Programs written specifically to make programming easier or simpler. Usually it involves some kind of kludge or requires the person to adopt some new convention.

The promise of Shimware is the user will never have to learn the specific programming language it generates.

Some examples:

  • coffeescript
  • compass, SASS, LESS
  • Gems

In San Francisco, startups hatch ideas in a floating incubator | SmartPlanet


This is an interesting article about a retired Icelandic ferry boat where a buddy of mine has his startup. I was on the boat back in August and it was pretty amazing, even for San Francisco standards.

In San Francisco, startups hatch ideas in a floating incubator | SmartPlanet.

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iPhone Earbuds


I know, I know. I’m not the first person to complain about this, note the cartoon (courtesy of “The New Yorker” magazine). Ever since the original iPod, Apple has continued to use the same rubbery material for their headphones.

It’s like they have a life of their own. I left headphones in drawers, and baskets, alone for weeks only to come back and find them coiled up and twisted into little clumps.


110 Mile Swim


What an incredible story of fitness and tenacity. After more than 5 separate attempts, Diana Nyad swam 53 hours and 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. That is incredible, and I don’t like to use that word lightly. I took up swimming a couple years ago after blowing out my knee skiing. It’s a great workout, but unlike running or cycling, the mile to hour ratio can be downright depressing. What impresses me even more about this feat is she did it all in open water.

Here’s the full story on the NYTimes website.

Porsche Club of America


Our friends Julie and Matt invited us up to Road America, one of the most beautiful racetracks in the midwest, to watch the Porsche Club of America’s annual races. Matt raced in the high-end GT3 category and won Monday’s endurance race. We spent the day walking around the track and hanging with some of the other racers fawning over their cars.