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Friday, November 16, 2001

To Michael, the anonymous spell checker: thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2001

pyRads, from Pyra: a system for text ads like those you see on the Blogger home page. And eerily similar to those on MetaFilter.

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Retrieving Data as XML from SQL Server.
Relevare has a very interesting zoom interface.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

How come no one told me about stamen.com? More good stuff than you can shake a stick at.
Jay of weberrific points us to a listing of free XML tools and software.
Beautiful stuff can be found at neumu.
Place and Zipcode file documentation:
As part of the Tiger Mapping Service, we provide a 1990 Census gazetteer of counties, places and zipcodes in the United States, so you can find a place by name without having to know the LAT/LON coordinates. This is done using a simple text database condensed from Census data files. We are making these files available to the public "as is".
Oddly enough, I'm pretty proud of the link to glish.com/css on Web Pages That Suck.
In doing some research for an article on remote scipting I'm working on, I came across Brent Ashley's wonderful little RSLite Demo, a simple, ingenious use of cookies. Don't know how I missed it before.
Hey! Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 was released today. No time to play with it, so I can only hope they improved their buggy JavaScript and lacking DOM implementations, please, oh please. It's such a great browser in so many other ways.
Thanks to Brent, Matt, and Dougal who all sent me screenshots of the Johnson Hardwood Floor site as it appeared in their cache. Here's one from Brent. I hope it doesn't seem like I'm obsessing about this; I just haven't had much else to write about. Oh, and thanks to Scott for the kind words. But enough already! No more on this topic.

Monday, November 12, 2001

The Future Independent Web: Visions Of What's To Come -- too bad today's launch of Independents Day will be overshadowed today by the crash in in Queens.
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Thursday, November 15, 2001


That's Jason D. Oswald in a picture taken in May of this year. Jason was the boyfriend of a friend of friend, and he moved to NY in June to start a job at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of the WTC.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

When did a shave seem significant? In Fallen Taliban City, a Busy, Busy Barber:
In this town just taken from the Taliban by Northern Alliance troops, the busiest spot was Amon's Barbershop, where men lined up to have their beards shaved off.

One after another they came and one after the other the beards fell to the floor. At the end of the day, Amonullah, the proprietor, stood exhausted in a pile of beard cuttings.
To hear of the celebrations of the people freed from the oppressions of the Taliban just makes me want to cry with joy, to know that the war we are fighting is doing someone good.
In the 12 hours since the Taliban soldiers left this town, a joyous mood has spread. The people of Taliqan, who lived for two years under the Taliban's oppressive Islamic rule, burst onto the streets to toss off the restrictions that had burrowed into the most intimate aspects of their lives. Men tossed their turbans into the gutters. Families dug up their long-hidden television sets. Restaurants blared music. Cigarettes flared, and young men talked of growing their hair long.

Monday, November 12, 2001

Since CNN is so slow to respond when it responds at all, here's an article reproduced in full: CNN.com - American Airlines jet crashes in New York - November 12, 2001
November 12, 2001 Posted: 10:06 AM EST (1506 GMT).

NEW YORK (CNN) -- An American Airlines jet with 255 people on board crashed Monday on takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The plane went down at 9:17 a.m. EST in the Rockways section of the New York City borough of Queens, about five miles from Kennedy Airport.

CNN confirmed the plane was American Airlines Flight 587 from New York to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The plane was a Boeing Airbus A300. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the plane was carrying 246 passengers and nine crew members.

Asked if terrorism was suspected, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Bill Schumann said, "All options are open at this time. We have very limited information."

The Pentagon said surveillance fights were going on in the area and nothing unusual had been spotted.

At least four houses were on fire, and a huge plume of smoke could be seen rising from the site. The New York Fire Department dispatched 44 firetrucks and 200 firefighters to the scene.

All three New York City-area airports -- Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark -- closed after the crash, along with all the city's bridges and tunnels. Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared a Level One emergency, mobilizing all available police, fire and emergency personnel.

But of course it should be said that there is no evidence of a bomb or terrorism.
We're ok. But now living close to an airport (La Guardia), which once seemed a great convenience, doesn't feel very safe. Reports say that a large part of the plane that just crashed near JFK fell off in the air, which suggests an explosion of some sort. I think.
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