Not sure if I will be able to make it or not, but I know there is a last minute “geek dinner” happening in Atlanta tomorrow night.
I think I must have stood in the shower for a good 10 minutes just standing there letting the steam and heat take me over. It’s always been the best thing in my mind when you have a congested chest. It helped, but now I’m on a quest to find cold medicine today. That is priority #1.
Ok conference call time.
Wow, I sure didn’t know that the bagel I had at 7 am this morning was going to be the last thing I ate till almost 7 tonight. Wasn’t ready for that.
So far so good here in Atlanta. Amazes me still that this is the first time EVER that Shel, Neville, Joseph and I have ever been together. It feels like we’ve spent so much time together and yet the truth is we’ve never spent real life time together. Simply amazing. Plus Aaron is here and I already stuck my foot in my mouth when I said I had never met him and in fact I had. DOH!
Watched up till half time here at the 4 Seasons in a special room. Then headed up to Joseph’s for football food and yelling at the TV. Definitely a weird Super Bowl. The rain really set a weird mood for it all.
It’s going to be a very hectic week here. We are at a client but still have lots of work to do for other projects at the same time. Talk about juggling.
Rumor is that we might be getting anyone together who wants to for a dinner on Wednesday night. If your interested drop me an e-mail or leave a comment and I’ll let you know if details firm up.
Ok I need sleep. I’ve caught a nasty cold and I’m destroyed right now.
I signed up for Twitter a while ago, but didn’t use it much. Guess I need to integrate it into my day. It’s an interesting concept.
I’m sitting here at the airport with about 30 minutes to board and yet I’m watching Bob & Chris watch me via the service. That’s some messed up coolness all at once. Or are we all just that boring? Either way could be argued.
This week will be a good test. Can I be AS connected when I’m on the road. I’m thinking so, but we shall see. I had to bring my camera for part of my work in Atlanta. Yeah, like I have to be told to bring my camera anywhere. *laugh* You can be sure Flickr will be updated with lots of photos.
I’ve known for a long time that February was not going to be a fun month.
Sure, I’m going to see some great people. Share some amazing meals. All around have some great times for damn sure. BUT, I’m going to be away from the family a bunch and that is what makes it suck.
They are all being cool about it but I know it won’t be easy. Thankfully one of the weeks of travel is our vacation down to Nashville. I can’t wait for that. I got offered a speaking gig while there and as hard as it was to pass up I did because it would have cut into the family time.
Tomorrow I’m off to Atlanta. Should be an interesting week. If nothing else it’ll be great to spend time in real life with some crayons. That is the best part of this month. Lots of face-to-face with the guys.
Just packed and now time for bed. The fun begins in a few hours.
Just discovered this great new service called Feedshake that allows you to easily merge feeds.
So now, if you want to subscribe to one feed and get all of my content you can.
Plug this feed into your RSS reader of choice.
UPDATE: No so impressed with this service. Great if text base, but does not pull enclosures so it’s a bit of a let down.
Yesterday I got to do something that I don’t get to do nearly as often as I would like and that is talk to a classroom full of students. In fact I spoke to two different sessions of Employee Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. But, get this? I never left my desk in Boston. That’s right we did it via Second Life.
How this came about is last week my Google Alerts let me know about a post by a student. I read the post and in it she talked about being on a scavenger hunt for her class that brought her by Crayonville. I left a comment because I just though this was downright cool.
A short while later I got an e-mail from the DeNel Rehberg Sedo, PhD who is the teacher of the class asking if I’d be interested in speaking to her students. I jumped at the chance.
I had the class meet me at the U-Turn Cafe just so we could be alone and chat easier. It was a lot of fun because the students had come up with questions ahead of time so there was a flurry of conversation. The first batch was pretty laid back and we talked about a variety of topics. They are mainly PR students so it made for great conversations.
The second batch was much more confrontational, but in a good way. They asked the hard questions. How can Second Life be a replacement for employee interaction? Is technology hurting how we communicate? Really good questions! It was a great back and forth.
The other big difference between the two sessions is the first were dancing around while asking questions. Exploring the space and having fun. The second all sat down formerly and didn’t move. It was quite interesting indeed.
One of the students named Lauren posted her thoughts on the second session. I’m waiting to see what the professor’s blog ends up saying about it. Or what Jill will say about it who is also a student and who talked to me a bunch on the side about the conversation and her future.
Second Life and virtual worlds will never replace human contact. As I stated yesterday I see it as a substitute or enhancement for when the situation is right. Would I have preferred to be in front of that class in person and having the same conversation? You bet I would! But, since we couldn’t do that this worked as a substitute and is better then nothing at all.
Thank you again to the class for having me. I hope it’s something I get to do more of in the future. Both in real life and in Second Life.
So this whole publicity crap that made Boston a mess yesterday is still on my mind. What bothers me most I think is as I stop and think about it is that I’m not only pissed at the agency who came up with the idea, but I’m also a little disappointed in Boston’s Police. If these things have been up for a few weeks how come no one has noticed them until now. Don’t we have Homeland Security people with big budgets running around the country protecting us? Thats what I keep hearing anyways. How did they miss this? Makes you wonder where all that money is going doesn’t it?
Don’t want to be a downer this morning because I’m in a really good mood. Even though I had meetings late last night they were productive. Plus I’m working on a new project on crayon that I’m having a blast with. I guess I’m psyched because it’s a combination of a brand new company, a unique product and some one that I think most wouldn’t think about leveraging new media and they are. That’s a damn cool combination.
Today I’m also speaking to a class in Second Life. They came to my attention when I saw a blog post from one of the students mentioning they went on a scavenger hunt that took them to Crayonville. Next thing I know the professor is asking me if his student can meet with me during class in world. Hell yeah! Of course. So after Coffee With crayon this morning I get to do that. Looking forward to it.
In the back of mind all day today will be Laura. She is getting her hair cut after work today. Or maybe I should say CHOPPED after work. She’s making it short enough to donate to Locks of Love which is a great organization. She looks great with short hair too, but I will miss it. I took some pictures this morning to make a before and after shot later tonight. Emily thought it was funny when she heard that mommy’s hair would be shorter then hers by the end of the day.
Ok, time to rock. Yesterday my motivation was hiding from me, but today’s it’s front and center. Must be the cranking tunes. “Big Machine” by Velvet Revolver just came on via the shuffle mode. I think the sub woofer scared Roxie.
Last night was my first time attending a Boston Web Innovators Group meeting. I have to say that it wasn’t quite what I was expected. MUCH more crowded and shorter then I even imagined.
Two products really stood out in my mind as ones that smart VC people will invest in. Check these guys out as I think they are onto something.
MyPunchbowl at it’s simplest description is a much better version of evites. But, what I like about it is the clean simple interface and the way it leverages what other people have done. What I mean is that I can look at where other people have held events in other cities, who did they use as a cateror and check out photos they and their friends took and posted to Flickr. The fact that it leverages other technologies rather then forcing you to put everything in yet another social network (Y.A.S.N.?) make me happy. There is something here and I’m going to have fun watching it grow.
MobaTalk still has my mind in overdrive this morning. After the meeting the founders joined some of us for coffee and dessert nearby and the conversation was amazing where this could go. Imagine a plug in to your already existing blog that will allow people to EASILY post video, audio and text base comments. Imagine if I could have a widget on my blog that shows the last 5 comments I left through this system on other blogs and people could go and check out the posts and the comments. It’s simple, powerful and damn I want it on my blog NOW! How these guys have skirted under the radar is beyond me. After last night I hope people step up and make this as big as it could be.
Of course the best part for me was sitting around a table and recording a Slackercast with Chris Brogan, Steve Garfield, Dan Gorgone and Bryan Person. Then later the guys from MobaTalk joined us and so did Indigo from Top Ten Sources.
I have to say that this was certainly a weird experience. Never had someone ask if they could interview my avatar, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Thanks for having me Brit!
With the day I’m having today I needed this reminder that humanity is still good at it’s heart.
Don’t worry. I’m fine. Just been a stressful week and the fact that it’s only Tuesday doesn’t make it look that great. *grin*
If you have even a drop of romantic blood in you then you’ll love the video.
Most likely not, but rumors are swirling that Google might be working on their own virtual world.
The more I think about it the more interesting this becomes. Think about it. Google video? Ad-Words? Google Earth? Sketch Up? Put all of these together with avatars interacting and you’ve got one powerful POWERFUL place to hang out and interact. The business applications if done right could be staggering.
Could just be a rumor….could be truth….who knows…
One thing I DO know is that it got my mind working overdrive in a rather quick way.
My sisters recently moved to Nashville so I knew it was only a matter of time that they would end up on The High Orbit Podcast and embarass me. Well that came to be over the weekend.
Now since I can laugh at myself better then anyone I can share this. Listen here to hear my sisters dish all sorts of dirt as well as audio clips from tapes I recorded when I was 5 all the way up to a clip from The C.C. & The Man Show. As you’ll hear I’ve been in audio recording for quite some time.
There is officially a bounty on Ebel’s head now. *grin*