Category Archives: General

Acupuncture for Oso

It’s all but impossible to relate to the scope of the destruction from the mudslide last week outside Oso, only an hour to the north of our house in Seattle. But Bill Wulsin (whose sister Virginia Lee sent me a guest post … Continue reading

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Her

My wife was reluctant to see Her because she thought it might simply be a quirky story that had garnered favor with the Hollywood in-crowd. I convinced her to go only after Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. … Continue reading

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Understanding Ukraine

[At a friend's 60th birthday party last weekend, I met his sister Virginia Lee who had been in the Peace Corps in Ukraine 5 years ago. I asked her about the unfolding situation there, and her answer so enlightened me … Continue reading

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The Seattle Seahawks Leave No Doubt

After two weeks of reading about the NFL’s #1 all-time offense playing the #1 defense, my favorite stat from the Super Bowl was: Denver 8 – Seattle Defense 8 It simply leaves no doubt.

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On Time

Although I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, I am a fan of continuous improvement or Kaizen (taught to me by Vince Caluori, who spent 30+ years practicing it at Boeing). So I look at the holidays as a … Continue reading

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What Was Google Thinking??? (A Rant about the Gmail Editing Toolbar)

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for 6+ months now. Since it’s a sunny Sunday morning in Seattle before I leave on a week’s vacation, I’m finally letting loose. Here’s the bee in my summer bonnet (which has stung … Continue reading

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This is What a Hole in Your Digital Life Looks Like

10:15PM Tuesday March 27, San Francisco, across the street from Alexander’s Restaurant at 4th & Brennan. I slipped into the driver’s seat of my rental car after dinner with Phil Windley and Doc Searls, took one look in the rear view mirror, and … Continue reading

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Dan Marovitz Shows his Zeal

The more I get to know Dan, the more I like his zeal. Not just his entrepreneurial zeal — which is fantastic by itself — but his zeal for life. Both are reflected in his new post on the buzzumi … Continue reading

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Connect.Me: One Month In

Trust is a very delicate matter — especially online, where most if not all of the cues (location, appearance, diction, body language) we use to make trust decisions in the physical world are absent. To make matters worse, the rampant … Continue reading

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Update on Personal Event Networks: The Evented API Spec

As a follow-on to my post about Personal Event Networks last week, Phil Windley and Sam Curren have published the Evented API Specification. Phil’s blog post about it gives a good summary, but if you’re a developer just go straight to … Continue reading

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Phil Windley on Personal Event Networks

Phil Windley has a new post called Personal Event Networks: Building the Internet of Things. The idea is simple but highly compelling: what if the range of products and services you used could actually talk to each other, over the … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs & The Courage of Great Design

There have been many tributes to Steve Jobs over the past few days but I found this short one by Bob Blakley to be particularly eloquent. All I know is that the company headed by this man has created the … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to J.K. Rowling

For me, it all ended — magnificently — in the cozy confines of the Empire Theatre on Block Island, RI. Having raised our two boys reading Harry Potter books out loud, and seeing several of the movies on various July … Continue reading

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The Personal Cloud, Take 2

There’s been a wonderful discussion of “personal cloud” on the VRM mailing list this week. So far feedback is running about 80% positive on the term. But if there’s one point on which everyone has consensus, it’s that our collective … Continue reading

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The Personal Cloud

The hallmark of a rapidly growing new space is new terminology. Craig Burton goes so far as to posit that the growth of the space will be constrained until it has a lexicon that successfully incorporates its key concepts. All … Continue reading

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kd lang: Hallelujah

I’ve been meaning to say this on my blog ever since the opening ceremonies in Vancouver. But since I just had the chance to recreate the experience on the Web, let me say it loud and clear for the record: … Continue reading

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Comments on the Google account problem

First, my apologies to everyone who commented on Fixing the Google Account Problem. For some reason WordPress stopped notifying me about comment approval (I’m using Akismet but I still find the majority of comments that get through it are spam, … Continue reading

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The Incredible Internet Answer Machine #2

I receive an email from a friend: Drummond, As my Word expert, how do I turn off the “balloon” captioning of redline changes? I think, “Good question. I have no idea. I’ve often wondered that myself.” I’m about to start … Continue reading

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The Incredible Internet Answer Machine

I know reams have been written about “are we all getting dumber because the Internet is getting smarter?” But still, it does take my breath away, almost every day. In another one for the “new heights of irony” file: I … Continue reading

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Fixing the Google Account problem

Every so often you experience a technical problem you can’t find any information about and which takes you forever to solve. Then, after you finally solve it, you are left scratching your head saying, “I don’t get it­—there must be … Continue reading

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