The Water Cooler

Science, Technology, Business, and Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2004

I'm blogging from the middle of San Francisco... Just spent the whole day in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford. It was a great experience. Heard a ton of speeches from great speakers, hosted by the co-founder of IDEO David Kelley.

Also, the after lunch activity was certainly not normal for a "typical" conference - they had us divide into teams and PLAY!!! We all took some normal, everyday objects like a Twister board, Post-It Notes, and made games out of them. Some people built games based on tag, others built more strategic variations... All in all, everyone had fun.

The last speech, by the CEO of Cranium Richard Tait was particularly good. I heard him speak before at the UW, and came away similarly impressed. It was a true, grand story of a startup's ups and downs, making mistakes and learning from them, and finally kicking ass at the end. Cranium is now the 3rd largest games company in the world, behind Mattel and Hasbro, with a mere 80 or so people.

Becca and I are here for the next couple of days, coming home on Monday. More to come tomorrow!


Becca monkeying around at 3000 Sand Hill Road, otherwise known as the home of more than a dozen or two venture capital firms.


Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins with his daughter in the background, and David Kelley, co-founder of IDEO


One team took the Twister elements and decided to build it vertically instead of other peoples' boring 2-D versions. I call this one LiabilityTwister or TwisterDeath. I'm not sure which one is more catchy.


One team and their game, which was a combination of Pepsi cans and a Twister board...


Attended a GREAT lecture from a bunch of folks on the "Power of Play." The most creative part was having everyone break into groups at lunch and make a game for folks to play. A couple pictures on that as well.


Here's Becca posing at the entrance to the Sheraton Palo Alto, about 2 blocks away from Stanford. The hotel was excellent... there was an open atrium with a pool, asian decorations throughout, and Arby's was only a 2 minute drive away. I'm sure you can guess what we had for dinner.


Waiting for hours and hours at the airport... finally leaving Friday night.


Here's Becca at the airport, feeding her SBUX addiction...

Mexican volcano way cooler than Mt. St. Helens. Kerry blames Bush for outsourcing America's thunder.

Friday, October 08, 2004


JC girls' silly prank backfires on them - MARCH 16, 2003


Yahoo! News - Entertainment Photos - AP Hey Tim, your girlfriend is on Yahoo!

Misreporting the Duelfer report - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - October 08, 2004

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

mobile clubbing Welcome to Pillow Fight Club. Rule number one is...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France I haven't read it, but it looks interesting. The French did give us the statue of liberty though....

Sunday, October 03, 2004


OMG WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE. Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - Reuters