Glad to see that Facebook is taking a more measured approach with Beacon. It seems that Zuckerberg might not have been hosting quite the defining moment in advertising he thought he was a month or so ago. When Silicon Valley meets Madison Ave they sometimes seem to forget the logistics of it all (aka reality). The FB crew certainly has their work cut out for them to realize that $15B valuation.
Is it just me or does it seem like this week took 10 days to complete? The combo of the short week before and then 4 days off really seems to make the week after the Thanksgiving Holiday really lag. Oh well. At least today is Friday.
I love American Thanksgiving. Why you ask? Because we get two days off and it feels like an actual holiday. Starting on Wednesday afternoon things begin to wind down (some would argue the whole week is a little slow) and for four days life becomes about hanging out with the family, eating well and generally enjoying your surroundings. In Canada we have Thanksgiving too (it actual pre-dates the US holiday) but since it is just one day off it feels more like a long weekend with the opportunity to stuff yourself. Plus since we reside in NYC this year we will be checking out the parade and the massive balloon characters live. Should be a blast!
Categories: Canada, Funny
Had to link to this as I got a good chuckle out of it. My favorite reason to fear Canada is below.
Excessive politeness only makes sense as cover for something truly sinister. But what?
I have the feeling it is going to be an awesome week.
On the family front the girls are feeling better which is a huge relief. Eva is still on her breathing meds but is breathing 100% normally now. Emma is of course, her energetic self.
Also work is buzzing with activity. In the last month I have had 4 or 5 key employees join the engineering team and it is starting to show. Between the new employees and the current ones we have a really kickass team. Combine that with the amazing stuff the product folks are churning out and I think Tremor should have a very interesting 2008 from a dev and product perspective.
Lastly, I am heading out to San Francisco for the NewTeeVee Conference. This should be an interesting event with a lot of Silicon Valley influence. I am interested to see how it contrasts to the Madison Avenue slanted conferences we get here in NY. Also interested to meetup with some of the speakers and attendees. If you are going let me know and we can hook up.
Dave Delaney on Twitter sent out a link today to a blog by a guy named Jay Charles. Jay appears to be a pretty gifted programmer/hardware hacker as he has setup a remote control car that visitors to his site can control. Through a camera attached to the car and using your arrow keys on the keyboard you get to zip around his office. No kidding. Head on over here and you will be placed in a queue to take control of the car. In his blog post comments he mentions his desire to add more cars. I cannot wait to see that and of course the tutorial of how he put it all together. Sweet!
It seems like over the last several months and especially weeks I have been meeting a ton of new people. I have gone through times like this in the past (moving to a new city, starting a company, etc) but this time is different in that it is all largely based off of social media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc). My new friends vary hugely in age, occupation, geography and pretty much other thing you could think of. Some are still only friends through one forum yet others have transcended most of the forums and now can actually be considered “real world” friends (whatever that means now). Whether it has been one off business/networking lunches with people I meet online or attending whole events focused around it I am really enjoying this new social experience. Looking forward to connecting with tons more of you in the near future.
Wow! That is really all I can say about Halloween in New York.
The day started with me on the train from Boston (a little tired from a night of great fun the night before of course). Had a relatively quick board meeting then it was off to get dressed up with the girls. After much wrangling and finagling we were off to the Museum of Natural History for some trick or treating and fun. What a zoo! Kids and chaos everywhere. The girls loved it though and Emma got to see dinosaurs so the night was deemed a success. Then back on the subway, got everyone home and settled in. At that point I was tired enough to sleep but then the tweets started coming across about what a freak show the village was. My buddy Murray IMd me and that was enough to get me off the couch and out for a walk. I can say it was well worth it! I have never seen so many costumed people. The Halloween parade ended near my house so we just started walking through the crowds and wound up at Union Square on a patio having a beer watching the show. Amazing. Definitely planning to get a babysitter for next year so we can really go out and enjoy it! Pictures will be on Flickr when I get a chance.
Wow! What an amazing time. I only got to attend for the first day but I really had a blast. Also to give credit where it is due, I dont think the experience would have been quite the same without Twitter. I wound up chatting and eating with some folks that I have followed for a while and others that I literally started following while we were chatting. I continue to be amazed at the power of this simple application to forge new connections and avenues for discussions.
Anyways, big kudos to Chris Brogan, Chris Penn and all the rest of the Podcamp organizers. Definitely well worth it!
So someone I follow on Twitter wants to get his webpage in the top ten results for his name. I was wondering how you would do that? Seems kind of like an interesting experiment to say the least. I already own almost all of the first page for the search for my full name, Jesse Chenard. I really have no idea where I even show up for the search Jesse.Â Am going to ponder on this for a bit and see if I can do it organically.