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Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Kawasaki

Technically he’s not a Googler as he is a Motorola advisor (to none other than the CEO). His Facebook announcement on March 1st linked from Wikipedia is curiously missing, but I did find a post on his timeline about the jump.

I learned about his blog years ago, though I had never used a Mac before I got a MacBook Pro on my first day at Google. I stopped reading in a short while as I couldn’t keep up, but I do remember his 10/20/30 rule for presentation.

Even though he left Apple almost a century ago, I think he was still known for the “Apple Evangelist”, so this seems like a nice coup. But he’s been championing Google stuff for a while, e.g. saying G+ is as special as Mac, so it could again be just my ignorance.

From Hungry Ghosts By Jasper Becker, False Science False Promises:

China also experienced major setbacks when she tried to mass produce and use machinery based on impractical designs. … Another was a special Soviet plough designed for deep ploughing. The Chinese version, the double-share plough, cost ten times as much as a traditional plough but proved unsuitable for the terraces and paddy fields of southern China: 700,000 had to be withdrawn from use and melted down again.

My parents were amazing namers. That’s so me: I cost a lot, and I’m unsuitable for my environment.

Recall me.

Boy am I glad I’m in!

Wall

Top 50 Quality of Life Cities (from here):

Rank 2009

Rank 2008

City

Country

Index 2009

Index 2008

1

2

VIENNA

AUSTRIA

108.6

107.9

2

1

ZURICH

SWITZERLAND

108

108

3

2

GENEVA

SWITZERLAND

107.9

107.9

4

4

VANCOUVER

CANADA

107.4

107.6

4

5

AUCKLAND

NEW ZEALAND

107.4

107.3

6

6

DUSSELDORF

GERMANY

107.2

107.2

7

7

MUNICH

GERMANY

107

107

8

7

FRANKFURT

GERMANY

106.8

107

9

9

BERN

SWITZERLAND

106.5

106.5

10

10

SYDNEY

AUSTRALIA

106.3

106.3

11

11

COPENHAGEN

DENMARK

106.2

106.2

12

12

WELLINGTON

NEW ZEALAND

105.9

105.8

13

13

AMSTERDAM

NETHERLANDS

105.7

105.7

14

14

BRUSSELS

BELGIUM

105.4

105.4

15

15

TORONTO

CANADA

105.3

105.3

16

19

OTTAWA

CANADA

105

104.7

16

16

BERLIN

GERMANY

105

105

18

17

MELBOURNE

AUSTRALIA

104.8

104.8

19

17

LUXEMBOURG

LUXEMBOURG

104.6

104.8

20

20

STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

104.5

104.5

21

21

PERTH

AUSTRALIA

104.3

104.3

22

22

MONTREAL

CANADA

104.2

104.2

23

23

NURNBERG

GERMANY

104.1

104.1

24

24

OSLO

NORWAY

103.7

103.7

25

25

DUBLIN

IRELAND

103.6

103.5

26

32

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE

103.5

102.9

26

25

CALGARY

CANADA

103.5

103.5

28

27

HAMBURG

GERMANY

103.4

103.4

29

28

HONOLULU, HI

UNITED STATES

103.1

103.1

30

29

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

UNITED STATES

103

103

30

29

HELSINKI

FINLAND

103

103

30

29

ADELAIDE

AUSTRALIA

103

103

33

32

PARIS

FRANCE

102.9

102.9

34

34

BRISBANE

AUSTRALIA

102.4

102.4

35

35

TOKYO

JAPAN

102.2

102.2

35

37

BOSTON, MA

UNITED STATES

102.2

101.8

37

36

LYON

FRANCE

101.9

101.9

38

38

YOKOHAMA

JAPAN

101.6

101.6

38

38

LONDON

UNITED KINGDOM

101.6

101.6

40

40

KOBE

JAPAN

100.9

100.9

41

41

MILAN

ITALY

100.8

100.8

42

48

PORTLAND, OR

UNITED STATES

100.6

100.2

42

42

BARCELONA

SPAIN

100.6

100.6

44

44

WASHINGTON, DC

UNITED STATES

100.3

100.3

44

44

OSAKA

JAPAN

100.3

100.3

44

44

LISBON

PORTUGAL

100.3

100.3

44

44

CHICAGO, IL

UNITED STATES

100.3

100.3

48

43

MADRID

SPAIN

100.2

100.5

49

49

NEW YORK CITY, NY

UNITED STATES

100

100

50

50

SEATTLE, WA

UNITED STATES

99.8

99.8

Can you spot the only one outside the Wall?

Scientific American quotes MIT Economist Andrew Lo:

“Economists suffer from a deep psychological disorder that I call ‘physics envy,’ ” Lo says. “We wish that 99 percent of economic behavior could be captured by three simple laws of nature. In fact, economists have 99 laws that capture 3 percent of behavior. Economics is a uniquely human endeavor and, as such, should be understood in the broader context of competition, mutation and natural selection—in other words, evolution.”

Make it the 100 law.

Nuvi’s usability is legendary. I haven’t used it, but as I research it, Garmin’s website is giving me a hint: I’ve never seen a comparison page that highlights the rows with differences and allows you to remove any row, though it’s trivial to implement. Hats off.

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