Tag Archive: Rant

Sep 15 2013

Taking back the Internet by going back to basics

Bruce Schnier, all around security guru and hero of the revolution, says we should ‘Take back the Internet‘. If you haven’t read that link, follow it and read it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Now, let’s laser-in on one of Bruce’s points: Dismantling the surveillance state won’t be easy. Has any country that engaged in …

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Jul 22 2012

Red Robin makes good

Last week I wrote an open letter to the CEO of Red Robin complaining about how they handled a bad situation I was involved with at their Seattle location. I’m tardy writing this update, but the general manager of that Red Robin location phoned me a few days later. She was pleasant, apologized without making …

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Jul 11 2012

Open letter to Red Robin

[UPDATE: Red Robin makes good!] To: Steve Carley, CEO Red Robin From: Jack William Bell, an ex customer Subject: Your staff put me in danger

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May 26 2012

The Tyranny of Metaphor

The problem with complexity is (wait for it) it’s complex. Humans don’t do complex well. Cognitive psychologists talk a lot about the ‘Rule of Seven’ (plus or minus two): referring to the fact that humans can only track about seven things in their head at a time. Think about that for a second. How many things …

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Feb 10 2012

It’s always nice to meet a young person who knows the classics

It’s been a long and very sucky day, with few bright spots to lift it out of the suckitude. Among other things I drove over a hundred and fifty miles to take care of various bits of business (some of it in places that moved completely across town, a fact I only discovered by going …

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Nov 26 2011

Why Occupy Wall Street matters

Watch the TV news or read the newspaper coverage and you come away wondering just what it is those crazy protestors camping out downtown want. Sure, they want something done about bankers and financiers getting rich off of the misery of ‘the 99%’. Certainly they want social justice. Clearly there is a fairly standard leftist streak running …

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Oct 10 2011

Endings and Beginnings

I originally set up this weblog a full year ago, even writing a ‘first post’ breathlessly explaining how this was going to be an active site. Then I let it lay fallow ever since, failing to live up to my own expectations and falling further behind in catching up every one of the three hundred …

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Mar 16 2011

It’s the little things that matter

I imagine that very nearly every man and woman who reaches an age comparable to mine finds themselves looking back at their life and finding the whole of it wanting. Finding themselves a failure when compared to the ambitions of their younger selves. I believe this to be true, no matter how great (or small) …

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Aug 26 2010

Travel as a ‘Possession’

I am using ‘Possession’ here in the sense of something you own.(Yes, it could be argued that the alternative meaning of something owning and controlling you is valid as well! But that’s not where I am going.) Here I am talking about travel as a kind of ‘stuff’, in the George Carlin definition of something …

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Jun 21 2009

The revolution will be Tweeted

I wanted to start this essay with this sentence: “Like everyone else I have been fascinated with recent events in Tehran and the role of social software in them.” Only I can’t. You see, despite the fact the mass media are finally reporting about the Iran election protests and the role of Twitter (among other …

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