Archive for March, 2004

Bloomba

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

I tried Bloomba, but I need to continue to use Outlook for a variety of reasons, mostly corporate. What I really want is the functionality of Bloomba, but as an Outlook plug-in. I tried switching back and forth for a while, but I really live in Outlook. I’ve also tried Search Folders in Outlook 2003, but they’re not as good as Bloomba.

Stata Labs, Inc.

Marriage Constitutional Amendment

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

This looks legit:

(Mr. McDERMOTT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute to revise and extend his remarks)

MR. McDERMOTT:

“Mr. Speaker, the President’s presidential prayer team is urging us to ‘pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles.’

With that in mind, I thought I would remind the body of the biblical principles they are talking about.

Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. That is from Genesis 29:17-28.

Secondly, marriage shall not impede a man’s right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. That is II Samuel 5:13 and II Chronicles
11:21.

A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. That is Deuteronomy 22:13.

Marriage of a believer and a nonbeliever shall be forbidden. That is Genesis 24:3.

Finally, it says that since there is no law that can change things, divorce is not possible, and finally, if a married man dies, his brother has to marry his sister-in-law. Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10″

Congressional Record

The Common Good Network

Spreadsheet limitations

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Speadsheets distort our thinking:

There are two ways that spreadsheets, as we know them, distort our thinking and lead to bad decisions. The first distortion is the use of point values and simple arithmetic instead of probability distributions and statistical measures. So far as I know, there’s no off-the-shelf spreadsheet product—certainly none in common use—that provides for input of numbers as uncertain quantities, even though almost all of our decisions rest on forecasts or on speculations.

The second distortion caused by conventional spreadsheets is more subtle… The paper described an experiment in which subjects were asked to perform a planning task using different tools, some of them with elaborate what-if capability and others without it. The subjects whose tools invited them to imagine alternative scenarios believed they were doing a better job—even though statistical measures of their results showed no improvement in the actual quality of the forecasts.

Yahoo! News – Spreadsheets: 25 Years in a Cell

Kerry vs Bush – the blog war

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

It is pretty interesting to compare the Bush and Kerry blogs. This site makes it easy:

Bush and Kerry Side By Side

More on outsourcing

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

From my friend JohnK:

Here’s the crazy Tom Peters on outsourcing. One of the few cases where principles that libertarians would espouse are really working.

Tom Peters

Also, this thread on Joel on Software is packed with great view points – many from Indian and Russian programmers on the other side of the outsourcing equation.

Joel on Software

Outsourcing software exposes how good or bad you are at designing, specifying and communicating. It forces a communication process that most companies don’t make explicit.

johnk

India again

Friday, March 12th, 2004

Yet another interesting and insightful article from Thomas Friedman about India.

IHT Article Print Page

Cory Doctorow’s Bag

Friday, March 12th, 2004

I should do this sometime, except that I’d be embarrased at what I’d find. One time I had to empty my bag at security, and I found not one, not two, but three PDAs, along with two GPS’s, more than one of which would not turn on and therefore needed to be checked.

What’s in Your Gadget Bag, Cory?

Thomas Friedman on India

Wednesday, March 10th, 2004

I love him.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Secret of Our Sauce

The Secret of Our Sauce
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

BANGALORE, India

Yamini Narayanan is an Indian-born 35-year-old with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, she worked for a U.S. computer company in Virginia and recently moved back to Bangalore with her husband to be closer to family. When I asked her how she felt about the outsourcing of jobs from her adopted country, America, to her native country, India, she responded with a revealing story:

Larry Lessig is pretty hard on himself

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

This is a great explanation from a great constitutional scholar.

Legal Affairs