Blogs from Silicon Beach

Twit Face

The use of Twitter and Facebook has morphed from the original social goal. The change has deep and broad consequences.
Initially Twitter was the town square where gossip and personal information of a significant hedonistic nature was shared. This was certainly enough to provide a motive to sell advertising, the ultimate goal of the company. But things got out of hand, as the law of unintended consequences would have it. First came the corporate involvement. Fascinated by the opportunity to spread the corporate message in new ways, the marketing department of companies, some of which do not even sell consumers goods, established Twitter accounts in order to promote both themselves and their products.

Verdi's "A King for a Day" Makes News

The Sarasota Opera this year produced a Verdi opera that is seldom performed called "Un Giorno di Regno" that is translated into English as "King for a Day". Dr. Francesco Izzo researched this work and developed the definitive rendition of the opera. This is what the Sarasota Opera produced. In addition Dr. Izzo also discovered two additional pieces that Verdi wrote for the opera that were never inserted in the score. These two pieces were performed for the first time during a special concert on March 24 to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. Both the opera and the concert received enthusiastic critical reviews and attendance. The event was notable enough to raise interest world-wide. Four distinguished members of the Club dei 27 from Parma visited Sarasota and attended both the Opera and the concert.

Mice And Men: The Opera

This past Saturday I saw the Sarasota Opera production of Mice and Men. This is the third modern American opera performed by the company in as many years. It follows The Crucible and Vanessa performed respectively in 2011 and last year. The applause that followed the performance and continued for around five minutes is a testimonial to the skill of the performers and the quality of the composition. The company has a true artistic success in its hands with this production. Yet it may not be a financial success at the end of its run. Susan Danis, the previous executive director of the Sarasota Opera used to remark that only war is more costly to produce than opera.

The Upside-Down Prius

There are times when one looks at something day after day without ever actually seeing. We are accustomed to receive stimuli that we accept as normal and we really never think of what we see. At least this is my experience. It turns out that retirement may be hazardous to me because it gives me time to think about subjects I have never had time to think about in the past.

Death And Dark Matter

Death is a personal and solitary thing. I thought about it yesterday while attending the funeral of a fellow golfer. Nobody can do it for you, and no one does it with you. Funerals are pretty common here, especially during the winter months. Not because of the inclement weather, of course. But in winter our population grows considerably thanks to the snowbirds.

Table Talk on the Emerald Princess

One of the attractions of going on a cruise is meeting people I would otherwise never meet. This last cruise on board of the Emerald Princess offered interesting opportunities. My wife and I always choose late dining because it provides the best opportunity of sharing a table with repeat cruisers that have interesting lives.

This is how I met Mary Lou and Hal. Mary Lou is a very successful marketing and promotion professional that works for a major TV network. She lives in Southern California. Hal is a retired financial analyst who lives in New York City.

Gray Cells In Your FPGA

Shakeel Jeeawoody, VP of Marketing at Blue Pearl Software, published a paper that describes a technique developed by his company to significantly improve the inter block analysis for complex designs. The technique is called Grey Cell Methodology.

Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony Moves to DAC

Although both CEDA and EDAC have tried to put a positive spin to this change, this is another sign of the significant transformation of the EDA industry. Moving the Phil Kaufman award to Sunday evening at DAC is like taking two aspirins and calling the doctor in the morning.

Quality EDA Software Does Not Just Happen: It Is Engineered

One of the common characteristics of EDA companies is that most often the engineering teams are managed by hardware engineers. The result is that during product development much attention is paid to the problem to be solved and less emphasis is given to the software development methodology used. This to me is the core message of a presentation given at UC Berkeley by two staff members of Blue Pearl Software.

Synopsys vs. Mentor: Is Cadence Paying Attention?

In a strange twist of reality I learned of the proposed acquisition of EVE by Synopsys because of a legal maneuver by Synopsys. It is not possible for a party to sue another party unless the first party has a material reason for the legal action. Thus the fact that Synopsys filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Mentor Graphics on the subject of the legal proceedings that Mentor initiated months ago against EVE is an indication that Synopsys now would be materially damaged by the legal battle in the emulation business.