Saturday, February 09, 2008

TED and Isabelle

Today I found TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design". Their "About" page says "We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world."

The site presents videos of short talks given at TED conferences. I found the site after reading Guy Kawasaki's interview with Garr Reynolds. It was recommended as a place to see great presentations and learn from great presenters. There's lots to see there, and it is a visually stunning site - great design and presentation. (Hint: Go to the "Themes" page and click on "View as Visualization".)

This is a site I'll visit often for ideas and inspiration. This morning I watched a video of Isabelle Allende, the Chilean author, telling "tales of Passion". She had me from the beginning, when she began with "an old Jewish saying": "What is truer than truth? Answer: The story."

It's an 18 minute talk that is alternately funny, sad and inspiring. Check it out below...and visit

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Now can we impeach George W. Bush?

I opened the newspaper this morning during breakfast and saw the following:

"WASHINGTON -- The White House said Wednesday that the widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding is legal and that President Bush could authorize the CIA to resume using the simulated drowning method under extraordinary circumstances."

Read the article...

What possible justification could there be? Yes, I know, mumble...mumble..."Al Qaeda"..."9/11"...."homeland security"...

How about we just say "we no longer give a damn about demonstrating any kind of moral leadership in the world"?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Not If, But When...

Like we need something else to be paranoid about...the CIA is now warning about a threat of foreign hackers ability to infiltrate the US power grid and, literally, shut off our lights.

Where's my 40 acres and a windmill?

I Want To Go Here!

I'm posting this mainly so I don't lose it...a New York Times "Frugal Traveler" guide to Hawaii. Wow!