Ever since we went to see Mark Knopfler in Oakland last month, I’ve had this track “Speedway at Nazareth” playing in my head. I listen to it at least once a day, and I usually tweak the equalizer to pump up the bass in that wonderful last line. It’s a clever composition: an account of…Read More Earwig: "Speedway at Nazareth" by Mark Knopfler
Only in China…. My local convenience store now carries Lays Blueberry Flavor Potato Chips. They’re not very good.Read More And now for something completely different: blueberry potato chips
Why is commentary on today's science tv so awful? Watching "Kilauea" on PBS; lousy mysticism, awful metaphors, and near-illiterate language # On the day I head back to Shenzhen, the NYTimes takes on the mangled English of Chinglish http://nyti.ms/ciaty7 # Hmmph!! @CathayPacific just cancelled my window seat and gave me an aisle instead. I argued,…Read More The week's twitterings – 2010-05-09
Here’s a weird unintended effect. Yesterday morning I was working on my iPad using the BlueTooth keyboard. When I was done, I chatted to a colleague while I turned off the iPad and put both iPad and keyboard in my shoulder bag. Suddenly music started playing from my bag! Then stopped. Then started again! Eventually…Read More Unintended consequences with my iPad
My ex-colleague* from Amazon.com, Jeff Barr, has a new book coming out soon on AWS and EC2 practices. Oddly enough, the “Iâ€™d like to read this book on Kindle” link is prominently displayed next to it. C’mon, Jeff: do you really need to be asked? — * Hmm. Perhaps that should be “colleague and former…Read More File under "Bugs to be fixed before we ship…."
Here’s my latest review from Amazon.com. While the review addresses a particular product, there’s a more general question – how quickly does technology “trickle down” – that I’d like to dig into sometime. I would be curious to track various consumer electronics features to see how long it takes for an innovation to make the…Read More Technology trickle-down
I’m going to be travelling for the next three weeks, and so yesterday was filled with packing, shopping, and taking care of a bunch of stuff. With that completed, today was declared a field trip. Usually that involves heading to the ocean, but for a change we drove inland, to the Joseph D. Grant Park…Read More The Joseph D. Grant Park
RT @acroll: IMHO, AMZN model of composed, discrete services […] are the future of private and public IT #interop # WTF is #Skype error 5621? Took me 20 minutes and 6-8 attempts before I could dial in to a conference call in China this evening…. # Tweaked my itinerary for my May 3-22 RTW trip:…Read More The week's twitterings – 2010-05-02