Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


Automatic keyword news filtering

Filed under: — adam @ 4:56 pm

A thought occurred to me while thinking about the automatic keyword ad serving problem of avoiding potentially sensitive subjects – it’s probably possible to monitor something like this:

for related keywords and use those as the starting point for topics to avoid. There’s no reason to try to make this fully automated – let the distributed meat machine work for you.

Amazing cardstacker gallery

Filed under: — adam @ 3:09 pm

Vegan-approved condoms

Filed under: — adam @ 3:08 pm

The Incredibles and the FF

Filed under: — adam @ 2:25 pm

It looks like The Incredibles has really fucked things up for the Fantastic Four movie.

The Sri Lankan animals all got away

Filed under: — adam @ 2:15 pm

22,000 people dead along the Indian Ocean coast, and all of the animals escaped. I guess this is what happens when you build houses and stuff.

New York City Walk

Filed under: — adam @ 12:38 pm

A Columbia librarian walked every street in Manhattan between May 2002 and December 2004.

His website, with lots of pictures, is here:

The dangers of context-sensitive ads

Filed under: — adam @ 11:54 am

The feedburner rss feed Amazon ad insertion service is serving inappropriate ads.

I believe the Google context-sensitive ad service takes measures to prevent this sort of thing. They all should.

This is a screen capture from my bloglines page (not my blog):

Tsunami ad screenshot

I’ve notified feedburner of this, but I think it’s important to think about the implications in general. If we’re going to start inserting context-sensitive ads all over the place, there ought to be a little sensitivity to, say, the death of more than 75,000 people.

Amazon has one-click tsunami aid donations

Filed under: — adam @ 11:36 am

Amazon has added a 1-click donation page for tsunami aid donations. As of the time of this writing, they’ve collected almost $1.6M. If you haven’t given already, please consider it.

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