May, 2008

Veggie Burrito from the Taco Truck

May 30, 2008 @ 8:11 pm · Filed under Reality

For dinner I had half of a veggie burrito from the taco truck. It was extremely spicy, and damn good.

Veggie Burrito From Taco Truck

According to my sources, they also have tripe burritos

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Politics is About the Herd

May 30, 2008 @ 7:35 am · Filed under Reality

If you really want to understand this year’s election, read this piece in the London Review of Books by David Runciman. As Runciman points out, the election has essentially broken down by demographics. This is no surprise, because that is how politics always works. The number of people who vote on reason is amazingly small. Moreover, everyone is suspicious of the few people who do so, because they appear to have no group loyalty. I’d get depressed, but there’s no point.

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Apparently, At Least Eight People In The World With No Lives

May 28, 2008 @ 3:10 pm · Filed under Technology

According to Feedburner, there are now eight people subscribed to this blog’s RSS feed.

UPDATE: Dissing your RSS readers, doesn’t pay. Now, I am down to five.

UPDATE: Apparently, it does pay to diss your RSS readers, I’m back up to ten.

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Chipotle Burrito’s Are Not That Good

May 26, 2008 @ 1:02 pm · Filed under Reality

I ate a Chipotle barbacoa burrito for lunch. It wasn’t that good. Way too salty (as were the accompanying chips). Moreover, they are incapable of wrapping a burrito.

Badly Wrapped Burrito

I have had Chipotle burritos several times before, and they all fall apart and leak. Plus, they gave me lettuce after I said no lettuce. If I wasn’t such a burrito addict, I would never eat one again. But, you know I will.

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It’s all about the data, baby! – Datawocky

May 25, 2008 @ 8:18 am · Filed under Technology

If you are as fascinated about the relationships between data as I am, here’s a great blog for you: Datawocky.

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Just Bought By CBS

May 15, 2008 @ 3:31 pm · Filed under Technology

CNET Networks was bought by CBS today. It is all over the web, but here’s a straight story. One of the weird things about acquisitions like this,  is that they give rise to a bunch of stories like this one at Wired. Why do reporters even bother talking to anonymous employees? I can guarantee you that none of the employees interviewed have any idea what CBS’s plans for CNET are.

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If TechMeme Stats Were Money . . .

May 10, 2008 @ 8:58 am · Filed under Technology

If TechMeme stats were money, then CNET Networks would be wildly profitable. Statbot did a study of all-time posts on Techmeme, and once again the CNET Networks’ properties ( and ZDNET) were way ahead of the other contributors. Check the study out at Statbot.

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Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to own Las Vegas

May 3, 2008 @ 11:32 am · Filed under Culture

I Just finished reading Winner Takes All, a highly engrossing account of the last 30 years of the casino business in Las Vegas. Perhaps the best parts of the book are the sections in which the people running Harrah’s (a casino company) try and convince themselves that they are not preying on addicted gamblers. Unfortunately, when you look at the revenue figures, you see that ninety percent of Harrah’s profits come from about ten percent of the gamblers. That’s a pretty good indication that it’s not people looking for a little excitement who are funding all these casinos. This reduces their CEO to arguing that they are still better than tobacco companies. Whatever helps you sleep, I guess.

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Why Microsoft’s Live Mesh Won’t Succeed

May 2, 2008 @ 2:36 pm · Filed under Technology

Just read the mission statement:

“Our mission is to deliver the essential suite of software and services for individuals around the world, designed to help them stay connected (browse, create, manage, and share with the people they choose, on any device) and protected (provide safety and security for their information, their families, and their devices), built on the leading platform for developers, merchants, and advertisers.”

There’s no way anyone can succeed with that broad and vague a mission. Why not just say “We will build something incredibly cool!” It’s just as grandiose. For more on Windows 7 and Live Mesh see Mary Jo.

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