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Saturday, September 11, 2004


Here's a picture of two of couple of firetrucks leaving the scene of my emergency LAX landing...

The Bush Campaign's TV Commercial If He Was Running Against Jesus

Friday, September 10, 2004

ongoing ? Technology Predictor Success Matrix

The New York Times > Health > Sick of Work: Cracking Under the Pressure? It's Just the Opposite, for Some Very cool NY Times article on people that crack under stress, and people that thrive under it.

Amazon.com: Books: How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men My friend sent me this link. What a fun laugh :) Anyways, I think it's very lame, but the is the real deal. Hrm, I'm thinking a BDay present for Andrew?

MC W. Mad props to my dog, GWB - gettin all up in our gri-z-ill wit some ill rhymes, yo.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Wow, so I'm stuck in LAX...

I'm flying back from Pasadena, and all of a sudden, the captain announces that one of our engines has gone DEAD. shit. Anyway, it was no big deal - we landed at LAX and I'm getting a direct flight back to Seattle.

It was quite a production when I landed though. I guess they wew prepared for an ugly crash landing - there were at least 2 fire engines and 3 ambulances greeting us at the landing strip.

Better than having both engines fail...
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Great quote from IDEO book on design...

Make simple things simple and complex things possible.
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Eyetrack III - What You Most Need to Know How people read websites... pretty crazy.

Blogging from Pasadena This place is pretty awesome. Every time I come to SoCal, I'm always impressed by how nice it must be to live here. When I left Seattle, it was gray and raining. You want to know what's down here? Sun, sun, and muthafuckin' palm trees.

We went to a nice restaurant last night after I got into town - it was very interesting seafood place. Much of the main restaurant was OUTSIDE with tents and little tables. Around this major courtyard was a couple big "rooms," some of them connected to other shops, and people ate in each room or in the courtyard. They were also playing B&W films projected onto the building. I guess they can get away with these outdoor restaurants because unlike Seattle, rain is rare here.

They have a cool street running through most of Pasadena - Colorado Ave, I believe, which has a ton of upscale shops, all designed in the stucco/Spanish-villa type architecture. Very nice.

Anyway, off to meetings today and then back in Seattle later tonight.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

From the folks who brought us HotorNot . . . Voteornot. Everybody remember to vote, both Nov 2 and in Washington's fast approaching primary on Sept. 14.

McRevenueScience. How long till they start recognizing license plates and maintain a database of past orders?

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Science of Word Recognition At least a couple people at Microsoft are doing cool stuff.... click the link to see the origin of a image like this:

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today Just What the Doctor Ordered: different takes on PTSD, from quite a while ago

Monday, September 06, 2004

Joel on Software - It's Not Just Usability

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Yahoo! News - Cantor Fitzgerald Sues Saudis for Losses