Friday, May 05, 2006

Getting To Know You

Getting to Know You

I got this from a VC friend of mine and I filled it out. It's surprising what you can find out about someone....

Welcome to the 2006 edition of getting to know your friends. What you are supposed to do is copy (not forward) this entire e-mail and paste it onto a new e-mail that you'll send. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to a whole bunch of people including the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends, if you did not know them already.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
1:30, 3:00, 3:30, 7:30 am

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Take The Lead

4. What is your favorite T.V. show?
Battlestar Galactica

5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Flax flakes with oat bran

6. What is your middle name?
You can't expect me to give that out on the Internet!

7. Favorite food?
White salmon sushi

8. What foods do you dislike?
Any kind of random organ meat

9. What is your favorite chip flavor?
A hint of lime.

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
What's a CD?

11. What kind of car do you drive?
Honda Odyssey

12. Favorite sandwich?
Prosciutto and fresh mozzarella with basil

13. Favorite item of clothing?
Pullovers without buttons

14. If you could pick any place for your dream vacation where would it be?
What's a vacation? Italy, probably.

15. What color is your bathroom?
White

16. Favorite brands of clothing?
DKNY, Old Navy

17. Where would you retire?
Right where I am right now.

18. Which was your most memorable birthday?
For my 17th birthday, my Stanford friends threw me 3 birthday parties in the same day...the last one came as a real surprise. It's definitely the biggest party I've ever had, with about 100 people across the parties.

19. Favorite sport to watch?
Pro basketball

20. Furthest place you are sending this?
Damned if I know.

21. Goal you have for yourself?
Be happy and bring happiness to others. Plus make enough money to buy a house with an indoor basketball court

22. Who do you expect to not send this back to you?
Damned if I know.

23. Person you expect to send it back first?
Richard - he's a VC, so he has time on his hands

24. When is your birthday?
October 11

25. When is your Anniversary?
September 12

26. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Both!

27. What is your shoe size?
11

28. Pets?
Kobe, the greatest dog in the world.

29. New and exciting news you would like to share?
I don't get enough sleep to have new and exciting news.

30. What did you want to be when you were little?
The world's greatest inventor.

31. How are you today?
Like every day--great!

32. What is your favorite candy?
Chocolate with some kind of crunchy filling.

33. Favorite flowers?
Dandelions, because Jason loves to blow on the fluffs

The King of Graceful Degredation

The King of Graceful Degradation
Back when I was just a wee recent grad, I learned the term "graceful degradation" from my first software development team.

Basically, it means that when you load up a system, it should slowly degrade, giving plenty of warning, rather than suddenly snapping and crashing.

That's a good metaphor for my life right now. Between all the various drains on my time, I feel like I'm experiencing a graceful degradation (as you can see from the frequency of posts in the past two weeks!).

What do you think is the proper response? To improve my time management? Or to cut back?

Entrepreneurship is a double-edged sword

Entrepreneurship is a double-edged sword
This item, on how Islamist militants from al-Qaeda and other groups are creating mods to popular videogames, shows that the power of entrepreneurship can be used for good AND ill.

Tech-savvy militants from al Qaeda and other groups have modified video war games so that U.S. troops play the role of bad guys in running gunfights against heavily armed Islamic radical heroes, Defense Department official and contractors told Congress.

The games appear on militant Web sites, where youths as young as 7 can play at being troop-killing urban guerillas after registering with the site's sponsors.

I'm fond of asking people whether Microsoft's 50,000 employees generate more or less innovation than 10,000 5-person startups. The point is that entrepreneurship is a powerful tool.

The U.S. Army spent millions of dollars creating America's Army to boost their recruiting...al-Qaeda spends a few bucks a month to distribute their mods.

The irony here is that these organizations are using the entrepreneurship that makes capitalism great against the United States.

But the answer isn't to restrict mods, or to ban violent videogames. The answer is to do a better job of creating and distributing compelling content.

And rather than asking the CIA or DoD to create the project, why not simply offer a prize to the best privately-developed efforts?

If you could convince the government to pay, this might be a huge business opportunity. After all, how much would you pay to avoide spending billions upon billions on a war if you could accomplish your objectives peacefully in the online world.?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

This little business tidbit comes from the great Ice-T, via my buddy Dave Feinleib:

There are four stages of being an artist as far as agents, directors, etc. are concerned:

- Who's Ice-T?
- Get Me Ice-T
- Get Me A Young Ice-T
- Who's Ice-T?