I love a good storyteller

I’m listening to Charles Handy talk. He’s an Irish-born management scholar and best-selling author. 

I could listen to him all day long. Why? Because he’s a great story teller. He helped start the London Business School back in 1967. I was born in 1965 so he has a bit more life experiences than I have.

Here’s an interview with Charles that gives a sense of his personality.

Tom is writing about the sessions on the IT@Cork blog.

Good moods increase your thinking ability, study says

Cognitive Daily reports on Mood and Memory. They write:

“Do you ever wonder if your mood affects the way you think? I’m not talking about behaving more aggressively when you’re angry or more passively when you’re sad; I’m talking about the subtler impact on cognitive processing. Some recent research has indicated that we process things differently depending on whether we’re in a positive or negative mood. People in good moods tend to make more connections between related items, while people in bad moods generally focus on what’s in front of them.

Thanks to Kevin Larson for sending me this. Kevin works on our Cleartype team and has been doing his own research into how aesthetics effect problem-solving capabilities.

Clogger warns me against fame

I just got done with my keynote here at IT@Cork. It’s interesting, the audience here only had 1% RSS users. Quite different from the other audiences I’ve spoken to (which have been more than 50% RSS users).

It’ll be interesting to see what the reactions are. One question I got was telling “how does Microsoft control your message?”

Let go of the idea that you’re gonna control anything anymore. I told them how anyone in the world can write about how their Xbox is crashing. Any idea that you can control what people are saying about you or your company is totally out the window. The only choice you have now is whether or not to join in the conversation.

Here’s some conversations about me. Clogger warns me against too much transparency in my personal life: “For a fully-fledged ‘celeb’, there’s WAY too much info on his private life out there.”

Bernie Goldbach brought 10 PR students to IT@Cork and is asking them what they think of me. It’ll be interesting to see what Bernie reports.

The conference is interesting so far. I’ll report more later.

Oh, and Clogger, you have it all wrong. The downsides of being well known aren’t having some weirdo stalker. It’s the email! 336 emails unanswered and a folder of stuff I want to blog about. Memeorandum is popping with new product announcements from Yahoo and from Microsoft.

WordPressing in Cork

Had a wonderful day today. Hung out with Tom Raftery, Donncha O Caoimh and his fiance Jacinta. Now, who is Donncha? One of the developers who works on WordPress!

It’s funny, but he’s never met Matt Mullenweg. Jacinta asked “is it true that Matt’s only 21?”

We kissed the Blarney Stone. Donncha took pictures during the day.

After that we visited Heineken’s brewery in Cork and got a tour. It’s run on Windows. Since Tom’s a Mac guy and Donncha is a Linux guy it was nice to meet an IT guy who uses Windows.

Think IT doesn’t matter? Well, it matters to the beer in Ireland. The whole plant is run by computers. More later tonight.

Here in Cork!

Tom Raftery just took us out for a great dinner. We’ve arrived safely in Cork. How did I recognize Tom? He was the only one with white headphones in the airport. 

Hey, I’m on Channel 9. You can see how we make Channel 9 videos. Ken Levy was the one who filmed that interview and talks more about that filming on his blog.

I gotta go to sleep. Tom has a full day arranged for us tomorrow. Martin Fowler reports that John Vlissides died over the weekend (wrote a great book on software design, Martin says).

Speaking of Tom, he was raving about his podcast interview he just did with Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch. It’s a bizarre world I live in. I visit with Micahel often, and now fly around the world to meet Tom who interviewed Michael over the phone. Wacky.

Speaking of podcasts, Jeff Clavier, Silicon Valley VC, says that IT Conversations’ PopTech podcasts are worth a listen.

A quick tour through my feed reading (I read all my feeds on the trip today):

Bilal Haidar says he found a great Website for resources and tools for Internet Information Services (IIS): IISToolshed.com.

Ben Rockwood has a First Person Shooter Roundup.

Phil Wolff, over on Skype Journal, has an excellent Monday reading list, which includes a profile of Niklas, founder of Skype. I saw that in the local papers yesterday.

Performancing takes a look at Firefox Extensions for Bloggers. Kam VedBrat (works at Microsoft) reports that using Firefox on a Tablet PC just got easier.

ActiveWin reports that Paint.NET v 2.5 final release is now available.

Claire Giordano says she’s leaving Sun Microsystems to work for Amazon’s A9 search engine. I hope she keeps her blog going, I always enjoyed it.

Dan Bricklin is on NerdTV.

How did I miss Tabletology? That site is awesome. JKOnTheRun has the details.

Gary Price links to NetLibrary: Over 100,000 digitized and searchable books are available online.

Evan Williams Ten Rules for Web Startups was linked all over the place. It’s most excellent.

Happy Birthday to Renee Blodgett, Silicon Valley’s star PR’er.