Back to the Future!! And How!

I was raised in Los Angeles near Malibu. When I was beginning grade school, my friends and I were free to roam the town of Pacific Palisades, CA without adult supervision. AND… there was no fear of abduction. I know, I know, you now realize that I am no young spring chicken. I was born in 1964, the Chinese Year of the Dragon – but I am not Chinese. In those simple days, most everyone in the Palisades knew everyone else. The homes were fairly modest, but loaded with charm. In second grade my friends and I would go surfing in the mornings before school and show up to class wet. That is not something parents let their kids do these days.

After high school, I worked for the family business for a while, then I joined the Navy. I did very well in the Navy schools and got my choice of orders, of which one was a brand new ship in Long Beach, CA. My family joked that I now was home more often than before I joined. Funny what you miss once you don’t have it.

After discharge, I moved to the midwest for about 10 or 15 years and when I returned home to Los Angeles everything had changed. I felt like I was in an episode of “Back to the Future II”. The population had exploded to what seemed like 100 times the population I remembered. So much new construction and remodeled homes and strip malls.

Pacific Palisades is not even close to the small quaint town on the coast that is so dear in my memories. Single story homes that were not meant to be 2 story homes now were just that. It looks absolutely ridiculous and I would never live in that town again, as a result.

When we follow the path that life lays out for us, and then look back, don’t be surprised if the view has changed to the point of no recognition. The world is in a great big hurry to live the life of “The Jetsons”.

Finding Your Clear Path


Is Like Hugging

The Middle of the Road

  • Do you ever feel inspired AND overwhelmed at the same time?
  • What Do You Focus On?
  • What Direction Do You Go In?

I DO! My mind and thoughts are racing with my emotions and feelings. Sometimes I feel like it is within reach and other times I feel like it is unattainable. I feel like finding my clear path on this journey of life is like hugging the middle of the road!

DO NOT go too far right or too far left and WHATEVER I do, DO NOT OVERCORRECT! If I go to slow I get stagnant. If I go to fast I do not get to enjoy the process. I just may find myself stuck on OVER everything and anything too. It is very much about seeking out that happy medium when it comes to living the life I do…

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Nervana Systems raises $3.3M to build hardware designed for deep learning


Nervana Systems, a San Diego-based startup building a specialized system for deep learning applications, has raised a $3.3 million series A round of venture capital. Draper Fisher Jurvetson led the round, which also included Allen & Co., AME Ventures and Fuel Capital. Nervana launched in April with a $600,00 seed round.

The idea behind the company is that deep learning — the advanced type of machine learning that is presently revolutionizing fields such as computer vision and text analysis — could really benefit from hardware designed specifically for the types of neural networks on which it’s based and the amount of data they often need to crunch. Indeed, the computers in play do matter: the application of GPUs to run deep learning algorithms drastically improved their performance and made them a viable option for certain tasks. GPUs are now the preferred processor type for many researchers and practitioners in the space.


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With $27.8M in Series B funding, Jaunt plans to bring cinematic virtual reality to the masses



Just five months after coming out of stealth mode, virtual reality cinema startup Jaunt is looking to scale big time with a $27.8 million Series B round. The company will use the funds to grow its team, build more of its 360-degree cameras and produce films.

Jaunt’s small team is based out of Palo Alto, Calif., where it has been prototyping and building a unique camera that sports a ring of lenses. Together, they capture a nearly full sphere of video that can then be edited with Jaunt’s software. Inside a virtual reality headset, viewers can look around as if they are inside the movie.

The Jaunt camera. Photo by Signe Brewster. The Jaunt camera. Photo by Signe Brewster.

Highland Capital Partners led the round. Further funding came from Google Ventures and existing investors Redpoint Ventures, British Sky Broadcasting, Peter Gotcher and Blake Krikorian. Jaunt raised an $6.8 million round in April.

Earlier this month I spent a day on the set

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The Ice Bucket Challenge

Who’s next?

Life in the Boomer Lane



Life in the Boomer Lane, consumed with the online hunt for the perfect winter boots, was unaware of the Ice Bucket Challenge. She was alerted to this when she received three text videos of her children, one jumping into a pool, one pouring a bucket of water over his head and one pouring a bucket of ice over his, after each, in turn had challenged the other.  The videos were hilarious, and once again reaffirmed to LBL that if you change enough diapers and survive enough tantrums, your children will ultimately grow up to amuse you. .

The Ice Bucket Challenge turns out to be for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fairly horrific disorder. Some people know it as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, after baseball great Lou Gehrig publicly revealed his diagnosis. Years later, English theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking again increased awareness. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative…

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Gigaom Research webinar: Customer-driven infrastructure: building future-ready consumer applications


Cloud enables flexibility, agility, nimbleness, and lower human and capital costs. Cloud adoption is fueled by many corporate, cultural, and economic factors such as cost cutting in times of economic uncertainty, scaling up or down (resource elasticity), time savings, data center simplification, need to free up IT resources and personnel for newer or more critical initiatives (flexibility), processing workload spikes during peak seasons.

Enterprises quickly learn in their cloud maturity process that the infrastructure needs of customer-facing applications are fundamentally different from internally-consumed apps. They require availability, scalability, and, above all, flexibility that enterprise line-of-business apps do not. When your application is your brand and even a minute variance in performance can demonstrate a quantifiable impact on revenue, businesses can and must build ROI into their infrastructure decisions.

As with all applications, extensibility and workload portability are essential, but customer-facing applications bring additional gravity to infrastructure choices. Decisions such as…

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