- A very low geek quotient afternoon/evening. Finally mowed my jungle lawn. Took care of sick @rachelbancroft. Read. Will try @strands soon. #
- I hate Twitter having pagination disabled. I’m deaf to all conversation older than about 5 minutes. Maddening. #
- Twitter has mid term memory loss. You know, where you can’t remember what happened longer than a minute ago. #
- What’s this I see? Pagination is back? Yay! I should gripe late at night to no one in particular about things more often! 😉 #
- Argh! Soda fountain’s out of syrup, all flavors. Must. Find. Sugar. And Caffeine. I need an emergency hotline to call so they’ll fix it. #
- What a day. Tired, hungry, grumpy, distracted. I was a joy to be around, for sure. Taking Emma to a friend’s birthday party tonight. Joy. 😉 #
- Im surrounded by giant inflatable playthings and frenetic four year olds. They just turned off the lights and on the disco balls. Surreal. #
- Getting dopey from low blood sugar, not having eaten anything significant since dinner last night. Shaky, weak, and sweating. I’m dumb. #
- @kellyrfeller a place called “Pump It Up”, on Allen around SW 96th in Beaverton. Its very cool, you should def. check it out! #
- @kellyrfeller Pump It Up has open playtimes (not free, of course). And yes, it would be AWESOME for team activities. I wanna take ISN there! #
- In ISN Staff meeting. @billpearson is especially excited this morning. Says we’re going to “have a lot of fun”, at @jmoriarty’s expense. 😉 #
- @jmoriarty FWIW, @billpearson had a big ol’ grin on his face when he told us “you all suck”. #
- @jmoriarty Well, I thought it looked like an “I’ve had too much espresso” grin, but he said he hasn’t had ANY yet… #
- Come to my Kindle show-and-tell in Portland today (2 PM at Pioneer Place Mall): http://tinyurl.com/436uxp #
- @billpearson Dont look a happy mood swing in the mouth. Just ride the wave, man! #
- On the MAX headed downtown to pick Ignite talks with the LoT board. 55 submissions – this is going to be hard! #
- Quatama park and ride was completely full – no parking at all. So I had to drive to 185th, now running later than I wanted to be. #
- At the mall downtown, early for my Kindle show and tell. I’m nervous. What if no one shows? What if a ton of people show? *bites lip* #
- @lauriegbuczek Definitely watch all of the Common Craft “in plain English” videos. They’re gold. I use them all the time when I’m teaching. #
- Only 1 showed up to my Kindle show and tell, but it was the awesome @donpdonp. We geeked out about the Kindle, Twitter, @strands, and more. #
- Just met @trimetwife, who was reading her Kindle, waiting for the train. She came down for the meetup! Nice to meet you! #
- @betsywhim The Sony Reader is great hardware, but the Amazon library/catalog is MUCH better. Plus, Kindle’s free cellular wireless link. #
I’m going to be showing off my Kindle in downtown Portland today. I noticed on the Kindle site that they set up a “See a Kindle in your City” forum, where people can volunteer to show off their Kindle. It’s a brilliant idea – I end up doing a public demo of my Kindle almost every time I pull it out in public, and I love to talk about it. Most Kindle owners are natural evangelists, and the Kindle is the type of device that you almost have to see and put hands on to really “get” it. Absolute genius on Amazon’s part, facilitating these “show and tell” meetups.
Here’s my thread in the “See a Kindle in your city” forum, with the details: I’m going to be at Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland at 2:00 PM today (May 29, 2008). I’ll be in the little atrium at the bottom of the escalators, near the Apple Store and the Gap. Look for the orange Crocs.
If you come to the meetup, or otherwise decide now is the time to buy a Kindle (they’re in stock, and just got a 10% price drop, down to $359), I’d appreciate it if you use this Amazon affiliate link. I get a small percentage from Amazon, which goes to help pay for all of the dang Kindle books I find myself buying and reading these days. 😉
For some background, here’s my video “unboxing” and initial impressions post, a post I wrote about why I think ebooks are a great entertainment value, and a really old post I wrote as a rebuttal to Kindle critics. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions on any of that – like I said, I love to talk about my Kindle!
- I don’t tell the world enough about how much I love and appreciate @rachelbancroft. Got to change that, starting now. #
- Just bought Delicious LIbrary 2. Adding stuff to my library now. Thanks, @wilshipley and crew! Awesome piece of software! #
- Hmm. Mac OS X 10.5.3 is out. Downloading from Software Update now. Let’s see how fast Delicious Library 2 is REALLY supposed to be! #
- 10.5.3 installed OK. Took a long time, multiple reboots. Delicious Library 2 doesn’t seem much faster, but it’s all subjective. #
- @dusenyao Yeah, the exploding deleted item animation in DL2 is pretty fast now. Neat! #
- @factoryjoe My 10.5.3 download through Software Update was only 198MB. #
- Ruh roh… MarsEdit just crashed on first launch after 10.5.3. A fluke? I hope so. #
- Attention, Portland: You have 12 HOURS to get your Ignite Portland 3 idea submissions in. We’re counting on you. http://tinyurl.com/44vs4h #
- We’ve received fewer Ignite submissions this time. Know what that means? Your chances are BETTER THAN EVER. Don’t chicken out on us, now! 😉 #
- Hey, can someone at Lunch 2.0 @ Vidoop make an announcement about Ignite Portland submissions? Bummed that I couldn’t make it this time… #
- Holy cow! Did you know that as of Mac OS 10.5.3, you can now sync your Address Book contacts with Google? Awesome! http://tinyurl.com/4x56fq #
- WTF? Gmail only lets you delete 20 contacts at a time. I just exported, cleaned up my list offline, now I want to wipe/import. #
- There’s NO WAY I’m going to manually click/select then delete 2100+ contacts, 20 at a time (you can’t even select a range). FAIL. #
- To those who were asking if you can sync GCal and iCal, you can, using GcalDaemon. Hard to set up, but it works: http://tinyurl.com/2ytjnz #
Holy cow! Ignite Portland 3 is sneaking up on us, fast! The event will be held on June 18, at the Bagdad Theater in Portland (same place it was last time – RSVP at Upcoming). Know what that means? It means that today, May 28, is the last day we’re accepting presentation idea submissions. Cutoff is midnight (PDT).
If you’ve taken part in Ignite Portland before, you know that the mix of 5 minute, 20 slide presentations is all over the map – pepper to rockets, Dr. Seuss to David Hasselhoff. That’s what makes it so awesome! But we are totally, 100% dependent on YOU for all of those cool ideas and presentations (I sound like a public radio fund drive, don’t I? 😉 ).
We had a shorter submission window this time, and I think we’ve gotten a lower number of ideas submitted (I’d have to check on that). Know what that means? It means the chances of YOUR idea getting selected to present is HIGHER THAN EVER.
So head on over to the submission page before midnight, give us a summary of who you are and what your presentation idea is, and help us to make Ignite Portland 3 even MORE awesome than the last two! We’ve got a reputation to uphold here, people, and we’re counting on you.
Don’t let the Portland geeky crafty bacon-y crowd down! 😉
- @ParanoidMike That would assume that it’s a server/bot that’s following people back. 😉 I’ll get you added. #
- My Internet connection from Intel SUCKS this morning. It feels like they’ve started throttling/shaping traffic. Much worse than in the past. #
- Just added a bunch of new people to the http://pulseofpdx.com stream. I haven’t automated the process, so I can make sure you’re in PDX. #
- @ParanoidMike No worries. Glad you said something. #
- I’m not going to say anything about the meeting that @jmoriarty, @jschultz, and @kellyrfeller are talking about, that’s sliding to disaster. #
- … except to note that it feels like “social networking kindergarten”. I thought were were a self selected group of experts on this stuff? #
- It’s hilarious that a social networking meeting is being stymied by one MS “collaobration” tool after another (LiveMeeting, Word, etc.). 😉 #
- Hey, WordPress turns 5 years old today! Happy Birthday, WordPress! We love you! http://tinyurl.com/5j57pr #
- @jschultz I know. It makes me wonder how many of the people building this stuff internally actually USE the “real world” versions? #
- Facebook just got a tiny bit more useful to me, now that it can “import” lots more sites into your Mini Feed (RSS) http://tinyurl.com/5bh28d #
- @apolloni No, the internal wiki (Intelpedia) isn’t going anywhere. They’re trying out new tools to do “social networking”. #
- @apolloni And I’m keeping my mouth shut about how we can do a lot of what these new tools promise using existing stuff (like the wiki). 😉 #
- Interesting thread in the Ars forums on the Kindle. I’ve been chiming in, of course. Gotta spread the Kindle love! http://tinyurl.com/5ebkrb #
- Hey, speaking of the Kindle, it got a 10% ($40) price drop, and is now only $359. Where’s my early adopter rebate? http://tinyurl.com/5r58hq #
- @lauriegbuczek Welcome to the Twittersphere! Everyone, meet Laurie. She’s in charge of Intel IT’s internal social media “stuff”. #
- I don’t know how it will turn out, but I volunteered to do a “See a Kindle in Your City” for Portland on Thurs. http://tinyurl.com/69avn9 #
- Retweeting: this is the permalink to my “See a Kindle in Portland” thread on Amazon. I’ll be showing it off Thur.! http://tinyurl.com/58rk3p #
- @taper I come to Eugene/Springfield fairly frequently. I’ll do a Kindle show-and-tell next time I’m down there. #
- Taking @rachelbancroft to see Iron Man tonight. There’s some other new movie with some old guy, but no way its better than Iron Man. #
- At Webvisions day 2. My panel starts in an hour. Just met @betsywhim. These events are great for putting a real human with a Twitter name #
- Bummed that I didn’t make either @kveton’s or @grigs’s sessions this morning. Both sounded really good. Plus, you know. Voodoo Doughnuts. #
- @jerry_makare is here to shoot video of my panel. Hope I don’t say/do anything too embarassing! At least I’m not wearing a tie… 😉 #
- Panel was great. Good questions, good discussion. I got to throw a few of my fave quotes out. Plus, you know, Ward Cunningham. 😉 #
- Now, a slice of pizza for lunch, and a much needed Mt Dew. #
- Looking forward to Andy Baio’s session on the anatomy of the “star wars kid” meme traffic. His blog post data dump on it is revealing. #
- @jdlasica the best keyboard shortcut app for mac is Quicksilver, IMO. I couldn’t live without it. Crazy powerful. #
- @waxpancake’s title slide: “Star Wars Kid Is Your New Bicycle” #
- @waxpancake just rickrolled the whole room. Quoted a stat that 18million Americans have suffered the same fate. #
- @waxpancake: memes = people creating culture in real time. #
- Im going to tell everyone in @waxpancake’s session about memes about the new Weezer Pork n Beans video. Must. Be. First! #
- @clint, you did stevejobsisyournewbicycle, right? Just got a mention in Andy Baio’s session. #
- @jmoriarty @jschultz I’ve been mulling over a critique about what’s wrong with Intel’s blogs. Been holding back because they’re my friends. #
- I need to work up the courage to deliver an honest, non-personal critique. But so far, I’m a chicken. #
- Dang. Andy’s already got a screenshot of BuzzFeed, with the Weezer Pork and Beans video, in his preso. He’s fast! #
- OK, I’ll do it (critique of Intel blogs). Will need asbestos underwear. #
- @waxpancake is showing the Pork and Beans video. Awesome! #
- @jmoriarty I promise I will be constructive. I do not promise I won’t mention Cluetrain. Look for something on my blog next week. #
- @jmoriarty I know, old news. Its so new I hoped I’d be the one to tell the room about it. But Andy’s way faster than me. #
- @jmoriarty what Intel blogs? Internal ones? I don’t have an audience there. I DO have an audience on my blog. #
- @jmoriarty I don’t read the internal blogs, because the feed doesn’t work on non-Windows machines. Not that I don’t want to read them. #
- @jmoriarty I’ve complained about the internal feed not working on ANY Mac reader. “Sorry, we don’t support that.” #
I’ve spent yesterday and today at the WebVisions 2008 conference, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. I was asked to speak on a panel about Open Source and Open Content with Ward Cunningham (most famous for inventing the wiki), Deb Bryant (OSU Open Source Lab), and Bryan Jamison (Open Sourcery).
I was late yesterday morning, because I had an appointment at the Apple Store Genius Bar to see about getting my iPhone replaced (it had a dead strip where touch stopped working – it’s a known hardware issue, and they replaced it for free, no hassles. It was awesome!). I went to Marshall Kirkpatrick’s session on advanced RSS ninja techniques, and I learned a ton (mental note: need to spend a LOT more time playing with Feed Informer, AideRSS, Dapper, and Yahoo Pipes). I thought I knew a lot about RSS and feed tools, but Marshall is the king, and I bow down before him. It was great stuff.
I spent some time in the hallways, chatting with old friends, and meeting new people. One of the things I love about geeky conferences is the chance to associate a real human with a Twitter handle or blog URL or an email address. Last night was the WebVisionary Awards, which I wasn’t able to attend. Emma had her preschool graduation last night, and I wouldn’t miss that for the world (it was great – she was so cute, and looked so grown up! I can’t believe she’s starting kindergarten soon).
Today started off with my panel with Ward, Deb, and Bryan. I was by far the least experiences person on the panel, I think, and I felt a little nervous. I hoped that I would have something to contribute. The panel turned out just fine – we had some great questions, some great discussion, and I think I did an OK job of sharing some interesting stuff. I got to throw out a couple of good quotes, like “if your business model depends on controlling access to something (software, media, etc.), then you don’t really have customers. You have hostages.” Couple that with a few references to Cory Doctorow, Creative Commons, and 1000 True Fans, and I think I did OK. The best part of the panel, for me, was hearing what my co-panelists had to say. Ward had some GREAT insight on the perils of artificial scarcity, and after the session, we were chatting about his Three Reasons Companies Want To Try Open Content (1. because of buzz, 2. because they want slave labor, or 3 because they really want to build community). I have lots more thoughts on that, and I’m sure I’ll be posting more on the topic soon.
After lunch I went to Andy Baio’s (@waxpancake on Twitter) session on “the anatomy of a meme”. He covered the basics of what makes up an internet meme (you know, LOLCats, All Your Base, badger badger, the Numa Numa dance, Chocolate Rain, etc. – Google for examples). It was a great talk, and I tweeted lots of quotes and ideas while I was there. I was all excited, because a new internet meme broke just this morning – less than a couple of hours before Andy’s session. The band Weezer released a music video for their song, Pork and Beans, that was totally made up of various internet memes and YouTube stars. I thought maybe I could get a little bit of “first-to-share” cred by telling Andy and the room about it, but he’s too fast. He had already worked it into his presentation, and showed the video to the room. It’s hilarious – you should check it out below. How many of the memes/references can you spot?
Now, I’m catching up on email and a few other things, then headed home for date night (going to take Rachel to see Iron Man tonight! Yay! ). Have a great weekend!