My blog was down this morning. Sorry about that. The WordPress.com folks are working on updating the servers and getting things permanently stable, according to this message on WordPress.com.
Have you done a Paddy Brown lately?
He was a fireman who died in 9/11.
Over on a Web site memorializing him, one of the letters suggested doing a "Paddy Brown" every day. What's that? Doing something nice for someone else.
Why am I thinking about that?
Well, I met Stephen McCarthy last year and turned out he was working for CNBC as a producer on the Donny Deutsch show. He called my cell phone today and said "I have something for you."
We met up and he handed me a DVD. On it it simply said "Remembering Paddy."
Tonight I watched it.
The first few minutes set the tone. He just filmed Paddy's phone messages. People calling him on the morning of 9/11.
It got worse and worse. Then Stephen told us about his friendship with Paddy (he covered Paddy when he was a video news reporter) and his camera introduced us to Paddy's family and friends.
Can you make a difference in the world? Why don't you try doing a Paddy?
I'll find out when Stephen's video will be on air (he thinks it'll be on one of the major networks in about a month).
While I was at dinner tonight with the LiveSide guys Jason Bogovich called, his voice full of excitement. First he apologized for calling, then asked me "Did you know your Xbox can blog?"
No, I didn't.
"I'll send you email."
I love getting calls like this from people who discovered something cool. Actually, he sent me to Major Nelson's blog and the Major blogged about XboxVoice.com.
Thanks, Jason, for calling!
I spent the evening with the folks who are writing LiveSide, a blog about Windows Live. These guys aren't Microsoft employees. They just thought it'd be interesting to do a blog about Windows Live. They invited me to a dinner and also invited a bunch of people from the various Windows Live teams (there's a ton of them now).
When I got home I checked my feeds about Microsoft and I see that Dave Winer said something about us. He says that Microsoft is falling behind Google and Apple and that we better get our s**t together soon.
But we're fortunate because people like Chris, Harrison, Kip, who like what we're doing enough to build great community sites.
I agree with Dave, though. It's put up or shut up time.
One thing in response to Dave: I am working very hard to make friends among bloggers. My phone number is on my blog. You know how to find me if you need something.
All the content from the Mix06 conference is now online. 50+ hours. Good stuff, including Marc Canter's panel discussion and much more (the videos include all the slides, too). Mike Swanson has more on his blog.
Why is it when you meet someone face to face that your opinions of them change radically? Today I became fans of Donny Deutsch and Jay Z.
Donny hosts a show called the Big Idea on CNBC. He asked Bill some excellent questions like "what do you get pissed about?" Bill tried to weasel out of that and Donny had none of it. Bill was really stumped. He also asked "what would you say to Google?" He set a high bar for interviewing Bill that I hope I'll get to meet someday.
Jay Z is a rapper. But he breaks all the stereotypes. He's astute. Personable. And is interesting to listen to.
Donny's interview with Bill Gates will be on CNBC on Monday and Jay Z's interview will be up next week.
Anyway, both interviews are ones you should consider checking out.