Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Originally uploaded by Yanov.

I've added a few more photos to my Flickr. I especially like this picture of an angel that guards my back yard.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mel Karmizan: Show me the math!

A question from the audience at today's Sirius stockholder meeting noted that Sirius has not been able to broker a deal with Apple to put Sirius content on the ubiquitous iPod and wondered what deals might be next. Sirius CEO, Mel Karmizan, said "It's about the math!" He said that it's easy to get excited about putting Sirius satellite content on Apple's iPods, other mp3 players, or even cell phones. He told the audience that Sirius is "talking to everybody" about content options. He reminded the audience however, that he is only interested in licensing deals that make money for stockholders. He wants to keep all of the monthly licensing fee, and is not interested in giving up that recurring revenue to partners.

Business Week Online Hit Parade points to Doug Kaye, IT Conversations

Doug Kaye, It Conversations. Photo via Business Week Online.Business Week Online has a special report on podcasting that includes articles on podcast listening for beginners, a guide to terms, an article on podcast industry insider Evan Willams, and a list of podcasts that are recommended for your listening. We were particularly gratified that Doug Kaye whose magnum opus is IT Conversations got the shout out he deserves. As the article on podcasting points out, many podcasts are simply of dubious quality, any podcast with IT Conversations stamped on it, however, is guaranteed to please.

qv: BW Online - A Podcasting Hit Parade

Monday, May 23, 2005

Is email broken?

Cory Doctorow, European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn't think so. In his presentation "All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites" he paints email as a rich, complex system that mirrors the benefits and perils of a healthy biological system. He points out the dangers in recent proposals to "fix" email. He warns that they won't fix anything. In fact, they would shatter email, and destroy something very useful and very suitable to many purposes.

qv: All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Sith Army Knife

Talk about handy! You can open anything with a blade like this, and trimming your fingernails, while now fraught with danger, can be done in just a few swooshes of the energy blade. Remember, this is Sith army issue, so it's available to bad guys only. Those not willing to give in to the dark side should wait for the Pocket Jedi soon to be released by Ronco.

via: Will Bryant

Bush probes Saddam's pants

Those guys at The Sun have gotten a scoop, and a headline that beats the pants off their competition.

qv: The Sun

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Liberty Bridge Photos

From the Bridge
Reedy Falls Park
Greenville SC

Photo by Phil Yanov.

I posted to Flickr some of the pictures I took of and from the Liberty Bridge in downtown Greenville, SC. The place is beautiful. My pictures don't really do the park justice. (But still you should look at them.)

qv: My Greenville photos on Flickr.

Monday, May 16, 2005

What color eyes will my baby have?

A handy little calculator at The Tech museum of innovation lets you answer a few questions about your parents' and siblings' eye colors and compute the probabilities of various colors for the eyes of your own children (real or potential.)

qv: Eye Color Calculator

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Your Advert Here...

Wonder what the world might look like if advertisers had free reign? We might see ads on the pope and we might see ads where we ...

Examples of both appear in the latest Corporate Takeover contest at
Worth1000.com - Photoshop Contests ...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hello to Jack Randall

Ken sent a picture!

8 lb. 10.8 oz.
22 inches.

May 10, 2005.

Congrats to Ken & Laura Randall

A very excited and pleased Ken Randall gave me a call at home this morning to announce that he and Laura had taken delivery of their new baby boy two days earlier than scheduled. I doubt that they bring the project in under budget, but it's just like Ken to bring it in ahead of schedule. Mother and Baby are well. Ken assures me that pictures and video (gasp) will be available soon!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

May the Fourth Be With You

According to some websites, today is International Star Wars Day.

May the 4th be with you!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Happy Birthday to Nicolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli:

  • NOTHING makes a prince so much esteemed as great enterprises and setting a fine example.

  • God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.

  • It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

  • It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.

  • Politics have no relation to morals.

  • Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

  • Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.

Happy Birthday to Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince. We'll celebrate by remembering his work, blogging the event, and patronizing a favored Italian restaurant.

Honey! I Shrunk the Boss!

A close look at The Cubes.Need to simulate the desparation and drudgery of cube life at home? Need a toy that will help explain to the kids just what an exciting work life you have? Perhaps you are looking for complete sets of voodoo dolls suitable for co-workers. Regardless of the need, Archie McPhee has the figures you need. You get bedraggled cube workers and highly detailed cubes to complete your diorama of the hopeless.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Electric Diary Displays Ten Commandments of Blogging

ElectricDiary.com displays Ten Commandments of Blogging
Electric Diary dot com has taken notice of my previously written Ten Commandments of Blogging.

qv: ElectricDiary

Is this recursive posting?

A post about someone's post about my post?

Podcast: The Impact of Innovation

This post contains a of the following interview:
The Impact of Innovation. Dr. Bob Becker, Director of the Strom Thurmond Institute on Government and Public Affairs at Clemson University talks with Dr. David Bodde, a senior fellow at the Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson University and director of the Innovation and Policy Program of Clemson-ICAR, the International Center for Automotive Research.

Dr. Bodde points out that the impacts of Innovation are not always what we expect. He also discusses what real potential there may be for fuel cell research in South Carolina.

this is an audio post - click to play
via: Your Day Website