Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
1) I am optimistic about people - in general I give everyone lots of credit and leeway - more than they deserve probably - because down deep I feel that every person has something to love and trust in themselves - if only it can be brought out.
2) I can't stop learning - I have this natural, consuming curiousity that cannot be satisfied. I sometimes envision "retirement" as spending the rest of my days learning about new stuff by auditing college courses, working with young people, researching things, and generally getting involved in everything I don't already know about. I'm an information omnivore, and a natural ADHD.
3) Gaming is fun - I love to game (most people already know this). It doesn't matter if it's cards, board, computer or something else - if it's a game I love it. I recently taught myself how to play Mah Jongg (not the computer solitaire version) and play online with folks from China, Japan and Malaysia. I like to play female characters and male characters in online games, and have to control how much time I spend at it. I don't understand people that don't like games - if you've lost the capacity for fun - you've lost a huge part of your life. I play paintball because I love the thrill and the adrenaline.
4) I am married to the smartest person on earth - it's true, it just is. She's also the most patient, thorough, organized and loving spouse a man could hope for. But that you probably already did know about me :)
5) Science Fiction is the key to keeping yourself young - if you read science fiction you are always living in the future. If you watch news you are always living in the past. Those who live in the future will live longer and have more fun doing it.
6) My son is way better than I ever was - better behaved (right mom and dad?), better at school, better at life, better socially, better academically, better at sports, skinnier, taller, more handsome, and more driven. He will go further than I ever went. Wanna know why? See number 4.
7) I want to eat my way across Asia - I am a cook (NOT a chef) and a closet foodie. I would love to start in Northern China and visit every country between there and Australia and eat in every one of them. Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern are my idols.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- No Bailout without equity - if we bail out a firm, we should get a share of it. If the firm asks for a bailout they should be putting up a portion of their company to get it. Your share of that contribution should come in the form of a mutual fund managed by the government and formed from the shares of equity that we get from bailing out these firms. If they make it back to profitability someday you'll enjoy the upside of buying low and selling high.
- No Bailout without affirmative punitive action - the bailout should be tied to regulations that prevent this from happening again, and take punitive action against those that let it happen in the first place.
- Save the derivatives - short selling is the grease that primes the investment wheels. People make investments because they can hedge those investments againt the unpredictable by investing in shorts as well as longs. An economy that's all longs doesn't allow easy adjustment when there is another downturn. And there WILL be another downturn, it's inevitable.
This solution was good enough for Sweden. Should work for us too...
The market is down - but a large part of that market adjustment is that prices were inflated and way above the market valuations. It was time for an adjustment. Let's look closely at whether we ride this one out with as little government intervention as possible in the market itself (outside of perhaps establishing some regulation of the mortgage investment market) or we throw dollars at a problem that may just sort itself out given time.
Let's not rush into anything. Let's especially not rush into anything President mc-spendalot suggests.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Louie's Lunch So Friday night I tried to go to the Risley Dining Hogwarts event, but unfortunately the event was so popular that the line went all the way to the Theatre to get in. I didn't have time since I had to attend an event later that evening. Instead I went to Louie's and decided to get my "standard sandwich" from them - 1/2 a Tuna Sub, a bag of dipsy doodles and a soda. Well they had everything but the Dipsy Doodles (or Fritos would have been fine) - instead they had sun chips which are, as Val put it, like asking for Chocolate and getting Carob :) The cool thing was that it was only about a buck more than I remember way back in the late 70's early 80's. The reason I remember is that I would typically eat truck food when I was up late at night playing poker. So if my "chips" crept down to the $5 mark I knew it was time to cash out because I needed enough left to buy the above meal. The same thing costs about $6 now - not bad for 25 years later. Louie's did have a couple new things, though their menu was pretty much the same - including the good old Bo-Burger and others that have probably been around since the 60's. The new things I noticed were: they now had a huge bevy of energy drinks (no surprise) and they sold single condoms for ($1.75). I'm guessing there are some Friday/Saturday nights when they might do brisk business in both those items. :) All in all I enjoyed my visit back to Cornell. It was nice to see the alma mater plugging along, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they've kept up with the times. Their new entrepreneur program and the new master's in Real Estate program are quite impressive. Apparently the West Campus houses are for upper class only now, and are organized by interest much the same as the original Risley experiment that has survived lo these many years. Almost makes me want to go back :)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I'm going to be attending the Cornell's Entrepreneur's Conference in Ithaca the next couple of days. I'm excited and interested in meeting other Cornellians and seeing how they've grown their companies and how we might all work together. I'll blog about the results here if there's anything interesting (I'm sure there will be)...I love networking with other Cornellians, and I especially love talking to Entrepreneurs - I always learn something or have my abilities or knowledge challenged - a great result for sure.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
- The ability to just right click a video on www.youtube.com www.hulu.com or other video sites and say "Copy to zune", or maybe drag and drop on the zune software and have it download and convert. I love having videos on it, but the conversion process is unnecessarily time consuming. This isn't unique to the Zune other portable media players are in the same boat.
- The ability to easily import playlists from WMP or other players. I hate having to recreate playlists, and I miss my autoplaylists from the WMP.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I've had a few days with the Zune, and so far I like it. I do miss some of the "auto-generated" lists that the old GigaBeat inherited (Songs by decade, recently added, etc.). From what I've read that stuff was all in the last version of the software, but the most recent version removed it - not quite sure why. I'm ok with apps having a "simple to use" interface - especially if they perceive themselves as competing against companies such as Apple who prides themselves on being so "simple to use" they're almost useless, but for Pete's sake - leave in the OPTION of going to an advanced interface for those of us who want a bit more.
One thing I do love is the "Zune card" which - whenever you sync your device - updates the tracks and songs you're listening to. My Zune card is below the blog list - you can see what I've been listening to of late, and check out the faves I've marked. This is similar to the "Xbox Live" gamer card tag, and a great addition. They even have a facebook gadget designed to allow you to embed your Zune card in your profile - very nice.
I also tried converting a video ripped from my Tivo to the device. I downloaded a 1/2 hour TV show and converted it to the 320x240x30bps wmv format that the Zune plays back. The playback was very good - not grainy or hard to see. Words in credits of course were almost impossible to read, but in general the video and audio quality was excellent. The conversion time was pretty long though - you can do all the stuff in the background while converting but it does slow your machine down (I used Roxio Media Creator 10 to convert the video). In general if you have time to convert, you probably have time to watch it :) If I had more energy I could probably set up a machine to just "bulk convert" stuff that was ripped and that would take less time, and free up my laptop for other things. Of course having more time is like - yeah right :)
In general though I love the new player - nice headphones, good response time, very nice "touch sensitive" scroll and volume control without having to gum up the screen with my greasy fingers (the touch sensitive part is on a "dpad" like controller). And Microsoft has announced the possibility of mobile games to go with it. So far battery life has been decent, though you need to remember to turn off the wireless if you're not using it.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
- Delete or Archive -> to ONE archive folder
- Delegate -> forward or email task to someone else
- Respond -> Quick response that resolves the email in whole right then
- Defer until later -> Defer it to some other time
- Do something about it -> Take an action as a result of the email
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This one from Supertramp was probably one the best concert moments ever... War Memorial in Rochester with the movie showing the train on a huge screen behind the band. Waaaaay coool. Saw it with Val and my friend Doug (not sure whom else)...
What a blast from the past - watch the whole video its worth it for the rush :)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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Friday, January 11, 2008
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