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March 29, 2008

Stop Loss

Dear Kimberly Peirce,

Please do not make any more movies in Texas.

The entire population of Texas

Posted by ljh at 12:02 AM

March 28, 2008

Google Street View for Austin

Street view for Austin, nifty. I thought this picture of our house there was actually kind of pretty.

Street View Austin

Posted by ljh at 8:26 AM

March 27, 2008

mail trends

Mihai Parparita over at persistent.info (creator of the nifty Gmail Greasemonkey Scripts and also a colleague) has struck again with a really cool email tool.

Mail Trends is an IMAP-based email analysis tool that Mihai created to analysis patterns in the messages he receives in his Gmail account. He built it using Python, and it generates a bunch of pretty graphs and tables that give you info on how your messages are distributed in terms of size, time of day, senders, recipients, and mailing lists. I'm running it now on several years of my personal email and can't wait to see the results. (Caveat: if you're not comfortable working with command-line tools, then this project isn't ready for you to use yet.)

Keep up the good work, Mihai!

Posted by ljh at 4:09 PM

March 2, 2008

secular sabbath in the NY Times

I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.

Mark Bittman writes about the need to escape technology and connect to yourself once a week. I think it's a great idea.

In short, my name is Mark, and I'm a techno-addict. But after my airplane experience, I decided to do something about it. Thus began my "secular Sabbath" -- a term I found floating around on blogs -- a day a week where I would be free of screens, bells and beeps. An old-fashioned day not only of rest but of relief.
Escaping screens for 24 hours a week could only be a good thing for me.

Posted by ljh at 9:17 PM