Jeff was not a happy twitterer. Jeff Jarvis, famed blogger who kicked the crap out of Dell, is one of the 40 people I follow on Twitter. Jeff wasn't a happy Twitterer yesterday, tweeting, "Fucking Starbucks. What's so hard about keeping a pot of coffee full in a COFFEE STORE? I had 2 min. to get a cup. They wasted my time. Grr." It's not the 4 dollars a cup that drove me away from Starbucks for good, it was standing around forever waiting for a fricking cup of coffee. I'll pay 4 dollars a cup, but I'm not going to wait for it, in other words. Then a couple of hours later he Grrs again, "AT&T messed up my first bill by hundreds of dollars. Oh, gawd, now I have to deal with them. Why do they make this so damned hard? Sigh. Grr." You never should have stopped at Starbucks, Jeff.
One day you'll turn off those "You've Received a Big Fat Check" emails. Thought provoking quote via SecretGeek of a Joel Spolsky line from an intro to Eric Sink's new book, "The Business of Software." (Whew! That was a mouthful already!) The quote from Spolsky was "One day, you'll turn off the feature that emails you every time someone buys your software. That's a huge milestone." And one day I can imagine I'll be in a place where I'll turn off notification of pingbacks!
I Don't Care About You. I loved everything about this copyblogger post from James Chartrand titled "I Don't Care About You." Conversation, engagement, it's all about the person on the other side of the monitor! Personally, I write for my own entertainment. I still loved the post though. What about you? Eh, never mind.
When Google Owns You. Another blog post that ends in "You" with a title I cannot improve upon, Chris Brogan's "When Google Owns You" describing Nick Saber suddenly losing his Google Account access (including email and other services he depended on, even with a paid account) and the pains he went though to get someone in the Google Cloud to talk to him. An engrossing story and lots of good information in the comments, including Google Contact info.
Two weeks to play with Amazon Developer Services is all I ask. I'd love to take two weeks (three would be better) to do nothing but play with Amazon developer services like their new Checkout by Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay services mentioned on this Business Opportunities blog post.
I'd rather be watching TV. More profound-ness from Clay Shirky via Seth Godin on how much more productive we are since we're watching less TV. Clay's post is titled "Gin, Television, and Social Surplus" and worth a read for the great title alone. Seth writes, "The real influx of time and energy we're seeing online comes from TV. Three, four or even six hours a day not spent doing virtually nothing. Multiply it by 800 million people online and suddenly, there's a huge influx of hours just waiting to be put to good use."
Does this sound like Alice in Chains to you??? I listen to a good bit of Alice In Chains during the course of my normal coding day, along with Tool, Seether, Deftones...and Bing Crosby. "Over Now" from Alice In Chains' 1995 self-titled album sure doesn't sound like the usual Alice in Chains tune, but I like it! I hope you do, too, and I really mean that.