September 4th, 2011

plane feet

Peering at the peacocks, eyes peering back

We're always looking for new routes between LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco (and we keep finding new roads to try) but there are some places went go through fairly regularly, like the Fruit farm, fudge & petting zoo (that's what the sign says). On a sunny April day, the peacocks were roosting out of the sun..

nobody here but us peacocks
Nobody here but us peacocks

river of feathers, peacock at the fruit farm
River of feathers

Peacock eyes at the fruit farm
Peacock eyes watching

peacock feathers crop 1
I tried several crops of this one

Paddling turkey, lurking peacock at the fruit farm
Not just peacocks


Book reviews: Tackling Tumblr and The Internet of Things

Some practical book reviews on ZDNetUK

Tackling Tumblr

Tumblr might be the biggest social network you've never heard of. You might well have come across Tumblr in the wake of the London riots, as it was used for a popular blog showcasing images of rioters amusingly-photoshopped to show them clutching stuffed toys or wearing Justin Bieber T shirts. If you've seen an image like the cartoon org charts of different technology companies that suddenly seems to be everywhere, it's probably spreading on Tumblr.

Read my review of the book I used to rebuild our Web site in two hours

Getting Started with the Internet of Things

Never mind 20 million Google+ users. Since 2008 there have been more 'things' connected to the internet than there are people on the earth: by 2050 there will be 50 billion connected devices — from cattle with wireless sensors that report when a cow is sick or pregnant, to implanted defibrillators that upload diagnostic information and heart rate patterns, to bridges that record every time a boat sails underneath them.

There are ambitious ideas about monitoring the weather, detecting when buildings have been affected by earthquakes, predicting traffic jams and avoiding accidents by having cars tell each other where they are (something Ford and Toyota are working on together), spotting epidemics before they start — all by building up massive, real-time data sets to analyse and act on.

Want to do it yourself? Read the rest of my review of a book that shows you how
plane feet

Travel plans: LA, Seattle, LA, Seattle, LA, silicon valley, LA

Monday is our last day in London for a few weeks (note, it's OK, the flat will be guarded so this isn't a risky security announcement). If you want to catch up with us along the way - or hook us up with a client - here's the current plan.

Tuesday: fly to LA, layover in the Virgin lounge, fly to Seattle
Wednesday: hang around Redmond - we're in the Marriot Town center without a car (but there's a bookshop and an REI and a mall and coffee shops) and we'll be gently recovering form jetlag and happy to catch up
Thursday-Saturday: busy in at a workshop. Saturday afternoon we fly back to LA for the BUILD conference
Sunday - Friday: BUILD - we expect to be pretty busy working and writing
Friday 16th: we're catching the evening flight to Seattle
Saturday 17th-Tuesday 27th we have ten days to hang around Seattle, catch up with people, have meetings etc. What we don't yet have is anywhere definite to stay ;-)
Wednesday 28th-Thursday 29th: Intel AppUp conference
Friday 30th: still in Seattle
Saturday 1 October: fly back to LA, feeling like commuters
1-5 October: Adobe MAX
6 October: our wedding anniversary - we'll have to think of something fun to do ;-)
soon after - silicon valley
18-20 October: BlackBerry Devcon in San Francisco
soon after - get ourselves to LA somehow; #include brunch in Santa Monica
24 October: fly home from LAX in time for Nokia World