Thursday, April 27, 2006

Weather, Brassavola, Milk & Cookies

Weather here in Berkeley is great. I am over at Strada as usual. Will take a frisbee break with Dan at some point. Made up a to do list on an index card and haven't done any of it yet but did a bunch of things that weren't on the list. Does that count for anything?

Notice: my quintet Brassavola is playing at Strada this Sunday 12-2pm! (made a public calendar for brassavola on Google calendars but can't figure out how to link to it.)

Milk and Cookies are fun:
-I think those dancers were taken from the kids from "Zoom" or the Electric company.

This is pretty funny too:
-I always hated Kirk Cameron even before he started making those Left Behind acopcolypse movies.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Hope for Sudan?

I wish I had a subscription so I knew what Nick Kristof was writing about now. My thought is that if Osama speaks out against something we might actually get involved on the other side. So, good show, old man!

End what?

Is this editorializing (see last sentence) or did they forget to take out the comments on their article?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The World is Spherical and Bumpy, and Increasingly Becoming "Smaller" in the Sense of Transportation Costs and Cultural, Legal, and Economic Barriers

A good send-up of the Times columnists, and Friedman in particular by Michael Kinsley in Slate magazine:

No, in the end, I have to be honest with myself. These days, my dream
doesn't involve bedbugs and jackals, but a five-star hotel in Rome. That's why I
have decided instead to enter the Times' next contest: "Win a Trip With Tom
Tom writes: "The world, as you know, is flat. If you're not afraid to fall off the edge, if you dream of running up travel expenses that would finance Hannibal's army, if you fantasize about meeting presidents and prime ministers and reminding them that the world is flat, if you can go to Davos and Aspen and Bilderberg and still get it up for the Bohemian Grove, then you may be the right person to accompany me on a unique 'World Is Flat World Tour.' We will be staying in the best hotels and interviewing world leaders day and night. You may find yourself discoursing in Arabic about the flatness of the world with a group of Saudi princes, or even asking the Pope himself, 'Do you agree with Tom Friedman that the world is flat?' All it takes to apply is a 700-word essay on 'Why the World is Flat.' " Tom himself will choose the winner, and they'll immediately be off to St. Petersburg, where you will get to operate the PowerPoint for Tom's presentation titled: "Flatter Will Get You Nowhere: The Limits of World Flatness."

Another good diss

Recently read a review in the Journal of Economic Literature (can't find a link) saying the "world is flat" analogy is inconsistent and meaningless. Claims the world is not becoming more "flat" but perhaps more "small." Several pages devoted to criticizing the use of the word "flat".

Myself, I haven't read the book (or many books) but it is good to poke fun.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Not getting into trouble

Yes testing 1212 -- OK I got my voice recognition working again after a long period of absence.
So I'm back at Strada Cafe. OK, flip voice recognition -- I don't like the whole cafe hearing what I am writing.

So, I realize posterity (as well as the government -- by the way, Albert, you know all those Google I did -- I was just being facetious) may be reading this journal, so I don't want to get into trouble. I will try to stick to mundane and obvious comments (hey, maybe this will get me a writing job at Jay Leno? Zing!).

What a nice day! Of course, I am not saying that global warming, if it exists, had anything to do with it.

So this must have been an important meeting between world leaders! I love exclamation points!! They make everything so much more exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I believe that children are our future. Not that I am saying adults won't play an important role in the whole thing as well.

OK, better get back to work. Wouldn't want to cause a notable drop in GDP.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

First journal

  1. I don't like the word "blog". It smacks of clicky 'in-the-know' jargon.
  2. I better watch what I say on this ... you can't delete anything from the internet
  3. Lists are supposed to have 3 items at least, so I will cite a random fact: All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public. ... source:

Well, back to the grind. Sitting out at Cafe Strada, running some programs. A fine day in Berkeley, sunny and mild. Drank too much coffee.

Last night I dreamed I got my laptop and bicycle stolen. The previous night I dreamed I was washing dishes. I am batting 0/2 in the field of dreams.