Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

The other day I was reminded of a quote I love by the prolific science fiction Robert Heinlein. It goes like this:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

I’m not sure when he said it, or where, but I just really like the Thoreau-esque notion of self-sufficiency. And the end, where instead of acknowledging that some people will become multi-disciplinarians and others specialists, he derides specialization as being for insects. None of this “free to be you and me” shiny, happy bullshit. Either you are with him, or you are an insect (or maybe you are neither, some unskilled idiot). I like that.

[writers note: I believe I can do 10 of those things listed above.]

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CES: Day 3

My third (and final) day at CES was definitely not as inspiring as the first two, as I had already been through most of the booths. But I still managed to get find a few new and exciting things.

The most interesting thing I saw yesterday was Microsoft Windows 8. I saw a little of it on day 2 but didn’t really linger too long. A colleague suggested that I go watch a demo and I was really impressed. The demo began with on a tablet, with their “metro” interface. It’s gorgeous, seamless, and seems to have a great UI. The demonstrator then moved to a laptop with keyboard and mouse and the experience continued just as seamlessly. Combined with the new Windows Mobile phones I saw here this week, I have to say that I’m very impressed. Very impressed.

If you know me, you know that I am a pretty diehard Apple loyalist. Until today I wouldn’t have even considered a non-Apple computer for my next laptop. But now, I’m open to the idea. I’m still not sold, the good people up in Redmond still have ways to go to sell me, but they’ve gotten through my initial defenses and I’d consider switching, even to their phone.

But the big issue I have with switching is how entrenched I am with Apple. All the apps I bought would be money down the drain if I leave. And that’s a big deal. Plus the “cost” of learning a new OS. It’s a lot to think about, but like I said, I’m open to the idea. I can’t wait until these devices and Windows 8 are out in the wild so I can play with them.

And as always, here are some pics from today:

Freddie Laker

SapientNitro's own Freddie Laker testing out a tricked out Smart Car

Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 won "best phone" from CNET and runs new Windows Mobile OS. Really nice looking.

Nest

I was so excited to meet the team from Nest, unfortunately they weren't in their suite when I stopped by.

Mercedes Benz

An awesome concept car from Mercedes.

Pedometer

Day 3. Brings the total to around 25K, or 12 miles. Not bad for three days of work (especially since I didn't count all the steps I took when I was out at night).

And once again, I shot some video. Bringing the total number of clips to over 300. My editor should have fun with that (Sorry Brittany!). As soon as the video’s done, you can be sure I’ll post it here.

Also, today was another banner day Hot Tub Crime Machine. At 1,566 views, today was my new best day ever! Thanks everyone!

Update: Here are my highlights from CES Day 1 and Day 2 (and if you prefer video format, click here)

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Why Anti-Facebooks Won’t Work.

A couple years ago now, when Facebook was at the height of it’s privacy issues, a few young kids decided they needed to do something about it. They came up with an idea they called Diaspora. It was exactly what we needed at the time, a Facebook where you owned all your own data. They posted this video:

Kickstarter video

And the web went nuts. Kickstarter was new, relatively untested, unsure of what it would become and who would want to participate. But then these kids, and they were (still are) kids, completely blew the doors off their fundraising plan netting over $200K from over 6,000 investors donors.

People were hungry for a site that would deal with the privacy issues that they didn’t understand, that they media was over-hyping.

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The Social Media Nuclear Option.

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting about an unpleasant experience I had at a restaurant yesterday. In fact, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably see me talking to and about companies on a pretty regular basis. But yesterday’s incident got me thinking about whether it’s right or not. Is blasting out negative feedback at the first slight really the appropriate way to deal with a company? Read more of this post

The Blog Breakdown (courtesy of The New Yorker).

 

It’s funny because it’s true.

Reflecting on 1000 Friends

I recently hit a social media milestone – 1000 facebook friends (I think my current count is up to 1002). Once when someone asked me where I got my Facebook t-shirt, I told them that Zuck sends it to you when hit 1000. But now that I’m there, it seems much less rewarding.

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