Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Jogging/Stairmaster with weights: bad idea
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Institute For The Future
I'm at the Institute For The Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto today. Whenever I would read about IFTF in newspapers, I'd think of a large, quiet place with thinkers like Paul Saffo contemplating the future and giving newspaper interviews.
But I realized yesterday that the address is 124 University Ave in Palo Alto, and so it can't be a really large place.
It isn't. It's a nice facility, but not very large or very quiet. It's basically a smallish conference center with a few meeting rooms. The folks who run it are probably spending a lot of time recruiting companies to use their facilities.
Futurists have to eat too.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Pottery Barn Rule
"Even the Cabinet is hard to send packing, because disgruntled former Treasury secretaries can be a problem (Don Regan, Paul O'Neill), and dismissing an incompetent Defense secretary invokes another Pottery Barn rule: You fire him, you replace him—and then go through confirmation hearings that replay all the mistakes you made together."
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
- The Mathematical Century: Piergiorgio Odifreddi
- The Undecidable: Martin Davis
- The Dream Machine: M. Mitchell Waldrop
- Fumbling the Future: Douglas Smith and Robert Alexander