October, 2008


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Oct 08

A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin

3rd thousand page book in the series, liked it well enough, although at the 3k page mark, feeling a little fatigued. The OCD part of my personality compelled me to get the 4th book downloaded to my Kindle, but not really feeling it.



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Oct 08

The Big Picture — Days of Autumn

The Big Picture does it again, with amazing, amazing photos of the Fall Season. I should just set up a permanent pointer to these, because they hit it out of the park every single time. As Paul mentions, it’s a testament to the power of a good, simple photo. No animation, no Web 2.0, just phenomenal photography, and a great editor pulling things together.


15
Oct 08

remembering

Every once in a while Pandora brings up Kathy’s Song, by Simon & Garfunkel. Always makes me think of this, and how lucky I’ve been in my life and how amazing every day is. Other events lately (non-work related) make me even more acutely aware of this, and remembering just is a little overwhelming. Music is wonderful that way, and this music in particular. Anyway, to quote a favorite of mine, “If this isn’t nice, what is?


15
Oct 08

harvey’s post on Yandex

Harvey’s got a post up on Yandex & some potentials for moving defaults in Russian language Firefox. Take a look, weigh in.


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Oct 08

Mozilla Chief Innovation Officer: Chris Beard

Hopefully by now you’ve caught the news that we’re lucky enough to count Ben and Dion, founders of Ajaxian, as the newest additions here at Mozilla — here to start a new Developer Tools Lab. They’re fired up & ready to go — so many ideas that should result in modern and open Web development getting easier and easier. I’m really excited about what they’re up to, and every time I talk with either of them, I’m personally incredibly excited about our future here.

In addition to that, I wanted to share that last month we made Chris Beard our Chief Innovation Officer, a new position for Mozilla. Chris has been involved at Mozilla since before the Firefox 1.0 release, leading our marketing and product strategy through Firefox 2, and always seems to be integral to some of the most interesting work we’re doing. For the last year or so, he’s been building Mozilla Labs into something that’s generating a lot of good ideas and energy around the future. Last month we moved the Evangelism group to Chris’ area of responsibility (with specific management there by long-time Mozillan Chris Blizzard). And today we created the new Developer Tools Lab.

It’s totally in keeping with Mozilla’s style that innovation focuses not just on internal breakthroughs but on communications and tools that help everyone innovate, and there’s nobody better than Chris at thinking and operating like that. On a personal level, I’m always challenged by Chris’ thinking and innovation, and am super happy to get to work with him every day. Congratulations, Chris!