Someone made fire. Someone was first.

Someone made fire. Someone was first. I don’t mean the idiot who found a burning stick and kept it going. I mean the fellow who could make fire. And until that knowledge was stolen, that fellow was the most powerful person on the planet. And it means something to be first. To be most. It means a great deal. It means you have an opportunity to reproduce with the highest frequency and with the most desirable partners. It means your offspring have the greatest chance of survival and a better opportunity to make their own fire. I personally believe that human evolution has run its course. We live in a world where the people who can make fire have a tendency to wear condoms, sit in casinos and drink themselves into a stupor.

— Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson, Duplicity)

Sizzling Tandoor and Groupon – Wow!

Around 6:30 this morning I received an email from Groupon with the subject “Half Off Fare at Sizzling Tandoor.” The Daily Deal went on to say “$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Fare and Drinks at Sizzling Tandoor.”

Pretty good deal, but at the time there were only three buyers. I was buyer #4. Then at around 3:00pm, I wanted to show a friend of mine the deal and so I checked my Groupon app on my iPhone. There were 185!

I just checked it again, and it’s up to 220 with some five hours still left to go! Like many other people, I had heard about the success of Groupon, but never actually witnessed the power of it for myself until today. Consider me sold! Groupon is onto something big, something very big indeed.

UPDATE 1/6/11
Closed with 258 buyers ($3,870). Amazing!

Ubuntu iTunes

iTunes for Mac? Yes.
iTunes for Windows? Yes.
iTunes for Ubuntu? No.

This is probably the single biggest app missing from the Ubuntu playbook. If Apple were to make it available for Ubuntu, would people really not buy Apple computers? The answer for some would be yes, but I’d venture to guess it’s a very small number of people that would base their computer buying on it alone. More likely, it’s people like me wanting to put Ubuntu on a Windows box or netbook but find the lack of iTunes makes Ubuntu not as attractive an OS, especially since Apple uses iTunes to sync with the iPhone and iPad.

MYBAT iPhone4 black lattice case

This is my $15 case! A friend of mine got one for his iPhone as a gift from someone in Los Angeles, but didn’t know who made it or where to get it. Turns out Cell Treasures in the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall carries them (or at least they did a few weeks ago). Yesterday I asked them who made it and they said, MYBAT and so after some searching, here it is – the Black Lattice model:

This is a great case. I love that the ports are all open and easy to get to – especially the audio! Highly recommend.