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Thinkin’ about the code
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Waiting for iPhone 3g – Jul 18, 2008 – 058

This young man and woman seemed to be writing a computer program, or perhaps building a website, as they sat in a shady area off to the side of the people waiting in line … I didn’t get close enough to them to see exactly what they were up to …

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Note: this photo was published in a Dec 30, 2009 blog titled "12 Lessons Learned for Getting Better Results from Developers."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2010 blog titled "Has the Internet Improved Writing?" It was also published in a Feb 23, 2010 blog titled "University computer degrees promise better student career prospects." And it was published in an Apr 23, 2010 wiki titled "lTeachable Moments 2.0: Bibliographic Instruction in the Academic Library." It was also published in a May 29, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a May 31, 2010 Greek blog titled "Η καλύτερη στιγμή στην Ελλάδα για Android, Maemo και Symbian developers." It was also published in a Jul 12, 2010 blog titled "All in a day’s work: in the shoes of a Bob." It was also published in a Sep 14, 2010 blog titled "Lehrstelle finden: Viele Ausbildungsplätze sind immer noch unbesetzt." And it was published in a Nov 15, 2010 blog titled "Making Money Online: Female Internet Marketers Increase." It was also published in a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: How to make money online from your home?" And it was published in a Nov 25, 2010 Super Affiliate Marketing Guide blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled wanita-wanita.info/erra-fazira/picture/cool-making-money-…

Moving into 2011, the photo was published along with several other unrelated ones, in an undated (late Jan 2011) Making Money From Home blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 28, 2011 blog titled "Werken in de zon." And a cropped version of the photo, in which the young man was eliminated (sorry!), was published in a Feb 3, 2011 blog titled Safer Facebooking." It was also published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled "Cool Money-Making Online Images." And it was published in a Mar 15, 2011 blog titled "San Diego County to go 4G with AT&T wireless upgrades." It was also published in an Apr 20, 2011 blog titled "Nice Affiliate Marketing photos," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 23, 2011 blog titled "Cool Affiliate Marketing images," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page — as well as another Apr 23, 2011 Braziilian blog titled "CURSO VISUALG GRATUITO EM VÍDEO AULA." It was also published in an Apr 24, 2011 blog titled "For the Love of Women Bloggers." And it was published in a May 13, 2011 Video Marketing Secrets Revealed blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jun 14, 2011 blog titled "Quattro consigli per rendere sexy i tuoi testi sul web." And it was published in a Jul 18, 2011 blog titled "Devcamp to train the next generation of software superstars."

The photo was also published in an undated (early Aug 2011) blog titled "12 Reasons Why Women Are Better Than Men." And it was published in an Oct 5, 2011 Fashion High Heel Shoes blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 4, 2011 blog titled "Q&A: Wieso kann ich die songs die ich von flatster “gedownloadet” habe nicht auf dem pc fin den?" And it was published in an undated (early Aug 2012) blog titled How To Design Your Wedding Business Website To Turn Leads Into Clients

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 12, 2012 blog titled "MAS Customer Knowledge Assessment: What It Means to You." It was also published in a Feb 4, 2012 blog titled "10 tips on getting better results from your website." And it was published in a Feb 8, 2012 blog titled "I giovani e la conoscenza delle nuove tecnologie." It was also published in a Feb 16, 2012 blog titled "What are the top internet money making ideas?" And it was published in a Mar 22, 2012 blog titled "8 inventions that create global culture." It was also published in an Apr 5, 2012 blog titled "Chile: Simce de tecnología revela que el 46% de los estudiantes sólo sabe hacer tareas básicas en un PC." And it was published in a May 29, 2012 blog titled "Asyiknya Nge-blog." It was also published in a Jun 5, 2012 blog titled "Jongeren gedragen zich onveilig op internet." Also, a black-and-white version of the photo was published in a Jul 16, 2012 blog titled "Продолжается прием в магистратуру Европейского гуманитарного университета по специализации «Гендерные исследования»." And it was published in a Jul 20, 2012 blog titled "<a href="http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/mannen-grotere-online-shoppers-dan-vrouwen/" rel="nofollow"Mannen grotere online shoppers dan vrouwen." It was also published in a Jul 25, 2012 blog titled "The Best Church Management Software is… " And it was published in an undated (early August 2012) blog titled "How To Design Your Wedding Business Website To Turn Leads Into Clients." It was also published in an Aug 10, 2012 blog titled "Adicto a las compras online." And it was published in an undated (early Sep 2012) blog titled "Asyiknya Nge-blog." It was also published in a Sep 25, 2012 blog titled "Cursos formativos con remuneración en la Universidad Popular de Cáceres." And a cropped version of the photo was published in a Nov 8, 2012 blog titled "10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing."

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Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.

But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" — she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

Well, I’m a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there’s a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group … but I’m inclined to think that they are. And if that’s true, then the demographics of this group — in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. — is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that’s not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun…

Smoke Two Joints in the Morning, Smoke Two More at Night, Legalizing Marijuana is the Number One Suggestion in President Obama’s Virtual Suggestion Box
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Image by Thomas Hawk

The Register published a story yesterday regarding President-Elect Barak Obama’s experiment with a public suggestion box over at change.gov. Change.gov is a sort of government suggestion box where people can ask questions or offer suggestions to the newly elected President that supposedly he’s going to consider. Users on the site can vote suggestions up or down. And the top suggestion amongst the thousands offered to the new President. Yep, you got it, people wanna get high, legally.

From the Register:

"Obama’s Change.gov site will close down its internet suggestion box today, after a week of taking suggestions and opinions on the new administration’s executive policy from the web public at large. In standard Web 2.0 fashion, users can vote up or down on existing entries — the theory being that the best schemes will rise to top.

Supposedly, the "top ideas" will be presented directly to the new Commander-in-chief in the form of a "Citizen’s Briefing Book" following his inauguration on January 20.

Barring any massive last-minute changes, the tip-top idea will be best summarized by the philosopher/poet Chris Tucker in his cinematic role as Smokey: "I’m gunna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job…and you ain’t got shit to do."

There are lots of other interesting ideas that the general public has come up with including suggestions for bullet trains and light rail, ending Govt sponsored abstinence programs, creating a more green country, etc. But top of the list is legalizing pot.

Barack Obama of course is the first President who has admitted that he smoked pot in the past and actually inhaled frequently because "that was the point."

With the budget woes that are currently facing the country, certainly legalizing marijuana could provide for a windfall of Government revenue. It was largely the need for tax revenues that got the government to end the prohibition against alcohol back after the Great Depression. In an interesting editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle last week the tax benefits of legalizing marijuana were raised once again with the argument being made that the State of California could possibly address our current budget woes by a tax on the popular drug:

"The marijuana crop is valued at .8 billion annually – nearly double the value of our vegetable and grape crops combined. Our state is the nation’s top marijuana producer. Indeed, the average annual value of our marijuana crop is more than the combined value of wheat and cotton produced in the entire United States.

According to government surveys, 14.5 million Americans use marijuana at least monthly but both the producers and consumers of this crop escape paying any taxes whatsoever on it. While precise figures are impossible given the illicit nature of the market, it is reasonable to suggest that California could easily collect at least .5 billion and maybe as much as billion annually in additional tax revenue, if we took marijuana out of the criminal underground and taxed and regulated it, similar to how handle beer, wine and tobacco."

It will be interesting what our new President has to say about legalizing marijuana if he has the political gumption to actually broach the subject. Certainly almost 100,000 people on the internet have. One person though who it looks like doesn’t support marijuana legalization is Obama’s pick for Surgeon General, Sanjay Gupta.

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