Chris Gardner’s “The Pursuit of Happyness”

Chris Gardner’s autobiography, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, is worth your time to read, front to back. In it, Chris Gardner records his journey, from his fatherless, poor working class upbringing in Milwaukee, to his stint in the Navy, to his first marriage, his second marriage and the birth of his son, to the breakup of […]

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Forgiveness, fear, understanding, and rubber chickens

Five completely unrelated posts. Well sorta. Damn I love software engineering…. Coding Horror: JavaScript and HTML: Forgiveness by Default: …The lesson here, it seems to me, is that forgiveness by default is absolutely required for the kind of large-scale, worldwide adoption that the web enjoys. The permissive, flexible tolerance designed into HTML and JavaScript is […]

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“Miserable comforters are ye all.”

LATimes: Editorial: Too terrible for words: IN THE BIBLICAL Book of Job, the anguished hero is visited by three friends who attempt to comfort him by drawing airy and sententious lessons from his agonies. Of course, they end up adding to his troubles; Job endures not only the real pains of grief and sickness but […]

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Warstories

Paul Tyma, a senior engineer at Google, developed and maintains Mailinator, a nifty service that helps you avoid the hassle of associating your personal email address with services you never intend to revisit during registration. A few months ago he posted about the architecture behind Mailinator and the decisions that went into it. It’s a […]

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On Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut passed away last week, at the age of 84. Wish we had the chance to hear him about this past week’s events, from Imus to the blogger Code of Conduct. But we’ll always have his books, and the innumerable writers he influenced. NYTimes: Kurt Vonnegut: …the time to read Vonnegut is just when […]

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Flex, Flash, and Comcast Interactive Media’s Fan 4.0 Alpha

The team I belong to at Comcast, Comcast Interactive Media, released an alpha version of our video player, The Fan, this week. You can give it a try here. If I say so myself, it’s pretty sweet. While more information is available on its official cimLabs page, including links to give feedback, I’d like to […]

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Tim O’Reilly == Tipper Gore?

No of course not. But this still looks like to me. The push to have blogs adopt a ‘Code of Conduct’, including content warnings for visitors, reminds me of the P.M.R.C. and the “Warning, Explicit Content” stickers that are smacked on on just about every album worthy to buy. I wonder what Frank Zappa would […]

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