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For father’s day this year I got a whiteboard. I am not sure why but ever since I was little and used to go to my dad’s office (he had a chalkboard in his office) I have been in love with the original reusable media. I connected that whiteboard to my computer with the ebeam software. It is amazing to have a whiteboard connected with the rest of the world. My next project is to use the idea paint (paint that acts like a whiteboard) to create a screen so I can interact with projected images. Why? Because I can, but also in terms of training and other capabilities it really adds value.

Why write this today? Yahoo’s new CEO just ended telecommuting for many workers saying the face to face meetings were more critical in the long run. I think in the end that is very short sighted. Now in the best sense of fairness when you are on a sinking ship you don’t stop to think about where the ship was going, you think about how many people can I get on board bailing. So I guess I do in fact partially see why the CEO would pull back the reins. On the other hand in the new digital economy the creation of large campus based application development teams would seem to be counter-intuitive.

If you goal is to create something that simulates how users will interact with it, aren’t you better off having a mobile team building the solution? The images we have of developers (working all night while drinking ‘dew) are as iconic as they are real. If the goal is to develop as the user would use the application then it seems to me apps should be built at Starbucks and the park not at a corporate campus. How can you solve remote users problems without being a remote user?

It seems to me that in the end ending telecommuting limits your future developers.

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Thoughts and reflections…


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For those of you who read my other blog – please note I’ve posted the conceptual boundary essay on my DocAndersen blog. I also managed to get the thoughts of Sandler Boggs done over the weekend, that book is now available in the Kindle Store.

Years ago I used to go to a place in Bloomington Indiana called the Daily Grind. They used to have open microphone night on Friday’s. A bunch of us would go and read our poem’s out loud to the audience. There was also a series that we did in the summers as part of the writing institute but that was a more academic setting. At the Daily Grind we could examine our inner poetic voice and not be concerned about reviews and what was said.

One of my friends read a poem once called “The Reflections of Genghis Khan” and while the words of that poem have slipped away into that God night, the title hasn’t. I’ve been thinking about that a bit as I finished the Sandler Boggs book. I realized that there are a number of interesting historical figures that it would be intriguing to hear their thoughts.  We have the thoughts of so many great thinkers and those who created great paintings with words. But what of histories characters that didn’t speak.

I thought about that for a bit and decided I would create my own personal view of what that voice might have been. Here is my first.

Reflections of a Roman Solider

“For the glory of Rome. Even though I have never been. It is so far away. Our captain has been. He wears the cloak of a Roman. All of us are jealous of him for he is a citizen and we are but soldiers. We went to war when I was 12. I carried my sword and my sergeants the first year. We were bound for a land they called Scotland. It was cold all the time, I was freezing. I remember being scared the first time we waded into battle. Arrows flying around me, my sword felt like a thousand pounds the boy in front of me, my enemy looked more scared than me but I killed him. My sergeant patted me on the back and said I was a good Roman solider. That was enough for me.”

 

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Shameless Review–Kindle Fire HD!


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I’ve been using the new Kindle HD for a bit now, other than accidentally turning on audio books on occasion overall my impression is very good. Amazon now includes ads with the device but you can pay to have them taken off. I love being able to easily sit down in my chair and relax with any type of media I want.

Overall compared to the iPad its no contest. The Kindle as a media device however is exceptional. I suspect they have to advertise it against the iPad but that seems to me to be a losing battle.

What I really like:

  • Great integration with what I have already on the Kindle – all my books!
  • Great integration with Audible. Now I really have all my books in one place.
  • Integration with Amazon prime instant video rocks!
  • Great integration with the Amazon cloud drives – adds music to what I can choose to interact with.

What I would like to see changed:

  • The interface is a bit sensitive (see my launching audio books accidentally crack above)

With mini-hdmi out it does have some interesting options and of course rather than a unique Apple connector Amazon did adopt a standard USB charging and connection port. I love being able to carry one cable. Overall the screen is impressive and easily used. It weighs about the same as the kindle so there isn’t a huge Delta there. With 64 gig of memory I have room for all books and audible files locally – I keep my music collection in the Amazon cloud so I don’t have to do additional storage. The Amazon cloud is much easier to use cross platform (Macintosh/PC/Ipad/Kindle) so I’ve been using it as my primary cross sharing platform.

I love the device overall. I am moving away from the Swiss Army good enough approach and looking more for best in class solutions now. Overall if you are a kindle user and are considering the upgrade – this is the one. If you aren’t into ebooks yet, just imagine carrying your entire library with you wherever you go – its very nice!

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The soundtrack that is our lives…


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There is a Simon and Garfunkel line that has haunted me since the first time I heard it more than 30 years ago. For a poet and a one man band. It doesn’t matter which of their songs it comes from only that the line has rattled around inside my head for years. It is the one line I can’t ever really get rid of. I find myself singing the song at times to myself then I catch myself. Recently I realized that song pops into my head on mornings and days when I don’t feel 100% physically. There are other songs that create or return other affects in my life as well.

Sweet baby James by James Taylor reminds me of a house somewhere in Thailand. Mom and Dad had gone off somewhere leaving me with my friend David. He and I had built a yarn jungle and were playing GI Joe. Actually we were playing Actionman. GI Joe was a US only version of the same toy (Actionman in the rest of the world).

Heart of Gold and Old Man by Neil Young remind of many happy things (reading Lord of the Rings in my room in Thailand in 1972 and many sad things. I thought I had found my heart of gold once, but that ended badly I suspect in the end for both of us. I moved on as I am sure she did.

Neil Young’s a man needs a maid reminds of the house on Madison as Barb and I started our family. I would play the Harvest LP and both Barb and Becca would make fun of a man needing a maid. It is a wonderful memory of that which was.

Songs weave a tapestry that displays the wonderful and sad events of our lives. Each one makes us laugh or cry and shows us a brief history of what was.

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wow the weekend is gone


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What once was.

Water and boats are very important to me. I spent a lot of summers around a lake in Wisconsin (Lake Ripley about 23 miles South of Madison). During those years I was around, in and on the water a lot of time. I loved being in the lake. I loved fishing and seeing the world from the water. For many years we had a boat near Lake Lemon Indiana. Before that we had a boat on the Ohio river. Boats and boating are important to me for a number of reasons.

I also love golf for many of the similar reasons but my back doesn’t like golf anymore. Playing leaves me hunched over for at least a day so I’ve not been playing as much.

Anyway we looked at houses today. Lots of great opportunities, the only problem would be the timing of the situation. Timing of course is always the problem. If we build we get everything we want but we have to wait. If we buy we get most of what we want not all, but we do get the house loosely in our timeline.

Oh to live in interesting times…

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Random sports stuff


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Going to my first NHL game today. I’ve been to WHL and other development league games when I lived in Indiana but this is my first full NHL game. Not a huge hockey fan but will root for the Caps. When all else fails dad always said root for the team that is geographically closest. Grandpa just said root for the Bears. He changed later in life because Grandma started rooting for the Packers so it became root for the Bears if they aren’t playing root for the Packers.

Dad told me to root for IU he didn’t watch and doesn’t watch many professional games.

Now, since its my blog I am going to weigh in on the debate running around right now. LeBron James versus Michael Jordan. Let me say without any equivocation that I am a Bulls and MJ fan. In fairness I am an LJ fan as well. They are very different players. Overall I would say LJ is a better defender and can effectively defend all five positions on the floor. MJ was a great defender but he wasn’t big enough to defend post players. Offensively he remains the greatest player I have ever seen.

So in my book it’s a draw. They really shouldn’t be compared with each other. You could compare Kobe with MJ, and in that one across the board Kobe loses. He isn’t the competitor and frankly doesn’t make the players around him better.  Scottie Pippen was a great player who was all world around MJ. Kobe doesn’t do that for the players around him.

The reason I bring this up is I was thinking of my all lifetime IU great team.  So here is my initial cut at the five greatest IU players by position and their backups.

Guards

  • Quinn Buckner and Isiah Thomas
  • (AJ Guyton, Steve Alford and Randy Whitman as backups)

Forwards

  • Scott May and Calbert Chaney
  • (Alan Henderson, Victor O! and Christian Watford)

Centers

  • Kent Benson
  • (Ray Tolbert, Cody Zeller as backups)

These are only players I’ve watched who have stayed two or more years. One and dones are awesome but you don’t’ have the body of work to really rate them as highly.

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Living in a 3d world…


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Houses in the DC area are expensive.

And traffic still sucks – so you can’t go to far away from DC.

Oh well.

Taxes (and I still hate them) are nearly done. Each year seems to take a little longer than the year before. Each year I have more deductions and end up paying more and more taxes.

Enough complaining.

I’ve been playing with the new Sony headset. It’s a 3d HDMI headset you can use with a PC, TV or other video/audio source. Its been an interesting experiment. In the end you get a 100 inch television in front of you.

I am waiting for this summer when the new Vuzix will do the same for your iPhone or android phone. That would in the end be the ultimate productivity tool.

I am also waiting for the Leap sensor to release. That is the product that connects to your PC/Macintosh and allows you to interact with the PC like you can the Xbox with connect. I’ve been very disappointed in the improvements Nintendo made – the WiU is a very cool looking device but in the end is just as limited as the Wii. Microsoft hit a home run with Kinect and the other two are still playing catch up.

The 3d world is so close you could almost touch it.

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