Blog entries for March, 2009
SPRING IS HERE
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
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
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
- 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.
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
Funniest thing today was a random snark on Ayn
Rand that Miguel
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