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(image) Reminder, on Tuesday I'll be speaking at the Kennedy School, Institute of Politics, and it's open to Scripting News readers. 4PM-5:30PM, Faculty Dining Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge. It'll be demo-oriented. I'm going to show how weblogs work, and open the session up for discussion. In other words, it'll be like a weblog but face-to-face. If you're in Boston on Tuesday I hope you can come, it'll be fun.

Peking Duck on Chinese TV coverage of the war in Iraq.

Werbach: "I dream of Centrino."

I saw Phone Booth this evening. A very well-done movie, actually flawless, with a strong message and really good acting. Great cast.

Wendy Koslow: "I admit freely that I am a dork too."

On Friday I asked if it snows in Cambridge in May. Yesterday about 20 people told me it does. It's even snows here in June. Amazingly they're forecasting snow tomorrow and Tuesday. Two to four inches tomorrow. Hellp.

New howto for Berkman/Harvard weblog users shows how to add XML icons to your weblog template.

To Manila developers, I'm planning an overhaul of all the themes we're using at Berkman, so I put together a checklist. I wonder if I'm missing anything. We've never done a complete review of all the themes, and it may be years before it's done again. So if you know of any theme-based upgrades that should be done across the board, now's a good time to speak up. Of course I'm going to share all the work I do here. Please post comments on the discussion group. Thanks.

2002: Google's SOAP interface.

(image) Last night at a Chinese dinner salon at Bob Doyle's house I accidentally said I was an embedded programmer at Berkman. Bob caught that, and wrote it down. Also present were Philip Greenspun and Miguel de Icaza. Lots of IQ points.

Philip posted some thoughts about last night's dinner. I wish he had a weblog. At the dinner he must have had a dozen ideas that would rise to the top of Blogdex or Daypop, and he expresses them so well. On the other hand, completing a product that's easy to use takes a lot more time than he allows for. Manila took three years, Radio another two. I could write a spreadsheet in two days. And then it would take another two years to make it work so users would experience the suspension of disbelief that a complete piece of software creates.