I was just reading some stories on CNET’s News.com and noticed this new feature, done by LivePlasma, over on the right side of the page. It adds a news map to each article that you can click on and interact with. Cool Internet Connected Component!!! Easy to miss, too, cause it looked like an ad over on the right side of the page.
Buzz Bruggeman looked up here in the Apple store and saw someone with a Duke hat. Now, if you know anything about Buzz, you know he’s a major Duke fan. Anyway, Mark Tager was the guy wearing the hat. Turns out he got a medical degree from Duke and now is VP of marketing for Fraxel. They build medical lasers that do remarkable things, he says. Repairs aging and sun-damaged skin. Business is going nuts as the population here ages, he says.
That little encounter is one reason why kids who go to good schools have a major advantage in business over the rest of us. It’s amazing how conversations happen and relationships build.
Those of us who went to San Jose State University have our own little club going. Scott Mace, for instance, and I always find a way to talk cause we have SJSU common in our backgrounds.
Now the two of them are talking about David Allen, and lots of Duke stories. How does networking get done? Well, I’m studying from the master.
My son is behind me blogging. Where are we? At the Palo Alto Apple store. Heh, figured if I was going to get to 100 posts about something other than, well, you know, that we better go do some homework. So, we went to Fry’s today. Yesterday I was at the Best Buy. Now we’re at the Apple store. Who’s we? Patrick, and Buzz Bruggeman.
It’s clear that the world is going HDTV. Sony had a big tent out in the parking lot with lots of people sitting in it. The salespeople were swarming. They know that everyone there is a potential $5,000 sale.
Ah, now we’re off to San Francisco to walk around the Golden Gate Bridge. More later.
Oh, and you guys who think that fonts are more readable on a Macintosh are just plain nuts and what’s up with this one button mouse? Heh, yeah, I’m gonna get flamed for those two statements, but I’m on a $1,299 Cinema display and the fonts just look fuzzy to me and the mouse is simply lame. Everything else sure looks sexy though.
One thing Apple sure has down is the retail experience. Aesthetically it’s the best in the industry. From the wood desk I’m typing to you from to the signage to the Eminem screen saver (which matches their TV advertising, which is also most excellent). Oh, and you can see HDTV’s influence all over the store here. Not to mention there’s a Sony HDV camcorder right next to me.
More fun things to come all week. I have lots of fun meetings setup here with people doing remarkable things.
Update, a reply to my son Patrick: using WordPress on the Mac/Safari doesn’t have a link command either (he noted he couldn’t figure out how to link on the Mac using his blogging service). I had to type my links by hand in HTML. It’s amazingly bad. Now I understand why so many people at blogging events don’t understand how to build links.
My attention is focused on how authors get their books sold now that our own book is coming out soon.
Lots of good tips for businesses to get noticed in this new world.
More “no GYM” posts coming tonight. I’m off to hang out with my son and Maryam. Have a great Sunday!
Gary Price, over on Search Engine Watch, has some excellent links to resources about Web Spam.
This Web Service thing will be huge someday, I tell you. Here Dave Luebbert turned on chordGrid yesterday. What does it do? You click on a root name in a chord type row to hear a chord of that type built upon the selected root.