Showing posts from August, 2003

Thirties you are on in five, four, three ...

There are just hours left to my twenties. I'm turning 30 tomorrow. T-h-i-r-t-y. three-oh. I'm protesting a bit about moving on past my twenties when in fact the original cast of 'Friends' are all pushing 45 or so. I had a great decade so I have no reason to suspect that my thirties won't be as much fun. I had a longer post in mind but I think I'm just going to go enjoy the last of my twenties and have a drink with friends and family. Tomorrow I will usher in my thirties by going surfing. Now that I am an older man who needs to consider my familial responsibilities perhaps I'll bring shark repellent. I hope the camphone is water resistant.

Signalogic Jobs page

Company seeks engineers with low-self esteem and amazing credentials - Act now!

Interview (?) with Jonathan Abrams, Friendster

I believe traditionally one says 'No comment' if one doesn't want to be interviewed

Happy Chop Suey Day!

I'm really more of an 'Angel Hair Pasta Day' kinda guy

Deep Fried Mars Bars

If only there were a way to get more fat into a chocolate bar?

Newspaper Ads

I love the Fry's ad - An interesting approach to bringing daily print content to the web

Now and Zen Fest 2003

Duran Duran! Liz Phair! Maroon 5! And time for a long bathroom break during Seal.


Ev mentioned that Blogger is now 4 years old. Another Blogger b-day, is now a year old! Here are my photos from our trips to Brazil. update: My lovely and beautiful wife Allison has pointed out that I was a year off on the dating of my photos as I have not just returned from Brazil a week ago. The dates have been corrected.

Slacker Day 2003

In this grand tradition... no sidebar links tomorrow!

Like a steel trap

From Pancake City:Hey, Kids - Don't bother visiting Heineken's web site if you are under 21. You'll never make it through their impenetrable security procedure.

Rockin' on without Microsoft

Great interview with the CEO of Ernie Ball - Slinkys rock

Font blog - it was a Blog of Note once... still lovin' it.

Canon EOS-300D Digital Rebel review

Only $999 and just in time for my birthday!

Happy Birthday, Grant!

Grant is 22 today. When he was 5, he threw up on my brand new gray leather Reeboks (believe me they were cool at the time). I was pretty mad. Since then things have been pretty good and I have tried to put the Reebok incident behind us. Happy Birthday, brother.

Do the robot

For those left wondering where the goofball photos were taken on the wireless portion of the site, last night was the Google Dance. Every year in honor of the Search Engine Strategies show, Google hosts a party for show attendees. Last year the dance looked fun but this year I was there and thus more fun for me.


I've done a bit of tweaking to the blog today. I have shelved the photoblog and the 'On the Beatbox' features. Mostly due to the complaints of my co-worker Eric Case. He said he wasn't reading my 'On the Side' sidebar links because 'It was way too far down the page, man.' The sidebar is probably the most oft updated portion of the site, I would hate to think it wasn't getting valuable eyeball time.. especially by Eric. In the spot where you would have normally seen hi-res photos gracefully scaled down for your viewing pleasure, you will now see grainy action shots from my current SprintPCS cam phone. Coming soon, instructions on how you can do the same. I also rolled the site coolers back to the spring blue I was using... blah, blah, blah - I can't believe you read this far! Anyway, I'm sure the beatbox and photoblog will be back soon. I can feel it.

Concert photos by Philippe Carly

Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, OMD and more bands that don't get airplay anymore.

Latin Weapon 5

From - Gibson's film 'Passion' inflames tempers - Aug. 13, 2003: 'Gibson, a devout follower of a Roman Catholic splinter group that believes in a Latin Mass and rejects changes made in the Church by Vatican II, has poured up to $30 million of his own money to produce the film, according to The Associated Press.' I'm blown away. I know that this kind of splinter group exists but why? I think that is the exact opposite kind of Catholic I consider myself to be. I certainly don't believe in a celebration that can't be understood by any of the participants. Rejecting changes made during Vatican II? They haven't even implemented many of the changes agreed upon during Vatican II. Furthermore, this whole Anglican/Episcopalian debacle over the gay bishop has caused people to wonder whether there should be a split between the American church and the one based in Europe. I'm all for that in Catholicism too! Not that anyone would care to do so but …

Calamity Jason

A few notes from yesterday: I woke up to my home computer being unbootable. It was making a hardware beep error code that could mean that the video card died. This is my own fault as I tried to upgrade to better DirectX 9 drivers the night before. New mantra: 'Worse IS better.' Knee popping not limited to stair-climbing. Permaclick left knee is a new feature of walking. Arrived at office, made a cup of coffee and promptly clipped it on the wall making a cascade of coffee-wall art. After clean-up I had a thimble of coffee and went on my merry way. Caught the MS Blaster worm on my work laptop. Much time was spent removing and patching. For the record, this is a nasty-nasty virus. I *never* get virii. Worm makers are getting more devious. If you have the virus or suspect you do, I recommend the Network Associates Stinger tool. Hopped in the car to head home and notice that the gas gauge is mysteriously showing a full tank after 3 days of driving the 30-mile (one way) trek to…

Give them what they want

Wondering where you can see more of me? That puts you in an elite class with my college loan officer and my mother. Seriously folks, where can you go to find out what I *really* think? Sure, you can visit this sparsely updated blog you are enjoying(?) right now and there is a 40% chance I'll respond to your personal email but you, wonderful you, need more. That's why I'm speaking at the Jupiter Search Engine Strategies show next Thursday in Santa Clara. I'll be on a panel speaking about 'Blogs, News Search & RSS Feeds'. I'll also be on a panel next month at Seybold 2003 in San Francisco. The subject there will be: 'PhotoBlogs and RSS: Interactive Electronic Visual Communication'. More me than most folks can handle, so let's make it fun. If you have a question or something you would like to hear covered at either conference, add it into the comments field of this post. I will discuss Atom of course, but perhaps there is something you would …

Symantec Duck Whistle

I must confess that naming products and projects is a favorite part of product management for me. I'm a close watcher of product names in general. I'm a fan of names that either are: 1) dead simple, 2) evocative or emotional in nature or 3) understandable. In other words product names like X10 or the PowerEdge Pro Suite don't do it for me. The name that caught my eye today was the Symantec Decoy Server. I immediately imagined a cardboard box server decoy, perhaps like you see at a furniture store (I love those fakes 'Wow, so this will hold my 8-track player and my BetaMax unit!'). But the Symantec name gets better, it used to be called 'Symantec ManTrap'. How did that ever get approved?

I'm trying this

I hate being in a store and people ask, 'Can I help you?' so I make it really hard for them.
'I've never been in a store before. So I can just take whatever I want?'

'Well, you have to give us money.'
'What's money?' From comedian Julius Sharpe's blog.

My warranty must be running out

Just a few weeks shy of my 30th birthday and I am beginning to fall apart. Aside from my newly aquired knee popping I won't be able to trust myself anymore. As this gentleman points out, at least we don't live in the world Logan's Run envisioned. I thought knee popping was bad.

No email?

I reduced my work inbox from over 9000 email to 0 over the past two days. It remains to be seen whether this will result in higher productivity or a higher proclivity to use the delete key. [update]: Someone remarked to me, 'Man, I saw your post. It feels like I have a ton of email too.' I wasn't kidding. I really did have 9000 email in my inbox. I'm just using a more effecient way to respond and turn email into tasks. In other words, now your on my list!