Zimran, thanks for linking to Michael Lewis’s piece on Sarkozy’s attempt to make the French more productive. It is funny, but given my circumstances at the moment, I would pull out this quote. Nicolas Sarkozy, the new French president, has decided that the French need to become more productive. He eliminated the law forbidding work […]


One of Rick Klau’s shared items in Google Reader suggested that journalists today will need to know Photoshop, HTML, and a bunch of other crap to get a job. That may be so, but remember that computers are just a tool, and any time the tool gets in the way of the Real Work, discard […]

Beautiful Day

It’s a beautiful day out today. The wind chases fluffy white clouds across the sky. Leaves whisper in the breeze, counterpoint to the bullfrog’s basso. I can hear the sounds of baseball from the park. The girls are out playing somewhere, the boys are napping upstairs, while I sit on the deck, tired, grumpy, and […]


I’ve been running without root access to systems for nigh on two years now, and I must say that it is very annoying, even with sudo in order to start some web servers and such. The basic UNIX security model is really, truly, FUBAR. What I’m finding is that every now and again you run […]

Ready for Vacation?

Ever have one of those days where you feel like your job is making you dumber by the minute? I am. I have this recurrent daydream where I’m independently wealthy and volunteer my time to work on the transportation systems at DisneyWorld. And not just driving the monorail either, but drawing lines on the swamp. […]

Sensitivity Training

The HTTP specification defines the method of a request in section 5.1.1. This definition dates to 1992. The Method token indicates the method to be performed on the resource identified by the Request-URI. The method is case-sensitive. Various cookbooks for constructing a request refer to POST as POST, and nothing but POST. And, yet, we […]

Real Work, in the Real World

Back in May I was elected to the board of directors of the Dalton Farm Homeowners Association, and became co-chair of the grounds committee. What that means is that I’m responsible for ensuring that the grounds are maintained — that the lawn is cut, the weeds pulled, the trees trimmed, the light-bulbs changed — and […]


Corinne Maier responds to the lack of opportunity in France’s ossified corporate structures by encouraging less work than more. In an article on her and her book, Bonjour Paresse, the New York Times writes In many ways, Ms. Maier is typical of France’s intelligentsia, overeducated and underemployed. She studied economics and international relations at the […]

“Yahoo tacks fees onto e-mail, storage features: The company said it will begin charging for a feature that lets people check their Yahoo e-mail messages from outside services. In addition, the company will limit public access to its data storage service in hopes of persuading people to pay for it.” [c|net] Expect more of the […]