Searching for the Moon

Shannon Clark's rambles and conversations on food, geeks, San Francisco and occasionally economics

Archive for August, 2003

Yahoo! News – Urban Sprawl Makes Americans Fat, Study Finds

Posted by shannonclark on August 28, 2003

Yahoo! News – Urban Sprawl Makes Americans Fat, Study Finds

Yet another reason why I love living in the city and being able to walk from (and to) work each day. I’m currently looking at different options for office space for my company as our current lease is coming up for renewal, whether I can walk home from the new space (if we move) is a very big and serious factor for me.

Sure price, appearance, etc are also factors, but all other things being equal, I would much prefer an office that I can walk to and from than one that requires me to drive (or take a taxi) to get there if I need to. Sure, most of Chicago could also be gotten to by public transit, but many places would require multiple transfers, something I try to avoid whenever possible.

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Chowhound’s Toronto Message Board: Indonesian? Other great places?

Posted by shannonclark on August 27, 2003

Chowhound’s Toronto Message Board: Indonesian? Other great places?

My question to Chowhound’s Toronto board…

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Optimize Supplier Relationships with Contract Management

Posted by shannonclark on August 27, 2003

Optimize Supplier Relationships with Contract Management

And an earlier article from Aberdeen which also supports what my company does – very good stuff.

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Four Keys to Effective Supplier Contract Management

Posted by shannonclark on August 27, 2003

Four Keys to Effective Supplier Contract Management

Supports what my company sells – Decisa: Contract Compliance software.

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O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference — February 9-12, 2004

Posted by shannonclark on August 27, 2003

O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference — February 9-12, 2004

Sounds both like a conference I would like to attend (and would really enjoy) and one that many of my friends really should attend and present at. I will be sharing this call for submissions with a number of the groups I am active within, who knows, perhaps I can attend and present something myself.

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Renaissance Weekend

Posted by shannonclark on August 26, 2003

Renaissance Weekend

I was invited to attend this, am seriously considering going for Thanksgiving weekend – need to find the invite letter and confirm some details of the invitation, also need to decide whether I want to go this Thanksgiving.

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Calvin and Hobbes – 11 year old strip on Journals

Posted by shannonclark on August 26, 2003

Welcome to uComics Web Site featuring Calvin and Hobbes — The Best Comic Site In The Universe!

Very appropriate for online blogs…

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ISSN for Weblogs (Joe Clark: fawny.org)

Posted by shannonclark on August 26, 2003

ISSN for Weblogs (Joe Clark: fawny.org)

Very interesting idea, not sure if I will apply for one or not. I may want to wait until I have the time (and funds) to move from blogspot to something more permanent, as well as the time to reorganize and update my base site a bit.

But still, a very cool and interesting idea – ISSN numbers for weblogs.

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Salon.com Technology | Truncat

Posted by shannonclark on August 26, 2003

Salon.com Technology | Truncat

A new short story by Cory Doctorow, one of my favorite current authors. Reading this will be my small gift to myself later today, probably sometime this evening as a reward for a successful day – or at least that is my plan. I highly recommend after you read this story, that you look for his other short stories at Salon.com, as well as anything else by him you can find.

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Edge 124 – Blackout and The moral sense test

Posted by shannonclark on August 22, 2003

Edge 124

Two really interesting articles on one page. I probably need to read “Edge” more often, looks to be very much stuff that I like by authors I admire.

The Blackout conversation starts off with a piece by the author of Linked: The New Science of Networks which is a book I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.

As I read over his article I was struck by the following thought, he mentioned “electricity cannot be stored” as one of the reasons why the current power grid is so interconnected, with the risks so dramitically illustrated earlier this month. My thought and question is, “is this still the case? Or, with fuel cells and/or other technologies might electricity be stored?”

Probably there is no way of storing electricity without some loss other than perhaps superconducting coils (where the electricity can go around and around in circles without loss), but are there means of harnessing energy currently as electricity and converting it to stored energy of another form? One that could ideally be quickly and easily converted back to electricity when there was demand?

It would seem to me that there must be, but perhaps it is a question of scale – i.e. it would take a lot of very large “rechargable batteries” to store the output of a small power plant, let alone a large one.

Anyway, something for me to noodle on, may show up in a future novel if I think of something really cool.

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