A new Carousel, more pictures of Thailand!


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Thailand is called the land of smiles. So let’s start with one. This is one of five or six pictures dad took that were iconic. One’s that I’ve seen 1000 times and would see 1000 more.

A smile.

There is a joy here a wonder and excitement that is contagious. It makes me smile every time I see this image. There are a couple of others that he took in Thailand that to this day remind me of the wonder and joy. This is one of those iconic pictures.carousel 005

The umbrellas are significant (both for a house and a person) the more you have the more important you are. Such a gorgeous building. I love the architecture of South East Asia. The buildings were designed not just to be beautiful but also to allow the wind to pass through. It certainly hotter in Bangkok than all get out, but the breeze always makes it through and that cools things off a bit.

My other great wonder was how old is that building. I never knew if the building was a week old or 5000 years. The older buildings were lovingly cared for, the new ones were built to look like the old ones. Amazing.

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There was a time, dad bought them or mom bought them or perhaps were given the shirts as gifts. Dad and I had matching shirts with the dragon on the side. Mine was red and dad’s was blue or vice versa. I loved wearing that shirt, sometimes I would match dad and when I was 12 that was cool (and frankly it would be cool now as well but well…).

I wore that dragon shirt to tatters.

Its been more than 40 years and I still love things from Thailand. I have so many things that were given to me, or to dad that remind me of that glorious nation. Pictures on the wall, Watt papers and a spirit house in my house. The memories I hold of that magical time are beyond words.

I remember Thailand as a moment in my life when I realized what it meant to be different. When I was the different one, instead of how I had grown up (where everyone was the same). It taught me to open my eyes and see people for what they really were.

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What did you guys have for dinner? “Fish sticks”


Pictures from Holland in 2009. I was there working with Heineken. Two week in Holland and I have to say it was an amazing trip. I got to see more of Holland IMG_0118than I had the previous two times I had been. I also got to explore the area I was staying. The only downside was that there were only two restaurants near where I was staying. One inside the Marriott Courtyard and the other in the bowling alley next door. I found out the second night that the bowling alley had great food. So I ate there a couple of nights. I was within a brisk walk of Haarlem as well so I ate there a couple of evenings on the weekends. (it was about 3 miles brisk walk one way). This is from my 2009 trip to Holland.

Holland remains one of my favorite places to visit and Amsterdam remains one of my all time favorite cities. Behind my hotel was a recreation lake where people would swim in the summer. I was still running then so even though it wasn’t swimming weather it was perfect running weather.

I also got to try Ice Cold Heineken. I wish they would bring that variety to the US. It was without a doubt a fantastic beer experience!

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On one trip to Seattle back in 2004 all the Redmond hotels were booked for a Microsoft event so I ended up staying near Lake Union on the North side of Seattle. The commute back to the hotel was terrible crossing the bridge over the lake at night but the hotel had a wonderful view.

Lake Union is where a lot of the seaplanes are based. They are in the harbor below. There is also a location of my favorite steak house in Seattle, and of the four locations I’ve been two this is one of my top two. The lake union Daniel’s Broiler. My all time favorite Seattle restaurant is Wild Ginger and the black chicken wine but that was a long time ago.

The hotel had overbooked so my reservation got upgraded to a suite. It had the most glorious patio that was the size of 8 or 9 normal hotel patios put together. I enjoyed a couple cigars out on that patio with friends.

Traveling was hard – makes me realize how much harder it was on my dad. He didn’t get to call very often and he was usually gone for a month at a time. I was usually gone for 1 to at the most 3 weeks and I could call every day. That makes a difference when you can call every day. You remain connected to the day to day operations of the family.

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The city of Istanbul Turkey from 2006. This was from the top of the hotel I have quite a few others. This was the only trip I made to Istanbul. Great trip working with a great team and customers. I got to try Turkish Coffee on the banks of the river leading to the Bosporus Straights. I got to touch the great wall of Constantinople. It is a city that presents and old and a new face. The history of the city is quite amazing.

My hotel had a restaurant and lounge on the top floor.

The city reminded me of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Where having a car wasn’t always an advantage when it came to getting around the city. In fact having a car could be a deterrent sometimes.

Those, were the days. I learned a valuable life lesson then. Never call your family and talk about the wonderful five course meal you’ve just eaten as many times with young kids they are cleaning up after eating fish sticks.

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Pebble Watch, sharing and Amway


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Touchbase – new tag ling for this Kickstarter..Move into the future of sharing http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fasetto/fasetto-sharing-files-instantly-anywhere-online-or or how about move beyond what you learned in Kindergarten and share all the time everywhere. It’s a great project frankly.

So I updated my pebble to the newest version of the device OS and the connected software. It is incredible to get every single announcement on my wrist. The only downside? I get way to many announcements so my three day watch battery life has shrunk to a single day. Frankly its an interesting problem that I could fix by simply turning off notifications from some applications and I may do that. For now, its just cool to get notified all the time.

I’ve been playing with a couple of packages on the iPad – one for writing on video (like in the Samsung commercial) and the other for creating whiteboards on the fly. Both of them are very useful applications. The whiteboard one allows me to think visually which I have used chalk boards and whiteboards to do for years. I need to get my ugly art in front of me so I can create the words that goes with the art. I don’t know why my brain works that way, but it does.

Now I have a portable whiteboard like I used to have when I was in Amway. Yes. 20 or so years ago Barb and I were in Amway for about three months. Like all Ponzi schemes we didn’t make any money (last in) but we did find out that a couple of Amway products are very solid.

P.s: in the end all we asked Noah’s Properties to provide us was an Apology for the 8 repairs that were never finished the entire life of our lease. The crickets singing their response haven’t reached Germantown yet which tells me they are never going to respond. If you have the opportunity to rent in the Gaithersburg area or Silver Springs and it is a property managed by Noah’s get in writing first that they will fix all repairs. Their interpretation of fixing and the time allotted for that actually is a violation of their own lease. But, if you talk have it in writing first, you don’t really have anything at all. We are down to our last recourse, suing. We’ve thought about it, talked to lawyer who tells us we would most likely win, but in the end why sue over spilled milk (and frankly not a lot of money). I suspect we will walk away, but warning to everyone else to avoid the horrible company.

Time to get rolling!

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Just a song before I go…


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Reflection:

Is friendship less a journey and more a destination? A place where the two of you, friends are comfortable and can be what-ever it is you need to be? A resting place perhaps in the great highway we call life.

Who your friends are becoming the measure of self. But self cannot be the measure you use. It is an expression of culture and society rather than an expression of the individual. Self is the doorway and the trap.

Yesterday was a long day, one of those 16 hour drag to the end days. I stopped at the end of the day to relax and awoke 8 hours later. You know one of those you don’t have time to sneeze days. I have a few of those coming next week and the week beyond and then slowly things will settle into the holiday mode and calm down until January. Of course, the new year always brings many more of the long days.

I guess, this time of year my primary compliant is that I leave the house in the dark, and return home in the dark. There is no daylight to relax in unless I got outside at Lunch. I think this year I am going to try to take a short walk at lunch every day to add more exercise to my routine but also so I can get outside a little during daylight hours.

Next week I am catching up with some dear friends. All of whom I have not seen in person for more than 2 years. You don’t realize how much you miss hanging out with your friends until you can’t. Hence the reflection on friendship. Friends are not an extension of the self concept. I am struggling to move away from that concept. Friends are a connection to the world around you.

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Review update and Kickstarter/Indiegogo projects


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After four months of using the Seagate Wi-FI HD here are some initial thoughts.

  • For connecting large data stores to the iOS or Android device you can’t beat this drive.
  • Setting it up the first time takes awhile – but its pretty solid.
  • The media player in the software isn’t the best – It would be nice if it recognized the device it was connected to and let you use the media player for that device.
  • Support for DRM’ed ITunes content would be nice.

It’s a good device overall.

I am still waiting for either a commercial version of the Google Glass product or the Vuzix M100. The first one to the market gets my money at this point. More from a is it something that could add value going forward perspective than a hey look at me, geek with large glasses perspective.

Interesting Indiegogo project http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tellspec-what-s-in-your-food/x/3230074 the tagline “Ever wonder what is in your food,” I would add a NO REALLY to the end of that.

I love playing Laser Tag – this may be the coolest version for home use I’ve seen. A great Kickstarter project to back http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonatherton/apptag-2-laser-tag-rebooted-ios-and-android-blueto

New world manufacturing – allowing you to build a prototype with a 3d printer and share it with the world (Kickstarter and Indiegogo). The next great idea doesn’t have to sit in a closet waiting for someone to realize it’s a great idea.

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The most boring man in the world


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I started posting some stuff on Facebook and twitter yesterday about the world’s most boring man. It was in response to the beer commercial the world’s most interesting man. For every force there has to be an equal or greater force.

“I don’t often jump from airplanes, but when I do they better be burning.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often sleep in but when I do YOU BETTER NOT WAKE ME UP.” The most boring man in the world.

“Its always his bad, he’s married. He is the most boring man in the world”

The commercials are interesting, they at least have caught my ear. I’ve noticed the pattern and concept enough to borrow it for the most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often drink beer, but when I do I prefer someone else pay.” The most boring man in the world.

A couple of one’s I’ve posted already are above. I am modifying some with this blog like the one about it always being his bad the new one is below.

“Of course its his bad, he’s married.” He’s the most boring man in the world.

"I don’t often stop for the flowers. I probably should have while mowing." The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often go to ballet’s, so when I do don’t wake me up.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t often color my gray hair, so when I do, please don’t notice it.” The most boring man.

“I don’t always come to a full stop, unless there are cops present.” The most boring man in the world.

“I don’t always cut people off while driving, but when I do I give them the finger!” The most boring man in the world.

“I never get lost. So I never ask for directions” The most boring man in the world.

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