April 21st, 2008

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My video at SG FOO 2008

Several months ago I was invited to a special FOO camp at the O'Reilly Campus, about social networking and the social graph. One of the things that the ora people did was record an interview video of each attendee. They've now put all those videos up on youtube.

Here is mine.

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The Memory Hole

While playing around with Amazon today, I found a book review I wrote back in 2002.

The review was for I, Weapon.

And I utterly savaged it. My review was


Everything that was bad with New Wave SF

This is a dire piece of drek. It combines everything that was bad about the New Wave, made the sex and violence both utterly gratuitious and utterly uninteresting, and makes blunders about biology, physics, and computers on nearly every page.
But what's worse is that it's not a novel. It is, instead, a writer's bible for what could be a novel. The structure alternates between chapter long exposatory dumps, and chapter long meetings between talking heads where they give each other "As you know, Bob" style exposatory lumps.

Avoid.



But the funny thing is, I don't have any memory at all of reading this book, or of posting this review. I must have utterly flushed it down the memory hole.
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AWS used by banks. Not a surprise to me.

In a recent TechCrunch article about Amazon Web Services, it's revealed that "the biggest customers in both number and amount of computing resources consumed are divisions of banks, pharmaceuticals companies and other large corporations who try AWS once for a temporary project, and then get hooked."

This is not a big surprise to me. Last year sometime, at some random geeky event, I was explaining why I thought AWS was so cool, and one of the people I was explaining it to worked for a local insurance company, and he got very excited. Apparently, at this company, they would have huge stacks of compute servers that would lie fallow 28 days out of the month, but when it came time to run the monthly math to recalculate various risk reward calculations, they would max out their capacity, and were constantly begging for more. They would very happily pay a premium to have those compute instances on-demand, by-the-drink, and not have to pay for them the rest of the month.

I wouldnt be surprised if they are now one of those AWS customers.
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Sleep Attempt. With drugs.

Last night was rather hellish, I would sleep for 5 minutes and then lie awake for 5 minutes. For 10+ hours. With feverish chills.

Upon interweb advice, tonight's attempt to sleep will be done with the aid of a dose of Nyquil.

I'm already typo'ing constantly and oddly, and getting drowsy really fast...