Back from Christmas

No, Dave Winer, I’m not out of California … yet. But tomorrow I get on a plane to go somewhere outside of California that I can’t yet share publicly about (I’ve been asked to keep quiet until I arrive where I’m going Wednesday evening). Hopefully the Verizon Wireless card will work where I’m going. It’s going to be an exciting week. By the way, nice to hear that Dave Winer will be coming to the Seagate/PodTech BlogHaus at CES.

So, how was your Christmas? Mine? I got a MacBookPro 17-inch model, thanks to my brother-in-law who got me a good deal from Apple. I need a bigger hard drive, though, so don’t know if I’ll be taking it on my trip this week.

The weekend was a grouping of parties. Saturday saw John Furrier and family along with Theresa and Tim of TangoDiva dropping by for some fun. I forget what we did on Sunday. Heheh. Yesterday we went to my dad’s house, then to Shel Israel’s house.

In both places yesterday I met people who said “I try to read your blog, but can’t understand it.”

In other words, I was using technical terms like “wiki” or “blog” or “podcast” or, even something even more geeky and that they didn’t feel comfortable here, so left.

On the other hand, a friend who hangs out with the Channel 9 crowd says that that crowd thinks lately I haven’t been geeky enough.

Demonstrates the problems making anyone happy while writing a tech blog. It also shows why the audience sizes here will remain small (at least compared to the audience watching the average American football game).

I write for a passionate audience. If you don’t know what things mean here, I’ll be happy to help out.

Lately I’ve been doing a LOT of reading on the political scene in the United States. They use words I’m not all that familiar with either, like “reapportionment.” If you aren’t really deep into the political scene you’d have no idea what that meant. And, if you ARE deep into the political scene, you can use such terms to test whether the people you’re talking to are really “with it” or not.

By the way, I hear Wikipedia is trying to build a search engine to challenge Google. It already is damn close. You want to learn something you don’t know anything about? Google won’t give you the answers — Wikipedia will. In fact, I think I understand why Google gave up on its “Answers” thing. Wikipedia is just taking over here. For instance, look at the entry for “reapportionment.” You think you can get better info than that anywhere else? I haven’t found it.

Oh, no, I’m not headed for the World Economic Forum, like Tony Perkins is.

In other news, I wish I had kept my dad’s Apple II.

As usual, I’ve been keeping my link blog up to date. Tons of interesting stuff from more than 440 different leading tech blogs.

20 thoughts on “Back from Christmas

  1. Politics eh?!? We have it coming in 2007 when Blair is going to hand over to some bully called Brown :-(

    Anyway, congrats on the MBP Robert! What Macs do you have now? The MBP, 30″ACD and a MacPro?? :-)

  2. Politics eh?!? We have it coming in 2007 when Blair is going to hand over to some bully called Brown :-(

    Anyway, congrats on the MBP Robert! What Macs do you have now? The MBP, 30″ACD and a MacPro?? :-)

  3. I read tech blogs and political blogs, and it’s amazing how some of the most avid political consultants have embraced social media as a new way to communicate with potential voters and constituents. There’s some danger in talking politics, because you WILL piss people off, but don’t you do that already?????

    Dying (almost) to know where you are going…

  4. I read tech blogs and political blogs, and it’s amazing how some of the most avid political consultants have embraced social media as a new way to communicate with potential voters and constituents. There’s some danger in talking politics, because you WILL piss people off, but don’t you do that already?????

    Dying (almost) to know where you are going…

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