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March Fool

Thursday,  04/01/10  07:28 AM

at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.Hi everyone!  Hold on to your hats - I've decided to stop blogging...

(Aprils Fools!)

No really, I've decided to start blogging again.

Yeah, I'm still alive, although you wouldn't know it from my blog, huh?  Or from looking at my Facebook, or my Tweets...  I could tell you I've been maximally busy, spending a week in New York, a week turning over some crucial software, and a week in Washington D.C., but those would be reasons, not excuses.  I could tell you I've competed in a Century and a Double Century (and broke 12 hours for the first time), but that wouldn't be a good reason.  I could tell you I've had a lot going on personally, and have some nice new friendships, and have visited museums and shows and cathedrals and zoos, and have drunk some amazing wine and eaten some amazing food, and you would say "well how come you haven't been telling me about all this", and you would be right.  I've been a March fool.

So...  stay tuned, I am going to be blogging in two directions, forward, daily, as per "usual", and backward, catching up on all the stuff which has happened to me and the world.  As always my blog is ego-driven and your feedback is welcome!

On the immediate horizon, this afternoon I am going to Europe for ten days!  Belgium, including riding in the Tour of Flanders (!), The Netherlands, including visiting my Uncle and his family for Easter, Bonn, Germany for a visit to the International Association of Pathology, and finally Zurich, Switzerland, for a meeting with Aperio's distributors.  It sounds promising from a "stuff to blog about" standpoint, but it doesn't sound promising from a "time to blog about it" standpoint, right?  We'll see what happens, please stay tuned!


the world's luckiest guy

Thursday,  04/01/10  07:55 AM

In local news...

You may have heard me refer to myself as "the world's luckiest guy", tongue-in-cheek, but this you will not believe.  I'm checking in for my flight to Europe, and they ask for my passport# and expiration date.  And I notice my passport expires on 4/11/2010, *one day* after I get back.  How headless is that?

I really am amazingly fortunate; you may recall about a month ago I was hit by a car while cycling ("bam"), and survived with nary a scratch.  I must tell you that was a formative experience.  I can't really recommend it - you might not be as lucky as I am - but it has changed me.  The realization that my life could end poof! just like that causes me to take maximum advantage of each moment.  It has been a great month.

iPad displaying a digital slideiPad review units have shipped, the embargo has been lifted, and the industry pundits are having a field day reviewing their spiffy new toys.  Among them Walt Mossberg (WSJ), David Pogue (NY Times), and Andy Ihnatko (Chicago Sun).  They all seem rather blown away.  Walt Mossberg: “After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop.”  Yippee what a time to be alive :)

Yes of course I preordered an iPad, what do you think this is?  Yes of course it has shipped, and is arriving this Saturday April 3.  And yes of course I will be in Belgium riding in the Tour of Flanders on that day, 3,000 miles from my new iPad.  Phooey.  I have redirected it to colleagues so they can play with it in my absence (!)  By the time I get back I'm sure the whole iPad thing will have blown over.  Not.

Among my recent doings, I have acquired an elliptical trainer from my daughter Nicole.  Trucked it home, set it up, and this morning happily spent 30 minutes working up a sweat while my two little Shih-Tzus looked on in amazement.  A great way to start the day.  I am happy.

in ∑ (100% pure naval gazing)  You may have noticed that I have two kinds of posts, those about one subject, like March Fool and Bam, and those with a compendium of smaller subjects, like this one, with internal permalinks for each item.  I'm going to start designating compendia with a ∑ summation character in the title.  Probably not even worthy of mention, but there you go.

And I'm off... next post should be from Ghent in Flanders...


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