1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

web 2.0  - self proclaimed "geeks"

I don't who started it, but I want everyone who calls himself or herself a "geek" dead.

I look at twitter or read Scoble and think "who the fuck are thse people."

http://scobleizer.com/

http://twitter.com/
Permalink bob 
March 9th, 2007 10:01pm
^know
Permalink bob 
March 9th, 2007 10:01pm
Since Bill Gates, everyone wants to be a geek..
Permalink Send private email Mikael Bergkvist 
March 9th, 2007 10:05pm
You would never catch Bill Gates calling himself a geek.  I think this started with bubble 1.0.
Permalink bob 
March 9th, 2007 10:08pm
In the morning I imagine billg looking approvingly in the mirror and not shaving, but pulling out few errant hairs grown from his smoothness, saying:

Mr. Bill you are the alphaiest geek in the whole world.
Damn straight homey.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 9th, 2007 11:28pm
This is about the third time I've read Scoble. I think the other couple times, someone here posted a link to a particular article and I read that and came back.  This time, I read everything on his front page.

And I have interest in going back.  There's just too much "I'm talking to movers and shakers, look at me!"  And all I can think is, "so what?"  He claims to be spotting trends before anyone else, but has he actually done it?  Not that I can tell.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 10th, 2007 12:39am
Yup! And the movers and shakers all seem like idiots too. I mean blogging??? that's the revolution? f'ing blogging?
Permalink  
March 10th, 2007 10:21am
> but has he actually done it?

He was early in Userland, the original RSS vendor, as they invented it.

I would also say watching trends is also a skill. I wish he watch Ira Glass on how to make video casts, but there's something there.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 10th, 2007 10:34am
The weird thing about Userland is that it didn't go far. I remember bumping into it and say ok, this is cool, then time passed, I looked at it again, still cool, but so few feeds, then a year later, again,. Then I said, a heck this is like push technology.

The thing about trends is the timing. Anyone can predict, say hydrogen fuel cells or TV-over-the-net or cold fusion or something, given the entire future to have it come out in. Question is when.

Anyone who is really good at trends should be in finance. Anyone who ain't in finance, is prolly not great with either the content or the timing of the trend.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 10th, 2007 10:40am
Dave Winer is great a trends.  RSS, Podcasting.  Userland was just a vehicle for Dave Winer.
Permalink texas lovehandle 
March 10th, 2007 10:56am
> Anyone who is really good at trends should be in finance.

Because the highest goal you can achieve is making money? How empty. Anyone who is good at trends should be slurping up the excitement and riding the wave, not with small mindedness like plotting how to extract the last dime.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 10th, 2007 11:38am
I know! Why isn't he rich then? Should we drop what we're doing and start integrating his outlining markup language (what is it? OMPL?) into all our products? It's the next big thing.

Really, I like the guy (don't forget X..M..L-R..P..C or SOAP or whatever it was) and used to read him diligently -- it is better to read the trend-setters rather than the trend-followers -- but he really got a little too, um, whiny. You know?
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 10th, 2007 12:04pm
Maybe finance because they can be really influential across several trends.  I'm thinking of private equity putting the funding into multiple companies and what not.  Taking advantage of her ability to spot trends without getting involved in implementation which other people might be better at?
Permalink zed 
March 10th, 2007 12:06pm
He's a big time asshole and, yeah, whiny.  I think he's already rich.  Sold a company years ago.  Also, got a million or more for giving weblogs.com to verisign.
Permalink zed 
March 10th, 2007 12:08pm
> Because the highest goal you can achieve is making money?

No. It's an efficient means.

If you have the money you can spend it in ways you find valuable. Like carbon credits.

Doesn't mean you can't do the work itself. But if you're just writing blogs about the work ... how is *that* second-hand activity better than finance which is also a derivative activity?
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 10th, 2007 12:14pm
> *that* second-hand activity better than finance which is also a derivative activity?

You've down graded. Your original assertion is that the natural level would be in finance. Now you are just talking about being better.

> spend it in ways you find valuable

Which doesn't lead to happiness. I perceive Scoble in being happy doing what he is doing. To give that up just to make money is to miss the point entirely.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 10th, 2007 12:41pm
what's so bad about finance?
Permalink zed 
March 10th, 2007 2:40pm

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