Archive for January, 2009

Looking for feedback on user tutorial videos – thoughts?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I need some input/feedback on some changes I’m doing with my JibberJobber user tutorial videos. I’ve embedded our test video below, but you can see the wider version here.  Notice that the visible quality is horrible – we’ve uploaded it on vimeo.com also, but it is still rendering apparently… so ignoring the visual (and my narration), I’m wondering about the editing and final product.

Here are my initial thoughts/questions (I hope this doesn’t influence your feedback):

  • Is the intro music (just a few seconds) okay? I think it’s kind of cool but I wouldn’t have thought of it…
  • I’m not sure about the music throughout the entire video… is it… good? Distracting?  Okay, or horrible?
  • At the end the video editor put his voice in the conclusion – thoughts?  My initial thought is “don’t say www”… it is not necessary when typing it in.
  • What else – what am i missing?

Again, realize the quality of what you see (not the audio) will look much, much better on vimeo.

If I Had A Million Dollars

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I love the song If I Had A Million Dollars by Barenaked Ladies.  When I watched these very cool/funny/clever videos I got jealous of TheLadders marketing budget, and thought, indeed, if I had a million dollars this is what I would want to come up with:

And,

More here.  Props to Cheezhead for turning me on to this.

Funny Stuff & Overheard

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Tonight my five year old daughter confessed at the dinner table that she has a crush on Kung Fu Panda.  No kidding.  I almost fell of my chair laughing.

I kind of have a crush on the ol’ bear also 😉

This morning my 7 year old son came down to my office in dramatic tears.  The ones that almost make you want to cry without knowing why.

me: what’s wrong?

him: The tooth fairy didn’t come… blubber sniff blubber… (yesterday the dentist removed two of his teeth)

me: oh man, I’m really sorry (feeling pretty guilty… bad daddy!)

him: and I LOST my teeth!  They weren’t under the pillow.

… a few minutes later he found his teeth.

me: where were they???

him: Under (my sister’s) pillow!

Good thing I don’t drink coffee – I would have spewed it all over my keyboard!

His sister, in the middle of the night, stole his teeth from under his pillow and put them under hers… hopeful little girl :p

I overheard his in the airport a few days ago.  No kidding.  I couldn’t believe it.  It came from a guy who looked like he was about 25ish… maybe a little older.  Dressed in business casual, with a laptop bag… you know, a responsible guy with a job.

“… all I remember was that I was trying really hard to act sober.  But I know I was really drunk.”

OMG.  I better anyone who was around him KNEW that (a) he was really drunk, and (b) any acting sober wasn’t fooling anyone.

Can a really drunk guy effectively act sober enough to trick everyone around him that he’s not really drunk?

Polarizations on Jan 13th – 2006 vs 2009

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

On January 13th, 2006, I drove away from my employer for the last time.  I was done there.  It was a bitter-sweet day.

Today, exactly three years later, I open CIO.com to see this, the top featured article:

There is nothing bitter about this January the 13th, 2009!

Tim Ferriss on losing money (and how to recoup)

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Tim Ferriss is one of my new favorite bloggers… he may not be new to blogging but his blog is new to me.  It’s really brilliant stuff.  Here’s a snippet I really liked from his “Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008” post:

You don’t have to recoup losses the same way you lose them. I own a home in San Jose but moved almost 12 months ago. It’s been empty since, and I’m paying a large mortgage each month. The best part? I don’t care. But this wasn’t always the case. For many months, I felt demoralized as others pressured me to rent it, emphasizing how I was just flushing money away otherwise. Then I realized: you don’t have to make $ back the same way you lose it. If you lose $1,000 at the blackjack table, should you try and recoup it there? Of course not. I don’t want to deal with renters, even with a property management company. The solution: leave the house alone, use it on occasion, and just create incoming revenue elsewhere that would cover the cost of the mortgage through consulting, publishing, etc.

Wow, I’ve never thought about that but how powerful. There’s other super-cool stuff in that post, one of which I really like (as an author/speaker) is: Related: You’re never as bad as they say you are.

Read the entire post here.