Poems at my website

A few years ago, on a lark, I added a few poems to my website. I like poetry quite a bit and keep copies of favorites. Last year, I went to a weekend poetry reading. For many years, I’ve been translating Rilke’s poetry. I assumed few people cared about...

Dario Fo

(In 1981 or so, I was at the University of Heidelberg. My brother was at the London School of Economics. I went to visit him and after dinner, we went to see Dario Fo’s play Accidental Death of an Anarchist. It was brilliant and funny; I still remember it today....

Origins of Google

  Here’s one of those convoluted stories. A hundred years ago, in June 1919, Billy DeBeck introduced the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. It was very popular and appeared in 900 newspapers in 21 countries. Barney Google rode a horse (see above) named...

Bad Trump/Good Trump

(This isn’t about Trump’s politics. I’m posting this to show how analytics can be used — andreas) So it turns out that Trump’s tweets differ by time of day. – Morning tweets come from an Android phone – Evening tweets are...

Mesothelioma: Fake Story

You will often read that “mesothelioma” is the most expensive keyword at $100 per click. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos. Lawyers can get million-dollar settlements for asbestos lawsuits. No wonder they’ll bid so much. But do they really bid $100?...

Chaos Monkeys: The Book

  “Chaos Monkeys” by Antonio Garcia Martinez (hereafter, AGM) worked as a quant at Goldman-Sachs, came to Silicon Valley in 2008, did a small startup at Y-Combinator, and joined Facebook, where he worked on the advertising engine. He describes his experiences in his...

Adding a Room to Our House

We’re going to add a bedroom to our 3-bed/1-bath house in Palo Alto. I think this will be useful to others around here (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, etc.), so I’ll document the project. I’ll write every week and add photos of the project....

Robots, AI, and the End of Work

My Notes on “When the Robots Rise“, by Lee Drutman and Yasha Mounk Robots, AI, and automation (RAA) are coming fast. It’s already here in many forms and will expand rapidly in the next five to ten years. Ten years may seem a long time, but 9/11...

No Statistics in Adwords Editor

Another minor bug in Adwords Editor. Problem: Adwords Editor can’t download statistics. Why: The date format in the statistics dialog box is wrong. This happens if you change the date format settings in Windows 10. Workaround: Change the date format in Windows...

Find Intern Openings

Do you want to be an intern in Silicon Valley? Before you start, really think about what you want to do and what you want to learn. Don’t just get an internship with whoever accepts you. Here are my tips on how to find your right internship. Intern at a Big...