Back from the Cape

I’m just back from a few days on Cape Cod. There was a little bit of rain but not nearly as much as forecast for Boston. The sand was wonderful, the ocean lovely and warm. I got through about half of Ishiguro’s “When We Were Orphans” yesterday. It’s a little dry and heavily introspective, but nevertheless entertaining. Memory plays a big role. I find myself digging through my own memories of childhood, like the protagonist. As I read, I have a recurring suspicion that some critical aspect of the protagonist’s existence, hinted at but heretofore missed by us and the protagonist, is going to suddenly be revealed. Like John Nash’s mental illness in “A Beautiful Mind”.

Half-baked idea

SO we’ve started thinking about actually planning out our meals for the week before we go grocery shopping. Think about this and you realize that there is a lot of information management involved. You pick a recipe for each meal, break the recipes down to their ingredient lists, add up all of the ingredients for all meals, sum up the quantities, subtract what you already have in the pantry and finally you have your shopping list.

Computers could help here, couldn’t they? We haven’t used an online grocery site in quite a while, but as far as I recall the interface was a recapitulation of the brick and mortar version (food categories, aisles, etc). That seems wrong to me. I want to pick my menu and have the server generate my shopping list from it. Do any of the online grocers do that now?

Baby Mo arrives

I have a new neice. Congratulations to proud parents Adam and Renee!

Welcome to the party, guys. The water’s pretty nice, once you get used to it :->

Offline day

Things I did today offline:

  1. Took my daughter to the playground.
  2. Bought a new microwave oven.
  3. Saw some friends walking on the street as I drove past. Honked lightly to get their attention and waved when they looked.
  4. Ate lunch at home with my wife.
  5. Walked my daughter to another playground where they have a sandbox. This time in her wagon. Compared to a stroller: more fun her, more work for dad.
  6. Saw another friend while walking, who honked as she drove past and waved when I looked.
  7. Went out for dinner and ice cream.
  8. Put my daughter to bed.

Now I’m going back offline to watch a movie.

Tomorrow: bruch with friends, grocery shopping.

Cringely on online music

Robert X. Cringely: Son of Napster.

Cringely thinks laterally about online music. He says it would need $2million up front. I would happily donate $100 to help seed it.

Don’t get me wrong. It costs money to make music and somebody’s gotta pay. I know this from personal experience, having lived with a few struggling musicians while in grad school. But something is broken. There are too many lawsuits. Too much innovative technology under fire. Too much stop energy. There has to be a better way to ensure that musicians and songwriters can make a good living making the music we love. Maybe Cringely is on to something.

More from the Linux front

News.Com: “Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s SCOsource intellectual property division, said in a statement. ‘We intend to provide them with choices to help them run Linux in a legal and fully-paid for way.'”.

It’s very strange to hear Linux and for-pay licensing in the same breath. I guess RedHat and others are trying to sell for-pay licenses, but mostly they’re charging for early access and technical support: “If you stop paying, we’ll cut off your ftp account and stop responding to your emails.” Here we’re talking about simple permission to use executables. Breathtaking.

Update Wired quotes SCO chief executive Darl McBride: “‘Take away the code in question and you’re left with Linux 2.2,’ McBride said.”