June 18th, 2002


Chinese history redux.

What can't you find in Beijing today... How about an Internet cafe? China shut down all 2400 of them and plans to only let 200 of them re-open.

I have heard people from China argue about the chaos that would ensue if the Chinese had more freedom and how hard it is to hold such a large country together, but I still think it comes down to a government ruled by old, regressive cowards, afraid of the future and of uncontrolled electrons...

Meanwhile, the Yellow and the Yangtze are on the verge of flooding and potentially killing thousands of people. The more things change, the more they stay the same?! Let's hope not.

When assassination isn't an assassination...

Looks like Bush has launched a covert program to topple Saddam Hussein.

Would we assassinate him? It seems unclear, judging from this report, which says US Special Forces teams "would be authorized to kill the Iraqi president if they were acting in self-defense."

"Hey Ned, it's Saddam Hussein! IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US!!!"

Mmm, mmm! Nothing like legalized assassination to liven up a democracy...


Kuro5hin is apparently going broke, but at least they are talking to the users about it. It's always the first and best thing to do in such circumstances. Then again, they've already rounded up $17K and are on their way to a goal of $70K. I don't quite feel bad for them yet.

"I have rent to pay, and car payments, and credit card bills, and all the economic detritus of modern life."

So does everyone, but how long has the site seriously tried to make revenue? Not long. The truth is, the moment a site becomes so much work that you'd like to get an income some day off of it, that's the moment when you need to start seriously thinking about revenue. It's not something to wait on, because if you do, your options may be limited when the crisis finally hits.

That doesn't mean that communities built around sites shouldn't come to their aid, but it ideally shouldn't be a life or death matter to the site, if possible. Life or kneecapping, perhaps... but death? Ideally not.

Not all is well in Userland...

Looks like Dave, the guy who founded Userland, maker of one of the many weblog apps out there, is in the hospital for at least a week.

My thoughts regarding Dave have always been torn. He's passed along the good news about LJ's RSS support in the past, but at the same time, I also know that he can be a bit abrasive and high-strung too. Definite type A personality. I have hopes for his recovery, but does it concern me that he's perhaps blown a gasket? Yes, it does.

Literally nothing has been said by his company about his ailment other than he is in the hospital for at least a week. Obviously this is not a minor situation. He's almost assuredly going to need a break from what he is doing, but the question is, can he step back and take it? With his business in a somewhat fragile position, can he afford to?!