December 5, 2009

New Blog -- Please Update Your Links

Howdy all,

I'm consolidating Web sites ;-) I migrated all the content from here to my existing Web site. So I won't be posting anymore here -- it'll all be over there. Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds accordingly.


November 8, 2009

Fun Fun Fun Fest, Day 1

These are some pics from Day 1 ... it rained today (Day 2) so I didn't bring my camera out.

Pink Eyes from Fucked Up

The Sword



Divorce & Baseball

If you and your wife own a baseball team worth $421 million, and you get a divorce .... just exactly how do you split up that asset? As Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the LA Dodgers, are finding out, it depends on how you raised the money to buy the team in the first place:
Even among the cadre of super-wealthy folks, it's just not that easy to drum up $421 million in cash. The McCourts didn't simply hand News Corp. a check drawn on the family's WaMu account. The process behind financing this purchase is especially interesting in the McCourt case, and is particularly relevant for the upcoming battle for the Dodgers.

October 28, 2009

Hiking on the Barton Creek Greenbelt


More here.

Google Goats

Just one more reason to love Google:

At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not "kidding"). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

October 21, 2009

Just About The Coolest Thing I've Ever Seen In My Entire Freaking Life

Okay, maybe not, because we all know I speak in hyperbole a lot. But check this out:
Given information commonly available online about many games — the box score and the play-by-play — the system automatically generates the text of a story about that game that captures the overall dynamic of the game and highlights the key plays and key players. The story includes an appropriate headline and a photo of the most important player in the game.
Yes, that's right. Input: stats & plays from a baseball game. Output: AP-style story.

So awesome.

Photo jacked from Joe Y Jiang.