Archive for May, 2014

Seattle Restaurant biz-temperature falling?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

While Seattle seems to be going through a huge boom in construction, it is not clear that all this growth is benefiting existing restaurants. Recently, one of my favorite restaurants majorly annoyed me with a desperation move, that turned out to have not matter, the shop having shuttered in the last week anyways. Today, I get an email from another local restaurant bemoaning a significant loss in visitors, and offering an apology for a recent menu change, and a promise to return to the old ways, so “please come back”….weird to see such candor from a business.

But more curiously, I wonder at just how things are for the average restaurant in Seattle these days. I suspect that while the number of potential new customers has gone up, so has the number of new alternatives to be tried, leading to several places finding themselves ignored for prior success, while the crowds move from new to newer.

Google Glass and privacy

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

One of the arguments against Google Glass that I hear most often is how it normalizes constant surveillance. Maybe to someone who hasn’t been paying attention, I guess. Everyone else knows there are a billion camera everywhere, already, owned and watched by who knows who. What Glass offers is the change to normalize the democratization of the panopticon.

Release process lessons learned from Gremlins

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

1. Finish before midnight
Tired people make mistakes, and no one is around to help fix things that go wrong.
2. Don’t get the server wet
They won’t multiply, like the mogwai. They also won’t divide, store data, or even boot. They also don’t like it too hot, but that wasn’t in the movie.

C is for Cookie

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

C is for Cookie
And also cocaine
One of them will make you
Crazy in the brain
Which one depends
On muppet or not