The call…

I just received the call that we knew was coming for two weeks. My mom passed away at 5:25 p.m. Montana time today. Maryam and I are driving there this weekend.

So many of my coworkers have been dropping into my office and wishing me kind things and sharing stories about their experiences with their loved ones passing away.

I knew the call would unleash more emotion on my behalf. Even with two weeks of preparation it still hits hard. Gotta call my brothers now. Thank you for all of your kind wishes and story sharing during this time. It really means a lot and changed my view forever about what this community means.

Trial of Origin (band first linked here) beats 600 others

This is cool, Trial of Origin just won a BBC contest where they beat 600 other bands. I was one of the first blogs to link to this band and hope they go all the way!

Speaking of music, last night Maryam and I watched American Idol on our new soopeerr-doopeer 60-inch Sony HDTV screen.

Damn.

That's all I can think while watching that screen. We have to rip ourselves away from the TV to go to sleep.

Blogging? Forget it. HDTV wins. It is just so stunning.

Oh, funny aside. Remember my post about visiting Yellowstone National Park? So, what was on my PVR when I got home? That's right. Sunrise show of Yellowstone's Geysers. They look better on HDTV than they do in real life! They don't smell, though.

Question: I wanna watch the World Cup. Turns out most of the games are on ESPN2. That's not in HD on Comcast. So, what's the best way to get ESPN2?

Since we're talking about media, I like the Podcast Readout of Share Your OPML site. Is your favorite Podcast there?

No work blogging allowed at many co’s, NYT says

There's lots of companies that don't allow blogging, the New York Times reports today.

That's cool. I hope none of my competitors allow their employees to blog. Why? You'd be amazed at the number of job seekers we get simply because we blog openly and, even report that there's dirt under the rug over in the corner.

Yeah, it drives our PR teams nuts, but that's why they earn the big bucks! :-)

I'd never work at a place that didn't let me have open and frank conversations with my customers. That just seems nutty to me. How about you?

Huh? Someone wants my king Evil spot?

Rick Segal says I appreciate CMP and Tim O'Reilly taking over my "King Evil" spot — by trademarking, and defending such, the words "Web 2.0" in a cease-and-desist letter to Tom Raftery.

Um, no. I want that spot all to myself! I hate it when people try to steal my evil. :-)

Seriously, this news was discussed by Shel Israel, my coauthor, and a bunch of other people over on Memeorandum.

This brings about memories of when a competitor to Fawcette Technical Publication's conference series would copy everything we did (down to the format of the brochure). So, I understand some sensitivity on behalf of conference producers to brands and trademarks.

That said, all this does is give IT@Cork a bunch of free publicity. All Tom has to do is change it to "Future of the Web Workshop" and the lawyers don't have a case and they get all this free publicity.

It looks like O'Reilly is claiming a service mark on "web 2.0 conference" if you visit their conference Web site. IT@Cork's site says "Web 2.0 Half Day Conference." That could, possibly, be confusing to people, so CMP and O'Reilly probably does have a legal case. But, probably not if they change the name to "Web 2.0 Half Day Symposium" or something like that.

Either way, I don't think it's confusing enough to warrant the lawyers and the impending bad PR for CMP and O'Reilly.

Update: O'Reilly responds here.