Life, Oh Life Category

Personal posts that are usually lament some aspect of life and those around me.

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Jul 19 | Feedback, feedforward

Wired’s July edition has a piece on feedback loops, the precise kind of thing I had been investigating with Neema for the past year. Well, not quite. Feedback loops are a nice way of putting things into laymen’s terms, but it’s only half of the picture, and Neema has been arguing that feedback is only […]

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Sep 14 | Travelling across the country

Sept 3: Departing mileage 128057. Departed at 4:10pm, arrived 7:57pm, NYC mileage 128253 The trip to New York was decidedly uneventful and easy, with Rt 15 pretty smooth and effortless, making it a relatively decent 4 hour ride. I did manage to have two dogs as passengers along the way though, a result of the […]

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Jul 6 | What’s wrong with free lemonade

Sometimes there’s an argument that is so outrageously idiotic and virulent that it’s hard to ignore. The following is one such case, written by Terry Savage, a conservative columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Recently, she came across a lemonade stand where the three girls behind it were giving away cups of lemonade for free. She […]

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May 13 | The wild world of acquisitions

Notable Google acquisitions earlier this year included On2 Technologies and Aardvark. They have spent a rumored $250 million this quarter alone on acquiring a total of 10 companies. One of the things that annoys me greatly with regards to the startup philosophy is that in working towards an eventual buy-out from a larger corporation, they […]

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Feb 7 | The self-righteousness of women

Mujer a la deriva / Woman adrift, private collection. The more I think about it, the more angry I get. Just recently, a columnist for The Atlantic, Lori Gottlieb, published a book called “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough”. It was based on the columns she had written, which began with […]

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Jan 30 | The social network of driving

An interesting article about the psychology of driving suggests that as cars become more “safer” they allow drivers to take more risks. It’s something that has crossed my mind more than once in my drives up and down the East Coast. Here are some of my thoughts. 1. Driving is perhaps the only social interaction […]

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Jan 9 | Blinding bureaucracy

I’ve had the opportunity to read through The Death of Common Sense by Howard and it’s made a few things clearer to me, both in a rather depressing way. The book’s general idea is about how law and bureaucracy are stifling much needed progress because of the need to follow legal mandates and codes that […]

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Jan 2 | Predictions for 2010

Happy New Year everyone! Before I go ahead, let’s see how accurate I was in last year’s predictions for 2009: Obama was indeed inaugurated and tensions have risen with Iraq, rather obviously. The recession did stabilize. Google Android has now been deployed on the MyTouch, HTC and soon the Nexus One. Japan did not suffer […]

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Dec 3 | A little bit more focus

This is one of those posts that sound more like a rant, but I hope the future me will someday look back on it as a snapshot of who I am today, (like this post). As I continue to evaluate what it is I find most important to my life and what I want to […]

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Nov 16 | Supporting Obama’s Bow

Sure sure, no one has asked for my opinion, but my blog is a good forum for it, and I hope you’ll read. The media is afire as of late about Obama’s deep bow to the emperor Akihito and emperess Michiko when he arrived at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo last Saturday. Some reactions: “… […]

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