Month: August 2003

The pen seller

This afternoon during lunch, a visually handicapped man carrying a fistful of ballpoint pens came up to our table. There was an uneasy silence, the shy glances around to see if anybody would do anything or turn the man away. He claimed he was supporting his parents and he looked pretty sincere about it. All …

Blogstakes

First we had blogs. Then, blog directories. Then, blog popularity indexes. And then, a blog stock exchange. Now, we have blog sweepstakes. Blogstakes, to be precise. Soon we’ll be taking out blog insurance, and collecting blog miles. Somebody, stop me. How can I win a Blogstakes? If you have a blog (i.e., a Weblog or …

Aggregate this!

Avid surfers: Suffering from information overload? Wired’s top news story on news aggregators got me checking out a few alternatives to Feed Reader, which I currently use as a free, standalone program to read my favourite weblogs and other syndicated news. In the end, I settled for Newsmonster, which integrates with your web browser. This …

Irate.

Disturbing politics. Today I touched on material that was certainly not relaxing. I continued reading Guardian journalist Greg Palast‘s book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy [rated 4.6 out of 5 stars with 74 votes so far], and was both disturbed and enlightened – probably because I didn’t expect crooked politicians to be even more …

Blackout

What do you do when there’s a blackout? Whip out your mobile phone, and moblog! The New York Power Authority has yet to update its website on this unprecedented power outage. Its last press release is dated August 14 concerning the anticipation of higher power usage due to the hot weather. Funnily enough, their motto …