I realized today that it’s been almost a week since I last did a non-news post here. There are several reasons for this.
First, of course, I’ve been busy with work. Among other things, I’m preparing for my ten minute session at next week’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Though I can’t find it exactly, John F. Kennedy is said to have said something like “It takes 20 minutes to prepare for a 4 hour talk and 4 hours to prepare for a 20 minute talk.” I know the feeling. I’ve been chatting with many of my colleagues on the topic I’m going to cover, and it’s a great excuse to get caught up with the people and the technology.
Second, last weekend we drove out to Chicago for the Family Weekend at my daughter’s university. Though I had seen her a couple of weeks earlier, it was the first time my daughter, my son, and my wife had seen each other in over a month. That had never happened before in our lives. So seeing her was wonderful, saying goodbye was bittersweet, but she’ll be home for Thanksgiving in four weeks.
Third, everyone in my family is obsessed with the US elections. Sites like pollster.com allow you to wallow in statistics and trends to your heart’s desire, but you have to get back to real work and life on a regular basis. I’ll be glad when the election is over, assuming my guy wins.
Fourth, I keep poking around in virtual environments like Second Life, though in no way as seriously as I did at the beginning of 2007. They’re not going away, but are morphing, getting refined, and being combined with additional technology.
Fifth, I’m trying to get serious about the guitar again. I know what I did wrong in my initial burst of enthusiasm with it, and this time I’m trying to have more discipline. I also better know my limitations. You know how some people are double jointed? I’m half jointed. Therefore I may as well accept that barre chords just aren’t going to happen for me, but that’s ok. I’ll never be able to sit in a lotus position without falling over either.
It snowed here last night, though only about half an inch. Traffic wasn’t really disrupted by it, though people seemed a little bit nervous driving when I brought my son to school this morning. Where I live, they don’t cancel school if we have half a foot of snow, but they do if it hits -20 F (-29 C), which happens every few years in January or February.
When we first moved to northwest New York 15 years ago, my daughter Katie was 3. That first Halloween we had half a foot of snow. Rather than being discouraged, she thought it was great. Somehow two holidays, Halloween and Christmas, got combined. She didn’t get gifts but she certainly got a lot of candy. (See photo.)
My son thinks November will be great. On one hand, there is the election next week. On the other, World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King comes out on the 13th. I believe him when he says that the former is more important to him than the latter. If his guy wins.