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Ahah! Perhaps an idea...

I just thought of something!  I just might have half a plan!  Referrer rankings.  If I find like-minded bloggers first, I can link to their blog.  And if they're link-hungry like me, they might just check their logs and travel back!  Now, my mission is clear!  I will seek out links where I have not gone before.  (Star Trek: Next Generation theme music begins here with grandeur...)

Screaming in the darkness! Message in a bottle

Can you HEAR me?  Hello??  Is anybody out there?

All of this blogging is therapeutic for me, but I still long to experience some of Sam Ruby's manufactured serendipity.  Bang!  Out of nowhere, someone says "Hey, someone else is thinking the same thing I am!"

Like-minded people, where are you? (hollow echo: you, you, you...)

My referrer rankings keep saying <ZIP>.  Oh, well.  I will continue to write until I reach a critical mass of content.  Then perhaps a divinely-appointed Googler will stumble on this Gilligan-blogger.

Wonderful WSDL

A guide to WSDL if I ever have time to read it.  Ironic, since this is supposed to be the Busy Developer's Guide to WSDL 1.1 or something like that.

Tipping Blog

I'm reading this article on the MicroContentNews called the Tipping Blog that describes the virulence of ideas and how blogging affects the spread of ideas.  There's a lot to absorb, and I'm supposed to be finishing a work assignment before I leave.  Aargh!

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Way to Go Delta!

Delta gets it. About six months ago, the passenger to my right informs me, Delta Airlines installed the new information system that I just experienced for the first time at La Guardia airport this morning. It's one of the most effective uses of information technology I have ever seen. Even if you don't usually fly Delta (as I don't), you might want to wander by one of their gates next time you're in an airport and check it out. Air travel still sucks, of course, but Delta earns my eternal gratitude for a brilliant application that makes it suck less. ... [Jon's Radio]

Sam Ruby's personality

I find entries like this helpful.  It demonstrates the self-knowledge that someone has, the kind of self-knowledge I am also seeking.

Planting a seed.

When I was in my twenties, I did not respect authority.  I colored outside the lines. When a teacher or a boss told me what they thought I should do, I asked "why?".  Most didn't like this much.  When I told others what to do, they didn't ask me why, nor did they particularly enjoy the experience.  I found the satisfaction of being able to tell them "I told you so" later to be quite hollow.

When I was in my thirties, I did not respect authority.  Telling people what to do and asking "why" continued to yield similar results with people who "ranked" higher than me.  But I found that more and more people were coming to me and asking me for my opinion.  Some of them even asked why.  Those that did seemed to like the fact that I would try to answer the question.  Once, one of the people who had sought my opinion remarked about my tendency to color outside of the lines.  My response was instantaneous: "What lines?".

Now, I am forty.  I still do not much respect authority.  I still occasionally ask why.  But mostly I plant seeds.  I do things that cause other people to ask why. Generally, the response is along the lines of "why not?".  When asked for clarifications, I rarely respond with generalities any more, I try to cite specifics. It doesn't always work right away, but I've learned to be patient.  Trying to rush things that can't be rushed doesn't work.  

I rarely have the opportunity to tell people "I told you so" any more.  Instead, I now have people who come back to me and say, "it would have been more helpful had you been more direct in the first place".  To which, I smile, nod politely, and resume my planting of seeds.

[Sam Ruby]

Home Security Robot

Sharp Announces "Banryu" Home Security Robot [SlashdotIt looks like the mechanical version of one of the six other critters running around my house! :-)

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