May 31, 2002

Wow - following up on

Wow - following up on the Bono-O'neill trip - here is a great article by my aforementioned favorite economist Paul Krugman - gotta love his use of numbers - yes im still a dork. You have to read this to the end! Heart of Cheapness

Best quote from the article:

"Faced with a proposal that would save the lives of eight million people every year, many of them children, we balk at the cost. But when asked to give up revenue equal to twice that cost, in order to allow each of 3,300 lucky families to collect its full $16 million inheritance rather than a mere $10 million"

And we go on and on about 3000 or so people killed last year in this country while we watch 8 million die in Africa each year - as usual white american lives are at least 2,500X more important than brown foreign ones. Bleh.

Posted by Sean G. at 01:50 PM |

Wait a second...this sounds an

Wait a second...this sounds an awful lot like something we developed at Vicinity Corporation 4 years ago. Google Programming Contest

Posted by Pedraum at 07:40 AM |

May 30, 2002

Amazon is having a real

Amazon is having a real hard time focusing these days. They are great at customer experiences though. I just don't see how things like this are gonna make them any money.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:57 AM |

Sometimes a funny quip writes

Sometimes a funny quip writes itself...President Bush's gas?

Posted by Pedraum at 12:52 AM |

May 29, 2002

Change the world with 3

Change the world with 3 chords

Well it seems that Treasury Secretary O'Neill and Bono's trip to Africa is going well. One cannot imagine two more different people traveling Africa together - one an old conservative republican bean counter-ex-ceo-old skool-business guy - then there's Bono. This picture pretty much sums it up - you gotta see this! Bono and O'neill

You know - I saw U2 in concert back in '87 and I remember Bono saying some rock and roll comment about changing the world with 3 chords and a red guitar or something or other. You have to give the man credit - he really is working hard on behalf of the world's poor - and has been doing it for a long time. Whats really interesting is that he goes beyond empty plattititudes and 'im a do-gooder' appearences at certain events - he really understands the economics of debt relief and foreign aid - he has spent time all over South America and Africa - in the remotest spots. And now in his greatest coup - he has managed to drag the Treasury Secretary of the wealthiest nation on the planet to Africa so that he can see the needs and requirements first hand. Remember - this is the holder of the heaviest purse strings around. It's an amazing move actually.

Anyways - for more detail - go read this if youd like....
Good Spirits Despite Differences (washingtonpost.com)

Posted by Sean G. at 08:26 PM |

May 23, 2002

And now for the awww

And now for the awww how cute pic of the day...Yahoo! News - Photo

Posted by Pedraum at 05:47 PM |

May 22, 2002

Ever heard of Mimetic Management?

Ever heard of Mimetic Management? I hadn't either.
mi·met·ic
adj.
   1. Relating to, characteristic of, or exhibiting mimicry.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:56 PM |

May 21, 2002

This is way cool. Google

This is way cool. Google skunk works.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:39 PM |

Did you now that in

Did you now that in the former Soviet Union, women had to undergo OB-GYN exams before being issued driver's licenses? I can't think of anything witty to say here...nothing that won't make anyone reading this groan anyway.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:19 PM |

May 20, 2002

MAGNET Magazine

MAGNET Magazine

Posted by Pedraum at 08:03 AM |

Malcolm Gladwell is one of

Malcolm Gladwell is one of those guys whose words I read no matter what the subject matter. Great writing transcends it's subject. And so, even though I don't have time right now to read this because duty calls, I hereby link to this article for later reference. Thanks you, and good day.

Posted by Pedraum at 07:59 AM |

May 19, 2002

This guy's got too much

This guy's got too much time on his hands...but then again, I did read the whole thing.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:47 AM |

May 18, 2002

Good indie music site...what a

Good indie music site...what a breath of fresh air.Pitchforkmedia.com

Posted by Pedraum at 10:52 PM |

Another Paul Westerberg review.

Another Paul Westerberg review.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:41 PM |

May 17, 2002

My friend from Google called

My friend from Google called me yesterday to tell me they'd rented out a theatre in Santa Clara and were showing the new Star Wars flick. I couldn't resist. It was good but then I'm a sucker for Star Wars. And besides, the whole thing was worth it to see Yoda kickin' butt. Apparently my friend from the New York Times does agree though since he thinks "it is not really much of a movie at all, if by movie you mean a work of visual storytelling about the dramatic actions of a group of interesting characters.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:32 AM |

"He also can keep a

"He also can keep a company-issued desktop computer."
You know, that somehow pales compard to receiving $1.5MM a year the rest of your life for not working.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:20 AM |

May 16, 2002

Well - I think another

Well - I think another most likely lame Star Wars movie comes out today. We will all go see it because Star Wars is an integral part of our childhoods and we are all so curious about the backgrounds of the charaters we loved when we were five years old. I'm sure the effects will be great - and the dialogue most likely sacherine and cheezy. In the meantime - the whole truth about Enron screwing California while the Fedral government stood by and watched is just coming to light. What do these two subjects have to do with eachother? Come here for some lighthearted fun: May The Farce Be With You

Posted by Sean G. at 01:49 PM |

May 12, 2002

"Thus, we are all more

"Thus, we are all more alike than we are different."

Posted by Pedraum at 09:26 PM |

May 10, 2002

So we bought a house.

So we bought a house. More on this later as it does provide blog fodder to be sure.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:10 PM |

May 09, 2002

Weird and hilarious, it's Crazy

Weird and hilarious, it's Crazy Drunk Guy.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:16 AM |

This one's been floating around

This one's been floating around for a while but I had forgotten about it. The guy obviously knows a thing or two about the Martial Arts. You know it's it's good when even Ariane digs it.

Posted by Pedraum at 07:59 AM |

May 06, 2002

The music industry, suffering from

The music industry, suffering from dismal year to year sales numbers, has been looking for excuses to lay blame. Peer to peer networks, or the sons of Napster (Kazaa, Morpheus, Gnutella), have been prime targets for the music biz. Blaming kids with bandwidth seems a better excuse than admitting their catalogue of artists sucks. Well, time to come up with another excuse gang. Report: File Swapping Boosts Music Sales

Posted by Pedraum at 03:18 PM |

May 05, 2002

This is a cool idea.

This is a cool idea.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:30 AM |

May 03, 2002

There's a pretty good article

There's a pretty good article on a couple of best song-writers Generation X ever knew. Paul Westerberg we've talked about quite a bit around here but another great'un is Bob Mould from Husker Du. Here's another article about Paul from the Houston Chronicle.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:11 PM |

I was willing to get

I was willing to get satellite service just to get the World Cup matches but it seems I won't have to as the games will be shown on regular old standard cable according to this schedule. Hmmm, some of those times are a little whacky though...maybe it's time to finally get TiVo?

Posted by Pedraum at 11:18 AM |

For those francophiles that can't

For those francophiles that can't get enough of the last World Cup - here is a nice desktop image for you to grab and make your desktop during the upcoming round. Sorta like how the French always try to cling to their former glory ummm Any takers? Jay? Mr. Bertrand? World Cup 1998 Desktop. Oh - and dont forget to follow the action and get the latest news here at 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Posted by Sean G. at 01:08 AM |

May 01, 2002

i was munching obliviously on

i was munching obliviously on a spam and tomato sandwich the other day whilst surfing the web, when i was suddenly enlightened by the history behind such an invaluable addition to the world food chain (as well as to the lingo of cyberspace). i bought myself another case of spam just as a token of respect to the hormel food corporation.

Posted by Cyrus Nitsitapi at 04:38 PM |