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Wednesday,  08/10/05  04:30 PM

"Surreal" - by Jonathan ChenMy world, 4:30PM.

I am sitting in a deli, waiting for new tires to be installed on my car.  I am eating a roast beef sandwich and drinking coffee.  I have my laptop, and I am coding.  I have plugged into someone’s free WiFi (network name ‘linksys’), so I have my VPN to my office up.  I have three instances of Visual Studio launched, switching between them and my Perforce client (our code management system).  I am debugging ImageScope (high-end digital image viewer) and Digital Slide Studio (editing tool for digital images), both of which require megabytes of memory to deal with images which are gigapixels in size.  I can launch Outlook and pickup mail.  I can launch Sharpreader and read RSS.  I can launch Firefox and connect to any website in the world.  I can ask Mr. Google any question I can think of and get an instant answer.  And of course, I can blog.  Wow.

Meanwhile, I am in the middle of an invasion.  About fifty senior citizens have suddenly appeared in the deli, filling all the surrounding tables.  The deli staff are temporarily overwhelmed.  The noise level rises.  Distracting?  No.  I plug my Sony headphones into my HP laptop, launch iTunes, and select my "metal" playlist.  Mr. Satriani and Mr. Blackmore blast away the environment, and I am back in my little cocoon, oblivious.

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Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained