video of the week #4

This one is more like the video of the last 3 weeks, but I'm not giving up.

I wish life was more like this - have a daydream, and it happens. Can you imagine the possibilities during long meetings.




Over the weekend Andrea and I went to Arlington Cemetary with her Grandma - what an incredible place, so simple but so powerful. It was an amazing site with wreaths on an entire section of tombstones.


Time Magazine just named its person of the year – “you”, a nod to the new social web and the ways in which people are flocking to it and creating youtube videos, writing and recording songs, writing blogs, commenting on myspace and facebook pages, etc.

Here’s an excerpt:

“…the new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution.

And we are so ready for it. We're ready to balance our diet of predigested news with raw feeds from Baghdad and Boston and Beijing. You can learn more about how Americans live just by looking at the backgrounds of YouTube videos—those rumpled bedrooms and toy-strewn basement rec rooms—than you could from 1,000 hours of network television.

And we didn't just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.”

The whole article with links to tons of other info/articles is here.

Now that Time has written about this topic, it looks like it’s 90% to mainstream. When my grandparents start asking me about it next week – “what is it with people and those computers? What’s a facebook?” – It’s definitely all the way there.


the true futurologist

We're a little late to this one but the Onion's ability to prophesize is incredible. Just over 2 months after they write about Blockbuster eliminating rental fees, the free to Netflix customers promo hits. Judging from how they predicted the 5 blade razor, we're only a year or two away from Blockbuster really giving stuff away.



I heard an ad for Daytona 500 cologne today so I had to go searching out more about it. Press releases on partnerships like this usually contain a priceless quote, and this one doesn't disappoint:

"When you hear 'Start your engines' at Daytona each year, it's all about power, intensity and adrenaline for the next 500 miles," comments [Jimmie] Johnson. "The DAYTONA 500 fragrance has energy and confidence -- both great to have on or off the track."

photo from flickr user Monkey Magic.



It's funny how this completely messed with my head tonight. During the day they moved the little buttons we press on the elevator to be "outies" rather than "innies." Then I started thinking that they could have been like that for a long time but I just never noticed. Maybe it's a sign I need something to break up the usual, it could be a stairs day tomorrow.