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vertical flight through blog time

Sunday,  06/13/10  12:42 AM

I have been blogging for eight years now, which means on any given date I can see what I posted a year ago, two years ago, ... back through eight years ago.  And this is fun!  One of the best features of having blogged so long...  It would be even cooler to see a combined "vertical flight" back through all those years; what I posted on this date in each year. 

And so it is that I have created a page which does just that; click on "flight" in the navigation bar to the right, and on any date you will see a "vertical flight" of all posts for this date in each year.  You're welcome :)


Sunday,  06/13/10  09:50 PM

So yesterday I did nothing, and today I did something even more rare: I worked on something other than work.  In between I worked on my family (we had a great brunch at the lake) and my tan (cycling leaves weird tan lines, so sitting out by the pool occasionally is a must).  And also my blog...

Tomorrow Alex is off to Uganda on a mission with Oaks Christian school.  We're not terribly religious but we like Oaks a lot, it is a great school, and opportunities like this are a big part of the reason.  What an experience it will be for her... can't wait to hear all about it, and to see all her pictures.  Did you know... 

  • Uganda is about the size of Oregon, landlocked in the middle of Africa
  • Uganda has about 30M people
  • Uganda's capital is Kampala
  • The official language is English
  • 51% of the people live on or below $1.25/day

I have been reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the third and last in Steig Larsson's fantastic "The Girl Who..." series, and have loving it...  I cannot tell you why they are so addictive, but they are... 

A great video: America Rising.  Check it out!  [ via Powerline

Farewell, Dr. Demento!  This weekend was his last broadcast, after 40 years on the air.  Wow.  You might be like me, you might say "wow, he's still on the air?", but I can tell you as a teenager I loved his show.  Awesome. 

Yippee I have fixed the Sailing Anarchy RSS feed.  I know you've been waiting - for months - but it's working again.  To celebrate, here's a picture of an awesome foiling cat, looks like of like the same principle as l'Hydroptere, where the foils help resist heeling as well as reducing wetted surface drag.  Cool.



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Archive: June 13, 2008

long day's journey into Lagos

Friday,  06/13/08  09:20 PM

Back in September 2007, I was in Spain on business, so I decided to visit the Vuelta.  Stage 4, one of the nastiest climbs the Pro Tour ever rides, from Cangas des Onis to the Lagos de Covadonga.  And yes, I rode it myself.  I was not blogging at that time, but I did take a bunch of pictures and wrote an email report for friends.

I've decided to retroactively post the email report, here it is, for your reading and viewing pleasure...






Friday,  06/13/08  10:26 PM

I am feeling good today...  got some niggling stuff done, which was nice, and enjoyed several interactions with friends, which was nicer.  And had a good solid ride.  And - maybe this is the capper - watched Holland defeat France 4-1 in the Euro 2008 soccer championships.  So in one week they've defeated both of the finalists in the last World Cup, and are now the odds-on favorites to win.  I'm not a big soccer fan but these were entertaining matches, and of course Go Oranjie!

It was also fun going back through my report and pictures from my incredible ride up to Lagos de Covadonga last September; I'm really glad I made time to post that...  I'll have to go back and do some others, too...

Beside Holland, my other pick from yesterday didn't do quite as well; Levi Leipheimer hung in on the Joux-Plane but had a bad moment and wasn't able to gain on Alejandro Valverde, who seems headed for overall victory in the Dauphiné Libéré.  Another tough day tomorrow, we'll see... 

In the wake of the dissolution of talks between Yahoo and Microsoft, and a subsequent announcement of a partnership between Yahoo and Google, Mike Arrington comments "I don’t believe that there is anything Yahoo could do at this point to further destroy their business that would surprise me".  Certainly their stock has taken a big hit, and it is hard to see how they have improved their prospects over the past few weeks...  too bad, because we need them as a counterweight to Google. 

Instapundit on Google: "A few years ago Google lost its position as an outfit that people trusted because they thought it was run by friendly well-meaning geeks, and became just another big corporation out for the money. I think that's hurt them, and I also think it's sad, if perhaps inevitable".

And in other news, Get ready for a platform war.  Google (Gears) vs. Microsoft (Office).  I totally believe this.  More and more people I know are using Google Apps instead of Microsoft Office, and not only because they cost $0.  (Although, one must say that is a pretty compelling price.)  And the third player from stage left is Apple; those AJAX apps they demoed in conjunction with MobileMe looked pretty slick.  Microsoft is in BIG TROUBLE.

Of course, Google still hasn't figured out how to make money from YouTube.  Will they figure out how to make money from Google Apps?  Have they already?  Time will tell...

So the new Hulk movie is out; Jason Kottke quotes Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, who pans the movie in Hulk-speak: "Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment".  So much for seeing that


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Archive: June 13, 2005

more water

Monday,  06/13/05  10:58 PM


more It's the Water...
this time to weather....



Monday,  06/13/05  11:04 PM

The Ole filter makes a pass...  and I promise not to comment on Michael Jackson, setting me apart from 99.99% of the blogosphere, I know.  It was a good day, a summer day, a long, relaxing by-the-pool day.  Of course, I coded all day :)

Robert Scoble wants Microsoft people to "think small", as a result of his visit to the Reboot conference.  "I wish Microsoft would send more of its developers to these small geek-focused conferences so they can see the new competition that evolves in the hallways...  I'm looking for small teams inside Microsoft that are changing the world."  Man, that's a tough one. 

It is nearly impossible to get teams in a big company to "think small".  I worked for Intuit for a while - a great company with a tremendous culture of innovation - but it didn't think like the startups I've been involved with.  Why?

Well, the kind of people who work at a big company are not the kind of people who think small.  If you're a "think small" kind of person, you work for a startup.  There may be people at Microsoft who want to "think small", but they'll probably leave at some point.  It is really hard to transform a big company's culture in this way because by its very existence a big company attracts employees who want to work for a big company.

When I worked at PayPal there were a ton of "think small" people.  Once PayPal went public, many of them left; not because they could, but because they found that they were no longer working for a small company.  Those that didn't leave then left soon after when eBay bought PayPal. eBay is a great company, but is is a BIG company, filled with big company people, and hence people who "think small" move on...

UCBerkeleyNews reports Astronomers discover most Earth-like extrasolar planet yet.  "The world's preeminent planet hunters have discovered the most Earth-like extrasolar planet yet: a possibly rocky world about 7.5 times as massive as the Earth.  This hot 'super-Earth,' just 15 light years away, travels in a nearly circular orbit only 2 million miles from its parent star, Gliese 876, and has a radius about twice that of Earth."  As more extrasolar planets are found, the odds that we're alone just get smaller and smaller. 

Steve Sailer consistently goes where others fear to tread; this time out he reports Blondes Have Deeper Roots.  "A couple of decades ago, I began noticing that the leading lady in a movie was almost always fairer-skinned than her leading man."  Pretty amazing stuff.  [ via razib

Here's an interesting test from the article, what is the gender of the people pictured at right?  Most people find the picture on the left looks female, and the one on the right looks male; in actuality they are identical except that the one on the right is darker.  So much for getting a good tan, eh?

Linked by razib is Survival of the Prettiest, by Nancy Etcoff, a book I keep reading good things about...

Rogers Cadenhead ponders how movie trailers are all alike, starting from a great article in the Guardian, To Cut a Long Story Short.  They all start with "in a world", they all have the same guy doing the voiceover, and they all use the same music.  Wow.  When test marketing goes bad :) 

Early or right on time?  Twinmac is your dual-boot x86 Mac resource.  So be it. 

Eric Sink reports on his trip to the Tech-Ed conference.  The best part was dinner at the Moonfish restaurant in Orlando.  "For future reference, I'll have to remember this guideline for identifying a truly amazing seafood restaurant: The menu lists the name of the person who caught each fish."  Excellent! 



Archive: June 13, 2004

more unused keys

Sunday,  06/13/04  11:14 AM

Yesterday I considered the unused keys on my keyboard.  I got quite a bit of feedback - thanks! - and wanted to follow up.

Many people pointed out that the Windows key has other uses besides Start:

  • Windows-E - launch Explorer
  • Windows-R - launch Run command line
  • Windows-D - toggle minimize all (show desktop / restore all windows)
  • Windows-F - find files
  • Windows-Tab - cycle through buttons on taskbar
  • Windows-L - change users

Okay, I admit it; those are pretty useful.  The Windows key isn't quite in the same catagory as Scroll Lock.  I guess I'll have to force myself to use it, and after a while it will become second nature.

Speaking of Scroll Lock, Liron Shapira pointed me to Scroll Lock is the most Unappreciated Key.  I definitely don't appreciate it :)

As far as useful keys which are missing, here's the consensus list:

  • Help - definitely missing.  If F1 were consistently supported that would be okay, too.
  • Copy, Cut, Paste - really useful.
  • Undo - also really useful.

What's cool about this is that an enterprising keyboard manufacturer could add these keys without requiring any software support, simply wire it so Help=F1, Copy=Ctrl-C, Cut=Ctrl-X, Paste=Ctrl-V, and Undo=Ctrl-Z.

Finally, a correspondent proposed a "blog this" key.  Now that would be useful!



(new yorker, 6/6/04)

Sunday,  06/13/04  12:22 PM

So, what are you planning for this summer :)


Sunday,  06/13/04  11:19 PM

Was it just me, or was tonight's Lakers - Pistons game the most poorly and one-sidedly officiated game you have ever seen?  I don't want to imply it was the only reason the Lakers lost, but man, that was terrible.  Let's hope a different crew shows up for game 5 Tuesday night.

Another wildfire photo - of the Korean peninsula.  Many more in the North than in the South.  Amazing.

Dave Winer has started a site for RSS users: Really Simple Syndication.  If you're interested in RSS but have questions, this is the place to start.  You might also check out my RSS cookbook for a quick way to get started.

Speaking of RSS, Robert Scoble comments on the politics of RSS vs. Atom, and Microsoft's role.  You might also check out the comment thread on his blog - some great discussion (and some minor flaming, too :) reports LA's Cultural Affairs Department has scraped together enough money to keep the guided tours of the Watts towers going.  These towers, built by Simon Rodia between 1921 and 1954 from whatever junk was lying around, are unique and amazing.  If you're ever in L.A. check 'em out - and it looks like you can still take a guided tour.

Roger Dean - "September"The other day Halley posted about album covers - you know, the packaging for those one-foot round plastic discs called "records" we used to play music.  Anyway it reminded me of the great Yes album cover art from Roger Dean - a perfect combination of Fantasy and Heavy Metal, best viewed when under chemically altered conditions.  So I decided to see if Roger was on the web, and he is!  Check out this Flash presentation for a great flavor of the Yes albums...  I only wish they were higher resolution.

Here's an interesting theory from FuturePundit: Beauty and Brains often come together.  "Brainy men use their greater intellectual abilities to achieve economic status to enable them to mate with beautiful women and this is selecting for beauty-brain hybrids."  I believe this, in fact, I think beauty may be a genetic marker which physically indicates brains for purposes of sexual selection.  No wonder I'm attracted to beautiful women :)

Harbin ice festivalCheck this out!  Amazing photographs from R. Todd King taken from the ice festival in Harbin, China.  "The temperature in Harbin reaches forty below zero, both farenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year.  The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away.  So what does one do here every winter?  Hold an outdoor festival, of course!  Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions.
Sorry but I have to say it; this is cool.


Archive: June 13, 2003