2004-05-31

Depressing

Chuck just posted a frightening quote from George Monbiot's Manifesto for a New World Order:
"Between 1980 and 1996, the nations of sub-Saharan African paid twice the sum of their total debt in the form of interest, but they still owed three times more in 1996 than they did in 1980.."

2004-05-28

Dreamhost Rocks

Periodically my web host sends out emails like this one, which just arrived:
Subject: [Announcement] Starting NOW: 60% more disk and bw on ALL PLANS!

That's pretty much all there is to it! Everybody now gets 60% more disk space and bandwidth! You don't have to do anything to get it...

ENJOY!

And tell your friends and foes.. what a great time to switch to DreamHost. Don't worry, the new allotments are permanent!

Thanks,
The Happy DreamHost 1.6 Team!
So my disk quota just went from 1.6 GB to 2.56 GB, which is awesome. Alas, it's not quite enough for my 3.45 GB of photos, but still quite impressive.

Hey Kimmy & Biz—it's time to switch.

2004-05-26

Audible Anniversary

Next month marks my one-year anniversary as an Audible.com subscriber. I know this because last week I received a Happy Audible Anniversary email from them, including a credit for a free book (!). Initially, I subscribed because I wanted to make better use of my commute to and from work. What I've found though, is that the books are usually so outstanding that I look forward to hopping in the car! (This brings me down though, but that's a topic for another day...)

Here's what I've heard so far (all in Unabridged format, newest to oldest):The 18th of every month is Audible Day for me (2 book credits appear & $20 is charged to my credit card), and now that Blogger is happy and cozy I'm planning to post more here about what I'm groking. Up next is Middlesex followed by The Coffee Trader, then the other 86 books in my Audible wishlist.

2004-05-24

Free Stickers!

From MoveOn.org:

Defend America, Defeat Bush!

Troia

The excellent Phluzein reports on trouble in Turkey, due to its government not sufficiently capitalizing on the Hollywood blockbuster that takes place there:
"Two opposition MPs have filed questions in parliament to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his culture minister, asking why the film was not shot in Turkey and what the government was doing to secure the return of the smuggled Trojan treasures, Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday."

"One of the legislators also asked whether the government would try to obtain the Trojan Horse, the costumes and weapons used in the film and put them on display in ancient Troy, located in northwestern Turkey on the shores of the Dardanelles Strait, as an attraction for tourists."
That would definitely spice up the site—as a tourist it's not a terribly exciting place to visit. There's already a horse there however, and you can even climb up it. And drink Troy pilsner. Here are the rest of the photos from when I was there in 2/2000...

2004-05-19

Back to Blogger

Two years, seven months, three continents and 890 posts later, this blog is switching back to Blogger from MovableType. No, this has nothing to do the $ snafu; I just figured that a) Blogger is kicking ass again and b) I've worked on the Blogger Team at Google for over a year now, so why not?

I'm also really excited to be part of a community that's barely begun to [formally] take its first steps.
(my GAWD is this posting interface awesome... you rock CW!)
For posterity, the old site will remain available for some time, but hopefully someday an enterprising hacker will whip up some sort of import tool.

Perhaps this switch'll actually prod me into saying something here? I dunno, we'll see.