Or anything else you happen to be riding in...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Or anything else you happen to be riding in...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
At O'Hare on the way home from Cory and Alice's lovely wedding in Toronto. Fabulous event full of fun people. This was our first non-work related travel in 6 years, so it made for a lovely minication.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Apparently, brunch is a Big Deal in Toronto. Well, when in Rome...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Lots of news in Amazon Web Services country. EC2 now has a service level agreement and is officially out of beta. More importantly, Amazon has announced that load balancing and automagic scaling is coming. These are both big deals, although directly competitive with products other companies have built on top of AWS. Interesting to watch how that will play out in the community.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'm noodling on schema questions, so quick little posts work well as mental palette cleansers...
The new MacBook Pros ship with two graphics cards: the NVIDIA 9600M GT for games and high-performance tasks and the NVIDIA 9400M for power savings. Seems pretty sweet, right? Plug your laptop in and run with a great mobile GPU, unplug it and you've got long battery life.
A graphics card that should run Second Life well plus faster RAM? Enough storage to make dual-boot and/or run Parallels? I so want the new MacBook Air. Pity about Apple's decision to go glossy only on their screens, though, as they'll be glaretastic.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
When you join the United States military, you take the oath of office. This oath states:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
Like me, John McCain took this oath upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. Each year, McCain takes the oath again as a member of Congress.
I would like him to square that oath with a campaign that encourages this:
These people are not all crazy or stupid. Instead -- worse -- they are normal people, worried about the future for themselves, their families, and their children, being willfully mislead, distracted, scared by a campaign more focused on winning at all costs than remembering the oath Senator McCain took.
While Senator McCain is not responsible for the behavior of every one of his friends or supporters, to encourage this kind of mob mentality is reprehensible and irresponsible.
He should be ashamed of himself.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Last week I walked off a plane from London and gave my first music industry talk, an evening keynote at Digital Music Forum West in Los Angeles that ended just as the Biden-Palin debate was starting up. Fun talk to prep for, as the last 3 months at EMI have been such a "drinking from the firehouse"-experience that synthesizing all the data into a brief enough format was tricky, but the experiences of building Second Life -- particularly user-driven innovation and the tremendous explosion of music within SL -- provided the right scaffolding to build around.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Yet another nice thing about Kindle is that when a friend mentions they're reading a great book you can have it in seconds. This happened to me last week and since then -- that's to a lot of time in airports -- I've read Stephenie Meyer's wonderful Twilight novels. I really enjoyed them. Equally good, although very different, is her other novel, The Host. She reminds of Elizabeth Moon at her best, with rich characters, consistent worlds, and remarkably human stories.
Yes, Twilight follows the federally mandated sequence for vampire novels
Book 1: Vampires
Book 2: Werewolves
Book 3: Vampires vs. werewolves
Book 4: Vampires vs. shadowy vampire "government"
but Meyer's disregard for many mythical conventions allows her to build the world her way, and the result is very good. Yes, it is a "young adult" novel, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying it. I look forward to book 5!
Monday, October 06, 2008
I prefer to build presentations in Keynote, but most of the world uses PowerPoint so I often need to export from Keynote. With the most up-to-date versions of each, PowerPoint could no longer open Keynote exports, failing with an uninformative error message if loaded from finder or failing silently if loaded from PowerPoint's File menu.
There is a lot of discussion about this on the Mac forums with little concrete resolution. For me, removing the speaker notes from the Keynote version fixed the problem and my exports worked again.