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March 27th, 2007

My Buddy Bogart and I

Bogart and me
Simple stuff like this makes life sweet.

March 27th, 2007

How to Prevent the Kathy Sierra Situation

Lots of folks are blogging about the Kathy Sierra death threat yesterday and today.

These posts will give you most of the background:

Kathy Sierra original post
Rageboy response
Pirillo’s thoughts

From the reading I am done – looks like some of the death threats came from Spain IP addresses or from anonymous postings.

Identities online are easily masked. Would an identity system like OpenID help prevent stuff like this? Seems like lotsa folks get keyboard agro and post whatever when it is not tied to themselves/identity. Most folks that I have met after they have “gone off” online are pussycats in person.

I like the accountability of identity management or whatever the correct wording of it is. It is just too easy to be an anonymous coward online.

March 25th, 2007

Cheap Flight Deals on BootsnAll

We have been grinding away this winter working on new products and services for travelers. We have built so many tools and ways for travelers to connect with each other and research over the years, that sometimes, we forget about some of the typical boring tools that help people plan their trips:

3 things most folks need when they travel
How am I gonna get there?
Where am I gonna stay?
What am I gonna do?

So we built a section on BnA that lists deals to/from most of the major airports in the US of A. The deals are in the main content window beneath the search widget and the right hand column has some helpful information that Jessie researched and wrote up to give some quick tips on how to find those cheap flight deals.

For me, I frequently fly from Portland to Vegas, LA and San Francisco. So the Portland Page is the one I have bookmarked and start a lot of my US travel plans. After the jump, check out the links and find the city that works for you.

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March 21st, 2007

Notes for Career Day at Cedar Park Middle School

Introduction and biography bits
http://sean.keener.org/about/

Who are you? What do you care about?
What grade? What kinda stuff career wise is on your mind?

Who am I?
Business Owner
I have been a journalist/reporter and do/have hired dozens of them.
Computer Engineer– I helped build BootsnAll’s website for the first 5+ years and can still “build websites”
Graphic Artist – I have done a bit of this, have 2 that work for me – and work with many of them.

Why am I here.
Mr. G asked me to come in and speak with y’all and I like hearing from younger folks about what is up.

Why should you care
The #1 reason you should care is because no matter what your situation is. If you think you are smart/not so smart. Strong/not as strong – you CAN do just about whatever you want with your life at this point.

Things going for you:
1) Young – you are still learning and no matter how good/bad you have done to this point, you can decided to improve and start to being better and following your passions
2) You are in school today: This one is huge. No matter how much you hate it or love it, we do have an excellent education system compared to the majority of the world.
3) Clubs – join the ones that interest you. get involved in things that interest you.
4) Classes – find some topic in high school/ college that you like and go for it hard. Like you life depends on it.
5) Passion and follow-through at this point in your life can help you do what you want todo.
6) Connection to the world – things like the internet open up a tonne of possibilities

I figured out about 15 years ago that I can do whatever I want. It might be difficult to get there, but I never give up when I want to do something.

Benefits of owning a business:

Discuss

How do you do this?

Don’t be afraid to fail/make mistakes.

#1 thing to take away from today if you can’t remember anything else. BE POSITIVE. Think that you can do it even if you can’t now. Having a positive attitude will take you soooooooooooo muuuuuuccchhhhh farther in life than the negative nellie stuff. Train yourself to be positive.

March 15th, 2007

Guy Kawasaki got me thinking today

Been doing a tonne of planning and reflecting the past few days with colleagues and myself. My daily reading included the following passage by Guy Kawasaki.

Here’s some food for thought: perhaps this explains the inexorable march toward mediocrity of many (temporarily) great companies. Let’s say a startup is hot. It ships something great, and it achieves success. Thus, it’s able to attract the best, brightest, and most talented. These people have been told they’re the best since childhood. Indeed, being hired by the hot company is “proof” that they are the A and A+ players; in fact, the company is so hot that it can out-recruit Google and Microsoft.

Unfortunately, they develop a fixed mindset that they’re the most talented, and they think that continued success is a right. Problems arise because pure talent only works as long as the going is easy. Furthermore, they don’t take risks because failure would harm their image of being the best, brightest, and most talented. When they do fail, they deny it or attribute it to anything but their shortcomings.

The last bit that I bolded resonated with me as the truth. I have seen it many times in others around me and myself at times. Sometimes I get a bit scared of taking risks…but I love the feeling of taking risks and fall victim to listening too much to the people around me about risks/no risks. Finding the right balance of risk is the key for me.

Traveling by yourself, starting a company, or going down a road that has no guarantees can seem like a risky thing. For me, it is when I feel most alive. Most people I know are afraid to do something like these things on their own.

Things to remember for me from this
Don’t be afraid to take risks and when you screw-up, admit it and learn from it/move one/don’t dwell.

March 6th, 2007

Help the Police Video

based off the NWA song. “F__K the Police”

March 3rd, 2007

Bulls vs Pistons: Game 3 ECF 1989


I cried watching this. Love the passion and brings back great memories.

March 1st, 2007

Most Influential Sports Bloggers

Jamie wrote up his list and it was nice to see Bob included in it. Well done Bob. 🙂

As for that list, very US centric. Which is fine. There are a lot of sports bloggers that we don’t know about or in non-US sport (soccer) that are rather influential. But it is our world so we can define it how we want, eh?

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