Selected Recent Google Reader Notes

It’s Friday, so I’ve taken a nap and done several things.  In lieu of a real post, here are some more Google Reader notes.

Hope in Harlem? — By: Robert Costa

Nah, it won’t happen. It’d be a beautiful thing, though. Rangel is one of the many politicians who should be deposed (and jailed, too, but that’s because he’s a criminal, not because he’s a politician).

Get your hand out of my shower

Bill Buckley had better get reincarnated soon…

Budget Cuts for British Government to Shut Down Mysterious Seaside Village — By: Jonah Goldberg


‘They’ve had a go-it-alone approach for 18 months.’ — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez

How long before these promises get reneged upon? For Obama, it only took a few days, so that’s the opening over-under.

Maybe Something For the A Students

So, we then ask, “How?” And that’s the $64,000 question.


The Bobby Cox Effect

Is apparently strong and positive.  It’s not as big as Bradbury’s Mazzone effect, and I have to think that this effect has dampened in the last few years, at least given the way he has been running a bullpen.

I don’t know how it works for managers, but as soon as he’s eligible, Bobby Cox should be in the Hall of Fame.  He’s one of the all-time greats, having been a real success as a GM and one of the winningest coaches of all-time (in part because he ran with the team that he built during the late ’80s and 1990).

Getting Performant

I hate that term…  It’s not a real word, either.

Anyhow, Buck Woody, Kevin Kline, Ariel Weil, and Brent Ozar put on a great performance today with their SQL Tuning sessions.  The four of them sitting in a room, talking about SQL (and fake chest hair!) was entertaining and informative.

Buck has presentation links, and you may be able to register still to view it.

Sailer On The Winners Class

Steve Sailer has a theory regarding the Winners Class:  he sees them as the group of high-energy, white bobos David Brooks talked about.  I completely believe that this group of people exists, especially in Sailer’s southern California, but I don’t think they’re quite as prominent as he might suggest.

He has also, in previous posts, talked about just how much effort these people put into putting little Johnny and Janie through life, creating a roadmap going from conception to the Supreme Court (for a similar story for the right age group, think when Carlton laid out his life plan at the Yale[?  Princeton?  It’s been a while…] admissions office—he absolutely had to go to this school because he planned his entire life out and it just has to go that way!).

Vote For Steve

I’m not actually a member of PASS (one of these years…), but if I were, I’d vote for Steve Jones.  If I were the type to vote for such things…  He’s done a great job with SQLServerCentral, is very active in the community, and I’d say other things, but I want this to be as generic as possible so I can use it for somebody else in the future and save on typing out a blog post…

Are Smartphones The Future?

Eric S. Raymond says yes.  Even though I don’t personally have a smartphone, I can see this being the case.  Yesterday, a few guys and I were having a discussion regarding phones.  For all but one of them, they said that they didn’t imagine that a smartphone would be all that important for them, but as soon as they started playing around with it, even their non-techie wives were interested.  There was only one person who really wasn’t impressed with smartphones—or at least couldn’t find a reasonable use.  I’m kind of in that camp as well, at least for now (that and I don’t want to pay the bandwidth fees…).  But I do think Raymond has a good point:  you can get a somewhat-decent (and improving) camera, GPS device, various sensors, small gaming platform, telephone, MP3 player, video player, electronic book reader, data storage device, etc. etc. in just one device.

But the big complaint may be that none of these are quite as good as the distinct devices.  The camera, for example, isn’t anywhere near a point-and-shoot, much less a DSLR.  Each of the other devices is also lacking in various ways.  So it’s nice to have a jack-of-all-trades device, but there are good use cases for the rest of the devices.  So the major question is, to what extent will the smartphone market eat the individual device markets?  Raymond seems to argue that this will be extensive, but I’m not quite as sure.  Though I should make mention that I do agree with him on the substance of his argument, and would only differ in (perceived) market size.