Saturday, March 22, 2003
what's hot what's not
A Welcome Break
Working on the world headquarters and the mother in law remodel, taking a short break, and surfing the morning blogs I noticed that Doc Searls was coming to Phoenix for PC Forum. I then found an email from Doc looking to hitch a ride from the airport.
Despite the war, road construction and getting lost I managed to pick him up. We had lunch and caught up on what we had been doing. He is in the middle of remodeling also, but his significant other is firmly at the helm of that project.
PC Forum is one of those high dollar gatherings of people who are still managing to make money in the PC, telco, software and internet industries. In talking with Doc, I would like to go. Not to attend the sessions but to hang out with the folks who are attending. Dan Gillmor, Cory Doctorow, Andre Durand, Eric Norlin...
It was a welcome break from sanding drywall mud.
Reporting the war
One of the dumbest moments in Journalism happened yesterday during the White House Press briefing. Campbell Brown, the White House Press reporter for NBC and one of their talking head's and had this gem;
Q Just to clarify Terry's question. You said the President doesn't need to watch TV to know what's going on in Iraq, but you're telling me -- these are pretty astounding images -- he doesn't have a television on somewhere, he's not watching what's going on?
MR. FLEISCHER: The President, again, understands the implications of the actions that he has launched to secure the disarmament of the Iraqi regime to liberate the people.
Q Right, right, right. The question, though, is he watching TV, or not?
MR. FLEISCHER: The President may occasionally turn on the TV, but that's not how he gets his news or his information.
Q I'm not suggesting it is; but we just want to try to get an image of --
Let me see here... We have satellites, gun cameras, pilotless drones, radar, infra-red, low light, and detectors for just about every frequency in the electromagnetic spectrum, and all of this is piped to the commanders in the field, and can be real timed to washington, but according to Campbell Brown unless it is filtered through some asshole with good hair, it has no basis in reality. No, not all journalists are assholes. But some are.
Campbell needs a vacation.
Mitch has a few words about journalism as well
Over on my Radio blog, I wrote;
Wake Up Saddam!! We're Coming!!
George has his little war. I however, am not as optimistic as some other folks who believe that this will be a quick one.
Saddam has no reason to save anything for the next guy. If he has chemicals or biologicals, he will use them. He will torch the oil, he will make every inch of ground expensive. Bagdad will be a bloodbath of epic proportions. It will be house to house and just like Vietnam you will not be able to tell the civilians from the combatants.
Our stepping into the quicksand of peacekeeping in the Middle East will be such a mess. We will be there for years. Our only hope is to split the country into three states, the Kurds in the north, the Shia in the south and the rest in the middle. Doing this however will bring Turkey into the conflict as they have a real hard on for the Kurds.
We will not be able to stop here. We will utimately have to disarm Israel. Oh Boy! Will that be exciting.
Well Turkey is already chomping at the bit.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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