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An Oral History of the Bush White House: Politics & Power: -
The threat of 9/11 ignored. The threat of Iraq hyped and manipulated. Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib. Hurricane Katrina. The shredding of civil liberties. The rise of Iran. Global warming. Economic disaster. How did one two-term presidency go so wrong? A sweeping draft of history—distilled from scores of interviews—offers fresh insight into the roles of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other key players. - Beau Hartshorne from Bookmarklet
Beau Hartshorne
typeface.js -- Rendering text with Javascript, <canvas>, and VML -
Instead of creating images or using flash just to show your site's graphic text in the font you want, you can use typeface.js and write in plain HTML and CSS, just as if your visitors had the font installed locally. - Beau Hartshorne from Bookmarklet
Jason Goldman
obama gives a 5 minute answer on his tax plan to a plumber -
obama gives a 5 minute answer on his tax plan to a plumber
this is incredible. we're gonna win this fucking thing. - Jason Goldman
The plumber was not convinced. He thought the McCain plan was going to help him more, but is not saying who he'll vote for. - Gabe
The stark contrast between Obama and McCain to me is that I have yet to see McCain answer a question without applying red herring tactics and political spin. Obama is obviously intelligent and more matter-of-fact relative to McCain. I don't feel like I'm at a used car lot when I hear Obama; can't say the same about McCain. - grant fox
I don't understand how people can say that Obama is elitist, or not personal, or too "cool" (in the standoffish sense). - Robert Felty
Will the plumber's business be taxed on the net or the gross? - Beau Hartshorne
Good point Beau. Even if his business has $250k gross, it's unlikely that it would be that high after expenses. - Paul Buchheit
We all know that Joe has back-taxes, a lien, and isn't licensed to plumb, right - anna sauce
Have you all read about how Joe is really a McCain plant, who's some distant relative of Charles Keating? - Gabe
Beau Hartshorne
Geohash for spatial index and search -
Geohash is a new algorithm for encoding latitude and longitude coordinates. Given a pair of lat/long coordinates (e.g., 42.6 -5.6) as the input, the algorithm produces a string output that is the Geohash encoding of the coordinates (e.g., ezs42). - Beau Hartshorne
Beau Hartshorne
Uncontacted Amazon tribe photographed - Science- -
"Images show Indians painted bright red, brandishing bows and arrows" - Beau Hartshorne
Beau Hartshorne
To get a better future, not only do we need a return to “the browser wars”, we need to applaud and use the hell out of “non-standard” features until such time as there’s a standard to cover equivalent functionality. Non-standard features are the future, and suggesting that they are somehow “bad” is to work against your own self-interest. - Beau Hartshorne
"Zeldman is hurting you and only you can make it stop." - Phillip Kast
Paul Buchheit
New Amazon service: SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time -
Pretty cool. "Amazon SimpleDB requires no schema, automatically indexes your data and provides a simple API for storage and access. This eliminates the administrative burden of data modeling, index maintenance, and performance tuning." - Paul Buchheit
Nice. So you could actually run a real, user-visible web service off of Amazon EC2 machines (do they have any load balancing options, though?) - Bret Taylor
Bret, I read your comment while looking at the photo of the shoe-fitting machine, and didn't understand what you were talking about. :) - Paul Buchheit
I like how they charge only for actual queries executed (0.14/machine hr)+ bandwidth (0.10-0.20/GB)+ storage (1.50/GB/month). This will likely be cheaper, more reliable and less of a hassle than running mysql in ec2. - Sanjeev Singh
It uses "eventual consistency" so reads might see stale data :(. Consistency, yet another "complex DB feature" people don't need :) - Sanjeev Singh
apparently it was written in erlang. - Karl Rosaen
Anyone know what kind of read latency we should expect from an EC2 instance? - Beau Hartshorne
One take (Babes In Userland) - Louis Gray
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