Back in the US –

While grabbing an hour of power and free bananas at the Red Carpet Room in San Francisco, some random observations:

The essay on Griefing by Julian Dibble, taken from Wired — “Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual Work” is a very good read.

Andrew Sullivan’s contribution on blogging is incredibly good. So is David Talbot’s Technology Review piece on “How Obama Really Did It.”

danah boyd’s screed on the Myspace bullying case is not ….

The collection is skippable — too many “magazine” contributors — I would expect there to be more online only representation, but the majority of the contributions are culled from dying dead tree rags.

Final Voyage was just another whaling history. This time focused on the Arctic disaster of 1871 and the Howland fortune — the primary New Bedford Quaker whaling fortune. Okay, but not a high recommendation.

iPod — mostly late 80s Dead Shows, including a Nassau Coliseum, 5/6/81 Dick’s Pick. Actually a good Saint of Circumstance on there, and that is typically a big buzz killer.

Did zero work — now time to kick butt on the inbox from San Francisco to Cape Cod. I take tomorrow off – back at on Monday.

Random flight to China thoughts

Basically 24 hours from the time I woke up on Cape Cod to the time I pulled into the Crowne Plaza Zhongguancun in Beijing.

Read all of Linda Greenlaw’s “All Fishermen are Liars”
Read most of Stephen Johnson’s “Best Technology Writing of 2008”
Watched part of Pixar’s “Big”
Started “Final Voyage” by Peter Nichols about the Arctic whaling fishery

Trudged through dozens of powerpoints.

Slept about an hour or two — hence now feel like the usual POS — but passed the heat sensor test on the way in and was not administered a thermometer like I was in August.

Whereabouts Nov 2-7

Off to China in the morning for a digital marketing workshop with our Emerging Markets team — then back to the States by Saturday.

Following week — first half- working from Cotuit, second half San Francisco to speak at a CMO conference with Autonomy — our content management system provider (Interwoven Teamsite), then Cotuit.

Week after that – RTP – last travel before taking off Thanksgiving week.

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