Speaking requests, off the grid

I’ve been getting a TON of speaking requests, including for places like India and Korea and Italy. Yikes. I could spend all my time speaking and no time doing my shows or building PodTech’s network.

Anyway, one that I’ll be at is the Blog Business Summit, in Seattle in October. That should be interesting this year cause there’s a LOT of new businesses blogging. Heck, just check out all the real estate agents getting into blogging lately, thanks to the Inman Real Estate newsletter, which Stan tells us is the one that agents follow most.

While I’m off the grid I’ll look at my calendar and make some decisions. Sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you yet. I’ve been VERY bad at answering email the past month. Naughty, naughty Scoble.

Anyway, I did set up a wiki for our off the grid campout. My mom’s house is totally full, but if you’re up in Montana next week, please do stop by. The beer is free. Just be warned that you might be videoblogged.

Don’t break the Web — I’m off the grid

Brian Oberkirch talks about having one of his sites pulled down (an important one, too, on the New Orleans disaster) by an ex partner.

Oh, I hear ya on that one. Userland pulled down the first two years of my blog and never put it back up.

Breakage happens all the time. It’s unfortunate. But there are ways to route around the damage. Unfortunately they didn’t crawl everything.

A friend asked me why I don’t get mad about stuff like that. “I’m gonna end up in a box either way,” I answered.

Anyway, I’ll be offline until August 13th. Visit TechMeme, which is my favorite news site. Enjoy life.

AOL lays off 5,000

MSNBC is reporting that AOL is laying off 5,000. Ouch. But we saw this coming, didn’t we?

One thing I watch closely is how people use computers. When I visited Montana and went into everyday people’s homes and saw that they were on broadband and used Google, that told me that things had totally changed. Not to mention the Wifi signs in restaurants in Montana. I grew used to them in Silicon Valley, but when things get outside the valley’s bubble then you know things have really changed.

On Friday evening or Saturday morning I expect we’ll be with the hoards of tourists looking at Old Faithful.

The fact that I’m looking at a Yahoo property instead of an AOL one tells you something.

I’m gonna go up to tourists with my videocamera and ask them about photo sites they use and see what I learn.

Old Faithful is the one place in the USA that I’ve been where you’ll see, in the parking lot, license plates from every state in the nation (no one lives there, it’s a totally tourist population).

Sorry to the AOL’ers who now have to find work. If they lived in Silicon Valley they’d be sucked into the infrastructure here cause lots of companies are hiring, but I imagine most of the AOL workers are tech support types and they won’t find lots of jobs available, I’m guessing.

Utah brunch on Friday

So, we leave San Francisco at about 2 p.m. today and head east on 80. I expect we’ll drive all the way to Salt Lake City, which is about a 12 hour drive. So, that’s about 2 a.m. or so.

We need to get a little sleep and a shower, so why don’t we meet for brunch at 11 a.m.? That way we can get on the road at around 12:30. Come and join us!

How about meeting at the Lion’s House Pantry, which is real near the Mormon Tabernacle? Even if you’re not religious, this is a sight to see.

Traveling will be Irina Slutsky and Eddie Codel of GeekEntertainment.tv, Ryanne Hodson (she wrote the book on videoblogging), Jay Dedman, me and Patrick.

Oh, Irina announced that she’s working on putting together a videoblogging awards show to help bootstrap the community that’s doing that. If you’re a videoblogger you should drop Irina a note. We’re working on categories in the van today.

As always, my phone is on. 425-205-1921. Please do call us while we’re on the road. We love hearing from geeks, bloggers, video freaks, and even normal everyday people.

Sourceforge has new competition from Google

This is the best post I’ve found on Google’s new Code Project Hosting. From //engtech. Author unknown, he keeps his name off the blog for fear of hurting his career. Bummer, this blog is very good. I’d hire whoever did it.

To everyone who has been emailing me stuff for the blog. I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. I’m WAY overloaded on email. I’ll try to catch up while other people are driving the van today. But, I won’t be answering email until next Saturday.

Patrick is mad at me…

He’s really bent that he isn’t going to be able to be near an Apple store next week. Steve Jobs has him wrapped around his little finger. Seriously. That kid checks the Apple site about three times a day hoping to find new information. Reads Engadget and Gizmodo. Listens to his favorite Dawn and Drew (cause they were marked “explicit” in iTunes and then he grew to appreciate their humor) and the MacCast (cause, well, guess).

I’m sure right now he’s reading blogs like TUAW, AppleWatch, Cult of Mac, The Apple Core, MacSlash, or MacSurfer (my favorite).

What are the MacHeads talking about today? They are going crazy over the banner hanging at Moscone trying to read secret signals into that.

Apple is really positioned well to take over the consumer marketplace. Sure is a change from the 1990s when magazines told the faithful to “Pray.”

So, why is Patrick pissed at me? Cause he wanted to watch Steve Jobs’ keynote and be at the Apple store first thing to buy his new Mac. (We promised him a new portable if he got all A’s, which he did). Instead we’re going to be “off the grid” until next Saturday in Montana.

Speaking of Montana. I don’t have my EVDO card. It got packed accidentally and our movers won’t arrive until after we leave for Montana this afternoon. Crud. I guess fate wanted me to truely get “off the grid.”

Anyway, I will have my cell phone and we’re hanging out with 40 other geeks, so I’m sure we’ll hear all the details about Steve Jobs’ latest stuff.

Maybe if he’s I’m a good kid we’ll stop at the Apple Store in Utah on the way back.

Hey, Patrick, why don’t you load up Steve Wozniak’s speech from AlwaysOn last week on your iBook for our trip? People who were there said it was one of his best they’d seen him give.

Not linking starts a conversation

Let’s see, I don’t link to Fred Wilson’s blog, but Fred notices anyway. Diane Ensey, over on A List Review, says me and Gillmor are keeping blogs for the elite. I almost didn’t link to Diane. I only don’t link to my very favorite blogs. So, I’m keeping Diane out of the elite just by linking to her. :-)

No, I think we both noticed that there are lots of ways to draw attention to someone. Here, try this: Matt Mullenweg is the #1 Matt in the world (according to Google). I won’t link to him. He’s already part of the elite — and is one of my most favorite blogs. How do I know that? Cause he wrote on his blog that he got invited to a wedding via Facebook. Speaking of which, there’s a little “I love WordPress” icon contest underway.

Oh, and Shelley Powers? I ain’t linking to her either. She’s part of the blog elite too. Is the #1 Shelley Powers on Google.

And Jory Des Jardins? Hell no. I ain’t linking to her either. She already runs the world. How do I know that? She’s the #1 Jory. 

Whos’ the #1 Joel? Guess. He’s one of my favorite blogs too. I don’t even need to use his last name. You’ll still find him. I loved his post the other day where he asked “does your programming language do this?”

When I say “Doc.” You know who I’m talking about, right? Well, he’s #2 on Google for that word. His post today was about the Religious broadcasters creativity in getting onto his Sirius radio.

And Dave Winer today notices I’m going on a road trip. You can find him on Google too.

Damn elites. :-)

Seriously? I’m not gonna stop linking. I actually don’t agree with Gillmor either. But, I do appreciate that he tries to do something different which gets a conversation to start. If we were all the same this world would be so damn boring.