March 19, 2011

Chastity: A Cardinal Virtue on the Shuttle

Spell the ALE in YALE.  A-L-E.  Okay, smart guy, now spell the SEX at STANFORD.


Right.  There isn’t any.  Now can anyone come up with a decent caption for this bus sign?  Our thanks to Burbed reader nomadic for spotting this one over here.

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December 26, 2009

The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Stanford Business Books) (Paperback)

~ Chong-Moon Lee (Editor), William Miller (Editor), Marguerite Hancock (Editor), Henry Rowen (Editor), William F. Miller (Author), Marguerite Gong Hancock (Author), Henry S. Rowen (Author)


The editors (all connected with Stanford Universiy) use contributions from 25 authors, business professionals, and academics to trace the unique evolution of Silicon Valley from 1949 to the present. Focusing on the seminal importance of Stanford University, Hewlett-Packard, Fairchild Semiconductor, Xerox PARC, and Apple Computer, they provide an insider’s view of what makes Silicon Valley such a dynamic center of innovation. The essays consider key players and ten crucial features that have molded the region’s explosive growth, revealing the unique circumstances that help Valley organizations, communities, and workers respond to internal and external opportunities and threats. Against this backdrop, we learn of the many challenges Valley residents face today, including a structural shift from hardware to software, a slowdown in employment growth and profits, a declining quality of life, a shortage of skilled workers, and a rapidly expanding digital divide. This solid work is recommended for both academic and larger public libraries.DNorman B. Hutcherson, California State Univ., Bakersfield

All the time, people wonder “Why is Silicon Valley so awesome?” Now, obviously there’s the smart people, the great restaurants, the great night life (nola’s in palo alto?), the great shopping (Santana Row!), and the great abundance of Fry’s. And high housing costs ensuring people work their hardest.

But… there’s more! There’s the innovation. There’s the risk taking. There’s the riches. It’s what keeps attracting people from around to this humble valley (that just happens to be the best in the world). Learn more about the edge here, so you can understand why we’ll never lose it, why others can only dream of having it, and why this will ensure house prices continue to soar.

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April 25, 2009

Geek Silicon Valley: The Inside Guide to Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco

It’s Saturday! Today’s book recommendation is…

Geek Silicon Valley: The Inside Guide to Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco

Let’s face it, with the millions of people who are planning to visit, move, buy Real Estate in the Bay Area in the next few months/years, guides will be needed.

Here’s a local’s review:

I’ve lived in Palo ALto for years and still learned a ton from this book. It’s the perfect blend of history, context, entertaining anecdotes and insight. Vance manages to describe many “geek” innovations in layman terms, so that the book was especially helpful for a non-geek like me–someone who knew it was past time to learn about his hometown as well as the most important revolution of the 20th century. Who would have thought something so good for me would have caused me to laugh out loud at several points? Just wait until you read about Google’s party plane.


The real question is: when will this be available in Russian and Chinese? Can you say market opportunity? You owe me if you become a millionaire with this idea!

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