Movember

Finally a cause I can support by being lazy!

Seeing Ian’s photo this morning made me decide to join up, I’ll try to keep track of my progress on Flickr and here’s a [direct donation link]( https://www.movember.com/us/donate/donate-details.php?action=showrego&rego=141004). All the other details are below.

During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I’ll be growing a Mo (slang for moustache). That’s right – I’m bringing the Mo back because I’m passionate about men’s health and the fight against prostate cancer. Why…

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America.
  • In 2007, more than 218,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 27,000 American men will die from the disease.

To sponsor my Mo (moustache) and fight against prostate cancer please go to http://www.movember.com/us/donate, enter my registration number which is 141004 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor me by check made payable to the “Prostate Cancer Foundation” clearly marking the donation as being for my registration number: 141004. Please mail checks to: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Attn: Movember, 1250 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

All donations are made directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation which will use the funds for high-impact research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

I’m going for a ‘Pancho Villa’

TermieSF Release: Nov 5th

Mark your calendars!

Most of the necessities of life will arrive this week, and I am settling in to the new rhythm and job responsibilities with Google so I am officially aiming for November 5th as the first day of my new life in San Francisco.

What does that mean for you? Well, it means I will theoretically be more attentive socially, my time will no longer be absorbed making sure we have internet and electricity and whatever but instead on making sure cool stuff happens. Yay cool stuff.

Our house is nearing the level of completion necessary for a “bring a chair, a stool, a piece of silverware, a plate or a cushion of some sort” dinner party, though that may still be a little ways off as Mika and Teemu will be in Finland / Europe for a couple weeks.

Sidenote that I’ll talk about more later: We’re also officially looking for one or two developer roommates to join our household (we have a fabulous house in a great neighborhood) so drop me a line if you’re interested. Contact info

Other sidenote: Those of you who have new phone numbers or numbers I never had, SMS me on the number listed in my contact info sometime so I can update my address book.

One Week Down

One Week Down

I’m in San Francisco now, I have 2 pairs of pants and somewhere between 3 and 5 stylish shirts (taste variable), as of today I have razor blades which means I can shave and make my age recognizable to my new coworkers, I have no furniture or internets at home (can borrow neighbors’ from the kitchen counter) and am on the 7th straight day of maximally indulgent eating. I’ve also been waking up by 7:30 every morning which is downright crazy.

Our house is amazing, if a bit empty until 4-to-8pm Monday when our new IKEA life gets delivered — hopefully we can craigslist our way into non-swedishness (nested clauses), and in a great location teeming with indulgent eating options. I will now make a list of the fancy things I have eaten in the past 7 days.

  • Veggie burrito from Pancho Villa’s
  • Pancake + macadamia nuts + coconut flakes + condensed milk
  • Some sort of awesomeness based on Native American ingredients (and pizza)
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Some sort of east-west fusiony bits + Moroccan somethings
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Hand-rolled sushi + soupy goodness + mahi mahi + crème brûlée
  • Oat flakes cereal
  • Seared salmon + chocolate cake that was really frosting with chocolate crumbs on the side + other fancy goodness
  • Oysters from a couple places + scallops + scalloped potatoes + squid ink risotta + something pastay + something lamby + something else made of fish
  • Something like a bacon enchilada made in a french way + soft french pork sausage + hummus and bread + chocolate cake
  • Yummy spring rolls + snow peas + beef flank + chicken magic + mushroom magic + tangy lemon cheesecake
  • Veggie burrito from Taqueria Cancun
  • Eggy cheesey caramelized onionsy crepe
  • Meatballs + macaroni and cheese + hot dog + frozen yoghurt
  • Sliders + a gazillion other tapas that my brain is abandoning me on
  • Ham & cheese croissant
  • Croque monsieur
  • Two types of avocado sushi + tofu filled with rice + deep-fried tofu + deep fried veggies and mushrooms + edamame + gyoza
  • Honey lavender ice cream

I also managed to sit in busses, BARTs, metros, taxis or their related stops for a combined time of over 12 hours. Mika and Teemu have bicycles now, though, so we can cruise the streets in style, woot woot.

hääyöääliö älä lyö

That’s some badass Finnish shit I learned the first time I met the Jaiku guys over some sukiyaki when I was joining the team about a year ago today.

So, the news is out and it feels good to finally have everything be “complete.”

Anyway, along with all this, I am moving back to SF, quite soon actually (I should be there this weekend) and am throwing a small going away party at my place on Friday the 12th between 8pm and 1amish (I have an early flight in the morning).

A bit busy keeping servers from melting right now so I’ll keep it short.

Connected

Today brings me to the ever wonderful Brouwerij ‘t IJ for a Struis and a little reading. Coincidentally enough, the book I just started, “Accelerando,” mentions Brouwerik ‘t IJ in the first pages, although it has featured De Wildemann more prominently so far.

Taking that coincidence a bit further I could draw some more parallels. In Accelerando the first character you meet is Manfred, he’s sort of the model person for my demographic living his life symbiotically with this online identity. The term meatspace is referred to often and not un-derisively.

Anyway, in between paragraphs — you feel like you are writing so much more when constrained to the small width of these moleskine pages, which is good because I’m a bit verbose as it is — I check my phone, or in between thoughts, or just because I was thinking about it, My phone is currently sending and receiving data to Jaiku and my last post invited people to where I am and I am interested in seeing if anybody has responded. In the past 10 minutes nobody has so I was considering the methods by which I might get some of teh less-interested-in-internet-symbiosis type friends of mine into the fold.

It’s just so old-fashioned talking to one person at a time, feels like a waste of bandwidth.

Update Some friends were nearby on a boat, I hopped on and joined them, ended up on the other side of town, will have to fetch my bike tomorrow.

Jaiku Over XMPP

Today calls for Caffe Esprit (yes, connected to the not very exciting clothing store) and its “Special Burger” of stomach fillage.

Seems like few things make one as hungry as that state of pseudo panig that goes with scheduled downtime and feature releases, something about remembering all the things you forgot at the last minute, about having a plan that would have worked if you weren’t going to get so many views in hte first seconds of uptime that the site stops responding.

But it’s done now, this week’s mini crisis, and we got some cool stuff out of it, our Jabber bot has now been scaled out of private beta and our search is now quite a bit more universal. Plenty of other small things and more stuff sitting in the oven.

Seeing as how I didn’t get a chance to type this in until what, 8 hours after lunch, it’s worth noting that it apparently wasn’t “done.” Now to survive through the US hours.

Ars Electronica

At De Brakke Grond again today, it’s a bit chilly to sit outside but I’m doing my best to look relaxed and comfortable with my Chimay White.

I’ll be headed to Ars Electronica in about a week (Sept 5) for about a week (Sept 11), of course if you have added me on Dopplr you’d already know that. The new development in the matter, however, is that now I’ll be speaking in place of Jyri on a panel on Saturday.

That’s on tasty panini.

I don’t generally like panels so much, they often seem to be little more than a medium through which 5 people can plug their companies in a short time and then agree to disagree, but they do get you that speaker pass that gives you cred with the other speakers who are cooler than you that you want to meet.

If you’re in town you’ll surely find me at one of the two bars, the beer garden, the breakfast cafe or wandering aimlessly through the exhibitions accidentally insulting the artists by asking or making what I will find out are inappropriate questions or implications.

Special Times

I think I’ll try a slightly different approach to blogging, rather than spam Jaiku with updates whenever I am waiting for food by myself at a cafe for lunch I will use my trusty pen-moleskine combo to jot down something in prose concerning the deep philosophical implications of my current predicament.

For example, I am currently sitting comfortably in the sun outside a brasserie called De Brakke Grond, and while a quick analysis of my life would imply that this is a pretty average sort of event for me on a late-August afternoon, a deeper look at the recent times, let’s say the past three months, approximately the season of summer, one would fine the number of these sorts of events to be sorely below that average.

Amsterdam, it would appear, mostly just rains during the summer, making these sunny and warm afternoons a very special time indeed. And where else could I eat good panini and drink one of 20+ kinds of belgian beers while sitting outside on that special day?

Google Reader, Yahoo Pipes and …

These are both questions of the dear-lazy-web variety.

First off, I think Google Reader is pretty nice in quite a few ways (started testing it a bit after I saw the Scoble video about it some time ago) but the subscription management interface is pretty much useless. Hook it up with some drag-n-drop love? Anyway, I am just wondering if I am missing something, is there an alternate interface for dealing with this stuff?

Next up, some events in my life have necessitated that I acquire a Yahoo Pipes t-shirt, initial searches come up empty, do these things exist? Anybody at Yahoo I can convince to send me a small?

Thirdly, I thought it would be nice to have three “things” in this entry but I couldn’t think of a useful third. Oh, I have a PS3 now, it is great, only reason I still have a television.