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Rachel Corrie
Monday, March 17th, 2003
Rest in peace

Friends and supporters of Rachel Corrie wrote words of memory at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle today. Rachel is the American woman who was killed by a bulldozer Sunday in Israel.

In memory of Rachel Corrie

These photos are posted simply as interesting current events-related images. I’m neither making a political statement nor taking a side. I appreciate comments on the images, but please refrain from posting political comments here. There are countless excellent forums on the Internet for political debate. Thanks.

Graffiti in the Internet age
Sunday, March 16th, 2003

Sadly, the URL scrawled there doesn’t seem to work.

Friday, March 14th, 2003
Referer foolishness
Thursday, March 13th, 2003

Recently, there’s been a discussion on The WELL about how some people are having trouble viewing pages on It turns out that Fotolog is restricting access to images based on the HTTP Referer (yes, that’s how it’s spelled in HTTP) header in an unfortunate way. Surely their goal is to prevent bandwidth thieves (intentional or otherwise) from embedding Fotolog images directly into their own pages. That’s a serious problem, but Fotolog’s solution is not good.

Rules to limit image access based on Referer are pretty common. It’s one of the first things most people think of when they discover they have a problem with people using their images on other sites. And it tends to work fairly well. But a lot of people who implement Referer restrictions don’t really understand all the implications, limitations and tricky configuration issues. There are a few key things to always remember when setting up Referer-based access control.

An afternoon break
Wednesday, March 12th, 2003
fire smoke

The fire burns on. It’s just a couple of blocks south of our office. The picture above was taken from the parking garage next door. The smoke continued to get thicker for a good 30 or 40 minutes after my first photo was taken. It collected in the parking garage and any other enclosed area it could work its way into.


The power in our building went out for about an hour when City Light turned off a couple of transformers in the area. I was just about ready to give up and head home when it came back on. Just my luck.

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