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Achievement Unlocked: Skydiving

Scotte Ellis, me, Chris Pirillo, Jay Batson, Dave Curlee and Lee Odden think we have the Right Stuff.

Had an amazing adventure with the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute team recently. I was attending Open Camp (a great technology and social media conference organized by Cali Lewis and Jon Pozadzides) and was invited to jump with The Golden Knights as “an incentive.” It was an an easy yes for me as I figured that when the world’s best at something asks you to join them, you should pretty much always agree.

I ended up doing a tandem jump in Dallas with the very capable SSG Jon Ewald on August 26, 2010. It was my first experience skydiving and the Golden Knights made the whole experience feel safe and exhilarating. Thanks to John Pozadzides, Cali Lewis, SFC Dave Herwig and Lt. Col. Joe Martin for making this all possible.

Check out the video below and look how my feet look for solid ground as I leave the plane. Involuntary hilarity. Many more photos from my jump are on Flickr.


Austin 09

I'll be there Friday to Monday.

I'll be there Friday to Monday.

I’ll be attending SXSW Interactive March 13th through the 16th. Lots of clients, friends, execs, CEO’s, buyers, entrepreneurs, geeks, dreamers, videogamers and internet cool kids will be there . I hear it’s going to be even busier this year than last year, but I hope to get a better start than 2008 when I got stuck with a “kids room” after I arrived late to my hotel. Still, I had a great time and met a lot of great people.

Hope you can make it. If you see me this weekend, say “hey”. I’ll be the tall guy with the camera.


Cheap Stuff I Like: Watch

Uncluttered interface. Stainless steel. Chrono. Gorgeous.

Uncluttered interface. Stainless steel. Chronograph. Gorgeous.

I love my Timex T-Series Watch. Will you look at that face? Clean, stark, simple presentation of the time. Exactly how a watch should look. The case is stainless steel and quite beefy making it feel like a substantial piece of hardware on your wrist. It comes with a high quality leather strap that looks like it belongs on an Omega. It even has a chronograph (but really, who uses that).  Little details like the rakishly angled date nails the utilitarian but high design aesthetic of this watch. The only criticism I have is that it uses a unremarkable Phillipine-made movement rather than a Japanese or Swiss one. Still, it tells excellent time and the best part is that it’s only $64.  Save the money you would have spent on a Panerai and travel to Australia instead. Then you can take your Timex diving – it’s water-resistant to 165 feet. Get this watch. Link



605 Feet of pure architectural terror.

605 Feet of pure architectural terror.

I’m in Seattle this week with my family having great time doing as many touristy things you can possibly do. So far: visited Pike Place Market, had some coffee at the first Starbucks ever, rode a monorail, checked out the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and of course went to the top of the Space Needle.

The most ridiculous thing so far has been riding the Duck, but we’re ghost-hunting today in the underground part of the city, so who knows.


On my way to a nerd flash mob

Full of coffee, I’m driving to San Diego this morning for Comic-Con. Sadly, I’ll be missing the US Savate National Championships being held in Irvine this year.

If you’re going to Comic-Con, Direct Message me via Twitter and we’ll nerd out together.


Prepping for Comic-Con

Comic-Con equipment

Canon TX1, Nikon D80, iPhone 3G, Flip Ultra, Moleskine & MacBook Pro.

I’ll be attending Comic-Con in San Diego July 24-27th. I’ll be meeting with friends, clients, artists, studio execs, buyers, publishers and colleagues. With the box office success of The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Wanted and Hancock, this year’s convention will be the biggest one on record. In order to do my job both as a professional and as a fanboy, I’m coming with a utility belt full of shiny gadgets.  Obviously, I don’t plan on carrying all of it all the time. I just like to be prepared.

What are you bringing?

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