Sunday, February 27, 2005

Vacation Has Started

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Vacation Has Started

Not much better way to kill a delay in Montego Bay. Just wish Wifey were here with me ...

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At 8:59 PM, Blogger Kt said...

wish i was there, too ... trade winds, warm weather, sunshine, blue water ... but a winter storm of snow, sleet, wind, well, nothing quite compares to the joy of using the roof rake and snow blower.

 
At 8:31 PM, Blogger Christina said...

So wish I was there, too!!

Enjoy...post more pictures..

;)

 
At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Island Time

Location: Home

Off for a week vaca diving on a little island just North of Venezuela. Going with my still-kickin'-ass Mom and Pop ... a good time should be had by all.

From there I fly to the Bahamas for work (really!).

Presuming I have some data transfer capability, expect photo posts over the next few days ...

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At 11:15 AM, Blogger j said...

Ly, b -- have fun.

 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Gonzo

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

RIP<> Follow that link. If you're going to remember him, Rolling Stone is the place.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

I Track The Internet So You Don't Have To

Another reason God created the Internet: to permit you to read George Washington's personal papers in his own hand. Tip to moleskinerie.

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At 5:40 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

I thought Al Gore created the internet.

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Now that's way cool!

 

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

File In: Signs of the Impending Apocalypse

The Algonquin Hotel's $10,000 martini, complete with loose diamond at the bottom.

When rich Manhattanites go wild ...

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Friday, February 18, 2005

Mossberg Shmossberg

Today Walter Mossberg (tech writer for the Wall Street Journal) posts an article titled While Switching to Mac Will Improve Security, It Isn't for Everybody. It's a bit odd coming from Mossberg, who's made a reputation (and a name) for himself in recent years for trashing Windoze and pimpin' Macs at every turn.

Regardless of the reasons for his trimming the Mac sails, in reading the piece I have to say: "Humbug!" Our switch has been seamless. And as I was just saying to Wifey ... only moments ago ... "I love our Mac."

Mossberg is missing a key point amongst his talk of application crossovers and MP3 player compatibility: it's a point about style.

The fact is: The discourse creates us. We reflect our surroundings, to a much greater extent than our surroundings may reflect us. (Or as I often tell clients: "If you take Harlem and drop it in the middle of Hollywood, it's gonna become a lot more like Hollywood ... Hollywood isn't gonna become a lot more like Harlem."

The best reason for switching to Mac isn't its greater security or its greater ease of use ... although those are fine reasons. The best reason is the Mac's aesthetics. There's substance to style, and the Mac has it in droves. Using one not only makes you work better, it not only makes you feel better ... as discourse, hell, it makes YOU better.

Macs make us better people, at least for the time we spend in front of their screens.

And that's all the reason to switch I need.

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At 2:45 PM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

My reason for using a mac is much more simple: Windoze sucks.

 

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

New Phone, New Clicky

New Phone, New Clicky

The new phone (supposedly) has a better camera than its progenitor. Here's a test, taken from tonight's Minnapolis to Dallas flight.

Oh, and I'm typing all these moblog posts with my thumbs, so easy on the critique for typos.

Thanks.

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Big Times In Big D

Big Times In Big D

Ahhh, Dallas. Home of the stinkin' Cowboys. And here I sit at the Blue Goose Cantina, eating salsa verde chicken enchiladas and wathcing the honeys of Mexican descent. (No touchy ... happily married, me.)

Nonetheless, wish you were here.

Oh ... And the Cowboys suck.

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At 10:41 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Truer words never spoken: "the Cowboys suck."

Amen.

 
At 2:48 AM, Blogger j said...

gotta like Miller Light, though. As light, mass-produced beers go, really a great beer.

 

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Monday, February 14, 2005

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

75 and sunny in Dallas. Of course, I'm on my way to Minneapolis, but so are the breaks.

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Mo Mo Mo Moblog

I've pickerd up a new Treo 650 web/pda/phone and am testing its ability to post directly to the blog using the browser and Blogger. Let's keep our fingers crossed ... for this AND for the flight I'm sitting on leaving sometime soon.

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

I Track The Blogosphere So You Don't Have To

This is extremely cool: The Blog of Henry David Thoreau. Entries from his diary, blogged on the date of their original entry. Today's entry:
Now if there are any who think that I am vainglorious, that I set myself up above others and crow over their low estate, let me tell them that I could tell a pitiful story respecting myself as well as them, if my spirits held out to do it; I could encourage them with a sufficient list of failures, and could flow as humbly as the very gutters themselves; I could enumerate a list of as rank offenses as ever reached the nostrils of heaven; that I think worse of myself than they can possibly think of me, being better acquainted with the man. I put the best face on the matter. I will tell them this secret, if they will not tell it to anybody else.
Tip to moleskinerie.

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Short Marriott?

Good morning from Minneapolis. Apologies for no “Morning Read” of late; I’'ve been working my ass off and not had much time in the morning.

But here’'s something I’'ve noticed: The hotel I'm in, the Marriott in downtown Minneapolis, is a big hotel, and as Marriotts go, quite modern. It also has a big workout room, with lots of space and equipment. But two mornings running, as I’'ve gone down there at 5:45 or 6:00 in the morning, I’'ve not been able to get in my cardio time because the machines were full ... with the exception of several that weren’t being used because they weren’t working.

Several weeks ago I was in a Marriott in San Diego, and faced the same situation: enough machines, but not enough working machines.

So why do I bring it up? Because I think it could be a sign that Marriott is on hard times.

Sure, it could be coincidence. But I’'ve spent my career walking around major corporations and helping those that have problems. And I'’ve learned to tell a lot about a the priorities of a firm by little contextual details: what kind of art is on the walls, how well kept the conference rooms are, the quality of food in the cafeteria. What'’s more, when a company has cash flow problems, non-critical costs are the first to be deferred: training budgets, computer replacements ... exercise equipment repair.

So to me, not having working exercise machines for business travelers ... who pick hotels based on there being two things, high speed Internet access and exercise facilities ... does not speak well of Marriott’'s priorities or their cash flow. Perhaps the chain is facing some constriction? Just wondering ...

PS: Oh, and I could have told you this was going to happen. Whenever a Board “changes executive responsibilities” it translates to “"we'’re about to fire this person."”

PPS: Looking at this chart, yeah, it is time to short MAR.

PPPS: Of course, this is not a recommendation to buy or sell any equity. I'm just talkin', here.

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At 3:49 AM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

You have some strange characters in this post....

 
At 3:50 AM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

3:49am.....cool.

 

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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I Track The Internet So You Don't Have To

This is really, extremely, go-see-now cool: Google Maps. Things you never thought (but dreamed) a browser could do. Tip to Slashdot.

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Sunday, February 06, 2005

For The Record

The final pick of the season:
Eagles + 7 over Patriots

May your horse come in.

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

I Track The Blogosphere So You Don't Have To

43 Folders: One of the best blogs I've found in some time (and I'm a blog snob, so that's saying something). The tag line is "A bunch of tricks, hacks & other cool stuff," and it's all that and more.

All life hacks, all the time.

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At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I followed the link and ended up here: http://www.kuro5hin.org/ ... check it out.

CB

 
At 11:46 PM, Blogger Charley Foster said...

I like the 'hipster pda' here:
http://www.43folders.com/2005/02/hipster_pda.html

About 4 yrs ago I used a Jornada for about a year. Now I use...a yellow legal pad.

 

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Morning Read

Ahhh, another day in Minneapolis. Morning workout complete, I sit with coffee and laptop and consider the state of the world.

If I figure anything out, you'll be the first to know.

In the meantime, your morning read:
Be good.

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At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really didn't have to link to that photo.

Really.

CB

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger Everett said...

Heh.

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Charley Foster said...

Yeah, there are better pics. So where do you stay in the miniapple? One time the Flaming Lips stayed at my place after they played First Avenue. But then, I was in my thirties then, and had not a wife but a mere live-in girl friend. And no children...

 

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How You Tell

How you tell consultants have overrun a local company: The hotel gym, previously desolate on early mornings, is packed with 30-somethings by 6:00 a.m.

It's how you tell.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Morning Read

Good morning, fair reader! It's a lovely and not-so-frosty day here in Minneapolis, where I'll be spending may day among conference rooms circulated air (but also clients I enjoy, and that's what really matters after all, no?).

There are a couple of items that attract my attention this morning. Of course, the bit newsy topic of the day is the SOTU, but with the show not until tonight, there's not much original thinking to point to.

That said, check the following, and be better informed:

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