Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Had an hour to kill at Barnes & Nobles last night as I waited for my one hour photos to be developed at Meijer. While sipping my $1.48 cup of Starbucks decaf (I would have preferred a grande vanilla latte but I was too dutch to throw down the $3.50 it would have cost me) I read the Wired cover story The Ultimate Running Machine. I don't have any particularly insightful comments on the article, just that as a runner (I should say "former" runner who occasionally trains for a race) and someone that is intrigued by technology, I found the article quite fascinating. The lead in paragraph: Inside a Soviet-style training camp, corporate scientists are reengineering neuro-mechanics, blood chemistry, and brain waves. Welcome to the Oregon Project, where Nike is rebuilding the US marathon team one high tech step at a time. Very cool.
Another blog about blogging: Radio Free Blogistan
Monday, July 29, 2002
The coverstory for the July 22 edition of Information Week is titled: Are You Blogging Yet? - The article provides a basic introduction to blogs but also introduces them as a tool for adding business value:
Give individual employees within a company their own weblogs, encourage them to document their best ideas and personal experiences, link them, add search capabilities, and it's easy to imagine that at least some innovation will arise from the ordinary.
Examples of corporate bloggers:
Friday, July 26, 2002
In addition to suing the fast food chains for his obesity perhaps this guy should also sue his school and parents for allowing him to grow up to be a pathetic victim that won't take any personal responsibility for his actions.
Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Business Week: A Web Outfit with Socks Appeal - Blacksocks.com's formula is simple: It sends "sockscribers" regular shipments of the boring necessity -- and makes money doing it.I love simple business models like this. If you're in the US, check out their site for American Customers.
Friday, July 19, 2002
CNET.com: Are Mac users smarter?
Thursday, July 18, 2002
Business Week: Chewing the Sashimi with Jeff Bezos - "We're still at the very beginning," says Amazon.com's founder in a wide-ranging interview over lunch. "There's so much more to come." (via Webvoice).
As I mentioned before, I'm a big fan of HTMLminimalism. Here's a comprehensive list of minimalist web sites (via Daypop Top 40).
My wife is an active "lurker" on the message boards at a scrapbooking site called Two Peas in a Bucket. If you thought bloggers were an active, passionate "community" you haven't seen anything until you observe those in the scrapbooking community. Anyway ... my wife spends a fair amount of time at Two Peas gathering ideas on techniques, themes, styles and approaches to scrapbooking. A topic that has recently drawn an active disscussion is around the development of a scrapbook "spread" called 100 things I like. My wife, of course, eagerly set about writing out her list of 100. In fact, her mind got so wrapped around coming up with the list that I heard her tiptoe out of bed that night, around midnight, to go scribble down a few more items on her list.
By now you can see where this is going. My wife wanted me to come up with my list. At first I dragged my feet but I eventually gave in. And you know what I found - it's a really valuable exercise. It's amazing how much you learn about someone by reading their personal list of 100 things they like. Now if you've read my blog for any length of time you've noticed that my posts are typically fairly brief commentary on articles, news items, or other blogs. For the most part I've stayed away from the personal diary-type entries. For this post, however, I'll break out of my mold and give you a bit more of a glimpse into who I am. So ... without further ado, here's my list:
100 Things I Like
01. An air-conditioned house on a hot, humid day
02. My son's sparkling, alive, big blue eyes
03. Grape juice - Grape pop
06. The Triune God
07. Innovative business models
08. Pepperoni and Bacon pizza
10. My wife's candid, honest, tell-it-like it is personality
12. The Mac OS
13. The Book "A Prayer for Owen Meany"
15. Steak on the grill
16. The feeling AFTER a run
17. Minimalist design
18. Jeffrey Archer books
19. Business 2.0 magazine
22. Old Navy
23. White boards
24. Black and white photos
26. Friends around a campfire
28. My son's belly laugh
29. My Palm Pilot
30. NCAA March Madness Tournament
31. University of Michigan sports teams
32. Calvin College
34. Mike's Hard Lemonade
35. A beautifully executed pass
37. Fall in the Midwest
38. Sleeping in on Saturday morning
39. Grande Vanilla Latte
42. Liberal Arts education
43. Napping on Sunday afternoon
44. World Cup Soccer
45. Books on tape on long car rides
46. Online stock trading
47. Shawshank Redemption
48. The Practice (tv show)
49. Golf .. the 4-5 times per year I play
50. A warm car on a cold, winter morning
51. New technology
52. Intuitive web design
53. Reading the Sunday paper
54. Early morning at the coffee shop
55. Coffee ice cream
56. Sarah McLachlan music
57. Those who take initiative
58. People who speak their mind
60. The number 3
61. Vancouver's snow capped mountains
62. USA vs Canada debates
63. Toast with chunky peanut butter
64. Business start-ups
66. Strong leaders
67. People who are punctual
69. Nike shoes
71. Playing at the park with my son
72. Yahoo! Maps
73. Pizza and a video on a Friday night
74. Thinking puzzles and games
75. A hammock and a cool breeze
76. Neighborhood walks with my wife and son
77. Eighties music
78. Apple crisp and vanilla ice cream
79. White noise while sleeping
80. Annual football game with highschool buddies
81. The anticipation of a vacation
82. Coming home from work and seeing my son, waiting in the window
83. Rose's Restaurant (East Grand Rapids, MI)
84. Hugs from my wife
85. Sticky notes
87. A bargain
89. My Swiss Army Knife key chain
90. The after work/before dinner day's recap with my wife
91. My leather moccasin slippers
92. Excellent customer service
93. Marketing strategy
94. Holding hands with my son in a busy parking lot
95. Digital video
96. Airport reunions
97. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies
98. Cool Ranch Doritos
99. A freshly mowed lawn
100. Those who aren't afraid to take risks
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Amazon.com Launches Web Services. Very cool.
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Tired of checking every day to see if I've posted anything new to POELog? If so, now you can subscribe (see subscription box in left column) to POELog thanks to Bloglet and receive a daily email with a summary of my posts for that day. I currently have the settings set to send my subscribers the "Full Post" so you may never have to come back to POELog again - there goes my banner advertising revenue stream :-). I was going to set the setting to "Limited Post" and make subscribers come back to POELog to read the full post but I've always been a believer of pushing content via email rather than making someone pay a site a visit. If someone subscribes I'm assuming they are doing so to make viewing my content more convenient and what can be more convenient than reading all the information from within your InBox.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Looks like the theme of the day is connecting with others in your area ...
Unlike anything before, the web has allowed people of common interests, no matter how narrow the topic, to get together online and meet, discuss, chat, share information, etc. MEETUP is a great concept to bring this full circle, out of the virtual world, and into the real world. MEETUP helps groups of people with shared interests to meetup in local cafes (and other places) around the world. As of this post there are 15766 members, 363 topics and 548 cities represented. One of the topics is Webloggers. As of now I'm the only Grand Rapids webbloger that has signed up but I imagine that will change. The top topic is Slashdot which has 4313 members, 31 of which live near Grand Rapids. In addition to viewing by topic you can view MEETUPs by location, such as Grand Rapids. Great idea. (link via Blogger).
As you can see from the post below, I jumped on the bandwagon and chalked my blog. What is blogChalking you ask? blogChalking is a movement attempting to create a region-sensible blog-search system - descentralized, improvised (influencing existing Internet search engines) and world-wide. Truly cool and simple. I'm eager to see how many other bloggers there are in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Google! DayPop! This is my blogchalk: English, United States, Grand Rapids, Michigan, South East GR, Rob, Male, 31-35!
Monday, July 08, 2002
Business 2.0: Top the Heap - Laura Goldberg pointed me to this Business 2.0 article about an obsession to be the #1 search result on Google. Since there are no famous Rob Poel's in the world, it didn't take long for POELog to make it to the top of Google when searching for "Rob Poel". The article lists a number of "tips and tricks" to get to the top of Google but I think the best advice is offered by Google itself: Google insists that the best way to generate a good ranking is to create a good site that other people want to use. Yes, easier said than done but it's still the best way by far to acquire the most relevant, targeted traffic.
If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. eBay announced it will acquire PayPal. eBay's current payment service, eBay Payments by Billpoint, will be phased out after the close of the transaction.