Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
here is a imaginary interview with Jeff Hibbard. Kindly note that there is not even a shred of truth in these answers and they are a figment of my imagination.
Q) Jeff why do you go around the beltway with a camera in your truck?
A: This is part of a grand plan that involves a multi-million dollar project. In future the traffic in the beltway will only worsen. I am now getting familiar with the mobile video blogging technology and the plan to montezie my technology is 2 fold :
- I will then sell my expertise to one of the Big 3 US auto firms and they will include the video blogging as part of the standard package and that will enable them to beat the Japanese car makers. The idea is that if you car breaks down or if you are in traffic you can be less streesed if you video Blog from your car.
- When this succeeds we will have a lot of cars with video cameras. Now we will lease the data they collect to the local radio and Tv stations so they instantly know of traffic conditions and can zoom to any of the car cameras at the spot.
Q) Is there any truth in the rumor that you are starting the first creative firm focusing on Online TV shows.
A:Yes, currently you will find us creating ads for Jonny's par-tay. Now Jonny is a talented guy. Once his show gets picked by the national network my ads will not be far behind. We will go from Jonnywood to Hollywood. Who knows where we can go next.
I told you this was imaginary but the truth is that every week for Jonny's par-tay Jeff creates an ad. They are very funny and are keepers. He works hard at his own business and then tries to engage in his passion - Social Media. I am really happy that he is my friend and it was great to meet him online and off line.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I got this email from the office of the Montgomery County Council member to whom i had written about saving Route 37.
I am delighted to announce that County Executive Leggett has revised his Ride-On Proposed 2008 Savings Plan, and he will no longer be canceling Bus Route 37 in Potomac. It will run at a reduced frequency of 30 minute intervals, effective May 5, 2008. For all the reasons that each of you communicated to me, I felt that it was very important that this route be retained, and I’m pleased that our County Executive heard our call and responded appropriately.
I was on last week on Jonny's Par-tay and I am thrilled that Jonny is having Eric Litman, the Managing Director of WashingtonVC, as the featured guest on the Par-tay on Wednesday Feb 27th. on JonnyGoldstein.com I got some free advice from Eric Litman when I met him a few weeks ago .
You should also check out the cool Google Map/Social Media Mashup that Jonny has on his site.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Have you done your taxes and figured out that you owe the IRS money? Do you not have the cash available for it? Are you trying to figure out how to pay it? Or has this happened to you in the past and you were somehow able to find a way to pay it? If so, would you be willing to talk to a Washington Post reporter about it? Please call Nancy Trejos at 202-334-6731 or email her at trejosn [@ ]washpost(.)com if you are willing. (Must be a resident of D.C., Maryland or Virginia please.)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
In the Washington Post outlook Section today Adam Garfinkle wrote a article on "the No. 37 Bus Uprising" . I learnt from this article that in order to mobilize the community a new blog was started http://rideon37.blogspot.com/
;The gazeete newspaper also carried an article "Bus riders beg to save Ride On routes" written by by Audrey Dutton
I hope the county listens to the community.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I will be going to the Social Media Club DC's February meeting where Aaron Brazell aka @techosailor will be presenting on the topic “Blog Draft Day: Making it Into the Bigs”
Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 19 to Larissa Fair
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
400 S. Maple Avenue, Suite 200
Falls Church, VA 22046
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8013443257
Technosailor's Blog: http://technosailor.com/2008/02/11/come-here-me-present-at-social-media-club-dc/
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The blog announcement at http://overheatedsymphony.blogspot.com/ says :
Calling all women everywhere. Join the Birds Eye View Film Festival in the hottest international interactive mobilephone filmmaking project... Be a part of the OVERHEATED SYMPHONY: an innovative cinematic symphony of women’s voices from around the world.
We invite you to participate in a groundbreaking film project, by making a quick flick, between 40 seconds and 4 minutes long, on your mobile phone, on the theme: OVERHEATED.
I hope all my friends will enter and be the stars they truly are and have fun on the way .
Friday, February 15, 2008
Washington Post story
Japanese Show What It Takes To Dazzle the Culinary Judges
160,000 Restaurants. 191 Michelin Stars. Paris? New York? No, It's Tokyo.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I am not a seasoned train traveler even though I love trains. I learnt my lesson a year ago when my 2 trips to New York by flight had resulted in a overnight stay due to canceled flights. In desperation I took Amtrak back to Washington DC. This trip I did not even attempt to book a flight.
I left my house at 4 a.m for the Union station. My train was at 6 a.m. Without traffic and a very clear George Washington Parkway I reached Union Station parking at 4.40 a.m. By the time I went down 3 levels it was 5 minutes. The ticket machine recognized my card and easily printed the tickets. Now people who know me know I am an adventurer but not a avid risk taker but still decided to see if I could catch the 5 a.m. I asked the smiling lady at the gate what it would take to catch the earlier train. She directed me to the ticket window. I was second in line and the gentleman said it wouldn't be a problem and that I had enough time to make it to the train. I paid the $21 dollars to change the reservation and boarded the train with at least 8 minutes to spare. They asked for my id there.
The first coach was First class. From the outside I could make out maybe 8 people there enjoying their juice. The next coach the conductor informed me was the "quiet coach" ( No cell phones and no loud talking) Nope that was not for me. I went to the next one and there it had about 6 people. The train left on time, didn't hear a announcement from inside the car. The conductor checked my ticket and made me sign the top left ( I did not get that. Why?) Then On the seat he put a card that indicated my destination ( Not sure this is a practice on any other railway).
As soon as the train got underway the conductor told us the cafe was open. I was hungry and was the first one there. The lady had a pleasant demeanor and gave me my egg and bagel and coffee. a few minutes after I had returned to my seat I saw her again as she brought me a fresh cup of coffee since as she said she had noticed after I left that my coffee had grounds in it. I am amazed that Amtrak has some great people - I am going to try and send an email about her great service.
I am on Twitter using my T-Mobile Dash as a Internet connection. The Dash is such a handy phone. Posting to a blog from a train is not new but this will be my first mobile post from a train. I am returning back this evening and hope to twitter and blog. On purpose I did not bring a book to read. Since its too early on the East Coast a lot of my US Twitter friends are still asleep I think.
Having passed Baltimore and Wilmington the train is still quite free. Oh! before I end this post I must tell you a year ago my co traveler was the CIO of Fannie Mae Rahul Merchant EVP and CIO of Fannie Mae. What a great guy ? it was the best 3 hours. He was very down to earth now that is probably another post.
We just left Wilmington Delaware. The ride is not smooth (No I am not blaming any typos on the ride !) . When I go to India next I want to check the trains again to see if they have become smoother. The middle tier/ business class was always quieter and smoother from what I can remember.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
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