Monthly Archives: November 2007


I urge everyone to buy and read The Landmark Herodotus, edited by the amazing Robert Strassler. If you don’t even like classics, or don’t care about greek or persian history, you’ll still get a ton out of this volume. Strassler did it again. He made Thucydides accessible with the Landmark edition of the Peloponnesian wars and now has done it again with Herodotus, which was already an easier read but was always trapped in murky editions.
check it out. support the amateur scholars among us, and classicists like bob!



Zander. WTF?

Ed Zander is out as Motorola CEO on jan one. maybe he was tired, or maybe this chart explains it.

We’ll miss ya Ed.

Amazon’s Kindle

Saw the demo this morning at the W Union Square. Amazon’s wireless ebook is just another ebook but it does do a better job of eliminating the act of physically buying the book. The impulse to buy a book and not read it must be fed. Buying, for many, is the better part of valor. But once you buy and want to devote one or two hours to the author’s world, it is not anything like something you’d want. For ten minutes, maybe 30. i’m going to check one out and see if i’m wrong.

Tried to Advertise on Facebook but…

I bid 10 cents a click up to $5 a day for a Social Ad to run on any page of men over 18 interested in technology and pasta. It was a simple text ad inviting people to click through to my Web site. Gave Facebook my credit card info and sat back ready to watch the millions roll in. No such luck. Facebook rejected my ad, citing unspecified violations of their terms of use policy. WTF? Guess it’s only for the big boys like Coke and Pringles.

The Subprime Stock Play

Had lunch yesterday with Dr. Mike Lynch, the very engaging ceo of Autonomy. Dad was a fireman, mom was a nurse and Mike went off to Cambridge to get his PhD in Bayesian logic. Been a year since we last met. That would have been a good time to have done a profile on them. Look at the stock chart.

Company has had 18 straight quarters of profit growth. It produces software that helps companies make sense of all their unstructured data: emails, IM, voice mail and recorded phone conversations. Smooths the discovery process for litigation by pulling up everything using natural language search, provides insight into what customers are complaining about, and insight into whether a company is duplicating effort by seeing what people are "working on." And it’s a perfect tool for companies that get sued a lot: pharma, tobacco and now BANKS. Lynch says the subprime mess is unfortunate for many, of course, but he’s not unwilling to use it as a selling point for a whole new set of customers in the Wall Street community who will need to know what they don’t know. Cheers, Mike.

Following this trend. All things handmade. The rise of the maker culture. I believe we’d all be better off if we bought handmade goods, and supported people who produce. Better to produce than consume. Of course someone’s got to buy eventually if a producer is going to eat, but it might as well be someone in the U.S. with two creative hands and not a remote factory in China.
I Took The Handmade Pledge!