Monday, July 31, 2006
13 month old grandson was much in our care.
Daughter (his mom) laid up with Vertigo and with much help from our other daughter (many many thanks in order to her) we got a course in “instant grand-parenting.”
Relearning some old skills, feeding, diapers, keeping watchfull eye on wanderings, and “play.”
At this age, there are a few blunt “universal” words, such as “NO.” that seem to be understood.
For the rest, there is much “making noises.”
Both grandparents and grandson.
Most good, some not as good.
Failures by grandparents to understand cues and “established phrases” caused some concerns on both ends of the “conversation.”
Beyond NO, we had “doggie, gentle, ball, lake, water” and a few other words that might have been recognized. Grandparents learned a few intonations and something like googlie-googlie-googlie as happy phrase for fruit (esp. blueberries).
Non verbal ranged from pouts (no more of THAT food) to broad and engaging smiles and giggles.
Grandpa (me) got to revisit many “mouth sounds” from cheek popping to tones from blowing over the mouth of a bottle, to finger-lip-flapping while vocalizing.
Robby picked up on most, other than the bottle blowing (which seemed to catch his ear).
It was fun to watch him explore some of his new toys, experimenting with combinations of objects to be cycled through an airstream contraption, or just playing with plastic utensils and containers … organizing and dis-organizing collections.
He certainly seems to enjoy the lake, and I expect that, in a few years, he’ll “live” on the dock and/or raft when he visits in later years.
Some of us think he is destined to be a chef, what with his near-constant interest in heading for the kitchen then attempting to explore (constant supervision). With fork in hand much of the time, some thought he may just become a food critic…
It's also fun to watch some of his problem solving skills - dry cereal to take out of container, and put back - learning about gravity etc.
BTW, this is Robby enjoying breakfast in his "Antique" Hi-Chair
Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Many days of file reconstruction ahead
Most company files seem OK
But Household Files seem to be farqued ... corrupted
For some reason, Q doesn't seem to have a backup on my machine
All other files backed up
Last solid files April '04
Thursday, July 20, 2006
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Monday, July 17, 2006
The sands are shifting.
Israel: "The War With Iran"
"July 16, 2006: Iran aside, there hasn't been a really noisy response from the Moslem world about Israel's military operations against Lebanon. Notably subdued is the response from the Arab countries; it's mostly been mumbling about the plight of the Palestinians and such. Could this mean that the principal Arab leaders are not all that unhappy to see Hizbollah get it in the neck? After all, most of the Arabs are Sunni, while Hizbollah and Iran are Shia. The exception that proves the rule is Syria, which has a Shia leadership. But most Arabs fear Iran, not because most Iranians are Shia, but because Iranians are not Arabs. Iran has been the regional superpower for over three thousand years. Iran is building nuclear weapons. Iran is backing Shia Arab factions in Iraq that would support turning Iraq into an Iranian ally. Also scary is the fact that Iran is currently run by a religious dictatorship. Most Arabs have noted how that worked in Iran, Sudan and Afghanistan and want no part of it. Worse, the Iranian religious leadership believes that they would do a better job running the Hejaz (the region of Saudi Arabia containing Mecca and Medina and the most holy places in Islam). For centuries, the Turks kept the Iranians out of the Hejaz."
Blame by Some Arab Leaders for Fighters - New York Times:
By HASSAN M. FATTAH
Published: July 17, 2006
"BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 16 — With the battle between Israel and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah raging, key Arab governments have taken the rare step of blaming Hezbollah, underscoring in part their growing fear of influence by the group’s main sponsor, Iran.
Saudi Arabia, with Jordan, Egypt and several Persian Gulf states, chastised Hezbollah for “unexpected, inappropriate and irresponsible acts” at an emergency Arab League summit meeting in Cairo on Saturday."
In an About-Face, Sunnis Want U.S. to Remain in Iraq - New York Times
"BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 16 — As sectarian violence soars, many Sunni Arab political and religious leaders once staunchly opposed to the American presence here are now saying they need American troops to protect them from the rampages of Shiite militias and Shiite-run government forces."
Note that Al Zarqawi was in all likelyhood "turned in" by Sunni's
Stratfor: "Saudi Arabia: Al-Hariri Travels to Riyadh for Talks
July 16, 2006 19 47 GMT"
"Saudi Arabia is engaged in significant diplomatic moves regarding the escalating crisis in Lebanon. These maneuvers involve discussions with Iran and dealings with other Arab players such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria, but also entail working with Riyadh's allies in Lebanon -- the Sunni community led by the al-Hariri clan, with whom the Saudis have not only political but business and familial ties. Saad al-Hariri, current leader of Lebanon's Sunni community, is headed to Riyadh on July 16 for talks on the building conflict between Israel and the militant Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah.
Hezbollah's actions, which have led to the verge of a major war with Israel, threaten the interests of the al-Hariris. Saudi Arabia, as a principal behind the al-Hariri clan, is concerned about Iran's advances deeper into the region.
Meanwhile, Egypt -- despite its own competition with Saudi Arabia -- is on the same page as the kingdom as far as the threat from Iran and the Lebanese situation is concerned. In this regard, Cairo, which has been engaged in heavy diplomacy, has assumed the task of trying to deal with Syria in a bid to counter Iranian moves to pull Damascus in its direction. The Egyptian approach has been a mix of warnings and inducements. The latter came in the form of Egyptian Ambassador to Damascus Hazem Khairat thanking Syrian authorities for facilitating the exit of Egyptian citizens trying to flee Lebanon."
Sunday, July 16, 2006
"To the art world's chagrin, painters once known for $10 posters are selling original works for up to $300,000. Our reporter on Day-Glo sunsets, cruise-ship auctions and photorealistic unicorns.
By KELLY CROW
July 14, 2006; Page W1
Howard Behrens isn't the sort of artist to have his works sold by a top auction house or exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. But that hasn't stopped him from getting paid like one.
When Mr. Behrens got his start in the early 1980s, his brightly colored Italian cafés and sun-dappled French gardens were big sellers as $20 posters or $1,000 limited-edition prints at shops such as the Village Gallery at Brea Mall in Brea, Calif. But thanks to growing demand at midtier galleries and on cruise ships, Mr. Behrens is increasingly focusing on original oil paintings. A couple of canvases showing a garden path and a lily-pad pond -- his tributes to Monet -- just went for $50,000 each, roughly the same price paid three months ago at Christie's for an intricate ink drawing of a cat's eyes by Lucian Freud. "I hit the jackpot," Mr. Behrens says.
FRAME SHOP TO FINE ART
There's a new group of contemporary artists fetching six figures a pop. Though hardly embraced by the art-world cognoscenti, artists who are known for neon sunsets, frolicking dolphins and photorealistic unicorns are increasingly selling at prices to rival critical art darlings like Rachel Whiteread, Richard Diebenkorn and Franz Kline. Their posters may still adorn the walls of dentists' offices, nursing homes and chain-hotel rooms, but their original canvases can sell for anywhere from $10,000 to $300,000, roughly double from five years ago. Often bypassing art hubs like New York and London, the artists reign over their own product-licensing empires and gallery circuits, making marquee stops in Las Vegas and coastal cities like Coconut Grove, Fla. Most have waiting lists and fan clubs; a few sport taglines like the "Painter of Light," "Picasso of Glass" and "King of the Line."
The piece goes on , but you get the idea.
Led me to think of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
"In this book, Pirsig explores the meaning of the concept "quality" (a term which he capitalizes). In the sequel (Lila: An Inquiry into Morals), Pirsig expands his exploration of Quality into a complete metaphysics which he calls The Metaphysics of Quality. The Metaphysics of Quality is a philosophy, a theory about reality; it asks questions such as what is real, what is good and what is moral."
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Hard to work good image of the moon into shot without long lens.
But then we'd miss the boat
Not too many other boaters out yet.
We've had a lingering high pressure area
Clear skys, flat waters.
But we need some rain...
Friday, July 14, 2006
Also here in BizWeek Crowdsourcing: Consumers as Creators
The quote or comment that comes to mind is "Maximum" Bob Lutz of GM.
Something to the effect that customers have to be shown great cars, cars designed by "car guys"(and girls). Nowdays, with references to prior styling cues and idioms.
This might be pretty close:
Bob Lutz speach at Pratt...
GM FastLane Blog: Lutz Speech on Design:
"You have to come up with the “big idea.” In other words, the big idea has to come from Steven Spielberg, not from the tabulated replies of thousands of moviegoers pouring out of theaters."
Ford gets it (Bob use to be there)
Chrysler seems to have a handle on it, PTCruiser, 300C, Magnum ( later two pre-chopped)
Motorcycles: Ducati's "classic" Paul Smart, and Sport (disclosure, I have a garage full of '70's bikes, most are Ducati's (aka Ducks)
On to housing
Ask any realtor, and many folks want to buy a house furnished.
They are afraid to decorate (or don't have time/inclination)
Bottom line, it will be interesting if any Crowdsourced design ever makes it into BizWeeks issue of best designs much less on display at the MoMA...
Beats the old 404 Error :
Confirmed outage - Wonk will be offline until at least July 17th.
Thursday July 6, 3pm PST
The Wonk load has been crashing our shared server.
We've been given the boot.
We're going to try to push through a speedy migration, but the truth is we may be facing an extended outage.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Does the same sort of thinking apply to politics?
George F. Will: Is America Becoming a One-Party Country? - Newsweek :
An Analysis of Roveology
There are not just two Americas—the Red and Blue states.
There are countless constituencies to be courted with niche marketing.
"...from what Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times call history's "most sophisticated presidential campaign," are recounted in their new book, "One Party Country," which argues that Democrats face "tremendous odds" in their quest to avoid "marginalization." Their book represents a burgeoning literary genre—studies of Roveology, which is the art of using what Republicans embrace, marketing information and what they theoretically are wary of, federal power, to elect more Republicans.
Bush's campaign had a database called Voter Vault for microtargeting ostensibly nonpolitical constituencies. Did you know that bourbon drinkers are disproportionately Republican and gin drinkers disproportionately Democratic? Karl Rove knows."
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Older shot, just haven't had time to do a fresh one.
Still a few "bugs" (always are)
Either the weather is perfect or the charge on the battery is
Not both at the same time ... yet.
Maybe some experiments this summer
Found that my handheld GPS is great for checking speed.
Might try different wheels (props) again.
Then again, may just go for show ...
Still damn good for an "older gal" ... 59 this month.
Restoration sequence here: Chip's Ahoy Restoration - a photoset on Flickr
Monday, July 10, 2006
"Mr. Bush, who wooed Mr. Paulson from his post as chairman of Goldman Sachs, said on Monday that the former executive would have a central role in setting the agenda and implied that the Treasury Department would regain some of the power it lost to White House advisers during Mr. Bush’s first term.
“Hank Paulson will be my leading policy adviser on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues, and he will be my principal spokesman for my administration’s economic policies,” Mr. Bush said before Mr. Paulson was sworn in."Likely will be dealing with issues of budget, trade, China (reportedly has made 70 trips there), and managing slowdown in the economy due to interest rate hikes.
Well know manager of risk.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
On the "deconstruction" of the workplace, with mobile "neo-bedouin" workers (using technology to untether) working from anywhere/anywhen rather than a formal office.
Square Feet. Oh, How Square!
On morphing of "massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs)" into realworld related activities.
Interview with Kevin Werbach
At the Tech-Business Interface
Note that Kevin's "Supernova 2006" was on LindenLab's 2nd Life as well as "meat space"
Put the two together - working in "virtual worlds"
"What we're seeing in these virtual labs are emerging collaborative structures built into the games, new ways to interact and collaborate. Today that's a bunch of twentysomethings trying to kill a dragon. Tomorrow that's going to be a project team at a pharmaceutical company or a social organization of people interacting in different ways."
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit - New York Times: "
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Published: July 9, 2006
"WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief."
"On Friday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that corporate tax receipts for the nine months ending in June hit $250 billion — nearly 26 percent higher than the same time last year — and that overall revenues were $206 billion higher than at this point in 2005.
Congressional analysts say the surprise windfall could shrink the deficit this year to $300 billion, from $318 billion in 2005 and an all-time high of $412 billion in 2004."
"Democrats and many independent budget analysts note that overall revenues have barely climbed back to the levels reached in 2000, and that the government has borrowed trillions of dollars against Social Security surpluses just as the first of the nation's baby boomers are nearing retirement.
"The fact is that revenues are way below what the administration said they would be a few years ago," said Thomas S. Kahn, staff director for Democrats on the House Budget Committee. "The long-term prognosis is still very, very bleak, and the administration doesn't have any kind of long-term plan."
One reason the run-up in taxes looks good is because the past five years looked so bad. Revenues are up, but they have lagged well behind economic growth.
Looney Dunes: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon reviews and comments
From WSJournal, posted in full as it will disappear eventually.
Review of Savoy and Robuchon in Vegas:
The Best Food in America -- Plus Slots
July 8, 2006; Page P1
"We found Restaurant Guy Savoy Las Vegas a reasonable facsimile of Restaurant Guy Savoy Paris. The same designer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, has deployed a modern sensibility with plenty of glass and the same signature chocolate and cherry stripes in his graphics. The current menu at Guy Savoy LV contains several signature dishes from the mother shrine, including oysters in ice gelée and the artichoke and black truffle soup.
There is nothing stale about serving whole raw oysters with a cold, opaque white jelly of puréed oyster. The jelly offers the same taste with a completely different texture and an even more intense oysterity. The artichoke soup tries for the same intensity, but the overwhelmingly aromatic assertiveness of the black truffles, in the soup and the toasted mushroom brioche that comes with it, outshines the still-wonderfully-earthy artichoke purée.
Truffles showed up again, in an ancillary role, in both our main courses, poached and roasted squab and rissoles, or croquettes, of veal sweetbread. The waiter said Mr. Savoy bought 60 pounds of black truffles last season and froze them. We don't doubt that.
Nor did we have any complaints about this elegant meal, even after charging the $662.39 bill plus tip to our room. Perhaps the wine list is excessively canted toward very expensive French bottles, but if you've just hit it big at keno, why not splurge on a four-figure Burgundy? Even a non-gaming American gastronome should be very happy to have this very fine Parisian transplant only a domestic flight away.
But we had to agree with the self-described "highly compensated" health-care consultants at the next table that Joël Robuchon at the Mansion is on a dazzlingly higher level than Guy Savoy LV -- or any other restaurant in the U.S. that we know.
Mr. Robuchon reached apogee at a three-star temple in Paris called Jamin. Even his mashed potatoes were world-renowned. Then he closed Jamin in 1996, shunning the gaudy world as perversely as Greta Garbo. The opening of his less formal Paris Atelier three years ago was an event in itself, something like the return of Ted Williams from the Air Force. So his return to high cuisine here at the age of 60 is a stunning rebirth. This place is heaven.
When I tell you I will never forget the unctuous, velvety lettuce soup served over a spring-onion custard with nutmeg, you will think I have gone gaga. Or what about the sea urchin enrobed in mashed potato with a touch of coffee?
Did I mention that each dish was a visual poem? Deep-red tuna, lightly cooked and smoked alongside a couscous whose grains were actually concocted from cauliflower dotted with specks of nori, the black Japanese seaweed familiar from sushi bars?
There are other Asian influences completely assimilated into their Robuchonized dishes. If you have been paying attention to the food of the molecular gastronomy school, those wild acolytes of the Spaniard Ferrán Adriá, you will see that this newest wrinkle hasn't escaped Mr. Robuchon -- or overwhelmed him. Here and there a foam adds a flavor and a playful caprice. One dessert came garlanded with pink cotton candy.
Not a one of the 16 dishes on this menu was a chaos of show-off ingredients. As the chef-in-residence, the Jamin veteran Claude Le Tohic, put it during his regular swing through the dining room, "Mr. Robuchon told us, 'Never more than three flavors in a dish.' "
You could say that about a hot dog on a bun with mustard, but in the hands of the right chef, you hit the jackpot."
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Following covers it pretty well ..
Although there are memorable bits and pieces, the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a movie with no particular interest in coherence, economy or feeling.
I'd layer on comments about continuity ...
Often from shot to shot within the same scene, makeup would change.
Not to mention from scene to scene.
But will it make $$$
The death was faked
He was murdered by CIA to protect Bush
Commited suicide ...
Hey, maybe he was just clueless and drank his own Kool-Aid.
See prior posts on WofW, 2nd Life etc.
Plugged in: Dinner with the Masters of the Metaverse - May. 26, 2006:
Shocking stats on dying mass media!
Blas�blather about today's Web wonders!
Here's how plugged-in netsters talk today.
By David Kirkpatrick, FORTUNE senior editor
May 26, 2006: 3:33 PM EDT
All comments guaranteed verbatim. (Btw, the Metaverse is the alternate world of online multiplayer games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. In both those games you can buy and sell virtual property -- for more about the Metaverse marketplace, click here.)
C: "Get into Second Life now if you aren't already. In two months my real estate has doubled in value." (When pressed, he admitted the increase was only from $40 to $80. But he was really excited. )
A: "I know a guy whose 12-year-old son told him 'I will build you a house in Second Life if you will buy me the coins I want in World of Warcraft.'"
A: "Exploring the metaverse is the big deal right now. A guy has been researching gaming for me and looking at Warcraft. He didn't sleep for two nights. He says it's as if I asked him to study heroin or crack."
A (to C): "Will you put your conference on Second Life in 3 years?"In the meantime, I'll pay more attention to "real world" things like local issues of development, conservancy, water quality, our food company...
Things with real world constraints.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Online Calling Heralds an Era of Lower Costs - New York Times
Backgrounder on VoIP and the pending free voice service
The old Telco model is broken like Humpty Dumpty and can never be fixed.
Therefore, the Telco's need to establish new protected markets.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
This piece brings back fond memories.
We were with Orhan (his boat) crew and our friends Willi&Lauri, along with Lauri's niece and a couple of business associates from Germany.
We flew to Istanbul, then on to Izmir, then by van to Bodrum, met up with Orhan and set sail along the Agean Coast.
Full NYTimes story here :In Turkey, Sailing Into the Exotic on a Blue Cruise
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
This one belongs here
More on the problems with Cablecos/Telcos and Net Neutrality
Older : Vint Cerf on the issue speaking before Congressional Committee last Nov:
Official Google Blog: Vint Cerf speaks out on net neutrality
And Bob Frankston recapped by "Cringely":
PBS | I, Cringely . June 29, 2006 - If we build it they will come
Both are pretty strong comdemations of the idea of "fast toll lanes"
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Shirley a but under the weather - nasty cold.
Catching my breath
"Trusty" 12in Powerbook in for major work (motherboard), but hopefully have saved most of the files. Downside is that long list of bookmarks gone from Firefox (major bummer) as well as passwords, etc.
This will be a slow rebuild I'm guessing
Envoy in shop for new set of legs (brakes, shocks)
Glen Arbor Arts fundraiser Wed. night.
Then off to Leelanau EDC for my first meeting - might develop into something interesting
Break Fri. for picking up Envoy, checking on laptop, watch Blue Angels practice. Art show opening Fri. Evening
Sat was airshow.
Sun for Cove Picnic.
Layer on housekeeping/cleaning etc.
Some experiments with stikipad (wiki tool)
Not much blogging...
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Not Muddy or BB King
Not Mr. Johnson...
Good show with Da Blue Angels
This is just a sample shot
Digital camera lag doesn't do the show justice
Maybe some manipulated shots later ...
Like this :
Call it "up in the air junior birdmen ... up in the air upside down"
Number's 1 & 4 coming overhead inverted
note: only some cropping and a bit of exposure enhancement since it was overcast day
Visually this was what it looked like with the overhead passes.
Brain processes images as very narrow or focused when things are happening rapidly