A labor day blogging pass ... my weekend was pretty great (despite losing my bike), how was yours? Today I went sailing, Westlake Yacht Club's annual Labor Day Regatta, and managed to win, barely, on the third tiebreaker over my longtime friend Charlie; I cannot guess how many times we've raced each other on this very water, since we were kids in single digits. Followed by a steak BBQ and a nice glass of Pinot, an interesting movie (Sunshine Cleaning), and now ... blogging!
Was it really only a month ago that we got back from Europe? Wow. Seems like ... a year, or something. Man has this summer passed s l o w l y ...
An interesting interview with the CEO of Nestle, Peter Brabeck-Lemathe: Can the world still feed itself? It's a wide ranging discussion - most interesting - but the most salient points are the inefficiency of using biologically produced calories as energy, and the foolishness of banning GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The latter reminds me a lot of nuclear energy, in that the "greens" are on the wrong side of the issue.
The other night we watched Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. A classic. And all those flying scenes were real; this was pre-CGI. How great to construct all those amazing contraptions?
I hope this isn't fake: a boy went to war in 1914, and left his bike chained to a tree... excellent.
I haven't been paying
Excellent advice from Steve Jobs, passed along by Brad Feld: Start with the Customer Experience. You can feel when a company does this, and also when they stop...
Here's an important question: Can a great chef's cookbook turn you into a great chef? This is a tough question to investigate, because many of the buyers of great chefs' cookbooks are already good cooks. I would say a great chef's cookbook can be inspirational, and that could make a big difference.
Wrapping up, ZooBorns of the weekend: Baby Chinchillas.
Onward! Into my last week of vacation...