Sunday, December 28, 2008

Passive House Design

This New York Times article describes the passive house industry in Germany. I was just reading an editorial in an older issue of Fine Homebuilding (May 2008) on the same subject, but stating that it is a life survival issue. I think it is a planet survival issue and this design will become the standard within 10 years in the U.S. This is important and I'll keep posting on it.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Election Newspapers

With the Washington Post and other newspapers continuing to sell Election Newspapers I am again reminded of JFK and RFK. Just as people are buying these images of Obama, so people acquired photos of these two heroes and displayed them in their homes. Our new President Elect restores that hope for not only recent generations but for those hopeful for a RFK Presidency.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Whole World Is Watching - Obama Victory Means To Me

"The Whole World Is Watching, The Whole World Is Watching"

Our country has moved forward, has taken a huge step forward.

Forty years ago in Grant Park a generation chanted "The Whole World Is Watching". This was after the assassination of President John Kennedy. After the assassination of Martin Luther King. And the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the likely Democratic candidate. Forty years ago the hope of a new generation was put down in Grant Park under the stick of the Chicago Police and Mayor Daley.

It has taken a generation to move beyond the losses of those assassinations. It took Barack Obama to bring back that hope that millions saw with RFK. It has taken a person from a new generation to move us politically beyond those scars.

This is not an us versus them or any other competition. Not good versus evil. This is beyond a zero sum game that we've seen in past elections. We will be asked to sacrifice, to accept the compromise of politics, and to change our behavior.

Last night the whole world watched Grant Park in Chicago and saw some of the best of America. I'm a proud American today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Replay

I heard this review and I'm now reading Replay. It is as good as the review suggests. Maybe better. ... but what if an author wrote it today so 1988 is 2008?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sproutcore

Sproutcore may be just the framework I've been waiting for. It was always pretty clear that the application should be written in JavaScript and the server should serve data. With recent progress with REST, JSON and now Sproutcore, it looks like we are there. It might take the Sproutcore community a year or so to push get some "maturity" on this. But given the activity on the mailing list and wiki, it may take considerably less. And remember, this is not something brand new; it has take a couple of years to get to this point. Have a look yourself.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Breakfast with Jeff Pulver

I don't know Jeff Pulver and I don't know if I'll even meet him, but I'll try to meet and tag a bunch of people at his DC breakfast. Found out about the event by reading his blog post about startup funding.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ruby as Enterprise Language

I'm now convinced that Ruby should be the language of choice for any enterprise. The biggest benefit is that every IT person can help every other IT person when they have a question. Sysadmins can talk to developers who can talk to qa people. New companies are starting this way. Legacy companies will follow.