For the past year and a half, Iâ€™ve been working on a project within a big local company on an on-and-off basis. Despite being in an old and somewhat slow company, the project has been anything but. The manager of the project is a real visionary and takes great pride in defying convention. Hereâ€™s an example: Yesterday we (16 of us) gathered in a studio in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Our task, on the clock, was to create a play during the day and perform it for our friends... Continue Reading
Peter Grondal was the guy that you saw in this position throughout GnomeDex and the BBQ: He got some great footage from lots of interesting people and it's now online for your viewing pleasure. Check out the videos. Thanks for getting this out there Peter, and for coming to the BBQ!
I think there is something special in the air at GnomeDex. The only word that really makes sense right now is revolution, or perhaps evolution. Never before have I felt such a strong sense that the world is changing. What is so special about GnomeDex is that it brings together revolutionaries from related yet disparate fields. Talking to all these people make you feel like youâ€™re hearing about the next big thing, over and over, and digging every bit of it. Here are some of the brief, random... Continue Reading
1. There are many smart and interesting people here, with lots and lots of laptops. 2. All the laptops have made us exceeded our wi-fi bandwidth, so access is spotty. 3. Dave Winer is excited about the future of OPML, which is about sharing information in outline form. 4. Microsoft is building RSS into Longhorn in a big way. Also, they are using a Creative Commons license. 5. The Hive bees just made us laugh with their mock presentation. 6. I really wish we had better web access. Tags:... Continue Reading
As you might have seen, I put a call out to anyone interested in coming to my house for a pre-GnomeDex BBQ. Thankfully, it turned out better than I could have imagined. People seemed to have a great time and the folks that showed up still have me in a bit of awe. It was so very cool to meet so many folks I admire (and lots of new people too), in my own backyard. Oh, and big thanks to Boris for the Mann-ing the grill (I know, bad pun). Check out the photo set on Flickr, where I've been using... Continue Reading
I'll be talking a lot more about this soon, but I wanted to post a quick link to 43 Places, the latest from my homies here in Seattle, the Robot Coop, of 43 Things fame. Update: At the time of this writing (6/26/05), 43 Places is not yet public, but should be soon. It's all about where you've been and where you want to go. I'm digging the cool mapping features and the other 43 things-style goodness. Like 43 Things, it's a blog for people who aren't necessarily "bloggers". Instead of the... Continue Reading
At first I took offense- like un-wired was a bad thing. Then I figured out that it meant wire-less. Woo hoo. Read the short article. The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma city narrowly surpassed former unwired leaders San Francisco and Portland, Ore., which finished second and fourth, respectively, in this year's ranking of the top 100 U.S. markets for wireless Internet accessibility. According to Intel's third annual "Most Unwired Cities" survey, conducted by Bert Sperling of Sperling's Best... Continue Reading
Free Wifi Close Up Originally uploaded by Lee LeFever. I stumbled upon this in a local neighborhood and was taken aback. It's part of a test being conducted in a couple of places around the city. It is supposed to bring computer users to local businesses like restaurants and laundromats. Very cool to see it happening in my backyard. More on the project here.
Itâ€™s been fun filled few days at Common Craft headquarters. On Monday Jeremy Wright arrived from the Great White North and spent a night here at the house before starting work at Microsoft. We met Nick Finck and Jordan Rule to see Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. I dug the movie and the company. Here's one of Nick's Pics. It was cool to hang out with Jeremy, who I first met at the Northern Voice blogging conference. These days heâ€™s eyeballs deep in his book on business blogging. Heâ€™s... Continue Reading
This is a great big shout out to the Robot Co-op for their Webby in the Social Networking category. The great guys/robots with big brains who created 43 Things deserve it and and I say more power to 'em. It blows my mind to think that just 4.5 months ago there were 139 people doing 411 things. Now, it's 21,500 doing nearly 83,000 things. Go Robots Go!