“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book


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When Less is Actually More

We’ve all heard the adage that less is more. It’s a succinct retort to our natural tendency to desire whatever is the biggest, the fastest, the fanciest, or the sparkliest, an effect exacerbated in technology and on the internet where trends are born and die within hours or minutes.


Eastern Market, Thanks for the Goat-Gouda

I opened the fridge door and peered in. Alone on the second shelf (yes, I need to go grocery shopping) sat a small, flat brown paper bag. There was


My hill of beans.

It’s been seven months since the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2006 Annual Meeting, but I find myself coming back to President Clinton’s closing session remarks frequently:


Numbers Aren't Just Numbers

Ed Felten has an interesting post up this morning discussing the 09-f9 HD-DVD key and why the net has been replicating it so enthusiastically.


Rapid Video Response: Speed Kills

Last week Congress passed a emergency war spending bill that granted for President Bush's request for a $124 billion in emergency funds to continue fi


Hey, Watch This!

The other day we were faced with a dilemma: one of our clients needed to be able to upload daily (and sometimes hourly) videos for posting on their site - videos that were encoded as MPEGs, but needed to be FLVs.


Comparing SSL server certificates

Today a client sent us a new server certificate for their site. Not being involved in the process, I wasn't entirely certain that the certificate was matched to the appropriate private key.


Sound, Excitement, Time to Do Something

Hi, everyone. I'm Chris, and I'm likely going to be talking about whatever I'm psyched about at the moment. It's going to be all over the map.

Today's topic: music. Specifically, interesting music tools I've seen pop up around the internets in the past few years.


Ditto Devices (or, When Facebook Killed Twitter)

The blessing and the curse of all the cool social tools online these days is that there are so many of them. If I want to upload pictures, I have hundreds of options, but different sites serve different needs.


Unix trick of the week: cron + time + swap stdin/stderr + logger

This week I was trying to get some timing data from a process that was being run out of cron. Being lazy, and not wanting to rewrite the process itself, I decided to try getting the elapsed time directly from the cron entry.

The original cron entry was:


Flickr? Ruby Hardly Knows 'Er

To borrow a phrase from the execrable band Linkin Park, I'm breaking the habit... tonight! Or I was planning to, anyway. The habit in question? Perl.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: