Archive for June, 2009

Band Jocks

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

This year we're participating in an American summer tradition: The Drive Across The Country. Our route this year takes us from San Diego, California to Austin, Texas. Via Minneapolis. Illogical and inefficient--true,  but it gives us the chance to see the kids and granddaughter, family, some friends and a fair bit of the ...

iPhone 3.0 – An Untethered View

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

To all those I know who are Apple-onians (or is it Apple-ites?) - First, let me say that I think the iPhone is a very cool device. I may even end up with one. Soon. But before I drink the Kool-Aid and join the cult, while I still have a teeny, weeny ...

The Bandwidth Gap

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

One of the downsides of the insularity of the American culture and the self-enclosed European culture is its bounding effect on opportunity space thinking. One example that is easy to illustrate is in technology. People in the post-development societies of western Europe and the U.S. live in a bandwidth rich environment. ...

A Milestone. Or Not.

Friday, June 5th, 2009

After 9/11, and especially after visiting ground zero, I had some strong personal reactions. I wrote some magazine columns and also wrote quite a bit about the issues and challenges surrounding the event in non-commercial venues. In addition to doing what I could within my sphere of influence and expertise, I also ...

Mis-Invention

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Legend has it that when Thomas Edison created his phonograph he conceived of it as a method to record and playback messages between individuals. Legend also has it that Alexander Graham Bell envisioned the telephone as a device useful for transmitting musical performances from concert halls to people in other locations. In each ...

The Book Shelf

Monday, June 1st, 2009

One of the traumas of moving to an eReader such as an Amazon Kindle is that you have no more books to display on your bookshelves. Bookshelves can be a trauma in their own right, as my friend Lee Wochner describes here. But the prospect of not having any books ...