Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Make something that just works

Third Eye Blind

is possibly my favorite band.

Maybe it's because I've been listening to 3eb since I was a kid twelve something years ago, but I'd like to think its more than that. I think it's their sound I've gotten to love -it's so San Francisco.

I saw a 3eb show at Providence last week and they weren't quite what they use to be (new band members). I'll settle for a record I can listen to over and over again.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Social Games

are part ingenious part scam.

Social games and virtual goods are designed to click and whirrrr consumer behavior out of us. My appreciation for them is awe because they are designed right down to its core essence -pushing our behavioral buttons. Those are some lean digital bits being pushed back and forth to make a business out of.

Maybe I'll take back what I said about social games being a scam. Games do provide some value.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Every so often I find myself a victim of not being focused enough.

I do, however, think I am better at it than some of my peers. I've come to notice lately a few friends having trouble with career focus. One year is this, next year is that. It's like playing in the sand. I say go lead a path you want to live.

Having a long-term perspective of focus is so important.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

El Ten Eleven

Dammit I missed them last week at the Middle East.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


has now officially been milked dry by its executives. With such ridiculous fees, sellers no longer have much or any incentive to sell on their site. Somehow somewhere Ebay executives decided it deserves a bigger cut on each transaction. I think they hired too many MBAs.

The cost of posting something online is near-free, I anticipate Ebay will be upset by a startup in the future. The web has now matured to a point where we now have dinosaurs like Ebay, AOL, and Yahoo on the verge of extinction.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

living dreams

The critics despise
I've never wondered out here
But we ride and we ride
Its two safe sides
You don't want to be caught in line
There is something out here
I can touch it some days
My idols tell me its true
Dues to pay, one life to live
Don't hold back don't save

The Airbourne Toxic Event

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Be who you want to Be

I think people too often get dragged up with the rest of life and forget to aspire to their dreams. After all, we only live once. The missed opportunity cost of not chasing after our end-goals is too costly.

We're all going to die someday anyways. I would rather die trying.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

13wins is in the deadpool

The news ain't all that bad though. The soul of 13wins has been kept alive and is still burning bright. I've taken many lessons from it, and have been working on a new project over the past 2 months.

For a long time, I've always felt "stealth startups" were ridiculous. As founder, you should always be talking about your project and preaching it to everyone you see -its the whole point.

But this time around, I'm going to keep this new project close to me until it's "ready".

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

While its still fresh on my mind iPad Review

The iPad is truly a media consumption device.

It is superb for books, videos, and games. It is only mediocre for email and web browsing. The reason is because it's too difficult to type while holding it up with your hand. In fact, I find the device too heavy to hold up for a period of time altogether (both one hand and two hands).

I've been an Android user for the past year and I think some of the advantages of that operating system have really stuck with me. Hello? Running apps in the background? I can't multitask and do IM on the iPad. No multitasking on a smartphone is fine, but probably not for a tablet.

All the current iPad apps also suck. Though, they will probably improve significantly over the next half year.

All in all, the iPad is not for me. I give it 5.5/10 today, the potential to move up to 8-9/10 in a year or two is very possible.

Monday, April 05, 2010

THESIS: Management Innovations at Outstanding Information Technology Companies and Implications for China


Over the past few decades, information technology has fundamentally changed the way we work as a society. Managers often forget that management itself also needs to change along with our evolving society. It is an opportunity, particularly, overlooked by manager’s in China amidst rapid industrialization and the birth of a new generation of Chinese with transformed values. In this thesis, we will analyze five companies: Google, Zappos, Netflix, Alibaba, and W.L Gore for their recent successes in management innovation. Our goal is to distill a core set of principles we can learn from to recommend to venture entrepreneurs and managers looking to operate in China.

If you are bothered to read the entire thesis

YES! My thesis is done!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Desktop Screenshot April 2nd 2010

I haven't forgotten about my 1 2 post about starting a desktop screenshot art revolution (Is this Art?).

Anybody else interested in this contact me; I will remind you to save and send me a copy of your screenshot. One day we will hold an art exhibition with these pieces.

OS Change :)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Photoshop CS5

It wasn't so long since I was talking about CS4. But look at this!! Image processing for the win.