Archive for the 'Random Thoughts in the Shower' Category


March 17th, 2009

Many of us foresaw the death of the publishing industry a decade and a half ago. An inking business executive who I know well had the revelation in the mid nineties after looking over his son’s shoulder for five minutes while he surfed the Internet. So I was shocked to be compelled by following statement [...]

Light Saber Ward at Martha Jeff

July 4th, 2008

I can hardly wield a shish kabob skewer without drawing blood. I was always surprised there weren’t rashes of burn victims and accidental dismemberments in the Star Wars movies.

Where’s the SIP?

June 29th, 2008

A very long time ago , Google commented to supporting SIP with Gtalk. Well with three years running, there is no SIP interoperability with Gtalk and Intenet voice is still a mess. What’s worse, is that few people seem to be caring.
SIP is used extensively, if not almost exclusively, through the telecom world for [...]

How long to wait

December 8th, 2007

I don’t frequently pose questions on the blog, but I have a dilemma. It is a topic that has been debated endlessly, yet I don’t a clear notion of how to proceed.
As I indicated several days ago, I found a serious security hole in the Gizmo Project, a voice-over-Internet business. I reported this trouble over [...]

Gizmo Woes

December 5th, 2007

I am a big proponent of the SIP protocol, and have been weeping silently at its lackluster adoption for general Internet use while Skype attracts millions of users. So I have been following Gizmo pretty closely as they have a Skype kind of model with a SIP based infrastructure.
Well recently I have been playing [...]

The War on “Hateful” Thoughts

November 10th, 2007

The word Orwellian is thrown around so much that I am reluctant to use it. However as I was driving down the road listening to Robert Siegel on NPR interviewing Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing on his program to map Muslim enclaves in the city no other word came to mind. My [...]

Automated Snobbery

November 3rd, 2007

So I was checking out my Youtube profile the other day when I came upon a box that said, “You have no Friends.” Now I know I am not the hippest cat to grace the social networking scene, but there’s no reason for them to get ugly about it. What am I in high school? [...]

The Medicine Man

October 21st, 2007

I like to point out generational differences as I see them. An example is in my post The Mooninite Schism where I describe a divide in how generations perceive the actions of law enforcement. One too exists in the roles and perceptions of the health care establishment.
Older generations still have a patriarchal relationship with their [...]

Captain Credit Crunch

August 20th, 2007

Money lending isn’t really different from other sorts of products. There is a product, the money, and a price, the interest rate. In at least one way, it is most equitable as the customer knows exactly what the merchant’s (lender’s) cost is. It is from this view point that centrally defined interest rates seem nonsensical.
If [...]

The Biotic Man

July 27th, 2007

I have been plotting an article about the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports, but I haven’t written it as I couldn’t figure out a way to not make it overly inflammatory. However, the Stephen Dubner over at the Freakonomics blog beat me out so I decided to unload all of my pith.
I [...]

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