This Makes Me Happy XV

February 16, 2012

This Makes Me Happy Part XIV

April 6, 2010

Joshua Sacco kicks off opening day at Fenway 2010.  Not a bad way to start the season.

Mr. Sacco’s debut

The original (be sure not to blink around 1:45)

This Makes Me Happy Part XIII

February 2, 2009

André Rieu (waltz’s version of Michael Flatley) and his Johann Strauss Orchestra performing  The Second Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich.  It gets going at the 0:35 mark

This Makes Me Happy Part XII

January 14, 2009

video credit here

This Makes Me Happy Part XI

November 21, 2008

In a word, awesome

(The song is Brim Full of Asher by Cornershop, remixed by Fatboy Slim)

This Makes Me Happy Part X

October 29, 2008

Photo credit here

This Makes Me Happy Part IX

October 20, 2008

(Chimpanzee + Segway) x Japanese Television = Awesome

This Makes Me Happy Part VIII

September 23, 2008

… amazing pictures for my desktop background – yes I know, simple pleasures for a simple mind. Some very cool shots, including what I’ve posted below, can be found here (check out the rest of the site too). If you know of any good sites or public Flickr accounts leave them in the comments

Seen and Heard #8 aka This Makes Me Happy Part VII

September 11, 2008

On my drive to work today…

This Makes me Happy Part VI

July 30, 2008

Recently a few cool things have happened in the blogosphere that I’m very excited about…

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch called to the masses for a “Dead Simple Web Tablet for $200.” In short, it’s an ultra-thin touch screen the size of two hands put together that runs on (free) open source software and its expressed purpose is to provide internet access. With a device like this you could: email, IM, stream music and videos, create and edit documents using Google docs, save your work to an email or online storage account like, make VOIP phone calls using Skype or a similar service, as well as simply surf the net. Basically this device would satisfy 99.9% of a normal person’s computing needs, for only $200 and about the size of a Readers Digest. Pretty sweet right? It gets better…

The coolest part about this whole project is Arrington asked his community to build it. He will organize the project but asked for anyone who could participate in any way to include an email in the comments section of the post. Not surprisingly within 24 hours thousands of very capable and talented techies had volunteered to help with the project. Admittedly it was a bit of a marketing ploy on Arrington’s part to launch his new TechCrunchIT domain but who cares? We’re all the better for it and what if the product actually gets made?! I’ll take two

Uber-blogger Robert Scoble had an epiphany* and realized tech blogging has gotten away from its roots and become more about the “new, shiny object/feature/technology” of the day/hour/second rather than real, insightful ideas and and discussions. Case in point, this week every “respectable” tech blog has been writing about the new search engine Cuil, before that it was Facebook and the F8 conference, and before that it was Apple’s WWDC and Steve Jobs’ health (with the Microsoft/Yahoo/Icahn battle as a common thread throughout of course).

Anyone with half a brain and an elementary understanding of history could have predicted this. Consolidation occurs (to some extent) in every vertical that reaches a critical mass and it seems that tech blogging is now at that stage. Consolidation in itself isn’t all bad but it comes with a new set of obstacles (like redundant content). The point here is it’s pretty cool that Scoble is conscious of the challenges ahead and actively working to solve them.

FriendFeed became mainstream for tech geeks. It’s only a matter of time before the teenage Digg fanboys infiltrate that playground too, but for the time being it’s a place where some profound conversations are taking place (and in terms of functionality nothing like this has ever really existed before).

Seth Godin asked “Are you in the tribe?” a brilliant idea for marketing his new (marketing) book to be released this fall. He has created a private online community (or “tribe”) for marketers, leaders, and anyone else interested to connect, discuss relevant topics and work on meaningful projects – including his next book :). Tribe membership is now closed but you can check back on Seth’s blog for future openings.

Update: Scoble wrote another post on this subject today