Lessons for Life

This video has been out on the web for over 4 months now, but I think about it often. Partly, it means so much to me because Professor Randy Pausch has pancreatic cancer, the deadly disease that took my father's life last September. But also, Professor Paush's "Last Lecture" speaks to fundamental truths about what is important about life, and how it is never too late to achieve your childhood dreams.

or you can watch the shorter highlights from the WSJ here:

Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain

source: TechCrunch

It’s sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it’s important to our economy and culture. That has to chang… more

i heart Obama

Most of you already know my loveness for Barack Obama, and that I wholeheartedly believe he should be the next President of the United States of America. I'll continue to try and share my viewpoint with all of you, but here are a couple of other folks who say it just as well - and probably better than I do - at TechPresident, and of many more at YouBama.

Words and Lyrics

Here is what is on my reading list these days...
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers: current book, enjoying
  • Frozen - by Jeff something?
  • Motherless Brooklyn, or Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethum
  • The Power Broker - Robert A. Caro
  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders
  • Beautiful Children - Bock
Mickey says to add: The Epicure's Lament by Kate Christensen, and Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Marquez, but I'm not much of a GGM fan. I know the guys love him and all his old-man-having-sex-with-young-women characters, but he's not a fav.

On the magazine, newspaper front, I'm still a fan of New York, New Yorker, Esquire, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and occasionally Page Six.

And of course, what post-modern quasi-technophile, definite geek be without her Blog Reader - almost 250+ per day. VentureBeat, GigaOm, TechCrunch, Valleywag and Alley Insider are the tops.

Musically - The band of 2008: The Teenagers? Christian and I heart Vampire Weekend (and their ultra-dirty openers Plastic Little) but they're all sold out this week. Boo. Going to see Cat Power next week even though her recent covers album wasn't universally adored. Can't wait for the "Coachella" NYC tickets to be announced -- rumor has it that Radiohead will be there.

The Year of the Rat

Well, well, well... here we are in 2008, having left the dregs of 2007 behind us. I made a few - just a few - little Resolutions (in no particular order):

1.) Get a job (more of a necessity than a resolution, but let's not digress)
2.) Be more polished (mostly this means wearing more lipstick)
3.) Work on my core (interpret it as you wish... ab-wise, or spiritually)
4.) Take a creative writing class

And three weeks in, how have I done? No job - but we're honing in on some possibilities. My little red tube of lipstick does hardly leave my side, and I ended up with a brand, spanking new hair cut, which has the semblance of a style. I've been to the gym the 4 out of the last 5 days and begrudingly continue to do my sit-ups. I even got a complement from the gym guy today that I was doing them correctly. Ix-nay on the creative writing-ay class thus far, but I have toiled on a few pieces here and there. I keep telling myself that classes equal money and I'm really trying to curtail my spending til that jobby-job comes my way. So perhaps later in the Spring?

In any case, I'm digging the Year of the Rat and I'm all about being back in the Big Apple!