Thursday, May 31, 2007

interesting visitors

john edwards
Originally uploaded by sidstamm
One of the great benefits of working at Google is the flock of people who come to speak. Yesterday I listened to Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA, talk about the future of the country's space program. He even showed us pretty pictures of their new plans for a moon rocket.

Later in the day, John Edwards popped in for a "fireside chat," and let us ask him questions. By far, the most interesting part was when he was answering our questions. It was unusual for a politician, but he was more likable when answering off-the-cuff than when he was participating in somewhat scripted discussion with the host. Things I remember: (1) he is going to do fifty billion things in his first six months if he is elected, (2) $3bln for running water, sewer, in other countries, (3) "nice haircut", and (4) "I was a dumbass when I voted for the war in Iraq" [[not a direct quote]].

Friday, May 25, 2007


Deep Thought: I wonder if TSA checkpoint guards could use a Google Search Appliance to speed up their bag and pat-down searches. Surely since the GSA allows looking into files' contents, one could see which liquids are dangerous without requiring them to be in a 1-qt see-thru bag...

towel day 07

Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

What are you using your towel for?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Maker Faire

Originally uploaded by sidstamm.
Since I'm out in the bay area for the summer (yay!), I'm taking advantage of the events like Maker Faire that are going on. A friend and I popped in on Saturday and had a look around at the cool gadgety-geek things. See my Flickr photo set for more photos...

Anyhow, while there, I ran into Mark Frauenfelder, which was cool, and chatted at him for a little while about this party that he inspired.

Earlier today I was making some coffee in a common area and Cory Doctorow just happened into the same kitchen, sparking a bit of quick conversation before he was whisked away to a meeting.

It's kind of fun being in a place where you can randomly run into all these cool people...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

09 f9

Two lessons of the day: (1) security by obscurity does not work for simple yet widely popular technologies and (2) if you create the encryption scheme and expect people to keep the key secret, make all the hardware that uses it too (a la Apple's FairPlay).