Saturday, April 26, 2003

The face of SARS (source; Tony Pierce)

Tony's blog here. Read the comments about this image here

BLOGGING: High & Low
One of the things I love about blogging is how it allows people to publish themselves--and their friends as well. Often, one blog leads to another in a fantastically arbitrary way. Read both of these today:
Tony Perkins, Always On Big Cheese interview: Eric Schmidt on why Google bought Blogger (from
I believe that this notion of self-publishing, which is what Blogger and blogging are really about, is the next big
wave of human communication. The last big wave was Web activity. Before that one it was e-mail.
Instant messaging was an extension of e-mail, real-time e-mail.

...Weíre all still reeling from the fact that there are not homogeneous news sources anymore,
that the magazine and publishing industries are becoming more variegated, more distributed,
and smaller and more targeted.
The Internet, in particular whatís happening at Google now, is the extreme of this. This is not
necessarily all good, but itís clear that if you extrapolate this out, that there will be a million
weblogs of communities that are very distinct and very strong. And they donít favor one political
party or one particular view of life.

Jeff Jarvis hysterical snippet on the (not) naked Jeff, the naked Michael Moore, and the wonderful DC Pierson
You can tell Jeff is a born editor, because he is genius at finding things and at commenting on them.
See Jeff's coy naked item here
Find out why DC Pierson rocks here.

Find out what the hell this image is and who created it here.

Blogging: William Gross: Susan Mernit is wrong about laurel canyon
Bill Grosso blogged me! We obviously don't share movie tastes, but we'll both be at the Software Developer's Forum Expo on Home Networking on Tuesday, April 29th in San Jose, CA. He invited me, and I'll be leading the closing panel.
If you are in the Valley, you should come--this will be a great afternoon and evening. Lots of networking and some really smart speakers.
READING: My bookshelf
Living it up: Our love affair with luxury, by James B. Twitchell: University of Florida English professor explores the power that luxury brand names have over consumers. A witty, personalized discourse on consumerism.

What Happy People Know: How the new science of happiness can change your life for the better, by Dan Baker, PHD, and Cameron Stauth. The director of the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement programs offers inspiring stories and tips for coping with disappointment and holding onto your values. A bit trite in spots, amazingly moving in others.

In the Catskills: A Century of the Jewish Experience in 'The Mountains edited by Phil Brown. Jews of a certain ago remember going to the Catskills, or having their families go to the Catskills every summer and for lots of holidays. So much of the New York, urban Jewish experience was formed by the tummelers, the schtick, the tshuros, of those blue-collar mountain resort visits. This book si a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Tanya Grossinger's memoir, Growing up at Grossingers.
THE SOCIABLE WEB: Early MOSAIC called for group annotation functions

Art McGee points to an article by Paul Jones in Local Tech Wire that shows how the original group-ware functions for the CERN WWW browser were abandoned by the Andressen-led development group that produced Mosaic in 1993.

Jones writes "The team at NCSA lead by Joseph Hardin did a fine job, but the vision that had been provided by Tim Berners-Lee was depreciated greatly and the prototype Tim provided with his Nexus browser was largely ignored."

A screen shot of the Berners-Lee's CERN browser is worth looking at and shows the collaborative here to see.

Back in 1993, part of my job for Scholastic was to tune into what peple were doing that was interesting and useful--and groupware and collaborative browser tools where part of the list.
I went to Palo Alto to see what, Kevin Hughes and the folks at EIT were building as cross-network, multimedia collaborative tool for high bandwdith workgroup. Spent time at the University of California at Rohnert Park, where some folks worked on their own graphical browser with group capabilities, etc.

The current interest in social software and collaborative web spaces is an evolution of our earlier experiences online--most web creators started with publishing, distributing iniofrmation one to one or one to many, Ten years later, we are now moving into networking--information centers linked on nodes of friend of a friend (FOAF), work-group, community, affinity, etc.
Why the change? Peer to peer tools.
We can't ignore the power of music file sharing and instant messaging to move people into a mindset where everyone is always on somewhere and it's just a matter of plugging in and finding them. It's that spirit that makes wikis, blogs, and wireless networks so obvious right for now.


Friday, April 25, 2003

And now for something entirely different rubber couches from Pratt from Gina.
BLOGGING: "They are family"...Moveable Type moves business to next level
Moveable Type, the web blogging company, made several announcements this week that have filled the pages of web logs everywhere.
1) MT has launched Typepad, a hosted service (a la blogger, you can post your blog on their server)
2) Anil Dash, a wonderful blogger and very smart guy, is joining as VP, Biz Dev.
3) Joi Ito and Neoteny are investing, making 1&2 more robust, as they say.
What fascinates me is how excited the blogging community is--at least 5 of the top 10 links on Popdex, the web popularity index, link to some aspect of this news.
There are many, many links.
I can't wait to see how this all evolves..more business means more vitality and opportunity to bring blogging to more people...something I am very committed to.

Oh yeah, and Anil got called famous, too.
Gothamist has comments about Anil's new gig.
So does, sorta.
And Anil weighs in:
"As of today, I've got the privilege of working with good friends for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect. And I get to work in the medium I know best, doing work I love. It'd be a dream job by anyone's measure. That the realm we're working in might actually turn out to be important makes it even better than a mere dream."


dieting, obesity, fatties 

BLOGGING: Tips for Fatties
The blogosphere has noticed that definitive report that food can kill you. Countless folk are posting away.
Megan McArdle's Asymetrical Information highlights points from a Wall Street journal piece:
Stop Drinking Soda: Over the course of a year, one can of regular cola a day, at 140 to 150 calories, adds up to more than 50,000 calories, or about 15 pounds.
Write it down: Doctors have long been fascinated by people who claim to eat very little but can't lose weight -- people who blame their dieting problems on metabolism, for instance, or heredity. But for many people, researchers believe, the problem lies elsewhere.
Eat Big Food: A Pennsylvania State University study fed normal-weight women over two days. The women ate as much as they wanted of different types of high-calorie and low-calorie foods.
Pay Attention to Portions: Studies of the way children eat during early childhood show that our eating instincts can change. One study put large portions of macaroni and cheese in front of two groups of children. The three-year-olds ate normal amounts, but the five-year-olds ate most of it.
Monotony Works: Most dieters think eating a wide variety of foods is the key to a successful diet. They're wrong.
Rethink Exercise: Everyone thinks exercise is the only way to lose weight. But the truth is, it's a lousy way to lose weight. Working out gives you all kinds of health benefits, but weight loss generally isn't one of them.


health, cancer, obesity 

PROOF: Fat causes cancer
Word's in that being obese (31BMI or higher) increases your cancer risk. 90,000 cancers deaths per year have obesity as a significant contributing factor. The report from the American Cancer Society, appearing in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, reported that overweight and obese men and women had a higher risk of death from most types of cancers, including cancer of the esophagus, colon, liver, pancreas and kidneys. Overweight or obese men had an increased risk of death from cancer of the stomach and prostate, and heavy post-menopausal women had an increased risk of death from cancers of the breast, uterus, cervix and ovaries.
"The association between obesity and cancer seems to be the rule rather than exception," said Eugenia E. Calle, lead author of the report.
More here at Chicago Sun Times Q&A
This is the moment I have to get serious about losing the 15 pounds I've gained back over the past 2 years. Eating cupcakes, fries, and cheese has just joined smoking as a 'Are you nuts, why do that ?' endeavor.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

READING: The new Radar Magazine

After receiving more media hype than Anna Wintour, Radar hit the newsstands this week. Now that I've read the first issue, I won't feel a compelling need to read future issues. (Disclosure: I read The Enquirer, The Star, New York Magazine and The New Yorker every week, along with Time and Newsweek.) This one is just boor-ring.
601am reads Radar, too. Yawn.

TALKING TRASH: Popbitch and Gossiplist
You gotta love Popbitch and Gossiplist for delivering the skankiest inside dish, like this week's items:
On Popbitch, the Gay to Z of Popbitch this week, including:
E! Channel
Gay CNN.


Always denied he was homosexual - he just loved
his mother too much to get married. From 1977 57
year-old Liberace's live-in lover was 18 year-old
Scott Thorson, who wrote a tell-all entitled Behind
The Candelabra, which included how he was forced
to get plastic surgery to get plastic surgery
to look more like "Lee".

Siegried and Roy
They live on a Las Vegas compound called The
Jungle Palace. It includes a cappuccino bar, with
a Sistine Chapel replica ceiling. They also have
a set of gold candelabras, given to them by
Liberace. Their white lions and tigers roam freely
around the house. Obviously, they're not gay. Oh no.
For a tour, click here.

A sample from Gossiplist:, where answers to blind items are revealed:
Kirstie Alley dirt

I love the new Pier One commercials featuring the
crazy comedienne Kirsty Alley. It turns out, she
really is crazy:

'I don't know how she's perceived by her peers,
but as a lowly intern I read some faxes from
Kirstie Alley to a production company that were
surreal masterpieces of incoherent paranoia and
free-floating aggression. One could only assume
she composed these bizarre missives under the
influence of some controlled substance.'

And don't forget: The Hilton Sisters Blog
When Nicky and Paris's true selves live online, can world piece be far behind?


Tuesday, April 22, 2003

G'night. See you tomorrow.
O'Reilly Conference : Vicarious Thrill Department
Cory Doctorow has posted a link to the bookseller that is offering all the boos relevant to the conference.. Click here and go crazy.


WHASSUP: Where's Susan?
Have been working really hard this week on a consulting project and on pulling together materials and plans for two new projects that will launch in the next few weeks.
I'll be at the SDForum's Home Networking Expo in Santa Clara, CA, next Tuesday, April 29th, chairing the closing panel on Broadband adoption and the arc of the curve--and what it means for marketers and developers.
There are going to be some great people presenting--Marc Canter, the brilliant founder of Macromedia and head of Broadband Mechanics, author of one of my favorite blogs, Marc's Voice, and all around general whiz, is going to present at 4 pm; Tom Pollock, VP of Programming for Chaosmedia networks, is on a panel at 3 pm, and Miguel Monteverde, one of the key people in the AOL Broadband team, is coming out from the East Coast to speak about how AOL sees broadband adoption going. Plus, Matt Peterson, who is working with Tim Pozar on the San Francisco community wireless networks, is coming to talk about wireless and broadband.

Meanwhile, many of the people I know in the web and blogging communities are either at or heading out to the O'Reilly Emerging Technologiesconference in Santa Clara. But fortunately, since it's an emerging tech conference, much of the data is available on the web and in people's blogs.
Links to presentation files are here. Anil Dash, Cory Doctorow and many others will blog it.

Sunday, April 20, 2003


Dead Weight: Atkins Jokes Lighten the Loss
Joi Ito:has links and jokes.
Doc Searls Dead Atkins jokes
Where were you when Mosaic launched?

A web page in the first Mosaic browser, 1993
This Tuesday it's ten years ago that the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana released the first Mosaic browser. I'd attended an event at the Library of Congress the fall before the release and seen X-Mosaic, a graphical interface for Unix computers that allowed NASA to post and transmit astromomy images.
I worked at Scholastic at the time, and was building a Gopher/Veronica/WAIS site at the time--with Brewster Kahle and his company--and I hurried over the the NASA presenter, asking, "Is there going to be a PC release?"
"No, this is a scientific research tool," the official replied.
Then, in 1993, I saw one of the first releases of the new Mosaic for PCs. I came home that night and told my husband that the new graphical interface would change the way information was communicated from now on and this was my future. Raced into work and started learning the mysterious HTML tags. Read up on SGML to understand the history.Launched the first web site that month. Just kept on going.


candy, Easter, fun 

HAPPY EASTER: Peeps Everlasting

Last Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies were consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States. I've never eaten one, but I love the colors.
"I love marshmallow peeps..."My so-called Lesbian Life
The Marshmall Portal
Worship at the shrine of Peeps
Peeps Fan Club
Lord of the Rings, performed by marshmallow peeps (Note: The original of this site was taken down under threats of copyright violation)

dogs, pets 

LOVING: Blog your bulldog
This is Mildred, James M. Capozzola's bulldog.

Here are 10 of 100 things about her
1. Mildred is what is commonly known as a "full-figured gal."
2. Mildred has had a problem, all of her life, with those "pesky 5 pounds."
3. Mildred's problem is, to tell the truth, with those "pesky 10 pounds."
4. Mildred's full and official name is "Mildred Pierce," from the movie of the same name.
5. Mildred says that if you haven't seen the movie, you won't get it. And you're missing a lot.
6. Mildred must be walked three times a day.
7. Mildred's "walks" rarely extend beyond one city block.
8. Mildred is one lazy ass dog.
9. Mildred burps, loudly, after most meals.
10. Mildred will barf if she drinks too much water too quickly.

(via The Daily Rant.)

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