On tap this week

It’s going to be an exciting week this week:

  • Working on an Audiobook site for a client.
  • Getting skyscrapersales.com out the door
  • Publishing our screencast series.
  • Working on another site for a client but I have an NDA, so I could tell you but then I’d have to, you know.
  • Publishing the first Imapenguin podcast as soon as the new Microphones arrive.
  • Helping a friend with the deployment of his first Rails site into production.
  • PLUS: There’s going to be some fishing going on.

Interested?  Email me.  I’m pretty excited!

Are you a fisherman or not?

  • Do you fish or do you go to the store and buy fishing stuff?
  • Are you doing something to help the needy or are you watching Extreme Makeover Home edition?
  • Are you sharing your life and dreams with good friends or are you watching a TV show about some people who do?
  • Are you writing that novel or are you reading books about writing novels?
  • Are you a political activist or are you just watching the news?
  • Are you devoted to your family or are you commuting 20 hours a week?

Your dreams are out there, what are you reading this for?  You have work to do. Go on, shoo.

Not sure if you can do it?  Roz is sure.

NASCAR vs the Space Program

I went to my first NASCAR race last weekend. It was cool, but I’m not sure I liked it enough to be an avid fan. It seems like a whole lot of time, money, risk and energy to end up where you started.
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I was struck by something while I was there. What if we were that enthusiastic about Space exploration? My father’s generation (he was born in 1950) witnessed his parents generation spend a huge amount of time, money, risk and energy getting into space, to the moon, and sending spacecraft all over the solar system. All with computers and technology many of us have in our homes today.

Somewhere between my fathers childhood and my children’s childhood, the enthusiasm has been replaced completely by other things. NASCAR is cool, but it’s about going in a circle REALLY REALLY fast. Sounds an awful lot like our current space program.

What can we do to channel some of that enthusiasm and energy into getting somewhere? Maybe sometime in my lifetime even…

This just in: Being the current industry leader doesn’t mean you’ll stay there

I had the strangest conversation this morning with some people at a large subscription based software company. They were astounded that a longtime customer found a cheaper solution that did what they needed.”But we’re the 900 pound gorilla” they seemed to say. “Why would anyone want anything but us?”

The customer left because the “900 pound gorilla” was offering the same product and service as they were 2 years ago and several competitors are coming up with innovative solutions to the same problem for 25% of the cost.

They have the industry clout and funding to do a million innovative things and instead they sit back and complain that they are on the top and they shouldn’t need any reason to be afraid that they wont always be there.