June, 2008

Jana Officially Gives Up

June 22, 2008 @ 10:48 am · Filed under Technology

The Jana group has officially given up their proxy fight to install a new board at CNET. They’ll thank CBS for the money and go home. See Silicon Alley Insider for the details.

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Trip To Louisville

June 22, 2008 @ 10:42 am · Filed under Reality

I took a break from my vacation in Alabama to drive up and visit our Louisville office. As always, I had an enjoyable visit. The people who work there are great. The bar-b-q at Mark’s Feed Store was awesome as always. Last, but not least, I got to drink a can of Big Red.

A can of Big Red soda

Big Red is hard to describe. It’s a bit like liquid cotton candy, and I’ve only ever seen it in Louisville. I wouldn’t recommend it for regular drinking, but the occasional one is delicious! If you are interested in learning more about Big Red, here’s a link to their web site.

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Fajitas From Compadres in Palo Alto

June 15, 2008 @ 3:13 pm · Filed under Reality

I had fajitas for dinner last night. They were from Compadres in Palo Alto, which is the Mexican restaurant I go to most often. Here’s a shot:

Fajitas from Compadres

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South Park Green Mole Burrito

June 13, 2008 @ 1:36 pm · Filed under Reality

I had a green chicken mole burrito from the burrito place in South Park (Mexico au Parc) today. It was so good that I forgot to take a picture of it, but here’s a picture of the plate:

Remains of Burrito

Here’s a link to The Burrito Eater review of Mexico Au Parc from 2007.

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New Blog Theme

June 13, 2008 @ 1:18 pm · Filed under Technology

Hope everyone (all 7 of you) enjoys the new blog theme. It was designed by Marc, the most talented web designer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Here’s his explanation of the design. Any differences between his design and my actual blog are all my fault, obviously.

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If You Can’t Drive, Don’t Buy A Ferrari!

June 9, 2008 @ 11:39 am · Filed under Reality

Ferrari Split on Lamp Post

If you can’t drive, don’t buy a Ferrari!

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Como Esta Al Pastor Mini Burrito

June 6, 2008 @ 8:00 pm · Filed under Reality

So, tonight I had an al pastor burrito from Como Esta. Como Esta is a burrito place by the Walgreens in mid-town Palo Alto. It’s never struck me as the cleanest burrito place, but the burritos are really good. I usually get the carnitas burrito, but I got there close to closing time and they were all out.

Al Pastor Burrito

The only annoying thing about Como Esta is that you tend to run into spoiled, whiny residents of Palo Alto while you are there. For example, tonight there was a woman who requested that the overhead fans be turned off (because it was cold), that the non-existent A/C be turned off (she was still cold), that she get a salt shaker to put extra salt on her chips, and about a hundred other annoying demands. In general, though, the burritos are worth running the risk.

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Even Jesus Made One Bad Hire

June 3, 2008 @ 8:13 pm · Filed under Reality

This is one of my favorites sayings, because it reminds me that however careful you are at hiring, you are going to make mistakes. Hiring is definitely the hardest thing you have to do as a manager. People try to deal with the difficulty by using grueling interview processes, and requiring unanimity before hiring anyone. In my opinion, too elaborate an interview process is counterproductive, because it tends to just reinforce prejudices. That leaves you with too homogeneous a team in approach and outlook. Take chances on people with different backgrounds, and the diversity of your team will make it stronger. But, you will still screw it up.

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Why Having a Non-Corrupt Government is Vital

June 3, 2008 @ 4:24 pm · Filed under Reality

If you are ever inclined to ignore government corruption, just think about these poor parents in China. Their children were killed in shoddily constructed schools during the recent earthquake, and they have no chance of getting any justice.

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Geeking With Greg

June 2, 2008 @ 6:57 am · Filed under Technology

If you are interested in personalization, then another great blog is Geeking with Greg. This blog is by Greg Linden, who did a lot of the personalization work at Amazon. Later, he founded Findory, a personalized news service. The only complaint I could possibly make about this blog is that he doesn’t post enough.

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