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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

BlogHer Conference Calling

I'm on the phone with two of my three BlogHer co-panelists, discussing our session on 'Professional Blogging: Business Considerations Art and Commerce.' (Yawn...also discussing renaming it!) We'll be on July 27 at 2:45 p.m. It's fun listening to these folks (none of whom I've met before), I'm looking forward to the event. On the panel with me are:

  • Moderator Nina Smith ("We're here, we're queer, and we're not going shopping without coupons")
  • Liz Gumbinner ("We're just a few moms that track down cool stuff so you can stay busy being fabulous"), and
  • Kelly Erb, a.k.a. TaxGirl (" Yeah, I’m one of those annoying people that you don’t want to see a movie with… I constantly question the tax consequences of plot lines. It’s a sickness.")

All smart and interesting; this should be fun!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Big 'P'

7 hours have magically dropped into my week: Tyler's going to preschool. It's a rough transition all around. He associates "the drop-off" with the one in the Finding Nemo story that precipitates all the ensuing drama. On my end, I'm at a loss as to what to do with these new, strange, solo hours: exercise, shower, work, blog? Maybe all of them! In daylight!! It's unfathomable.

You're Absurd, What's A Zune??

I did not know had an embeddable video feature — smart! Thanks to Amber MacArthur for clueing me in. And for featuring this hilarious little Mac or PC vid:

How bad do I want an iPhone? Bad. Very very bad. For all the latest, follow the iPhone topic at ZDNet, where you'll be able to stay on top of things like the just announced rate plans.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Supernova, Supercool

Brian Solis: "Overall, Challenge Day was a tremendous success on all fronts." (Link added.)

I couldn't agree more. Kudos to Kevin Werbach for putting together such a wonderful event. My only gripes with the whole experience are just a testament to how good it was — namely:

  • I wanted all the sessions to last longer,
  • I wanted to attend all the sessions in all the tracks, and
  • I wanted to stick around for the next two days, which I couldn't unfortunately.

Supernova seems to really be coming into its own, and I'm looking forward to next year.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

'No Hands On The Track!'

Tyler and his great-grandma Mary engaged in a bit of table-top racing yesterday:

Jumpier Than A Jumping Monkey

I loved being on Megan Morrone's and Leo Laporte's new Jumping Monkeys show. Any podcast covering both technology and kids had me at "Hey, Mooommmmyyyy!" (Post title cribbed from SteveSongs, via Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blessed Are The Insistent

Quote of the day: Rob Luke at, on Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna and his new blawg, All Consuming: "the blog (or 'blawg,' McKenna insists, due to its legal focus) will focus on consumer issues high on the AG's agenda." Hehe. Down with creeps; up with Rob.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Supernova: Will IP Kill Social Media?

Alice Taylor and panzerjohn blogged our session this morning with Mary Hodder, Zahavah Levine, Mark Morril, Fred von Lohmann and Ron Dreben. Here's their coverage:

Here are a few slides I ran through to introduce and identify common themes as to what is social media. I'll try to post a few wrap up thoughts at Lawgarithms. Here are yet more posts and photos from Supernova, and here's the conference's Conversation Hub.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

More from Stanford; More Podcasts!

I'm sitting in the session on law and virtual worlds at Stanford's Fourth Annual E-Commerce Best Practices conference. It's good to see James Grimmelmann up there (who I met back in fall '02). James is talking about the Bragg v. Linden case, which is involved in procedural maneuverings, including a recent district court determination that Linden's arbitration provision in its terms of use is unenforceable (held a contract of adhesion, etc.).

We talked a good deal about the Attention Trust during my panel, so there's the link for any interested visitors.

I was happy to be a guest on two more podcasts that have just gone up: Lawyer2Lawyer on the Avvo class action (MP3; feed), and I recently got together with iTales founder Mary-Margaret O'Connor to discuss legal topics for storytellers (MP3; feed).

At Stanford; On TWiT

I'm at Stanford Law School at its Fourth Annual E-Commerce Best Practices conference. Sitting next to Colette Vogele, we're about to start a panel on monetizing nontraditional content and related legal considerations.

Also, I had a very happy Father's Day yesterday, because I got to join Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Will Harris, and Steve Gibson on TWiT! So fun. Next time when Tyler crashes my "recording studio" (which he did at least 3 times), I'm putting him on mic for awhile. He's dying to break into podcasting (and he could riff for awhile in 3-year-old falsetto on the joys of Apple TV).

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Will Blog For Squeeze

Glenn Tilbrook — still awesome!

Monday, June 11, 2007

To Nemo, Or Not To Nemo?

I have been getting the full court press from the youngest member of our family to hightail it on over to Disneyland, wait in the no doubt interminable line, and ride the revamped submarine attraction. We might actually attempt it at some point this week. Worst case: we board our sub after 3-6 hours of waiting (I'm an optimist), and Tyler decides it terrifies him and he needs to get off. (Ask Marc Canter: the dinosaur tunnel in the train ride was very touch and go.) From this early fan video though, it looks like he'll be able to hang with it. I hope. Have mercy.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rickter Scale

Now that it's official, congratulations again to Rick Klau, now Strategic Partner Development Manager at Google. Looking forward to seeing more of you dude. Son Tyler has declared early he wants to work at Google; he always sees people on the basketball court at the Newport Beach offices and approves heartily. Gives me good ammunition for motivating his (pre)school performance.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Thanks cosulliv755, your comment on the most recent TWiL made, like, my next 2 1/2 decades. Particularly loved this bit:

'Listening to a podcast about the law, really.. are you sure ?? There wasn't a farming podcast you could find, or perhaps one regarding the evaporative qualities of paint ?'

(Which opens the door to mentioning no one's commented on the show in iTunes since February — so go talk!)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Congratulations And Mahalo

To Paige and Gretchen: Happy 200!

To Jason re Mahalo: Go. Get. Em!

Among The Things Still On My Technorati Watchlist

Billy Merck: "Our tipster suggests that perhaps the summers in the New York office ought to take the associates out for lunch."

Anonymous commenter, same post: "Iz in ur summr program...eatin all yer food, wastin yer space."

Another anonymous commenter claims to have the lowdown from inside sources.

And finally, from Father of a third year at RS: "It's just so unseemly to see people mostly under 30 in the top 1% income bracket whining publicly about having to make do on $150K or more a year."

Why do law firms let this kind of conversation and speculation go on without their participation and clarification? (Strikes me as an exercise in degradation...)

These days even the generally wearable J. Crew and Banana Republic "suiting" options leave me cold. The mere thought of any form of gabardine gives me rickets.

Demotivating June

On this month's calendar page, Consulting: "If you're not part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem."

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