December 13, 2012
therandompenguins:


The children had to listen to fifteen minutes of talk about migratory patterns this morning after finding their elf in the same spot on the shelf as yesterday. Because when Phil panics, he gets wordy.

I had to make up some BS story for the kids just the other morning. I’m actually a little disappointed in them for not calling me on it.

therandompenguins:

The children had to listen to fifteen minutes of talk about migratory patterns this morning after finding their elf in the same spot on the shelf as yesterday. Because when Phil panics, he gets wordy.

I had to make up some BS story for the kids just the other morning. I’m actually a little disappointed in them for not calling me on it.

September 18, 2012
June 18, 2012

The Slow Web

jackcheng:

One of the better spots to enjoy a bowl of ramen noodles here in New York is Minca, in the East Village. Minca is the kind of place just out of the way enough that as you’re about to get there, you start wondering if you’ve already passed it. A bowl of noodles at Minca isn’t quite as neatly put together as those of other ramen establishments in the city, but it is without a doubt among the tastiest. There’s a home-cooked quality to a bowl of noodles at Minca. And there’s a homey vibe to the restaurant. Minca is a good place to meet a friend and sit and talk and eat and drink, and eat and talk and sit and drink some more.

The last time I was at Minca, I had an especially enjoyable conversation with Walter Chen. Walter is the CEO of a company called iDoneThis, a quiet little service that helps you catalog the things you’ve accomplished each day. iDoneThis sends you a daily email at your specified time, and you simply reply with a list of things you did that day. It’s useful for teams who want to keep track of what everyone is working on, and for individuals who just want to keep track.

I first reached out to Walter because I was mesmerized by this koan at the bottom of the daily emails:

iDoneThis is a part of the slow web movement. After you email us, your calendar is not updated instantaneously. But rest up, and you’ll find an updated calendar when you wake.

iDoneThis is a part of the slow web movement. The Slow Web Movement. I’d never heard that phrase before. I immediately started digging around—and by that I mean I googled “Slow Web Movement”—and the lone relevant search result was a blog post from two years ago. If you run the search again today, you’ll find Walter’s writeup on his company blog, which reflects a lot of what he told me over dinner.

As we talked further, I said to Walter that as soon as I saw “the slow web movement,” I assigned my own meaning to it. Because it’s a great name, and great names are like knots—they’re woven from the same stringy material as other words, but in their particular arrangement, they catch, become junctions to which new threads arrive, from which other threads depart. For me, “The Slow Web” neatly tied together a slew of dangling thoughts.

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April 10, 2012
November 15, 2010
September 13, 2010
July 26, 2010

Inception

halphillips:

Inception is one of those movies people theorize about, so here’s my take.  I have not read about it or looked it up except to check the characters’ names, so this is based solely on what I got from watching it.  Needless to say, tremendous spoilers follow for those who have not seen it.

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May 27, 2010
May 7, 2010

robertreich:

“Why Public Education is More Important Than Wall Street, and What We Must Do”

Last year, America’s top 25 hedge fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each — enough to pay for 20,000 teachers.

March 23, 2010
tj:

potjie:

tedjseverson:

moltz:

potjie:

Now that healthcare is done, maybe education. Perhaps start with math.

Whaaaaaaaa?

In fairness, there could be a large block of unreported undecideds, thus making 41% the plurality winner. But either way, that’s still sloppy reporting.

OK, fair enough. To close the loop, full numbers:
41% went too far
24% not far enough
18% just right
14% shouldn’t have done anything
I read that as 83% thought healthcare needed to change but disagreed on how. 14% wanted status quo.
But no matter how you read it, still a horrible headline for this completely unscientific poll of people wo happened to answer the phone this afternoon.

…
JANE Listen, a Liberty Foundation poll’s about to come out…
JOSH A poll!?
JANE 68% say we spend too much on foreign aid. 59% want foreign aid cut.
[later]
JOSH So, if we’re lucky, foreign aid’s going to be funded for another 90 days at 75 cents  on the dollar. No one who’s ever said they wanted bipartisanship has ever meant it.  But the people are speaking. Because 68% think we give too much in foreign aid, and  59% think it should be cut.
WILL You like that stat?
JOSH I do.
WILL Why?
JOSHBecause 9% think it’s too high, and shouldn’t be cut! 9% of respondents could not fully  get their arms around the question. There should be another box you can check for, “I  have utterly no idea what you’re talking about. Please, God, don’t ask for my input.”
West Wing episode “Guns, Not Butter”
Transcripts from http://communicationsoffice.tripod.com/4-12.txt
I know I’m probably Toby, but I like to think I’m Josh.
(Actually I’m probably the guy who sweeps up after they’ve left for the day, but it’s my fantasy world, so let me have this.)

More than anything else, this makes me miss The West Wing.

tj:

potjie:

tedjseverson:

moltz:

potjie:

Now that healthcare is done, maybe education. Perhaps start with math.

Whaaaaaaaa?

In fairness, there could be a large block of unreported undecideds, thus making 41% the plurality winner. But either way, that’s still sloppy reporting.

OK, fair enough. To close the loop, full numbers:

41% went too far

24% not far enough

18% just right

14% shouldn’t have done anything

I read that as 83% thought healthcare needed to change but disagreed on how. 14% wanted status quo.

But no matter how you read it, still a horrible headline for this completely unscientific poll of people wo happened to answer the phone this afternoon.

JANE
Listen, a Liberty Foundation poll’s about to come out…

JOSH
A poll!?

JANE
68% say we spend too much on foreign aid. 59% want foreign aid cut.

[later]

JOSH
So, if we’re lucky, foreign aid’s going to be funded for another 90 days at 75 cents on the dollar. No one who’s ever said they wanted bipartisanship has ever meant it. But the people are speaking. Because 68% think we give too much in foreign aid, and 59% think it should be cut.

WILL
You like that stat?

JOSH
I do.

WILL
Why?

JOSH
Because 9% think it’s too high, and shouldn’t be cut! 9% of respondents could not fully get their arms around the question. There should be another box you can check for, “I have utterly no idea what you’re talking about. Please, God, don’t ask for my input.”

West Wing episode “Guns, Not Butter”

Transcripts from http://communicationsoffice.tripod.com/4-12.txt

I know I’m probably Toby, but I like to think I’m Josh.

(Actually I’m probably the guy who sweeps up after they’ve left for the day, but it’s my fantasy world, so let me have this.)

More than anything else, this makes me miss The West Wing.