Archive: February 2003

Dancing With the Devil (Cont.) (February 26, 2003)

After I posted my piece on Sy Hersh’s observations regarding Pakistan, I got to thinking about why I found them so provocative. After all, we all knew how much of a twisted little fellow Musharraf is, and how precarious his situation there is. (For those who don’t, all you need to know is that Musharraf […]

Dancing With the Devil (February 25, 2003)

If you think that our #1 enemy in the world is Saddam Hussein — heck, if you think our #1 enemy in the world is Osama bin Laden — this interview with Seymour Hersh from NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS should be educational for you. Hersh argues to interviewer Jane Wallace that our #1 […]

Dear God, Make It Stop (February 25, 2003)

“The Streets” are: A one-man pseudo-rap act made up of 23-year-old Brit Mike Skinner, who kicks out the jams in some kind of radioactive mutant Cockney accent; INCREDIBLY F***ING ANNOYING Is it 1 or 2? Wait! You’re both right! My favorite radio station can’t stop playing this guy’s tuneless, pasty white-boy hip-hop. Apparently Salon liked […]

Caring For Your Introvert (February 25, 2003)

Jonathan Rauch has a great piece in this month’s Atlantic Monthly entitled “Caring for Your Introvert“. The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to […]

Demand-Side Economics (February 24, 2003)

Here’s an item I saw in the Washington Post over the weekend, buried in their “In the Loop” section way in the back, that should be of interest to the conspiracy-minded among you: The GOP Home Shopping Network: That most lamentable duct tape suggestion last week by a Homeland Security official — which drove countless […]

False Dichotomies (February 23, 2003)

Glenn Fleishman wrote an insightful piece recently about how the major media cover blogging. It’s very good overall, but it does have one problem that jumped out at me: Blogs are all about individuals and the millions of separate opinions. In representing blogs to a non-blogging audience, reporters seem drawn to sweep them into a […]

Where Leaders Fail, Part One: More Faster (February 21, 2003)

Probably the most common mistake I’ve seen leaders make under pressure is a dysfunction I call “More Faster” syndrome. To understand what I mean by this, picture a man on a treadmill. He’s running his poor little heart out, but he never seems to get anywhere. All that work and he’s not making any progress! […]

Introduction (February 21, 2003)

I’ve had the privilege of knowing a lot of leaders in my life. Some have been outstanding; others abysmal. The nature of leadership is something that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, so I paid close attention to all of them. In this category of posts, “Lefkowitz’s Lessons for Leaders”, I’m […]

Not With a Bang… (February 20, 2003)

Well, it looks like pioneering online magazine is lurching toward its end — apparently they can’t even make their office rent anymore. This is sad, but expected. Salon has always had some of the best writing on the Web, but they were early victims of dot-com hubris, paying out the wazoo for fancy downtown […]

Lindows Goes Portable (February 20, 2003)

Well, well, well — after making a splashy entry into the Media Center PC market, Lindows is now going after the sub-notebook market as well with its $799 Lindows Mobile PC. You read that right, $799. Admittedly it’s not a smoking PC by any stretch of the imagination, but its specs are competent enough (especially […]

Dynamic Magnetic Poetry Generator (February 19, 2003)

Jeez, Mark Pilgrim is a smart guy… He’s come up with a nifty script that can take any site on the Web and slice ‘n dice it into fun-to-play-with magnetic poetry tiles. This is a neat combination of cross-browser dynamic HTML (which is hard enough to do well by itself, Lord knows) and smart text […]

404 of Mass Destruction (February 18, 2003)

Thanks to Doc Searls, I stumbled across this little gem: 404: Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction

Kucinich “Ready to Run” (February 18, 2003)

Looks like Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich is prepping to run for President. That’s great news — Kucinich is a strong, progressive, articulate Democratic voice. It’s encouraging to see him making a move towards the national stage; the rest of the Democratic field is so anemic that any signs of life from the party are very […]

They Should Name An Ice Cream Treat After Me (February 18, 2003)

‘Nuff said.

Consequences (February 14, 2003)

When you’re planning to launch a major war, you need to be sure your best minds are working on all the little things you’ll need to ensure success — or at least to deal with the fallout. Regarding that latter option — good to see DARPA is on the case…

The Antidote for Terror is Knowledge (February 14, 2003)

There’s been a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) being spread in the media over the last few days about another potential terrorist attack. If you live in New York or Washington, you know what I’m talking about — the evening news has been screaming for people to buy duct tape and plastic sheeting, […]

“Invade and Abandon” (February 12, 2003)

As usual, John Robb‘s commentary on the Bush strategy for Iraq is dead on.

Technical Difficulties (February 12, 2003)

If you’ve tried to send me an email between Sunday and today, your message may have bounced. This is because of some technical problems I’ve had in migrating the management of the domain from Network Solutions to Go Daddy Software. The issues seem to be resolved now, so if you got a bounce please […]

D’oh (February 7, 2003)

Now that the British government has released its classified dossier on Saddam Hussein, we’ll surely find out why it’s so critical we go after him before we finish off bin Laden! Channel 4 News: Downing Street has been forced to admit it made a mistake with an intelligence dossier released on Monday… A spokesman confessed […]

Blasphemy! (February 7, 2003)

Hey, look! Someone at Random House had the bright idea to hold a contest to pick some random moron to write another sequel to “The Godfather”. Ain’t it great when the accountants figure out how to turn a masterpiece into a “franchise”? Bleh.

AdAware 6 Released (February 7, 2003)

The leading program to protect your PC from spyware, adware, and other nasties, AdAware, has just been updated to version 6.0. If your PC runs Windows, and you’re connected to the Internet, you should consider AdAware a mandatory download.

Dangerous When Cornered (February 6, 2003)

Glad to see that our sound, well-thought-out foreign policy hasn’t had any unforeseen consequences: N. Korea warns of pre-emptive strike Oh, wait. Never mind.

Wildgrape NewsDesk (February 6, 2003)

If you’re a Windows user looking for a terrific news aggregator, you can’t go wrong with Wildgrape NewsDesk. It’s got more features than you’ll ever use, and the developer, David Peckham, is incredibly responsive — I sent him an e-mail reporting a bug, and he turned around a fix so fast it made my head […]

Block By Block (February 4, 2003)

John Robb (COO of Userland Software, and a former Air Force pilot) is having some interesting musings about the upcoming conflict with Iraq (assuming there won’t be one seems somewhat naive at this point). He’s theorizing about what Saddam Hussein might have learned from his last clash with the U.S. back in 1991. Back then, […]

Rocket’s Red Glare (February 3, 2003)

You almost certainly by now have heard about Saturday’s catastrophic failure on board the Space Shuttle Columbia. The national conversation about this has already moved from the initial shock and grief into the deeper question of what this means for the Shuttle program specifically and U.S. manned space flight in particular. Here’s my two cents: […]