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  • Blog Post: Persecutions in Iran

    Last week, I received news that the United Nations Special Repporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, published a report expressing serious concerns about apparently new developments regarding the treatment of Baha'is in Iran. I've sat on this since...
  • Blog Post: A Ghost from Mac World Past

    As many people at Mac World pointed out to me, I've been rather silent lately. There's a reason for that. Of the stuff that's on my mind lately, there just isn't a whole heck of a lot I can discuss publicly. Even telling you some of what I did at Mac World this year strays too closely to the realm of...
  • Blog Post: Sometimes I Feel...

    I have a sick sense of humor. Ed Fries told me that. It's out in left field and loaded with various inside jokes. Half the fun is seeing how many people get the joke. One of the ways I've done this is through the "Currently Playing in iTunes" feature of NetNewsWire. At times it's been subtle, like...
  • Blog Post: Feeling Antinomial

    Today's theme seems to be names. Dave Winer and Kosso are wondering about Robert Scoble's middle initial . Sorry, Robert, but I've already staked a claim to having all the relevant initials . On almost related note of vanity, having a last name that happens to be a common verb in some other language...
  • Blog Post: Gettin' Published

    Well, APress is advertising it , and Amazon is taking orders for it , so I suppose I can now publicly revel in the fact that Joel Spolsky selected my essay on Mac Word 6 for his collection of essays, The Best Software Writing I, Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky . Props go to Derek Miller at Pen...
  • Blog Post: Wes Montgomery

    When I first started this blog, I said I'd talk about music from time to time. I've been searching for the right opportunity to do so, but, until now, none have presented themselves. This morning, however, NPR's Morning Edition had a piece on Wes Montgomery . The big news is that Verve have reissued...
  • Blog Post: Caponomics

    Way off topic, but Bruce Stram is a cousin of mine, and Football Outsiders has published a guest column that Bruce penned. It's a fascinating review of the Economics of the NFL salary cap. I would venture to guess that few of my Apple-using readers happen to be football fans, but I couldn't resist giving...
  • Blog Post: Snowballs in Summer

    Snowballs in Summer They always start with something small. You take a three-day weekend to spend some time with your family in Victoria. You stay a couple nights at the Empress. Spend a couple mornings enjoying the waterfront. Spend an evening visiting friends who live further north...
  • Blog Post: Where's Rick?

    Where's Rick? Wow, leave blogging aside for a while, and the world just passes you by. The past few weeks have been so busy, that I haven’t even been able to read the blogs I follow. I fired up NetNewsWire this evening, and there were over 700 posts awating my perusal. Clearly...
  • Blog Post: RSS

    In a comment to my bio, Scott points out that I was destined to blog. Scott and I met at Scoble’s Geek Movie Night. This is one of the cooler things about blogging. You get to meet new, and very interesting, people like Scott and Scoble. Rick
  • Blog Post: Where I'd Rather Be

    Sometimes, information at your fingertips is a bad thing. For example, from my desktop at work, I can view the current weather conditions on Seattle’s Elliott Bay. When you have the means to go play on the water, yet have lots of work to do, you don’t really want to know that the conditions...
  • Blog Post: On Vacation

    I'm a few states south, and a couple of time zones east, of Seattle (just off Galveston Bay, actually) visiting family. Since it seems I've acquired an admirer from Sweden--or at least the ISP he's using, Telia Network Services, is in Sweden, I've disabled comments while I'm away. My apologies for any...
  • Blog Post: We Don't Need No Steenkin'...

    As I type this, I'm listening to some "Ten Years After" being played on an ELP model LT-1LRC laser turntable routed through a CounterPoint pre-amp/amp combo system into some Carver Planar speakers. Kinda makes you want to say "piffle" to the whole ACC vs. WMA thing, and I'm really having a hard time...
  • Blog Post: A Brief Bio

    Since I’m a n00b in the bloggosphere, I suppose a brief introduction is appropriate. So... Somewhere around 1845, my ancestors set out from their small village west of Koblenz and south of Ahrweiler in the Rhineland area of Prussia, to settle in the town of Scott just east of Green Bay, Wisconsin...
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