Archives » March, 2003

March 30, 2003

Top of the Ormsby Heap

My Ormsby House Renovation photo gallery is now the top pick in a Google search for “Ormsby House”. It’s nice to get the top ranking on something, but why does it feel like it’s going to be trouble down the road? Everything’s fine now since they’re closed and they don’t have an official site. And I’m the only person bothering to put anything on the Web about the place. But what happens when they reopen and do get a site, and I’m still ranked on top of it?

I guess that’s why the owners are going to call me to build their new site, right? Sure thing!

March 28, 2003


Clay Shirky: Permanet, Nearlynet, and Wireless Data

The permanet strategy is to start with a service that is good but expensive, and to make it cheaper. The nearlynet strategy is to start with a service that is lousy but cheap, and to make it better […] The operator of a cheap but lousy service has more incentive to improve quality than the operator of a good but expensive service does to cut prices.

March 26, 2003


Viola triumphs over the bathroom

Bathroom remodeling has begun. Today was Demolition Day. Sunday is Putting-It-All-Back-Together-And-Hoping-It-Fits Day.

March 24, 2003

Another Ormsby Page

Another page is up at the Ormsby House Photo Gallery, March Page 4. As usual, enjoy it, if you’re into that kind of thing.

March 21, 2003

Get on the Soapbox

Via Zeldman I’ve heard about Soapbox, yet another blogging tool. Interesting stuff, in that it can be used like Radio (run on your desktop) or MovableType (run on a web server), and has an impressive list of features. Not that I’m planning on running Soapbox myself, but I like checking out feature sets and screenshots from as many blogging tools as I can. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and techniques that I can stealadapt when I go to build my own system, the Blog-O-Matic! 3000™, at some point in the future.

March 20, 2003

Position Is Everything

Big John finally got a domain name for his CSS bug page. is now online, showing everyone exactly what happens when good browsers go bad. Especially fun is all the weird stuff in the Internet Explorer gallery that shows you all the different way Microsoft’s latest and greatest can self-destruct.

Time Enought At Last

One advantage to being laid up with a bandaged finger and modern medicine coursing through my veins is that I got some time to do things I don’t normally do. Last night I stared at Dan Rather for hours, of course, as most of America was probably doing, drifting in and out of consciousness and wondering if the man ever sleeps. But I also had a chance to finally watch the Lord of the Rings Special Edition, all three and a half hours of it. Well, not quite all of it. I drifted off towards the end. But, as my wife said, once Gandalf falls down that pit it’s pretty much over anyway.

And I also got to read while I was laid up. Today I finished reading A Year at the Movies, by Tom Servo himself, Kevin Murphy. After Mystery Science Theater 3000 went off the air, he decided to write a book, and he needed a gimmick to pull in the people. So the task he set himself to was to go to the movies every single day for an entire year, and write about the experience. And go to the movies he did. He snuck into Cannes. He saw a movie in the world’s largest igloo. He saw films in a tin hut in the South Pacific. He brought a projector and screened silent movies on a beach in Mexico. And through it all he wrote. He wrote about blockbusters, classics, art films, documentaries, comedies, horror, everything that was out there. 52 chapters in all, one chapter for each week. He fell in love with the simple act of going to the cinema, and his enthusiasm for movie-going is infectious. Even when he’s complaining about the poor quality of in-flight movies you can tell he’s enjoying himself. And at the end of the book, you can’t help but wonder: what did he do on January 1st? How could he stand not seeing a movie for the first time in a year?

So, that’s three thumbs up for A Year at the Movies! (and a solitary wavering thumb for its short-on-content companion site)


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The Joys of Percocet

I’ve been off the air for a little bit after going under the knife yesterday. Apparently my finger was capable of producing a growth that the doctors had never seen before, so they wanted to cut the thing out before it grew into a second head. And cut they did, going all the way down to the tendon before finding the roots of the thing. And then they stitched me up and gave me a jar of little white pills and told me to keep my arm elevated. Let me tell you—with those pills, my whole body was elevated.

March 18, 2003


A not-too-glowing report on the logistics of offering Wi-Fi at places like McDonalds and Starbucks, from Ross Rubin.

What good is offering users a free hour of wireless Internet access in a place where the seating is designed to initiate scoliosis after more than 20 minutes?