Monday, June 23, 2008


Coffeehouse 2.0

An interesting thing happened on Friday. I showed up for the weekly Jelly at 10. The wireless router was on its last legs. I twittered a heads up. At 10:25, I decided I would be more productive at my client's site. It wasn't a wasted trip as I got to talk shop with a few people before I left.

Back at Cafe Caffeine, Jelly was still happening but without wi-fi and wi-fi is the sine qua non. So, after weighing alternatives, Stephen Gutknecht and Sarah Vela chose a plan of action. Since the manager of the coffeehouse was away, Stephen assumed the risk of the purchase of an Airport Extreme which Sarah picked up from the nearby Apple Store at Barton Creek. By noon, Jelly had wi-fi.

Soon afterwards, the manager arrived and Stephen emphasized that it was his choice to do it and wasn't looking to force them into buying a particularly expensive router. Management appreciated the grassroots energy and reimbursed Stephen for the router.

Chalk up another win for local independent coffee.

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Monday, June 09, 2008


The 5x5 meme

...tagged by Ashley.

What was I doing five years ago?-- As this week is, it was another week with Friday the 13th. On Thursday, June 12th, 2003, I took some time off work to make my annual pilgrimage to Seattle for SIFF 2003. On Friday, I saw Dirty Pretty Things and PTU. On Sunday, Kopps, Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers and Yes Nurse, No Nurse. Two weeks later, on June 26, Auz sent me an email titled "YABI #1." It began
(Yet Another Bad Idea)

Working Title: gnuFlix

Essentially: physical P2P network as backend to Netflix type system
Five Snacks I Enjoy-- 1) a ziplock bag of cookies, pineapple, cantaloupe and carrots 2) junior mints 3) chocolate brownie cliff bar 4) tortilla chips 5) leftover takeout.

Five things I would do if I had a billion dollars-- 1) build a proper stadium for the Ice Bats 2) a pedestrian bridge from my apartment to the other side of Congress 3) twitter from the moon 4) liberate the muppets from disney 5) ashtray, paddle game, remote control and the lamp.

Five places I have lived-- Seattle, Silicon Valley, Houston, Austin, and Oz.

Five Jobs I Have Had-- See here for four of them. I also can install hardwood floors.

I won't tag anyone.

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