Cough, cough, cough

2006-Feb-10

I’ve had this nagging cough for the past 3 weeks now. I just can’t shake it. Went to a Doc after the first week and was on Biaxin (antibiotic) and Ratio-Cotridin (decongestant and cough suppresant) for a week and no change.

I feel great otherwise. No headache, soreness, fever, upset stomach, nor congestion. But I can’t get any consistent sleep so I’m really run down.

Just this past Tuesday, at about 2:00am, I went to the nearest ER. I was coughing so hard that I couldn’t breath. My throat had closed up and I had to vomit to clear the passage. I’ve never been diagnosed with asthma, but according to the ER Doc the symptoms were very close so he gave me two puffers (a cortico steroid, and something else) to help keep the airways open.

The strange thing is, I caught this from another guy here at work. He has the same symptoms, and to his knowledge has never been diagnosed as asthmatic either. His teenage son, not an asthmatic either, also had the same symptoms.

It gets stranger… two other guys here at the office are coming down with the same thing.

Viral asthma?
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Google: Party Over

2006-Feb-01

After missing earning expectations the honeymoon for Google’s stock appears to be over.

Some analysts have added that Google will soon face more significant competitive pressure from Yahoo! as well as Microsoft. Microsoft’s MSN Internet unit is set to launch a new online search tool for advertisers soon called adCenter this year.

All I can say about that is, “about time!” Google makes a search engine. A SEARCH ENGINE. They catalog information and let you go through that catalog, while presenting advertisements that relate to you search. That is essentially it.

They also have some add-on services, like email and local searching and mapping, but so does every other “portal” company in existence. Yes, gmail is very good (better than yahoo mail) but it’s just email, not a revolutionary concept. Google hasn’t done anything truly innovative since their search engine. Incremental improvements that drive the rest of the industry, yes deffinately, but nothing revolutionary and nothing that can’t be done by just about anyone.

They’ve acheived fantastic brand recognition, and that counts for something. But they need to produce something that sets them apart, that proves that all their Phds are doing something, that justifies their ridiculous market valuation.

To me, it just looks like Internet 2.0 is going to followed by Bubble 2.0 and I’d rather avoid that.

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The Justified Ancients of #1 hit songs!

2006-Jan-29

This article, a copy of a “manual” by the KLF, is fascinating. Part “howto”, part philosophy screed, part gag. All good.

Get to the Top of the Pops baby!


Reason 3.0

2006-Jan-27

So, after six months of lust, I broke down and purchased Reason 3.0 and it arrived yesterday. Finally. (Damn delays at customs! (Thankfully no additional costs.))

I’d been playing around with 2.5 for ages, then I got super busy with work and had no time nor inspiration. But things have slowed down a tiny bit and I’ve regained the desire to muck around with music – $600 and 5 days later, and I have this expensive toy sitting on my machine.

I’ve now been playing with 3.0 for a solid week and have cranked out a bunch of sketches. The new m-class mastering devices are very nice; I particularly like the stereo imager. The combinator is a great organizational tool. I’ve always had a few device configs that kept showing up across a lot of songs and this allows me to save and recall them instantly. However from what I’m seeing online, this is just the surface of what the combinator is good for; live performers (ie. not me) are going to get a kick out of the stuff that the combinator enables, though I guess most live guys go for Ableton Live now.

Overall, decent product, but I’m just a dabbler rather than a full-time musician.

PS. I’ll be putting MP3s of my stuff up for ridicule in the near future.


Lost in Transition (MacBook Pro commentary)

2006-Jan-11

Unsanity.org: Lost in Transition: Overcane of Antflower Milk

Interesting, if rantish, piece on the new MacBook Pro’s feature differences from the PowerBook. Some significant, some not.
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Feeling validated

2006-Jan-05

The past 10 months have gone by in a blur. I started work at a new company (my present employer) which took me from the alternate-reality of multi-million dollar outsourced government projects to furiously trying to keep afloat in a technology startup. I’ve been busier than the proverbial one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. I love it (despite being kinda negative about things for the past month), and today I love it just a little bit more. 🙂
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OOAD Primer

2006-Jan-04

Managing Change through OOAD by Ken Sipe

Excellent article that quickly distills key OOAD concepts. Such as:

A common practice for jump starting OO analysis is to look at the use case or stories for nouns. These nouns will be our first set of objects, often referred to as “Business Objects”, because they reflect or often trace back directly to real business entities. As the set of business objects grows, we start to try to understand their relationship with each other. While this is a good exercise in analysis to better understand the relationships of the business, too often the analysis is what is implemented. The situation is made easier and more comfortable by the fact that the same type of activity is conducted by the DBA coming up with initial crack at the schema. However, OO is about behavior not structure.

That last line is pretty important, imho, as it is one of my personal stumbling blocks – that thing I keep having to remind myself of because my background is data-model and analysis centric.

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