1. Fortune Magazine's latest “Green Issue” isn’t printed on recycled paper and features a road test of the new Lamborghini.
2. 70% of 2007 car models sold in the US have built-in iPod compatibility.
Written while groovin' to Driven To Tears from the album “Zenyatta Mondatta” by The Police
From Harper's Weekly Review:
Al Gore returned to Capitol Hill to testify that global warming is a planetary emergency. Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts called Gore a prophet, and Rep. John Dingell of Michigan addressed him as “Mr. President.” Joe Barton of Texas, the leading Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Gore he was “totally wrong” and that, if need be, Republican lawmakers would stay late for an “all-out cat fight” with Democrats. Ralph Hall, also of Texas, speculated that Gore's attack on the energy industry could result in war “when and if OPEC nations abandon the U.S.A.,” and Roscoe Bartlett (R., Md.) said that he thought it was “probably possible to be a conservative without appearing to be an idiot.” Czech President Vaclav Klaus said that a new “anti-greenhouse religion” had replaced Communism as the paramount threat to global freedom. “This ideology preaches earth and nature, and under the slogans of their protection-- similarly to the old Marxists--wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central, now global, planning of the whole world.”
Sounds like I'm making this up right? I'm not.
Written while groovin' to Money Motivated Movements from the album “XLR8R-Incite 50” by Guilty Simpson
This list is making the rounds...it's a fine list but not to be confused with Dave Barry's original list.
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. (This one is very important.)
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you anyway.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes; and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
"In our tests, Apple TV is a pleasure to use. Setup was stunningly simple."
Read the rest here. Or watch it here:
Portable tech allows me to produce remixes on planes...like this one of the Beastie Boys...Triple Benson?
It makes me feel like an artist: Grant Robinson : Montage-a-google launcher
Written while groovin' to Where Is The Sun? from the album “The Legacy 1933-1958 (Disc 2)” by Billie Holiday
The TED conference has ended and I didn't want to write nothing about what was a pretty special experience. A few highlights:
- Sitting behind Sergey Brin and his parents in a main hall session and observing how kindly he interacts with them. Nothing like the humanization of someone to shatter a few stereotypes.
- Talking with Meg Ryan when we were both denied access the main hall for Bill Clinton's talk “If Meg Freaking Ryan can't get a seat then I'm sure not getting one!.”
- Seeing a girl that looked a lot like Cameron Diaz at the hole-in-the-wall taco joint and realizing it was her.
- Talking to Matt Groening at a party about someone we know in common (Matt Groening!).
- Giving props to Lost creator J.J. Abrams on behalf of my friend Chris who asked me to tell him the following:
“My buddy Chris wants to know what's up with Lost. Oh, and don't F-up Star Trek”...which I did, He laughed and replied “I know, totally!”.
- Realizing that Kareem Abdul Jabar's hips are higher than my friend Bob's shoulders.
- Dinner (thanks Zimran) with a few old customer experience friends including Marissa Mayer who met Joshua Schacter of del.icio.us fame for the first time at that dinner. My new friend from The Economist was there and his article can be read here. He described TED way better than I ever could.
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This Wednesday marks the beginning of TED2007 and those who has spoken with me in the last month know that I'm becoming increasingly excited about it. It's my first time and from friends who have been before it's inspirational. I remain honored at having been extended the invitation, I hope to transmute anticipated inspiration in y'alls direction. And if any readers are going to bet here, why not leave a comment?