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Thursday,  04/28/11  08:26 PM

Tomorrow morning ... ah you know so why even mention it; every channel has the story.  Meanwhile I am back home after a week in Vista; Saturday I'm riding a century, and next week I'm off again to New Orleans and Tampa.  But in I have time for a filter pass...

I like this: Why speed matters.  It matters because time is our enemy, our main fixed resource.  Speed is the most important metric in progress. 

Awesome!  A circular carbon fiber loom.  But of course...  how else can you make 3D carbon fiber struts.  Whoa. 

Kottke: how to beat Apple.  The net of it is, don't do what they do and expect to do it better, instead, do something else.  Social.  Cloud-based.  Interesting! 

Meanwhile, back in court: Amazon quotes Steve Jobs to support motion to dismiss App Store lawsuit: "So there will be at least four app stores on Android, which customers must search among to find the app they want and developers will need to work with to distribute their apps and get paid. This is going to be a mess for both users and developers. Contrast this with Apple’s integrated App Store, which offers users the easiest-to-use largest app store in the world, preloaded on every iPhone."  I can't imagine that Apple will prevail on this one.  "App Store" is just too generic.  (BTW 'integrated App Store' suggests iApp Store, which is not generic :) 

WSJ interviews Elon Musk: We can put a man on the moon within ten years.  Awesome!  And who would bet against Elon?  He has made a success of SpaceX already...  with much more to come. 

Bummer!  SETI project on hiatus.  Can you remember SETI@home?  Boy, I can...  I had it running on about 50 servers at Digital Insight....and at one time was in the top 100.  I guess in the end this project didn't have the sensitivity it needed to find alien signals.  Still, we know they're out there, and how important would it be to find them? 

Great post: the Pirate in the Arena.  "You've either started a company or you haven't. 'Started' doesn't mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out. It means starting with no money, no help, no one who believes in you (except perhaps your closest friends and family), and building an organization from a borrowed cubicle with credit card debt and nowhere to sleep except the office."  I have not started a company, but I want to... I think I want to. 

Joel Spolsky: Lunch.  "What do you do for lunch every day? Where do you eat it? With whom?  I’ve been on teams that eat together every day, and it’s awesome. I’ve been on teams that don’t, and lunch every day is, at best, lonely."  When I was at PayPal in 2001 we had three meals catered every day.  It was excellent. 

Huh: Sprint fends off iPhone challenge, adds subscribers.  Well good for them.  I was happy with Sprint, but when we all switched to iPhones they lost five subscribers at once.  And we're not likely to come back anytime soon :( 

Okay, well I'm off to bed, have to get up early for ... you know :)



Three things I learned when my plane crashed

Thursday,  04/28/11  09:52 PM

Please click through and watch this, you'll be happy you did...  Ric Elias: Three things I learned when my plane crashed:


  1. It all changes in an instant. 
  2. Don't waste time on things that don't matter with people who matter.
  3. Spending time with your kids is the most important thing.

I'm glad he survived so he could come back and share this!


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