Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Online Memorials

Some one I know recently passed away and his friends set up an online memorial for him over at http://www.memory-of.com

The site lets friends and family share stories, pictures, and videos of the deceased. The comments can be absolutely gut wrenching and usually include the name and relationship of the commenter. I have never read anything so emotional and powerful than the writings of a Mother on her lost child.

I'm not sure if I'd personally be comfortable grieving in such a public way but many are finding solace in it.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Unfair Media Coverage for Craig?

Jim Buckmaster, The CEO of Craiglist, was recently asked about the negative media coverage his site seems to get. His response:

We’ve been hearing increasingly from newspaper reporters who confide that they are only allowed to write negative stories about Craigslist these days, because we’re viewed as competition by their newspaper’s business managers.

Well the newspapers have plenty to write about now. It is being widely reported that a woman has been murdered after answering an ad on the site.

Football Miracle Ending

At first I thought this had to be a joke but apparently it is not! Unreal.

Red Sox Win 2007 World Series

Crowd outside Fenway

Guy climbing pole of sign

Guy on top of sign

Cops move in. Time to go home

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Best Alarm Clock Ever

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Red Sox Going to the World Series

It is a great time to be out in Boston!
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

China Blocking Access to US Search Engines

There are reports that Chinese citizens are having their traffic redirected from US search engines to the leading Chinese search site called Baidu.

There is some suggestion that the news of the Dalai Lama being awarded a prize by US President George W Bush may be behind the move, but this is unable to be confirmed.
I checked out Baidu's site and while I can't read Chinese there is something strangely familiar about it...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Randy Pausch is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and he has just a few months to live due to pancreatic cancer.

In September he delivered his last lecture titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". In it he talks about his life and his childhood dreams and offers advice on how to achieve yours.

It is an inspiring talk that I watched, quite frankly, with goose bumps.

The hour and a half long video is available online here.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Freakonomics Blog: Prison Murder Rate

One of my favorite blogs to read is the freakonomics blog by the authors of the best selling book of the same name.

They discuss issues of economics & statistics as it applies to everyday topics and they consistently deliver interesting tidbits of information. Today for example they reported that the murder rate in state prisons is actually lower than the murder rate of almost all large U.S. cities:

the homicide rate per 100,000 prisoners last year was only 2.8. That number is less than half the rate of New York City (6.6 per 100,000) and an order of magnitude lower than Baltimore (42 per 100,000). Indeed, of the 66 largest cities in the United States, only El Paso, Tex. and Honolulu, Hawaii have lower homicide rates than the state prisons.

Check our their blog if you like this kind of stuff.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sun Microsystems Reinvented

There is a good / depressing article in Business Week on the state of Sun Microsystems and the efforts of their CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, to turn the company around.

I've had a soft spot for Sun since my college days back in the late 90's. My Computer Science department ran Solaris so it was on these machines that I developed my love of programming and of UNIX. I spent countless long nights in these Sun labs bonding with friends and learning the skills that would serve me so well for years to come.

Within the department Sun was highly admired and many of my fellow students hoped to earn jobs there. I never applied but definitely thought at the time that it would be a great place to work.

Ironically my current company is expanding and we are considering office space in a Sun campus that was recently abandoned due to layoffs.

Good luck Jonathan. You have your work cut out for you.