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March 26, 2004 10:18 AM Cars  |   Link
Material Dream

When we first started dating way back when, Jeff and I went to the annual car show(LA, SF, Detroit) to check out the classic, latest high-end sport cars and luxury sedans. We always had fun and even then we were really into cars.

When I lived in IL I even took advantage of driving parts of Route 66. My best friend lived in a small town, Edwardsville, IL where they have a whole weekend of festivities around classic cars and Route 66.

So many years later and after drooling/enduring the many car shows and sitting in the 2 convertibles that I really...really liked...I got one.

I got my very own BMW 330ci Convertible in steel blue.

Some photos.

Whine  |   Link
Dear Reader program

Sometimes it gets difficult to be on top of the current literature of our days...stumbled on this resource today(argh can't remember where):

Dear Reader

Basically they provide snippets of chapters to people as part of an email list service. She gets the approval of the publisher and it ends up being a nice book club online.

March 25, 2004 08:45 AM Cars  |   Link
E46 Fanatics

DIY/Forums/Photo Gallery

E46 Fanatics

March 24, 2004 08:59 PM Whine  |   Link
So close to 30 and so close to loosing 30


David Tom took this camera pic of me while at work the other day...didn't realize I'm starting to look so different. The pic on the right is of me last May 2003 at my cousin Jackie's wedding (30lbs heavier).

Food & Wine  |   Link
French Laundry

While I am on my break in May, I hope to get the pleasure to visit French Laundry. Currently it's being remodeled and so I have to wait another week before they hopfully turn on their online reservations.

A really cool description of the dining experience at French Laundry by Megnut.

Information Architecture  |   Link
Personal Information Management

So many of us use technology in so many different ways, from day to day surfing, PDAs, cell phones, and wifi at your local cafe. One of the things that I rarely hear is someone being satisfied that all the information they have ever heard, read, or discussed being managed in one way. The following articles caught me by surprise since it involves bridging two worlds that I value, library science and personal information(physical & digital).

Geeks and the Dijalog Lifestyle

The Library of Congerss Comes Home

What's more interesting are some of the comments from both these articles.

March 15, 2004 09:00 AM Information Retrieval  |   Link
Convergence of search scope

Google & Yahoo are head to head right now in the Internet search arena. One aspect of their offerings that has been very intriguing for me is their "deep web" content. From Fedex/UPS to airplane status of arrival, what these search engines are doing is bringing together semi-structured/unstructured information with more structured information. A few years ago librarians were complaining that search engines don't have it all and would point users to other resources. I think what would have been more exciting if librarians and search engine developers joined forces to bring them together.

The past few years here I've been trying to find ways to show that when people see one search box, it's supposed to find all the information you want. I really feel bad to have to give so many search boxes that various levels of scope and types of information. I really see the future going more towards search engines that can handle all types of content from various sources. I think the next step is how metadata/taxonomies can play a role in making the convergence more of a reality.

I may not be working at Google or Yahoo, but attempting to make this happen on a small scale enterprise environment is an interesting challenge. So if Google/Yahoo(and even Microsoft) are listening...I'm more than up to the challenge of helping bridge the gap.

March 11, 2004 08:32 AM Information Retrieval  |   Link
CNET Article: Small search engines

Cnet has an interesting article talking about the little search engines that could...that is take over search spotlight from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Iv'e tried Eurekster and by far that's the most interesting one since it brings together your social networks and searching. The only problem I see is that different sets of friends in your circle serve different needs in your life and therefore could skew some of your searching.

"Search upstarts storm Google's gates", Stefanie Olsen, CNET

March 07, 2004 02:23 PM Health & Fitness  |   Link
Mind over Body