Do we assume that because we have difficulty learning a thing the children will also have difficulty?
One of the first things that children learn through instruction is to recognize shapes, both plane and solid, though they are not often given the names of the solids.
You can’t get fired for buying Microsoft
I hear through the grapevine that there is evidence that the postulate is false.
I turned off auto-run on my Windows desk the other day. Auto-run is a feature which permits the operating system to start an application when a disc is inserted into the CD-ROM drive. Some discs use the feature to start the music player, or a demonstration, or to
violate constraints start an installation process.
Windows will no longer be notified when you insert a new CD.
I don’t comprehend why AutoRun needs to be enabled for the drive ready event to fire — unless there’s no drive ready event.
The Eljer Patriot toilet has no power. It stops up — frequently. Unless you love plunging after each attempt to flush, and have a mop, avoid it.
We saw Curious George on my birthday. It’s funny! Roger Ebert doesn’t think it appeals to all members of the family, but I do. Maybe he needs a toddler. During the title sequence I was laughing so hard my sides hurt.
Expect to read the books when you get home.
Damn. I got caught; Rick tagged me!
Four jobs I’ve had
- Pre-Press Operations
Oops, that was five.
Four movies I can watch over and over
Watching Groundhog Day once is not unlike watching it over and over. I don’t generally watch a movie more than once. But if I had to, I could watch these.
- Star Wars: A New Hope
2001: A Space Odyssey, except the dream sequence at the endThe James Bond œuvre
- Mary Poppins
- A Room with a View
Four TV shows I love(d) to watch
- The West Wing
- Desperate Housewives
- The Sopranos
Four places I’ve been on vacation
Four favorite dishes
- Cherry pie
- Pancakes — butter melting on each — drizzled with maple syrup
- My wife’s lentil soup
Four websites I visit daily
Four places I’d rather be
- See vacation, above
Four I’m tagging
Larry, you ever going to get back on the web?
It will be housed in a radical-looking 61-story skyscraper that’s … an eye-catching example of modern architecture.
You can see if for yourself at Museumplaza.net. The video shows the building’s impact on the overall mass of the city, but not the impact at grade. The impact at grade is supremely important, given the claims made for this building.
There will soon be a new, exciting place to live and visit in the heart of Louisville. Created by world renowned architects, it will attract tourists from around the country and the globe. It will transform downtown into a world class arts and entertainment mecca.
Have they given any thought to the Cincinnatians who have to look across the river at this thing?
This field MAY also be used with any 3xx (Redirection) response to indicate the minimum time the user-agent is asked [to] wait before issuing the redirected request.
David Nesting had the thought that this would eliminate the last good reason — other than not having control over your webserver — for using a meta http-equiv=refresh element in HTML. Support for Retry-After in in Mozilla has been requested. It seems also needed in Internet Explorer, Opera, curl, and wget, among others. The test is here.
This quiz at Manor House doesn’t have my father’s profession. What? Clergy don’t have children?
If you’ve an interest in historical trivia, the United States Census Bureau has a very interesting series called Profile America [podcast]. Monday, January 30th, was Inane Answering Machine Day, in which I learned that Americans
make 1.5-billion local calls and nearly 250-million long distance calls — not counting those dialed up on our cell phones.
World oil prices peaked in real terms in 1980 at about $90 per barrel. In 1977, U.S. imports were 6.6 million barrels per day. By 1985, imports had been cut in half to 3.2 million barrels. Why? Simple economics: Higher prices boosted domestic production and reduced consumption.
“Presidential Energy,” Ronald Bailey, The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2006; Page A10
Tom Evslin opines on the attempt by AOL and Yahoo! to charge postage to bulk-mailers:
It’s my mailbox; pay me! Paul Hoffman suggests that
There are technical hurdles here, such as positively identifying the sender, which if it could be done reliably today would, and accurately billing him, unless Goodmail is planning that senders would anonymously transfer funds from their off-shore accounts before deluging the recipients with fraudulent messages. I agree that increasing the cost of spam is what will decrease its frequency, but I still get paper junk mail. There will be some who will profit despite the high cost of delivery.
And as far as “adding trust” to e-mail goes, I know who to trust. The Computer doesn’t.
Let me add a historical tidbit to Paul’s observation.
[W]hen customer usage of email accelerated in 1991 [Prodigy] imposed a 25 cents charge for each email above the 30-email limit each month. Customer reaction was swift – complaints surfaced on Prodigy bulletin boards and 18,000 customers joined the “Cooperative Defense Committee” to protest the user fees. [link added]
I suspect that improving the quality of mails received is something that recipients do value. This scheme may, if only by providing someone to execute for sending unsolicited commercial e-mail.
You know those stickers the grocers put on the fruits and other produce because the cashiers are ignorant of the prices and names of the fruit, and have to type a number into the register? I think it’s a bit excessive to put three of them on one peach.
Mark Cuban notes that the National Association of Theatre Owners has issues with the simultaneous release of Bubble in multiple distribution channels, and discussion on Fresh Air with Terry Gross mentioned that attendance at movie theaters is down. The drop in attendance is easily explained, even without recourse to quality-of-life costs such as incompetent staff, dirty floors, dirty washrooms, and peeling wallpaper. I need to graph the supporting data, but the graph should be obvious to Econ101 students: prices go up; demand goes down.