Mexico City

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Kristina and I went to Mexico City over the weekend and had a blast.

Mexico City is one of the oldest cities in the New World. Cortez brought Europeans to the city in the 16th century, but it existed long before that as the center of the Aztec Empire and a city for pre-Aztec civilizations. So there’s lots to do there.

We spent the first day at an art museum, and then boating through the floating gardens of Xochimilco. We also had some fantastic churros.

On Sunday, we woke up early to be among the first at Teotihuacan, an enormous pre-Aztec city and the site of the largest pyramids outside of Egypt. We even climbed the pyramids!

Then we visited the Castillo de Chapultapec and had lunch at the beautiful Hacienda de Los Morales.

Monday saw an enormous, three-story courtyard completely tiled with Diego Rivera murals, and then headed to the airport.

We also had a fantastic stay at the Hampton Inn Mexico City, which is built inside a beautiful historic building next to the Zocalo. Free with Hilton Honors points!

 

Bluetooth

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In a bit of an epic battle, I’ve got my standing desk mostly working. The desk-on-a-desk is set up, laptop dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows 8.1, and the big 27″ monitor is arriving today.

The last little bit is my keyboard and mouse.

I bought a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse on the theory that it would be great to have one less set of wires or USB dongles to plug in. But now I’m finding that every time I reboot my computer, I have to use the laptop’s physical keyboard to get into Windows or Ubuntu, and then re-pair the mouse and keyboard. It’s a huge pain, and it would be easier just to buy a USB dongle and use a non-Bluetooth setup.

Is there a better way?

Net Neutrality

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Over at AVC, Fred Wilson has an amusing and dystopic take on how the FCC’s inabiility to implement Net Neutrality rules will lead to the end of entrepreneurship in the consumer Internet space.

Entrepreneur: I plan to launch a better streaming music service. It leverages the data on what you and your friends currently listen to, combines that with the schedule of new music launches and acts that are touring in your city in the coming months and creates playlists of music that you should be listening to in order to find new acts to listen to and go see live.

VC: Well since Spotify, Beats, and Apple have paid all the telcos so that their services are free on the mobile networks, we are concerned that new music services like yours will have a hard time getting new users to use them because the data plan is so expensive. We like you and the idea very much, but we are going to have to pass.

Fred Wilson is a terrific blogger and investor, but he’s gone a bit overboard here. For one thing, the FCC lost the right to enforce net neutrality, but that doesn’t mean it’s going away. AOL and Microsoft both wound up implementing what seems to be mostly net neutrality, even without a law forcing them to do it. My guess is that happens here, too.

That said, if net neutrality goes away, that hardly means the end of the consumer Internet. The wireless carriers had a nice, profitable walled garden with not even a nod toward net neutrality, and the iPhone destroyed those walled gardens pretty quickly. Entrepreneurs find ways to get where they need to go.

And even that saidif Comcast subscribers decide they would rather get free-but-restricted Internet, and Comcast decides to offer it to them, they should be able to do that. Internet is an expensive luxury for a lot of people. If YouTube wants to subsidize restricted Internet connections, and people want to take the subsidy, the government shouldn’t step in and prohibit that just so VCs and entrepreneurs can make a few bucks.

Late Nights

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I’ve been up past midnight for work the last few nights, which is really rare for me. A combination of being behind on some deliverables and server issues beyond our control.

Being up late is rough on me, because I don’t do it often, and because I really need my eight hours of sleep and I seem destined to always wake up between 6:30am and 7:30am.

Add to that some lingering allergies and goopy eye, plus a sore achilles tendon from running, and it has been a rough few days for me. But I am persevering.

 

AFC Championships

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The Broncos are going back to the AFC Championships for the first time since 2006!

For those of you keeping score at home, there are 16 AFC teams, so each team should make it to the championships about once very 16 / 2 = 8 years. So we’re right on schedule.

Of course, in 2006, we still didn’t seem that far removed from the back-to-back Super Bows of 1998 and 1999. This time around, it feels like it’s been a while, and there will be a lot more riding on it.