Sunday, November 30, 2008

China factory -> FedEx -> Your House

Great article from Robert Scoble about the changes coming in goods creation and distribution.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Par les soirs bleus d'été

A poem by Arthur Rimbaud. 1870.


Par les soirs bleus d'été, j'irai dans les sentiers,
Picoté par les blés, fouler l'herbe menue :
Rêveur, j'en sentirai la fraîcheur à mes pieds.
Je laisserai le vent baigner ma tête nue.

Je ne parlerai pas, je ne penserai rien :
Mais l'amour infini me montera dans l'âme,
Et j'irai loin, bien loin, comme un bohémien,
Par la Nature, -- heureux comme avec une femme.

Also in "Corto Maltese en Siberie."

For those of you who don't speak french, let me just say that being able to read Arthur Rimbaud is a particular pleasure.

I will not attempt a translation; my effort would undoubtedly fall short.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Learning jQuery

Great resource for learning jquery at learningjquery.com. Thanks Karl!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

On Azure

on Azure, at The Reg.

IBM Fubared in Texas

The register points out that Texas Governor Rick Perry is mighty sore with IBM over some, how shall we say, slight shortcomings over their backup strategy. This would not be a big deal if IBM hadn't lost data collected during an 8 months medicare fraud investigation by the state Attorney General because of failed backups. Turns out they hadn't been doing the backups correctly at 20 Texas state agencies.

Don't they know Texas is the state where they shoot first and ask questions later?

The cynic in me is wondering who is going to run the backup systems for Health Net's* members health records... Oh, that's right: IBM, since they just took over that job...

Where's Chuck Norris and the Texas Rangers when you need them?

* I work at Health Net, although I'll be released as part of their outsourcing of IT to IBM, AT&T and Cognizant.