Friday, March 28, 2008

Dell has a winner

We're not talking great value laptop deals here. It's March and can't help talking about some hoop Madness.

As always, people just love Cinderella at this time of the year (not for her looks, well looks at the basket is more like it). And this time, one team has answered the call. And the hero, came from Dell! Meet Stephen (courtesy of SI)!

View highlights of Davidson's win against the Hoyas here plus a brief special on the team.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Morph[x]Code: For ideas whose time has come.

I remember 2 years ago, after my kid-induced retirement as I was bumming around without a clue, I chanced upon former college mates who were prodding me to go and teach at our college. I said that would be neat, except that 1. I do not believe that I have necessary credentials to teach whatever course there is after being too far removed from the field of study for the last few years and 2. if ever, what I'd like to teach or maybe just spread the word about is on micro-enterprise or something about going into business. Why, they asked? Well, it's not just about money but it's the best way to progress with other families in tow.

I guess that was too narrow-minded of me given that I now am in the company of real persons who made their way to the top and I mean, global top. And it's not just about the money. It rarely is. It is about following passions and molding them into ideas. I wouldn't say that the path is smooth cause it certainly is not but where it used to be dark, there now are far more number of lamp posts as guide. Resource. There's the web and google away, as they say.

And there's Morph Code. Resources like start-up money and mentoring awaits the winners. Sign up cause we're going global, Asia! And it begins here, with the Filipino technopreneur...

E -seuss

Looking at my Google Reader, Netnewswire and even Delicious account, it is quite easy to surmise that what interests me the most pertains to Tech issues that relate to the Morph Application Platform and updates particularly Ruby, Rails and Social Media in general. Sure, I do because it's not just work but it's really pretty interesting, a sub-culture of puppet masters of the economy and the radical future. Yet, I honestly admit that I still get easily drawn to issues close to my heart like personal stories of human inspiration and yes, human struggle which simply can't quite exist without the other.

Sure, I continue to seek out and carefully read blogs by programmers and developers. What's surprising is that more than a few of them are putting time writing about these human issues and personal things, too. So, without much ado, I'm going to fire away about things not typically Educe/E-juice.

Tibet and (sporting) glory
The Beijing Olympics is about to start its Olympic torch relay and what a real bummer for them. For years, Tibet, under the Dalai Lama's strict non-confrontational stance even in exile, quietly protested to no avail. But a change in strategy is sure to happen especially when younger Tibetans, who have not been as strongly exposed to the Dalai Lama's teachings nor guidance (compared to ideas about freedom, rights and internet), take to the fore.

1. Are the Olympics really insulated against politics? Each gold necklace represents a noose for Tibetans. Glory to the Games? And so what about the training and date with destiny? Who stands to lose more if there is a boycott? Athletes, China or even companies...


2. What are the sentiments of typical Chinese people to the Tibetan occupation? Do they really believe Tibet is worth the trouble, a historical Chinese claim/right or a show of might? Oh, geography...

3. Is the Dalai Lama advocating that Tibet be like Hong Kong? Autonomous and partly-free? Do Hong Kong residents really feel free? Or is it just about commerce and being powerless?

TED is more than a name
The site for me. Go visit and marvel at true... uhmm, universality of resonant ideas. And presentations of remarkable people, as well.

Mac, not your average Joe
Yes, I use a Macbook and I'm way too cool to be cleaning the toilet and/or washing the dishes (but I do as a form of meditation). Uh uh. Better still, I'm into raising my daughter, Zaki to be the village bully as well as the classiest nose picker among 3-year olds. But don't take my word for it, read this. And how about the Ruby and Rails guys? Control-Alt-Delete

Horton, that's who. From the ever creative Dr. Seuss - "Seuss" which was supposed to rhyme with voice than with juice. Now that would have been eedious.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Stalled and installed: Disclosures 2

Stalled: New Posts

It had been a whirl of a 2 weeks and a half, most of which was due to this:

This is my very first screencast, crappy voice and all. It is actually version 3 already and really spent a lot of restless days and nights trying to make it presentable. But overall, it's been a rewarding experience and gasp, I look forward to doing a lot more - but this time with a better mic and a sound-proof room (as if it was possible).


Yep, I wanted to do more blog posts but wasn't expecting something like officially writing for Morph as one of its bloggers for Asia. Anyway, expect to see some of my posts there while I ponder on how to keep up writing here
. Any suggestions on how to do it will be most appreciated.

Disclosures 2.

I've now been officially part of Morph Labs, Inc (actually started early February). This means I may have to do more writing about company products and sharing them with you over at the company blog. Good thing is, hearing from our guys again this week, the Morph Application Platform really is something. I am as wide-eyed as a kid learning about space as I was upon attending product briefing on its cool set of features. Technology and innovation truly is something.

Still expect to get more news and views on SaaS happenings and Asia Ruby on Rails updates here along with a few occasional rants and personal advocacies in the world of tech. Maybe we could also put in some profiles of interesting persons and places I now meet along the way.