July 31, 2002

Joining the Grand Parade

I'm generally not the earliest adopter of anything. I've wasted time and money on so many techietoys and bleeding edge software tools that never pan out that I've learned now to wait a bit. I bought OSX as soon as it came out, but I didn't declare it as my personal savior until OSX10.1 came out. Still, that made me the first person I know to take the plunge. Similarly, I didn't buy a PDA until the Palm IIIs came out, and I was among the first people I know to enter the Post-Palm era by no longer using it.


So with my credentials established as a not-too-early adopter, I hereby announce that our new Tivo is happily chugging away right now, downloading the chewy goodness of our 70 channels and organizing it. In a few hours, I'll join 400,000 other earlier-than-me adopters who no longer watch anything in realtime. Will I end up watching more TV? Gawd I hope not. Instead I hope to spend less time while watching better TV. We shall see.

With astounding synchronicity, The Onion has published its own vision of what's on tonight.

Broadband Access in Hotels

Nothing makes a hotel seem more like home to me than seeing that little Ethernet cable hanging in the closet and a box to plug it into at the desk. Apparently there's been a shakeout in the industry and the number of hotel rooms with broadband access has actually declined in the last year. Fewer than 10% of the guests actually use broadband, since most only do e-mail and dial-up is good enough for that.

What's wrong with these people??!!! They don't edit web pages, upload pictures, or even surf much, I guess. What tiny, parochial, limited lives they lead! I suppose they actually look around outside the hotel at times instead.

According to Joe Brancatelli's Tactical Traveler column, there's no global listing of hotels with fast net access, though the GeekTels list comes close. There are several partial listings, though, and I've just bookmarked four for future use:

I also found the The Cybercafe Search Engine which might help in those cases where there were no with-it hotels at all.

With this information at hand, I just booked myself a week of highspeed bliss in Connecticut.

July 30, 2002

Fire in Julian

Though the Julian Charter School that June works for is mostly virtual, it does have a bricks-and-mortar home. That home is in danger of burning down if the Pines Wildfire remains out of control. J's been getting e-mail updates from Jennifer since yesterday. They've evacuated the main office and took as many of the school records with them as they could. It's unconfirmed, but it appears that one of the five homes already burned belonged to one of the office people. If the wind shifts, the town center could go. Another reason to hold firemen up as heroes.

The Other Land Down Under

Just finished a chat organized by my friend Jarbas Barato at the School of the Future at the University of Sao Paulo. They have created their own Brazilian WebQuest site which is quite impressive. The chat took place in English and Portuguese and so was a little chaotic. Lots of enthusiasm there and even in text mode the wonderful Brazilian character came through. I wish I could return there more often without enduring the 14 hour plane ride.

July 29, 2002

In Search of Aha!

In a week and a half, I'm keynoting a conference in Colorado with a new presentation called The Joy of Sense-Making. I've been researching the relationship between uncertainty and motivation and especially the Aha! phenomenon, I've found some interesting links on the topic already:

Programmers sharing notes on the moment in which object-oriented programming became clear to them.

'Aha' Experiences in Object-Oriented Education:: Searching for a Theoretical Foundation - Joan Mann and Robert Schneider

Motivation: Arousal and Achievement in Problem Solving which says...

There are four kinds of 'payoff' pleasures:

  • AHA! This is when we have an insight, when we see what the answer is; when you have an idea; when the penny drops. It is the pleasure of successful intellectual endeavour.

  • HA! This is when a goal is reached; when you have finished; when you win; when you bring things to a conclusion.

  • HAHA! This is when you see the joke. It's like AHA above, but is concerned specifically with seeing the joke. Jokes do not offer the resolution of problems - they illuminate them. They reveal the unreasonableness of our expectations that we can and will solve our problems - we discover we are the joke.

  • AH! This is when you see the truth; it is an aesthetic experience - not a rational one. This may be a sudden rush of feeling that you know and understand - upon seeing a painting, a piece of music or a natural scene like the Grand Canyon. Or may take longer, requiring intellectual effort over a period of time.

I like that last AHA, HA, HAHA, AH thang.

So, to gather some more insights into this, I put up a survey about AHAness and sent out the URL to the WebQuest list. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes in.

UFOs Pursue Me

The headline in Saturday's Washington Post said F-16s Pursue Unknown Craft Over Region. Funnily enough, the craft streaked across the skies just a few minutes after my plane landed at Reagan from Tulsa. Coincidence? I don't think so.

The puzzling thing is that there doesn't seem to be any followup to this story. It's not that often that there's an eyewitness, a radar trace, and an admitted scramble of military jets. Either this was bunk from the start or we'll be hearing more about it.

July 27, 2002

Outdoors At Last

I hooked up with Donn and Marcie for dinner in Chinatown. A lovely time was had by all. This is the longest stretch I've had to talk with either of them all summer, even though our offices are within 30 feet of each other. Orange Beef, Hunan Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, Hunan Shrimp... yum! I'm still avoiding carbs and focusing on veggies and protein.

Afterward, Donn and I spent an hour at the bar with Willis Copeland from UCSB sharing our collective wisdom on parenting. Maybe it was more than an hour. I'd forgotten how much I like Black Russians.

Somebody, I won't name any names, had had the foresight to skip out of attending the sessions at the conference today and went to the National Archives looking up his or her family history. Another person, not to be named, also skipped out to visit the new Spy Museum. Sounds like it's very much worth a visit.

How Not to Run a Conference

I arrived for Day 3 of the conference here in DC, having missed Day 1 and 2. I asked around to catch up on what I'd missed. Universally, people told me that this was a hotbed of the absolutely worst presentations ever inflicted under one roof. With only two exceptions, the keynotes were jaw-droppingly bad. Peter Desberg (who coaches people on making speeches) sat next to me at lunch and it was fun to listen to his color commentary on today's speaker. It was almost too painful to watch, so I looked around at how others were reacting. After two days of similar pain, those at the other tables had learned to project their souls into other times and places, to astrally send themselves to somewhere more interesting. Since Apple has thoughtfully provided WiFi connectivity to this gathering and actually loaned out iBooks to those who didn't have them, there were lots of people going online to escape the situation.

Isn't it ironic that a Federally funded event centered on improving teacher education with technology could do so badly at designing an educational environment?

Another BlogFad™

Is my Blog HOT or NOT?

Day 2 in Tulsa

If anything, the rerun of my workshop went better with the second group. It's really gratifying to have a room full of people who are at just the right moment to make use of what you have to offer. It's almost too easy a job.

After the workshop, Pam took me for a whirlwind museum visit before dropping me off at the airport. First choice was the Gilcrease museum, but it closed just before we got there. The Philmont let us in as Senior Citizens for half price because they were going to close in 30 minutes. What a place! It's another oil-baron mansion turned into a museum with a wide range of holdings stretching across centuries. The architecture reminded me in parts of Hearst Castle.

When I got to the airport, I learned that my flight had been cancelled because of mechanical problems. I got bumped from Continental to American with much more legroom. Arrived in DC around 1AM.

July 25, 2002

The Eighth Floor in Tulsa

Spent a productive day on the Eighth Floor in Tulsa. This is an unusual organization that came in to being when a number of schools, community colleges and universities agreed to pool their resources to provide staff development about technology. What a terrific place for a workshop! Good equipment, comfortable chairs, ample elbow room. It's nice to see teachers treated like professionals.

Pam Vreeland and Manny Rios took me out for a Lebanese dinner and a tour of Tulsa. We drove past some of the old-money houses from the 20s and the new-money suburbs to the south. I heard about the Philbrook and Gilcrease museums and wish I had time to see them. In conversation I got a sense that Native Americans have a more honored place here now than in some other parts of the country, though that wasn't always the case. Think I need to read up on the history of Oklahoma and the "Five Civilized Tribes".


As the sun set, we visited the only place I had previously associated with Tulsa, Oral Roberts University. After driving past a King Kong-sized pair of prayerful hands, we walked around looking at some of the 60's style, Worlds Fair-ish architecture. From a distance, it looked a bit goofy, but up close it sort of worked.

Good easy conversation and laughs this evening. Like a night out with cousins I'd never met before.

And now Oklahoma is checked off the list. What's left? Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arkansas. Two or three more years should do it.



July 23, 2002

Stupid Studies: A New Academic Discipline

"Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid" by Robert J. Sternberg sounds like an interesting book. Here's a quote from this Salon review:

"Perkins lists eight deadly sins of the stupid smart person, which seem to sum it all up rather elegantly: impulsiveness (doing something rash), neglect (ignoring something important), procrastination (actively avoiding something important), vacillation (dithering), backsliding (capitulating to habit), indulgence (allowing oneself to fall into excess), overdoing (like indulgence, but with positive things) and walking the edge (tempting fate). That sounds like my entire life, actually. Yes, that explains a lot. "

To echo the reviewer, that sounds like my life, too, minus the impulsiveness.

OK... the fad peaked a few weeks ago, but now I'm BlogChalked

blogchalk: Bernie/Male/51-55. Lives in United States/San Diego/Del Cerro and speaks English. Spends 80% of daytime online. Uses a Fast (128k-512k) connection.Google! DayPop! This is my blogchalk: English, United States, San Diego, Del Cerro, Bernie, Male, 51-55!




The whole idea of being able to pin down bloggers by geography makes some sense. I think it would make more sense if latitude and longitude were part of the standard, too.

July 22, 2002

A Global Dinner

It was a delight to take Luciano Ramalho and his colleague Leonardo out to an Indian restaurant tonight. They're here to do a presentation at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. I've known Luciano since my first trip to Brazil in 1989. At that point he was a brilliant 20-something programmer/instructional designer working for SENAC. He was also a published board game designer and wrote software reviews on the side. Now he has his own company Hiperlógica. He's still brilliant, driven, warm and funny.

Knowing that multi-talented workaholics like Luciano exist makes me optimistic about the future. As long as there are enough like him out there, I'm less worried about the damage wrought by crooked CEOs, religious zealots and elected Bozos. In the long run, things move forward.

July 21, 2002

A Milestone!

It's small potatoes to a real hacker, but it's a big deal to me. Tonight I created my first SQL database, exported 34 records from FileMaker into it, and ginned up a very simple search page to get at it. (Try looking for "Math" or "VAPA" as a subject). I couldn't have done it without the help of MacSQL Lite, a very nifty tool. MacSQL has gotten me past the daunting mechanics of creating tables, PHP commands and SQL statements and does it in such a way that I'll be learning as I go. It shows the SQL statements that my noodling with the GUI creates, so in time I'll be able to stop using it and type in the commands straight into the web editor like Real Men do.

It's clear to me that the combination of SQL and PHP and Flash are the foundation on which the next few years of my toolmaking will be built. I've finally got a toolkit that will take the place that HyperCard once held in my heart. I have a lot of ideas of things I've been wanting to do for some time now, and today was Day 1.

Corporate Scandal Trading Cards

This page from Slate is just what the doctor ordered. There are so many scandals now that I'm no longer able to keep track of them. I could use these as flash cards to bring my corporate crime IQ to sky high levels.

Somebody should go beyond virtual and actually print something like these. They'd make great stocking stuffers and the end of the series is nowhere in sight.

July 20, 2002

Move to Iceland

This parody of the Apple Switch commercials is a stitch! Clever kids.

From China with Love

In addition to a very nice letter from San Antonio, today's e-mail brought me this:


I'm the director of the National Research Center (Beijing Branch) of Computer Education in K12 schools in China. National Research Center of Computer Education (NRCCE) is a nonprofit organization whose foundation was approved by China Ministry of Education. And Beijing Education Lab (BEL), a virtual organization of K12 teachers who are fond of education research, is one of our partners. We have been interested in your WebQuest model for a long time, and we have already directed many Chinese teachers in creating their own WebQuests.

In order to promote the use of Information Technology in education, NRCCE has planned to found a website on WebQuest, and organize a team to do research and promotion on WebQuest. We have also planned to translate all the teacher training materials in your website http://webquest.sdsu.edu into Chinese, and now we hope to get your authorization. In addition, we hope to find a chance to cooperate with you to promote the practice of WebQuest in the mainland of China. Thank you very much!


Very cool, I'd say! I hope cooperating with them requires an actual visit!

The Move is Complete

Lordy, what a pain. I've moved this blog over from RadioUserland piece by piece and it took hours. Radio was just getting too flaky for my taste and it stopped upstreaming pictures a couple of weeks ago. So far, Blogger looks even more solid than it has been. I've merged this year's stuff in with my first blogs from 2000, so my bona fides as an early blogger are now established, for whatever (exactly nothing) that's worth.

July 19, 2002

17th Anniversary

J & I spent all day working on our individual computer tasks. I finally moved all my files from the old PowerBook to the new one and getting everything to work right; June labored all day tweaking course descriptions for the JCS site.

On this day in 1985, we got married just before sunset outdoors at La Jolla Cove. To celebrate, I gave June 512 Megs of RAM. Isn't that romantic?

And in the evening we dined at Pampas, an Argentine restaurant near Montgomery Field. Good steaks! I put the diet on hold for the evening.

Book Watch + Google + Amazon

When Amazon opened itself up earlier this week via SOAP. I'm guessing they had no idea what creative programmers would do with it using Python, PHP, you name it. This page is the latest new outcome.

This is a simple implementation of onfocus.com's wonderful Book Watch web service. Basically, I've retrieved his list via his xml feed, then found news information using the Google API, and found the item information via my Amazon API. The result, a constantly changing of list of books that are generating buzz around the weblog community, with links to current news items via Google.

This looks cool. I'll be curious to see how often the page changes. It's like a detailed psychological profile of bloggerdom

July 16, 2002

Two Kinds of Texans

Just returned from a full day on stage in El Paso. Went very well. I enjoyed meeting the people from the project which is helping over 700 teachers learn to integrate technology into their professional lives.

And now, while catching up on the news while relaxing at home, I read Paul Krugman's piece from the op-ed page of today's New York Times.

"As the unanswered questions about Harken Energy pile up -- what's in those documents the White House won't release? Who was the mystery buyer of Mr. Bush's stock? -- let me now turn to how Mr. Bush, who got by with a lot of help from his friends in the 1980's, became wealthy in the 1990's. He invested $606,000 as part of a syndicate that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in 1989 -- borrowing the money and repaying the loan with the proceeds from his Harken stock sale -- then saw that grow to $14.9 million over the next nine years. What made his investment so successful?

"First, the city of Arlington built the Rangers a new stadium, on terms extraordinarily favorable to Mr. Bush's syndicate, eventually subsidizing Mr. Bush and his partners with more than $150 million in taxpayer money. The city was obliged to raise taxes substantially as a result. Soon after the stadium was completed, Mr. Bush ran successfully for governor of Texas on the theme of self-reliance rather than reliance on government. "


Contrast this easy skate to wealth with the less profitable road taken by the hard working teachers I met today. Personally, I'd rather be among people who measure success in lessons well taught.

It's galling to think that Bush actually believes that his rise was a result of his business acumen, and that anyone can do it if they are similarly brilliant.

July 14, 2002

To LA the Old School Way

June and Alex were in LA and I wanted to see him before he begins his three-week Johns Hopkins class at Loyola Marymount. I didn't, however, really want to drive 2.5 hours up, visit for a few minutes, and drive 2.5 hours back alone with June also driving her car alone in my rear view mirror. So I drove a few minutes to the nearest trolley stop, took it to the Santa Fe Depot downtown, and went from there by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner to Union Station in LA. Compared to the plane, it's such a humane way to travel! I could stretch out my legs, keep the computer plugged in the whole time, get up and get some coffee, and watch the beach go by to my left.

This is the first time since 9/11 that my family has met me getting off from some mode of transportation and as they walked toward me in the station I was amazed to see that Alex is now a full head taller than June.

Got Alex settled in to his new dorm room and rode back home with his Mom. A long but pleasant day. A temporarily empty nest.

July 13, 2002

Wandering Around Kentucky

Since I didn't have time to fit in a tour of Mammoth Cave, I decided to visit Lost River Cave which is right there in Bowling Green. Unfortunately it poured rain half the night and they cancelled the tours because the river got too high. So I spent a few hours driving on back roads north of Bowling Green. It's a very pretty place. Lots of farms and nice looking new homes along the way.



And now, after 6 hours in transit, I'm home in San Diego. June and Alex are visiting our friends from Taiwan in LA and tomorrow Alex starts his Johns Hopkins class at Loyola Marymount. Pumpkin was happy to see me.

July 12, 2002

Another Report from UCSD

June wrote about parent's night at Alex's computer camp:

"Alex came out and we were chatting. Then this little kid came up and asked Alex what his name was; he was telling his dad how Alex's game was the best one in the class! So then we went into the room and the teacher came up to me and asked if I'm Mrs. Dodge - and then told me how bright Alex is, etc. He said how he had taken a three week class on Director and that Alex had absorbed all that in an hour and was doing great stuff. He didn't say that to anyone else.

"So then Alex showed me the game. I asked him to show me the behind the scenes stuff as the teacher told the parents to do that. Then I sat down to play it - and people came up to watch after they had seen their own kid's games. Kids were lining up to get to play! They asked if the game will be posted online so they can play it, and the teacher asked Alex to please put something in the credits about him so he could put it on his resume...

"One of the moms asked if Alex would be there again next year and while Alex hesitated to think the teachers said that Alex will be running his own camp. They talk about wanting him to be on the list of helpers, etc. It was, I'm sure, quite a successful hour for our boy."


Needless to say, I'm one proud Dad!

Day 2 at WKU

...went very well. Now there are 30 new WebQuesting faculty off to a good start. The design patterns approach really seemed to get them going pretty quickly. One of the two groups I had were fairly new to all this but you couldn't really tell the difference once they got into it. I did have to spend a fair bit of time clarifying what a WebQuest is and how it's different from a research report or hot list. Things clicked, though. I'll be interested to see what they do with it over the next year.



Came back to the hotel and went right out again to see Minority Report. The theater was small and surprisingly empty. One of the projectors was out of focus so when they switched reels suddenly I felt like I had glaucoma. I'd like to try seeing it again in a better venue when I'm not dead tired.

July 11, 2002

Morning at WKU

My keynote and followup session went very well, I think. Once again, though, I have a sense that Kentuckians are a bit more restrained than people elsewhere (an impression I got in my previous two trips to the state). But this is a great project (e-train express) that's brought me here and it seems to be a campus with the right stuff.





Had dinner this evening with WKU people at 440 Main, a wonderful restaurant at the city center. I'm sticking pretty well to my low carb resolution of this week though I happily succumbed to one of the best creme brulles I've ever had.

July 10, 2002

Landed in Kentucky

Flew through a lightning storm over Nashville and then drove an hour and half to Bowling Green, KY. I'm keynoting a faculty development institute in the morning and following up with a full day of workshops on Friday. Seems like a pretty place. Can't wait to see it in the daylight.

July 09, 2002

Report from Alex @ UCSD

Well... it's turning out to be a new kind of experience for our boy, according to his blog.

"...It is hard to get any work done here. People are singing, yelling, talking... Several times I have considered getting my headphones and drowning it all out to work on my program. Also, they make us play games, even when we don't want to, instead of working... I get like 6 hours of work all day. I would be done with my game, know three times more Director, and have finished half the undead campaign if I had my way with work time (get up at 6 (we do that already) start work at 6:10 (we start at like 7:30), go to breakfast at 8 (we do that), get back and go to work (we play a "fun game") work until lunch, eat, work until dinner, eat, work until 10, sleep. Oh yeah, and I'd be under the cone of silence the whole time.) Okay, really sleep now... It's 9:58 (12 hour clock)."

My God, June and I have raised a quiet workaholic! How on Earth did THAT happen?

July 08, 2002

Finally heard from Alex at camp. He's having a ball, though he's looking with a critical eye at some of the other campers. Can't wait to hear more details.

Meanwhile, Radio Userland stopped working today, so I'm moving over to Blogger again.

July 07, 2002

Alex Goes to College

Well, not really. That's four years away. But tonight Alex starts a week long summer camp on Multimedia and Game Creation at UCSD. He's living in the dorms with a gaggle of kids very much like him. Should be fun. Weird for us, though. This will be only his second time away overnight staying with someone other than friends or relatives.



The class will be using StageCast, which is a direct descendent of Cocoa, a tool that Alex mastered 5 years ago. I hope he finds it challenging enough.

Everything You Know is Wrong

About food, that is. Maybe.

This article in today's New York Times says that there is no scientific evidence that a low-fat diet does any good and a growing suspicion that it's responsible for the obvious fattening of America. It rings true to me, and it will be interesting to watch the feathers fly if a whole generation of food experts has to re-examine some fundamental assumptions. Could be a paradigm shift and that always involves some pain. In other realms in the past, a true paradigm shift only happened when the old guard died off. Things move more quickly now.

Personally, I think I'll move in the direction of an Atkins diet for awhile to see what happens. I've certainly got enough excess tonnage to experiment with.

July 06, 2002

Shocking Sox Scandal Rocks Family

As June was getting Alex packed for his upcoming week away, he told us he was out of clean socks. June had just done the laundry and there were no socks to be found, so where were they?

Alex, like me, regards shoes and socks as burdensome and takes them off as soon as he settles in at home. I think he does it unconsciously as he reads or fires up the laptop so the socks end up wherever he happens to be. I wasn't fully aware of the magnitude of the problem until I went through the den with a leaf blower and counted up what I found under couches, tables and chairs. Total count: 18 socks.

sox

At least it's an even number.

July 05, 2002

Jokes for Senior Citizens

book coverJune's mom called tonight to ask if we might pick up a joke book the next time we go to Borders. She's looking for ways to hold up her share of the repartee among the ladies at her table at the senior living center. I think it's going to take more than a book, though. She could use some help with delivery like Data had in those Star Trek episodes in which he was trying to be more human by learning how to be funny. If only I could book her some time on the holodeck.

Short of that, if this blog had any actual readers, I would throw out the question: does anyone have a book to recommend? I think I still have a 3-inch thick Milton Berle compendium buried here somewhere which was mostly unfunny to me, but it might be just the thing for octagenarians. There must be a better book, though.

Shoot 'Em Up and Join the Army

The Army unveils its long-awaited video game. It's flashy and cool, although a little sanitized. Officials hope it's just enough to get players to enlist. By Noah Shachtman. [Wired News]

When I was in college, and all the way up to my job hunting at the end of grad school, I was determined that I would never work for any aspect of the war machine. I see things in a few more shades of gray now, but I wonder: if I had a big budget chance to create an educational game whose purpose was to recruit kids into the service, would I take it?

Hmmmm. Don't think so.

July 04, 2002

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser

typical graphThis is a cool way to see who your neighbors are in memespace. Type in a URL and the TGGoogleBrowser will generate a network diagram showing related sites. Google's definition of a "related" site is, I think, a function of which sites are linked to by other sites in common. It's a 3-D graph, and you can turn it around in space and drag nodes into different positions. The rest of the diagram slowly follows as you drag and the links seem to be made of rubber bands. Muito cool.

Even Productive People Find Time to Blog

A picture of GaimanToday's most surprising discovery was a blog by my newfound favorite writer, Neil Gaiman. He writes books, plays, graphic novels (as in comics for grownups) and goes on grueling book promotion tours and yet still keeps his blog current.

Whattaguy. I'll bet he never wastes a whole day laptop surfing on the sofa and watching the Food Channel like some Irish-Lithuanian educational technologists I know.

July 03, 2002

How I'd Like to Spend My Summer Someday

A picture of the Clarion logoEvery year at Michigan State, the Clarion Workshop becomes a working home/boot camp to around 20 aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. They live in the graduate dorms and a different published writer teaches the course for each of six weeks. It's an intense period of full frontal writing and critiquing and being critiqued.

I've often wished I could attend Clarion. To be admitted, you need to submit two complete short stories. The tuition and board is amazingly cheap. As I look at the pictures of each class, though, I don't see any wisdom-induced silver hair like mine. They all look 25. Have I missed my moment? If so, I can at least attend vicariously through the communal web site that Cory Doctorow helpfully pointed to today. I'm poking through there reading about their ups and downs. I've already uncovered an interesting blog by Jason Erik Lundberg, one of this year's participants.

A summer at Clarion. Is that something I should shoot for?

Temecula Redux

Went to the JCS warehouse to get them set up with Readerware. Ted has teenage helpers (including his son) and fully-adult teachers coming in over the next few weeks to get these thousands of books organized and inventoried. A lot of chaos has been eliminated just since my last visit on Friday but it's still going to be a daunting task.

warehouse of books

Ted was wowed by the software. Now that we've got him getting the books into Readerware, J & I need to get started putting the online database together. My first PHP/SQL project is no textbook toy exercise; it's going to involve real data filling a real need.

July 02, 2002

Bush Defends His Business Tenure

A picture of St. BushFrom today's Washington Post, a summary of the mostly forgotten Harken Energy story, a 1989 prequel to Enron in which GWB got to show his business acumen.

"The Securities and Exchange Commission ruled the transaction phony and forced the company to restate its 1989 earnings. The SEC also investigated Bush for insider trading after he sold nearly $850,000 of Harken stock shortly before its mounting debt was publicly disclosed.

"The SEC eventually closed its investigation of Bush without taking action against him, although The Dallas Morning News has quoted a 1993 letter from the SEC to Bush's lawyer emphasizing that its decision "must in no way be construed as indicating that (Bush) has been exonerated."


I can't wait to see the speech Shrub is working in which he'll primly wag his finger at corporate executives and demand that they improve their ethics. He has even less credibility in this realm than in others.

July 01, 2002

Back to Murrieta

Spent four hours getting the JCS Learning Center in Murrieta wireless network in place and trying Readerware out as a way to get the library there inventoried. Scanned in 50 books in about 15 minutes. Looks like a winner.