Month: February 2001

My brother‘s boss was working at home today when the earthquake hit Olympia. He posted some pictures of the stuff in his house that was displaced, including a series of three pictures entitled bedroom devistation 1, 2 and 3.

Fortunately my brother’s house was in much better shape…

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I’ve been reading through some selected quotes on Rogue Moon from the O’Reilly P2P Conference earlier this month. This comment by Dan Bricklin really clicked with me:

“When you’re designing something, think of how its value will grow with use… It is possible to build systems where additional use and new users bring value to all – and P2P is the key in many cases.” -Dan Bricklin, co-creator of Visicalc, writer, and software designer

Thinking about it, I’m realizing that all the ‘killer apps’ of the last couple of centuries are about building systems whose value increases with use.

Think about Napster or the Web or email… or the Telephone or the automobile or the stock market… or printed money… or printing in general…

…or written history – oral history for that matter…

…or language in general…

They’re all killer apps. They all increase in value with increased use…

And they’re all decentralized P2P apps. I think it’s human nature that’s at work here, and not marketing spins, not eyeball counts, not patents, politics or placation – just our inate need for social interaction, which is necessarily confined by the environment in which we live.

(And don’t even get me started on the potential recursions…)

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Maybe I’m working too hard…

I was just taking a break to surf for a few minutes. I took a glance over here, and I mistakenly read "I’d love to tell you more- but I’ve got to get loaded" instead of , "I’d love to tell you more- but I’ve got to get the car loaded." Ahem… :-

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"Viacom, parent of UPN and Paramount, told a group of investment analysts that it would indeed premiere a new Star Trek series in the fall, according to a report by On24 media reporter Rick Ellis…

"Rumors have suggested that the new series, being developed by Star Trek: Voyager executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, will center on the early days of the Federation, in the days before the original series. Berman has denied those rumors."

Mmmmm… Star Trek… (insert Homer Simson drooling sound here)

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According to KGO News, there was an explosion at 10:45 tonight, in a building on Van Ness Avenue at Washington Street. The condominium was under construction, and no one was inside when the top-floor explosion occurred.

The blast is thought to have been caused by a space-heater which had been left on, near a propane tank. Glass was blown across eight lanes of Van Ness Avenue, and destroying a restaurant awning on the opposite side.

Though the explosion blew out the glass on two sides of the building, and caused some structural damage, there were no injuries.

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Lewis Wolpert:

“But what I find incomprehensible, even bizarre, is how it is even possible to consider patenting a gene. It has nothing to do with patenting life as a genetically engineered bacteria for breaking down crude oil has been patented. But a gene is not an invention as laid down in the requirements.”

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…But when I woke up this morning we didn’t.

It was a particularly strange dream, since it came along with all kinds of real-world puppy paraphernalia: puppy food, chew toys, a puppy bed…

He got sick. He slept all day yesterday, which is patently un-puppy.

He was sick enough that we took him to the emergency pet hospital last night, where he was admited for treatment of canine parvo virus.

We got a call in the wee morning hours that he didn’t make it.

We cried.

He lived long enough to fly in an airplane, and ride in a taxi.

He lived long enough to be spat at by a cat. No dog can claim to be a real dog without experiencing cat spit.

He lived long enough to establish a home, with a family he loved, and who loved him. Maybe that’s enough.

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Sally and I went to Dallas last weekend. We were celebrating my Grandmother’s 80th birthday (02/10/2001). We ate dinner together with my dad, stepmother, and sister, at a place called Gerschwin’s. There was a piano player, but he played no Gerschwin – just Steely Dan and Supertramp.

The food was OK, but the company was great.

And we came back with more than we bargained for…

(Well not really more than we bargained for, but it sounded good.)

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