What’s Jose Canseco gonna do next?

A 60 year old beat up Jose Canseco. What’s next for Canseco? Is there anything to humiliate himself that he’s left undone?

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iPad & the Battle for the Future of Computing

I haven’t been sanguine about iPad. But consider this. One reasons Windows & PC hammered Apple for many years was user familiarity. The dominant metaphor in user interface for decades has been the mouse, the icon and the Read the rest of this entry »

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The blog is live again and on the new server!

Phew! It was a busy week and little time for silly things like migrating my blog to my new server. But now it’s done.

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Word of the Day: Spadework

Sort of a cool word, got it from Stephen Fry. And did the whole bit from my iPhone in the airport. Really starting to love this thing.

spade⋅work    [speyd-wurk]
preliminary or initial work, such as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based.
Origin: 1770–80; spade 1 + work

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7/13/09 Word of the day: pimpmobile

It’s a word. A real one. In the midst of a conversation about how I mispronounce “pin” I looked it up in the online dictionary I most frequently use, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. The reference immediately before pin is pimpmobile. So that brings us to the Word of the Day.


NOUN, Slang: A flashy oversize automobile used by or deemed suitable for use by a pimp.

I’m not making this up. I’m not that funny.

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5/18/2009 Word of the day: fund

Ran into this one in a context where it clearly meant ‘bottom.’ I didn’t know it could mean that. Turns out it comes from Latin, fundus, meaning either a bottom or a piece of land.


NOUN, 1. A source of supply; a stock: a fund of goodwill. 2a. A sum of money or other resources set aside for a specific purpose: a pension fund. 2b. funds Available money; ready cash: short on funds. 3. funds The stock of the British permanent national debt, considered as public securities. Used with the. 4. An organization established to administer and manage a sum of money.

TRANSITIVE VERB: 1.To provide money for paying off the interest or principal of (a debt). 2. To convert into a long-term or floating debt with fixed interest payments.  3. To place in a fund for accumulation. 4. To furnish a fund for: funded the space program.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin fundusbottom, piece of land.

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5/12/2009 Word of the Day: batten

There’s also batten down the hatches, but that’s one a lot of folks know. This is the one I had to look up. The hatches one refers to a slat of wood for holding a hatch cover, keeping a sail flat, construction work, etc.


INTRANSITIVE VERB:  1. To become fat. 2. To thrive and prosper, especially at another’s expense:  “[She] battens like a leech on the lives of famous people, . . . a professional retailer of falsehoods”  (George F. Will).

TRANSITIVE VERB: To fatten; overfeed.

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5/9/09 Word of the Day: Picaresque


ADJECTIVE: 1. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.  2. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.

NOUN: One that is picaresque.

ETYMOLOGY: French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro,

Online Etymological Dictionary

American Heritage Dictionary

Picaresque Novel at Wikipedia

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Talk About a Shot Heard ‘Round the World

I just read this Wikipedia article regarding the scuttling of the German fleet of WWI at Gutter Sound. Interesting article in many ways, but the thing I found most remarkable was that the wreck of the Kronprinz Wilhelm was used as a source of radiation-free steel for the construction of delicate radaition-sensitive instruments. Apparently these require metals to be used that were forged prior to Earth’s  first atomic explosion in 1945 because all metal forged on Earth since 1945 contains radioactive isotopes that will harm these instruments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership, Decisionmaking and Trust

Bush and Paulson confidence and authority, or not?

As policy-makers navigate the financial crisis, the leadership styles on display are interesting. The predominant style is a single-solution approach. One idea (TARP or the Bad-Bank) is selected at a time and incremental changes are made as new information and ideas emerge. Contrast this with a more multi-solution approach where several possible solutions are put forward, strengths and weaknesses are discussed, adjustments are made and finally, one solution is chosen from among many. For example, suggestions could include TARP-style cash infusions, creation of a Bad-Bank, creation of a Good-Bank, do nothing, etc.

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