Mon 28 Jul 2003
Biz Stone, Genius
Category : Commentary/bizstone.txt
While going through the server logs, I occasionally come across interesting sites that, somehow, contained a reference to our site.
Here's one - Biz Stone, Genius - "Yes, my name is Biz. If I have to live with it, so do you." So it starts, and he's a lot of fun to read. Highly recommended. If you're wondering why people bother to write weblogs, go read some of his essays, like "The Blogging Revolution - An Early Exploration of Blogging", or "Keeping a Professional Blog - it'll change your life".
Here's another interesting item. Last Saturday, he mentioned his visit to the Peabody Essex Museum where they actually transported an entire Chinese house from somewhere near Shanghai, through the Panama Canal, and reconstructed it in Salem, Massachusetts. This is an astounding idea, when you think of the scale and painstaking reconstruction needed. They mean to exhibit "beautiful and captivating works of art in the world in which they were created". It seems like this is just one of twenty-three other historic houses in the Peabody Essex collection.
One day, after I've created the Ultimate Business Machine that will make money for me even when I'm not working, I want to be a guide at the Asian Civilisations Museum. That is something that I've been really wanting to do.
Turning Night to Day
Category : Commentary/nightandday.txt
I'm reaching a point where I'm aware that sleep is just a nap we take at night. Late in the night, when mails start coming in about Sendmail Enabler, I make a mental note that it is quite likely that the day has just begun for the sender. So I avoid writing a reply. There's an impedance mismatch here (like we used to say when we mixed and matched our stereo systems). I'm out of juice and these guys are just raring to go.
So you go to sleep, knowing that it's daylight where these people (who have somehow intersected with your life) are.
And just last night I was working on a Mac 5000 km away like it was sitting right in front of me. I was thinking, Unix is good.
And I think we must be the first generation in the history of the world to ever work on this scale.