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The poet of collision
James Ellroy expounds on Dashiell Hammett's day job. Dashiell Hammett was allegedly offered five Gs to perform a contract hit. It is most likely a mythic premise. He was a Pinkerton operative at the time. A stooge for Anaconda Copper made the offer.
noir  literature  hardboiled  Hammett  review  insight  appreciation  crime  mystery  writing  ellroy 
october 2007 by amaah
Elizabeth Asiedu's Economics Research
Perhaps the premier Ghanaian economist in academia from what I can tell, albeit working from without... lots of good papers and modeling... need to brush up on the mathematics
economics  Africa  mathematics  investment  research  development  insight  policy 
august 2007 by amaah
Toll Collecting
You see my favorite business model is the two sided network, i.e. a hub that coordinates the transaction traffic between two groups and for the longest time my preferred visualization for this model is as a bridge between the two populations. The toll tak
middlemen  business  model  economics  systems  design  intermediaries  dynamics  aggregation  technology  insight  networks  incentives 
august 2007 by amaah
Relating to databases - Michael Stonebraker expounds
It’s basically a latency arms race. If your infrastructure was built with one-second latency, it’s just impossible to continue, because if the people arbitraging against you have less latency than you do, you lose. A lot of the legacy infrastructures
database  data  technology  systems  software  Design  Architecture  insight  economics  latency  performance  infrastructure 
august 2007 by amaah
Financial Sector Reform Policies and Poverty Reduction in Africa
Especially good on the Financial Habits of the Poor and the informal sector mechanisms available to them. Also talks about the intersection of the formal banking sector and policies with the needs of the underserved. Fodder for the susu collectors project
economics  policy  research  strategy  poverty  finance  Africa  Ghana  insight  susu  regulation  microfinance  insurance  pension  incentives  BestPractices  filetype:doc  media:document 
august 2007 by amaah
The Sum of Some Fears
On the fear of bad credit... What’s really striking is how much of the current angst in the market is over two things that I thought had been obvious for a long time: the magnitude of the housing slump and the persistence of high oil prices.
economics  bubble  psychology  debt  policy  observation  fear  USA  insight  politics 
august 2007 by amaah
A Long, Arduous March Toward Standardization
A brief history of standardization. "From our screw threads and fire hydrants to railroad track and the metric system, most standards proved very hard to come by. " Network effects, monopoly temptations, lock in, rogues, the great game of technology.
technology  standards  innovation  history  monopoly  transportation  adoption  rail  shoes  insight  measurement  rejection  incentives  economics  business  strategy  engineering  systems 
august 2007 by amaah
(Anti-)public seating roundup
If a certain group of people are a problem, they should be brought into prominence so that society may deal with them (accept, assist, and address). To hide them, or make the urban environment unattractive to them is divisive and inhuman, let alone detrim
design  culture  social  sociology  urban  control  participation  architecture  values  boundaries  England  modernity  observation  insight  perception  commons  policy  strategy  bureaucracy  groupthink  SocialLiving 
august 2007 by amaah
Gil Scott-Heron - Winter in America
Virtuosity. Gil Scott-Heron and his Amnesia Express performing live in concert on March 14, 1990 in London, UK.
music  soul  jazz-funk  poetry  lyricism  live  concert  video  GilScott-Heron  wist  amnesia  USA  America  culture  history  decline  fall  B-movie  prescience  observation  perception  cool  urban  griot  social  insight  virtuosity  SocialLiving  griots 
july 2007 by amaah
The Potholes of Multicultural Marketing
We love the romantic pretense of a homogenous, melting-pot America. It makes us feel good, gives us a sense of nobility and brings closure to our well-documented history of discriminating against one another in every way that it is possible for humans to
culture  race  USA  marketing  agency  insight  tokenism  observation  perception 
july 2007 by amaah
Acts of Gratuitous Beauty
Of the myriad communities on the internet, I can't think of one that could possibly be kinder, more friendly, sharing or caring than They Who Craft. Most people think Crafters are nuts. Potty, whimsical and eccentric, at best. Cracked, spooky and best avo
craft  amateur  hobbyist  art  culture  insight  amateurization  disintermediation  disruption  passion 
july 2007 by amaah
Shaping Public Opinion for Coming War on Iran
Michael Gordon (NYT co-writer of Judith Miller) has another hate-Iran piece in the NYT: Berger left the White House, became spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq only three weeks ago Gordon dutiful stenographs bomb-Iran propaganda, the accusation of di
hubris  USA  Iran  journalism  huhudious  Bush  Dubya  war  propaganda  policy  politics  strategy  hype  NewYorkTimes  neocons  rogues  inbreeding  bottomfeeding  groupthink  aristocracy  GreatGame  insight  observation  media  stenography  disinformation  misdirection 
july 2007 by amaah
Content Management
The future of content management is Wikis: web pages, photos, vector diagrams and videos. It'll be based in the browser, using standard web technology like HTML, CSS, javascript and SVG. more emphasis on collaboration, syndication, and search. Google lead
office  web  productivity  collaboration  technology  software  insight  analysis  standards  competition  wiki  Google  Microsoft  IBM  Lotus  syndication  jotspot  content  data  design  architecture  strategy  modeling  atom  GreatGame 
june 2007 by amaah
Animating the web: functional styles
I've called this approach "functional styles", because it's basically a functional programming extension to CSS styles. In this approach, any CSS style can be animated by assigning it a function (via the equals sign), rather than a direct value. BUDS!!!
declaration  web  programming  technology  software  analysis  DOM  scripting  CSS  XPath  insight  forms  xforms  standards  style  computation  dependencies  algorithms  systems  Design  Architecture  binding  data  UI  modeling  functional  declarative  comprehension  interface  BUDS 
june 2007 by amaah
Speculation rife that SW19 may not have seen the last of Sampras
“the 1990s the toughest time to win Wimbledon. The grass was fast, the balls were fast, guys who could turn it into a crap-shoot: Stefan [Edberg], Boris [Becker], Goran [Ivanisevic], those guys really made you uncomfortable. “By contrast, I always lo
tennis  insight  analysis  Sampras  sports  Wimbledon  change  evolution  strategy  competition 
june 2007 by amaah
Shaping the future
a late pass, I thought I'd bookmarked this
technology  future  science  scifi  memory  insight  culture 
june 2007 by amaah
Lurching Legacy into 2.0
Ross Mayfield lets loose with zingers on IBM's 'social software'... spot on about Lotus Connections, the communites will save the brand. I agree the jury is still out on Quickr. As to the rest, he called it Ajax pixie dust. "I couldn't possibly comment"
Technology  Software  marketing  IBM  Lotus  insight  zingers  social-software  socialsoftware  social  buzzwords  hype  observation 
june 2007 by amaah
Proliferation & Terrorism 101
Daddy, what did you do in The Gulf War? My duty, child - I gave fair warning about the next one. Interesting Times: the suburbs of the unthinkable. An episode of Hiroshima's magnitude might be required to refresh the world's faded collective memory
politics  nuclear  analysis  proliferation  insight  prescience  globalization  security  GreatGame  strategy  USA  research  power  policy  blowback 
june 2007 by amaah
On Why and When Fiction Writers First Publish
To begin I posit that the apprenticeship period of a writer, before a publishable novel is completed, lasts approximately eight years and involves three components: 1) lots of writing, much of it crap, an unfinished or rejected opus or three, a novel that
writing  literature  observation  creativity  professionalism  street-lit  insight  craft  publishing 
june 2007 by amaah
The Internet Troll As The Trickster Archetype
The troll comes to the door of a new forum and sets down his bag of tricks. If he has a grudge against the people inside discussing and debating their passions with a certain degree of amicability, peacability and decorum, he does not show them. He has th
gremlins  observation  insight  communities  culture  sociology  internet  web  folklore  social  technology 
june 2007 by amaah
The challenge of resource modeling
The hardest thing about REST isn't the architectural style, it isn't the URI-space: it is the decomposition of the domain resource-space. resource-space decomposition is fundamentally hard. we don't have good notation and toolsets to assist the process.
rest  design  architecture  comprehension  uri  resource  modeling  hardproblems  complexity  insight  web  development  technology  naming  humanfactors  classification  resourcemodeling 
may 2007 by amaah
Friction
Ben Hyde on architectures of control. Insightful as ever. examples from Public health, traffic calming techniques I find these attempts to shift the temperature of entire systems fascinating. This is at the heart of what your doing when you write standard
control  participation  friction  standards  policy  strategy  systems  design  architecture  technology  economics  publichealth  politics  insight  web  identity  humanfactors 
may 2007 by amaah
A New Way to look at Networking
video of Van Jacobsen's talk on networks. Great introduction on the history. Interesting insight on future trends also: architectural implications of the move to dissemination based networking from our current conversational model.
technology  networks  Architecture  Design  history  telecom  data  web  rest  mobility  internet  packet  caching  overlay  performance  research  insight  distributed  systems  communication  dissemination  mobile 
may 2007 by amaah
Hilaire Belloc: Defender of the Faith
Upon being honored with a papal decoration well into his old age, Belloc refused to put out the money needed to buy the medal and grumbled: “What would they say if I changed my mind?”
appreciation  review  literature  HilaireBelloc  wit  religion  catholicism  England  criticism  satire  observation  insight 
april 2007 by amaah
The Case for a Single Document Format: Part III
Rob stretches out yet again... I wonder if he'll come around to the forms stuff we worked on...
data  document  technology  history  analysis  standards  printing  innovation  forms  representation  design  insight 
april 2007 by amaah
The Enigmatic Art of Knowledge Representation
there you have it... Is it worth my writing my series on data any longer?
data  technology  representation  comprehension  design  thinking  insight  database  metadata 
april 2007 by amaah
Checkered with solitude
Solitude is, beyond question, one of the world’s great gifts and an indispensable aid to creativity, no matter what level that creation may be hatched at. Our culture puts enormous emphasis on “socialization,” on the supposedly supreme virtues of es
solitude  creativity  social  collaboration  SocialLiving  tradeoffs  writing  insight  sociology  philosophy 
march 2007 by amaah
The Busia Papers
Ghanaians seem to like grappling with cultural sensitivities. It's not very sexy but it befits the outlook of a small country. Still, I suppose there are worse brands than cultural interpreters. Reflecting on Busia, former Prime Minister of Ghana
Busia  Ghana  Africa  history  politics  culture  ideas  insight  democracy  independence  humanrights  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  toli 
march 2007 by amaah
Shop Class as Soulcraft
an engineering culture has developed in recent years in which the object is to “hide the works,” rendering the artifacts we use unintelligible to direct inspection. This creeping concealedness takes various forms. The fasteners holding small appliance
design  Architecture  engineering  control  obfuscation  insight  craft  culture  sociology  technology  automation  alienation  humanfactors 
october 2006 by amaah
Slicing and Dicing the Senate
The idea of this technique, “Optimal Classification Estimates”, is to reduce each legislator to two numbers and them pin them onto that graph. It’s extremely reductionist, but it works. The model is extremely accurate; around 95% these days. Amazing
visualization  economics  politics  modeling  strategy  voting  regulation  race  insight  decisions  usa 
august 2006 by amaah
right/left wing?
An economic model for predicting votes in American Congress throughout most of its history. It turns out that only 2 factors are needed to predict 95% of votes: 1. the regulation of commercial activity and 2 race.
economics  politics  modeling  strategy  voting  regulation  race  insight  decisions  usa  mathematics 
august 2006 by amaah
Cult of Civilianality
Instead of lumping, say, women, children and goatherders into one vague category of innocent bystanderesqueness, he believes that each civilian death should be rated on a sliding scale of complicity not unlike the scale used by other less successful attorneys
humour  culture  ObserversAreWorried  satire  values  morality  cruelty  israel  war  torture  strategy  rogues  neocons  politics  insight  hatchetjob  TheRoughBeast  jonswift 
july 2006 by amaah
Dershowitz and Grades of Human Beings
Alan "Torture is OK" Dershowitz is annoyed that the Israelis have been accused of killing innocent civilians. He is now arguing that there are degrees of "civilianity." He wonders how many innocent civilians killed by Israel in Lebanon would still be inno
satire  values  morality  cruelty  israel  war  torture  strategy  politics  rogues  neocons  racism  insight  hatchetjob  TheRoughBeast 
july 2006 by amaah
Apologist for War Crimes? It Depends
Billmon beats me to the punch and duly savages Alan Dershowitz whose rhetoric about a "civilian continuum" is the epitomy of fascism itself. It wouldn't be out of place at Nuremburg. "Some humans are more equal than others".
satire  values  morality  cruelty  israel  war  torture  strategy  rogues  neocons  politics  insight  hatchetjob  TheRoughBeast 
july 2006 by amaah
Live from Lebanon - Jane´s Blog
A friend facing real dilemmas: Lebanon. Teacher. The Students. Israel. Bombs. American. Passport in visa limbo at some embassy. Hezbollah. Christian. Jewish. Moslem. Money? Lights out. Bombs again. Shelling. What do you do next? You blog.
life  israel  Lebanon  Palestine  conflict  journalism  reporting  insight  dilemma  violence  blogging 
july 2006 by amaah
Why we're flush with success
This unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers … the humble plumber.
appreciation  plumbing  humour  observation  insight  infrastructure  innovation  SmallThings 
july 2006 by amaah
The poet of dialectics
Karl Marx's Das Kapital is a ground-breaking work of economic analysis, it is also an unfinished literary masterpiece which, with its multi-layered structure, can be read as a Gothic novel, a Victorian melodrama, a Greek tragedy or a Swiftian satire
marx  literature  review  appreciation  communism  politics  insight 
july 2006 by amaah
'Ghana' In Spanish Means Win (World Cup diary part 5)
I have seen Captain Stephen Appiah literally run into the lift to escape into his room at the approach of two determined looking ladies. Most people I have met in the past three days on realizing I am Ghanaian, give a knowing smile when you tell them we s
ghana  worldcup  football  soccer  travel  observation  fan  sports  Africa  writing  insight  journalism  communities  tribes  toli 
july 2006 by amaah
Crime and Punishment
In a civilized world, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney would all be working the phones right now trying to scare up some really good criminal attorneys with hands-on experience in international war crimes litigation. Who knows? Now that Mil
neocons  rogues  usa  torture  war  crime  humanrights  politics  analysis  law  values  morality  erustication  AbuGhraib  guantanamo  observation  insight 
june 2006 by amaah
Music Lessons In Nuremberg (Ghana World Cup diary Part 5)
I told them before the start of the match we shall beat them, and like the Italians and the Czechs before them, they took it as a joke. But now there was a clear difference, nobody was asking where on earth Ghana was and it only took about fifteen minutes
ghana  worldcup  football  soccer  travel  observation  fan  sports  Africa  writing  insight  journalism  communities  tribes  Germany  USA  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
The Imperial Press and Me - Tom Engelhardt
when you read articles in the imperial press, the best way -- and I'm only half-kidding -- is back to front. Your basic front-page stories, as on the TV news, usually don't differ that much from paper to paper. It's when you get toward the ends of pieces
journalism  politics  insight  observation  culture  media  critique  america  imperialism  resistance  nostalgia  satire  writing  rogues  neocons 
june 2006 by amaah
To The Shout Of "Ghana", You Respond "Respect" (Ghana World Cup Diary Part Three)
I saw grown Ghanaian men who are normally very shy and reticent, dancing and dragging out long forgotten yells and chants and songs from their innermost beings. I was hugged and kissed by interminable multitudes. Every Ghanaian or friend of Ghana was show
ghana  worldcup  football  soccer  travel  observation  fan  sports  Africa  writing  insight  journalism  communities  tribes  Germany  France  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
Firmly On The Map (Ghana World Cup Diary Part Four)
Mum: "Strange what winning one football match does. We have gone from part of the exotic brigade to one that needs to be taken seriously. It is the Czechs who are asking the most questions. Losing to Ghana had not been on their agenda, but now that they h
ghana  worldcup  football  soccer  travel  observation  fan  sports  Africa  writing  insight  journalism  communities  tribes  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
My World Cup (Ghana World Cup diary Part 1)
Mum returns to her journalistic roots and writes up her experiences as a Ghanaian fan attending the World Cup. The first of her four dispatches to be posted online. The ones about the Czech game should be up shortly. This is the original toli.
ghana  worldcup  football  soccer  travel  observation  fan  sports  Africa  writing  insight  journalism  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
AJAX is great, except for the J and the X
when we look for the new browser to replace the AJAX browser we must make sure it keeps the same 'pain free' execution environment characteristics of the browser. So yes, put in server functionality, but make the server functionality disappear when the us
technology  software  web  dom  scripting  BestPractices  insight  analysis  offline  forms  development  programming  xml  language  http  caching  browser  schema  yaron  GreatGame  javascript  frameworks  microsoft  BUDS  interaction 
june 2006 by amaah
Married People
Newly married people have things. They have elegant dinnerware still tucked away in boxes from their registry, matching cloth napkins, a splendid array of various-sized dishes and salad bowls and adorably sheik napkin holders. They have cushy towels embro
life  observation  humour  insight  marriage  communities  funny  family  rites  tradition 
june 2006 by amaah
Baghdad Bush
To call these guys war "critics" is like calling Typhoid Mary a "critic" of 19th century hygiene standards.Billmon on why Things Fall Apart beats Heart of Darkness ergo Economy, Katrina beats Iraq, Zarqawi, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib...
insight  observation  zingers  politics  bush  dubya  rogues  neocons  america  iraq  strategy  policy  war 
june 2006 by amaah
Evolution = Revolution
Thirty years ago, we were just beginning to bring the first networks on-line and we were just beginning to apply computers to every-day tasks We had the luxury and fun of being first to have a whole set of big ideas... Those of us who were working then co
insight  evolution  technology  observation  perception  thinking  software  ideas  innovation  end-to-end  adoption  strategy  education  learning 
june 2006 by amaah
Unlikely dancer at the World Cup ball
On Peter Crouch: Liverpool's most fanatical fans began to show affection. They sang: "He's Big, He's Red, His Feet Stick Out of Bed!" The gawky forward went 19 games - the equivalent of playing a whole day and night - without scoring. His first goal, a sc
appreciation  football  soccer  worldcup  england  liverpool  workethic  observation  review  insight 
june 2006 by amaah
Love it or leave it! (Exit, Voice or Loyalty)
"members of an organization have three broad choices about how to respond when the organization goes into decline. Exit - They can leave. Voice - They can argue for change. Loyality - They can remain silent and loyal." I say voice and view source
organization  communities  groups  strategy  dissent  groupthink  advocacy  politics  dynamics  insight  observation  tribes  usa  technology  demagogues  rogues  vietnam  iraq  nixon  neocons  decisions 
may 2006 by amaah
The Man Behind Bovary - On 'Flaubert: A Biography
Novelists should thank Gustave Flaubert the way poets thank spring: it begins again with him. He is the originator of the modern novel; indeed, you could say that he is the originator of modern narrative that the war reporter and the thriller writer owe
appreciation  literature  Flaubert  novel  writing  craft  insight  review 
may 2006 by amaah
What because stupid network, Daddy?
the end-to-end principle is an appeal to preserve option value in a world of rapid change. By resisting this force, you’re either betting you can supress rival distribution channels for competing innovation, or you can can yourself be a lead innovator
networks  web  internet  technology  economics  strategy  end-to-end  perception  insight  options  coordination  martingeddes  innovation 
may 2006 by amaah
Frameworking
the site more or less looks like a grand canyon, each internet year producing a new seam. It's remarkable that something like a website can have a geology, layer after layer of frozen accidents. on infering structure where there is none
glue  frameworks  design  insight  structure  data  architecture  technology  software  web  observation 
may 2006 by amaah
The Evolution of a Programmer
Ah, the urge to add layers illustrated... probably needs to be updated with some good distributed computing soapiness or enterprise treatment...much like that relationship styles of programmers piece... Life is too short...
programming  humour  development  insight  observation  experience  complexity  software  satire  fun 
may 2006 by amaah
TSA Puffery
Michael Froomkin's account of dealing with security theatre courtesy of the TSA and the wholesale making up of rules and regulations that Homeland Security entails, often at the expense of real security
security  bureaucracy  law  civilrights  insight  observation  usa  america 
may 2006 by amaah
In Praise of Loopholes
There’s something to be said for working smarter, and not harder, and humans have been looking for—and finding—loopholes to enable it for centuries. A look at some of our most celebrated loophole practitioners, and their tales.
insight  humour  loopholes  humannature  law  culture  essay 
april 2006 by amaah
Angels and Demons
Cryptonomicon consisted of nerdish Mary Sues afloat in a sea of Cliffs Notes for popular science books. Angels and Demons retains the nerd protagonists but adds a layer of cack-handed James Bond stuff. I mean, can you believe this shit
hatchetjob  review  humour  literature  pop  commercialization  insight  DanBrown  fads  thriller 
april 2006 by amaah
Why Your Schedule Is No Good - And How To Fix It
Christopher Hawkins expounds on the art of scheduling software projects
technology  software  scheduling  management  insight  BestPractices 
april 2006 by amaah
Flames: Emotional Amplification of Text
Christopher Allen's brief thoughts on the phenomenom of flaming and patterns for coping... This should be linked up to Clay Shirky's new gig on wrangling patterns for moderating communities.
communities  insight  moderation  emotion  social-software  socialsoftware  BestPractices  patterns  design  social  sociology  technology 
march 2006 by amaah
Pseudo Bank Accounts for the Poor
I have a hypothisis that many of these disruptions via IT are similar. You take a previously bundled activity and burst it apart so that you then charge for smaller transactions that were previously charged for in a bundle. The IT enables that. So instead
insight  business  strategy  long-tail  credit  economics  technology  LongTail  disruption  disintermediation  banking  LowEndTheory  bundling 
march 2006 by amaah
G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide
Danah Boyd's notes on her Etech talk... yet another look at the holy grail of collaboration software
communities  social-software  socialsoftware  BestPractices  insight 
march 2006 by amaah
Big Bangs
Although ostensibly about those gremlins we call terrorists and the systems used to combat them this has wider applicability in all networks. A control-theoretic and systems view of the world. Well he did admit to being an aeronautical engineer.
systems  terrorism  design  control  feedback  politics  strategy  insight 
march 2006 by amaah
Reality and Tools - excerpt from Data and Reality
William Kent ruminates: Theories tend to distinguish phenomena. A theory tends to be analytical, carefully identifying all the distinct elements and functions involved. Unifying explanations are abstracted, relationships and interactions are described, bu
data  modeling  engineering  software  theory  practice  history  architecture  insight  frameworks 
february 2006 by amaah
'How to write about Africa'
some tips: sunsets and starvation are good, Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Also useful are words such as 'Guerrillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'. Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while
Africa  culture  satire  observation  perception  insight  literature  writing 
december 2005 by amaah
Great Literary Frauds of Our Time #1: Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things is a hit with coffeehouse book clubs now for the same reason that To Kill A Mockingbird was a hit with Reader's Digest types fifty years ago. Both affirm the dim simplicities: Children are innocent; grownups are bad. Love is good;
literature  review  sarcasm  hatchetjob  insight  observation  perception 
december 2005 by amaah
Future Topics - Christopher Allen's proposed list of essays
The Dark Side of the Force -- The same social tools that we use for good, can also be used for harm. How do we ethically use what we are learning about social software? Some say that almost by definition social software attracts spammers, trolls, and inna
technology  social-software  socialsoftware  software  insight  observation  writing  communities  design  architecture  networks  adoption 
november 2005 by amaah
Kragen thinking out loud
Kragen's mailing list with his thoughts on technology... This should really be a blog
technology  insight  design  kragen 
november 2005 by amaah
The exchange of violence
"War debases our intelligence and derides what we call "civilization" and "culture" and "freedom." If it is true that we have entered a spiral of violence, repression and despair that will take years to unravel, our only hope is moral honesty about what w
war  violence  iraq  values  culture  insight  HanifKureishi 
july 2005 by amaah
Ken Livingstones's comments on the London Bombings
Ken Livingstone, erstwhile "Red Ken", the Mayor of London lays out a cogent response. You've got to love him
London  bombing  speech  eloquence  perception  insight  observation  comfort  KenLivingstone  politics  terrorism  stoicism  bomb  bombings  explosion 
july 2005 by amaah
Interesting Things
“Tomorrow” is a relative term that can mean anything from five minutes to eternity. When will the shipment arrive? Tomorrow. When will your sister visit? Tomorrow. When will we invade Mars? Tomorrow. It can literally mean the next day, or it can mean
ghana  africa  perception  language  culture  travel  observation  insight  funny 
july 2005 by amaah
IBM poop heads say LAMP users need to "grow up"
The LAMP stack is a properly constructed piece of software. Features are added when an actual person has an actual need that arises in the actual field, not when some group of highly qualified architecture astronauts and marketing splash-seekers get toget
technology  Architecture  software  scaling  performance  IBM  insight  scalability  apache  web  Design  programming  development  engineering  advocacy  rant  python  php  linux  kiss  j2ee  pitts 
june 2005 by amaah
Scavenger hunts, ugly Americans, and other options
Ethan expounds on how local people can get. When you bring employees or volunteers to work in Africa, one of the big challenges is helping them find their place on the expat/local axis.
africa  aid  development  attitude  insight  perception  local  ghana  observation  politics  economics  accra  flavour  standards 
june 2005 by amaah
Why we are rebelling against the old guard
A wonderful manifesto about the state of France, a J'accuse for the 21st century. It is taboo to claim the French elite has recklessly seized all the levers of power and is running the country in an inefficient, if not inept, way.
france  eu  europe  politics  insight  perception  observation  society  culture  economics  unemployment  media 
june 2005 by amaah
PODC - Plain Old Distributed Computing
doomed to reinvent the wheel: "Why SOA now? Good marketing. The technologists finally found a way to explain to the business how what they do can be made to be scalable and usable by the rest of the organization. Great concept, but a crock of s**t
technology  distributed  computing  SOA  hype  glue  history  insight  IBM  Microsoft  CORBA  development  architecture 
june 2005 by amaah
Hierarchy vs flow
Hugh Macleod hits company hierarchies with a clue stick. The market is for "Flow" is larger than the market for "Hierarchy".
funny  cool  comic  zingers  insight  art  drawing 
may 2005 by amaah
On Dave Chappelle
Cobb expounds thusly: if my interpretation of African American history is appropriate, as well as my appreciation of the existential dilemmas of the blackfolks of my generation, I think that somewhere there is an asshole that needs shutting down even if h
black  us  african-american  culture  life  comedy  dilemma  davechappelle  chappelle  insight  perception 
may 2005 by amaah
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