June 29, 2006
June 27, 2006
One of the memorable moments in my life as a student was when my European history teacher first told us the story of WWI and of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
So, history plays out again on the streets of Gaza. One person becomes the tipping point of hate that spreads more blood.
June 26, 2006
What makes one person give away so much money? It was an interesting way that Warren Buffet is going to give away his money. His confidence in his stock is astonishing and will reflect well on Monday morning.
I can't find anything of interest to read after my last book. Does it seem like we are overflooded with books but few that make reading worthwhile?
June 21, 2006
The successful capitalist is successful because he has no love in his heart, Fitzhugh, thought, returning to his hut from a volleyball game. He has only the love of success. He devotes himself to work work work instead of to a woman loved with all his soul. He attempts to fill the hollow in his heart with the accumulation of wealth and what it buys, whether things or power or both; but wealth, things, and power fill it only for the moment, as water does the belly of a hungry man. The heart is empty once again, and its cravings drive him to acquire more; yet he is never gratified.
Acts of Faith
This book was disturbing but enjoyable.
I also like this movie, Goal!
June 14, 2006
I'm not sure if it was the latest Microsoft updates or the Microsoft Genuine application. I'm leaning toward the Microsoft updates but it played havoc on my Sony CD-ROM/DVD player on my 700m. The drive kept showing up as empty when I looked for the DVD. CDs would play fine. I ended up having to reinstall the drivers for my player. There were two versions for my player and you have to install the correct version.
Fair warning since I couldn't find any information about this problem online, well, not yet anyways.
Interesting article about school debt. Unfortunately, I've met people who abuse this system. Yet, I am also worried when I see high school seniors pay more out of pocket for their education. Paying for a college education can be a tough uphill battle.
June 12, 2006
I've been perusing on the Internet and came across this article about genetic and evolutionary computation. It is an interesting idea but is sounds like a convoluted path to an answer but it might be an good solution involving time. The idea is that set of variables can be married to another and produce progeny. I also wonder about the need for so much computing power if the problem was simplified.
June 08, 2006
Overwork is not just a developed world problem. Does anybody else with a business degree have this annoying idea of optimal conditions that come to mind constantly? Optimal is so subjective.
leaders and their ideals
This morning, "al Qaeda in Iraq" leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed. I believe the US military is too optimistic about the benefit of this action. First, we are flagrantly ignoring the assassination policy which does endanger other peoples' lives while we lose ground to admonish others like Israel. Second, ideas are more important than leaders. Everywhere, from politics to the conference rooms, we are being taught that charismatic leaders are not what is needed, but are only the embodiment of ideals. People are led by ideas not by leaders. Nothing is ever truer in the Islamic religion and with a people who feel like they are fighting a foreign force (again, they mention the crusades). You should never understate the power of nationalism. Third, I suspect the success of al-Zarqawi operation is more due to his weakness rather than to our ingenuity. This means someone, smarter and stronger, will step up and hold the flag for al Qaeda's cause.
Looking for some sci-fi, I stumbled onto Serenity. It's the best sci-fi movie I've seen in a long time and I'm still trying to forget the lastest Star Trek one. It does have the feel of a movie trying to do too much but they aim to please and they succeed.
June 05, 2006
I confess to being a wikiholic. I have a major addiction to wikipedia. I want to say the following for those who implement enterprise-wide products without a thorough risk assessment, "Shame on you!" When I read about PeopleSoft's disasters, you wonder if people even use the Internet.
It could be worse. Your company could be trying to implement a enterprise-wide system that is going badly and on red alert. I think I can call the first decade of the 21st century, the ERP burp.