Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Google Spreadsheet of Buying vs. Renting

Friday, October 13th, 2006 | 07:44

The Big Picture has a pointer to this Google Spreadsheet of a buying versus renting cost comparison: . It’s neat, but you have to save a copy to your own Google … Continue reading »

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Saturday, November 12th, 2005 | 06:58

Amazon has taken the brilliantly evil “using porn to defeat captcha” idea and put it to good use in their experimental Amazon Mechanical Turk. (The name comes from 18th … Continue reading »

Microstock Photography

Monday, September 19th, 2005 | 06:42

At the beginning of the month, I submitted a few photos to Shutter Stock, a micro-stock photography site, to see if any income can be generated from the pool of … Continue reading »

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 | 09:44

This is perhaps a few weeks late in terms of the blogosphere commentary flurry — if Internet-years were similar to dog-years, the lifespan of hot topics on blogs resembles that … Continue reading »

Into the Wild

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 | 18:50

We picked up Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild after seeing it in one of the Alaska bookstores, in the large “local interest” section. I had actually heard of the … Continue reading »

7/7 Changes Nothing

Friday, July 8th, 2005 | 15:36

History did not turn on its hinge yesterday. 7/7 will simply become another stanza in the litany of atrocities that go back to 3/11, to Bali, to 9/11 — … Continue reading »

Kennan, Realism, NPR and Iraq

Friday, March 18th, 2005 | 11:58

This morning, we woke to NPR’s obituary and discussion of George Kennan, father of Cold War containment. This piece began by noting that Kennan regretted the costs of containment … Continue reading »

Cows vs. The Gates

Saturday, March 5th, 2005 | 09:25

In terms of the big public arts projects in New York, I kind of liked the cows more than the Gates, now that I think about it. As noted, … Continue reading »

Carnage and Culture

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 | 12:07

I read Victor David Hanson’s Carnage and Culture last year, coincidentally soon after reading Creasy’s Victorian-era survey book Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World The earlier book consisted of relatively brief … Continue reading »

“A Fighting Faith”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 | 15:40

This past week’s New Republic’s cover article was Peter Beinart’s “A Fighting Faith”, a post-election call for American liberals to confront Islamic totalitarianism, or else fade into irrelevance. Though … Continue reading »