Another Census Bureau screw-up

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

The United States Census Bureau spends enormous mounts of money to collect and spit out enormous amounts of data. The Bureau seems to have developed a culture that puts far more emphasis on quantity than on quality. Less than ten days after releasing another throroughly trivial “Facts for Features” for Mother’s Day, the Bureau announed [...]

Abridged Venture Capital Funding Pitch

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

1) Our idea is unique 2) We have no competitors 3) Gartner and Jupiter say our market will be worth $16 billion in 5 years 4) Our projected profit and revenue ($ million) over the next five years:

Correcting that which cannot be corrected

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Here’s an interesting correction in The Boston Globe on January 19: Correction: Because of an editing error, a caption in yesterday’s Business Notebook wrongly indicated that a new Dunkin’ Donuts store in Taiwan is in China. Taiwan is an independent nation. I don’t envy the Globe editor who had to tackle that correction. I think [...]

My five most popular posts in 2006

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

The following were the five most read posts on Internet128.com in 2006, as roughly estimated by me based on non-exact statistics and possibly wishful thinking: The Kaavya Viswanathan “Opal Mehta” plagiarism story was big news back in April and May and continues to bring people to this site. Quite a few people are looking for [...]

Orphaned bastards

Friday, December 29th, 2006

You are probably familiar with the saying that success has a thousand parents while failure is an orphan. I was reminded of that when a local university recently invited me and the missus to watch a movie (or possibly exhibition, or perhaps both) that celebrates the school’s contributions to “social justice.” I imagine the “social [...]

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Merry Christmas! Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth; Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

In defense of Rosie O’Donnell

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

A decade ago I co-hosted a group of Japanese college students who toured Scandinavia and Holland to study elder care solutions. The students were almost exactly the way you’d expect Japanese kids: Intelligent, eager to learn, and polite. While somewhat reserved they were far from humorless and I think we all had a good time, [...]

One Bank, one card, one ridiculous song

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Sure, it’s just a throw-away pep-song for a corporate meeting, and a surprisingly well-made one to boot, but it’s just too, too much. Bank of America’s “One” music video suffers in production value (these effects aren’t so special, as one famous critic famously put it), but the rendition is heartfelt. (I wish Mixed Nuts were [...]

It’s coming

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

When predefined varibles go away they haunt you like vengeful spirits

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The past couple of days several of my websites went bonkers, tossing up ugly “Invalid query” messages on otherwise blank pages. Not a pretty sight (though one spared readers of Internet128). What happened was that my host upgraded its PHP installment to a version that doesn’t support the old and, really, long-deprecated way of calling [...]