Fear? Disgust? It's all in your genes#

[W]e are evolutionarily predisposed to pig out. Fat didn't kill our ancestors in their challenging environment and today we have no 'mechanism that says you live in a world where food is cheap and easy to come by, there's more fat than you can use, so don't like it anymore.' That's not the way it works.

Did pirates really say "arrrr?""#

While on the subject, let me just say that Pirates 3 was one of the most insufferable movies I've ever been made to sit through (I actually asked my girlfriend if I could leave and then come back to pick her up when it was over; she said "no").

The universe, expanding beyond all understanding#

As this universe expands and there is more space, there is more force pushing the galaxies outward faster and faster. As they approach the speed of light, the galaxies will approach a sort of horizon and simply vanish from view, as if they were falling into a black hole, their light shifted to infinitely long wavelengths and dimmed by their great speed. The most distant galaxies disappear first as the horizon slowly shrinks around us like a noose.

The (Bayesian) advantage of youth#

Young people have an advantage that older people don’t have and can’t fake, and it isn’t about vigor or hunger — it’s a mental advantage. The principal asset a young tech entrepreneur has is that they don’t know a lot of things.

Citrix ICA client and large screens

June 03, 2007

Dear lazyweb, do you know how to get the Citrix ICA client (for Mac OS X) to use the maximum amount of screen real estate available on my 23" Cinema Display? As it currently stands, it won't go much larger than what looks to be SXGA (1280x1024).

Time wasted? Perhaps it's well spent#

A crotchety boss might say that we’re working longer because we’re wasting time, but the opposite may also be true. We are wasting time because we are working harder.

The Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector

May 27, 2007

A few months ago I came across these ‘steampunk' rayguns from Weta Collectibles (an offshoot of the digital effects company behind LOTR, King Kong, etc.) and haven't been able to get them out of my head. So, earlier today I finally pulled the trigger and ordered one, namely the Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector. I think I'm going to keep it on my desk at work — I figure it'll make for a pretty neat conversation piece.

Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector

My girlfriend's reaction: "you are kidding right? please tell me you are kidding… you bought a $700 fake raygun???" I obviously wanted a real raygun, but unfortunately I'm neither a military man nor an alien. Come on Sarah, think.  :)

Damn kids! Get off my web!#

Twitter becomes immensely interesting when it turns out that you’ve amassed a group of contacts who tend to run in similar circles as you, because even their off-handed remarks and random burps have a decent chance of surfacing something interesting or entertaining. When it’s good, this sets up a nice ambient chatter like sitting in a coffee shop filled with just your kind of people.

This is your life (and how you tell it)#

The way people replay and recast memories, day by day, deepens and reshapes their larger life story. And as it evolves, that larger story in turn colors the interpretation of the scenes.


reCAPTCHA “improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher.” Absolutely brilliant.


Drobo is the “first robotic storage device that takes the pain out of keeping your content safe.” I wish the site/company was a little more liberal with the technical details (e.g., what RAID level it’s modeled after, its max throughput, etc.), but honestly, call your machine a “data robot” and I’m pulling out my AMEX card before you even tell me what it does. While $500 is a bit steep for a datastore that ships with no drives and lacks gigabit ethernet, it still looks like a very polished product (be sure to watch the impressive demo) capable of providing priceless peace of mind.