Monthly Archives: March 2012


The Atlantic: “Dozens of spectators pressed against the glass of the high-roller pit. Inside, playing at a green-felt table opposite a black-vested dealer, a burly middle-aged man in a red cap and black Oregon State hoodie was wagering $100,000 a hand. Word spreads when the betting is that big. Johnson was on an amazing streak. The towers of chips stacked in front of him formed a colorful miniature skyline. His winning run had been picked up by the casino’s watchful overhead cameras and drawn the close scrutiny of the pit bosses. In just one hand, he remembers, he won $800,000. In a three-hand sequence, he took $1.2 million.”


Movie line of the week

Hollywood!Good morning! I’ve been waiting since Monday to use this line. It’s a real classic. Good luck!

Klaatu Barada N… Necktie… Neckturn… Nickel… It’s an “N” word, it’s definitely an “N” word! Klaatu… Barada… N…

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

New York City; Grit and Grime

Watch out! It's a blog fly!Pando Daily [by Josh Miller]: “For now, I miss the grit and grime of New York. It is real and raw, and the commotion of the city is contagious. Startup life is characterized by constant motion and tenacious tinkering, not hikes on Mt. Tam and brunch in the Mission, and the pace of life and breadth of humanity in New York is invigorating. I like to tell people: New York is like coffee. You know it’s not good for you, and you don’t really like the taste, but you just can’t get enough. The rush, the jitters, they’re addicting, as are startups.”

I’d love to give New York City a try. I really would. I’ve heard from more than one person that the tech business in New York City is very different from business in San Francisco. I wouldn’t mind giving that a try.

This must be a mid-life crisis thing. I want to wonder around. I wish we could be completely mobile, move from city to city for the next five years. Could my lovely wife handle that kind of life? Probably not. Have I been trying to convince her we should try this? Absolutely.

I think they call it wanderlust. I definitely have it.

Microsoft, stacking the deck

Skatter Tech [hat tip James Robertson]: ‘I excitedly thought I won out of pure luck. However, I was quickly told that I lost. I asked for a reason and was told Windows Phone won because “it displays the weather right there.” That was rather unclear. I showed her my device which also was showing off the same information with two side-by-side weather widgets on the center home screen. After pressing for a better reason, I was told that Windows Phone won “just because.”’

Way to go guys. Don’t be a sore loser, especially if you’re going to stack the deck in your favor. That would be like saying take a picture in Instagram and upload the results to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Oh, wait, what? Windows Phone doesn’t have an Instagram app? Oh, I guess you lose.


Jerry Fahrni: “Sometimes the simple things really are best. Pen and paper are currently my best tools for recording ideas. And honestly, until a tablet computer from any company can equal their ease and flexibility they will remain my tool of choice.”

Pencil, or pen, and paper. Simple.

Google I/O, too much work.

Jeffrey Zeldman: “So Google wrote to my address, which they won’t allow me to associate with my Google+ address, to invite me to start a Google+ account (which I already have) on my account, which they won’t support. And if I do that (which I can’t), and some other complicated stuff, they promise that I will then be able to participate in Google IO, whatever that is.”

Google+, losing to Facebook

AHHHHHH!Robert Scoble (on Google+, not his weblog, like it should be): “So, why do I keep posting on Google+ and not on my blog? Well, I like the competition between Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.”

I skip 99.999% of Robert’s posts these days, because he uses Google+. It’s a philosophical thing. This content should be posted to his weblog.

Anyway, this is one of those rare occasions when I actually clicked on the link. I think it’s a great piece. He points out some glaring holes in Google+.

Oh, and Robert, start using your weblog again. Why give your content to Google? It just doesn’t make sense.

Why _why?

RibbitSlate: “On Aug. 19, 2009, his personal site stopped loading. He stopped answering email. A public repository of his code disappeared. His Twitter account—gone. Hackety Hack—gone. Dozens of other projects—gone.”

I know I’ve written about this before, I’m just fascinated with it for some reason. _why and Mark Pilgrim, both removed their digital presence.

Hopefully they’re both relaxing on a beach, or in the mountains somewhere, carving handcrafted wood clogs, or some such. Heaven knows I feel like doing that at times.