jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 8:58am

Paying someone to insult your intelligence meets my definition of comedy. So I'll call Peter Shankman an entertaining, sometimes informative, sometimes just overly glib "social media" comedian.

Not that I didn't learn anything from his presentation before an audience of 400 or so corporate communicators at a Las Vegas conference. It's just when you are faux-dead like me, there aren't too many neurons to excite, apparently.

wholderman's picture
Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 3:53pm

...have you ever had an Upper GI (Barium Swallow) test? (A very recent experience for one of my family).  The staff make it as "pleasant" as possible but it cracks me up that you are given a substance to swallow that will (with a vengence) give you the unbearable urge to burp...and yet you're not supposed to! Or when your given the command to not take a breath...what's the first thing you want to do? Or (for those of us who are of the child-bearing gender), when the doc says, now don't push yet...yikes!, all you want to do is push.

jtaylor's picture
Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 2:24pm

Four hundred deuces descended on Vegas. Four hundred PR types came to a Ragan social media conference.

Deuce (media 2.0)  is, for now, the current word-of-mouth method for social media -- forget newspapers, forget the 6 o'clock news ("your demographic is "dead" -- check the obits if that is where you get your news.). Social media is how the news is spread, generally, online. OK, and if you can't tell the history of China in 140 characters (aka, be a "twitterer" on line -- that's the keystroke count), well, pay the Neptune fee.

wholderman's picture
Monday, March 9, 2009 - 4:22pm

Well, that certainly was not the plan... husband and I had a get-away planned up to Shaver Lake to experience a little R&R and catch some skiing at Sierra Summit this past weekend. For some darned reason, he was determined to get a bicycle ride in on the route up there. He assured me that the weather forecast had indicated only a 10% chance of "snow showers" and when he departed from the Shaw and Acadamy location on Friday afternoon, it was indeed sunny, warm, and not a cloud in the sky on the valley floor.

jtaylor's picture
Monday, March 9, 2009 - 9:08am

Cranked down the sun roof and toured the Blossom Trail. Hadn't done in years, and nearly had forgotten the sweet haze of white and reddish blossoms.

Clovis to Reedley, watching clouds sit astride Mount Campbell (the old caldera between Sanger and Reedley) before they marched up to Squaw Valley and the Sierra. Such a narrow window of fresh joy in the Valley that also included visiting my mother-in-law who's hand-writing her memoirs in a nursing home where the resident cockatiel's name is Sierra.