Staying up late to celebrate World Series game 7 night

Armed with a Philly cheese steak sandwich from Taste of Philly and a beverage, I sat down to watch game seven of the World Series featuring the Texas Rangers versus the St. Louis Cardinals. During the game, I found myself reading the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and running the washing machine. I stopped actively collecting baseball cards over a decade ago. My sports trading card collection gradually transitioned from baseball to football. Recently, I have started to bid on a fair number of Beckett Grading Services (BGS) rated autographed football cards. The market on BGS autographed cards has fallen on hard times. While the current economic situation has decimated prices for sellers, anybody who is considering buying up a few player autographed cards can do so relatively cheaply on eBay.

I’m reading the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Thanks to TWIG, I was listening to Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani, and Jeff Jarvis talk about the nature of dead documents (traditional publications) versus building a dynamic (maybe unified/standardized) digital content presentation medium. At the same time, the hosts were talking about Walter Isaacson’s new book about Steve Jobs. The time honored publication of books in paper form is not dead. Economics happen. Industries change. Watershed events or ideas can inspire the public to share a common focus. For example, reading or talking about the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson will become a shared experience for millions of people around the globe. Depending on the quality of the book over time a degree of intergenerational conversation could be inspired by Isaacson’s words.

Lingering Pre-Order Kindle Fire Questions

Ok. So I have a bunch of lingering questions about the Kindle Fire. My Kindle Fire has been pre-ordered and I am just waiting for the unit to arrive.

  1. Will the Kindle Fire get the Android market?
  2. Will somebody extract the Android market code from the developer SDK and install that open source package as an APK on the Kindle Fire?
  3. What happens when you visit https://market.android.com from the Silk browser?
  4. Will the market stop Kindle Fire users from downloading applications?

Stanford AI-Class Week 2 mixed with a very busy work week

What a busy week!

I have started to ask myself the question, “How many hours should a salaried employee work during a busy week?” The answer remains elusive. As modernity has crept stealth-fully into our lives while technology has interested with productivity the expectations for a workday have been fundamentally altered. Overall, workload is often dictated by capacity. In some ways skill sets define what tasks a worker will be assigned. Time management can only take you so far when the list of tasks outpaces a forty hour work week. I have decided to spend my Saturday morning listing to the entire series of week 2 “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” class lectures. The intro to databases class seems to be more time consuming and I might have to revisit the class the next time it is offered. The decision will largely be made based on how much time the AI-Class takes today.

I was messing with the blog post template within Microsoft Word 2010 and noticed that somehow the “Do not check spelling or grammar” check box had become unchecked. Even on my best days I make the occasional grammatical or typographical error.

Will Flickr make it? Should I start uploading my video library to both Flickr and YouTube? I know that my video library basically has to be backed up to the cloud and a few Blu-ray discs stored in our local safe deposit bank vault. Over the years Flickr has been a fantastic photo sharing tool. I’m just not sold on the financial model that drives Flickr. Then again what financial model has Yahoo been using? Strangely enough Yahoo and HP have been in a high stakes battle to determine which company has the worst board of directors. I hope that the financial chaos does not lead Flickr shutting down.

Stanford AI-Class Week 1

Initially, I underestimated the time commitment that both the Stanford Engineering into to artificial intelligence and into to databases would require. After a few minutes of personal reflection, I decided to deregister from the db-class and take it the next time it is offered. Overall, I have been very impressed with the quality of the ai-class. The video lectures are informative and easy to watch. After getting used to the quizzes at the end of each video the format is strangely compelling. I ended up watching most of the class videos during two separate working sessions. The week 1 homework was fairly straightforward, but the presentation could have included a few more details about the homework questions.

During my travels across the State of Kansas this week I tried to watch the ai-class videos on my HTC EVO 4G phone. I was able to play the coursework videos, but the JavaScript based quizzes were unable to execute within the Android based web browser. Firefox mobile for Android was completely ineffective.

I am really curious to see how I did on the week 1 quiz.