Tonight, I laid out a map on my brother's dining table to plan my family's Christmas trip.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with Dan about Google Local / Maps, and about how Chrysanthemum had ideas for a maps product in 2003 but didn't end up working on it.
Me: [to Tom] "If you could have worked on any product throughout history, which one would you pick?"
Tom: "Any product?"
Tom: "The Bible."
Tom: [jovially] "I'll be Jesus Christ, your savior!"
Me: "So if you could pick any software product within the last twenty years to have worked on, which would it be?"
Tom: [after a few minutes of thinking] "The Sims Online. It had so much potential. The potential wasn't realized, but it was there."
Me: "My choice is Starcraft. It's still being played today. You know, if I had been willing to leave Caltech one year sooner, I could've worked on it. [pause] That game was the pinnacle of the real-time strategy genre."
Tom: "Until now."
Me: "I don't see how Starcraft can possibly be topped."
Tom: "Sure. You just have to name your company Blizzard and kick ass."