Dec 05

Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Eh, it’s an okay book. Not great. I liked “The Stupidest Angel : A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror” and “Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” both a lot more.

Dec 05

Wild Ducks Flying Backward, by Tom Robbins

I like Tom Robbins a ton — really liked Skinny Legs and All and most of his other books. This is a collection of his essays — mostly not worth the price of the book. He does write some great stuff, though, as always.

To wit, here’s a great one, as he comments about the current unfortunate state of our government and electorate: “We must bear in mind…that the central dynamic of our race has never been a conflict between good and evil but rather between enlightenment and ignorance. Ignorance makes the headlines, wins the medals, doles out the punishment, jingles the coin, yet in its clandestine cubbyholes (and occasionally on the public stage) enlightenment

continues to quietly sparkle, its radiance outshining the entire disco ball of history. Its day may or may not come, but no matter. The world is as it is! Life as it is! Enlightenment is its own reward.”

Fantastic, wonderful language — it’s why I really like Robbins, even in a crummy collection. 🙂

Nov 05

Firefox 1.5 & what I’ve been up to lately

heya. today’s the day for the 1.5 release of firefox and some partnership announcements. the stuff that i’ve been working a lot on lately is the partner section at the end — represents a new move for us that i think is very positive and will surprise some folks.

mostly, though, just download firefox 1.5. 🙂

Nov 05

Life is short

Just reading an essay by a friend of mine, Bob Sutton (he’s a lot more interesting than this page — his recent essay for HBR is called “The No Assholes Rule”), and came across one of my favorite quotes:

“Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”

He’s using the quote in the context of how making business decisions each day is a tricky business — there’s never enough information, time or support to know with certainty that your decisions are the right ones, the best ones, or even just not disastrous.

I feel that way most days at Mozilla — there are so many unknowns and the world is moving so quickly, that learning how to make the best decisions with what we’ve got seems like my chief job responsibility. This seems more true to me here than it ever was at Reactivity.

No point, really, just a thought.

Nov 05

working up my thanksgiving list

Driving into work today, I found myself starting to compose a post for Thursday about the things that I’m thankful for this year. I have to say that there are a few obvious ones that I’ll jot down, but the list of things in my life that I feel incredibly fortunate and thankful for got very long very fast. I’ll figure it out in the next couple of days, but I’m a very happy & lucky guy these days.

Thing I’m thankful for this morning: Sam slept solid from 12:30a through 6:15a this morning. Like heaven.