November 01, 2003

Recently Found Stuff

Since I don't use bookmarks anymore, I've gotta put this stuff somewhere.

That's it for now.

Posted by jzawodn at 05:56 PM

October 31, 2003

Catholic School Girls' Revenge

This is too funny:

A man described by authorities as a known sexual predator was chased through the streets of South Philadelphia by an angry crowd of Catholic high school girls, who kicked and punched him after he was tackled by neighbors, police said Friday.

Or, as Brandt said:

...the girls at the school were sick of his act so when he tried again yesterday twenty of them chased him down and with the help of two neighbors kicked the shit out of him.


Posted by jzawodn at 12:02 PM

Internet Math

According to

The enormously successful Google recently indicated that it hoped to go public sometime early next year. People familiar with the talks said the IPO could be worth between $15 billion and $25 billion, making it one of the biggest in history, with a 10% to 15% stake in the company up for sale.

Okay, if 10%-15% of Google is worth between $15-$25 billion, that makes the market cap range anywhere from $100-$250 billion.


According to my figures, Microsoft is worth $283 billion today. And they don't even have $100 billion in the bank, so they'd have to bust out some serious stock to buy Google if they think that's a reasonable valuation.

Does anyone else get the feeling that the mini-bubble is inflating more and more?

It's funny, in a way. Imagine how much Microsoft would be paying for a whole bunch of Linux machines.


Posted by jzawodn at 07:49 AM

October 29, 2003

Made it Back

Well, I'm back in California and mostly unpacked and the cats are very happy to see me. Now I get to figure out how my body will adapt to the home time zone again.

Posted by jzawodn at 10:01 PM

October 28, 2003

Murphy's Revenge!

The first rule of Murphy's Law is that you do not blog about Murphy's Law while out of the country.

Let me repeat that.

The first rule of Murphy's Law is that you do not blog about Murphy's Law while out of the country.

It's sort of like the most important rule of Happy Fun Ball: Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball

I apparently taunted Murphy.

Here's what happened...

Three of us headed out a bit before lunch time to do some electronics shopping. I got a cool little video camera and some Compact Flash memory. Arturo did the same and more.

But part way through our journey, I stepped down off a curb only to find that the curb was twice as high as I thought. Needless to say, the outcome was not pleasant. My right ankle and foot are not royally pissed off.

The kicker is that this is the same injury I've had three times before on the same ankle and foot.


The only good part (aside from the cool new toys) is that my body is way more focused on my injury. So the runny nose (cold/SARS/whatever) is much less of an issue.

Yippie. :-(

Posted by jzawodn at 10:05 PM


I'm tempted to add a "murphy" category to my weblog. Why? Because he strikes so frequently. Take, for example, now. I'm giving two back-to-back talks this afternoon at Y! Taiwan. There's nothing wrong with that except for the fact that I have a runny nose from the SARS cold I caught in either Japan or Korea.


The good news is that we fly home tonight. The bad news is that it means spending 11 hours on a plane with a runny nose. But it'll be good to be back home anyway.

Posted by jzawodn at 06:28 PM

English Classes for Children, Adults, and Business Persons

Looking out a window in the Y! Taiwan office, there's a sign that says exactly that. I have to wonder what they really think about business persons.


Posted by jzawodn at 01:06 AM

October 27, 2003

Made it to Taiwan

I'm sitting in a conference room in the Yahoo! Taiwan office in Taipei. It took a bit of futzing, but we managed to get on the network. The flight from Korea was just over 2 hours and a bit bumpy.

Presentations start soon. I'm giving mine tomorrow, after Rasmus. It's gonna be a busy 1.5 days, but hopefully we'll get a chance to sneak out at night and go RAM shopping. :-)

Anyone need some cheap memory?

Posted by jzawodn at 10:13 PM

October 26, 2003

Fake Farting Dog Sets of Airport Alarms

From Justin:

A novelty dog toy which breaks wind as it bends over has sparked a major security alert at a US airport. Page designer Dave Rogerson said he could not believe what was happening to him when the life-size mechanical terrier set off an explosives detector at Norfolk airport in Virginia.

I don't know what's more amusing:

  • The fact that such a dog exists
  • The image of FBI agents putting cotton swabs in its ass
  • The first sentence of that story: "A novelty dog toy which breaks wind as it bends over has sparked a major security alert at a US airport."

Man, I need a way to run polls on my blog. That'd be cool.

Posted by jzawodn at 08:54 PM

Made it to Korea

Got in last night after a 2 hour flight from Japan. Now (Monday morning) I'm in the first half of our all-day session. My talks are after lunch. Early tomorrow morning we'll head to Taiwan for two days.

Posted by jzawodn at 05:03 PM