Archive for March, 2008

smart people

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Derik: I would like a world where the smartest people run the government.

Me: I wouldn’t.  I wouldn’t want a world where we needed smart people to run the government.  I want a government that is so unimportant that I’m not tempted to waste smart people on it.

Axemen on the history channel

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

This past weekend I caught the first two episodes of Axemen on this History Channel.  I really enjoyed it.  I used to work in heavy construction and I am still fascinated by it.  If you enjoy Axemen, check out this site, Van Natta Bros Logging.

The advertising club of New York

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Last night I went to the advertising club of new york meetup at Microsoft’s office, with my girlfriend. The meeting was focussed on advertising on mobile phones. I had been to one of these events before, at google, that event was ok. This event wasn’t, it was horrible.

To start with the audience was full of dead people. Most of the people in the audience were 35+ year olds who worked in traditional media advertising agencies. They were confused by basic internet advertising metrics. I don’t know how to explain it. The room was full of the type of business people that tech guys hate. Full of people who would say “Let’s do a facebook app” and then spend $1m to build it because they chose a slick manager who is incompetent.

One of the presenters, Dean Collins, presented his Amatheon’s mobile analytics software. Early in his presentation he had a slide that said something along the lines of ” Traditional analytics don’t work on mobile phones. You can’t tell which handset visitors are using. You can’t tell where they are coming from. You can’t tell what resolution they are using” he then said “Does anyone disagree?”. I raised my hand and answered “I do. The only browser in the mobile space that matters is the iPhone. And all of the traditional anayltics work on it”. He replied “I don’t care about the iPhone, its only 4% of the market and not what we are aiming for.”

I was embarrassed that I had attacked Dean so viciously. I think it was the way he challenged the audience, saying “does anyone disagree”, it just set me off. It is hard to get attacked when you are presenting to an audience. Given that, I feel that my statement was correct.

Collins went on detailing how his software provides analytics for the mobile space. He went on to describe his software pretty well, it looked impressive. The software also is inexpensive for what it does. The quality of their software aside, I think the working with amatheon would be helpful for a company, because amatheon knows the mobile analytics space.

The nvidia article that actually helped me

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

F1 is coming back

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Well it is 3 short days until practice starts in Australia I can’t wait.  Will be joining this fantasy formula 1 league with some of my friends.

Thinking about F1 my thoughts turned to Formula1db , my Formula 1 results database that I built a while ago.   The data is about to be three seasons out of date.  I’m strongly considering open sourcing it, possibly along with the php for the site too.  I might release the code for the python screen scraper too, if I can find it.

It’s an apple thing you wouldn’t understand

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

my iPhone drops a call, again, the third time in a conversation.

Scott:You need to get another phone, the reception on that is horrible

me: Your just not cool enough to understand the iPhone crackle.