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Blog Absences

My friend shac put up a hilarious list of why he hasn’t been blogging lately. I think every other one applies to me, and I’d replace them with “finishing MBA at Berkeley” and “playing with my 15 month old daughter”. Man, I can’t believe its been that long…

Anyways, still swimming…and Twittering…a lot…out of the time zone much to shac’s chagrin.

Cheers – Rand

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Utterly Brilliant


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Added Twitter Feed

If you’re looking at my actual blog, take a look on the right. There you will see a “Recent Tweets” section that will give you real-time updates about what I’m doing/how I’m feeling/where I am. It could actually be delaying the page load since Twitter is a frickin’ dog, but I figure I needed something to keep this page fresh. 😉

For all you RSS followers, I haven’t put the Tweets into any RSS feeds yet, as the temporal relevance falls off quickly. If you have other thoughts feel free to leave me a comment. 😉

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Flying at Mach 12 right now. Most of my updates happen on Twitter.

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Facebook Explosion?

I got a Facebook account a year or so ago when I started the Haas program at Berkeley and when a good friend of ours took a job on campus where she was interacting with students all the time (so using Facebook for most of the day). Since then I’ve had about one friend and really didn’t spend a lot (any) time on it. Then in the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten friend requests from a half dozen or so friends. Oddly, this isn’t just an isolated cluster of people at work, its been people from college, even people from my old High School.

Kind of odd, I wonder what has caused this newly formed Facebook interest?

I still need a way to federate Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc.

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Up at 3am

The past couple of nights have been interesting. I get into insomniac cycles sometimes, most often when I’m extremely busy and also when I haven’t exercised regularly. Since the baby was born though, sleep has been more of a free-running notion and we take what we can get and are happy when its more than a few hours (even though I haven’t gone to the gym once since she was born).

The past couple of nights though my body has been up to its old tricks, with my eyes popping open at 2am or so and HI I’M AWAKE. Oh well, might as well creep off to the other room and get some stuff done. These bouts really aren’t all that bad, because I can usually pick off some tangible task that needs to get done. Last night it was balancing the checkbook, tonight it was watching the latest episodes of Rome.

As an added bonus I get to catch up with my friends and co-workers in different time zones. One guy just got to Europe where its daylight and he’s adjusting to the daylight. This was a good exchange on IM:

Bob: “So why are you up so early?”
Me: “Jetlag”
Bob: “But you didn’t go anywhere”
Me: “Yeah, but I like to keep my body primed for it”

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Wow! I’m soooooo happy that I upgraded to WordPress…or more specifically, that I was able to re-enable comments on my blog (no matter how many times I tried, I just couldn’t get the MT plugins to work). I’ve had more nice comments from a wide range of friends that I haven’t heard from in a while as well as excellent feedback from a number of people who I didn’t even know was reading.

This just really reinforces in my mind that the power of blogs is not just in the simplicity of posting, but in the simplicity of community, and makes me wonder if there aren’t possibly some really innovative things that can be done to bring together many different types of communications mediums such as blogs, email, SMS, etc, on both a community but possibly also individual topic level. The long tail theory I’m sure would have a lot to say about thinking of the market not just in the context of individual small websites, but of individual snippits of content on those sites.

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WordPress Cutover

Well since all the cool kids are doing it I decided to switch from Movable Type to WordPress, and I have to say that I’m impressed. I particularly like this Light theme by Stephen Reinhardt.

Anyways, a huge benefit of switching to WP is that I can now open comments again (yay!). I’m sure I’ve driven off my five or so readers from ever wanting to dialogue with me, but if they come back then now they can!

If you find anything broken please drop me an email…or better, leave a comment!

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2006, it was great

So here we are in another new year. It seems a little anti-climactic as 2006 ended very surreally for us. I haven’t really said much about it here, and most of my regular readers will know, but on Thanksgiving 2006 (more specifically, 4:16am the morning after) my beautiful wife Alexis gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Alana Corrin.
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So things have been, shall we say, insane, and absolutely wonderful. I was able to take about three weeks off of work, then go back for a week and then head down to Lex’s parent’s in LA for a week, so December was a surreal blur of diapers, no sleep, an unbelievable cuteness.
Now I’m back to work full time, and Alexis and Alana are enjoying full-time baby fun at home. New schedules are going to require new routines, but whatever I can do to maximize time with the girls is important because I can’t believe how fast they change.
Babies are fun!

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No, not gardening, the show.

I’ve been so caught up in the plethora of excellent series on HBO such as Deadwood, Rome, Entourage, The Wire, and the ever-controversial Big Love, that I’ve completely missed some of the programming coming from Showtime. One show that caught my eye due to the actors that I like in it and the rash of Emmys that it won recently is Weeds. This is a simple half-hour show about a suburban mom who has taken to selling pot to her escape-needing suburban neighbors after her husband died. Now that sounds like it could be a dark and depressing subject, but its not the illicit activities that make the show, its the backdrop of her neighborhood in the picture-perfect “Agrestic” planned community.

Great cast, snappy writing, and good story lines got me hooked after just a couple of shows. I saved half the first season for Alexis and we plowed through six episodes in one night (she got hooked as well).

Season one is out on DVD now, season two should be soon, and season three should start broadcasting in the next few months. Check it out, I highly recommend it!

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