April 2008

Every Day

Reposting this Andy Warhol quote from BoingBoing not because I don’t think you folks saw it, but rather because I want quick reference to it myself later.

“Actually, I jade very quickly. Once is usually enough. Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.”

Home Sweet Home


(photo of me at Ignite by Randy Stewart)
I’m back in Los Angeles and don’t plan to turn around and leave again in the next 48 hours which is awesome. I’ve got about a million things to catch up on since the place I was staying in SF was sans internet connection and I guess things kept happening even though I wasn’t online. Who could have guessed? Yeah, I’m just as shocked as you. If you contacted me in the last few days please hang tight and I’ll get back to you soon and hope to get through this mountain of tasks as quick as possible. Back in the swing of things shortly. Cross my heart.

Hello, I must be going.

I only got back to Los Angeles a few days ago and I’m already heading back to the airport to leave again. Luckily this is a short trip and I’ll be home before I know it, or back in CA soon enough anyway. Today I spend just shy of 97 hours on planes and in airports making my way to Florida where I’ll be through Tuesday morning for a family wedding. Tuesday I repeat the same hellish collection of flights and changes there of only in reverse and end up in San Francisco for the Web 2 Expo. I’ll hit the ground running as Jason and I are speaking at Ignite that evening about the awesome good time of redesigning a global blog network. We’re up last and it’ll be the perfect way to end that day. Then I hang around for a few days to see friends, do business, arrange deals, drink coffee, shake hands, kiss babies and all the usual things attening a tech conference in SF include. Actually maybe a few that aren’t so usual as well. Looking very forward to seeing my Canadian and SFian friends while there, as well as helping Lynn get settled in on her move from here to there. But, all that is starting in 40 minutes when I leave for the airport and I haven’t finished packing yet, so on that note, I’m out. Back online later, probably from a different time zone.

Wish List: Getting Together

In my continuing series of wish list items I’ve got a new web app mashup that I want. And I want it now. (Giving credit where it’s due, I was talking with Tara Brown when this idea started to take shape but it’s seriously bad ass and someone needs to get on it.) Basically the idea is a mashup of a handful of services that know who your friends are, where you and they are, and can suggest deals for you guys to visit each other.

The quick example is something that would look at your friends on something like Facebook, and cross reference that with friends on Twitter as well as seeing which ones of those you regularly interact with. It would then look at Dopplr or Fire Eagle profiles for those people to see where they are and where they are going to be in relation to you, and then check something like farecast to find when cheap deals for flights one way or another would be coming up. It could then even pair up with expedia or something to actually allow you to purchase the tickets. Hell it could even cross reference Seat Guru to find the best seats on the flight!

Obviously some level of currentness is important here, meaning you don’t want to know flight costs to everyone you are connected to on Facebook, you certainly do for some. Having the ability to flag certain people would be cool, but even cooler would be if it watched what you were doing with those people online and made those assumptions on it’s own. For example, it would be cool to get a notice like this:

Hi Sean Bonner, We noticed that you are frequently replying to tweets by _____ and also have sent them public gifts on Facebook. We just noticed that there is a deal on flights from where you are in LA to where they are in _____, would you like to see some travel options?

Or like this:

Hi Sean Bonner, We saw that you are planning a trip to New York City the first week of April. Did you realize that your friend _____ who you play a lot of Scrabulous with is going to be in Washington DC the following week? Even better, did you know that there is a super sale from ____ going on right now that can get you from NYC to DC for under $50. Interested?

The thing is we are all aready putting that info out there. These sites know where we are, who our friends are, and who we are talking to most often. Why not do something useful with that info?

Joi at Cannes on CC

Must watch video of the day…

Joi just posted a chat he had with Loic while they were in Cannes about creative commons and marketing of content. I love it. I’ve known Joi since about 2002 when I met him while talking shit about an ex-boss on his IRC channel and am proud to call him one of my closest friends. This video shows clearly why he’s regularly the smartest guy in the room.