Steve Jobs On Copying

This week I watched Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview by Robert X Cringely. This particular clip, extracted for the purposes of a Forbes Interview, is especially interesting in then light of the recent Apple vs Samsung law suit.

TEDx Houston 2012 Date & Location Officially Announced

Gwen Goes To Urban Tails

Our younger dog Gwen is just around two years old. As any Labrador that age she has a lot of energy. We had thought that it might be good idea to help her burn off some of that energy by occasionally playing with a group of dogs at a nearby doggy day care. Shadow and Dickson had both been regulars at another doggy day care facility up until they closed up shop.

The first visit to a new facility involves a “temperment test” where the staff try to ascertain how a new pup will behave in a group. This brief video is one that I shot with my cell phone as Gwen was playing with a test group of five other dogs. Gwen is the Black Labrador in the clip.

Like most Labradors, Gwen proved to be very social, and a good fit into their clientele. Time will tell just how often she gets to go. We were a little surprised to see how much Shadow, our older male Labrador, missed her when she was gone for the afternoon.

One of the nicer things about Urban Tails is that the have webcams in their play spaces. You can watch your pets as they go about their day, even as you have to work. They also have iPhone and Android apps that offer an event better way of looking in on the pack as they play.

100% Pure Awesomeness: Stephen Fry On Language

Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography – Language from Matthew Rogers on Vimeo.

Celebrating Another Year Not Shopping At Wal-Mart

no_walmart_logoThe other day I remarked on Facebook that I was marking another holiday season where Wal-Mart and I would not encounter each other. I think that this is my 11th year not shopping at Wal-Mart. Some people asked why I avoided Wal-Mart, and how could I resist the bargains? It’s not a short answer, so I decided to offer it here.

I grew up in Atikokan, Ontario well before Wal-Mart made its way into Canada. More importantly, a lot of what I think about business was informed by the experience of my family in running a local business. We had a building supply and we did some contracting.

We also had a Laundromat where I was tasked with maintaining the machinery. It was mostly Maytag equipment. My folks sent me off to Winnipeg one summer to be trained in the repair of said machinery. I guess in some fashion that makes me officially a lonely guy, but that’s another story entirely.

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CBC Radio’s Ideas Podcast: Dogs Themselves, in Three Parts

It’s been almost nine months since we brought Gwen into our household. Our early estimates of her age turned out to be higher than reality. We had initially been told that she was 12-16 months old when in fact she was less than a year. It may not seem like a big difference, but it explained some of her puppy-like behavior.

peace-love-dogs-logoIn July we sought out a trainer to work with Gwen and ourselves. Stella eventually settled upon Stephanie Bennett at Peace Love Dogs, a new facility that was in process of opening in the Spring Branch area of West Houston. Stephanie came to the house for an initial session, then had two further two-hour sessions working with us and Gwen.

In the month or more that it took to find and coordinate the training we had actually worked through many of the issues that we had with Gwen. As she was maturing she was better able to focus and stay on task.

When we went through the formal training we found, much as we expected, that Gwen’s a smart and able little Labrador. Her only issue is that she’s young and full of energy. Stephanie had her handling all the basic obedience work in just one session.

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PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Watch the video. Visit the web site. Contact your elected officials. Please.

Web Works: Preparing For Halloween 2011

Although our recent trip to Canada delayed things a week or so, we’re now fully engaged in preparations for Halloween 2011. The most obvious sign is that the spider web was built in the front yard over the weekend.

We also went on our annual pumpkin hunt, this time choosing the local farmer’s market over a more distant source in the countryside. We found our Great Pumpkin for the year, a 125 pound monster (!) that I simply cannot lift on my own. It’s the largest that we’ve ever found.

More pics to follow as things progress.

Wierd Al Yankovic Gets My Generation

Weird Al just gets things is such a deep and thoughtful manner. His latest single fits life as I know it in so many ways. There are so many people who deserve to get sent a link to this, but who would fail to appreciate it fully.

While some might think his humor is low, I think that this song proves not only his comic genius, but also his strength as a performer. Heck, I even find the video an impressive piece of work. Nicely done, Al!

Gary Vaynerchuk On Google+

OK, so I’m in the Google+ beta and I’m playing around with it. I’m not yet certain that I completely “get it,” but then I’ve never been the biggest fan of Facebook. That said, Gary V is right on the money when he highlights the “hangouts” feature. I think that real-time communications using audio & video is going to be huge. It’ll be everywhere, and soon. With the talent & IP from GIPS Google is well positioned to dominate.