79th Annual Academy Awards

It’s time for my only annual awards show. The Oscars. The Big One. The only thing I’m willing to stay up for until it’s over. Been this way since … well, heck, since I was an early teen, I think.
Aside from CTV’s crappy initial signal, this was worth watching. While I miss Billy Crystal as host, Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t too shabby. Some of the jokes were a little forced, but then that’s her style and she makes it work.
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Pictures return to Sowrey.Org

It’s been a long time since a photograph has been seen here. It’s not for a lack of wanting.
As of right now, I’ve got 3,606 pictures in my library, covering a huge range of subjects and topics. (988 of those are for Critical Mass alone…)
When you have that many pictures, you need to manage them carefully, or they’ll end up managing you. So I’ve been wrestling with a variety of tools to get the right balance between easy-to-use (I don’t want to spend hours doing this) and being well-developed and flexible.
Believe me, it’s harder than you think. Especially when you don’t want the stereotypical “gallery”.
They’re not completely reinserted yet, and most of the comments are missing. Give me enough time, I’ll get it all back.

iTunes experience is better than Windows Media

I have two iPods. One I purchased (a Nano) and one I received as a gift (see [[The day after the CMMYs]]). The music on my iPods comes from a rather large (700+) CD collection and iTunes. I do not download (anymore).
I find that the experience using Apple’s music solution is outstanding. Plug iPod into computer, it automatically synchronizes with iTunes. You can set up playlists easily. Buying music is a breeze. And it’s all easy to manage.
Given that Apple clearly figured out the process, you’d think Microsoft wouldn’t have so much trouble ripping it off. Yet Alex seems just about ready to pitch the computer out the window due to the ultra-crappy experience. Allow me to illustrate.
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Gala Banquet at Summit 2007

After the last batch of sessions this afternoon, we broke up for about two hours to wait for the gala event. Apparently, this is the big event of the Summit conference. Bad things tend to happen. (Jim, think of any given night of the San Jose SES. Along those lines. Just a bit tamer.)
That said, I’ve spent most of my time talking business. Mostly with the CHUM guys. Damn, they’re a wealth of information and experience. Also nostalgia. Being from Southern Ontario, they’re really donating a lot of background to my perceived history … and squashing a few preconceptions in the process. But I can live with that.
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Complementing and Enhancing Search Engine Optmization (SEO) Using RedDot CMS at Summit 2007

Presented by Shannon Ryan of Non-Linear Creations. We know a lot about SEO, so we’re gonna be picky.
A couple of slides on Non-Linear’s business models. But emphasis on Digital Marketing with emphasis on Email Marketing and SEM. Done 40 RedDot implementations.
“You’ll never outsmart Google.” I like this quote.
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Solve the Challenges of Social Computing with RedDot at Summit 2007

Just spent an hour talking with the presenter (Darren Guarnaccia) about RedDot software and partnership avenues. Anyhoo, on with the good stuff…
“This stuff is a little bit forward thinking.” It’s where they think we’ll be in the next year. The idea is to think ahead to when the CIO/CEO/CXO asks: “What are we doing about this?”
Quick discussion: “social computing” mean to refer to bi-directional communication.
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