Friday, July 29, 2005

Failure

Failure

Paul Purdue, the founder and CEO of iFulfill, recently had to shut down his company. As is often the case, he was able to give little warning, and it left many of his customers in an unsettled state.

None of this is that unusual.

What is unusual is that Paul has continued to blog through these soul-trying times, and his blog has turned into a broad and unmoderated discussion, which makes for fascinating reading.

It's always hard to deal with things when a company goes down the tubes. I've had lots of experience with that from the time my first company had to be hibernated. At the end of the day, people will have their say, and then they will move on.

There were people who claimed that I was a scammer who had looted the company (untrue of course). But there were other people who stuck up for me and the company as well, even though they knew that we had gone out of business.

At the end of the day, failure is failure, but once you've experienced it once, you realize that it's not the end of the world

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Whan that April....

Whan that April....
The site is still down from the overload of traffic from BoingBoing, but I'm sure that once service is restored, this rap version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales will kick some major ass.

Maybe it's bunnies!

Maybe it's bunnies!
Call me crazy, but is there a better way to pay homage to a great movie than to reduce it to a 30-second clip with animated bunnies?

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Giant Robots, Hillary Clinton, SNL, and knowing when to spin

Giant Robots, Hillary Clinton, SNL, and knowing when to spin

Another potpourri posting today--no time for more:

Chicks Dig Giant Robots (or at least my wife does)
We've had dueling volcano movies, dueling comet/asteroid movies, and now dueling giant fighting robot movies. While the Transformers have "more than meets the eye" going for them, none of those robots ever got to shout, "Form blazing sword!"

Hillary, You Ignorant Slut
Steven Johnson, the high priest of low culture, tears Hillary a new one for her blatant and ill-considered attempts to jump on the "evil video games" meme sparked by the Hot Coffee mods to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Don't worry Hillary, at least you can still marry off Chelsea for a dowry of 40 goats and 20 cows.

Live from New York....
In case you ever needed to look up an SNL sketch to quote around the watercooler, this site offers a searchable database of user-submitted transcripts. Now you can really feel old be re-living the days when you were in college and SNL was still good. (Hint: Every graduating class from 1975-2005 says exactly that.)

"First we have to decide what the right thing to do is; then we’ll think about the politics."
The always insightful Tom Evslin offers this little anecdote from his time as Secretary of Transportation for Vermont.

I think it's a great illustration of the importance of putting first things first. We're often tempted to do things because of what other people will think or say. That's the nature of reputation--it depends on the outside world. But if we do what we know is right, that is a matter of honor. Honor is what you think of yourself, and no amount of good reputation is worth throwing away your honor.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Ben 10, Chris 7

Ben 10, Chris 7

I'm going to beat Ben to posting this, because he's busy driving back up to San Francisco in his Escape Hybrid.

Ben and I finally got a chance to play basketball together. He was down in the area for another meeting, so I took an hour away from work to hit the local park with him.

I think Ben didn't go all out, but I'm not going to complain, since I'm older, fatter, and about 5 inches shorter.

For the record, Ben won 10 to 7, which I'll take as a moral victory. As I mentioned during the game, "I'm not going to beat myself up if my conditioning isn't as good as a 17 year-old varsity athlete's."

Nerd Chic

Nerd Chic

Nerds of the world, rejoice. You are now officially cool. Just don't try to ask the head cheerleader to go to the prom with you.

More seriously, I think that the reason that nerds are getting cooler is that the age at which people get exposed to the real world is getting lower and lower.

In the old days, high school was a world in and of itself. The Friday night football game was the be all and end all of the hometown. Today, high schoolers are reading about Iraq straight from Iraqi and American soldiers' blogs, and are likely to play online games with teens in Malaysia or South Korea.

As a result, people are judged more on what they can do and what difference they make, and nerds, thanks to their intelligence, focus, and passion, have a major advantage.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Consumer Generated Marketing Links

Consumer Generated Marketing Links

The redoubtable Ankesh Kothari of BizTactics fame has started a cool new site, MarketingLinx, a kind of open-source list of cool marketing articles. While it's too early to see how this will turn out, I think that it's always a good idea to tap into the intelligence of the entire online community, rather than relying on the editorial opinion of a few.