Happy Birthday Dad!

July 2, 2008

Today’s my Dad’s 73rd birthday.  Well, it would have been.  He passed away in ’99.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him and wish I we could talk.  I could go on a tirade now about how people should take better care of themselves, as he died young because of just that. Go for a walk, ride, run, something…it all helps.

I Love You Dad-

J.

Facebook Right-Click Menu for Firefox. Make Facebook WAY easier to use!

May 15, 2008

So over the last several months I, like tens of millions of people, have been using Facebook to find and stay in touch with friends and my biz network. As I used it more and more, I became more annoyed with how long it would take me to send messages, write on walls, etc. So I’ve written a Firefox add-on to make that easier. Called ‘UltimateFacebook,’ all you do is right-click a hyperlinked name in a news feed or a person’s profile image/thumbnail and a menu will appear. You can now send messages, write on walls, poke users and add or view friends with 1-click instead of the 2-3 it normally takes to get to the page to normally do the action. I’ve been playing with it for the last several months and have had about 300 people helping me test it. It’s rather stable at this point, but is an alpha product. Holler with ideas and/or feedback, but definitely try it out.

Click here to read more and try the add-on!

Right-Click Facebook menu for Firefox

Realizing why driving race cars is so effing awesome!

March 5, 2008

So driving this morning, I finally realized why I LOVE driving race cars so much. It’s the challenge and exhilaration of being on the edge but not over it. When I was a kid, I was the little turn who would poke someone just 1 time less than what it’d take to completely send them over the edge and, all the while, keeping me (somewhat) endearing. Yesterday, on the way home, I got my little car to solidly rotate into a turn (whoops happened to be on a public street) and it kinda just hit me. I had a smaller revelation the first time I got a racing car to rotate at Mid-Ohio, but this time it was different. The time it happened at Mid-O (and every time after), came from a tense ‘oh shit please keep me hooked up so I don’t die’ approach to a corner. This time, it was much more under control…and surprisingly…much smoother and quicker feeling. Guess it’s a tactile thing.

As I’ve read books like the Speed Secrets series and Skip Barber’s Going Faster, instructors and coaches always talk about being on the edge. But it wasn’t until this morning’s childhood regression that I finally connected the dots.

As we all (racing drivers that is) are trying to find ‘that thing’ that makes us faster. This is one barrier, I’m REALLY excited to have identified and broken through the was it feels like it should be.

Lufthansa Pilots Have THE BIGGEST JUEVOS! German plane almost crashes in Hamburg.

March 3, 2008

This was just on my.Yahoo. A Lufthansa Airbus A320 traveling to Hamgurb from Munich and trying to land in 155 MPH winds. Scrapes BOTH wings in the touch-and-go and then gets all 131 passengers safely landed on the second try. 2 words with all the emph-as-sis possible….HOLY CRAP!

The Illiterate States of America?!?!?!

March 2, 2008

Friday night, for the first time in a long time, I watched television. Since we don’t have it at home, it was a nice change to see moving pictures to go along with current events.  As I flipped through the never-ending, and nonetheless unsatifsying 1,000s of Dish channels, something really struck me like a brick wall. For the last several months I’ve been getting this feeling as I’ve interacted with people in California.  At first I felt and dismissed it in LA, now it’s hit me again.  What the HELL is happening to people today. Are people in the United States getting dumber on the whole, or are people becoming so consumed with Orange County Choppers, Jesse James and the crap that’s taken over MTV that the notion of basic grammar and enunciation has eluded them???  I mean I’m no genius.  I’m probably just slightly higher than the average person’s intelligence with a keen ability to know how to use an em-dash, an en-dash and a couple other cool pieces of punctutation.  However, I DO open my mouth and speak clearly when I talk.  I make a ‘t’ sound like ‘tee’ and not like a ‘d’ with a mouthful of potato chips. It’s really not that hard.

Now I’m not asking us to, as a country, become smarter.  That would take electing better people than we have choices for presently, overhauling the educational system in the US completely and throwing away at least one-to-two generations as ‘whoopsies’  (that’s also an altogether exponentially-longer thread).  I am, however, saying that if you think your opinions are worth being heard, make them worth hearing.

Holy HOT MacBook Pro Batman! At 185˚F let’s just effing fry an egg on my Mac already!

March 2, 2008
In my every-strengthening efforts to bend my MacBook Pro’s will to do my Python bidding, the little titanium-clad lass decided today to get all hot and bothered with me….more specifically up to 185˚F.
Which is pretty friggin hot.
Consider this…
Egg white coagulates between 144 and 149°F, egg yolk coagulates between 149 and 158°F and whole eggs between 144 and 158°F.” – Egg Nutrition Center
I’m seriously considering getting a cool pack or something for this little sucker!
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Photo Credit: http://www.hackszine.com/blog/archive/2007/02/powerbook_fever.html

Being an anal-retentive hushed-toned paranoid entrepreneur…WTF?!?!?

February 24, 2008

Most of you who read my blog know pretty well by now that I’m a serial entrepreneur.  I’ve done 3 startups of my own and a 4th as a co-founder and CTO.  All of them have, at some point or another, have involved developing in a public venue like a Starbucks, random coffee shop, Borders, park bench and even, on more than one occasion, cliffs at the ocean.  What FINALLY dawned on me today, as I continue to evolve the Mojeeto File System and apply it to something truly useless using the Facebook API, is that WTF is up with all of the paranoia that we ALL have when we build stuff?  I mean REALLY?!?!?!  Is that random guy or gal in the coffee shop REALLY going to see over your shoulder enough or hear enough of your conversation to, in what will probably be noted as the first practical use of time travel, beat you to market with YOUR product, only better?  Will they glean the special sauce that you’ve supposedly come up with?!?!?  I think not.

I’ve been playing with distributed adaptive storage, natural language processing (NLP) and all-around cool effing ideas for the last 10 years now in technology.  NOT ONCE has some random bojo ripped me off by seeing what I’m working on in a coffee shop or the Old Pro (a sports bar in downtown Palo Alto owned in-part by super-company board member and Intuit CEO Bill Campbell).  While I’m not saying that I’m going to stop being so damn ridiculous when I build, I have realized I’m gonna relax a bit and stop peering over my shoulder like someone is feverishly copying my code +/or designs.

FINALLY! The IRL & Champ Car (CART) get their heads out of their asses!

February 22, 2008

52 minutes ago it was finally ‘leaked’ on Yahoo! News that the IRL’s Tony George and Champ Car’s Kevin Kalkhoven and Jerry Forsythe have all gotten their respective shit together and unified American Open Wheel racing. BAD ASS! Now, ditch both of your respective marketing departments, go hire Weiden & Kennedy (aka Nike’s agency) and put together a marketing package that’ll get people into the seats. Bigger crowds, unified driver line ups, and hopefully a bad ass season of racing is what, may, be ahead of us. This year may be a step in the right direction and next season has a chance to really shine!

Champ Cart IRL unite!

Read it at Yahoo! News!

Morgan Page feat Lissie – Longest Road

January 24, 2008

I came across this tonight while I was waiting for crap to install.  Was on Armin’s A State of Trance either this week or the week before.  Effing awesome track.

The Best Sweater for Riding, Running, Training + Chilling from Pearl Izumi

November 27, 2007

Over Thanksgiving, we went up to Tahoe to cook and chill with friends. Every time we go to South Lake, we stop in at the Pearl Izumi outlet to see what sort of wicked deals they have. For those of you living under a rock for the last 20 years, Pearl Izumi is probably (IMHO) the BEST gear for riding, running, training, living, etc that one can own. Their apparel is an excellent fit (assuming you take care of yourself) and will just about last forever if you take care of it.

During this trip, Lauren (the spunky manager of the store) pointed me toward a sweater in particular that had me drooling. Dubbed the Woolie Mammoth Long Sleeve Jersey. It’s simply something that you want to live in non-stop. Sporting two-toned ribbed (gotta love ribbed) Merino Wool, I’ve basically been wearing it non-stop since coming back Friday night. SO DAMN NICE!

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Lauren has a bunch in stock and will ship anywhere you need for a $4 (yes I did say $4) flat-rate. Check out their site for more info and how to contact her. They regularly post deals as they get new shipments.

If you get a chance to roll in there, do so. She’s super nice and will set you up with killer gear…AND since it’s an outlet, you get away with sub-Amazon prices.