Sunday, November 27, 2005

ev hands down his tablet

ev writes up his Top Ten list for web startups. i'd love to be in the position to really listen to this, but for now it will have to sink into the back of my mind.
evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Fire And Motion

Just read Fire And Motion - Joel on Software. It's good to hear other people (especially successful professionals like Joel) feel the same way about work that I do.

You think I could get away with the whole Noon to 5pm thing? That would be sweet. Just gotta get the shuttle to go along with this.

Friday, November 18, 2005

bloggin legit

In case you're planning on blogging about anything you think might get you in trouble, or if you know someone who is, EFF is your friend.

In particular, check out these new Blogging Guidelines for Students. They focus on the rights of student bloggers.

One high schooler recently received a settlement of $117,500 for the
violation of his First Amendment rights, but not before he was suspended for a week and barred from going on his class trip.



Not that this is a particularly good way to get some extra cash, its nice to hear that schools aren't getting away with blanket persecution (prosecution?).
So, don't let the man get to you. Keep on truckin' ... err bloggin.

Zubbles

How awesome is this.

Be sure to read the whole article. Basically, colored bubbles are real. They did it. It's done (a la seedless watermelons).

What's even more interesting is the idea that these might not be just for kids. Think orange and black bubbles coming out of Halloween cauldrons on every doorstep. Think NFL team-colored bubbles filling stadiums. Shoot, think primary-colored bubbles at every Google event ever again (check out the Labs logo).

Even more interesting is the application of the dye beyond bubbles. The dye is essentially temporary color. Honest to goodness temporary. Not washable, but "just goes away." Temporary paint for your walls, anyone?

They say its never been done before. That's awesome. But I'm just wondering how Zap-it worked. Am I the only one that had a Zap-It?

Friday, November 11, 2005

Apple vs MS :: holiday smackdown

You know what would be a great ad this holiday season?

iPod vs XBox360

"Why get your kids an XBox360, when you can get them an iPod nano?"
"Half the price, 100x more portable"
"Share the experience of music with your kids, leave the video games at the arcade"

All the kids that want an XBox360 want an iPod, too. Apple just has to convince the parents that an iPod is a better buy.

Maybe these two products aren't exactly in the same category, but when you're thinking about holidays, every (reasonable well-off) kid gets one big present, regardless of category. Will it be an apple or a MS product?

Apple would be smart to address this.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

micro-design

With feed readers becoming more prevalant and people getting their blog on via one clean interface, one has to question: "Why bother with design?" (if you've seen this blog "in person," you know I've asked this question quite clearly)

So: is there any way to maintain some design in an unformatted, aggregator-wrapped, structured-data blog post?

Yes:

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Subscribed!

It's been a while since I really subscribed to a new blog. I just figured out why: I was subscribed to both Boing Boing and Slashdot.

After removing those two behemoths from my reading list, I discovered that I was only reading good stuff, and I was actually running out of things to read. Hence, new subscriptions.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

"Ya, I've used that"

On the bus today, I met the person who developed the UI to the original Netscape Mail/News interface. She just joined the company (into the UI group) a month ago.

Pretty cool.

Commute

Every morning, I leave the house at 6:30am. I drive to the shuttle stop, and if there isn't much traffic, I'm early enough to make a stop at the bagel shop (strawberry bagel with chocolate milk, mmm) or Peets (Chai Latte, anyone?)

The ride in takes anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. During which, I've been known to:
- Sleep
- Watch a NetFlix
- Listen to Audible ("Atlas Shrugged" is lasting a looong time)
- Email (we have wireless internet, thanks to JunxionBox)
- Dork around, reading "news" off my aggregator (NNW or GR)
- Work on a personal project (reminder: start work on Rails again)
- Do Real Work (especially when on-call)
- Plan (nod to HBN agan)

It's really a pretty good system. I get in before just about anybody else in the office. At which point I am often ready to get right in my game, without the standard "sit around, check email, wake up" hour most people go through every morning.

The best part is that I have an ending time. 5:00pm sharp, every day. If I'm sorta working on this project, sorry, gotta go home. I like to think it's helping my home life. Of course, if i *have* to stick around for some important deadline, there is a later shuttle (7:30pm).

Normally I get home about 6:30pm, making a 12-hour day (3 of which are on the road), every day. I can take it.

So, there ya go. In case you were wondering.

Pimp My Shuttle

Last night and this morning, the commuter shuttle was replaced by a stretch Expedition. Blacked out windows, champagne glasses, "bar," (14") flatscreen TVs, etc.

Too bad we're going to work.

stupid vaccines

Flu season is upon us: "Dr. Taraneh Ravazi, M.D., Staff Doctor


Who shouldn't get one?
- People with severe allergy to eggs


dangit!