I have been fiddling around with Second Life a little bit lately. Now that I have learned how to fly, communicate, and teleport; the time has finally come to step it up. Deciding the appearance of my avatar has been a difficult one. I did not want to model it after myself because given all Asians look alike, nobody could differentiate me in the virtual space….(insert comedic drum and cymbal) “Thank you, thank you, I’ll be hear all week, you’re a great audience.” Then it crossed my mind to be a hybrid of Marilyn Manson and Boutros Boutros Ghali, but that ‘s just silly.
Suddenly, it struck me, probably similarly to how Jesus used to talk to Jerry Fallwell from time to time…. my second life destiny was to be Joey Greco from “Cheaters”. Eureka!! Will I too, invade philanderers on Second Life and have a dedicated mob of P.I.s, security personnel and rabid cameramen? Will I be stabbed in virtual reality? Will I host fitness workouts on ESPN? This all remains to be seen. This weekend, I will craft my avatar from the bobblehead, I just purchased from Greco’s personal site. Additionally, Andy Fox form Misanthropy Today and I will be doing a series on Greco/Cheaters that will be posted on both our blogs. Now, I have to run as I just got a call that Suspect A is leaving a bowling alley and meeting back at their rendezvous point outside an AM/PM in Plano. Click here to read an interesting article about some of the unique ways are leveraging Second Life’s growing community, and also some of the constraints they are currently facing. Also found an interesting blog about the burgeoning “Attention Economy”.
Posted in attention economy, Avatar, Bidness, Cheaters, Fox, Greco, Joey, Linden Labs, Misanthropy, MMO, Second Life, TV, virtual world
2006 was the year of the wedding while it appears that 2007 is the year of the 30th birthday party. Below is a mediocre video I made of Sam Brown’s 30th birthday party aka “Sam Olympics” in San Diego. The editing is sloppy, transitions poor/nonexistent however, the music ain’t half bad, plus Garrett and Sara have some classic moments, and Sam’s outfits are nothing short of incredible. He should break them out in Austin at his MBA program later in the year. Also below is a link to Erik Eccles and Pat Holman’s 30th b-day party, which was a much healthier, well rounded, adult celebration. This is reflected in the better production quality of the video on the uber cool video sharing/editing site Jumpcut where Erik was the CFO before they were gobbled up by Yahoo. Most of my friends are using the 30th b-day party to harken back to the days when the nights were longer, the revelry much more intense, and the hangovers did not last a fortnight. Coincidentally, all these people went Boulder where the Peter Pan syndrome seems to be a constant. (not in a Michael Jackson type fashion fortunately) My 30th is coming up in a few months, and I am already getting the paxel, prozac and Coppola Chardonnay lined up for my usual b-day depression. Speaking of which a shout out/big up to Kathleen, Bluto, Jeff, Kaley, Gov, Mitch, Amanda, my mom, Andy, Navid, and anybody else I might have missed for my whining, feeling sorry for myself session I went through the past few days. (You guys are the best) It’s over and thanks for putting up with my “Kobe Bryant” moments. Also below in a Grizzly Bear video for their song “The Knife”.
Erik’s 30th (sorry no embedding for jumpcut allowed)
Got my haircut early this morning at 9:00. Heather, my hairstylist is cool because she is very thorough, and has become an expert of the underrated art of “barbershop” conversation, which is probably as close to therapy as I’ll ever get. Plus she really digs Wilco. Heather was disappointed to learn that my pseudo mullet period had come to an end, since she was the original architect. I knew it was never that aesthetically pleasing however was amused by the fact that I was actually rocking a facsimile of a mullet. “Charlie” from Lost can pull it off, but I don’t think I ever really did. Plus, the fact I have been gaining some poundage lately, give me a sort of Asian John Daly look, which is never good.
I downloaded Gary Hamel’s “Leading the Revolution” on my iPod last night as I wanted to listen to it at the gym. I read the book a couple years ago but felt I needed a little refresher. Although, Hamel caught some flack for his praise of Enron and their resulting scandal, the guy is simply brilliant. I thought it would be hard to work out to an audiobook revolving around business strategy, but his views and approach are so inspired that I actually felt energized throughout my neverending quest to reduce the gut. Once I got home I enjoyed reading Dick Costolo’s blog “Ask the Wizard” . Given that he just sold Feedburner to Google for a cool $100 mil, I would surmise that he knows of what he posts. Once I get through all of the updates on my newsgator feed; I’ll go on a little shopping expedition to Trader Joe’s. (Talk about a well run private company). I also tried making an avatar on Gizmoz. It just launched however, I really would have liked to be able to have more choice regarding hair selection. In my humble opinion, the afro is no longer funny, while the white man’s perm is severely underappreciated. (see Greatest American Superhero) The record voice function on gizmoz gave me some trouble but eventually it should make a good device for birthday wishes, etc.
On a lighter note, my friend Andy Fox has launched his blog. Andy is truly an original in addition to being damn funny. At The Hold Steady show on Thursday he regaled us with stories of a philandering man in a bear suit at Burning Man, disdain for most Mac users, and criteria for potential lady friends which include the ability to use a semicolon and having read at least 4 books. He also recently bought a camera off eBay that automatically brings a picture of 3 striped shirt cheeseballs every time he turns it on. Check out his blog.
Although, I graduated my MBA program a little over a year ago, I am “auditing” an entrepreneurship class at Pepperdine today with Professor Morrissey for a little refresher. In addition to sharing a name with the Smith’s melancholy frontman, Professor Morrissey epitomizes what one would like to represent in their “advanced” years; full of vim, vigor and wit with the added benefit of experience. We’re on a break right now, and I am still feeling the last effects of the wicked flu that ruined my Miami trip. I’m on a cocktail of sudafed, tusin and motrin right now so hopefully, I’ll be a little more alert during the second half of the 8 hour session. A number of industries and business models are being discussed however, inevitably the Internet becomes the focal point of the topic at hand. A case discussion on a luxury yachts venture quickly turns into an analysis of zappos.com and Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Aquantive. The Internet maintains an inherent glamour or “sexiness” that tends to pique even the most jaded person’s interest. It’s almost like a more accessible entertainment industry in that it engenders speculation and gossip in a similar manner. Class is about to start again, and I am severely jealous of a student on the class who came back equipped with a Starbucks breakfast sandwich. I hate that I will probably succumb with the masses and be lining up to buy a Starbuck’s bacon and egg sandwich while indie darling Feist (excellent new album) plays in the background.
HOLY BATCRAP!! I just walked into Starbucks and Feist is playing…Nostradamous look out! I now no longer have the right to refer to myself as “cool” in any form whatsoever, now that most of my new music also shares shelf space in 150,000 location across the country.