Goal = Get iPhone

Huge news, I got my sweet invited into the Cisco corporate iPhone pilot. I’m pretty excited, but am also leery that as soon as I get this iPhone 3GS the iPhone 4G will launch and make my new fancy gadget look like a stone. While the cartoon is funny, here’s my thoughts on it. 3GS is the upgrade to 3G. 3GS has video recording. As for MMS, I feel like the Facebook app solves this. The me...

Panorama of San Francisco After 1908 Quake

This desktop panorama is just amazing. If you have double monitors at your desk try spanning this image across your desktop. It looks amazing. I’ve stared at it’s detail for the past 20 minutes waiting for a work telecon to begin. It was taken from a flying gunship overlooking the waterfront and the Golden Gate (before the GG bridge spanned this gate). The picture was taken just after ...

Example Of Functional Building Design

The horizontal surface of a gym floor is not the most efficient use of space. The underutilized vertical surface the side is a much more space efficient workout facility. Check out the architecture of this dorm at the University of Twente in the Netherlands by Arons and Gelauff Architects. This is definitely the product of designing and constructing spaces that reflect and functional, aesthetic a...

Sacramento Row

Rowing has become a regular outlet for me. I row the wooden rowboats that the Dolphin Club of San Francisco makes available to members. All you have to do is join, take a rowing skills course, and you can row a boat that was built prior to WWII. Sound amazing? It is. Most of the boats were built in the Golden Era, this is the happy period between WWI and WWII. Many are Whitehall class wooden r...

Tuesday and 3pm is the Most Agreeable Meeting Time

I think crowd sourcing is an interesting way to make data driven decisions on daily life. Take scheduling meetings for example. It’s a nightmare to find a time that works for everyone. Meeting scheduling website When Is Good looked at 100,000 responses to 34,000 over 2 years and found that 3pm on Tuesday is the most agreeable time for a meeting. The basic findings of their crowd sourcing st...

Planned Row To Sacremento

This Sat-Sun-Mon I will row 100-miles from San Francisco to Sacramento with Renee and Jon from the Dolphin Club. We will be rowing upstream in a 40-50 year old wooden rowboat. Day 1: San Francisco to Collinsville Day 2: Collinsville to Freeport Day 3: Freeport to Sacramento, drive home Needless to say I am SUPER EXCITED as I prepare myself for this thing. This trip will be the culmination of my ...

My experience with Lasik (surgery #2)

Tangible Goal = improve my sight so I can work into the night without my eyes going blurry. Some of my friends have asked me how Lasik went. It went well. Last Friday I got my got Lasik on my eyes for the second time. Originally I was +3 (farsighted). After my first Lasik I was +1.5. Now with my second surgery I’m intended to be zero, or without prescription. This means I can work later into...

Overheard in REI… “Mount Everest is very easy to climb, only just a little too high.”

The most common mountaineering question I get asked is “How was Everest”. It’s a hard question to answer with a phrase or two. It requires a great deal of hang waving a a certain amount of time to encapsulate a life changing event  where I risked my life, carried the body of a dead man, nearly plunged 3000 vertical feet down the Lhotse Iceface, made friendships that will last a ...