Today I got to be more productive than I thought I would be.
Did some educational reading on photography and more importantly wrote a bunch. Sure, I’m just hitting my stride and have a long way to go, but at least I got to sit down and spend some quality time with the old T60.
Laura is feeling better but not 100%. I’m hoping the bug missed her and it was something else.
It’s been crazy windy here today and worse tonight. The cold finally decided to show up. Tomorrow I’ve got to get some outside time. Fresh air especially when it’s cold feels great. Maybe I’ll go for a nature walk and take some shots before the football games come on. We’ll see what happens.
Just finished watching “Lord of War.” A pretty pointless movie, but I’m a sucker for Nicholas Cage and it was trying to have a meaning to it. Not too bad, but far from great for damn sure.
Only reason I’m blogging is the couple cups of coffee I had a few hours ago. That’s what watching a taste of Seattle on the Food Network will do to ya!
Originally uploaded by e-nikkos.
I was taking a break from writing (yes I got to do some when everyone was taking naps!) and strolling around random Flickr photos when I saw this one and couldn’t stop laughing.
They should totally set up a web cam to take picture of everyone’s reactions when they first walk in and freak out.
Looks like any plans for this weekend may have been sidetracked because Laura woke up this morning feeling horrible. Damn stomach bug got her. Grrr….
Right now I’m on the couch with the laptop. Emily has decided that we are on a train ride. She made up tickets and everything so it’s been fun. Dylan is playing the old school gameboy (yes he still does that with the Wii and PSP around) and riding the train with me.
I had hoped to get some writing done this weekend. I need to hunker down and get cranking on that. I think that means getting out of the house, but that isn’t happening for sure now. Maybe I’ll pop in a DVD later for the kids and turn off the WiFi and hunker down in my office chair and get some progress. Was working on titles yesterday. That’s a fun experiment.
Also really getting the itch to shoot photos. I want to fully understand my camera. Been listening to Tips From the Top Floor and learning a bunch. Of course listening to it only goes so far. I’ve got to put into practice what I’m hearing for it to make a difference. So that means shooting lots of photos and figuring out all the different settings.I really like this one I took of Roxie yesterday. Yes, that is the most snow we’ve had this year!
It’s sunny out, but there is massive wind and it’s cold. Hmm….some running around outside is definitely in the cards. Great way to wipe out the kids. *grin*
Well done NBC! They’ve figured out how to use YouTube to their advantage. To embrace the fact that their videos are going to get up there anyways, so why not make them better.
Last night’s episode of Scrubs was a classic. “My Musical” is an episode that if you missed it, you need to see it. I liked it so much I bought the episode off of iTunes. One of the highlights for me was a song called Guy Love that just had me laughing. Well, NBC took it and turned it into a music video complete with studio shots and perfect other scenes and put it up on YouTube. Watch it below
I wish more networks and companies saw the fact that new media is not going away. Figure out a way to make it work for you.
On yesterday’s Managing the Gray I talked about the power of video when it comes to chatting. How it brings people closer in a way that only voice and text does not work. Because of that my good buddy PW Fenton IM’d me and said “let’s video.”
Now, I talk to P-Dub all the time. I listen to his voice on his podcast Digital Flotsam (you need to be as well if your not!). I’ve seen pictures. But, until this moment in time I’ve never actually seen a moving version of him. No home movies, no random YouTube moments, NOTHING. The realization of this was a bit startling.
Today has a weird vibe to it. Bad blog posts, net lag ever where I turn and all around a sort of strangeness that I can’t put my finger on. Not sure what it is.
Oh, this picture was planned. P-Dub full screen can be a scary thing and when we are both complete nuts it makes it more fun.
A friend just sent me this article. Do not read it if you want to maintain a good mood.
It seems that the New England Patriots organization is too busy worrying about football to take care of an injured family and an event that happened in their stadium.
As a parent I would be outraged if this happened to my son and even more pissed if I got a football in the mail as an apology. The fact that these people are being blown off.
Robert Kraft and the whole organization ARE better then this. I know they are. We’ve seen it time and time again. But when someone named Stacey James who is the spokesperson in this case basically blows it off as “a police issue” that is not the way they should be responding.
The fact that nothing was done on the scene is what bothers me as well. I’ve seen people thrown out for less then what happened here and yet nothing happened.
Pathetic. Thank you Brian McGrory for writing the article. I sure hope this has a happier ending then where it’s at right now.
Feel free to contact the Patriots. I know I did.
Last night I found some CDs that I haven’t listened to for a long time. I’ve got one of those old cartridge CD players so I’ve got cartridges of 6 CDs labeled all sorts of different things and last night I grabbed one from the bottom of the stack labeled “LOUD!!” and looked to see what was in it. Appetite for Destruction, Ten, BloodSugarSexMagik and Stone Temple Pilot’s first CD. I’m a happy camper. I instantly ripped them into iTunes and have been rocking out ever since. Dan would be ashamed of me that these were not already on my iPod.
I’m starting to get a bit concerned about Gmail. It’s been buggy as all hell for the past couple of days. Messages appearing hours late, server errors so I can’t reply to messages and over all sluggishness. Then add that my voice mails on my phone seem to notify me only when they feel like it and I’m starting to wonder how many people might be trying to get a hold of me who can’t. If your trying. I’m alive….
I like that I’m back into full bore blogging. For a while there I wasn’t and I missed it. Of course at that point Laura missed it too. Now, that I’m back she doesn’t seem to read any more. Who knows? Again the world keeps spinning and as usually I’m wondering about random things.
I owe conversations to both Mark Forman and Eric Rice. Sorry guys that we haven’t touched base. In both cases I LOVE the ideas and want to help make them happen. I know you’ll both see this and hopefully we’ll actually get to touch base on Skype or in world at some point today. Been a bit hectic and random around here this week. Lots of reasons.
Paradise City just started up. I think the subwoofer is going to scare Roxie in a minute! Man this album brings back so many memories of me and Jason Amato causing trouble! I need to call that boy!
It’s really all Cat’s fault, but I love her so I’m not mad.
You know how people like Chris Brogan and others are always taking pictures of themselves through out the day and what not? Well earlier today both Christopher Penn and I both took pictures of ourselves at work with our new books we got in the mail. Bryan Person made a comment about slacking and taking pictures and then Cat made a comment about slacking as well and I used the phrase “slacker shots” which got me thinking.
A quick check at GoDaddy told me that the domain was free. How could I pass that up?
What Christopher and I both were discussing as this was happening is that what is so funny is that we are FAR from slacking but some people seem to not see that.
So take pictures of yourself at work. “Waste” a couple of minutes and upload them to Flickr. Experiment? Randomness? Who knows. It’s just good old fun filled new media at play.
A while back I was interviewed to be part of a new book called “What No One Ever Tells You About…Blogging & Podcasting” written by Ted Demopoulos.
I got my review copy today and figured that since Chris Penn did it, I’d take a photo with mine as well.
I didn’t create the Podsafe Music Network, I was just the Project Manager for the development of it. Little facts get lost all the time but I always correct them when I can.
I’ve only quickly skimmed through the book, but I’m VERY impressed with it. The diversity of topics and the organization of 101 very precise pieces of advice and profiles makes this a great starter guide for anyone.
I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing.
I’m a sucker for meme’s and games of Blog Tag and when my friend Paige sent this one to me in an e-mail I figured rather then passing it on via e-mail I’d start it as another game of Blog Tag. Have fun and let me know when you post because this was more fun then I thought it would be.
How to Play:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question below, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the nextbutton
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool …
Here are mine:
I Won’t Break Down – Scott Helm
First Day At School:
Sandy Toes – Vincent Van Go Go
Falling In Love:
Painkillers – Candy Butchers
They Can’t Take It – The Cool Waters Band
Shoots & Ladders- Korn
Night of Nights – Live
Abuse Me – Seven 13
Getting Back Together:
Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park
Feeling California – Darren Geffre
Now – Prince
I Don’t Get It – Mike Errico
We Deal in Dreams – Live
You Had Me – Joss Stone
Deep – [munk]
My good friend Christopher Penn released a public service announcement about this upcoming event when financial aid professionals from around the state volunteer an afternoon to help students, especially high school seniors, fill out and submit their FAFSA. In many cases, these are kids who might not otherwise file the paperwork, and subsequently lose out on a chance to attend college. Check out masscollegegoalsunday.org for more information.
Best part is that of course he’s using new media to get the word out. If you want to run the PSA on your video podcast you can download a hi-res version to use. Or watch it on YouTube:
I’m drinking coffee this morning so that has got to be a sign that I’m feeling better. I’m not 100% yet, but I am certainly better then I was yesterday. Thanks for all the kind skypes and e-mails from people. You all rock.
There was a Feedburner event/gathering last night at Boston Beer Works. I’ll be honest that I’m not sure what it was since so many people didn’t seem to know about it. I got an invite from one of my buddies that works there and I’ve seen some pictures on Flickr about it. I know they are doing another on in New York City this week as well. I would have killed for some deep fried pickles and nachos from the Beer Works, but that just wasn’t going to happen.
I’ve learned that I really like watching movies on the computer with the bigger screen. Last night I had a film up in a good size window and was working in MS Word and Skype in a couple of other windows and it worked very well. Especially when the film is not all that great and you don’t have to pay super attention to it. *grin*
Tried doing another One Guy’s Thoughts twice in as many days and something isn’t going right. My computer doesn’t seem to dig the latest Beta or juts doesn’t want to play with it.
Gave Geni.com a try last night which is a pretty damn cool idea. I use to be really into Geneology when I was little so something like this is exciting. Of course then I think about the harvesting of all the e-mails and data with connections to other people and that worries me a bit, but I guess you don’t have to put in e-mails if you don’t want to. Imagine if it tied into all forms of new media for someone? Blogs, Flickr, social networks and podcasts. The whole enchilada. Now that would get interesting really quickly. Hell, Google will probably buy them and then really integrate it into all the data they already know about me. Who knows…
Pile of work ahead of me for the day and a few meetings in there as well. I actually get to leave the house for a bit for a lunch meeting. I need to do that more often. Still haven’t found my “coffee house office” yes. I’m actually hoping to find a couple of them.