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Mandy Berwick
Friday, May 16, 2003
I'm a sucker for hard luck cases. Here you go, Mandy.
Geek Test
Friday, May 16, 2003
'Nuff said.
Buffy: Nigh Ending
Friday, May 16, 2003
Facing dim potential for an animated series or a spinoff with Faith, Joss Whedon speaks about closure and his 7 year Buffy experience.
Wednesdeja-vu
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Here it is, another Wednesday night, another return from Parts West. It was weird being at the Plough on Monday, seeing friends that I saw last week, yet realizing that I don't have plans to come back before August, so the casual goodbyes really were 'goodbye for another quarter.'

It truly amazes me how easily I slide from one world to another right now. I used to feel that each place that had sentimental meaning to me also had the power to alter me when I went there, so there was 'Los Angeles Kevin' and 'Berkeley Kevin' and so forth. Now that I've been traveling so much, it's just me, and I carry my identity wherever I go.

For the most part, anyhow. I still seem to have layers that get highlighted more in specific environments. I'm identity tiramisu.

On Interviewing
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Talking with so many people, one after the other, I get the illusion that I do a good job of expressing myself, relating enough about me that the pieces can be assembled into a full representative picture. Except of course they can't. While the slices I get out of asking questions of each interviewer can be assembled into a greater whole of the company, the slices that I serve up are digested by each interviewer, not reassembled into a Kevin mosaic.

I just hope (slipping headfirst into the metaphor) that each of the slices I serve up is filling on its own, and that each experience was good or great, and memorable. Brevity is the soul of more than wit, and expressing as much of myself as possible under brief constraints is a skill I have yet to master.

I'm not saying much right now. I'm still too close to everything, and I don't feel like sharing much until this turgid sea gives way to calm sailing. Still, I've a lot on my mind, when the very hope of a bouyant heart is the thing that weighs on it most.

Oh, and please no comments on this one, 'k? Thanks.

Life as a Prosopagnosiac
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Ever wonder what it's like to have prosopagnosia? How would you adapt to not being able to recognize faces as easily as the human mind usually does? Taking a look around the web, wondering about this, I came across a great page written by a long-term prospagnosiac, comparing rocks to faces to help the rest of us understand how it can be difficult to recognize the faces of people you see rarely, or every day.

Interesting to consider that an inability to recognize faces is more easily diagnosed, but agnosias come in all forms and severities, and what might be obvious to you might be obscure to others in ways that have nothing to do with logic, intelligence or insight, and everything to do with the higher-order precognitive recognition systems of the brain.

Could Apple buy TiVo? Musings on the Video iPod
Saturday, May 10, 2003
The recent launch of Apple's Music Store is clear evidence of their continuing focus on media acquisition and management. The iApps (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD) and iPod all focus on integrating media into Apple owners' daily lifestyle. Could Apple do for TV portability what it's done for music portability?

Business 2.0 thinks maybe. I feel the same way.

Apple and TiVo have been working together heavily on streaming media over the last six months, TiVo's Home Media Option is the first 'entertainment appliance' to take advantage of Rendezvous, Apple's implementation of a simplified network discovery and sharing protocol. TiVo 'gets it' as far as Apple technology goes. To use media sharing of music and photos from a Windows box to a TiVo requires a 16 megabyte application specifically for organizing music into playlists and photos into albums that can be shared over the network to the TiVo. The Mac download is a 288k control panel that just creates a bridge from the TiVo to the user's iTunes and iPhoto library, whether iTunes or iPhoto are running or not.

The Apple/TiVo relationship has brought Apple content onto the TiVo, and an Apple acquisition of TiVo could push data the other way as well. A couple weeks ago Apple unveiled new iPods in 10, 15, and 30 gigabytes. 30 gigabytes is enough storage for 20 days of uninterrupted, unrepeated music. Perhaps a bit excessive. On the other hand, 30 gigs is enough to store 120 hours of high-quality video compressed for an iPod-sized screen (320x240) using a realtime compressing codec (it could be smaller in MPEG-4, but it wouldn't be able to compress video on-the-fly). An iPod with an on-board MPEG2 decoder could synch small-screen versions of TiVo shows on to your iPod for watching anywhere. Perhaps full-screen files could also be saved for display on a regular TV via an S-Video port (after all, the line-out sound port is already there).

Would it make sense for TiVo to be bought by Apple? It probably makes more sense than the Apple/Universal Music rumors, since technology is what Apple's all about, not the creation of content or the managing of artists, and TiVo follows that line completely. Personally, I don't know whether the buyout would happen, and what that could mean for TiVo's existing partners, Sony, Phillips, and Toshiba, but the current ties between the companies give me hope for a Video iPod.

It makes a certain sense: Video is the next logical step in the iPod's evolution, and nobody has nailed the scheduling, acquisition, and presentation of video broadcasts like TiVo has. A strategic partnership here could really go a long way.

I wish...
Friday, May 09, 2003
Walking to the bus yesterday, I found that the recent rain had yielded tens of thousands of dandelions across the street. Later in the day I got to take a few pictures.


(See the others)

Let me know if any of these particularly strike you and I can make up some desktop pictures and post them.

So many potential wishes out there, and I really only need one.

We'll give it back when we're done
Thursday, May 08, 2003
Apparently a few copies of the as-yet-unpublished fifth Harry Potter book, were found in a field near the publisher by a passing jogger.

He responsibly notified, not the publisher, but British newspaper The Sun, which asked for and got the texts from the jogger. Sun staffers are now 'making arrangements to return the book to the publisher.'

How much do you want to bet that the time it takes to 'make arrangements' is just barely longer than the time it takes an Editor in Chief to read the 1200 page tome?

It's like some amazing instance of BookCrossing, where there's only one or two copies in existence, getting passed on around the globe. I want to go to the field and see if theer's a copy of The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter lying next to a mangled bicycle.

TiBook AC Adapter Woes
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
For the second time in two weeks, the AC power adapter for my G4 titanium powerbook has burnt out. I've read stories about people having problems with the adapter dropping out, to come back if they unplug and replug, or sleep and wake from sleep, but the first one was just dead. The second one I actually watched die. I've had the adapter for two weeks now, and I saw it futzing out intermittently today, until a half hour ago when I saw and heard a bright spark just in from the joint where the adapter attaches to the grounded power cord that goes to the wall. The acrid 'computers gone bad' smell manifested itself, and the thing's done for.

Argh, and I have several projects to work on and finish tonight, with no power to do so.

  
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