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>One story to end ’08

In family,Technology on December 31, 2008 by mstevensrev

>This year was wacked.  Not sure how to even begin to describe it to those of you who were not along for the ride, some of you know, and I might have time to put together a list of some of the events, but it will take some thought so I want to tell a heart-warming tale to end 2008.

Christmas day I convince Karin for our family to get a wii.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal for most, but for us it really is.  We are saving, pinching pennies, the budget rules us and was feeling like a prison.  So it was a big deal and thanks to it being a gift from family it made us feel good.  Little did we know that there aren’t any in stock anywhere.  We call Bestbuy on the 26th, the person lied and said they had them, and then wasted a trip there only to be disappointed.
So I twittered on it.  Then I began searching wiiripofflist, errr  craiglist to see what was there, made a few calls, but none of the leads seemed good.  So we waited.  Then I get an email from an account manager for a very large localization company who I compete with out at Microsoft, though there is not much competition since his companies does lots more business than us.  He email and texted me that he had an extra wii.  This whole waiting time I had been hoping for a used one because frankly full price seemed silly and I didn’t want to add one more to the waste pile in a few years.  He had a system which he gave me a very reasonable price on!  We have been having a blast the last two days playing!  My daughter is amazing at bowling and has been kicking our butts!
A few lessons for me from 2008, some related to this and other events:
1.  People matter, not just a little bit, the are the most valuable thing in your life (after God) and you  need to treat them that way.  It does not matter who they are.  Yes, family get special treatment and spouses even more special, but these relationships are what we are given and God cares about what we do with them.  I hope to treat people better next year.
2.  Technology is cool and even cooler when it brings people together.  We are just making baby steps about how technology can bring people together.  The Social Web is nice, but it is worse than baby talk right now.  I am excited about how we will be brought together as we move into the future.  Twitter, blogs, facebook, wii, iPhone are all neat technologies but just the beginning.  Not only do I want to continue to take advantage of these, I’d like to drive the creation of a cool one myself.
3.  Be true.  Nothing causes more trouble than lies.  I make stupid decisions, I need to own them.  I try to cover my own butt, I need to stop it only makes things worse.  I get angry, listening and patience go a lot further than a raised voice.  People eventually learn to deal with the truth, and in the long run it is best for everyone!

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>The Spaces In-Between and Fall in Seattle

In blogging,End of Year,Technology,television on November 25, 2008 by mstevensrev

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I find those who are successful use the space in-between things well, they fit in a moment to think, write, draw, workout, and do things that will keep juice flowing while returning to the other ‘important’ things they are doing.

A friend of mine says the important things always happen on the way to what you think is important.  Another way to look at it is, that which you pursue you never achieve but rather what you get in the process of pursuit is the gem.  Think about people who desperately want to have friends, they are the last people you want to be friends with.

The fall in Seattle offers great in-between times.  Part of it is that it gets dark at 4PM.  The days are very short and it doesn’t seem like there are that many useful hours in a day, whereas the summers seem very productive (and therefore terrible times for me to blog).  Currently I am noticing that many of the main things, such as training, I am finding it hard to fit in, yet things for the in-between times are really impacting me.  I’m watch some talks from TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.  Nothing like listening to some of those folks to make you think you can change the world.

Lastly I found a really interesting headline that I did follow in the NY Times, What Happy People Don’t Do, in short they don’t watch TV.  Now I love TV, I just hate having my life revolve around it.  There for I love, TIVO, Netflix, NBC Online, and the various other sources that allow me to watch what I want when I want.  So I’m not sure that happy people don’t watch TV, but I think they don’t watch it the way others think they should.

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>Six word story

In Technology on March 28, 2008 by mstevensrev

>Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’

Thanks 37 Signals

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>Frustrating Websites

In Technology,Web 2.0 on December 21, 2007 by mstevensrev

>This morning I am searching over a few websites looking for some training to attended and all I am finding is outdated webinars, no way to get price much less even purchase service, and I am wondering if they are really selling them. The entire thing makes me think it is one of those ‘you should already know about us, if you want us’ deals. This really frustrates me and makes me think that the person who design and is in charge of the website hasn’t looked at it in years.

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>Hating on Facebook

In facebook,Friends,Technology,Web 2.0 on November 27, 2007 by mstevensrev

> Yesterday one of my favorite bloggers decided that Facebook was finished. Now I don’t know enough to agree or disagree, still trying to get my mind around most Web 2.0 and the direction of technology in general. Though this blog brewed in my head all last night, as I tossed and turned I kept thinking about how I would update my status, seriously. The good news with that is that even if Facebook does go down, I still have twitter.

Anyway I wanted to make a few observations I have noticed and go public with a conversation I have had with one very sharp friend who seems to have a clue regarding these things, who doesn’t work for Facebook or Microsoft. Let me say first I have lost my affinity for Facebook. I really enjoyed it at first, but there is just a level of involvement that I’m not sure I want. I have already filled out what cities I’ve been to, what books I’m reading, and rated bunches of movies. How much more is there in life? With that said I will still spend some part of the time I would have watched TV/movie or just read a book for entertainment on Facebook. That is valuable. Really valuable. Time is the only resource I have that I cannot go out and get more of, and Facebook has moved into the realm of things I do. For how long I am not sure. Like Balmer said of Google, “They are one algorimth away from being obsolete.” Facebook is one better pony show away from being off my list for things that I spend my time doing.

Another observation I have about Facebook is it made my birthday this year more interested. I was blasted, encouraged, checked in with tons more friends than I would have otherwise and that felt good. The connection part of the experience, that feeling, at the risk of sounding like a Mastercard commericial is priceless. I know that many of these friends, no offense to my next statement, are too lazy to actually send a card or pick up the phone for my birthday, but to give these lazy friends a chance to be in the mix on my birthday is nice. With that said how long can that last?

Remember how great email was when we first starting sending and receiving? All that beautiful blue and white text, I would rush to the computer lab at my university just to see if perhaps I got a note from someone. Anyway at that time AOL did something to capture people, it was three words, “You’ve got mail.” Looking back on it we are so sophisticated it is easy to scorn, but tons of people (not the most tech saavy people) flocked to AOL just to hear “You’ve got mail”. It made them feel good. It has such an impact they made a horrible movie based on those words. Taking two great and talented actors and making a big piece of poop, and we are worried about the writers strike, what a joke. Anyway since I first signed up for Facebook the only way I understood it was by saying it is the new AOL. A Web 2.0 AOL, if you will. There is nothing new, and honestly after being on it for awhile nothing that great. Do I still enjoy it? Yes, but to think that it is worth $10-15 billion dollars and will remain a successful business I doubt.

I don’t think Microsoft made a mistake by getting involved with them, besides as long as they are being aggressive I like some mistakes. Yet I think Microsoft in their Web 2.0 venture and desire to dominate advertising on the internet will far exceed what Facebook is currently doing. Some of the changes I’m sensing recently with Microsoft lead me to believe the sleeping giant has been awaken. From a consumer side I love it because I hope to see even more extremely cool and innovative technology being put out there by the amazing people they have.

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>Secrets

In art,Technology on October 9, 2007 by mstevensrev

>This is a great blog if you haven’t read it yet, and this interview is pretty cool. Art meets business pretty cool. The last line almost knocked me off my seat and will ring in my ears all day. “We all carry a secret that would break your heart if you just knew what it was. And if we could remember that there might be more understanding and peace in the world.”

http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/10/ten-questions-w.html

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>Strange move from Microsoft

In Fun,Halo 3,Technology on October 5, 2007 by mstevensrev

>Perhaps I just don’t understand the industry, or perhaps Microsoft has given up in the gaming world. Halo 3 debued in the words of someone at Microsoft today “as the largest entertainment debut in histroy” with $100 million dollars. I think that is including movies and games. Now they are out of it with Bungie Games who created it?

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/10/01/daily33.html?ana=from_rss

Or perhaps they would like to provide them with the freedom to access more money? I’m not sure.
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New Article that asks similar question: http://cultofmac.com/?p=1298

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As much as Apple would like to take credit for the split, the truth seems to be in flexability:
http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/10/interview-bungi.html