Saturday, May 22, 2004


Three weeks to graduation! I have never been so conflicted about a major event like this before. Nothing like achieving a life goal and being scared to death at the same time. Oh well, I better get back to studying, otherwise all this fear will be for nothing.

Friday, May 21, 2004


Great article in the NY Times today about simplicity and why technology needs to be designed around it. The first thing that came to mind when I read this was the current trend to pack everything imaginable into a cell phone. Maybe I'm just crazy but if I'm going to take a picture I'm going to take it on a real digital camera that has 3 megapixels and can sync easily with my computer. I am currently in the market for a new phone but can not find any that fit the bill of simplicity while still taking advantage of useful new technology that really does make life easier (Bluetooth, predictive typing, etc..). But I suppose this whole trend won't stop until we can watch tv on our phone while taking pictures of our friends and listening to the latest pop trash on the built-in mp3 player. Because everyone knows that we don't want devices that make current life more enjoyable, we want devices that don't leave us any time for our current life.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

The crisis begins

Well I thought it was going to be close there, but it looks like the oil companies are going to survive. Still, that gas boycott sure showed them!

I would have loved to hear the laughter yesterday at the big oil companies.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Gas Boycotts

The general assumption is that we Americans are pretty silly, even simple minded folk that just want to consume as fast and as much as we can. Well I hate to say that the current reaction over the gas prices, as well as the well publicized "gas boycott", has simply proven this better than anything we could have ever done on purpose. Until people realize that driving an Escalade actually does have an effect at the macro level we will not see wide spread change among american drivers.

So I guess it is ok to drive that Tahoe, just don't forget it when you go preaching to your friends about how this war is really just for oil. And by the way, if you drive a civic twice as much as your neighbor drives his big SUV......well hopefully you see the point.