My last name, Knaster, is not common. When I was growing up, everybody I knew named Knaster either lived in my house or was no more distant than a first cousin. When I was 7 years old, my family happened upon Knaster's Department Store on a trip to San Bernardino. This caused great excitement. But that was about it.
I heard about Knaster Records, from Europe. I guess they're scratchy, or they have singers with cracking voices. (They seem to be gone now.)
Then, one day, a friend surprised me with a picture of the popular Knaster brand of hemp from Germany. (Eventually those nice folks sent me a tin of Knaster air freshener, along with a couple of Knaster lighters. Cool.)
Today I bought tickets for the San Jose Sharks upcoming season. Staring at my receipt for $256, I realized that I bought 2^3 tickets, and that each ticket cost 2^5 dollars, which is why I spent a total of 2^8 dollars.
General Magic was a dream of a company founded in 1990 by Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld (who had previously combined to create most of the original Mac's look and feel) along with Marc Porat. General Magic was founded to build handheld wireless communication devices, but the hardware and networking technology wasn't quite there yet, and the advent of the Internet undercut and overwhelmed the company's intentions.
I started working at General Magic in 1990, and it was a blast. I could tell a bunch of stories about the company, but for today I just want to post the artifact below. It's a faux "telecard", just as it might appear in the Magic Cap user interface, that we sent to our ISVs when the first Sony Magic Link device shipped, signed by the General Magic folks who worked with developers.
Here's something interesting you might not have noticed from O'Legog's search engine shop: Google Sets. When you visit Google Sets, you type in a few items that have something in common, click a button, and Google tries to figure out a bunch more items that belong in the set.
For example, when I type in Campbell, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, Milpitas (cities near where I live), Google Sets says:
When I enter Bonds, Vizquel, Winn, Durham, and Aurilia (San Francisco Giants players), I get:
Yep, all Giants and former Giants.
You can even use it as a thesaurus. I entered joyous, thrilled, happy, excited, cheerful and asked for a large set. I got:
For special fun, go to Google Docs and create a spreadsheet. Type a few items into cells. Then hold down option (on a Mac) or ctrl (on Windows or Linux) and drag through the cells and into blank cells below or to the right. The new cells will fill in with items from Google Sets. See here for more.