1935 blogging in Swiss chalet

Laurent Haug, the guy who started the LIFT conference in Geneva, invited me up to his friend’s chalet, near Villars, where he proceeded to show my camera some early 1900′s blogging that was written on the ceiling of the chalet.

What was really fun was having raclette cheese dinner with famous author Bruce Sterling. Of course I intruded on the dinner with my cell phone camera. It’s a 40 minute video, where Laurent and Pierre explain raclette. What’s really interesting is that we had people all over the world who were watching us live. At about 9:30 we sit down with Bruce Sterling, famous science fiction author.

It doesn’t get interesting until about 13 minutes when Bruce tells us the difference between a blogger and a novelist.

At 20 minutes in we discover that Yahoo has rejected Microsoft’s bid so you hear our initial opinions.

16 thoughts on “1935 blogging in Swiss chalet

  1. I spent much of my childhood in Switzerland and I miss the raclette cheese dearly. Be sure not to get the French raclette cheese – it’s not as fine as the Swiss one and it doesn’t pull nice long strings like one from Swizterland does. And if you’re tummy feels a bit full at the end (which it is likely to if you are not used to large quantities of cheese) order a nice Kirsch (Swiss Cherry) to help you digest it.

  2. I spent much of my childhood in Switzerland and I miss the raclette cheese dearly. Be sure not to get the French raclette cheese – it’s not as fine as the Swiss one and it doesn’t pull nice long strings like one from Swizterland does. And if you’re tummy feels a bit full at the end (which it is likely to if you are not used to large quantities of cheese) order a nice Kirsch (Swiss Cherry) to help you digest it.

  3. @3,

    What others find dull, some find interesting. I like the “dull” details because they help to fill in the gaps I might not otherwise get.

  4. @3,

    What others find dull, some find interesting. I like the “dull” details because they help to fill in the gaps I might not otherwise get.

  5. In a way, I’m glad Yahoo rejected the offer. I’m waiting now to see if the existing board gets fired.

    This whole thing is proving to be interesting.

    Yahoo has had plenty of opportunity to shape themselves into a profitable comapny across the board. Why they can’t is really no mystery. Every time there is a new functionality like blogging, social networking, some spin on portals, everyone tries to copy it. Most fail miserably.

    Why cannot companies just do things well they do well. The old tenet of one or even a couple of things well will always hold true. Another fact is that small, private companies are nimble and can make quick decisions because there are no shareholders to worry about. Decisions are made on technical merit, user request, etc. It’s nice having a plethora of little companies that do one or two things really well.

  6. In a way, I’m glad Yahoo rejected the offer. I’m waiting now to see if the existing board gets fired.

    This whole thing is proving to be interesting.

    Yahoo has had plenty of opportunity to shape themselves into a profitable comapny across the board. Why they can’t is really no mystery. Every time there is a new functionality like blogging, social networking, some spin on portals, everyone tries to copy it. Most fail miserably.

    Why cannot companies just do things well they do well. The old tenet of one or even a couple of things well will always hold true. Another fact is that small, private companies are nimble and can make quick decisions because there are no shareholders to worry about. Decisions are made on technical merit, user request, etc. It’s nice having a plethora of little companies that do one or two things really well.

  7. “It doesn’t get interesting until about 13 minutes when Bruce tells us the difference between a blogger and a novelist.”

    And yet you’re still not going to cave and start editing out the dull stuff?

  8. “It doesn’t get interesting until about 13 minutes when Bruce tells us the difference between a blogger and a novelist.”

    And yet you’re still not going to cave and start editing out the dull stuff?

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