I finished my summer up with a visit to the Superior Trail Races, where I worked the Sawbill Aid Station at mile 90. If you are interested, then check out my Superior Trail Race Report.
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I am on leave for the summer, so will be taking a break from any tech blogging for the near future. You will probably see a lot more random, off-topic posts like my report from Grandma’s Marathon for a short while.
Enjoy, and all of you should take a summer off sometime (especially the Dads).
A Sydney travel blog picked up one of my flickr photos in a post about the Manly Food and Wine Festival:
That was a great time, and any of you in the Sydney area are advised to check that event out. I dropped by the festival after my surf lesson at Manly Surf School – what a day. If the family had been there it would have been just perfect.
If you have not yet read One Red Paperclip, then do so. It’s a fantastic story of how Kyle MacDonald started with one red paperclip and traded his way up to a house. For one thing, this is just a fun read. Kyle’s writing style is very casual, fluid and most important of all, genuine.
But the great part of Kyle’s story is not the things but the people and the process. Kyle writes about how the whole point was to make connections with interesting people, and make people’s lives better along the way. He turns downs trades that are more materially valuable in favor of trades that are more genuinely valuable. Kyle gets it.
How often is that a criteria of yours in your interactions with people? Do you trade your time/skills/money/opinion/knowledge for the gains of others? Something to think about.
I loved this book,
but not enough to keep it so much that I won’t keep it. In the spirit of the paperclip, I would like to trade my copy for a book that you found interesting or insightful. Leave a comment (preferable) or ping me if you have an interesting book that you would like to trade. We would both pay book rate postage so it might come out to be a slightly cheaper way to get a book, but that’s not the point. It will be a more interesting way to get one.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, no? I have loved Wired’s W/T/E lists from the beginning of my subscription way back when. Here is my installment:
|Wired||Jon Udell at Microsoft|
|Tired||Ray Ozzie at Microsoft|
|Expired||Mini-Microsoft at Microsoft|
|Wired||centralized identity management|
|Tired||DES-encrypted passwords in RDBMSs|
|Expired||persistent cookies with personal data|
|Wired||Swarm-oriented, auction-based in-sourcing in the US|
|Tired||Partnering in China|
|Expired||Outsourcing to India|
|Wired||CC-licensed content with concurrent online/offline releases|
There is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around SOA these days. Many SOA discussions drift off into the ether due to poor definition or attempts to reify a meme rather than deal in the concrete.
Fortunately some folks are trying to clear the air and get down to the real SOA Facts.
I previously mentioned that I’m a huge fan of the minutemen, and recently picked up we jam econo (which you are advised to purchase). I have only made it through part of disc 1 but it’s fantastic. They have great live footage and interviews with other musicians (Flea, John Doe, Greg Ginn, etc.) spliced in with a recent in-car interview with Mike Watt as he conducts a driving tour of San Pedro. Very fun.
But imagine my surprise when my favorite writer/cartoonist/artist David Rees showed up with a raving endorsement! I discovered David through my new filing technique is unstoppable a few years back. I don’t know what to make of the fact that I find his writing to be incredibly amusing and even deep and thought provoking. But I thought it was seriously cool to see him on we jam econo – another reason to like you, David!
Caution:Do not follow the link to David Rees’ site if you are offended by seriously foul language, or if you are sensitive about people making fun of (what might be) your political beliefs. If you fall into one of those categories, you will be tremendously upset.
“If you look after truth and goodness, beauty looks after herself.”
Amen – there is much beauty in simplicity and truthfulness. I love Tufte! I must be a geek for finding his books relaxing to read. Thanks to Brenda for a del.icio.us bookmark to that great listen on NPR.