Friday, October 29, 2004

Presidential�Enblogments�2004 :

Presidential�Enblogments�2004 :

Update: I wrote something earlier about fiscal whatever. Who am I kidding. It's the war. Saddam was evil, yes, but the war was a big strategic mistake that did nothing to make us or the world safer. Bush's father was a lot smarter about this and did the right thing -- cripple Saddam and contain him. I don't think Kerry isn't going to have a lot of leeway in cleaning up, but he strikes me as *somewhat* more rational.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Correction in the Wall Street Journal yesterday

"NEWS CORP.'S Fox News was incorrectly described in a page-one article Monday as being sympathetic to the Bush cause."

Gosh. How did that one slip by the editor? They're obviously Kerry sympathizers.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

World Series

Boston Wins Series:

"It was actually happening. The nerd was kissing the homecoming queen. Paper was beating scissors; scissors were beating rock. Charlie Brown was kicking the football. The Red Sox were beating the Yankees for the American League pennant."

-New York Times

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - Daily Dish - Daily Dish

This is, without doubt, the most interesting blog to follow lately. Andrew Sullivan (no relation), a conservative, is getting more and more rabid in his support of Kerry. I don't think he's alone. I've met a few life-long Republicans who are relunctantly voting for Kerry -- mostly fiscal conservatives (voting against the budget deficit) and those from the libertarian wing (voting against the scaling back of civil rights).

I've voted already, so now the whole thing is just entertainment.


I'm not mentioning that baseball team. The one that plays near where I used to live. Nothing. I'll only jinx them. Sports teams in my old hometown have only benefited from our departure.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Great city

I had today and yesterday off. Spent it doing nothing in particular. Took a walk today with Theresa and two dogs -- Dude and Bran, a friend's dog (half the size of Dude and twice the energy). We walked in Ruislip Lido, a wooded area just 15-minute drive north of us. London is unlike most U.S. cities in that you don't have to go far and suddenly you're really in the country -- muddy, dreary and chilly country, granted, but still. We walked through the fields, just north of the forest. It came with it's own herd of cows, who seemed very used to dogs. They all turned to face us as we approached and just looked, calmly, while the dogs leapt about at a safe distance. Our brave canine friends ran off yelping if the cows so much as moved one of their ears.

Without a Doubt

Without a Doubt

''Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not -- not ever -- to the thing we as humans so very much want.''

And what is that?

''Easy certainty.''


My three older children go to Saint Joan of Arc school in Rickmansworth, a secondary school that (among other things) is known as a specialist in information technology. The school has only just received this designation, but I don't know how. I do hope it brings some benefits to my children. At the moment they know Microsoft Office and can use a browser, and that's about it. And that's probably much more than kids at other schools learn.

It's arguable that learning Windows, a browser, Word, Excel and maybe PowerPoint is adequate. More than 90 percent of the computers the children will encounter when they leave school will have just that. And, really, is their education any worse than mine? Did learning Basic and Pascal on an Apple IIe, learning to type on an IBM DisplayWriter and doing my homework on a bank of overused Macintosh SEs actually make me more or less prepared for the future? About the only skill I have from those days (and an extremely useful one) is typing. And I didn't need computers for that.

So what should kids be learning today? If I were given the task of designing a computer curriculum for "normal" secondary school-age children (not computer science majors), what would I teach?

  • A bit of history. I think it's important to learn where computers came from, what has been tried before, what did and didn't work, etc. It doesn't have to be deadly dull, just some basics. How many children today know that a "computer" used to be a job title for a human being? That computers were first used to calculate trajectories for cannon fire and codebreaking? Or know any of the personalities that invented computing, boolean logic and the Internet? That the first programmer was a woman? How about the mouse and windows? Or the first person to come up with the idea for hypertext? Those are ideas that were ridiculed at first, but went on to change the world. Learning about it demystifies the process.
  • The hardware. I'd have them build a computer or two, to demystify the PC. I'd also take apart a few specialist computers -- a Mac, a high-end server and a handheld PDA -- to show the things they have in common and where they diverge for particular applications.
  • The operating system. I think it's important, early on, to instill the idea that Windows isn't everything -- that there's a world out there, put together by people not much older than you. For fun. You can learn this by putting Linux or FreeBSD on the computers that we build. I'd show them around the Mac's OS X, how DOS and Windows work and something behind the philosophy of each: "Small is beautiful" for the Unixes, "It Just Works" for the Macintosh, and whatever the philosophy du jour of Windows is at the moment.
  • Some programming. I still think it's important to learn programming, and it doesn't matter much what you use. Today, I'd choose Python instead of Pascal and Basic, because it's super easy to learn, doesn't limit what you can do (OOP, for example) and runs absolutely everywhere, from mobile phones on up. For graphical user interfaces, I'd use wxPython for the same reason. I've found that learning to program has benefits that go beyond computers -- helping in math and general problem solving, for example. Again, learning that you can write software also demystifies the process. I want them to think, "hey, I can do that."
  • Networking. You wouldn't have to go into all of the layers, but a basic understanding of how the Internet works would be a very useful. I'd have them put a Web site together, telnet to the Web port and see exactly what happens underneath the level of the browser and write some basic Web pages. I'd show them how e-mail works and introduce them to the concept of a firewall. Again, the idea is to demystify, make them feel like it's no big deal and show them that a world-changing system is built on some pretty simple concepts.
  • System design. The grand finale would be to split them up into small groups to solve a problem -- run a small office in a particular industry, an on-line shop, factory, whatever. The idea is to get them introduced to some of the basic concepts -- the management of data over the long-haul, ease of administration, keeping the price to a minimum, etc.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Music in the kitchen

For the last couple of years, I've been on a quest to get music throughout the house. Not any old music -- for that, I can just buy a bunch of cheap radios -- but my music. Specifically, the 1,556 songs and 215 albums that I have stored on my computer. I want to be able to play it anywhere -- out back, on the patio, in the bathroom while I'm showering, whatever. I want to do it cheaply. I can't afford to buy several copies of gadgets like the Squeezebox (no matter how cool).

But I'm getting there, slowly. I have three computers in the house, any of which can play music and have speakers of some sort attached. The big challenge with a large collection of anything is making sense of it: finding the best songs, organizing them into playlists, etc. I've tried numerous programs. The best right now is Apple's iTunes, which works on either Windows or the Macintosh. It doesn't, however, work on Linux.

One solution I've tried today is to use the free software that you can download from the Squeezebox site. The SlimServer software installed easily on my Windows XP-based PC and automatically uses iTunes playlists. You control the software from anywhere using a Web browser and play the music on anything that can play MP3 streams -- Winamp, xmms on Linux, etc. -- not just a Squeezbox. So far, it's working great.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Critical Section - The Tyranny of Email

Critical Section - The Tyranny of Email

Some excellent -- and some unworkable -- points about email. Geared toward programmers, but applicable to any knowlege worker.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Imagination at Work!

Imagination at Work!

A white board on the web that you can mark up, then send.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Webnote - an online tool for taking notes

Webnote - an online tool for taking notes

This is a cool idea. I wouldn't use it for anything secret, but if you just need to slap together some notes and then send them on to someone as a Web address...

I took me a while to understanding all the fuss about One really cool use for it is to keep the same set of bookmarks (or favorites) on several different PCs. I use a PC at work, running Windows 2000, one at home that uses Windows XP, another in my bedroom that uses Linux and a notebook computer (another Windows 2000 machine) that I use for traveling. I frequently find that I need a Web site that I've saved on one of the other PCs. I can usually find it again on google, but it would be nice if I didn't have to, if each PC has the same bookmarks. When I add a new one, I want it available everywhere.

This may be old hat to many, but I thought it may be useful for someone, somewhere. Here's how I do it using Firefox.

Step one: Register with

Create an account at The bookmarks you create here will be viewable by anyone (mine is linked at the side of this page, under my profile), but you need the password to add anything. Click on the Register link.

Step two: Add a couple of important bookmarks

The first thing you see when you register is the "About" page, which has some important links you want to save. Drag the "popup post to" link to your links bar (the part of your browser just below the address area). I'd also suggest using the "my" link as your home page.

Step three: Save your existing bookmarks

Copy your existing favorites/bookmarks to by going to each page and clicking on the popup post that you put in your links bar. Type at least one tag (or keyword) for each bookmark. Don't worry, you can edit these later if you want to organize your bookmarks in a different way. I'd suggest just starting with one tag for each bookmark -- a simple one, like "news" or "travel".

Step four: Subscribe to your bookmarks

When you're finished, your page at will have all of your bookmarks organized into categories, using the keywords (tags) that you assigned them. They're listed on the righthand side of the page, with the number of bookmarks in each category. Now use Firefox's ability (since 1.0PR) to subscribe to some of those categories using RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

For example, if you've saved several bookmarks under "news," click news and then click on the red RSS button at the bottom right of the browser, then choose the "Subscribe" option. You'll get a dialog box like so:

Rename the bookmark (in this example, "news" would be a good choice) and click on OK.

After you've done that for a few catagories, your bookmarks will have several folders, all containing a list of the links stored on

Now, if I'm at work and I spot a new news site I want to save, I simply add it and it's available everywhere, as long as I've subscribed to that category.

Friday, October 08, 2004



Click where it says [click here to start] and then, when the first picture appears, press and hold the up arrow on your keyboard. Yes, it took me a while to figure this out (because I never read directions). It circles back to the first picture after a while.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Rolling Your Own Network

Rolling Your Own Network

A self-confessed "liberal to libertarian (anarcho-syndicalist)" is mad and he's not going to take it anymore. (Warning: some explicit language.)

You Call That a Major Policy Address? - In a week of devastating revelations about his Iraq policies, Bush has nothing new to say. By Fred Kaplan

You Call That a Major Policy Address?

Fred Kaplan has the best explanation I've ever seen on the advantages of the incumbent in elections. Would I have broadcast it live? You bet. The chance of him actually saying something was just too great.

You've got a target on your back

You've got a target on your back

I've found similar in the logs of the PC the kids use at home, and that one has two firewalls, a NAT (network address translation) router, antivirus software and a spyware scanner. I worry about family members (often running an old version of Windows that hasn't been updated in a while) who know nothing about any of this and are probably wondering why their new cable connection is so slow. Perhaps because their PC is now a zombie, used to forward porn spam or phish from the Russian mafia? I'm not being too paranoid.

I'm beginning to think that Windows should be left to the experts now. Use a Mac, or Linux if you can get someone to set it up for you. You'll be a lot safer. But if you insist on, or have to use Windows, at least switch to a browser and e-mail program that isn't as much of a target.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/26/2004 | Center Square | Cries of 'media bias' hide sloppy thinking

Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/26/2004 | Center Square | Cries of 'media bias' hide sloppy thinking

There's no such thing as a completely objective journalist, but 99 percent of issues can be dealt with by sticking to one of journalism's oldest rules: show, don't tell. Don't assert anything if you can't show it with evidence or attribute it to a credible source or two (no "unidentified sources" unless absolutely necessary). The other 1 percent of issues arise from news judgment. Reporters want a good story, so they look for conflict and surprise, and that's by far the biggest motivator and usually the main conduit for bias. If something works like it's supposed to, and everyone's happy, where's the story?

The Internet is a wonderfully efficient factchecker. Not because everything on it is true, it's because it is so easy for people on the Internet to let you know you've screwed up. Nothing moves faster than an email telling you that you've made a mistake in a news article. You'll know in seconds. That's what bloggers (or anyone with an email address) are best at.

What's interesting about the CBS case, is that it's a mistake in the 99 percent portion of journalism. They simply didn't check their evidence, nor were they transparent about the attribution for their assertions. And, for what? A story that says Bush used influence to get into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam? Is this a surprise? Has anyone really disputed this?

Jeff Duntemann's ContraPositive Diary

Jeff Duntemann's ContraPositive Diary

"Newer software seems to be more and more hostile to the people who buy it."

Aiming for computer independence

I'm aiming for the ability to walk up to any Internet-connected computer in the world, running almost any kind of operating system and software, and be able to access all my important data. The toolkit at the moment:

* Gmail for email. That also has my address book, but only a snapshot that I've imported from my Palm Pilot. It would be better if I could synch the two, so that edit/add/delete in either place.
* and Bloglines for bookmarks to Web sites I use frequently and blogs I follow. What these don't have, of course, is the usernames/passwords I need to access some of these. I have to remember those.
* I can get to work email and all stored data at the office by going here and clicking on the "Anywhere" link. I need a SecureID gadget to use that, though, but I usually have that on me. I've tested this on Windows, Linux and the Mac.

What I still need:

* An online calendar and address book (see above) that I can synch with my Palm Pilot and share with my wife, Theresa. It would also be nice if I could synch that with the fairly broken online calendar at work. Still looking.

Wired 12.10: The Long Tail

Wired 12.10: The Long Tail

The key to this idea is the recommendation software. I don't have time to find that cool, non-mainstream stuff. The problem with Amazon, iTunes and the like is that I'd need to buy a *lot* of stuff before the recommendations start becoming useful. We need a Web site that just lets you input the songs, bands, books, authors, etc. that you already like and then generate suggestions based on input from other people with similar likes/dislikes.

Freedom is priceless

I was looking for something else on Google and found one of my old columns for PC Week. It's still true, though the column was a bit naive. I don't even think the Java point is correct.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

For the Record :: Chris Pirillo

For the Record :: Chris Pirillo

Follow up on the MP3 post I did a few days ago. One guy is promising to buy Steve Ballmer an iPod.

"I don't even own one - but I think Microsoft's CEO needs to experience that thing more than I do."

Honesty isn't always the best policy

"'She is going on a long-scheduled vacation outside Iraq and has no plans to work during that time.'":

My kids (the three on the right and the two at the other end of the cannon) along with all of their cousins on the Sullivan side of the family. This was taken in Ireland in August. It already feels like a very long time ago... Posted by Hello

Maybe I spoke a little too soon.

The new version of Linux I've installed (Fedora Core 3 Test 2) was going swimmingly until I tried something new -- getting my Palm Pilot connected. The version I'm using is, of course, very much on the bleeding edge, so I asked for this.

The first time I tried to synch with the Linux PC nothing happened. I tried lots of different things and, in the process, discovered that the operating system was seeing the device well enough (the system logs duly noted the connections and disconnections). It was the software above that -- gnome-pilot -- that wasn't working.

OK, I asked for help in the usual Linux way: I posted a query to a mailing list. Within a few hours, I got a reply that worked. Or at least gnome-pilot now saw the palm. A synch later and... now there are two of everything (contacts, calendar items) and about 50,000 (that's a guesstimate) blank to-do items. OK, so I should have probably set things up so that the information is just copied off of the palm the first time.

Now that I have everything supposedly working, I'm waiting for the synch to finish. I've been waiting since around 3 this afternoon. It's now after 8pm. I can tell things are happening because there are files on my disk, with names that you would expect (calendar.ics, calendar.ics-pilot-sync-evolution-calendar-1430.db, etc.) growing in size. Just very, very slowly...

Grrr. As usual I'll forget this pain once everything is up and running again, and then will turn into one of those fanatics calling for the downfall of Microsoft. So I better write this down before I forget.

Monday, October 04, 2004

'iPod users are music thieves' says Ballmer -

'iPod users are music thieves' says Ballmer -

As the friendly neighborhood tech geek, I get asked my opinion on MP3 players frequently. My advice is to get a player that can use straight, normal MP3 files. Stay as far away as possible from so-called digital rights management, or DRM. These are an ultimately doomed attempt by record companies, film studios and monopolists to get around what they call "holes" in law, and what we call rights. They will fail. It's only a matter of time. And when they do fail, you don't want to be stuck with an obsolete piece of equipment. Apple's iTunes is also DRM crippled, but the iPod plays MP3s too. That's what Balmer is refering to when he talks about "stolen" music. Give me a break. At least on the Apple iPod/iTunes there are tools available to turn the songs you buy into regular MP3 files easily. Best bet is still to just buy your music on CD and record them yourself into plain MP3 files (which the iTunes software will do). You won't be sorry. You'll still be able to play the music five years from now, when you're on your third computer and portable music player.

And don't steal! It just gives the DRM crowd more amunition.

Pulling Back the Curtain: What a Top Reporter in Baghdad Really Thinks About the War

Pulling Back the Curtain: What a Top Reporter in Baghdad Really Thinks About the War

Want to be a foreign correspondent?

"I am house bound.... There has been one too many close calls, including a car bomb so near our house that it blew out all the windows. So now my most pressing concern every day is not to write a kick-ass story but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay alive. In Baghdad I am a security personnel first, a reporter second."

Yeah, that sounds fun. Tell me again: the invasion of Iraq made us safer, right? Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox

I've switched the wife and (five) kids over the Firefox in the past few weeks and have run into only a couple of problematic sites. One of our online banking sites didn't work with beta versions of Firefox, but seem to be working now with 1.0PR. The kids use a Web site to transfer files from their school (Saint Joan of Arc in Ricksmansworth). The site appears to rely heavily on ActiveX components, so they have to use IE for that. As I'm writing this, I think I have an idea of how to get around that one, but I'll have to see. / News / Local / Jury selection begins Monday for 1975 murder of Reading girl / News / Local / Jury selection begins Monday for 1975 murder of Reading girl

Let's just say that the original medical examiner on this case wasn't exactly Quincy...

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Kerry, Newest Neocon

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Kerry, Newest Neocon

Watching a U.S. election from abroad can be frustrating. All I can go on is news reports and op-ed columns. I don't even see the ads. The white papers, etc., on the campaign Web sites are useless -- designed to say nothing at all.

My basic take on Iraq is that it was a distraction in the war on terror that didn't make Americans safer. That said, once in there, we have to finish it, or at least make the country stable enough so it doesn't turn into another Afghanistan. I don't see the contradiction in Kerry's remarks on Iraq that Safire comments on, but he makes a good point on Kerry's historical goof on the cold war.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

A photo

Let's see if this works. This should be a picture of a recent visitor to our back garden.

Our dog -- a large white boxer -- would love to get to know this bird better.

Historical post: a blank slate (7 May 1998)

Anyone who moves to the U.K. faces the same problem, eventually: Getting a bank account. If anything, it's worse now.

From: Eamonn Sullivan

To: diary entries

Subject: a blank slate

Getting a bank account in England is turning out to be harder than getting a place to live. My first attempt, last week, was a total failure. Without a permanent address (a work address isn't good enough), there is simply no way to get an account. I now have an address, so it should be easy, no? No.

I planned my second attempt a little bit better. I picked my company's bank -- The Royal Bank of Scotland. I brought a letter from my previous bank, a letter from my company, my lease, my passport and several other forms of identification. I even called ahead and made an appointment with my company's account representative at the bank.

The Bank of Scotland is located across the street from the Bank of England, in a section of London full of banks. In the center of this section is a giant statue of a guy sitting on a chair. I don't know who he is, but the posture is appropriate. I entered the bank at 3:55 for a 4:00 appointment and sat in a waiting area with about six other people. At 4:20, the rep finally led me to his office. Of the people waiting when arrived, I was the first one seen.

An hour later, I was still answering questions and filling in paperwork. All this for a checking account! At the end of the meeting, the rep's computer was telling him that my application was rejected. No need to fear, he said. He'll simply call my company tomorrow and get yet more information about me. Then, he'll talk with the bank's directors and put in a good word. Maybe next week they'll take my money. Wonderful.

It's an interesting sensation, being so untrusted. In the states, I have a good credit rating. I've paid off two cars, student loans, credit cards, etc. Here, I'm a complete unknown -- no credit history whatsoever. Why they just can't consult my credit rating in the US, I don't know. From what I can see, the British don't trust any information that they don't gather themselves. I'm not worried. I'll eventually get an account. But it's been an interesting walk on the other side of the credit society.

Next time, I'll move to Switzerland. I hear they're less particular.

Time for bed. Please let me know if I'm being annoying. I can send these out less frequently (and probably will when the rest of the family arrives).


Historical post: Black Monday (6 May 1998)

This was written during one of the lowest points in our move to London. Because of a conflict between my new job and school, we had to be separated for about eight weeks.

From: Eamonn Sullivan

To: diary entries

Subject: Black Monday, and the rest of the week

Theresa got off OK on Monday morning, despite having to overcome a tremendous handicap (basically, I was hanging on to her leg and wailing).

After she was off, I rode the train back to London in a daze. I went to my room briefly, but deciding staying there would be bad for my mental health. So I took the tube to Tower Bridge and started walking. I walked all day, up the north side of the Thames from Tower Bridge, under London Bridge (yes, humming "London Bridge is falling down" to myself), past Westminster, to Vauxhall Bridge, and then back down the south side of the river. I walked for over four hours, covering probably over 10 miles.

The north side of the Thames is where all of the "London" things are, like the Tower of London, the Parliament building, Whitehall, Scotland Yard and Big Ben. One thing that sticks out in my mind on that side of the river was a monument with bomb damage -- Cleopatra's Needle, it's called. The bomb damage was left alone as a memorial; sort of a memorial within a memorial. It wasn't damage from World War II, oddly enough, but from 1917 -- World War I. The bomb went off in the middle of Victoria Embankment (a busy street that runs along the Thames) and the shrapnel was strong enough to gouge very deep pockets in granite. It probably shouldn't have surprised me that this was damage from World War I, since if a World War II-era bomb had dropped in the same place, there weren't be any memorial at all.

Although the famous sites are on the north side of the river, I found the walk along the south side to be more interesting. For one, you can actually see those famous sites a lot better from the other side of the river. Also, there was a better walkway on that side. Other things that stick out in my mind were the hundreds of kids on skateboards and rollerblades (doing things like leaping over each other), the restored Globe Theater, the Clink (which was a prison in the middle ages and is now a prison museum), a restoration of Sir Francis Drake's ship, and the ruins of Winchester Palace.

Winchester Palace, in particular, dredged up memories from history class. The Bishop of Winchester also happened to be the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is still the spiritual leader of the Church of England) and the entire borough of Southwark (pronounced SUTH-ick), where I was walking, was his manor for most of the middle ages. I noticed that the signs around Winchester Palace don't mention that the place was built largely with profits from the brothels that used to line the river on the south side. A certain assistant to the Bishop who was later to become the Archbishop himself -- Thomas Becket -- even wrote a set of rules for managing prostitutes (calling for weekly medical exams, for example) that held sway for several centuries. (Sorry for the history lesson. I couldn't help myself).

By the end of the walk, I was feeling a bit better. The work week since then, however, has been crazed. Remind me never to complain about an editor ever again. Several times this week, I experienced what the other editors call To-Do List Paralysis. That's when I had so many things to do, all of which depended on each other, that I couldn't figure out what to do next. And we're still just producing a dummy issue that won't be read by anyone. Next week is for real. I'm petrified.

I successfully sealed the deal on the house. Large sums of cash changed hands today and I walked away with a set of keys. Haven't had a chance to see if they work, however. That's on tomorrow's To-Do List, right after I write two news stories, line up my reviews and columnist for next week, open a bank account...

I better go to bed. I miss you all. Terribly.


Perennial questions: volume 1

I've been using Linux since around 1993 or so, when I spent days downloading a stack of Slackware floppies and installed it on an old 386. I don't even think Linux was at 1.0 yet, I think it was 0.93.

I've never been religious about operating systems and just like to play with a variety. I like most of them (and I've tried dozens as a member of PC Week Labs in the 1990s), for one reason or another. I've always particularly enjoyed playing with Linux and have usually kept one running at home on whatever cast-off PC we happen to have.

I've just installed Fedora Core 3 Test 2 on a new PC I built and I'm impressed. This is really getting near the point where I'm seriously considering getting my wife and kids to use this instead of the headache-inducing copy of Windows XP we have. Let's face it, no matter what the zealots say, Windows XP *is* ahead in a lot of areas. But the bleeding edge of Linux (what Fedora is) is looking pretty good. With a real hardware abstraction layer, very good USB support and a nice *simple* GUI. (I'm on the gnome side of the fence, preferring "just works" to KDE's infinite customization.) My daughter plugged in her digital camera and it just worked -- the software imported the photos.

Sure, you've been able to do that before, but this was the simplest I've seen it.

So, dare I ask: Is it ready? Well, maybe in a couple more years. It's always next year, isn't it?

Friday, October 01, 2004


A move back to the "Renaissance" man/woman? I hope.

An explanation of the historical posts

When I first moved to London in 1998, I wrote messages to a large group of family and friends back in the states. I recently found the diary entries, tucked away in a corner of the hard disk, and thought I better put them into form that's less easy to lose. So I'm reposting them here, with comments on how things have changed. Some of them are embarrassingly wrong or naive, but it is fun to look back.