- Yesterday was a rainout. I suggested calling it a rainout while it was pouring outside, but the bike insisted that if I didn't ride it was a point for it, rain or shine. Apparently that was all a bluff, because when I conceded that the rules made no provision for rainouts, went ahead and dressed out and started rolling the bike down the steps into the rainy afternoon, the bike relented. We amended the rules such that if rain disallows a ride during the available hours of a day, a rainout is called and no score is assessed for that day.
- I rode today. The bike was a little hesitant to go out because of the standing water from all the rain that has fallen over the last couple of days. It was pouring even this morning. But I stood firm and we took the normal route around the park. But the bike might have been justified in its hesitation, as we took a tumble on a slick turn by the Science Museum. I have pictures to prove it:
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Saturday, June 17, 2000
Friday, June 16, 2000
New York Times balks at cookie recall
PIR Seeks a Public Recall of Certain Cookies
"People think MP3 is free, but it's not," said Jack Moffitt, the 22-year-old iCast vice president who is overseeing the open-format effort.
Aharonian's mailings aren't subtle: One recent missive was titled "Patent Examination System Is Intellectually Corrupt." But at a time when the issue of patenting software is becoming increasingly fraught with controversy--as, for instance, when Amazon.com started a ruckus by patenting its "one-click" ordering system--his message is finding a receptive audience.Find out more: http://www.bustpatents.com/.
Thursday, June 15, 2000
I like being referred to as V., because people will think I'm really a lizard alien and that I can eat guinea pigs whole and take my eyes out.
ME 4, BIKE 7.
They wrote a lot of great stuff, but ultimately it's very pretentious and often just wrong-headed. Academic in a showy way - they're guilty of a lot of what they say they're against.
"From a technical point of view, it's a very difficult thing to do," Schuler said. "If you go back and look at the history of mail, which moves at the same pace, everyone had different mail systems and then everyone decided it would be good to have mail systems talk to each other. And standards were created for it. What happened was a mistake, in retrospect. No one was thinking about spam -- about how we could build a standard in such a way that could make spam very hard to do.I can't figure out if that is just a smoke screen, but it seems to be a reasonable smoke screen if it is.
The Baffler sprang into this world back in 1988 from a very simple idea. Thanks to the forces of academic professionalization, it seemed to us, cultural criticism had become specialized and intentionally obscure. The authority of high culture may have collapsed, but the high-culture critics had no intention of allowing their authority to collapse with it. Instead they abandoned the mundane project of enlightenment and aimed for bafflement, for a style that made much of its own radicalism but had astonishingly little to say about the conditions of life in late twentieth-century America. We set out to puncture their pretensions and to beat them at their own game.Ok so that sounds fairly interesting. But I'm still not entirely sure what to make of the journal. But then I read an excerpt (they don't have the whole thing up online) from Clip on Tie: The Diary of a New York Art Museum Security Guard by David Berman, and I really like it. Here's a bit of it:
Sometimes, when a beautiful Italian girl wanders into an empty gallery I fantasize about walking over and kissing her on the neck. When she turned around and saw that I was a guard, I would straighten up and whisper "no kissing allowed."
What Duchamp did with the urinal no longer surprises me, what surprises me is the idea that they had urinals back then.
No one gets hungry at the sight of a lush cornfield or a herd of cattle. It's enough to tell you that we're full of education, not awareness.
AOL has argued that efforts by other companies to create unauthorized links to AOL products could jeopardize AOL users' privacy and security. The online giant has now pledged to work toward creating an industry-wide standard for interconnection.Something good will actually come from the AOL/Time Warner merger!
Wednesday, June 14, 2000
The Unsolicited Electronic Email Act would place restrictions on email marketers. Those limits include requiring spam to include a valid reply address and forcing people and companies to stop spamming upon request.Doesn't that sound good to you?
Tuesday, June 13, 2000
In the meantime, we are applying ourselves to learning the art of the paella cook. We just bought an 18.5" pan from Paellapans.com, so we won't have to continue using the monster aluminum pot Katrina bought last week.
ME 3, BIKE 5.
Still hoping to get a ride in today.
Monday, June 12, 2000
Unable to explain the lapses, NSI spokesman Brian O'Shaughnessy defended NSI's customer service. "I don't want to seem callous to what these people are going through, but compared to the overall growth of the system, it's relatively minuscule," O'Shaughnessy says.Growth of the system? Huh? I have no idea what he is talking about, but I do know that NSI has proven to have some of the WORST customer service I have ever experienced. What a despicable company.