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In his blog post, Money Can’t Buy You Love: Why Some Apps Work and Some Don’t, Om Malik not only talks about the mess that is the Color app, but he also manages to bring in the buzz books of the month, Gary Vaynerchuck’s The Thank You Economy
and Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

See?

I did it too! and I raised him an Om Malik… and you bet those are Amazon links!

Course Om also has some excellent points about what makes an app succeed in a highly subjective community and … people actually read his blog. [grin] Anyway – I have to say that I watched Gary V talk at SXSW about The Thank You Economy and it was inspiring. If you have a chance to listen to him talk live, jump on it!

Landscape design in Eugene, Oregon

I got to partake in a pleasant anniversary again this year. My friends at Mosaic-Gardens had me work on their site several years ago and I help them update their portfolio in preparation for their busy seasons. Each year, about now, I get an email with a series of the most amazing attachments. I always look forward to seeing the photos they have taken of their projects and relish the opportunity to work with such amazing material. If you are in the Eugene, Oregon area, I highly recommend that you contact Mosaic-Gardens. They are some of the most conscientious, inspiring people I have had the opportunity to work with. If you aren’t in Eugene, Oregon… you are in luck! They now have a blog where you can ask questions!

Hoping the Drupal community really does wake up

I hope this bit of introspection from tsvenson over at drupal.org (Wake up community – WordPress.org should scare you!) gets some traction. He makes some excellent points about how the drupal.org experience is likely to scare away anybody but the most hardy self implementers. I believe that the system is worth the effort, but acknowledge that it does take a huge amount of effort to bridge the gap from considering an install and actually doing one. Drupal 7 has made some good improvements in being easier to use as a novice, but if people are scared away when they try to play with it… where are they going to go? (and yeah… my blog is … in wordpress…)

Electric commute

I was worried last night when the rain started to come down, but it let up and I was able to ride “Mine” our electric scooter in to the office again today. I’ve been really enjoying getting to ride in this past week. The weather has been beautiful. Finally, it is spring. Thanks go to Electric Ave Scooters for bringing this EMax scooter to the Austin market! The silver eMax looks right at home in the motorcycle parking area at UT.

smugmug and lightroom

Just a quick note that I’m REALLY liking the integration between smugmug and Adobe Lightroom 3.  You can see my smugmug stream at:

http://aaronchoate.smugmug.com

The only thing I’m looking for is the ability to sync photo metadata back from smugmug (since it offers the ability to allow others to tag, caption, etc)

On “protection” plans

For the first time in a long time I broke down and accepted the protection plan that big box offered me when I was checking out.  You know, “just pay an extra $15 and you will be able to exchange the thing you are buying at any time for any reason…”  I’ve always viewed these things as something that earns them extra cash while “covering” you with additional warranty service that is hard to use and inadequate when you do.

Well, I have to say … it actually seems to have been worth it on these $70 headphones I bought.  I thought to myself, “I always mangle my headphones.. what the hell, why not?!”

I bought the coverage and, so far, I’ve received 3 “free” new pairs of headphones to replace the ones that failed on me.  All I’ve had to pay is a few minutes in line at the Service Counter.  They’ve been pleasant and efficient and soon after walking in, I’ve been told to go select a new pair from the headphone display.  This last time, it is clear the manufacturer has redesigned the piece that has been failing… so maybe this set will last a bit longer. [grin]

So far… a good bet.