Lucky Me | Thomas Borowski

Thomas Borowski creator of the Groovboard and host of Think Make Sell podcast (and my co-host on The Makers Journal) was in a terrible accident last week as a result of a collision with a deer. Fortunately he is ok.  One of the things that I found fascinating was Tom’s initial thoughts while waiting for help to arrive.

“As we were waiting for the police to arrive, some random thoughts started going through my mind:

* Thank goodness my dog wasn’t in the car (I had just dropped him off at the dog sitter).
* The car’s probably totaled.
* I hope my glasses are OK.
* I hope my MacBook is OK (yeah, I know).”

— http://thomasborowski.de/2014/02/lucky-me/

I was reviewing the list, noticing that Tom’s well being was not initially mentioned, I realized that as long as my pet or loved ones were not in the car this would have been my exact thought process as well.  I wonder if other people would also share a similar list or does this has to do with who we are as people and our particular personality?

Reboot

I am not a large proponent of New Years resolutions. Goals are good but I dont think they are mutually exclusive. During 2013 when writing for ThoughfulDesign I found myself boxed in by the blog title. I wanted to write about other topics, and not limit myself. Even though it was purely in my head it was a block for me. I used this as an excuse to not write.

I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a better site name. I settled on using my own to allow me to just explore new topics as I decide to. Some of the topics I plan to write about revolve around customer service, design and user expereience design, and the Apple community. But if I want to write a review about LED lightbulbs or bathroom fans, a la Marco Arment I will have that freedom.

I hope you will continue reading and share your thoughts with me.

This just amused me..

A Microsoft ad on The Unofficial Apple Web site – next to an article about the iTunes store.

Hurricane Sandy

Lighter than normal posting here as we prepare for Sandy’s arrival. Expecting to loose power soon. If you are in her path stay safe.

patrickrhone / journal

On his birthday (the same age I am) Patrick outlines beautifully 45 things he knows. There are so many good ones here I can’t pick one favorite – but if I was forced, it would be #23.

A sad day for cycling and a good man

As a former long distance cyclist and lover of the sport, the news today from the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) has me disgusted. They are recommending to the UCI to strip Lance Armstrong of all his titles, awards and winnings. Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, has been “hunting” Lance like sport animal. Lance finally has had enough.

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said Thursday night, hours before the deadline to enter arbitration. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”[1]

Apparently you can be tested hundreds of times and pass and be guilty. I imagine this is how a criminal who is truly innocent and gets the death penalty must feel. Circumstantial evidence appears to win out in some cases. Its WRONG ! Before DNA testing I bet this happened more than we would like to believe.

Lance has a truly unique life store beating cancer after the doctors gave him a 50/50 chance to then go on and win 7 Tour de France titles. A feat no one let alone an unknown American have ever done.

The UCI, the International Cycling Union, has the final say. Regardless they have several problems to address.

  • If Lance is stripped of his titles four of those wins would go to Jan Ulrich, an athlete thatHAS tested positive for doping and been banned for life from the sport.
  • the UCI has backed Armstrong and asked the USADA to explain why he should be stripped of his titles when none of the USADA’s own test have EVER come back positive. [2]
  • The sport has been tarnished more and more over the last 10 years form allegations of doping. While they want to send a message to the athletes they certainly do not want the image of the sport to decrease more by backing a sports hero.

Lance could have stopped racing sooner, taken his winnings and fame and partied like a rock start all over the world. I am sure he enjoyed himself but what he really did was start a foundation for cancer research that has raised over $500 million dollars. His family and the foundation are his priorities. Even if he wins this battle in another year there will be a new version of these allegations that he will have to deal with (come on its been 17 years and we are still talking about this).

Its a sad day for cycling. When a man so strong who has done so much good reached his limit and said enough. When you choose to continue working to help others over proving your innocence you will be branded as guilty.

Today a sports hero did not die, he became a larger one.

  1. Fox Latino News Article  ↩
  2. Fox Latino News Article  ↩

Making the move

I have been using SquareSpace for some time now. I was part of the beta to test V6. The changes are very nice in terms of functionality with more coming. I think the full support of Markdown and the Link post options are welcome editions. As a result I took this opportunity to clean up and stream line my site a little more. I will be tweaking it over the next week or so. Let me know what you think.?

iGoogle to be discontinued

Google has some nice tools.  They just don’t always work for me.  I think it boils down to a trust issue.  I am not crazy about being the product.  One of the few Google services I do like and enjoy is iGoogle.  It is my web browser home page and allows me a snapshot of news services, stock information (things I track not necessarily own) and some headlines from a few blogs.  I know there is the bug push for all things Google+ but I suspect that the reason it is being deprecated is that there is no ad revenue being generated.  One of the few services that has not gone this way.  Returning from vacation Monday I opened up my home page to see this notice on the top of the screen.

I know there are others out services that will provide a similar “dashboard” functionality so I will begin to investigate those now.  If you know of a service that you like I would love to hear about it.