Spring is here

by havoc

Haven’t had time to blog in months …

  • Have been working on litl during nearly
    all available hours… it took some time (doesn’t it always?) but we
    have a great team assembled and it’s a ton of fun to focus on writing
    the code rather than hiring, and see the rapid progress a complete
    team is able to make. (If you want to pile on, we aren’t urgently
    hiring, but we probably will be at some point especially for the right
    person, so we’d love to see your resume.)
  • There is nothing better than getting high-quality work done with a
    high-quality group of people.
  • Clutter is rapidly
    approaching 1.0 … spent some time this weekend patching
    the
    remaining issue that was driving me crazy
    , hoping to
    get it in under the wire. Emmanuele may be owed beers.
  • It’s gratifying that the new default home screen of Facebook looks a lot
    like Mugshot.org,
    a site some of us came up with at Red Hat.
    We coded Mugshot’s personal-lifestream-thingy before Facebook’s news feed came
    out and before FriendFeed came out. Not saying either site copied
    us, but it’s still nice to know at least our idea was good (even
    though there were lots of reasons we weren’t the ones to get anywhere
    with it).
  • It used to be that the cool kids claimed to have listened to
    R.E.M. before Document
    (these are cool kids 20 years ago, I guess). I was listening to
    mutual fund manager John Hussman before
    he showed up on fivethirtyeight.com
    and in the Wall
    Street Journal
    . Am I a cool kid? Ha.
  • New
    York Times tries to explain
    why people get distracted by small(er)
    things like millions in AIG bonuses, while missing large things, like
    billions to bail out AIG’s
    bondholders
    . Possible Occam’s razor answer: most people don’t know
    what a bond is, but they know what a bonus is.
  • Some spammer selling Hewlett-Packard products took over my Twitter
    account “hp”, and now Twitter seems to have deleted it – and allowed
    someone else to grab the account. I emailed Twitter a while back
    asking them to fix it but all I got was an autoresponse saying “we’ve
    taken two weeks and still haven’t gotten back to you, let us know if
    you still need help.” I rarely twittered anything anyway, but
    … lame.
  • Funniest thing today was a random snark on Ayn
    Rand
    that Miguel
    reposted.
  • Why is it reasonable to pretend that socialist or libertarian
    principles can guide a decision between 35% and 39.6% tax rates?
    Sure, 5% vs. 80% is an ideological debate. But 35% vs. 39.6% is a
    pragmatic debate. The vast majority of American voters agree on the
    main government spending items – social security, medicare, defense –
    that eat up most of our tax revenues. Controversial spending items
    are too small to affect the tax rate much. And the vast majority of
    Americans are opposed to 50-60% tax rates. We’re going to stay right
    about where we are because big tax hikes and big spending cuts are
    both third rails. Here’s
    some historical perspective
    ; tax rates are much more
    stable over the last few decades than they have been over the last century.
  • Amy discovered Cake
    Wrecks
    (scroll past Sunday, they have non-wrecks on
    Sunday). Awesome.

(This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2009-03.html#22)

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