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tech: fascinating trends for the Internet and mobile phones

I changed positions recently at my employer, and am now working in the mobile phone software space. I’m learning a lot. But when I came across this presentation, I was wowed. It has a lot of information conveyed in a way that is easy to understand. It highlights trends on the Internet, including mobile phone usage. I definitely encourage any more-than-casual user to read this.

What really stuns me is how fast everything is changing. Not just technology, but concepts like “asset-light vs asset-heavy”. Android was unveiled only 5 years ago, and now there are ~500 million Android devices shipped. iPad growth is 3x iPhone growth. Crazy times…

Uncategorized marcelk 10 Dec 2012 No Comments

Halloween children’s book

Yes, it is a bit early, but I came across a children’s book that will be great for Halloween: “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich” by Adam Rex. It’s a collection of short stories and illustrations. With selections such as “The Phantom of the Opera Can’t Get ‘It’s a Small World’ out of his Head”, “The Mummy Won’t Go to his Eternal Rest without a Story and Some Cookies”, and “Godzilla Pooped on My Honda”, it is fun for kids and adults. Especially adults. The art is really well done, and the rhymes roll off the tongue. Enjoy!

Uncategorized marcelk 09 Aug 2010 No Comments

local: pollen

pollen picture This is one of those local things that you neither would have heard about nor believed until you see it. For a couple weeks in the spring in North Carolina, the pine trees dump a huge amount of pollen. I’m not talking about a little bit of pollen that a bee would gather, I’m talking about coat-the-world, make-the-atmosphere-dusty, clog-your-nose kind of pollen. The interior of my car is coated with a yellow dust. Every flat surface in the house has yellow dust. I have pollen tire tracks in my garage. When it rains, it looks like yellow paint was dumped in the gutters. It really is unbelievable.

For a quick photographic description, here is a picture of the stairs going into my office building. That yellow stuff is pollen. It’s kind of clear where people have been walking. The rest is not dust, not dirt. That is pollen. It comes from the long leaf pine. The prolific pollen is probably what permits this pine to grow like weeds around here. The good news is that it lasts a couple weeks and a good couple rains washes it away. But the really good news is that this pine pollen is too large to be absorbed into the bloodstream, so it doesn’t effect people.

Uncategorized marcelk 07 Apr 2010 No Comments