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Myspace is unimpressive

Posted by Peder on 30 April 2008

A friend and I just had a Google Chat about Myspace. I unfortunately joined as a compromise to get another individual using Twitter (which you should know about), and a friend request went out to the individual featured below.

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Me: from your homepage > Edit Profile > Account Settings > Cancel Account

My Friend: how do i get to my homepage?

Me: working on it
do you not know how to get to your acct?

My Friend: i’m not sure
i logged in
but i got this big window
of something or other that’s new on myspace
and i can’t do anything

Me: huh

My Friend: trying again

Me: try clicking “home”
f’ing myspace, on my homepage there is a message saying I am in my extended network
wtf?

My Friend: yay i found the cancel my account part
i’m supposed to receive an email

Me: sweet! congrats
for the record, you should consider Twitter

My Friend: i will
it’s getting more and more popular
i cancelled it
it asked me i think seven times or something whether i wanted to cancel it
ridiculous

Me: fucking annoying

My Friend: and then it asked me why i wanted to cancel

Me: cuz ur lame!

My Friend: so i wrote “i don’t like myspace”

Me: lol
good stuff

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technical difficulties

Posted by Peder on 30 April 2008

as I look back at my last post I’m having difficulties whenever I roll over a link. the standard WordPress “Snap Shots” preview pane opens briefly and the page attempts to link to some other site — not sure which. it’s really annoying and I have no idea what’s going on. I’ll investigate

sorry for the problems, dear readers. would love any insight if you have it — leave me a message

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Monterey Sustainable Business Showcase

Posted by Peder on 30 April 2008

Today at the Portola Plaza (map) will be the Monterey Sustainable Business Showcase.  I’ll be headed up there a bit after 3pm.  A buddy of mine is hosting the Marina Technology Cluster booth, as well as presenting his new firm, Ecomentum.

Another very interesting topic will be the Green Dragon Film, which was developed by a grad school colleague and his team.  Very interesting and inspiring presentation of the massive efforts to develop energy-efficient and environmentally-respectful buildings in China.  I also wrote about an earlier screening of the film here.

Here’s a link to the event schedule. (Sorry about the lame GIF file.)

And below is the event flyer.  Click on it to go to the event homepage.

Monterey Sustainable Business Showcase Flyer

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Job Hunting

Posted by Peder on 28 April 2008

I’m currently looking for new/different work.  My current employer is awesome, though our paths are headed in different directions.  I want to work more online.  I think that online marketing and communication technologies represent a knowledge base that someone like me can build a career around.  Plus it’s a really fun sphere to be involved in.

So my job search is focused on the San Francisco/Silicon Valley region, where companies in this industry abound.  Last week I was contacted by a big player in this arena who found me online (what are the odds?).  The job they asked me to interview for had these requirements.

Job Requirements (paraphrased):

  • Manage operations for Internet marketing/advertising projects
  • Perform data analysis and present actionable conclusions and recommendations
  • Monitor business trends and troubleshoot
  • Work with business units, product development and quality assurance to track and respond to operational issues
  • Gather and articulate business needs for infrastructure improvement and development
  • Provide data, analysis and reporting tool support for Internet marketing/advertising business units
  • Collaborate with data service teams and third party data providers where appropriate

I republish this here because this is totally a job that I can excel at.  At some point soon I’ll take a cue from my buddy and post my resume/narrative to this site which will help show how qualified I am for a position like this.  For now, however, I’m going to incorporate this language into my current job search agents, resume and Linked In account.  Wish me luck!

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Welcoming MacKenzie Jane Clark

Posted by Peder on 28 April 2008

Saturday morning my cousin Katie and her husband Brandon welcomed their first, a daughter, MacKenzie Jane Clark. (7 lb, 4 oz). I had to look it up, but this makes young MacKenzie my first cousin once removed. She’s also the first child born to my generation of cousins.

Congratulations Katie & Brandon! Good luck MacKenzie!
MacKenzie Jane Clark 2

MacKenzie Jane Clark

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Deer Fishing

Posted by Peder on 27 April 2008

Luke explains what the point of deer fishing really is:

Step 1. Tie an apple to fishing line.
Step 2. Throw it.
Step 3. Drunk deer.

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Podcasts

Posted by Peder on 25 April 2008

I am a fan of podcasts. I love having radio “on demand” whenever I want to hear a program. And thanks to iTunes and sites like Odeo, there are tons of options out there.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – got the podcast fetish started. This guy puts historical events into modern contexts, contemplates alternative history and just informs all around. Fun listen, they last about an hour.

The Bugle – do you know John Oliver from the Daily Show? This is his show w/ co-conspirator Andy Zaltzman. They go on about the news and the like with their very British sense of humor. ~30 mins each.

Common Sense with Dan Carlin – same guy’s political commentary. More temporally relevant, this one addresses current US politics. Equally harsh on both major parties, this show may ruffle a few feathers, but it definitely gets you thinking. Comes out around once/week and goes for ~45-60 mins.

Diggnation (video) – Weekly hour-long video of hot topics from Digg.com. Great watch, the hosts, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht, are funny. Plus it’s a good way to find bizarre conversation starters online.

The Moth – so there’s a group of storytellers in NYC that publish 15 minute stories on this podcast. One of my more recent discoveries, I enjoy the art of storytelling. Tons of different topics.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook – in-depth news a la Frontline but from NPR. I was really brought in by some recent conversations w/ young Chinese about censorship, environmentalism and the Olympics.

60 Minutes – cuz I seem to always be busy on Sunday evenings, it’s nice to be able to have a listen (sans video) when I can. And like w/ TV, I can shut if off before Andy Rooney starts his drivel.

Which are some of your favorite podcasts? Leave me a comment!

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Update (Jan 31, 2009)

I wanted to take a moment and add to this list.  Over the course of 2008 I added to and modified my listening spectrum.  In this post I talked about my most-listened to albums and podcasts of that year.  So here are some more great podcasts:

The Sound of Young America – anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes with people influential in pop culture, spanning mostly comedians and musicians. Their tagline is “A public radio show about things that are awesome.” I couldn’t agree more. The show is the cornerstone of MaximumFun.org which has a variety of other shows, listed on this page.

WNYC’s Radio Lab – I think the “lab” here is how they disect their interviews to add commentary and tell a story which is then heigtened or enhanced by the interview at its core. But the show will investigate some question, perhaps not one you’ve asked yourself, and take it on from a variety of perspectives. Very cool.

Dear Amber – this show talks about what it’s like to live as an expat in China, especially Shanghai, and it includes relevent language tips. Speaks straight to me for a number of reasons. One, I was an expat living in Shanghai. Two, I had many friends from Amber’s demographic. Had we been in town at the same time, we likely would have been friends. Three, the show is produced by the people I used to work for. Long story short, the Kai En English Training Center found it could significantly expand its reach by offering online lessons. Problem is, as of this update, the most recent show is called “The Final Show,” and I’m not sure I like where that’s going.

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Today

Posted by Peder on 25 April 2008

Hi world, this will be the first of my “Daily Update” pages where I talk about what’s going on in my life. It’ll be a little different – a more personalized narrative – than some of the other posts I’ll put on this blog.

Today is a Friday and I’m spending the morning w/ MarketCulture Strategies. Working on a job bid for a proposal next week as well as getting video up on our website. One option is to host them on YouTube, but I think we have the bandwidth to host them ourselves. Time will tell.

This weekend could be interesting. Tomorrow evening at Monterey Live there will be 3 musicians, 2 of whom are from Minneapolis. In fact, Chris Koza went to St. Olaf with me (a year ahead) and sang for the what I can only presume to be defunct band, Kat Napping. Kind of a lame name, glad he went solo.

Sunday then I’m considering a hike in Big Sur but need to first make sure I’ll get back in time for our softball game at 5:30. The Lightning Strike Pirate Squade is 4-0 and I’ve been loving this spring season! (I’m playing mostly shortstop and batting leadoff.)

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favorite old posts

Posted by Peder on 24 April 2008

a collection of some of my favorite posts from my old blog

The World at Small: Intro to my last blog (Listen to World at Large by Modest Mouse)

Auf dem Falschen Weg: Bit of humor

Randall’s Rocks: Cab ride comes to fisticuffs

Hiding in God’s Pavilion: 9-part story of my great-grandfather’s time in China

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