Archive for October, 2003


Eye to eye and face to face.

Friday, October 24th, 2003

Terry Frazier and I have often see eye to eye but have never met face to face until today.

In town on business, Terry joined me and Tim Aiello for some tangential yakking this afternoon about things topical, technical and philosophical.

We all agreed that blogging and being blogged about establishes a level of “net cred” measurable by google, technorati and feedster that can’t be had any other way – the kind of credibility that is useful in opening conversational doors in the internet community that lead to wider collaborative understanding, and yes, opportunity.

And Terry’s just plain good folk. Something that you can’t help but know before you meet him. Blogs tend to help to spread that kind of intangible impression.


Abandoning a s(t)inking ship

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

Tim Aiello points out that Network Solutions is offering free registrations and transfers. As bloody if I’m going to get anywhere near that stinkpile.

I bet you dollars to donuts that since the Sitefinder debacle they are processing thousands of outgoing domain transfers every day from people worldwide who finally see them for the charlatans they play so hamfistedly on the internet stage.


Vocal as instrumental

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

I’ve been a Jazz fan for some time now, but only recently have taken interest in vocals, particularly since discovering Cathy Ann Wells, a Canadian Blues and Jazz singer in Kelowna, B.C. (The mp3 attached to that first link is her singing Blues, remarkable and powerful to be sure, but do yourself a favour and find her mostly Jazz live album where her dynamic range is all laid out for you to fully appreciate.)

I don’t often listen closely to vocals. As an amateur musician, I tend to listen to the instruments and rhythms. I’ve been listening to vocals lately though as another instrument, not following the words as much as the modulation, pitch and timbre. Jazz vocals tend to suit this type of listening well.


Grassroots media

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003

As part of researching for our SimpleFilter marketing strategy, Tim and I attended a talk tonight presented by Toronto Talks entitled “The Role Of Media And Your Company” with Larry Jackson, a local media consultant and accomplished news and media talent of some considerable experience.

My contribution was a question (or I suppose more of an observation) near the end of the talk on how non-traditional media and community (online and otherwise) can be used as part of a diversified marketing strategy to increase your profile perhaps even to the extent that you are more attractive to the mainstream media.

Interestingly enough, after the talk, William Stratas came over to say hello, which to me underlined my point nicely. William and I know of each other precisely because of our mutual involvement in online technology communities.


Okay, Game On!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003

I’ve installed Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist plugin, so we’re back in business.

I’m also keeping my eye out on the Feedster blog (as hosted by the venerable J. Scott Johnson – I’m really E. Brent Ashley as it happens, also preceded my whole life by a rarely expanded initial bestowed on me eponymously by my father). I hope to mix Jay’s peanut butter with Scott’s chocolate sometime soon to really kick this comment spam thing right up its hairy keister.


Comments off

Sunday, October 12th, 2003

I’ve turned off comments until I can figure out how to turn them back on without getting inundated by fucking loser spammers with tiny dicks.


Friends and Family

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

My younger daughter Rachel turned 6 a couple of weeks ago, and Jasmine turned 11 just this week. I’ve been working too hard and too long of late. How do I know? Rachel read me “Hop On Pop” tonight – by herself, phonetically sounding out the words she didn’t know. It’s a woeful testament to my recent levels of work obsession that this surprised me.

With people like Roland so ably blogging the play-by-play at BloggerCon and the recent BlogWare launch, I’ve been talking to my wife Clare at dinner about these local Toronto guys Ross and Joey. So Rachel says “Ross and Joey? Are they the guys on Friends?”.

Kids, ya gotta love’em.


Farewell Concorde

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Tim Aiello IM’d me to tell me that the Concorde was about to land at Toronto for its last time as part of its three-stop final North American tour.

Since I happened to be at a client’s office right on the other side of Highway 401 with a third-storey panoramic view of the runways, I was able to stand at the window and watch it land (unfortunately on the northernmost east-west runway so it was a bit small but still fantastic).

End of an era of commercial supersonic flight.