Monday, October 31, 2011

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs -

One of the best eulogies I've ever read. Read the whole thing.

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs -
"Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day.

That’s incredibly simple, but true.

He was the opposite of absent-minded.
He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be."

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Brunch - October 30, 2011

It's another spectacular weekend in San Francisco but my NFL survivor teams are playing this morning, so I'm watching some football. Hope you enjoy the links.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Chill Music - October 28, 2011

may you one day carry me home (Ryan Adams in Denver) | Fuel/Friends Music Blog:

Going with a little Ryan Adams for Friday Chill Music this week. Terrific live concert. My favorites are always Desire, Firecracker, English Girls Approximately, and Come Pick Me Up.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Link: Aaron Rodgers – Photobomber

Everyone has a love that got away. Aaron Rodgers is in the discussion. What could have been Niners...

One Foot Tsunami

If his stellar play on the field wasn't enough to make you love him, nor his excellent American Mustache Institute interview, how about Aaron Rodgers photobombing?

This post shows years worth of stellar photobombing work by Rodgers, though the ridiculous picture below actually comes from a site dedicated to the practice.

Aaron Rodgers: Better QB or Photobomber?

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eddie Vedder - Bridge School Benefit 2011 - YouTube

Eddie Vedder - Bridge School Benefit 2011 - YouTube:
I'll be traveling the next few days so wanted to leave you a terrific set from Eddie Vedder at Bridge School. Thanks to Kyle Bunch for sending over.

Monday, October 24, 2011

reblog: Today in Not Being Bullish Enough

I agree with Kedrosky below. I see so many cool Cleantech companies that I'm pretty confident the U.S. will overcome the high cost (& pollution) of fossil fuels. It's the classic economic situation where the price of a commodity got so high it created a big enough market for entrepreneurs to get funded and change the world (for the better). This won't solve all of our problems, and I'm not sure how close the labor gap with China will really be, but I think the U.S. has a bright future in front of it.

Today in Not Being Bullish Enough:
I have a regular conversation with a hedge fund friend wherein I try to convince him (and me) that, bears that we usually are, we aren’t nearly bullish enough. While Evans-Pritchard is often off the mark, these are more or less my arguments for the bullish side.

World power swings back to America.

The American phoenix is slowly rising again. Within five years or so, the US will be well on its way to self-sufficiency in fuel and energy. Manufacturing will have closed the labour gap with China in a clutch of key industries. The current account might even be in surplus.

via World power swings back to America – Telegraph.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Brunch - October 23, 2011

Hope you enjoy the links:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vanessa at Her Sister's Wedding

Reblog: Cities don't die (but corporations do)

Great perspective

Seth's Blog

In modern times, it's almost unheard of for a city to run out of steam, to disappear or to become obsolete. It happens to companies all the time. They go out of business, fail, merge, get bought and disappear.

What's the difference?

It's about control and the fringes.

Corporations have CEOs, investors and a disdain for failure. Because they fear failure, they legislate behavior that they believe will avoid it.

Cities, on the other hand, don't regulate what their citizens do all day (they might prohibit certain activities, but generally, market economies permit their citizens to fail all they like).

This failure at the fringes, this deviant behavior, almost always leads to failure. Except when it doesn't.

Ecosystems outlast organisms.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

PC Market Sales Data

This is really interesting to me. A few months ago I heard a stat that microsoft's market share of Internet enabled devices was down to 55% (approximation), down from 90% five years ago. iPads and Smartphones are taking a serious dent out of Microsoft market share. I see it all the time on our patent networks. I get so many notes from members that they only use their phones to access the sites. 

Microsoft's financial performance is incredible, but this declining market share in Internet enabled devices scares me. 

Paul Kedrosky

I'm biased horribly given my Microsoft position, but I can't help bfeel reinforced by Gartner's continuing revisions downward to PC sales.

Pcgrowth 460

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ben's Friends Started As A...

One of our Moderators on Ben's Friends, the wonderful Jackie, sent me a really nice note. It made me feel good. She said:
"The group grows so fast, it started as a magic Scott/Ben bean!!"

All Over Coffee - SFGate

All Over Coffee - SFGate:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Chill Music - October 14, 2011

Today is one of those days where you stop and think, "San Francisco is the most beautiful place in the world." I've been gone for a week and I returned to 80 degree whether. Everywhere you look, all you see are smiles.

Wilco - The Art of Almost (my favorite Wilco song in ages. it's the first time I've heard it live.)

Wilco - One Sunday Morning ( I change my mind, this song is better than Art of Almost, but it's completely different. incredible.)

Mark Kozelek - Carry Me Ohio (Sun Kil Moon is one of my favorites)

Metric - Collect Call

Feist - Comfort Me (stripped down and terrific)

 P.S. the Wilco links above might break so click to the whole Wilco show on Captain's Dead and they are the 1st and 7th songs listed. very easy)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stevie Nicks at the Fillmore

Stevie Nicks is amazing. She's an older lady now so she can't run around the stage, but when she sings, you know it's Stevie Nicks and it stirs something inside you. She's the epitome of star power and it was a pleasure to watch her at the Fillmore on Saturday night.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Skin cell gun

This looks incredible.

Skin cell gun:
Scientists have developed a spray gun that sprays the burn victim's own skin cells onto the affected area heals them within a matter of days, not weeks or months.

The guy doesn't even look like he got burned. (via @delfuego)
Tags: medicine video

Monday, October 10, 2011

Article: Peter Richmond remembers Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis - Grantland

Peter Richmond remembers Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis - Grantland

Before I could even ask him a question, he started to read from a copy of that Madden induction speech, because he wanted me to know from the start that it was Madden, the man whose winning percentage beat Lombardi's, who should get all the credit. But within a second or two, he realized this was a stupid thing to do, and he slid the speech over to me, so I could read it myself later.

Then he said, "What I was trying to say in the speech is that time never stops for the great ones. That's what I was trying to say."

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Brunch - October 9, 2011

Hope you enjoy the weekly links with a twist. I got some constructive feedback last week that people wanted a little commentary along with the link. I'll do my best to keep it quick and cool.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Chill Music - October 7, 2011

I'm linking to Bryan Kenna's excellent new October Mix on Spotify. If you don't have Spotify, it takes about 1 minute to get signed up, and it's probably the future of music, so you're doing yourself a favor anyways.

Here is Kenna's commentary on the bands. I'm really enjoying Cymbals Eat Guitar, cool stuff.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

All the Alex Bain you can handle! — This is the email I sent Jobs back in May

All the Alex Bain you can handle! — This is the email I sent Jobs back in May:

"I took your advice*. You said I should come back to Apple after Harvard Business School, and that’s just what I did. But now I’m leaving again.

I rejoined Apple in ‘09 to manage the analytics group for iTunes.

I’ve worked on fun projects like:[redacted]**

I’m starting at Facebook in two weeks, where I’m managing mobile analytics. It’s a great opportunity, but I’ll miss the Apple people/culture tremendously. I’ll also miss the confidence and pride that you are uniquely able to inspire in all of us here.

Thank you so much for everything you’ve taught me and every opportunity you’ve created for me.

With gratitude,
Alex Bain

One more thing: I took your advice on something else, too… I registered to be an organ donor."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

In general, 68 percent of people think the asker-outer should pay for the date. But among people who prefer bagels to croissants, 80 percent think the asker-outer should pay.

Based on a survey of 430 people who prefer bagels over croissants and 875 people in general.
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Wine Magazine « FUSSYlittleBLOG

My buddy Scott Fausel's company, the 20 Wines, was featured in a wine blog below. They have a great new product they call the Chiller, which is a converted ammunition box that you can put the wine bladder into, and then refrigerate.

Wine Magazine « FUSSYlittleBLOG:

"I’m the proud new owner of a reclaimed Army ammunition box. And, it’s full of wine.

For those who have never seen one, an ammunition box is a pretty sturdy piece of hardware. My guess is that it’s designed to contain an explosion should some faulty bullets inside decide to go boom. Or maybe it’s intended to be tough in order to keep bad things out. But this solid metal box with its heavy-duty clasp and convenient carrying handle makes for the best wine box I’ve ever seen.

Yep. Wine box. As in wine-in-a-box wine box.

Some mad genius over at an outfit called The 20 Wines cut a round hole in the end to hold a spout and spray-painted the side with a stencil that reads, “Make Wine – Not War.” Then they rechristened it as a “Chiller Cask.”

Monday, October 3, 2011

Gladwell's What the Dog Saw

I've been traveling and reading a lot of books lately. My most recent read is Gladwell's "What the Dog Saw" series. I'm through book #2 of the three part series. There are so many good parts it's easy to recommend.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pictures from Belloni's Wedding

I was away this weekend at Belloni's wedding so no Sunday links. But I'm posting my favorite photos that I took. Hope you like them.