Jordan Rule, a former stranger who stayed at my house recently has a few things to say about his decision to quit his job and move to Seattle. On a related note, he previously pointed me to an article by Richard Florida about the Rise of the Creative Class. It opened my eyes to some of the reasons I, like Jordan, were so attracted to places like Seattle to start a career. Stuck in old paradigms of economic development, cities like Buffalo, New Orleans, and Louisville struggled in the 1980s and... Continue Reading
A guest stayed with us this weekend as he looked for a place to live here in Seattle. He is a bright young guy named Jordan Rule and this is the story of how he got here. On Friday night over dinner, a friend of ours said this before Jordan arrived: â€œSo, let me get this straight, you left a comment on this guyâ€™s web site and now heâ€™s staying in your HOUSE?â€?? My answer was yes, with a grin. This friend was looking at web sites in the old view- that web sites and people are different... Continue Reading
That phrase always makes me laugh, but I think it's accurate. If you're not familiar, it means that a company that produces a product should use the product themselves. In the online community world, I've been suspicious of companies that purport to understand all things "community" but don't have a community that supports their customers using their platform. It's one of the things I do like about Web Crossing, they have WebXHarbor. I haven't seen a more productive example of eating their... Continue Reading
I just registered for GnomeDex 5.0 - Chris Pirillo's annual technology conference. I've never been before, but Chris is a Seattle guy now so it's good timing. It's shaping up to be a great event and I'm especially happy to see it happening in my own back yard - at the same facility as the Blog Business Summit- Bell Harbor Convention Center. I asked Chris once why he moved to Seattle and all he said was "because it was the best place." I agree.
My wife and I have been making an effort to move away from the TV. The winter weather in Seattle makes it easy to sit in front of the tube and eat Cheetos all day- which we both agree is a bad, bad thing. Weâ€™re finding that without TV we focus more on computers in the house and getting more things done via wireless Internet connections. I think weâ€™ll have a laptop with a wireless Internet connection in our immediate vicinity from now on. This sets us up for an experiment using wikis in... Continue Reading
Last night my wife Sachiko and I were talking about a trip we're thinking of taking in the next couple of years. As we talked over the evening, it became a brainstroming session on all the things we needed to remember, manage, discuss, archive, etc. After a little while, I said "Hey, what if we had an online place to keep all this information?" Sachiko's first words were, "We could use a wiki!" All I could think was- I love this girl.
Jeff Maurone: Metanoya: More on My Dinner with #1 on the Forbes Jeff Maurone, an intern at Microsoft, recently visited the Gates house for dinner and posted his review...A nice little look inside the house through the eyes of an intern. I swear I saw him once on the highway in a Porsche heading towards Redmond, but I'm not sure.
In the Central District of Seattle (my old neighborhood), there is a piece of property set aside as small, wooded, urban park called "Nora's Wood". Nora Wood, MD bought the land and created the park before she died in the early 1990's. Neighborhood volunteers now maintain the property. On the corner where the park begins, neighbors erected a sign that means a lot to me, for a number of reasons. A while back I wrote down what is written on the sign to share with an online community I managed... Continue Reading
Below is a photo I took here in Seattle today. The Blue Angels come every year for a festival called SeaFair that centers on Lake Washington and Hydroplane races. There is a connection between this post and weblogs. I've been a beta tester for the forthcoming product from Six Apart (the Moveable Type folks) called "TypePad." Using my new typepad site, I've created a photo album with 16 pictures from the Blue Angels. Check it out. My prediction is that Typepad is going to take blogging to... Continue Reading