Not my, like, actual person. Just my name.
But given how one recent launch went, that’s probably all for the best.
Want a swishy boarding pass too? Head on over to NASA.gov.
(h/t John Biehler)
Let’s do this in an orderly fashion:
|You’ve seen Morgan Brayton perform…||… you know she’s one of the funniest women on the planet.|
|You read this blog…||… you know I’ve seen her perform, and I think she’s one of the funniest women on the planet|
|You haven’t seen Morgan perform, and you’re new to this blog…||… you’re in for a real treat.|
See, Morgan’s not just funny: she’s smart as hell, warm, compassionate and avidly curious about people. And if you’re anything like me, that just screams “ideal panel show host” to you.
Well, guess what? Continue reading
What do you do when your social networks explode into polarizing debate? How do you participate without hurting others?—?or yourself? How can you engage in divisive conversations so that you actually learn from them, and maybe even change your views?
[....] This post is your survival guide to those days or weeks when social media feels too hot to handle. It offers some practical advice about how to turn down the temperature or insulate yourself.
But the most powerful tool, and the most fundamental protection, is simply to recognize what’s going on when we explode online. We explode because we come to each of these debates with different ideas about the social media spaces in which our conversations unfold, with different ideas about who is in our online community, and with different levels of investment in the issues at hand.
—”How to survive an online sex scandal” by Alexandra Samuel
I get a boilerplate invitation now and then from someone purporting to represent China-based “BIT Congress“. The latest one goes like this:
Dear Rob Cottingham,
This is [redacted], the program coordinator of BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015. On behalf of the organizing committee, I sent you a formal Invitation Letter several weeks ago, which is regarding inviting you to participate our congress as the Speaker of Module 2: Cloud Computing. But we haven’t received any reply from you. In case of your missing this grant event, I am writing again to extend to you our sincere invitation. (More program details at http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015/ScientificProgram.asp)
BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015 will be held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China during April 18-20, 2015. Since you are the prominent expert in the relevant field of Information Technology, your unique and inspirational message will highlight the congress.
I KNOW, right? Finally, my expertise in cloud computing and the very specific field of Information Technology has been recognized! For years, my credentials have been pooh-poohed by those who point out that I don’t have any. But now, vindication.
Sorry. Let’s continue.
[Two paras that boil down to "You'll meet and talk with other people. Also, China!"]
For more information regarding InfoTech-2015, please view our congress website via http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015
I would be appreciated if you may reply to me regarding this issue at your earliest convenience.
The Organizing Committee of InfoTech-2015
East Wing, 11F, Dalian Ascendas IT Park,
No. 1 Hui Xian Yuan,
Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone,
LN 116025, P. R. China
I’m going to be one of several folks on stage on November 7 at Interesting Vancouver. Check out this lineup:
Come on out! Tickets are just $25, and with folks like these, you can expect to surpass interesting and hit downright fascinating.
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PST)
Step into this handy-dandy time machine, set to nearly two decades in the past. Courtesy of Archive.org, behold the anachronistic glory that is my first website, hosted on IslandNet.com.
If memory serves (and there’s no guarantee that it does), I built this in 1995 using the HotDog HTML editor, with a big boost from a ZDNet introductory book on HTML which I bought at a Victoria Freenet conference… did I just hit some kind of tech nostalgia trifecta?
From last night’s standup gig: