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still one of their kind

Saturday,  02/06/10  10:14 AM

It has been nearly two years since I was in Amsterdam on business, and [re]discovered that I am one of their kind.  "Whenever I am in Holland the culture embraces me with its familiarity."  A year later I revisited and reconfirmed that feeling... I was still one of their kind.  And sometimes it just happens that I am reminded.

Last night it was cold and rainy and windy, and yet somehow I felt like riding.  I put on a bunch of clothes, grabbed my mountain bike, and took off into the stormy dark for a blustery two-hour battle with the elements.  It was great.  The water coming up from my front tire was illuminated by my blinking headlight, giving the illusion of sparks flying.  I could barely see, the wind and rain combining to create a mist through which lights appeared as smudgy halos.  I opted to go without iPod - too much water, but also, the sound of rain and wind was soothing.  The whole experience was wonderful.

And so I think back and reflect on how much the Dutch love cycling, in their cold and rainy and windy country.  It might seem a paradox since the conditions are so imperfect.  And yet, there is a simple joy to the man-against-the-elements act of cycling in a storm.

I believe I am still one of their kind.


performance review phrases

Saturday,  02/06/10  10:32 AM

It is the time of the year for performance reviews, and I publish the following in case you have trouble coming up with the right turns of phrase.  *Warning* please set down sharp objects and hot liquids before reading...


Hard to pick a favorite, but I'm going with "if you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean" :)


Super Saturday

Saturday,  02/06/10  11:12 AM

It is Super Saturday, the day before Super Sunday, and I have nothing to do on a cold and rainy day besides blog...

Ann Althouse: Sarah Palin was a blithering idiot until she became a devious genius, in response to an article in the NYTimes.  "What I love about all this is the extreme contrast to the way Palin was mocked when she resigned as Governor of Alaska...  Her political career was over.  She was 'toast.'  [Now] Fox News is building a TV studio in her house in Wasila. That's so not toast.

Perfect!  The Internet has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.  "The nomination was proposed by the Italian edition of Wired magazine for promoting 'dialogue, debate and consensus through communication' as well as democracy."  Given past winners I give it little chance, but it is a great entry.  Stay tuned! 

Jeremy Allaire: The Future of Web Content - HTML5, Flash, & Mobile Apps.  "I’m often asked 'Will HTML5 replace Flash?' on the Web. The quick answer is no."  I think much depends on how well Adobe's upcoming Flash for iPhone converter will work...  if it works, Flash will remain king, but if it doesn't, then it will die a slow death.  For most developers being able to run well on iDevices is crucial. 

More iTalk: Charlie Rose hosts Walt Mossberg, David Carr, and Michael Arrington.  I thought it was a great discussion.  Dave Carr has an interesting non-technical perspective: when you're using the device, it just disappears.  That's very promising... 

Huh, looks like Google may have a Super Bowl Commercial.  Interesting!  Will it be 1984 revisited?  Stay tuned (in the 3rd quarter)! 

Panda-monium: sixteen panda cubs pose for a class shot.  Wow, how awesome is that! 

Okay, that's it; time to go for a ride...  wish me luck.



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