Maybe I was having a bad day – but it all felt good. And certainly not as bad as the poor waitress over at Café Rouge in Berkeley.


Between my meetings I had some time to kill and found myself on Fourth Street. Decided that a small glass of wine was in order.

Observation – I used my phone to check out what wireless was around and lo – 3 wireless networks in Café Rouge. Count me in.

I entered and was seated and the waitress came over and gave me a menu. Continue reading

Happened to be over in the Oakland / Berkeley area yesterday and needed to park to meet a friend near Jack London Square.

IMG_3246… and of course I was faced with the inevitable parking meter. I am used to keeping my quarters in the cup holder – and so fully prepared.

<<< This is the meter.

Truly a gorgeous day, bright, bright sunlight making the LCD screen very hard to read. NO matter, I know how a meter works – I dumped 8 quarters into the slot. Continue reading

elon-muskI wrote the piece at the bottom of this post on May 13th of this year (ok – since the FOURTH article was written before Christmas of last year – I admit it – I am catching up. I stumbled on My post this morning, for another reason, and thought I would link to the rest of the articles.

Part Two – How Tesla Will Change The World

Part Three – How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

Part Four – The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce

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Duct tape a teacher to the wall for ‘Kids Against Hunger’.(*)

Steve Ballmer has a lot of money, You know that because he spent 2 billion dollars a couple of years ago to buy the LA Clippers. How much does he get involved in the day to day business of the Clippers? Not too much.

Malcolm Glazer bought Manchester United in 2003. United has for many years held the title of the world’s most valuable sports franchise. Today that valuation sits at around 2.25 billion dollars. That is nearly half a billion more than the number 2 on that table and yes, more valuable than The LA Dodgers, The Cowboys, The Patriots, The Giants and any other team that you might think should be worth more than a little soccer club in the UK.

How much does the Glazer family (Malcolm no longer walks on planet Earth) or Steve Ballmer affect the brand valuation of their respective teams? Close to zero. Continue reading