Monthly Archives: July 2008

John McCain knows good shoes!

At least according to this article: A Week In John McCain’s Shoes — His $520 Ferragamo Loafers, That Is

And why not? He is rich, after all.

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What’s wrong with wine by the glass, and pinot grigio

Beppi Crosariol has a good article in the Globe and Mail arguing against ordering wine by the glass. I know what he means: once, I ordered a glass of red from a good restaurant and it was warm because the bottle was sitting on the bar fridge! Ugh! That went back.

If you want to order by the glass, see and order what was recently opened, and try and stick with fresh whites. (What is true for glasses also goes for 1/2 litres and anything that comes from an opened bottle. Although in some cases, if it’s a recently opened red, you may get the benefit of the wine opening up a bit.)

See for yourself by reading this: Wine by the glass? I’ll pass

P.S. He also had a nice, snarky comment (on this varietal) that I love:

“(Hey, if you’d wanted a white wine with no flavour, you’d have ordered a pinot grigio.)”

There are some pinot grigios that do have flavour, but why chase them around when there are so many other white varietals that do have taste?

(flickr photo from sunnyUK photostream)

More good cheap wine: White Zinfandel (Rose) from Beringer

Not too long ago, in Ontario at least, it was hard to get a good bottle of rose. Nowadays, rose/blush/pink wines are all the rage, and you can get plenty in the LCBO. To me, most of these new wines taste very serious, and one of the things I liked about the old roses were that they were not serious. They were meant to be fun summer drinking wines, the way sangria or vinho verde or even sparkling wine should be.

One rose that manages to be both fun and serious comes from Beringer, makers of many a fine wine. When they made their 2007 White Zinfandel from their California Collection :

“the focus was to highlight the fresh red berry, citrus and melon aromas and flavors and round these out with subtle hints of nutmeg and clove. The wine has a youthful exuberance that is appealing to anyone looking for an uncomplicated wine to accompany a meal”

See? it has all those great flavours, plus it is “youthful”, “uncomplicated”, possessing “exuberance”; that all adds up to “fun”! 🙂

It costs a mere $7 in the US and goes for $10 in the general section of the LCBO. So, skip over all those roses in Vintages section and grab some of this. And pick up so vinho verdes while you are at it.

For more info, go to Beringer Vineyards California Collection

Update: you can find more posts I’ve made on wine here

Who knows colour? Sony does

This youtube video shows why. It’s a commercial, but it’s also amazing.

P.S. If you go to YouTube, you can see the “Making of…” the video.

Why the Beatles are responsible for the invention of the CAT Scan

It seems hard to believe, but read this article and see for yourself:

Epidemix » What Medicine Owes the Beatles

On the long tail, cheap.easy.global.media, and the world as open source

BusinessWeek has an interesting article on how Cheap Photo Sites Pit Amateurs vs. Pros.

The article is interesting for alot of reasons, but one reason in particular for me is this: it is a good example of the long tail in action, with thousands of suppliers of photographs, and aggregators (like flickr) bringing it all together. Professional photographers can complain about this, but it will be in vain, at least in the short term.

I see this spreading to other things as well. I see music next. With sites like MySpace, last.fm and others, the barriers to entry for musicians will become lower and lower, and over time people will listen to a wider variety of artists as greater socialization of music occurs. Eventually it will even happen for books and other forms of writing, although you could argue it has already happened with the proliferation of blogs. Anyone publishing any media now is going to be overwhelmed by the tidal wave of vast amount of new material being created.

At the blog gapingvoid, the author talks in one posting about “Cheap. Easy. Global. Media.” The combination of digitization of material and social
computing technology will make it dead simple for people to create, publish,
and share their work with others. And soon it won’t be just media. Anything that can be digitized is open for this to happen.

The world is becoming open source. Soon it will be open source hardware. Then chemistry. Then biology.

On Why Infrastructure is Important


After Twitter, Apple joins the growing number of service providers who are less than stellar in their performance: Were Really Sorry, Says Apple, Really We Are – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog

Infrastructure is hard to do well. Not just physical servers, but the underlying technology that supports your application or service. You’ve got to do the fundamentals really well. I would be willing to bet that the companies that fail haven’t considered or taken the time to think about the fundamentals.

(Flickr photo by Johnnie W@lker)