American annoyances and Casa Harlem

Right now we have 1 guest. Sebastian from Sweden. He got here through Stephen, who came on his bicycle from Chicahgo. We've had quite some more guests in the meanwhile, another friend of Stephen, and then I had too many requests too handle through couchsurfing for the weekend of the 4th of July. I kind of told people there would be a lot of people and let them figure it all out - and I almost never say no to hitchhikers.

Status update on 2009-07-02 at 0:23

Firefox 3.5 definitely feels faster
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Status update on 2009-07-01 at 7:50

"The recent figure I just got was over 92% of all soy grown in the Amazon is for animal consumption, not human."
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Small business websites

Last year September my brother and I started working on a Drupal site for our family's business: Souren Furniture.  As is often the case I didn't really have a clear idea about what to expect.  From the start we've been playing with search engine optimization

Status update on 2009-06-30 at 18:31

Let's see if the wordpress ping.fm plugin is working properly at guaka.org
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migrated guaka.org

Hopefully no one noticed my blog has moved to another server.  After almost two years of excellent (and free) service on Callum's server it's now at hetzner.de, a company offering excellent value for money and that is running on green power.  I've been using hetzner for a lot of sites that I've worked on in the past 6 months and right now I'm considering giving up my Slicehost for a new offer by Hetzner.

Something new is possible for the first time in thousands of years

It always makes me happy to hear from Joe.  He wrote something new: How mobile phones can replace a broken economy: The Mobile Manifesto:
When we talk about trouble with the economy, we’ve been overlooking an astounding opportunity. Something new is possible for the first time in thousands of years.

Spammed for 20-12

Since my online time was slightly less than normal yesterday - free Indian trash food and clothing at Salon Mazal, dinner at a friend's place, Romanian/Israeli theater and a lot of walking through this eclecticity - I only noticed today that my friends had created the craziest birthday present ever: SpamWiki. Thank you, all you crazies!

Some questions and answers

> Hope you are doing fine... At the outset, I am V Kumara Swamy, a journalist > with The Telegraph, Calcutta, India... I am doing a story on the concept of > couch surfing and your friend Thomas Goorden recommended your name while > responding to my queries on the same.

How I got hold of my bag

The Bulgarian border guards didn't speak English.  They also didn't understood why I was sent back.  It gave me some courage to at least get my backpack back.  When I saw 2 more people on the Turkish side I decided to walk back and give it a try.  The baksheesh border cop was human enough to walk with me to the gathering of Turkish truckers dealing with bureaucracy.  I hadn't taken Ahmet's phone number, I just knew his truck was yellow.  There seemed to be 100s of trucks.  And I couldn't recognize Ahmet among the truckers.  The baksheesh cop said (in Turkish and body language) that my truck

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