Tuesday, June 23, 2009

John Hodgman testing President Obama

An absolutely hilarious video! It had me ROTFL'ng several times. And by the way the answer to three-part question is Shai-Halud (might have mis-spelt this one), a Thumper, and The Water of Life. And no, I did not look those up. No self-respecting geek, of which I consider myself one, would cheat! I found the video through the Wired article here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Solar transit of the space shuttle and Hubble telescope

Only image ever taken of a transit of a space shuttle (Atlantis) and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in front of the Sun.

Click on the image to see it full-size. The shuttle and Hubble are in the bottom left corner. To really appreciate this picture, read the photographer's description of how it was taken here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Inspiration versus Motivation

Having been on management teams who have aspired to motivate staff, versus those who've wanted to inspire, this rings absolutely true to me.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Words I never thought I'd hear from a Secretary of Defense

I can't improve on his blog post so I'll post it verbatim:

From Robert Gates's press briefing today on the 2010 defense budget:
It is important to remember that every defense dollar spent to over-insure against a remote or diminishing risk - or, in effect, to "run up the score" in a capability where the United States is already dominant - is a dollar not available to take care of our people, reset the force, win the wars we are in, and improve capabilities in areas where we are underinvested and potentially vulnerable.  That is a risk I will not take.
Emphasis mine; sentiments his. This has obvious bearing, as Gates made clear, on whether it is worth "running up the score" in an area of current U.S. dominance by buying more F-22s, among other systems. (Previously on the F-22 here and here.) More later on the details and implications of Gates's budget, and whether he'll be systematic in applying the rationale he has laid out. For the moment, the simple logic of his statement is worth noting. As is the sense of shock at hearing something so logical as part of a budget presentation.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Brand America - will it regain its shine?

Every now and then The Economist holds on-line debates which it includes its readership in. The most recent one was on 'Brand America' and whether it would regain its shine. While I can't share the debate points (there are too many) I can share the results. Click on the image to see a larger more legible version:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista

Windows 7 is the new and improved version of Windows. Microsoft built a version of Windows called 'Vista' that not only kept the viruses out but also protected us from nuclear fallout and biological weapons. Too bad no one could figure out how to use it. Now they're trying again with Windows 7. Each time they change the naming convention for Windows it signals the firing of the previous Windows product manager. Let's see, Windows 3.x, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 - 7 versions of Windows, 6 product managers without a job. Wait a 'sec...we've forgotten the 'unmentionable' versions of Windows; Me and 98. Looks like there are really 7 product managers looking for jobs - and that the Windows 95 manager was able to release 2 Windows versions before getting canned.

So how does Windows 7 stack up against the epic fail incarnate that is Vista? The guys and gals at xkcd say it best:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Luckily I'm not an Apple fanboy

...or I might blog about Apple's after-the-bell earnings call. The reported their largest quarter ever, over $10 billion for the first time, in the midst of a recession. There's always room for great products. Although they don't expect their 2nd fiscal quarter to be as strong, it wouldn't surprise me at all if they do better than their competitors.

Which market sectors are doing well in the U.S.?

The New York Times has a piece about which sectors are growing in the current economy. As someone who's made the (gulp) decision to go into business in the past year, this is of particular interest to me.