Thursday, October 15, 2009

Perhaps not your dream vacation

So, my mother and step-dad are taking a two week holiday to Israel.

Yesterday my sister forwarded me their itinerary. The second item on page one read as follows:

"Drive to Sderot. This is city has been an ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip located less than a mile from the city. Sderot has borne the brunt of Palestinian rocket attacks since 2001, killing 13 people, wounding dozens, causing millions of dollars in damage and disrupting daily life and ruining the economy. More than 1,000 projectiles have exploded in the town of about 20,000 people in the past year alone."

Well, of course, who wouldn't want to go to Sderot. I've dreamed of going to Sderot. And after that I might go spend some time on the Somali coast and then maybe cross the border between China and North Korea.

Mom, David - You're pushing 70. Shouldn't you be on a cruise in the Caribean?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet 16

I was just sitting in bed browsing some interesting blogs and watching a video or two when it struck me that the functional internet, and by that I mean the Web, is only 16 years old. It was '93 when Mosaic, the first really usable web browser was released.

I remember the first time I saw the web. Before that I'd been online using tools like Archie and Gopher. Then I was visiting a friend of mine for the weekend while he was studying at Western. He introduced me to the web, and I was simply blown away. Who knew what a major part of my life it would become.

One of my first jobs at an agency was helping Palmer Jarvis figure out what this new web thing was back in '95. I had to give an opinion as to whether there was any business to be had there, and what sort of business model the agency should set up to take advantage of it. In hindsight, the reco I prepared for them was actually pretty spot on.

16 is remarkably young. The consumer internet is really just a pup. I can't wait to see what the next 16 years brings.

Rory Sutherland at TED

I enjoy reading Rory Sutherland's blog.

I'm a big fan of TED and wish I could afford to attend.

And I thought Diamond Shreddies was brilliant.

So here are several things I like, all together.

Thanks to AdHack for pointing this out.