January 27, 2012

Still logging the web

So, I’ve actually been blogging quite a bit in the last few months. I’m using Tumblr and I’ve moved things over to and it’s just me these days, but the dream is alive, and as random as ever. Won’t you join me?

March 5, 2010



Get Lost: Francis Alÿs

February 2, 2010

end of an era

Dear FTP user:

You are receiving this e-mail because one or more of your blogs at are set up to publish via FTP. We recently announced a planned shut-down of FTP support on Blogger Buzz (the official Blogger blog), and wanted to make sure you saw the announcement.

Blogger’s FTP support enabled this web logger to move randomWalks from a subdomain at pitas to its very own dot com.

November 21, 2008

hnfbiu (David Rees) is blogging.

December 22, 2007

yellow pages much?

How to Stop Receiving Phone Books and Yellow Pages — thanks Dru!

August 30, 2007

Energy Harvesting Déerive

Informed by the mathematical random walk and the Situationist dérive, or “drift,” these fantastic roller shoes harvest energy from your motion and direct you via toe-mounted LCD on a random walk.

July 18, 2007

everything right is wrong again

Fixing a small iPhone annoyance” with a bookmarklet which opens links in new windows.

Flickr: pursuebliss’ photos tagged with randomwalks

July 10, 2007

iPhone and Movable Type 3.5, part one

The interface for completing a form in Safari on iPhone is quite nice. “Previous” and “next” buttons swoop the focus through the form elements, so there’s no need to zoom when moving from one input to the next. The magnifying loupe is a brilliant solution to the daunting problem of intuitive cursor control, and as I type this, I’m delighted to find that simply tapping a word places the cursor smartly at the end of it.

Which means it’s pretty easy to post to your weblog when you’re sitting on the toilet.

March 22, 2007

my other blog is an economist

In which we give up some Google love to randomwalks, a budding blog by an economics student.

January 16, 2006

Full text of Al Gore's speech on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Here's an excerpt from Al Gore's exceptional speech today.

For example, CIA analysts who strongly disagreed with the White House assertion that Osama bin Laden was linked to Saddam Hussein found themselves under pressure at work and became fearful of losing promotions and salary increases.

Ironically, that is exactly what happened to FBI officials in the 1960s who disagreed with J. Edgar Hoover’s view that Dr. King was closely connected to Communists. The head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence division said that his effort to tell the truth about King’s innocence of the charge resulted in he and his colleagues becoming isolated and pressured. "It was evident that we had to change our ways or we would all be out on the street". The men and I discussed how to get out of trouble. To be in trouble with Mr. Hoover was a serious matter. These men were trying to buy homes, mortgages on homes, children in school. They lived in fear of getting transferred, losing money on their homes, as they usually did. " so they wanted another memorandum written to get us out of the trouble that we were in."

The Constitution’s framers understood this dilemma as well, as Alexander Hamilton put it, "a power over a man’s support is a power over his will." (Federalist No. 73)

Soon, there was no more difference of opinion within the FBI. The false accusation became the unanimous view. In exactly the same way, George Tenet’s CIA eventually joined in endorsing a manifestly false view that there was a linkage between al Qaeda and the government of Iraq.

In the words of George Orwell: "We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."


I mentioned that along with cause for concern, there is reason for hope. As I stand here today, I am filled with optimism that America is on the eve of a golden age in which the vitality of our democracy will be re-established and will flourish more vibrantly than ever. Indeed I can feel it in this hall.

As Dr. King once said, "Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us."

Some randomWalks editors will tell you he's just like bush. He still may be our next president.

October 22, 2004

Celebrating hope in randomness

Celebrating hope in randomness is fine for monks and physicists, but it seems much less empowering in the service of someone holding a scratchoff card and a "lucky bear."

July 15, 2004

"A drunk man will find his way home, but a drunk bird may get lost forever"


Karl Pearson introduced the term "Random Walk". He was interested in describing the spatial/temporal evolutions of mosquito populations invading cleared jungle regions. He found it too complex to model deterministically, so he conceptualized a simple random model.

Pearson posed his problem in Nature (27 July 1905):

A man starts from a point 0 and walks l yards in a straight line; he then turns through any angle whatever and walks another l yards in a second straight line. He repeats this process n times. I require the probability that after n of these stretches he is at a distance between r and r 'r from his starting point.

June 23, 2004

hello, Anna Lappé

David has a guest author at hello, typepad this week. Anna Lappé is all about food, health and politics. She's pretty awesome.

May 18, 2004

how we are using Movable Type

randomWalks is a (non-commercial) group weblog. The site is actually assembled using three weblogs in Movable Type: the main weblog, Flux the miniblog, and the tagline ("I can no longer shop happily") blog. At least 27 authors have access to the various randomWalks blogs. Only about six of those post regularly, but another ten post often enough to be considered active authors.

In addition to the three randomWalks blogs, our Movable Type installation supports six other weblogs including four personal weblogs kept by editors and friends of randomWalks: blue period., dru blood, gargoyle drumming, and zagg, and two (non-commercial) member projects which are rather idiosyncratic and difficult to describe. These other six blogs have some overlapping authorship with the randomWalks blogs and also account for about another half dozen active authors in the system.

We have four other defunct weblogs in the system, and a total of 53 author accounts. All told our installation is used by 9 weblogs and about 22 authors.

U: Make that seven "active" weblogs and 22 authors.

cf. Six Log: How are you using the tool?

April 7, 2004


LVX23 reminds me what can be so great about weblogs — it's like he's blogging just for me.

April 6, 2004

I wanted to be Maggie Cheung

Click to take the quiz!
click here to find out which asian action superstar you are!

You are Russell Wong. you like to act tough and be bad, but you are often sensitive to the needs of others as well as the needs of your peers. ur the dainty, delictable, and sensitive type. u like to be pampered and treated like the queen that u are!

August 3, 2003

implementation of the "random walk" decision simulation technique

Random Walk Generator

Humans have seemingly always been fascinated by random phenomena. Randomness is a pervasive component of our everyday lives. It characterizes the patterns of raindrops, shape and location of clouds, traffic on the freeway. It describes the selection of winning numbers in the lottery and day-to-day changes in the weather. The science of chaos says that everything began in pure randomness and will end that way.

Continue reading "implementation of the "random walk" decision simulation technique" »

June 24, 2003

if rW used adsense

What others think of us: Aaron Swartz has set up a script to show you what ads google would put on your blog, were you to invest in adsense. Here's what google thinks of rW. What do you think is a blog entry? Sam Ruby has set up a wiki entry and invited the community to participate.

May 20, 2003

Which way forward for the anti-war movement OR the plight of lesser evilism.

My first exposure to randomWalks was during the 2000 election cycle when there were a number of debates among the editors about who to support. Most of us came down on the side of Nader, but it was not unanimous.

Four years have passed and times have changed dramatically.

originally posted by zagg

Continue reading "Which way forward for the anti-war movement OR the plight of lesser evilism." »

March 30, 2003

blogs against war: pings for peace

Blogs Against War aggregates posts for peace across a growing number of weblogs. If you use Movable Type, it's easy to have links to (and excerpts of) your peace-related posts show up on Blogs Against War automatically. If you don't use Movable Type, there's a form you can fill out which will accomplish the same thing. I really hope this takes off. Please encourage your favorite peacebloggers to contribute.
    Other weblogs about peaceblogs:
  • "PeaceTrack is a site devoted to gathering reports of peace activities"
  • is a site devoted to making connections between bloggers who oppose the impending war against Iraq
  • has collected a list of blogs for peace

Continue reading "blogs against war: pings for peace" »

March 3, 2003

jailed by married by america

Mrs. Xowie is on TSG today (via Drudge Report).

originally posted by xowie

February 22, 2003

mt tricks

randomWalks archives for Dec., Jan., Feb.
rW posts about music, books, peace, prison, marijuana.

originally posted by xowie

February 20, 2003


How many is too many?

February 19, 2003

font samples

This one's a keeper: Browser News: Resources > Fonts features samples of just about every font it's safe to assume a Mac and/or Windows user will have installed -- with the necessary caveat that "fonts will not be depicted properly if they are not installed or if your browser's CSS support is poor."

February 16, 2003


Google buys Blogger; randomwalks moves to Movable Type. Coincidence? Well, yeah.

November 20, 2002

monkey-picked tieguanyin

AllAboutGeorge's Imperial tearoom with occasional randomWalkers.

originally posted by daiichi

November 17, 2002

smooth tea

right to left: george, jane die, half of gwen.

originally posted by daiichi

November 15, 2002

don't fear the banner

Click the strip.

originally posted by xowie

this is earl

toon by Mr. John Van Vliet.

originally posted by daiichi

eat your heart out, mr. s-bomb

At last it name was called. It was time to be questioned for jury selection. The merry, chubby attorney for the plaintiff asked me what I did for a living. I told him I was a food writer, and that I had just returned from the legendary Peter Luger Steak House...where I had eaten during the lunch break. His mind boggled...I was in like Flynn!
UNCLE EARL SAYS: I am that merry, chubby attorney. Eds.: Meet me at the Imperial Tea Court to see if I exist or not.

originally posted by daiichi

November 4, 2002

which is why you need me

Boing Boing is the top blog.

rW is #252.

originally posted by daiichi

January 22, 2002

Happy birthday to Mr. Ned

Happy birthday to Mr. Ned Log. He's the champ.

April 13, 2001

Hey neat, we're on top

Hey neat, we're on top of the google results for "links open windows"! I wonder what other searches put randomWalks on top? (If you find any, pls [discuss] -- posting works, though the comment count is gone.)

April 12, 2001

Happy birthday to S.

Happy birthday to S. Adam Rice, the man who brought us randomWalks. He is also known for his work on projects such as Kyosaku, JikTek, DFBs, and most importantly Ian Sol Rice.

December 15, 2000

As I sit and

As I sit and look out my window, I try to imagine the wonderful images of America shown to me by children's books, the "promised land," the America of Neil Diamond. Sadly, though, something is very, very wrong.
Happy 26th birthday to this secret, suffering man. Nice shirt, dude!

May 15, 2000

I meant to scan in

I meant to scan in a picture from the wedding and stick it right here, but I didn't. Happy anniversary Adam and Lorraine. I miss you.

April 12, 2000

Let's celebrate 25 straight years

Let's celebrate 25 straight years of rockin' with Sudama. Happy birthday, dude.

April 4, 2000

It's DJ's birthday today. Happy

It's DJ's birthday today. Happy birthday, Soul.

March 9, 2000

You know, she's not dead.

You know, she's not dead.
Everyone should email Debbie a happy birthday note.

February 14, 2000

Don't Forget

Don't forget you can find older entries in the archives. Also, check out the new blue period. We didn't have any hot water this morning, I had to take a cold shower. It was ok (well, it sucked but I could bear it) until I washed my hair. Have you ever drank a slurpee too fast and had that brain freeze they talk about? My brain froze from the outside... it was a terrible experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.