Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weird Time - Ignite Phoenix #6

So right about the time of this posting, I should be on stage doing my thing at Ignite Phoenix #6! This is my fourth time to present to the Ignite crowd, and I'm stoked to be doing it again.

For those who can't make it and aren't watching the live stream, here's my dry run of Weird Time in SlideCast form. Note that I had rehearsed this for a couple of hours, nailed it, recorded another "Give Evo an EVO video" and drank a couple of glasses of scotch. So this one isn't nearly as polished as I know it will be be tomorrow night. No drinking then. Promise.

I hope you enjoy Weird Time. And I hope I've given the chance to do Weird Distance and Weird Numbers at future Ignite Phoenix presentations. I figure I'll keep submitting until they start turning me down. :)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Help me convince Sprint that I need the new HTC EVO 4G... NOW!

Dear Sprint,

I just got off the phone with Monica. She's a great customer service rep of yours. She informed me that I've been a Sprint customer since December 1, 1999. Sure, we've had our ups and downs, but the scales have been tipped more in to positive for most of that time.

I pay you just under $200 a month for our service plans. Three of them. All phones with unlimited data plans -- the big ticket item for you -- because we use the heck out of our phones. My wife and I are both on the Pre, and our son -- 1st year of college -- is on the Rant. In a world where at least 75% of our friends have made the switch to the one that rhymes with "eye-bone", we've not. Primarily because I want a phone first and a device second. But also because I really don't want to switch away from Sprint. We just had our 10 year anniversary, and I'm sentimental.

HTCEVOBut enough beating around the bush. I want the new HTC EVO™ 4G, and I'd like it now please. You've already let Engadget play with one. Gizmodo gushed about the 3.7 seconds they had access to it. CNET, Slashgear... you must have employed Santa to get you all over town in a single day doing demos.

I realized I'm not those media outlets. I've got a decent rep in the social and digital sphere. Some say I'm an influencer. But I have one thing that those other places don't, and that one thing makes me the perfect spokesperson for the new HTC EVO™ 4G from Sprint:

My name is Evo!

Who better to be carrying around the EVO than Evo? It's not like you're going to get that guy from Bolivia to make you this offer. He's a little busy. And I don't think 4G coverage works there.

But that's OK. You don't need him. You've got me.

So let's do this thing. It's the least you can do, considering the branding hell you're going to give me with this product. Not like I already have to compete against the above mentioned guy, a car company, tree-huggers1 and dog food for my name, right? Reach me at 602-325-3045 and I'll give you an address where you can send the phone. We'll take care of the necessary paperwork when you're ready.

Yours in love with the EVO,


Note to friends: Help me get this phone first and to be THE spokesperson for it. Or at least just the first part. Tweet it, re-tweet it, facebook it, re-blog it, call your congressman, pressure, pressure PRESSURE! Let's see what happens. :)

Update: I put a plea out on YouTube, recorded with my Palm Pre. You could help spread that, too!

1 - OK, OK... I'm a tree-hugger, too.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Where has the fun gone?

This is the Waldo we are looking for !
Image by Stéfan via Flickr
Actually, I'm having a lot of fun over on my new blog about digital business strategies, A Simpler Way.

Now you may not care. In fact, if you're a loyal follower of my antics over here, you probably don't care about the new blog. And that's OK. Just know that things may be a little slower over here as I shift my attention to there... and other places.

But I do have some new fun stuff to tell you about. And I'll still do that here from time to time. But I'm posting over there about 3x a week if you need more of me. And hey, who doesn't? :P

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Yes, I still write about podcating sometimes

Recently I was asked to write an article about podcasting. I don't do it very often, probably because I've said about all I had to say in the 2.5 books I co-authored on the subject. But this was an article about podcasting and fiction, and I haven't wrote extensively about that. I do that extensively, mostly though the love that is Podiobooks.com. So... why not?

The article on ErgoFiction is now live. And no, it wasn't one huge commercial for the serialized free audiobooks we help distribute on Podiobooks.com. At least, I don't think it was. You decide.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

The magic of Trololo

I went from hating this, to not being able to get it out of my head, to loving this.

And because I continue to run into people who've not experience the awesomeness that is Trololo...

There's also version for people on ludes, ecstasy, and LSD. Yes, each one is a different experience.

I love the internets.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Time gets weird at Ignite Phoenix #6 March 30th

W007! Just found out that I've been selected as one of the presenters at Ignite Phoenix the Sixth! I'm totally stoked!

When I wrapped up Ignite Phoenix #4, I said that had reached the end of my three-part series on Big. I sat out -- as in, in the audience -- for Ignite Phoenix #5 and a bunch of people asked me what I would be doing next! Guess I didn't bore you -- at least some of you -- to tears. I had lots of good suggestions from those who saw my prior talks. Many thought I should go Small, but I see small as a different type of big. Yeah I'm strange.

After batting a few of my own ideas around, the topic of Weird rose to the top. There are lot of things that aren't big or small but are damned weird, and I want to talk about them. So that's what I'll do starting March 30th. And I'll follow the same progression as before, with my first talk on Weird Time. No, you won't have to bring your International Baccalaureate high school physics teacher with you. Hi, Charlie. Though I think he'll like it, too. Expect what you've come to expect from me in these short talks -- a different way to look at something you've been surrounded with all your life.

Thanks to whomever green-lighted my talk. I'm happy to see some of my good friends also got the nod. It should prove to be an interesting night!

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