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A Beautiful Mind. We had the chance to see a preview of this new film this evening. It stars Russell Crowe and was directed by Ron Howard. Here's the official blurb:

A mathematical genius, John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Crowe) made an astonishing discovery early in life and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But his prodigious career was sidetracked by problems that would have broken many men. Nash, however, fought back. He had always been driven by his quest for one truly original idea and never lost sight of that dream. After many years of struggle, he triumphed over tragedy ­ and literally changed the world.
It's important that I not tell you any more. Just see this one. It will be hard to award this year's Best Actor to anyone other than Russell Crowe. Trust me on this one.
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2001 10:29:52 PM   

Reviewers Wanted. All of the on-line booksellers had lame descriptions of my new book. They were based on the proposal I wrote over a year ago when I was shopping around for a publisher. Way out of date. I've sent updated copy to all of them, and Barnes and Noble was the first to paste it into their site. The book is selling well (#6,542 on Amazon this morning), but I'm not getting any reviews. There's one on Amazon (from a friend) and none at all on B&N. Stop by B&N or Amazon and tell 'em what you think. I don't know about you, but I've learned to rely on customer reviews as the best way to pick books. There's another Web Hosting book that came out a few weeks before mine, but mine's much better, IMNSHO.
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2001 1:27:09 PM   

Ham Radio. Doc Searls is remembering his early days in amateur radio. Scott Loftesness also remembers it as his intro to all things wireless. I would bet that anyone involved with ham radio early in their lives considers it as something that continues to have an impact on them to this day. It was a lot like the web: a community of people, geographically distributed, who communicated other than face-to-face.

I got my Novice ticket at age 11. (In case you're wondering, this was pre-transistor. All of the exam questions were about vacuum-tube electronics.) I remember building a Heathkit DX-40 (75-watt) transmitter to go with the old Hallicrafters receiver my dad had in the basement, and stringing a 40-meter folded dipole antenna on our roof. I went on to get a General class license at 13, and an Advanced ticket at 14. In college (to work at Cal Berkeley's KALX radio station), I got a First Class Radiotelephone license. That was fun--not too many people had those. :-) My first callsign was WA6MWC ("microwave clown"). I can't recall my callsign while I was in New York, but when we moved back to California in 1984, I was WB6UHU (the "underhanded underwriter"). One year I bought my son a shortwave receiver for Christmas. He couldn't have been less interested. But now--at age 25--he's becoming very interested in all things computer and wishes he'd learned electronics when he had the chance as a kid. A few years ago, my sister said, "I never thought being a geek would be cool." Ham radio is true geekdom.
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2001 1:12:50 PM   



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