May 27, 2006

Pink and frilly

May 27, 2006 - Categories: clothing

I gave a talk at IBM on a few cool technologies that interns should
know about: blogging, social bookmarking, and the corporate directory.
I dressed up a little for it. I changed as soon as I got home, of
course, trading the pinstripe blazer and skirt for a thoroughly pink
and frilly outfit consisting of a T-shirt, a miniskirt (hello,
Kathy!), pink socks trimmed with lace, and red shoes.

Sometimes you just have to let loose. =)

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は猫を家の外に出した。 I let the cat out of the house.

Collective ingenuity

May 27, 2006 - Categories: idea, work

Let 1,000 Ideas Bloom is a good overview of different web sites that make it easy for people to share their nifty ideas. The article was published on November 27, 2003. What are the Web 2.0 services that have entered the space of idea-sharing since then?

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Random Japanese sentence: その猫は高くのびた草を利用してその鳥の方にしのびよった。 The cat took advantage of the high grass to creep on the bird.

Fountain pen

May 27, 2006 - Categories: Uncategorized

I have a new fountain pen, and all is right with the world. It’s a
Waterman Harmonie with a beautiful red body, some heft, and a fine
tip. It’s a joy to write with.

I shopped at both Laywine’s near Bay Street and Sears in Eaton Centre
before settling on this pen. The sales staff at both stores were
absolutely wonderful, zeroing on the pens that might fit me. They even
joked about trying out the really expensive Mont Blanc pens (“And if
you look over here we have a really comfortable pen for around $725″)
while helping me find a converter-based pen within my price range. The
sales clerk who pointed me to the perfect pen also warned me that pens
can be an addictive habit: “… then you see another pretty one and
you just have to have it, and before you know it, you’re buying a case
to protect and display the pens…”

It’s a lot more expensive than the things I’d usually buy (I bought a
$3 plastic tripod from Active Surplus today! =) ), but there’s just
something about having a good pen…

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Random Japanese sentence: 今すぐ大金をつかみたい亡者がうようよしている。 Greedy cats are out for a fast buck.

My goal in life: sales and marketing?

May 27, 2006 - Categories: purpose

I spent a leisurely afternoon walking around Toronto, wandering into
the buildings featured in Doors Open. I was fascinated by the
historical displays of medals and photographs in the Royal Canadian
Military Institute, the stateliness of Osgoode Hall and the rich
library of the courthouse. Seeing all these places steeped in history
and story helped me think about how I want to change the world. =)

I cooled off in Chapters, reading books on things like T-shirt
surgery, business, and small talk strategies. The ideas blended in
with my reflections on the past few weeks, and I realized something
about myself that I hadn’t dared admit before.

The things I’m good at and want to get better at? They look
suspiciously like sales and marketing.

Now, before all the geeks start booing and hissing me for selling out,
let me explain why I think this is perfectly in line with my geeking.
;)

I love the way technology makes my life better. I love technology so
much that I want to help other people figure out how they can make the
most of technology. I can’t hack _all_ the things I want people to
know about, but if I know other people who can, or I know of products
or services that can do the job, I want people to discover them.

I want to learn more about building relationships with people and
between other people, and I want to build those relationships by
helping people discover things that might be useful for them.

It fits me, too. I love telling people about cool tools and
interesting technologies. I love writing down notes during
conversations and following up with people afterwards. I love
connecting with people and understanding where they’re coming from.
Heck, I love reading every single blog post inside IBM, getting the
overall picture, and connecting people whenever I can.

Hooray! I have more words to describe what I want to do. I can
recognize more opportunities. I have a better idea of what help I need
to get. =) I need to learn more about sales and marketing in order to
figure out how I can get started and how I can scale. I have a long
way to go…

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は犬の方が猫より好きです。何故なら前者の方が後者より忠実ですから。 I like dogs better than cats, because the former are more faithful than the latter.