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Battle at Kruger

I’m late to the party on this one, as the 30 million YouTube hits would attest to, but this was truly one of the most stunning nature scenes I’ve ever witnessed.  It’s also a heck of an example of the power of UGC. 

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Adventures in Video Conferencing–funny video

This is a pretty funny commercial.  I’m not sure this ever made it to television but I enjoyed finding it online today. 

I might have to try something similar from the ski slopes before the end of the season rolls around! 

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Smart Doggie

This video is hysterical.  I have a very smart yellow lab but I don’t envision him being this shrewd. 

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Happy Holidays

My fiancee made and sent me this holiday card tonight.  I enjoyed it and thought I’d post it on my blog:

http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1318805692

These kinds of animated cards are great and I do always enjoying receiving them for birthdays, etc.  That said, even in a digital world, it’s still truly nicer in the holiday season to receive a card in the mail from friends or family wishing you a nice season and happy new year.  To me, it’s one of those acts that shouldn’t get replaced anytime too son. 

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South Park Online

It’s been several years since I’ve watched the show South Park in any fashion.  In the past, particularly during college, I’ve loved it on Comedy Central and the Bigger, Longer and Uncut film is an all-time classic. 

A friend sent me this clip today: 

http://southpark.comedycentral.com/videos.jhtml?videoId=127951&episodeId=127947

In response to the clip directly, it was classic, clever South Park and the Colorado disses were accurate and hysterical.  Anyone from Colorado would appreciate the seeming, and sad, fame that belongs to the Ron Zappolos of the state. 

I won’t go too far down the path of exploring the content of the clip.  What was interesting to me, in part, about it though was the South Park website where this clip was found.  As I should have suspected, there is a large amount of South Park content online now and it works quite well on a playlist-focused, short-form basis.  I got caught up tonight watching a good number of clips as well as browsing around the larger site.  And, I could definitely see coming back.  I suspect the website, despite the show being shark jumped at this point, drives good traffic and they’re clearly trying to monetize it with banner ads and some post-roll/intersticial video ads. 

I don’t know how much gas this show has left in the tank but this clearly has me thinking, if it’s not happening already, that the Family Guys, Simpsons and related comedy shows of the world have an interesting, short-form distribution outlet online that compliments the main-screen TV viewing experience quite well. 

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle setting sun

I recently moved away from Seattle or “Seatown” as natives fondly call it. 

My emotions were mixed about leaving.  On one hand, I really came to love Seattle and was sad to be leaving but on the other, I was happy to be headed back to Colorado.

Seattle is a truly fantastic town for technology, business and a well-rounded lifestyle.  It has a hip, liberal, laid back feel to it but it’s also full of cerebral and highly passionate folks.  The technology and digital media landscape is vibrant and, perhaps, only second to San Fran in terms of the sheer volume of opportunities.  Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Rob Glaser obviously deserve much of the credit for that.  If one can mentally work past the weather, or even appreciate it for the occasional and glorious sun breaks, as well as the highly productive climate, it’s the perfect place to live in many ways.  I feel like, in some senses, the Seattle climate is a metaphor for life in many ways–it doesn’t often go the way you want but, if you try to make the most of it, it’s often beautiful and it rewards you when you least expect it. 

That said, it’s nice to be back in Colorado.  I’m still not certain I’ve figured out yet what that yellow orb in the sky is however.  And, while the weather never really bothered me too much in Seattle, the sports scene is a bit depressing there.  I’ll miss Seattle though and look forward to returning back to it as often as possible for ski adventures, work or to see many of the great friends I made there. 

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Improvisation

I was hanging out with two of my more intellectually stimulating friends the past couple weeks at different times.  Ironically, in both conversations, we hit a very similar discussion topic.  Both of these gents are current entrepreneurs and both confessed to me that, even with age, life is one, large improvisation.  Hence, one’s success in life is largely dictated by how well they bob, weave and tumble through the continual adventures they face. 

I was in the midst of some serious packing today (I’m moving) so had some time to ponder the thought further.  It’s so simple, eloquent and amazing.  We’re all just improvising.  Among other things, that means that, even with age and experience, we often times don’t and won’t know what we’re doing before a situation actually arises.  There are not certain and magic answers; there are not absolute truths.  It’s a deep thought as it relates to parenthood, working with bosses, managing, coaching and generally handling life. 

I also appreciate this thought in the context of entrepreneurialism.  A famous VC once said, “everything is always impossible before it works.”  I think this quote also ties nicely to the subject matter: “The young do not know enough to be prudent, therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”  Via the transitive property, if we can agree that life is an improvisation, and we can also agree that youthful people are more likely to persevere through challenges (due to ignorance, boldness and likely less risk), it makes sense that young people are likely to do well in entrepreneurial ventures.  OK, that might be stretching things a bit.  🙂

I love this thought.  The more I consider it, the more I realize how peaceful it can help make life.  It encourages more empathy for others, more patience at difficult moments, and a more chill approach to living life in general.  

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