The Problem of Anonymity

My airplane reading this for this trip is a book I’ve wanted to read for a few months now: Small is the New Big by Seth Godin. It’s a collection of ‘the best’ of his blog posts over the past 3-4 years. While I spend a lot of time reading online I still appreciate holding some paper in my hands.

He riffs on the troubles associated with anonymity on the internet. Seth’s against it. Says it causes a ton of problems, not least of which are spam, flame wars, trolls and general bitchiness. My favorite line:”anonymity is the enemy of civility.”

You know, I completely agree. When I started this blog I thought about writing under a pseudonym or leaving my blog completely anonymous. But within a week of my first post I read two blogs by people I know in Regina and i was appalled by how cranky the blogs were. Not really the tone [not my style, but that’s OK], but more that they didn’t have the guts to put their name behind what they were writing.

My question: who do you respect/admire more, someone who anonymously puts up a web page criticizing local government, or some kids who recorded a song criticizing local government [click ‘ode to Pasquala’] and perform it live on stage all over the city no matter who attends?

Business Travel Essentials

I arrived in San Diego late Sunday afternoon and have checked in at the lovely La Avenida Inn on Coronado Island. It’s a very comfortable (and affordable) little motel which is the perfect place for my psyche. They have friendly staff, clean and spacious rooms and a top notch cable TV selection. I’ve never really felt comfortable at the ‘five star’ accomodations where one usually stays during business travel. I’ve had my fill of Pan Pacifics in Vancouver, Fairmonts in San Francisco or even Marriotts in Minneapolis; lovely buildings with a lobby to match their high pricetag, but no real soul.

La Avenida Inn is exactly the type of hotel I would stay in if I were travelling with my family. However there are two things missing that I now realize are Essentals when I’m travelling on business. The first is an iron in the room. I don’t pack very well so my shirts are creased up pretty good, but a quick steam in the bathroom should fix them well enough. The second missing item is internet access. I’ve grown used to free wireless internet, but I thought every hotel in the planet at least had a for-money broadband service available. La Avenida has neither. So I’ll get to spend part of each day at one of the nearby coffee shops posting to the blog. Not as ‘live’ as I originally planned but I’m adaptable!

For me, it’s worth checking in advance for irons + internet before I book my next hotel.

[Posted at Cafe 1134 in Coronado — worth walking to!]

Heading South

I’ve acquired a slight head cold so that can mean only one thing — I’m heading off on an airplane! Yep, I leave Sunday for the Stellent Crescendo conference. I’ll be meeting with some of our hosting customers, the Stellent sales / partner crew and hopefully learn some more about content management too.

The only downside (other than the massive sinus pain I will indoubtably suffer) is that I’ll miss most of the Super Bowl. I’m loading up on pre-game hype instead. My motto is the same as NFL network — everything but the game!

I’ll blog as much as I can from the conference, but I’ll have to split between internal stuff and what I can share publically. Hopefully you’ll get more than descriptions of the beaches and palm trees.

Some extra links: The conference is at the lovely Hotel Del Coronado

I’ll be staying at the even more wonderful (for me) La Avenida Inn across the street. To be honest, I’m not one for ultra-swanky accomodations and this is a great little hotel I discovered when I was here back in 2000. Clean rooms, great location and friendly staff. That’s all I could ever want!

Have you heard of this iPhone thingy?

Not sure if it made the local paper but those kooky funsters at Apple have announced a new cellphony/music player/web surfer thingy. It got a little bit of press on cable.

Honestly, I was worried that I would end up as the only blogger who didn’t post about the iPhone announcement. But then I couldn’t figure out how to market the fact that I didn’t post about iPhone without posting about iPhone. It started to make my head hurt. I’m glad that’s finally been resolved.

What I found most interesting was how the CEO of Cingular got skewered for being such a poor presenter. I guess style matters, at least when you’re on the stage with the Grand Master himself, Steve Jobs. I’ll be watching my own executive’s performances with a new set of filters from here on out.

Some links:

iPhone announcement [Apple.com]

Steve Jobs is a Great Presenter [Presentation Zen]

And the Cingular CEO isn’t

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