I don’t link to RageBoy (aka Christopher Locke, aka one of the ClueTrain Manifesto authors) very often. Why not? Well, I’m a geek and he’s a good writer. The two often don’t mix. I think he does drugs, too, or maybe some good Merlot. Cause his stuff only makes sense to me after I drink some good Merlot. Anyway, tonight I’m not drinking. I am supposed to be cleaning out the garage. So, I’m looking for good work avoidance techniques. RageBoy supplied just what I needed with his “all your snakes are belong to us.” Now, please don’t follow me into hell. This will waste at least 10 minutes of your time. Well, at least I warned you. I think this meme is gonna be even lamer than the last time it went around (you know, remember the “all your base belong to us” thing?)
One other warning: some of the videos over on RageBoy’s site contain adult language. If you’re 12 and not yet in bed you’re not allowed to watch these.
Oh, this little journey through snakes on a plane brought me to Josh Friedman’s blog. He’s a script writer in Hollywood. Damn, that guy can write! His version of Snakes on a Plane had me spitting Diet Coke out of my nose (which was impressive cause I haven’t had any for hours) A few more adult words. I subscribed. Another 20 minutes
wasted invested in work avoidance. At least I warned you.
What is this telling you? I’ve lost it. Yes. And it’s time to go to bed. More work avoidance tomorrow!
Update: Apologies to Christopher Locke. My post above made it sound like I was claiming he is a drinker and/or worse — I did not. He wrote me and told me he’s been sober for 21 years.
Hmmm, InfoRouter shut down? Now who’ll say “Office is Dead?” Oh, I wanted to see what the rumor mill is saying but Valleywag’s servers are down and have been for more than an hour (like I said, I’ve been avoiding doing work). Bummer.
Update: since Jason Calacanis is busy trying to buy Digg, without paying hundreds of millions of dollars for it, and is now fighting with the entire Web 2.0 media (isn’t that just Mike Arrington and Tim O’Reilly?) I figure I should do something equally fun.
I’d love to hire Steve Gillmor. Seriously. We could do a show titled “you are dead.”
Then, we could talk about all the stuff that is dead. Newspapers. Magazines. Microsoft Office. Whatever. And we’d be so bombastic and fun that we’d gather an audience. Or, at least get invited to attend industry conferences and do more panel discussions where we’d stroke our beards (I’ll grow one) and say things to piss off Goebbels. Things like “Apple is dead.”
I hope I live long enough to say “RSS is dead.”
Of course we’d have comments where you could write “Scoble is dead.”
I just hope I’m always there to read THOSE.
Since I’m low on motivation (no, the garage isn’t cleaned yet, I’d rather avoid that work and get into an inane fight with one of my commenters on something so stupid I can’t even remember what it’s about here). But, one of the RSS searches I do is for the word “geek” and through that came a list of geek motivation sites. No, my garage isn’t getting cleaned out, but at least I’m getting motivated now.
The Truth Laid Bear blog has an interesting mashup. They took Virtual Earth and overlaid blogs from around the Middle East showing local blogs and news events (there’s a bit of news going on there right now if you haven’t heard). Interesting way to present breaking news that’s happening in one region.
The Daily WTF is a fun site, but has a popular entry on a custom program that was named just “the tool.” I’ve heard of apps like this where business developers have tried to make a process easier, or simpler, but have totally failed and have gone off the deep end. It’s the kind of post that either makes you cry, or makes you laugh. Or both together.
Thomas Hawk and Kent Newsome are talking about GPS’s: Kent reviewed one (an expensive Garmin unit), and Thomas added his experiences and asked “do any work for you?” I don’t use one much, but I have Streets and Trips setup with the GPS for our road trips and they are fairly good to use. But fumbling with a laptop in your car isn’t as safe as dealing with a device that was made for that purpose.
I’m listening to the Google conference call right now. It’s so boring it’s motivating me to go back out and do the garage. I feel sorry for the journalists and investors who need to listen to these things. Yeah, I know these are the ways that companies need to communicate their financial results with investors.