This is a hilarious commercial parody. It's definitely controversial, but I admit I was laughing!
January 22, 2005
January 16, 2005
2005 has already brought great change for me. I accepted an exciting new job, and changed my life overnight. I left my old job, where I had been for four years, at 6pm, and at 4:30am the next morning I got up to catch a plane to CES to start working in my new role.
My new job has brought a new (and much longer) commute, new people, new places, new routines, new challenges. I haven't been on the job two weeks yet, and I definitely am still searching for a new rhythm. I'm still getting used to the fact that people in San Francisco look and act differently than people in the South Bay. I notice the color black in clothing more. People walk everywhere. It's amazing to see people everywhere you go in the city. In the South Bay, people move from their home to their destination in cars, sheltered from everything around them by wheeled metal cages. San Francisco has an energy about it, both good and bad. It's amazing to see so many diverse people out and about, but it's sad to see so many people in less fortunate situations living on the same streets so many traverse.
Change is a powerful thing. From the mundane like the color of clothes, to the more important changes like how I approach my life. My wife today asked me how I was going to help change things with my kids. I'm starting to realize that they are changing, that they no longer need as much in the physical sense, but that their need is now deeper, more challenging to fulfill. It is hard to capture in words where they are, but I can say that my desire to share has increased. I want to share the "how" of the universe with them, at least as much of it as I know. How to program, why people do what they do, how to solve hard math problems, answer why math is actually fun. I've always looked forward to sharing so many things, but I think my kids are getting old enough to understand the bigger picture items I can relate. I just hope they still want to listen, and that they'll listen to me as they turn into teenagers...
I've also had the sense over the last couple of days that some unfortunate turn in coming. Maybe it is a sense of having a good thing and being worried that it will end. Great family, great job, good health, blessed with amazing friends who are also doing well. Rarely does life offer all things in good order. I hope it doesn't end, and I don't know why or what is coming, but I guess change always comes. My wife tends to poo-poo my premonition, says karma doesn't work that way. Here's to her being right...
January 02, 2005
Oh man, I'm so bumming that the holiday season is almost over. I've been tinkering around the house for almost 10 days, and I'm going to miss playing with the mrs and kids, the parties, and the unstructured time!
Oh, and by the way, do I love the mrs! Yesterday was our 11th anniversary, and she bought me an watch winder! I recently purchased my first automatic (no batteries, powered by movement) Oakley Time Bomb Titanium, and really love it. I want to keep the watch "on time" even when I don't wear it for a few days, and my leading lady came through!
Been tinkering with where to host my online photo albums. Started with Yahoo Photos, but their lack of functionality is almost comical. I checked out the commercial photo sharing services (Snapfish, Ofoto), but they all seem to be based on photo printing (revenue), and seemingly forget that customers must appreciate the social and sharing aspects of their service before they'll buy things.
I looked at hosting my own stuff via PhotoStack, Gallery, or jalbum (which my good friend Michael Gilmore put me onto), and really like jalbum. jalbum is almost as easy as uploading to a commercial site.
I also looked at Hello and flickr (which is the subject of a previous blog entry), and really like flickr. The only thing I didn't like is that the trial is limited to 10MB, which is six 5MP photos! So I've reached the decision point of paying flickr for a great service or hosting on my own via jalbum.
If Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Ofoto, Yahoo, or any other photo wanna-be's are reading this, go take Online Photos 101. You are getting your "arses" kicked in the photo space. Small companies like flickr and Picasa (ok, now a Google company) get that photos initially are about sharing, community, and viewing. Stop focusing on printing and mugs! Delight the customer first, then offer great services to keep people using your product...