To get to my office, I have a round trip two-hour commute on the NYC subway each day (come see me on the F train). That means I’m free from the net during that time. It’s like taking a hike in the connection wilderness. And I love it.
Could one of New York City’s advantages [...]
When an education customer asked us for a solution to voice connect schools in the US with schools abroad where there was poor infrastructure we knew we had to test quality. The international schools included those in Kosovo, Qatar and Nigeria so we set out to make some test calls via our system using different [...]
In a speech at CalTech, Richard Feynman (Nobel Laureate in Physics and all-round wildman) talked about “Cargo Cult Science.” He was comparing pseudo-science in some industries to “cargo cults” that emerged in the South Pacific after WWII where isolated islanders would reenact the motions of flight controllers, hoping that would get cargo-laden planes to land [...]
Back during the 1849 California Gold Rush, few prospectors struck it rich. Most of the people who made money back then were those who “sold shovels” or provided other services to the same miners who traveled far to live hard lives panning for gold.
Is it any different today?
In the Gold Rush that [...]
I used to email Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, about my first job, my own PHB and other cartoonish goings on. Scott, if you’re reading this, I didn’t stop writing because I forgot; it’s just that I eventually got a job that didn’t remind me of Dilbert.
But I’m still always reminded of [...]
With the Startup – Rockband comparison nicely described, here’s a reason that gets too little notice in benefits of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is an excuse to talk to someone. I remember hearing Jeff Pulver remark that much social networking activity comes from loneliness. While entrepreneurship is not at all the same as social networking, [...]
Fortune-telling Pulpo Paul did what few (if any) others did, eight 100% accurate World Cup predictions, which if we simply assume that the octopus chose at random, leads to an expected 1/256 chance of getting them all correct.
I’m glad Pulpo Paul made it straight through with perfect accuracy, and not just because of Spain’s [...]
Louise Bourgeois passed away today. If you don’t know about her, you can read up here.
But there’s one personal reason why I remember her.
For decades, she ran a weekly salon out of her home in Chelsea. As long as you had something to show, you could call ahead, make an appointment, [...]
If you read mailing lists, message boards, or anything online that involves many people commenting and reading each others comments, you might know Godwin’s Law.
I propose a new law, specifically for email lists. As the number of emails in one thread grows, the probability of someone requesting that others should not fill [...]
At an early age of 23 I declared myself done with all-nighters. Let me explain. I never pulled all-nighters in college but at age 22 I ended up in a high-pressure job that required them about five times a month. Economically, it made sense for me since I was getting paid overtime and the all-nighters [...]