[I don’t post comments on other people’s blog posts much these days, because as we all know the comments section is usually the equivalent of the pit underneath the blog’s outhouse. But I did post a response to Zoë Keating’s What Should I Do About YouTube, which has been making the rounds, and I thought it […]
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If the tech industry worked like the music industry, continued.
“Hey, it’s my rock star devs! How’s it going, guys?” “It sucks. We busted our ass for months building this thing, and we can’t make enough money to pay rent. We’re all living in the same house.” “That sucks, but look: you’ll make your money on the next app. That’s how it works. Aren’t the […]
If the tech industry worked like the music industry
“Hi! You’re a venture capitalist. We’re a tech startup. We have a web app we want to sell to people.” “Great! So here’s how this works: we’re going to give you a chunk of money. You’re going to use this to build your web app. It’s called an ‘advance’. We’re also going to give you […]
On the death of netbooks.
This week, Acer and ASUS announced they’d be halting production of their netbook lines…which means, because they were the last major producers of netbooks, that the form factor is all but dead. Ironically, I expensed a cheap netbook the day before yesterday — a Gateway, which actually means an Acer, because Acer owns Gateway now. […]
Of all the creatures on Earth…
…humans are the only ones with the capacity to lie; or rather, to invent things which are not true. This is a fundamental property of consciousness.
I started Zenarchery a very, very long time ago: the first version of the site went up, I believe, in 1998. Back then I had no idea about “weblog” software, so I wrote my own, which allowed me to make very simple HTML posts. Over the last few years, the site has stagnated, as I’ve […]
How to pack
Tomorrow, I’m flying to Chicago to pick up a van that Rosalie’s aunt is very kindly giving us (we haven’t had a car in a while). I’ll be driving the van back, which is a 2100 mile drive, at least on the route I’m taking, which will take me from freezing, possibly snowing Chicago, all […]
A letter to my neighbor
Irene, 1) I did to my knowledge not receive the letter you mention. Perhaps you shoved it under my door and the scampering neighborhood hooligans took it, or the 80 year old Swiss woman you insist is spraying poison all over the yard and running a methamphetamine laboratory in her parlor. Or the spies you […]
Recipe: Mac ‘n Cheese Stovetop Soufflé
Ingredients 1 package macaroni and cheese (brand is irrelevant) 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese (the kind in the can works too) 1 cup frozen cut spinach 1 cup frozen peas 2 eggs Directions Cook macaroni in medium saucepan. (If you don’t know how to […]
It’s Just The Internet. It Doesn’t Matter.
It’s been reported that Diaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy committed suicide this week at 22 years of age; while no one is sure of the cause, of course, there has been a lot of speculation that Diaspora’s lack of traction might have been a trigger. I certainly hope not. I wish he hadn’t done it in the first […]