Yearly Archives: 2004

Second Life Rocks!

One of the speakers at ACC04 is Cory Ondrejka, VP of Product Development for Linden Lab, creators of Second Life. Since I’m introducing him, I decided to log on at Second Life and try out the game. I *love* it. It’s as close to a different universe as we can get (drug-free, that is) at the moment.

What the results of ballot propositions say about Californians

You can read the entire column here, but the summary is this:

“California’s proposition choices paint a picture of a state that is pro-technology but could use some lessons in economics and political theory. Supporting stem cell research and opposing a new tax on telecommunications demonstrate the pro-technology bent, but plunging California into $6 billion in debt and taxing its most effective earners shows a dangerous blindness to economic reality.”

The “Mom test” worked

That’s right, my mother (and my liberal hairdresser) both told me before the election they thought Bush should win, and of course, he did. Talking with people outside of the regular political machines tends to be a really good way to predict elections. Way to go, Mom.

SF Mayor wants to Socialize Wireless

Yes, that’s right, Gavin Newsom wants to put government in control of all San Franciscan’s wireless service. On Thursday, he said “We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service.” I wonder if he’s planning on giving us all free coffee to go along with that too, because we all know that if the city took over the coffee business we’d all be drinking Maxwell House. What a bad idea.

Lifestyle Pets!

Just when you thought you only had a choice between getting an Aibo cat or a real one that makes you sneeze, along comes science to the rescue. Allerca is a company that’s working to create the world’s first hypoallergenic cat. I love science.