March 31, 2007

Tim O'Reilly: Call for a Blogger's Code of Conduct

In a discussion the other night at O'Reilly's ETech conference, we came up with a few ideas about what such a code of conduct might entail. These thoughts are just a work in progress, and hopefully a spur for further discussion.

Read the the proposed Code, and its explanation.

The disturbing Kathy Sierra situation has made me think some more about the tone that the discussion occasionally takes in the comments of this blog.

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:06 PM


I'm watching the first game of the Final Four now. Georgetown vs. Ohio State. In the second game...

U - clap clap clap
C - clap clap clap
L - clap clap clap
A - clap clap clap

U - clap - C - clap - L - clap clap - A - clap clap clap....


I can never do that thing.

Go Bruins!

Posted by jackhodgson at 06:52 PM

Why I hate this series

I was in the bookstore, and I saw
this title:

"Autism for Dummies."

No Joke

Posted by jackhodgson at 04:44 PM

Anything you can do...

Sherm must be right. Cause I really like this commercial.

Posted by jackhodgson at 04:20 PM

"Creation Science 101" by Roy Zimmerman

Posted by jackhodgson at 08:45 AM

March 30, 2007

Ice Out, The Original

WEST DANVILLE, Vt. --At Joe's Pond, they put a 65-pound cinder block on the ice and tie it to an old-fashioned alarm clock on the deck of Homer Fitts' cottage, 200 feet away. When the block falls through, the string tugs on the clock and stops it.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:41 PM

March 27, 2007


Yesterday I busted out of the online poker tournament I was playing in.

This is the 16th edition of the more-or-less-annual World Rec dot Gambling Poker Tournament (WRGPT16).

Number 16 began back in October with 1,314 players. My goal was to finish in the top 100 this time. And I was on the verge of making it.

A couple hands back, a week ago, I was dealt a pair of Aces, and had no choice but to roll the dice and go all-in. It worked that time.

But yesterday, my As-Ks (Ace spades-King spades), felt much less secure.

The flop was Jc 8d Ah. So I had a pair of Aces, but the flush is dead.

At this point it's just me and another guy. Me with very few chips. Him with A LOT OF THEM.

He bet to force me to go all-in. If I had folded I would have been left with almost nothing. My cards were weak, but possible (I thought), so I went for it.

Now I was all-in, so the betting was done.

I flipped my A-K, he showed 10-10. I'm winning, my Aces against his 10s. But there are two cards to go.

The Turn is Qc (Jc 8d Ah Qc). I'm still winning. But do you see what's happening?

The River is 9d (Jc 8d Ah Qc 9d). He has a straight! I'm busted.

My goal had been to finish better than #100. I ended up at #147. Not so bad I guess.

147 e12 26 Mar 2007 As Ks Jack Hodgson

Maybe next year.

Posted by jackhodgson at 08:34 AM

March 26, 2007

Breakfast Brownie

Merlin Mann, of The Merlin Show, via Twitter:

If you call it a "breakfast brownie," it sounds much more nutritional.

Posted by jackhodgson at 05:26 PM

March 21, 2007

Ze is really gone [sniff]

I keep visiting the zefrank site hoping to see another episode. But he's really stopped.

On this week's TWIT, Scoble reported that Ze told him that he was planning to take some time off, clean up the show site, and probably reappear with new projects in the near future.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:24 AM

March 20, 2007

The Last Waltz

Just watched the concert movie "The Last Waltz" with The Band, and a gang of special guests.

It was filmed in 1976. Many of the artists are still around today.

The theme of the movie was the final performance of The Band, after 16 years touring on the road. They were nearly burned out. It was as if they had had a full career, and were ready to retire. And most of their guests were already legends too.

The music is as terrific as everyone always says, but here's my #1 reaction to the movie:

They are all so young.

[Click the image for bigger.]

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:46 PM

March 19, 2007

Reporters Blow Whistle on FOX News

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:40 PM

March 16, 2007

Good Guitar Guy

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:11 AM

March 13, 2007

Follow the balls

I can just stare at this thing forever.

Pop Quiz: I can see at least one place where balls are disappearing so there must be someplace where they are appearing. Where?

Oh, and the music is addictive.

Posted by jackhodgson at 08:09 PM

March 11, 2007

Cool optical illusion

This is genuinely weird. Use caution. But give it a try.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:34 PM

Crazy Rabbit

Found this by way of StumbleUpon.

Don't let the rabbit grab your cursor, cause it's hell to get him to let go.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:45 AM

March 10, 2007

Daylight Saving starts tomorrow

I'm jazzed about the new, early arrival of daylight saving.

(Although my TiVo is gonna be broke for a couple weeks! But that's a different post.)

Here's a detailed article on DST and clocks and time in general:

The idea of taking an hour off one end of the day and adding it to the other — daylight-saving time — was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin while he was serving as an American delegate in Paris. In an essay titled "An Economical Project," he discussed the thrift of natural versus artificial lighting and noted that if the Parisians shifted time correctly they could save enormous amounts of tallow and wax used for candles.

Franklin was 78 at the time, and wrote the essay somewhat in jest. But some of his friends, who had invented a new kind of oil lamp, were quite taken with the idea.

[ Thanks Jeb Burnside ]

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:06 AM

Zeroes promo video

Pretty funny spoof on the hit TV show "Heroes".


[ Thanks Chris Brogan ]

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:50 AM

March 09, 2007

TheShow coming to an end

UPDATE: I just realized that the videos I originally posted here were auto downloading, and using a lot of bandwidth Sorry about that. I've disabled them, and will eventually replace them with friendlier versions. -- Jack

ZEFrank is on the home stretch of his yearlong commitment (aka "internship") to giving us a new video each weekday.

He continues with his series of "celebrity" guests. A week or so ago he had John Hodgman, on Tuesday he had Jack McBrayer who plays the zany network page on "30 Rock"...

...and yesterday Jonathon Coulton.

Next week is the final week of TheShow.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:25 AM

March 06, 2007

Larry King on Colbert Report

Larry King was on the Colbert Report the other night. I've never been a big fan of King, but he handled himself well in one of the oddest interview situations on network TV.

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:31 PM

March 05, 2007

Go Big, or Go Home

"Quantity has a quality all its own."

-- Stalin

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:07 PM

March 03, 2007

Barenakedladies video starring YouTube contributors.

Posted by jackhodgson at 08:44 PM

March 01, 2007

4.2 Quake near San Francisco

Hope all my Forum buddies are OK.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:55 PM

Ze is ready to snap?

UPDATE: I just realized that the video I originally posted here was auto downloading, and using a lot of bandwidth Sorry about that. I've disabled it, and will eventually replace it with friendlier versions. -- Jack

ZeFrank has been doing his little show every weekday for almost a year now. He finishes up the project in just a few weeks, on March 17.

But will he make it? At the end of today's show he started to lose it.

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:57 PM