Snippets #61, Saturday, 24.Jul.2004 (ISSN 1530-9622)
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_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door
___________________________________#61, Saturday, 24.Jul.2004
_____1. Feeling Overloaded by email?
_____2. Follow Your Money
_____3. Oops: Getting It Right
__________1. FeeLING OVeRLOADED BY EMAIL ?
People who know me know that I receive "a bit" of email each day. And they also know how I chuckle when people write about how they are overwhelmed with their 20 emails per day.
So I had to feel just a bit of empathy as I read about Lawrence Lessig who recently declared email bankruptcy. Trying to clear the backlog of unanswered emails which had accumulated since 2002, he finally just threw in the towel and wrote everyone saying it wasn't going to happen.
To be fair, Lawrence is a pretty famous tech-legal-author guy. The result of all of this fame is that he is receiving 200 personal emails per day.
I get a lot of email, but most are discussion lists and ezines. 200 personal emails are 200 you somehow feel a need to respond to. Couple that with the fact that fewer people employ secretaries and you have a new cultural problem.
So the next time you are feeling a bit overloaded by your email, read the article about Lawrence. You'll feel better.
Wired: Call It the Dead e-Mail Office
__________2. FOLLOW YOUR MONeY
Do you realize that when you buy a product or service you are helping a corporation make a profit? Sure you do.
But do you also realize that corporations use their profits to buy influence in the political world? This means that buying a product or service indirectly supports one (or more) of the political parties.
Want to know which one(s)?
The Follow Your Money website let's you see which companies are supporting which parties so you can use that information to decide how to spend your money.
One of the interesting things is how many companies are really not supporting one party over another. They seem to be giving to both, not so much to influence who is elected, as to gain advantage with whoever is.
Follow Your Money
__________3. OOPS: GeTTING IT RIGHT
In my last issue, I gave you this quotation:
There is no try. Only do. --- Yoda
It is wrong. Here is the correct quotation:
Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. --- Yoda
How do I know? Well, within minutes of my last broadcast I'd received notice from Scout, a subscriber, that I got it wrong.
With the assistance of her sister, who popped in the tape and actually listened to the movie, we now have the correct quotation.
Luke: I can't. It's too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.
Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.