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Oodles of Noodles

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Every once in a while when the instant noodles are cooked just right, a sort of instant noodle al dente, each bite takes me back to being eight years old. Sitting at the kitchen table at the summer babysitters house, Peggy was her name I think. Sitting at the table and eating Oodles of Noodles. Watching Voltron; the lions and the cars. I don’t know why, it’s been two dozen years but crinkly instant ramen still takes me back to those lazy summer afternoons. At least when they are cooked just right.

The future TV

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

How long until Apple releases a version of the TV with it’s own app store and that comes packaged with two iPod Touch as controllers?

I don’t think an TV-as-game-console (and a lot more) would dethrone Sony and Microsoft from the hardcore gamer world it would put a lot more pressure on Nintendo in the casual gamer market. It’s no wonder that Nintendo sees Apple as their biggest future competitor.

Currently the TV is cheaper than the cheapest iPad, bundle it with two iPod Touch and it’s still not as much as the high end iPad. So that crazy iPad Scrabble game would be a bit less silly and you could play it on your TV.

Too few capitalist?

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

“Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.”

G.K. Chesterton

13,600 Service Lines

Monday, June 21st, 2010

“Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has… enumerated and identified… more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we’ve discovered beneficial remedies… But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we’re struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver.”

Atul Gawande, Stanford School of Medicine 2010 commencement speech

Read the whole thing on The New Yorker [newyorker.com].

R.I.P. Gulf Shores, AL 2010

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I ran across these photos (here, here and here [boston.com]) via Boston.com’s The Big Picture [boston.com] article from June 11th. See the blue umbrellas and beach chairs in photo #12 [boston.com]? Yea? Well:

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I used to spend every other summer vacation on that beach. My grandfather had a house on the lagoon at Gulf Shores… that is until Hurricane Ivan destroyed it in 2004 [confusion.cc].

I haven’t been back in some time. I guess it’s a good think I got some photos of the clean Gulf water.

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And the beautiful beaches at sunset.

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It’s hard to appreciate the scope and devastation of the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe from halfway around the world. Though the news talks about it everyday, there is no 24-by-7 discussion of it. Even though Singapore had a smaller oil spill just a short time ago [nytimes.com]. Seeing pictures of birds and turtles covered in oil make me feel bad. But seeing photos of the beaches I played on as a kid covered in oil bring it home in a much more personal way.

Nature: Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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Mud Crab at Chek Jawa [wikipedia.org] on Pulau Ubin [wikipedia.org] in Singapore. Click on the photo for the full photoset [flickr.com] on Flickr.