Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for 2007

November 24, 2007

Traffic School

I rolled a stop sign last month and I received a well deserved ticket. When it came time to pay the ticket, I elected to pay an additional $32 to the City and County of San Francisco and $20 to online provider of traffic school in this jurisdiction. This allows take a course and a […]

November 24, 2007

Google Ranking Problem

As part of my re-evaluation of my toolkit, I’ve started using MarsEdit. For those who don’t know, MarsEdit is a Macintosh program to write blog posts. There are a couple of small features in the way the Mars Edit works that could have been deal breakers for me, so I was going back to the […]

November 24, 2007

Two Sides to the Story

Is it any wonder communication fails? Her version of the story: R: I thought of something else you should get at the store. L: Ok. R. Hum. L: I’m getting a pad. L: What was it? R: What was it? L: What was what? L: What you wanted to me to get? R: I thought […]

October 14, 2007

How Search Can Go Wrong

A few weeks ago, I had a bad experience using search at an e-commerce site. It cost me a little money and it cost the merchant a little good will. It was neither enough money nor enough good will to be serious, but that was just luck. If this had happened with a higher cost […]

September 10, 2007

Miscellaneous Museums

I was looking around on the web for some of the works of the Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Here is The Great Wave of Kanagawa, from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. but if you are unfamiliar with his work I urge you to seek out a larger version and study up on the techniques […]

September 5, 2007

Quirky Units

Sitting around, waiting for an event to start, two new units of measurement occurred to me. Name50 – Size of the group required for the given Name to have a 50% chance of being first on an alphabetical listing. Late50 – Size of the group required for an event having an equal chance of being […]

September 5, 2007

“Your Call Is Important to Us”

“Your Call Is Important to Us” Why is it that whenever I hear those words on an automated voicemail system, I react viscerally? If my call were important to the recipient, there would be a live person saying, “Hello,” and asking me how they could help me. That’s what you do when a call is […]

September 5, 2007

Eight Years in the Making

The little man had taken his blanket into the living room and I brought it back to him at bed time. As I was leaving he said, “Love you, Dad.” Without betraying his confidence, I’d just like to thank everyone who made this moment, and all of the similar moments of the past months that […]

September 4, 2007

Ron Mueck

Heve, via Monoscope is a long-for-the-web documentary about the work of artist Ron Mueck. This is the look of an expert in action.

September 4, 2007

The Expert Mind

How does one become an expert and once you are an expert, what does that mean? These to be important questions. For reasons I’ll go into below, I think that achieving expert knowledge in at least one field is critical for every thinking person. As the final paragraph of this Scientific American article has it, […]