May 29, 2003

Primitive Biology in a sophisticated World

According to Nature Magazine, 11New research shows that armpit sweat calms female volunteers.``

Men's underarms may hold clue to new fertility drug.

``A cavewoman's reproductive system may have evolved to be ready for her beau by shifting hormonal levels in response to his scent, agrees pheromone researcher Charles Wysocki, also at the Monell centre. "Women may respond to signals in the environment that facilitate successful reproduction," he says.

I will have to reconsider when I take showers.

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May 28, 2003

Taste vs. Demographics

Taste Tribes: ``Humans have been forming taste tribes ever since the advent of mass media. It can even be argued that taste tribes are responsible for breaking down many of the walls that stand between people.``

Taste tribes, affinity groups, even fan clubs- they're different than demographics because you choose which group you belong to. We've already seen success with cross marketing this way, with Amazon's "People like you also like" feature.

This is a far better way to explore new ideas, products and creative expression than having some marketer trying to tell you what you should like. We trust our peers, but we don't trust "the man".

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May 27, 2003


Several small quakes hit SF area and a large quake in Japan.

There was another quake in Indonesia and that deadly one in Algeria that killed more than 2000 the other day.

Taiwan had a 4.8 quake too.

Lots of earthquakes.

You can get a San Francisco area earthquake info here.

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May 20, 2003

Pictures says it all

BBC: Glimmer of hope for Iraqi street kids - or just typical escapism?

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Burning Man: Temporary or Permanent

Nevada County Douses Dreams of Burning Man

Explain to me why Burning Man needed to buy 200 acres as a "staging" area? In addition to the 80 acre work ranch they currently lease?

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Missing in Action: One Trillion Dollars

Military accounting: $1 trillion missing: ``recent government reports suggest the Pentagon's money management woes have reached astronomical proportions. A study by the Defense Department's inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn't properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent. A GAO report found Defense inventory systems so lax that the U.S. ``

It's not just the private sector anymore (Worldcom, Enron) that can lay claim to these huge financial scandals.

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May 12, 2003

Don't say bad things about the Prez in class...

Secret Service Questions Students: Classroom debate. Kids say mean things about the president. Teacher calls secret service. Things get ugly.

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Watch where you park in SF

S.F. Parking Dept. says 'tough times' call for 40,000 more tickets

"Mr. Howard acknowledged that the department needs to increase the number of citations that is being written," the minutes say. "He stated that 40,000 citations need to be written within 45 days."

I'm sure by combing residential neighborhoods at night and enforcing rules about cars in driveways blocking sidewalks, that they could easily meet this quota. There is just not nearly enough legal parking space in SF.

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May 09, 2003

How to Collaborate

TWiki - A Web Based Collaboration Platform: this is a great quick way to build a knowledgebase, social groupware system, or even intranet.

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Why we love San Francisco

The Great San Francisco Bubble: ``Because despite S.F.'s adorable slew of brazen flaws, despite our frequent hypocrisy and suckass mass transit and decimated music scene and shameful homeless issues and ridiculous housing prices and a desperate lack of exceptional pizza and an ongoing invidious adherence to snippy politically correct mind-sets and Good Vibrations closing at a tragically early 7 pm on Valentine's Day ... ``

``Despite all of this, we sense that San Francisco still remains the most luminously progressive and culturally frappeéd and perfectly climated major metropolis in the nation, if not the entire goddamn universe, and for that we can only kneel down and be forever grateful. ``

This is my world, and I'm glad I'm living in it.

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Teens on File Sharin

Poll: Teens OK with file-sharing : ``Only 27% of American teenagers believe that those who download or share digital music files without artist or label permission are breaking the law`` ...

``Legality aside, just 20% of teens think that such activity is "wrong."``

The article goes on to say that ``58% of them think Web sites that facilitate the activity are breaking the law`` - so this really gets down to what is considered fair and personal use and not for people gaining monetary rewards for providing the service.

When I was a kid, we used to swap cassette tapes all the time. Until money came into the equation, it was fine. But we thought people who sold compilation or copied tapes were bad.

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May 08, 2003

Warriors nominated for peace award!

Blair and Bush nominated for Nobel prize "If nobody acted then Saddam Hussein could have produced weapons of mass destruction and, in five or 10 years, could have used them against Israel."

Oh, the irony.

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May 05, 2003

Unwiring the TV and stereo

In the future, you won't have to wire up your home theater: "The whole [consumer] market is going to [networking] and we have to have a solution," said Bill Mengel, director of emerging technologies at Thomson.

I'm still waiting for wireless power. :-)

But home computer and AV networking wirelessly will really really be nice. I want all my consumer electronics to talk to each other, I just want to make that connection without a rats nest of wires.

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May 01, 2003

May 1st declared Loyalty Day: ``NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance. I also call upon government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Loyalty Day. ``

UPDATE: OK, I jumped the gun on this. Turns out that this is a fairly common thing to do. Clinton did it for example. May Day loyalty day has been around for a while.

Still, it is a little scary given the current uber-patriotic attitudes. As long as no one starts wearing US Flag armbands.

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