First, he appears on The O’Reilly Show and never breaks character.

Then he has Bill O’Reilly himself appear on his show and mocks him openly. Priceless!

After a lot of deliberation and introspection, I’ve decided to transition to a product manager position at my current company. I’ll be working on Trust & Safety related products and services – fraud detection and prevention, user verification, creating safe buying experiences, case disposition, automated classification, learning and prediction of content and user behavior. This is a really important strategic focus right now not just for my company but also for Web 2.0.

Goody, can’t wait to start. In the same sprit, I’m starting another blog to focus more on the professional aspects. This blog will continue to be my personal-ish blog.

Its been really busy lately and I haven’t found time to blog that much. This post however is so hilarious, sad and amazing all at the same time that I just had to note it. Its a recording of a customer’s call to Verizon and the Verizon CSRs can’t distinguish dollars from cents. Just listen to it…

For everyone who complains of math and why you need to go through all those basic arithmetic exercises in school, here’s a perfect example of why math is needed in real life.

From the Qutub Minar

To the Straits of Malabar

We remain similar

And remain singular

-Midival Punditz

With the success of Wikipedia, everyone knows what a Wiki is these days. They are perfect for creating web content quickly and easily, as well as linking to other content. For a long time, I’ve been looking for a wiki as a personal
structured notebook that is

  • Simple
  • Text/file based; no database
  • Accessible from multiple computers, either over the web with access control or data synchronization features
  • Private

There are tons of ToDoLists, web notepads etc. out there, but they control your data, and who knows how long they’ll stay in business? So, I was delighted to find a lightweight standalone tool like WikidPad. Based on my experience so far, it looks to be both robust and useful. Its a desktop system that uses text as data with Python under the hood. No databases! Use NetDrive to map an FTP server to a windows drive, save your wiki file to this drive location, and voila, you have data synchronization! Another option for sharing is FTP autosync.

Other options for personal wikis include TiddlyWiki and Wiki On A Stick. These are single HTML/DHTML pages, where all of your entries are saved and displayed on the same HTML file. This simplicity makes it ideal for storing on a USB drive, so you can access it wherever you go, even without internet access.

I’m watching DMB Live at Red Rocks on PBS as I type this. Man, do these guys rock live! I had always heard that they were much better live than recorded, especially this performance.

You have to see this concert (its available on DVD) if you’re a fan.

Yesterday I went to the Warriors season opener game against the Lakers. It was fun to watch an NBA game live and soak in the atmosphere after a long time (my last visit being to the raucous Arco Arena with the Kings), although the game was completely uneventful. As expected the Warriors lost handily even though Kobe wasn’t playing. Is there a franchise with less-enthused fan base. These guys are the Arizona Cardinals of the NBA. It was so bad the crowd was booing the home team when they missed free throws in the 4th quarter and trailing by 14 points.

We left early to beat the crowds on BART. As we were walking out of the stadium, we were greeted with ads for anti-spyware and Oracle products. Only in Silicon Valley can you expect something like this to happen and people don’t even bat an eyelid.