Easter Week – 4/17/11 to 4/23/11

"Well - hold on: a wiener with a big lower lip makes sense." -@AustinsVeryOwn

  • We told the Easter Bunny all sorts of things Cormac wanted: fun snacks, Hot Wheels, shoes, and his own sun glasses. His buddy Niilo and him had an Easter Egg Hunt, and found all the eggs! Kim has some Easter pictures up.
  • After many years, I met up with Ed Goodwin while in Houston. He was smiley and good natured, and we recorded an episodes of Back of the Envelope. It’s nice to be able to peer into how a business works – here, investing – by having someone who will answer all my silly questions, and allow me to interrupt and rat-hole the conversation.
  • Related, I started reading The Snowball, a bio of Warren Buffet. So far it’s nicely written with good content, anecdotes here, profiles and stories.
  • We finally came home from Houston. We were at Target yesterday and seeing the distinct Austin style was shocking, but comforting after being away so long: tattoos, shirts, shorts, and attire fit for warm days spent outdoors. Contrast to this to the style is Houston: more formal, slightly sporty at best – something you could wear in a CSI episode.
  • I think about Roger Ebert a lot, recently: how he’s carved out this intellectual niche for himself based reviewing on pop culture, movies, and how he’s been using the Internet to build a new type of following and intellectual-cult. He walked by a table of myself and others in the Driskill bar during this past SXSW, just walking along there. Attached to that, I’ve been wondering if the idea of an art movie is dead: do they distribute those any more?
  • I’ve been doing some “commentary” posts with Spiceworks recently. They have a pile of data and survey results and have been pulling together some brief findings from that data. This week, they estimated how much power saving came from the use of one of their plugins. I added some general context about power saving in the IT world and some tips for doing it: the green is money, not environmentalism. (I’m always miffed that people don’t use that word anymore, and even more miffed that people seem to have forgotten it.)

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