Friday, December 05, 2003

I Can Shoot Lefty And Righty--I'm Amphibious

In the grand tradition of Yogi Berra ("It's like deja vu all over again") and Mike Tyson ("I'm going to fade into Bolivian," may we present Indiana Pacers All-Star Jermaine O'Neal:

"We're definitely like a high-school sorority and I'm saying 'sorority' because we didn't go to college." -- Jermaine O'Neal, on the fraternity of NBA players that went pro straight from high school.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Size Doesn't Matter

Scientists find 425-million-year-old penis:
The penis of an ostracod can be as much as a third of the size of its entire body, scientists said.
Always Be Closing

Jeffrey Nolan at SAP Ventures has a great little piece on how the rules for building a sales team are totally different than those for any other function.

Here's a sample:

"Never hire a sales account exec who doesn't ask you about the comp plan 5 minutes into the first interview."
Go Fish

Despite having the Terminator as our governor, California continues to express a Luddite attitude towards genetic engineering. California just became the first state to ban the sale of transgenic fish as pets.

GloFish were originally developed to help detect waterborne pollutants, but have found a much more lucrative niche as pets. These zebrafish have extra genes from sea anemones to give them their fluorescent glow.

To those who say that tampering with nature are wrong, I cite Blinky, the three-eyed superfish from The Simpsons.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

What's the Buzz

Someone asked me the other day how I know what's the buzz. Call it buzz, call it hype, call it momentum, but there is something very powerful that occurs when our "animal spirits" cause us to get excited about something.

In the old days, I'd look to publications like Red Herring and The Industry Standard to help identify the buzz. Of course, they're all gone now, but the rise of the blogs has more than compensated. Here is my list of "hot" links that help me stay on top of the latest buzz:

http://news.com.com
http://www.fuckedcompany.com
http://slashdot.org
http://www.techdirt.com
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/
http://www.sapventures.com/
http://doc.weblogs.com/
http://www.ventureblog.com/
http://www.pacificafund.com/blog/
http://wilwheaton.net/