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Month: September 2004

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19

Why is this day different from all others?

Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Make no mistake. We do. But it’s a little hard to articulate why, especially when you’ve made the mistake of referring to your wife as a scurvy bilge rat and tried to order her back into the galley.

Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple.

It gives your conversation a swagger, an elรฏยฟยฝn, denied to landlocked lubbers. The best explanation came from a guy at a Cleveland radio station who interviewed us on the 2002 Talk Like a Pirate Day. He told us we were going to be buried by people asking for interviews because it was a “whimsical alternative” to all the serious things that were making the news so depressing.

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall


But as yesterday’s piece in the Times made clear, that’s exactly the opposite of what the government — or rather the people in the government paid to analyze these things — actually believes. A new and still highly classified National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq says that the best case scenario for the country over the next eighteen months is drift, along more or less the lines that it’s at right now. The worst case scenario is all-out civil war. The middle ground is spiralling extremism and fragmentation — basically a continuation of the evolution, or rather devolution, we’ve seen over the last year.

Joshua has a lot of very sensible things to say about the current political situation.

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen

Posted Sep 14, 2004, 5:04 PM ET by Phillip Torrone
Related entries: Misc. Gadgets

lock vs pen

Much to our surprise, we were able to hack our Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock with a ballpoint pen. This $50 lock is supposed to be one of the best for %u201Ctoughest bicycle security in moderate to high crime areas%u201D%u2014unless the thief happens to have a Bic pen. We used to use these to lock up our bicycles, but we%u2019re switching to something else ASAP. (Oh, and just to be trite, the pen is mightier than the lock.)

Well, isn’t this a wonderful little bit of news. You know all those cylindrical locks like they have on Kryptonite U locks, vending machines, Kensington computer cable locks? Apparently they are all easily picked using a Bic® pen. …DOH. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have 6 5 50 gmail invitations if you’re interested.

I have 6 5 50 gmail invitations if you’re interested.

Anyone reading this, I currently have 6 gmail invitations. Not like it isn’t getting easier and easier to get one, but if you _still_ don’ t have one and you would like one, let me know (either via email, the comments below, telephone, IM, whatever.)

Cool.

Thanks.

Update: Still have 5 left as of 11:21pm September 17. Gave first one away to Angelica. ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: back up to 6. Gooooooogle are so tricksy when it comes to marketing their new email service. So tricksy… ๐Ÿ™‚

3/24/05 Update: Have 50 invites now. Leave a comment to receive an invite. A link back to www.gabrielserafini.com would be appreciated too. You can use the following code to create your link:


<a href="http://www.gabrielserafini.com/">Gabriel</a>

Open Clip Art Library :: openclipart.org

Open Clip Art Library :: openclipart.org

Open Clip Art Library :: openclipart.org

Share Your Vector Graphics.

This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.

All graphics submitted to the project should be placed into the Public Domain according to the statement by the Creative Commons. If you’d like to help out, please join the mailing list. Also, browse the archives to review the project’s history.

Joel on Software – It’s Not Just Usability

Joel on Software – It’s Not Just Usability

Good new article out by Joel on the social interface aspect of software design…

Joel on Software – It’s Not Just Usability

With social interface engineering, you have to look at sociology and anthropology. In societies, there are freeloaders, scammers, and other miscreants. In social software, there will be people who try to abuse the software for their own profit at the expense of the rest of the society. Unchecked, this leads to something economists call the tragedy of the commons.

Whereas the goal of user interface design is to help the user succeed, the goal of social interface design is to help the society succeed, even if it means one user has to fail.

So a good social interface designer might say, let’s not display an error message. Let’s just pretend that the post about Viagra was accepted. Show it to the original poster, so he feels smug and moves on to the next inappropriate discussion group. But don’t show it to anyone else.