3/23/08

Ella helped Dane find his.

Ash found it!

Bunny Man

THE FLOWER FIELDS

THE FLOWER FIELDS

9 a.m.–6 p.m. For more than 60 years, the nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are starting to bloom now and will last through May. The annual beautiful burst of color is one of nature's official ways of announcing the arrival of spring in Southern California. Admission $5–$9, children under 2 are free. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352,

3/21/08

What to know before you call IT

1. If you ask me technical questions please don’t argue with me because you don’t like my answer. If you think you know more about the topic, why ask? And if I’m arguing with you…it’s because I am positive that I am correct, otherwise I’d just say “I don’t know” or give you some tips on where to look it up, I don’t have the time to just argue for the sake of it.

2. Starting a conversation by insulting yourself (i.e. “I’m such an idiot”) will not make me laugh, or feel sorry for you; all it will do is remind me that yes, you are an idiot and that I am going to hate having to talk to you. Trust me; you don’t want to start a call that way.

3. I am ok with you making mistakes, fixing them is my job. I am not ok with you lying to me about a mistake you made. It makes it much harder to resolve and thus makes my job more difficult. Be honest and we can get the problem resolved and continue on with our business.

4. There is no magic “Fix it” button. Everything takes some amount of work to fix, and not everything is worth fixing or even possible to fix. If I say that you just need to re-do a document that you accidentally deleted 2 months ago, please don’t get mad at me. I’m not ignoring your problem, and it’s not that I don’t like you, I just cant always fix everything.

5. Not everything you ask me to do is “urgent”. In fact, by marking things as “urgent” every time, you almost ensure that I treat none of it as a priority.

6. You are not the only one who needs help, and you usually don’t have the most urgent issue. Give me some time to get to your problem, it will get fixed.

7. Emailing me several times about the same issue in the same day is not only unnecessary, it’s highly annoying. Emails will stay until I delete them, I won’t delete them until I’m done with them. I will typically respond as soon as I have a useful update. If it is an urgent issue, let me know (see number 5).

8. Yes, I prefer email over telephone calls. It has nothing to do with being friendly, it’s about efficiency. It is much faster and easier for me to list out a set of questions that I need you to answer than it is for me to call and ask you them one by one. You can find the answers at your leisure and while I’m waiting I can work on other problems.

9. Yes, I seem blunt and rude. It’s not that I mean to, I just don’t have the time to sugar coat things for you. I assume we are both adults and can handle the reality of a problem. If you did something wrong, I will tell you. I don’t care that it was a mistake, because it really makes no difference to me. Don’t take it personal, I just don’t want it to happen again.

10. And finally, yes, I can read your email, I can see what web pages you look at while you are at work, yes, I can access every file on your work computer, and I can tell if you are chatting with people on an instant messenger or chat room (and can also read what you are typing). But no, I don’t do it. It’s unethical, I’m busy, and in all reality you aren’t all that interesting. So unless I am instructed to specifically monitor or investigate your actions, I don’t. There really are much more interesting things on the internet than you.

Pier Bowl Secret Garden

3/20/08

Metro San Clemente

Cheer!

Profiles of The Future

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke, 1961 (Clarke's third law)

In 1983, Seth Godin was lucky enough to lead the team that turned one of Arthur C. Clarke's novels into a computer game, the first time science fiction authors had worked in that medium. Arthur C. Clarke's computer game ended up grossing more than most of his books ever did.

Arthur C. Clarke really was a genius.

The most important thing you can take away: Naming things is important. Arthur C. Clarke made magic things real by describing them and talking about them in ways that felt real. Once something feels real, making it real is a lot easier -Seth Godin

3/14/08

Mission Accomplished

Traveling to the stars has never been easier!



Google Sky

To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

We are particularly excited about the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. As you explore these new layers, play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths

If you are interested in what's happening on the sky tonight or over the next few months then check out the podcasts from Earth and Sky or search for the position of your favorite planet.

3/13/08

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Darin R. McClure

Twitter Family Style

Nivin Sewpershad has written a detailed account of how he managed to get his whole family on Twitter.

By having us all connected, a member of the family could ask a question or say what they were doing. If one of us was not at our computer we would receive it on our cell phone, and could reply from there or jump on a computer. After many “Hello you twit” messages from my father, everyone seemed to understand the basic workings.


It took a bit of work convincing everyone initially but once they were all on Twitter they loved it. Good work Nivin!