August 29, 2002

Scientific American: Einstein's Hot Time

Scientific American: Einstein's Hot Time

Posted by Pedraum at 09:56 AM |

August 28, 2002

Good thing they stopped this

Good thing they stopped this guy. Never was a more credible threat identified.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:46 AM |

I'm linking to this one

I'm linking to this one again especially since the RIAA is claiming that online music downloads cause people to buy less.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:20 AM |

The RIAA was hacked yesterday.

The RIAA was hacked yesterday. I do not condone this sort of illegal behavior and I am not snickering right now as I write this. "Recording Industry Association of America"

Posted by Pedraum at 09:19 AM |

August 27, 2002

New York, San Francisco finalists

New York, San Francisco finalists for U.S. bid to 2012 Olympics

Posted by Pedraum at 03:40 PM |

I walked by the Apple

I walked by the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto on Friday night thinking I might stroll in to take a look at the new OS 10 dubbed "Jaguar". Well, at 10:00p.m. there was a line that circled around the entire block...yes, I mean outside the store and around three corners! You gotta hand it to Apple--they elicit an emotional response from users unlike any other brand I can think of. I mean Sony and Tide are both strong brands but I just can't see people lining up for hours to take a look at the hot new camcorder or the new fresher smelling laundry detergent. Apple - Retail - Jaguar Launch Event

Posted by Pedraum at 09:54 AM |

August 26, 2002

My buddy from Boston, Bruce

My buddy from Boston, Bruce Grover is a singer and song-writer from Boston. I haven't talked to him in forever. Bruce is cool. Bruce will be real famous one day...and it can't happen to a more decent guy.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:46 PM |

As I mentioned, I was

As I mentioned, I was in Dallas last week at Wal-Mart's Holiday Show. 15,000 store managers, district managers, divisional managers, as well as the executive brass descended on Dallas to get excited about $59 DVD players and George Forman Jr. Grills. I was reintroduced to a concept called Retailtainment as I walked the floor (imagine a few airplane hangars [only bigger] next to each other stuffed to the rim with product. I did a couple of searches on the word 'retailtainment' and one of the better descriptions can be found here. Did you know there was a Mr. Lauder? Are his eyebrows painted on?

Posted by Pedraum at 02:34 PM |

August 23, 2002

A few music clips courtesy

A few music clips courtesy of Dennis:

Dustygroove. A cool collection of rare funk and deep soul. If I had a turntable already, I'd be dropping some change here. I'm about to order some Blue Note remix complilations and will report on them diligently, I promise. All in the name of academic excellence of course.

Eighteenth Street Lounge Music. Thievery Corporation has been a favorite of mine since Sean introduced me to them. They have a few bands on their label now that I'm thinking of sampling assuming the quality is comparable to Thievery.

33rpm. They've got the High Fidelity Lounge series here which Gil turned me onto originally. Haven't had much of a chance to dig in much more than that yet.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:09 PM |

I'm really starting to dislike

I'm really starting to dislike the RIAA more and more. A New Tactic in the Download War.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:28 AM |

All musicians are rich aren't

All musicians are rich aren't they? The Problem With Music.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:16 AM |

I'm gonna add John Patrick's

I'm gonna add John Patrick's Weblog to my link list on the left. Don't worry, I'm still in the process of going through and cleaning up old links or those that are not updated enough to warrant a perma-link. I should develop somthing like Jerry has on his blog which tells me automatically who's updated when.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:11 AM |

Shpank!

Shpank!

Posted by Pedraum at 10:58 AM |

$7 billion seems like an

$7 billion seems like an awful lot to pay for yellow pages...but what do I know.

Oh yeah, I'm back from Dallas...tired, reading through tons of e-mails. I'll post more poop throughout the day.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:54 AM |

August 19, 2002

I'm headed to Dallas for

I'm headed to Dallas for the week so things are gonna be a bit quiet here until Friday. If Blogger Pro was working as promised, I'd post from my Blackberry. Aren't you supposed to get better service when you pay for something? In the meantime, have fun thinking about using an iPhone made by Apple. [As with all NYTimes links, this one requires registration. Do it, it's free.]

Posted by Pedraum at 09:50 AM |

August 16, 2002

Stages in my life are

Stages in my life are broken up by musical movements. Childhood was Bread, America, Seals and Crofts, Stevie Wonder, and The Doobie Brothers--thank [blame] my older sister for those. Adolescence was Michael Jackson at the Motown 25 doing the moonwalk for the first time, one silver glove on all the while. Balancing the pop cheese was earnest cheese in the form of U2's Joshua Tree album and tour. The tail end of high school saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Ziggy Marley and the re-discovery of Led Zeppelin and The Police (bet you'd never read those two in the same sentence before). Then came college...and along came the Manchester scene which, along with Sean's mustard yellow hooded shirt, was represented by bands such as Joy Division, new Order, the Happy Mondays, Charlatans UK, and The Stone Roses. Quinn wants to go see a new flick called 24 Hour Party People this weekend. The movie chronicles the meteoric rise of Manchester as temporary cultural Mecca. We can't see it this weekend cuz we're trying to move into our house before next year but I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:35 AM |

August 15, 2002

I'm a big In-N-Out burger

I'm a big In-N-Out burger fan. When I worked at Vicinity Corp. they opened one up around the corner and we headed there lots for a protein infusion. I had noticed that they printed Biblical references on their paper materials too but it sounds like they're not trying to change the world...except to make it a little greasier. The Secret Behind a Burger Cult

Posted by Pedraum at 05:19 PM |

The HisTory of Michael Jackson's

The HisTory of Michael Jackson's face

Posted by Pedraum at 05:12 PM |

My parents have a ton

My parents have a ton of mint growing in their backyard. Some would argue that it is a weed because it takes over plants nearby it over time. Well, with my newly found knowledge I will commence rubbing the mint.

Posted by Pedraum at 05:01 PM |

Memories...like the corners of my

Memories...like the corners of my RAM.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:06 AM |

Make your own vinyl stickers.

Make your own vinyl stickers.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:01 AM |

This remains one of the

This remains one of the funniest moments, top ten at least, in movie history.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:28 AM |

How you livin' Bill? Large.

How you livin' Bill? Large.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:26 AM |

August 14, 2002

Got certification?

Got certification?

Posted by Pedraum at 05:25 PM |

Receiving heavy rotation in my

Receiving heavy rotation in my car at the moment: DJ Krush. Buy some.

Posted by Pedraum at 05:09 PM |

For the geeky among us

For the geeky among us comes this short article indicating Google's continued status in the developer community. The following statement sums it up well: "...Google's really about the application of large-scale computing to solve real important problems."

Posted by Pedraum at 11:04 AM |

August 13, 2002

I'm not a big fan

I'm not a big fan of mixing business too much into the mix here on this Blog but when it comes to watching out for my readers it's a different story. So we launched a new mattress business this week. In talking with the buyer he informed me that most people ar egetting ripped off when they go into a mattress store. Did you know that unless you negotiate way down, you may be paying a 50%+ markup on the mattress' wholesale price? Lesson learned, negotiate always when it comes to buying a new mattress...or buy from us.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:30 AM |

My recently married friend and

My recently married friend and former roommate Craig hails from Stockton, California. It was during our years in college that a billboard popped up to do its best at stemming the tide of bad press stigmatizing the Northern Californian town with a disproportionate number of guns per capita. The slogan was written next to a guy smiling and it read: "Stockton is Great... Take a look." Taking stock of Stockton

Posted by Pedraum at 08:59 AM |

August 12, 2002

So some people are concerned

So some people are concerned that thecosts for high-speed access are going up (strangely this is one the best ways for telecoms to remain solvent). I personally don't feel like $50/month is too much for me to spend when I can read every major newspaper online for free, download pirated songs to my hearts content, and watch Leonard Nimoy singing weird Hobbit songs.

Posted by Pedraum at 05:29 PM |

We had an International

We had an International Day at work last week and Rawhide, the band made up of a few co-workers, was asked to perform a few songs while people grazed the food selections. The Brazilian tunes went pretty well except that the echo on our main floor made it hard to hear the rhythm. I've made one of our selections available to you here.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:38 AM |

August 09, 2002

Whaddya know, Google's "top-lawyer" is

Whaddya know, Google's "top-lawyer" is a friend. Kulpreet Rana was caught between religion and commerce.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:43 PM |

"To take people from the

"To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility and weight that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker -- that's like an aberration to me; you just can't do that," says Jackson, who, like Freeman and friends, was a theater actor before he began making movies. "It's not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who's just coming into the business.

I saw Samuel Jackson interviewed on some morning show today and he made a comment similar to the one above. My respect for Mr. Jackson just shot way up (this coming from a big hip-hop fan). Rappers as movie stars are bankable at the box office, but not everyone's buying.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:27 AM |

A special link for my

A special link for my DDR addicted friend Mark.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:16 AM |

August 07, 2002

"Somehow it got in the

"Somehow it got in the wrong pile". If you ever thought that politicians were anything more than figureheads, signing whatever their cronies tell them to without inquiring what it is they're actually signing then read this.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:23 AM |

The New York Times ran

The New York Times ran a font-page article today on Bentonville, Arkansas and its shift from rural heartland to one of the nation's fastest growing boomtowns. My work takes me to Bentonville at least once a month and I can say that the changes taking place are swift. It reminds me of the traveling I used to do to Berlin in my last job. The skyline was dotted with cranes as far as they eye could see. My friend and co-worker Sean and I stayed in the posh new Grand Hyatt built at Potsdamer Platz. Yes the same Potsdamer Platz that the Berlin wall used to run through. The times they are a changin' my friends.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:15 AM |

August 05, 2002

George Bush took a trip

George Bush took a trip to France. George Bush said the following:

"The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur."

Entrepreneur is a French word...from France...where George Bush made the comment...in France. I'm going to lunch. Across the Pond, Bush Gets Quayled.

Not enough for ya? then read the Complete Bushisms. (Full disclosure: I'm non-partisan though to be able to vote I have to be registered as an Independent. That's all.)

Posted by Pedraum at 11:23 AM |

August 02, 2002

HBS Working Knowledge generally has

HBS Working Knowledge generally has well-written articles on business management. This one is another well-done article on the topic of globalization and for whom it is really a boon. China is used as a case study in ways it can improve the condition of a countries poorest. Balanced as it is, however, the article goes on to ask the question of "At what cost?".

Posted by Pedraum at 04:59 PM |

Would you pay $180/ year

Would you pay $180/ year to download an unlimited # of songs? Pressplay's new deal.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:22 AM |

August 01, 2002

BLOGGER - How to create

BLOGGER - How to create a BlogThis! bookmarklet

Posted by Pedraum at 01:52 PM |

Cool. Innovative and hard to

Cool. Innovative and hard to find baby products @ Baby Abby. And speaking of baby products, as we prepare to enter a new house, with doors and stuff, I'm thinking a lot about ways Luc can get himself into trouble. Getting fingers pinched in doors is a good one. Aha.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:39 PM |

Cool. Innovative and hard to

Cool. Innovative and hard to find baby products. Baby Abby.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:38 PM |

This happens to me all

This happens to me all the time. I'm at a club, a woman notices me and sends an SMS text message to two friends, and she tells two friends, and she tells two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on. Next thing you know there's a swarm of women around me, hounding me. My friend Christina has witnessed this first hand which explains why she felt compelled to send me this link I'm sure.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:09 AM |

This happens to me all

This happens to me all the time. I'm at a club, a woman notices me and sends an SMS text message to two friends, and she tells two friends, and she tells two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on. Next thing you know there's a swarm of women around me, hounding me. My friend Christina has witnessed this first hand which explains why she felt compelled to send me this link I'm sure.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:08 AM |

That's a little more


That's a little more like it. Crooked execs (like former WorldCom CFO Scott Sullivan) in handcuffs. Sure, most of this is being done to make the public feel secure so that they'll dive back into the market since we can now "trust" all of our beloved execs. But still, I like this picture.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:44 AM |