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October 2004

Sun's iWork seems to be Working

Marion describes iWork with loving words:

As I said in my first blog entry iWork is a Sun's internal program that allows people to work in the way that is most effective for them and for Sun. Everyone at Sun is in one of three categories: Home assigned, Flexible, or Sun assigned. We have recognized that in today's world very few people come to the same office every day and just stay there. iWork is cool because it really does support the way people work. I led a meeting this afternoon that included 10 people. 4 people were working from home, 3 people were in our Colorado office and 3 people were in California Bay Area offices. It really doesn't matter where I am located I can always work. I hardly ever do a meeting where everyone is in the same room.

Not only does this sound like a great program (and perhaps another reason I should be working at Sun), but this entry highlights something very important. Sun is a company whose products I do not use, nor have I ever (other than visiting a website that runs on Sun software or hardware) however, thanks to blogs.sun.com I link to a bunch of Sun-related posts.

The power of blogging!

And, seriously, is Sun hiring?


Hey, your servers are running well. Great job!

This post on Huang's Weblog cuts close to home:

After x amount of minutes in digging to find out the root-cause of his aggravation, I realized he is not being "valued" to keep the systems up. Instead, he is viewed "valuable" only when he has fixed a major problem in an outage.

I actually brought up this very issue in a recent staff retreat, but I don't really think there is an answer to it. Server uptime is sort of like electricity, it should just be there when I need it.

At least I know I am doing a good job of keeping my servers up and running, and as a wise, under-appreciated man once said, "A job done well is its own reward."


Top 10 Secrets They Don't Want You to Know About the Debates via NPR

I am not one of those people who constantly listen to NPR and espouse that I am for an open political dialouge, that is until someone has an opinion different than the one I have, but the Top 10 Secrets They Don't Want You to Know About the Debates is a NPR article everyone should read:

(1.) Fortune 100 corporations are the main funders of the CPD-sponsored debates, and the CPD's co-chairs are corporate lobbyists.

The CPD is run by Frank Fahrenkopf, a pharmaceutical industry lobbyist, and Paul Kirk, a top gambling lobbyist," Rice says. "And the biggest muliti-national corporations write the checks that fund the CPD -- Phillip Morris, Anheuser-Busch and dozens more. The audience may have to be silent and motionless, but the corporate sponsors can have banners, beer tents, Budweiser girls handing out pamphlets protesting beer taxes -- a corporate-sponsored circus to go along with the Kabuki Debates. Could we get a more fitting description of our democracy?

The debates are laughable, the candidates are mirror images of each other on most issues, and what about the third party candidates? Oh, that's right, it's a two party system.


Nixichron Clock

As seen on Engadget the Nixie Clock and Nixie Wristwatch are:

NixiChron remains accurate to within a fraction of a second of the GPS Satellite transmission.   Far superior to local oscillator and AC line referenced clocks. Local Time,  Date,  Latitude / Longitude coordinates,  and the temperature can be configured to scroll across the display at intervals of: 1, 15, 30, 60 minutes. Time can be displayed in 12 or 24 hour format.  For 12 hour format: a PM indicator is located at the lower left of the display.  Date can be displayed in either mm,dd,yy  OR  dd,mm,yy format.   The temperature can be displayed in degrees F or degrees C with quarter degree precision.   A  pleasing soft chime tone can be enabled to strike at selected intervals, and a choice of chime styles are provided.  The scrolling speed can be varied from slow to -fast in a range of ten individual steps.  And, each of the features can be separately disabled from the periodic scrolling cycle.   The colon indicators separating the paired digits can vary their configuration to upper, lower, or independent. This determines whether the Time, Date, Coordinates or  Temperature are currently being displayed.

Oh, I know I shouldn't buy one, but I really really REALLY want one. I've always had a fascination with chronometers (watches and clocks to you normal people) and these look like they should be found in a Steampunk novel.


Nice resume, but about your blog...

This NY Times article describes how some people are reading blogs written by employees of companies before deciding on applying for jobs:

Five years ago, few people had heard of blogs — online journals that are commonly used to chronicle the lives and opinions of their authors. Now, more than two million Americans are blogging, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project — and blogging is spreading in the job market, said hiring managers and experts who study blogging.

A much more interesting perspective would have been to talk to hiring managers who read applicants blogs and base part of their decision making process on that. I know a few people who put applicants names in Google, and if you do that to me you quickly find Blankbaby, so why not base part of your decision on that? Blogs give you a very unique window into someone's life and that is what has made them so popular.

So, if you're looking to hire me feel free to look around, chuckle at some entries, marvel at my lack of photography skills, and then offer me a lucrative position based on my 'mad writing skillz' as the kids would say.


Beware High Flying Pumpkins

Nothing brings a smile to my face quicker than large trebuchets flings produce as seen here:

What is over 50 feet tall, weighs about 20 tons and can throw a 50 lb pumpkin 1000 feet? It's a trebuchet of course.

The Other Scott was talking about going to the World Championship Punkin Chunkin which is held on Nov. 5th, 6th and 7th in Sussex County, Delaware. Seems like a great time to me, who can think of a better road trip? Certainly I can't.

My promise to you, dear readers, is that if I go I will blog about it and take numerous pictures, and I am going to make it my mission in life to go to one day of the competition by hook or by crook!

Do people use the phrase 'by hook or by crook,' anymore? If they don't, they should.

Now, where did I put my legos?


How do you spell TLA?

Thursday, Sept. 30th I got to see my favorite band, They Might Be Giants, with Julie and Kim.

I was very excited, and in fact Julie remarked that this was the most excited that she has ever seen me. I am not that excitable of a guy, so that was about as excited as I get. She was just lucky I wasn't feeling silly and excited or I would have been acting very goofy.

Anywho, this was possibly the best They Might Be Giants show I have ever seen. They were totally rocking out, and the crowd could feel it.

Sam was there, and I was hoping to meet her and her husband, but sadly the place was very crowded, and Sam has a small bladder and TLA's bathrooms are not very nice it seems.

If you live in or around Philadelphia and are a TMBG fan and you weren't at that concert, I feel sorry for you.

I took some pictures, so have a gander.

Oh, and after the show I bought the opening act's cd, and he signed it for me. Corn Mo rocks!


Phillies Pictures

Citizens Bank ParkSome people have been hounding me about posting my pictures of the Phillies game, so that is what I just did.

They can be found here, and yes there are a bunch of pictures of the Phanatic.

Overall, I had a great time at that game. Thanks again, Scott, for inviting me, and if you have any more tickets you need to use let me know.

I might be addicted to watching baseball in the stands.


Bad, Blogger, bad!

Sorry for the lack of updates as of late, but I have been out doing things, with actual people!

Crazy I know, but it is true. It is one of the strange paradoxes of blogging, in order for it to be interesting you need to do things, but if you do things you have little time for blogging.

Something to think about, people.