Naked Conversation in an Apple store?

Dave Winer snapped this picture of Shel Israel and me (authors of Naked Conversations, the corporate blogging book that’s coming out in a few days) while we were hanging out with a group of geeks in the Palo Alto Apple store tonight. The rest of Dave’s photos are here. Yes, that’s my son having too much fun on an iBook (Patrick posted to his blog from the store). I think he should set up an endorsement deal with Steve Jobs.

It was fun, there were quite a few pretty popular people there. We went up to the Apple store employees and said “the guy who has the #7 highest rated podcast on iTunes is standing over there.” They didn’t believe us, even though it was true. The podcaster was John Furrier of PodTech.net. We didn’t even bother trying to explain who Gabe Rivera was (founder of Memeorandum). Just a bunch of geeks!

Hope your Friday evening is going geekingly well.

34 thoughts on “Naked Conversation in an Apple store?

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  2. Err, you missed the jovial irony fun of that post…

    No “arguing, screaming or conspiracy theories”, yeah, because all of the same like-minded groupthink. But put me or someone like Nick Carr, JCD or Andrew Orlowski in the mix, and you will see a bit more of that (hopefully good-natured) “arguing, screaming, slamming”. :) (PS – Not that I am putting myself of the same stage as those guys. Heck, I can’t hold a candle).

    But in living FOR something, you can simultaneously be against something else. Take that for what you will. Example: In living for American Indepedence, you are by default against British Crown Royal (not Cola) rule. ;)

    Off-topic: But atheists against just “fundamentalist” Christians? Why, I thought it was against religion in general, why narrow yourself to that target? And why just “fundamentalists”, as even mainstream worshippers are supposedly as equally duped. And then you should be against Judaism, Scientology, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarianism, Gnosticism, Hare Krishna, Theosophy, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and the Occult, Secret Society and Esoteric/Crazy religions. I have always found it interesting how most Atheists only ever focus on Christianity, mainly as it be the dominant Western religion, but yet it’s still philosophically aesthetically inconsistent.

  3. Err, you missed the jovial irony fun of that post…

    No “arguing, screaming or conspiracy theories”, yeah, because all of the same like-minded groupthink. But put me or someone like Nick Carr, JCD or Andrew Orlowski in the mix, and you will see a bit more of that (hopefully good-natured) “arguing, screaming, slamming”. :) (PS – Not that I am putting myself of the same stage as those guys. Heck, I can’t hold a candle).

    But in living FOR something, you can simultaneously be against something else. Take that for what you will. Example: In living for American Indepedence, you are by default against British Crown Royal (not Cola) rule. ;)

    Off-topic: But atheists against just “fundamentalist” Christians? Why, I thought it was against religion in general, why narrow yourself to that target? And why just “fundamentalists”, as even mainstream worshippers are supposedly as equally duped. And then you should be against Judaism, Scientology, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarianism, Gnosticism, Hare Krishna, Theosophy, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and the Occult, Secret Society and Esoteric/Crazy religions. I have always found it interesting how most Atheists only ever focus on Christianity, mainly as it be the dominant Western religion, but yet it’s still philosophically aesthetically inconsistent.

  4. Christopher,

    Personally, I saw no arguing, screaming, trolling, conspiracy theories, slamming, or stalking.

    I used to be an active atheist. I even helped run an atheist group at Ohio State. What finally made me leave was that I felt like atheists didn’t stand for anything, they only stood against whatever the fundamentalists christians thought. Living your life standing against something rather than standing for what you believe in is a powerless position. You become enslaved and controlled by that which you oppose.

    Take that for what you will.

  5. Christopher,

    Personally, I saw no arguing, screaming, trolling, conspiracy theories, slamming, or stalking.

    I used to be an active atheist. I even helped run an atheist group at Ohio State. What finally made me leave was that I felt like atheists didn’t stand for anything, they only stood against whatever the fundamentalists christians thought. Living your life standing against something rather than standing for what you believe in is a powerless position. You become enslaved and controlled by that which you oppose.

    Take that for what you will.

  6. crowd you attract

    Chat? You forgot argue, scream, label a troll, make up UFOish conspiracy theories about, slam, stalk. :) And the “crowd he attracts” is predictable as the day is bright. I mean Winer, Furrier, Shel, Clavier, Gabe…wow, that’s a stretch, neverwouldathoughtofthosepeople. His ride romp with James H. Billington at the GoogleDupeSmoozeFest, about the only pang of envy yet.

    And at (Ron Johnson’s) Palo Alto store, celebrity, biggie and noteable sightings are quite common (not as much would be in LA, but still…), so some rambling “podcaster”, isn’t exactly going to rate. I doubt but a few iTuners even much care about “audio books-that-are-not-books-rather-just-inane-ramblings-from-geeks-about-topics-that-only-interest-said-small-circle-of-self-back-patting-geeks”.

  7. crowd you attract

    Chat? You forgot argue, scream, label a troll, make up UFOish conspiracy theories about, slam, stalk. :) And the “crowd he attracts” is predictable as the day is bright. I mean Winer, Furrier, Shel, Clavier, Gabe…wow, that’s a stretch, neverwouldathoughtofthosepeople. His ride romp with James H. Billington at the GoogleDupeSmoozeFest, about the only pang of envy yet.

    And at (Ron Johnson’s) Palo Alto store, celebrity, biggie and noteable sightings are quite common (not as much would be in LA, but still…), so some rambling “podcaster”, isn’t exactly going to rate. I doubt but a few iTuners even much care about “audio books-that-are-not-books-rather-just-inane-ramblings-from-geeks-about-topics-that-only-interest-said-small-circle-of-self-back-patting-geeks”.

  8. Wireless World: Feds vacate airwaves
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The government is getting out of the way of next-generation mobile broadband services — a new niche being developed by cell-phone companies — by preparing to spend $936 million to move its radio communications onto an obscure segment of the spectrum, experts are telling United Press International’s Wireless World. By Gene Koprowski

  9. Wireless World: Feds vacate airwaves
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The government is getting out of the way of next-generation mobile broadband services — a new niche being developed by cell-phone companies — by preparing to spend $936 million to move its radio communications onto an obscure segment of the spectrum, experts are telling United Press International’s Wireless World. By Gene Koprowski

  10. So here’s a point…maybe, just maybe, outside of the “Blogosphere”, bloggers don’t matter as much as you think they do. I’ve been spending the holidays with my girlfriends family, and here’s a shocker…for people who spend a lot of time on computers, they don’t know ANY bloggers, nor have they heard of any. Imagine…people who don’t know about bloggers.

    wierd.

  11. So here’s a point…maybe, just maybe, outside of the “Blogosphere”, bloggers don’t matter as much as you think they do. I’ve been spending the holidays with my girlfriends family, and here’s a shocker…for people who spend a lot of time on computers, they don’t know ANY bloggers, nor have they heard of any. Imagine…people who don’t know about bloggers.

    wierd.

  12. Oh, they probably believed you, but they didn’t care. The PA store routinely has people who actually *matter* drop in.

  13. Oh, they probably believed you, but they didn’t care. The PA store routinely has people who actually *matter* drop in.

  14. hi robert! just wanted to say that meeting you and your beautiful wife to stroll down the st honore was one of the highlights of 2005! i hope to see you in 2006! i am in amsterdam now until the 8th! looking forward to eat chocolate, drink, and be merry in the new year with you two again sooooooooooooooooon! anina

  15. hi robert! just wanted to say that meeting you and your beautiful wife to stroll down the st honore was one of the highlights of 2005! i hope to see you in 2006! i am in amsterdam now until the 8th! looking forward to eat chocolate, drink, and be merry in the new year with you two again sooooooooooooooooon! anina

  16. Sadly, I didn’t find you until I’d left MS after half a dozen years.

    You give me hope for the brand and the company, which I desperately want, despite my recent departure.

    Keep on truckin’,
    jsm

  17. Sadly, I didn’t find you until I’d left MS after half a dozen years.

    You give me hope for the brand and the company, which I desperately want, despite my recent departure.

    Keep on truckin’,
    jsm

  18. Brett: nah, my son has two iPods and my wife has another one. We have a rule. Never buy anything a week before CES. I’m gonna check out the latest toys there.

  19. Brett: nah, my son has two iPods and my wife has another one. We have a rule. Never buy anything a week before CES. I’m gonna check out the latest toys there.

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