Showing posts from June, 2011

I'm blogging this

There is the old saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say
anything at all." That is the general explanation of how I have felt
about blogging. In my case, however, "nice" means "with useful content
that will move the human race forward."

I have been on the Internet for quite a while (since maybe August
1989) and have definitely played a part in many of the major themes
and memes, but never consistently blogged. I have always considered
myself a fairly decent communicator and everyone that knows me can
testify that I am in no way an introvert. So, why not get up on a
virtual soapbox and scream diatribes at the top of my lungs? Because I
didn't want to be *that* guy.

In geek culture, there's tons of *that* guys and gals. It is a bit
strange that in a group that is known for having lots of introverts
that there is a significant sub-population that is willing to stand up
and give you a 50 point dissertation on why your favorite thin…

I'm not starting a company

Overall, I am pretty happy to see the high level of interest in entrepreneurship these days. I actually think that we need more of it and wish that more teenagers were getting into it instead of just being passive consumers -- but that's another rant for another time. Out here in Silicon Valley, practically everyone here has a side job doing something entrepreneurial -- even if it's just writing mobile applications.

As I wander about the Valley meeting people and asking about their startup efforts, they all comment that they're starting (or have started) a "company." Some of the ideas behind these efforts are really compelling while others are -- shall we say -- not so compelling. Perhaps I'm a harsh grader because I lived through the extravagant excess of the dot-bomb era. If you weren't in the game back then, let me take a brief detour to explain...
Back in the mid to late '90s, everyone and their mother was crapping out a company. B-school grads w…

Another assault on education

My wife just told me today that our local library branch would no longer be open on Saturdays. I almost shed a tear.

Not only does my daughter love going their for Story Hour after her class at Little Gym, but because I remember the great many hours I spent at the library on Saturdays when I was a kid.

Back in NYC, my family didn't have a lot of money, so I found the library an excellent source of entertainment. Heck, you couldn't beat the price! I feel a little sad for today's kids that are like I was: low on cash, but high on desire to learn more about the world.

Someday -- soon I hope -- we will learn to make education a priority. Hopefully before we really get our clocks cleaned...