iPod and Dog: Gillmore, the Woz, and Quantum Dots

Steve Gillmore is always at the top of my Must-Listen Podcast list, either when he puts out a Daily or a new Gillmore Gang podcast.  He recently renounced any notions that he at any time serve as an Evangelist for RSS, Podcasting, Attention, or other memes and thoughtbombs in a great ZDNet post titled Crosstown Traffic.

Get this wonderful excerpt:

Evangelizing implies belief. I don’t believe in RSS. I believe in the beauty of my daughter’s chuckle. I don’t believe in the transcendance of podcasting. I believe in the silence between the notes. I don’t believe in the inevitability of attention. I believe in the immutability of time, or what that appears to be.

Read the post then Job’s Commencement Address at Stanford and your nerd innards will be in alignment with the cosmos.

Steve Wozniak shares his life from Gnomedex 4.0 in this October 2004 2-part ITConversations podcast. What struck me was Steve’s pure love for electronics and engineering growing up in the 60’s motivating him to explore and learn and accomplish great things in his youth; how he never stopped trying for perfection in every engineering and coding task he performed.  Lots of fascinating experiences on the industry’s history. Very educational.  I would love to strap my little girl into a comfy chair and make her listen to this podcast.  “Gotta find something you love to motivate you while you’re young, Little Girl!”  I don’t think she would stay in the chair long enough to get much from Steve’s bio, unfortunately.

Then there was the ITConversations interview with Sci-Fi author Will McCarthy.  He’s a brilliant nerd who started writing Science Fiction when he got to the age when he realized that there really wasn’t a station on the Moon.  He made me think of issues like “What if when you died it was like a reboot?” and Programming matter (Quantum Dots) to do things like shrink the size of the moon to increase its gravitation.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.