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The big cheese has lent me a copy of Bill Gates’ book. I have to say that, since reading the first few chapters, old Gatesy has certainly risen in my estimation. But only slightly.

What would Jesus do — about copyright?

Long before the words “What would Jesus do?” became a bumper-sticker staple, 35 teenagers in a religious youth group in Holland, Mich., proposed to make the question a central part of their lives. They promised their youth group leader, Janie Tinklenberg, that they would ask it before every decision, following the example of the characters in “In His Steps”, a century-old collection of sermons that Tinklenberg was fond of citing.

Would they actually remember to do it? Tinklenberg wasn’t sure… And then she thought of W.W.J.D. bracelets.

Tinklenberg had no idea how cool the idea really was — or how much money a whole host of entrepreneurs and corporations would make off her original brainstorm. But she does now.

The Messiah’s new clothes

Continuing with the Jesus theme, you now have the opportunity of dressing him courtesy or “normal” Bob Smith. The fun never stops—and neither do the complaints. Also on the web today, it feels good to welcome back K10k, who have been off work with server death for what seems like an age.

Today, this site passed the two million hits mark. I would like to thank you all for stopping by, and a special thank you to all those who have taken the time to get in touch with me. If nothing else, I’ve made a lot of friends out of this project. I hope that you’ll keep stopping by, and I also hope that I keep finding the time to make the odd improvement here and there. You’ll hear it here first.


This is the first time ever that there has been a live update at the weekend. Of course, the entries have always been written, but never before have they been made live before the following Monday. So now for the fist time you can get your fix seven days of the week instead of just five—you lucky punters.

14 Oct 2000


This is cool: the Web Economy Bullshit Generator. It allows you to get involved in all of those ludicrous meetings with design agencies and marketeers, though I fear it may render a whole generation of such people redundant.


This amused me—what a difference a URL makes: check out and One grabbed my attention, the other didn’t. Sadly, the one intended to grab my attention and change my life was the miserable failure.