Friday, November 28, 2003

The Hot New Diet

I just discovered the hot new diet for the holidays. Just get a terrible sore throat that prevents you from eating solid food!

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Farewell, Gene Kleiner

Silicon Valley lost another of its quiet titans last week, when Gene Kleiner passed away. Kleiner led the famous "traitorous eight" who fled Shockley Semiconductor and effectively started the semiconductor industry, then founded with Tom Perkins the eponymous venture capital giant that still bears their names.

We live in perilous times for Silicon Valley--post-bubble pessimism and the threat of outsourcing cast a pall over the optimism that has made the Valley the world's greatest engine for technological and economic growth. Losing the gentle wisdom of wise men like Bill Hewlett, David Packard, and Gene Kleiner makes the challenges that face us even greater.

I heartily encourage all of you to take some time and consider the lessons we can learn from the history of the Valley, and to thank those that came before us.

Monday, November 24, 2003

And It Couldn't Have Happened To A Nicer Guy

I'm sick as a dog, so no length commentary. Some stories don't need it. This one, about a KKK initiation gone wrong, is one of them.