Behold your Dad's best Woody Allen expression (yeah, not convinced either).
Mmmmm... OK anyways, not sure why I'm even posting this nonsense but had dinner with a guy who does sculpture last night and he said he was working on a statue of Allen and as we compared notes on how wonderful 3D printers and CNC milling machines were he mentioned he had his glasses. So I tried them on. For no good reason but am looking for new frames and was thinking of taking the Michel Henau route but these Moscots seem kinda interesting... Order popup below again for absolutely no other reason than it's fun to change the overlay div from 50% black to 100% white in Firebug. Because I can. So why not:-)
Cleme on tender-hooks yesterday as councils were due to send out emails at 17.30 with news of secondary school places. Just noting this down here for Cleme (which was the original point of me writing all this stuff). In the end the thing she'll want to remember is the feeling she got when the email came through with her first choice school:-)
The gates above are made by the students and resident artists. All v. exciting, much to look forward to (they even have Arduinos in technology class! not like doing Rotring drawings of Le Creuset pans like I was doing at her age).
Trying to remember the first thing I coded... it think it was printing out coloured squares or a goto loop on an Apple II. First thing I was proud of was an app to calculate the minimum number of ladder moves to populate the marquee at the Metro Cinema on Broadway (closed in 2005 but I changed the marquee from 1983 to 1985) given a fixed/known number of plastic letters and missing characters...
This is so awesome. One of the things that drives me nuts at longboard shops is how hard it is to compare relative board lengths. The comparison is made trickier as it's not just the size of the deck it's also the wheelbase options (how far apart the axels are set).
Interesting as well that true comparisons (ie ones that genuinely help the riding customer) are basically impossible at longboard shops as their ecommerce systems are designed to manage their stock, not the sum total of what available on the market.
Wow, sure I love Jason as much as the next guy but this really really resonated...
Do I want to make things better? All the time. But do I want to maximize "betterness"? No thanks.
I don't mind leaving some water in the cloth, some drips in the glass, some money on the table. I like knowing there's headroom. And once in a while it's a fun challenge to chip away at that headroom. But that's not for maximization's sake - it's for curiosity's sake. "Can we do it?" is a lot more interesting to me than "we must do it because that's what you're supposed to do."
Having fun, exploring ideas, creating, solving, building great things for you and your customers, being proud of your work, challenging yourself, learning, growing, building a self-sustaining company on your own schedule, adding something useful to the world, and working with great people - that's what this is all about. Not maximization of a metric.
We require a LARGE quantity of money and the services of a team of mega-hackers to write the software for this system. Most of the hardware devices are, even as you read this, available as off-the-shelf items, just waiting to be plugged into each other so they can put an end to "THE RECORD BUSINESS" as we now know it.
The Avanade Palace 2 Palace team at the start on The Mall
So I did a 45-mile charity run in October and I've been meaning to post a thank you note to Shorter Rochford Cycles ever since.
I bought a bike a while back; got the cheapest thing that fit my size from a local (father/daughter) cycle shop in Finchley. It never really worked that well, even from new the brakes weren't very clever and after three trips back to the store for a tune-up the derailleur still clicked and dragged and required constant fiddling.
Basically, I was raising money for charity and didn't feel I could splash out on a fancy bike or specialist equipment. but the more I trained, the more it became apparent that I was going to break my neck in a long muddy downhill on a Cambridgeshire byway but I tweaked and patched and even hit the recycling centre to find insulation foam and jubilee clips to improve the handlebar grips.
So as race day approached I finally bit the bullet and got the bike serviced at my local cycle shop (it's a family-run shop--a different one as the first one went out of business). Well in a nutshell what a difference. They tweaked, and tuned and put puncture-proof road tyres on and a new chain and cleaned and lubed everything and the damn thing ran better then when it was new.
I'm not exaggerating, the guys at Shorter Rochford left me with a machine that performed better than new by a considerable margin. Seriously.
Just walked past an optician in Soho with a poster for Michel Henau glasses in the window. Love these mashups of 60s and 70s French celebs with Japanese names (Deneuve = Namaste? not sure how that works but I smiled).
Can you name the faces? My best guess is: Bardot; Coluche; Fernandel (Tati?); Deneuve; Belmondo