Archive for March, 2006

Trevanian Gone

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Read today, belatedly, that Trevanian died in England this past December.

It’s hard for me to think of a more fundmental novel than Shibumi. It goes back for me nearly as long as I can remember. Mariko… Otake-san…. go and the Basque country…

I can still recall the pre-Internet excitement I had one evening exploring the Academy’s library stacks to find an old 1979 New York Times interview that divulged his true name. Or, years later, of discovering his name in a University of Texas faculty directory late one evening in Champaign.

As Pournelle would say, Rest In Peace.

KDDI and TV Asahi

Friday, March 24th, 2006

KDDI and TV Asahi announced yesterday a joint venture for digital mobile television. Japanese details via Impress here.

MobiTV: 500K Subscribers

Friday, March 24th, 2006

A recent article in Forbes claims MobiTV has 500,000 subscribers since 2003. Another interesting gem: Crown Castle is looking to raise $500m via Allen and Co after investing $30m of their own money in modeo.

S2n: Obscurity

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Pretty awesome view for the 37Signals boys. Obscurity works to the startup’s advantage. How true.

Ray Ozzie: Live Clipboard

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Heard a recent Gillmor Gang podcast this morning driving in to work that really caught my interest: Ray Ozzie premiered at the eTech conference a concept he calls Live Clipboard. He has some screencasts of his demo here.

The basic idea is copying structured data from one webpage to another using the same gestures of copy and paste we’re all used to using computers. Script and XML push the data between browser windows.

But Ray’s thinking is even more interesting to read, placing web services, mashups, and users themselves mashing up data between sites in a conceptual framework that tries to make sense of why RSS, web services, and the Web itself are so interesting.

If you have 5 minutes today, read Ray’s blog.

Update: Here’s a webpage demoing the concept.

World Baseball Classic

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Watching a little of last night’s final (played here in San Diego) between Japan and Cuba has me wishing I watched more of the tournament. Some great baseball. I hope there was enough interest that justifies a tournament again next year — and more teams playing.

Mobile TV

Monday, March 20th, 2006

A couple quick numbers on analysts’ projections of mobile TV interest:

According to Datamonitor, by 2009 69m people worldwide will generated $5.5B. Handsets will ship along these breaks:

90m DVB-H
30m MediaFLO
28m DMB
18m ISDB-T (Japan)

via the International Herald Tribune

First Cappuccino

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

I took a first cut at making a cappuccino with the home Barista machine. I’ve had the machine for a couple years now and have always stuck to espresso or americani; for no particular reason I decided I should learn how to actually make something with more than just coffee and water.

Google led me to two interesting sites on making lattes and cappuccinos. RADIFIED gets you in the mood to do it right and links to CoffeeGeek’s guide for the details.

Not as easy as I thought it would be, but pretty fun figuring it out. My first attempt to get small bubbles in the milk wasn’t too bad. Not too good either. And I didn’t get the mixture of milk and espresso right.

Still, better than one I’ve bought at the store. Pride of ownership, I guess.
first cap

Restarting the blog

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Friday evening Cullen reminded me I ought to post more to the blog. True, true. I told him he needed to start something too, since he’s always got alot to say and it’s always interesting. If I can get this up and running, I’ll gently remind him he’s got to do it.

I’ll create the new blog using Tinderbox, the elegantly powerful writing software by Mark Bernstein at Eastgate Systems.