goodwill hunting

June 2, 2005
--It took me a long time to realize the cleverness of the Goodwill Industries logo...for the longest time I just saw it as the happy half of a greek drama mask, but's a lowercase G! Clever!

Quote of the Moment
For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless, and then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.
Bill Bryson, "Notes from a Big Country"
I somehow found this quote in 1999 but now I'm actually reading the book. He's not quite as good in small column format I think.

Trivial Online Tool of the Moment
I'm almost embarassed to post this because it's pretty trivial, and only has a so-so chance of ever being useful to anyone but me, but I just "released" the sorting tool sort of v0.1. I had a bunch of files name, one per line, that I wantd in alphabetical order. I could have written a perl script in a minute or so, or (gak) fired up Excel (or look--TextPad does it too! Sheesh) but it only took a few minutes to turn it into a simple webapp.

If any one can suggest away of making this tool useful to them with a few more options or features, please let me know.