentation software, not an interactive database front end. It's not even like they work together. We need to create an emphasis on using the Right Tools for the Right Applications. But this is something that people have struggled with since time immemorial. I just hate having to explain why things don't work. It's like creating fine art with a claw hammer and some snot, it just doesn't do it for the average consumer.
For the love...
Okay, I found this article to be a case of Stating The Obvious. From the article:
"Popular Internet services that allow computer users to swap music and video clips also are an easy and free-flowing conduit for pornography, including images of minors, according to two congressional reports to be released today. "Oh My God. The internet is being used for PORN?! Stop the presses! We must get this news to the PEOPLE! PORN is being distributed on peer to peer networks! Horror! We must regulate them! We must shut them down! We must protect the children! Think of the children!
*deep breath* For the love of God. It's no big surprise that this is happening. Porn has been part of the internet for a Long Long Time. Hell, Playboy's been on the 'net since 14 February 1994 according to their domain lookup. Parents should take an active role in their child's use of the computer. That means restricting programs like Kazaa and such from their children. We don't need laws to act instead of parents. We don't need the government raising our children.
I'm all for the prosecution of those caught with child porn. I'm all for the prosecution of those making child porn. But to shut down a network, or regulate it, because it could be used for something bad, that's just ridiculous. No one is putting up legislation to stop these networks for now, but I suppose it's only a matter of time.
Thursday has arrived in the district, and will be bringing with it some warm temperatures and likely some showers this afternoon. It's also brought with it some soreness in my arms from lifting last night, and some tightness in my knuckles from pounding away at the heavy bag like it was my job. Dave and I hit the gym and I think we're both better men for it. We stayed up and talked for quite a while, watching Alias anad Ed on the TiVo.
Okay, quick side note before we go on. NBC is moving Ed to Friday. This is where good TV goes to Die. Bite me, NBC. Bite my shiny metal ass.
So, yesterday, I ranted and raved about the WSJ. Today, I will compliment them for publishing this editorial by Oriana Fallaci, which is worth a read (that means you, Ozy, you'll like it.) It's a hard, painful read, but it is worth it.
There's an interesting take on statistical monitoring in the Baltimore Sun. Apparently, they've hired a guy to examine trends in various statistical categories to detect a bioterror attck in Baltimore. [Link via Dan Hon]
Chris took some photos at the Blogger/Google party. I love his captions. this one is my favorite.
Wired News tackles the brand new National Do Not Call List, which is definitely a good thing. However, NPR had a hilarious skit on the radio last night about how to handle diplomacy via telemarketing. I laughed a good chunk.
More on the Matrix Phone
Krempasky should like this. It's a brothel menu with all the french stuff changed to Freedom.
Enough for now. Dave just emailed me, said one of his coworkers came up to him and said "The first rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club" and just walked off. Man, no one at my work would say something that cool...