wordpress update time & syntax coloring

So I’ve just spent a couple hours updating wordpress to 2.8.4 (it’s been a long time since I’ve done an upgrade) and I’m trying to pick from the myriad syntax coloring plugins.  I tried using SyntaxHighlighter Plus which has nicer configuration options. But it doesn’t look as good as wp-syntax Note that to get the […]

facing the reality of collapse

A friend of mine recently asked me to read Carolyn Baker’s article When facing reality is not ‘negative thinking’. This article has finally helped me nail down some thoughts I’ve been having about the way I’ve been often asked to look at the “collapse” of civilization and the idea that we need to “face reality.” […]

Jane Jacobs: The Nature of Economies

I have just 10 minutes ago finished Jane Jacobs, The Nature of Economies, and I just have to write about it. I am totally stunned, and deeply sad that I never was able to meet her. In this book she speaks directly to me from beyond the grave completely confirming the approach I have been […]

Framing is everything

Ellen got these two summaries of news items from the ny-times: Detroit Bailout Is to Bring On U.S. Oversight By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and JACKIE CALMES Congressional Democrats were drafting legislation for government control of the auto industry, including the possible creation of an oversight board. In Hard Times, Russia Moves In to Reclaim Private […]

Rethinking Economy

Yesterday I gave a presentation on rethinking money at UMass Amherst for a course Julie Graham is teaching called Rethinking Economy. Julie does some very interesting work on community economies.

MacBook Pro trackpad clicking intermittently broken

So when I got my new MacBook Pro (late 2008 edition) with the fancy new trackpad that is an integrated mouse button, it had an incredibly annoying problem:  every 4th or 5th click, didn’t click!  So I’d be clicking on a window behind the current one, or clicking on an icon in the dock, and […]

databases and read vs. write consistency

Have just read an excellent blog post on “dumb databases” and the issue of read vs. write consistency. My own mesh & churn for open money comes out of the same realizations that in a distributed environment the way to handle many many issues is to put the responsibility on the reader to verify the validity of the data.