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Saturday, January 17, 2004

Before Chips, Cherries

There's a good but sad article by Mike Cassidy in today's Mercury News, about Tyler's great grandmother's first cousin, Grace Nola, who passed away just after Christmas — "A way of life passes in valley." Her generation knew a San Jose that has all but passed into history:

In 1958, just as Robert Noyce and company were figuring out how to mass-produce the computer chip, there were nearly 3,300 acres of cherry orchards in the Santa Clara Valley.

In 2002, it was 853 acres.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Baby Tricks

Hanan Levin sent me the link to this great video clip.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Conference Watch

In March, keep an eye out for:

Today's New Blawg

Stephan A. Ott writes Links & Law, with "the latest news on linking disputes." Stephan is credited ("Is a URL the same as a hyperlink in law?") with first reporting on whether sites that include URLs (but not active links) run afoul of the US Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Lucy In The Sky

Happy Birthdays and congratulations to Lucy and Marc Canter! Also, though the thought of being movie director and editor in addition Tyler's version of the Waffle House has been just too much, Mr. Willem's First Christmas, an iMovie by Larry Lessig, just made me charge the videocam batteries. As Professor Lessig notes, the Mac is amazing. Though my purchasing of late has been somewhat single minded, Mommy might need a few toys too. Like:

The Hazards Of Weight Loss

Can someone please explain to me how the Today Show can do a segment about weblogs (toward the end of the show, teased throughout) that focuses almost exclusively on teen diaries and parental paranoia, and fails to mention Harvard, Stanford (Stanford again), Dean, or for goodness' sake Al Roker? To her credit, writer Emily Nussbaum, whose piece in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine was the springboard for the Today story, recognizes there's more going on here than the coverage might suggest: "[E]ven diaries that seem at first predictable can have the power to startle."

Sunday, January 11, 2004

You Haven't Lived Until... (a.k.a. 666)

You've dumped 6 full ounces of meticulously gathered breast milk onto the kitchen floor—and considered for more than a fleeting moment soaking it up with a clean sponge and squeezing it back into the bottle.

You've watched your 6 week old retrieve his wayward pacifier and reinsert it. (Cue theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

Your baby gives you his first smile. And 5 more for good measure.

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