Scott Adams Q&A in SL

Below is an edited transcript of the Scott Adams Q&A in Second Life today. I enjoyed it and got quite a few laughs out of his very quick wit. Images from the session are here. It would have been better IMHO had it had audio, but Scott’s explanation about his spasmodic dysphonia makes sense.

[18:00] Aimee Weber: Scott will be saying a few words, then we will do a Q&A. for those of you who just arrives, PLEASE keep the public channel quiet, and remove scritped attachments
[18:00] Aimee Weber: Direct all questions to me, and I will pass them along to scott
[18:01] Aimee Weber: SO ladies of gents. I am delierious with pleasure to introduce to you all…..
[18:01] Aimee Weber: a personal hero of mine, and a hero to corporate employees everywhere
[18:01] Aimee Weber: Here disguised as Scott Aubos….
[18:01] Aimee Weber: SCOTT ADAMS
[18:02] Mnemosynthe Ash: o/
[18:02] Mnemosynthe Ash: o/
[18:02] Kitridge DeSantis: Applause!!
[18:02] KCP Rau: waaH!
[18:02] Bino Arbuckle waves
[18:02] KCP Rau: WUHOOOO!!!!!!!
[18:02] Cabridges Fanwood: Woo!
[18:02] Scott Aubos: hello everyone
[18:02] Trent Trafalgar: huuray!
[18:02] Saijanai Kuhn hisses and boos (corporate shill)
[18:02] Konrad Jonson: Woo!
[18:02] Brian Rutherford: wooot!
[18:02] Ash Garden: /e clap
[18:02] Ash Garden: err!
[18:02] Scott Aubos: thanks for coming to kick me in the jewels.
[18:02] Blooftar Rokocoko: Any Time
[18:02] Scott Aubos: The pleasure is all mine.
[18:02] Scott Aubos: at this point I will take questions.
[18:02] Gokul Gorbunov: speech!
[18:02] Pixeleen Mistral: when do we start kicking Scott in the nuts again?
[18:02] Aimee Weber: LOL
[18:02] Scott Aubos: nice to see some Furries here.
[18:03] Scott Aubos: and a Snoopy lookalike
[18:03] Saijanai Kuhn briefest brief remarks on record
[18:03] Scott Aubos: allow me to say a few words.
[18:03] Scott Aubos: this is my first adventure here.
[18:03] Scott Aubos: I hope I will not become addicted.
[18:03] Scott Aubos: but I feel my seratonin levels spiking.
[18:04] Scott Aubos: could be trouble.
[18:04] Scott Aubos: and I see a Dogbert avatar.
[18:04] Scott Aubos: If he kicks me, it’s art imitating avatars imitating life imitating something confusing.
[18:04] Scott Aubos: Okay, let’s have some questions. Enough chit chat.
[18:05] Aimee Weber: PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO ME
[18:05] Aimee Weber: and please keep the public chat clear
[18:05] Scott Aubos: After the questions, then the kicking.
[18:05] Aimee Weber: Yes. πŸ˜€
[18:05] Aimee Weber: OK first question :
[18:05] Aimee Weber: Cameron Switchblade: Question: What percentage of his personal online time does Scott think he will be spending in virtual worlds in ten years?
[18:06] Scott Aubos: I’d say all of it. As I get uglier, this options seems better.
[18:06] Scott Aubos: next
[18:06] Aimee Weber: Next question πŸ˜€
[18:06] Aimee Weber: Jerod Kronfeld: Will there be any new content in the book?
[18:07] Scott Aubos: The book is mostly from my blog, about 98%
[18:07] Scott Aubos: But if you have a bad memory, it is new to you.
[18:07] Scott Aubos: and it makes a lovely gift for people you only like about 16 dollars worth.
[18:07] Aimee Weber: Next question:
[18:07] Aimee Weber: Cabridges Fanwood: Q: What was the last office story you received that was too stupidly unbelievable to put into a cartoon?
[18:07] Scott Aubos: Hmm, hard to say…
[18:08] Scott Aubos: They all have that unbelievably stupid quality I like so much.
[18:08] Aimee Weber: heheh next question …..
[18:08] Aimee Weber: Movies1963 Beck: Does Dilbert think George Bush is the anti-christ?
[18:08] Scott Aubos: I see you, Dogbert
[18:09] Scott Aubos: Not anti-christ so much as anti-crust. He always has his mommy remove it from his toast.
[18:09] Aimee Weber: next question …
[18:09] Aimee Weber: Eggcarts Ebbage: will Dilbert ever “go postal” on the office?
[18:09] Scott Aubos: Hellow Trent, Plato, Pie Thrower
[18:09] Scott Aubos: Maybe when I decide to retire…
[18:10] Scott Aubos: I will have Dilbert go postal…
[18:10] Scott Aubos: but I’m planning to reveal him as a transexual.
[18:10] Scott Aubos: I’m not using voice because my real voice has a problem.
[18:11] Scott Aubos: That’s what made me decide to do Second Life — voice is optional.
[18:11] Aimee Weber: Pebbles Vollmar: will scott be offering any dilbert comic-like avs for sale in SL?
[18:12] Scott Aubos: No plans for that. I’m starting with this free poster, behind me.
[18:12] Scott Aubos: Don’t get greedy. I’m giving away stuff as fast as I can.
[18:12] Aimee Weber: Blooftar Rokocoko: Do you remember every dilbert cartoon you have ever made? do you ever get deja vu and think that you might have had “this idea” it before?
[18:12] Scott Aubos: I used to remember them all…
[18:13] Scott Aubos: for the first ten years or so…
[18:13] Scott Aubos: No I probably redraw comics I did in 1993 and don’t remember.
[18:13] Scott Aubos: My guess is that it happens about three times a week. It really takes the edge off of my job satisfaction.
[18:13] Aimee Weber: Eben Noel: Where did Scott get the idea to do an SL interview?
[18:14] Scott Aubos: I read something about Second Life and it seemed a perfect fit for my book tour because I didn’t know if my voice would work.
[18:15] Scott Aubos: I have something exotic called spasmodic dysphonia, that only affects my voice. But I’m working through it.
[18:15] Aimee Weber: Neptune Rebel: Do you see Second Life as a means to drive down productivity or to increase productivity? Do you ever think of putting Second Life into one of the strips? Will you ever release a book of all the pre-censored strips, since you put them on the blog
[18:16] Scott Aubos: I think you can use it any way you want. It’s much better than a real life. In fact, I plan to kill myself right after this session and live forever as an avatar.
[18:16] Scott Aubos: unless there is a flaw in that plan.
[18:16] Saijanai Kuhn: you teleprot to home if you do that
[18:16] Aimee Weber: heh heh i think this next one is a bit tongue and cheek…
[18:16] Aimee Weber: Saijanai Kuhn: Scott, as an experienced Second LIfe Citizen, what contributions do you expect to make toi the Architectural Working Group?
[18:17] Scott Aubos: I plan to present a paper. But it will be blank. I don’t have time to fix all of your problems. But I like handing out paper.
[18:17] Aimee Weber: lol
[18:17] Aimee Weber: ask a silly question πŸ˜€
[18:17] Aimee Weber: yatpay Raymaker: question: Are any blog comments included in the book?
[18:18] Aimee Weber: and another question that is pretty much the same
[18:18] Aimee Weber: Cabridges Fanwood: Q: Wil you be following it up with a 16-volume collection of your blog comments?
[18:18] Scott Aubos: I think I quoted one or two, but that’s about it. The rest is my writing.
[18:18] Aimee Weber: Drake King: Question, what made you decide to do a SL question and answer sesson?
[18:18] Scott Aubos: If you have to ask what happened to Dogbert’s New World order, you weren’t asked to join. It’s too late.
[18:19] Scott Aubos: Didn’t I answer that?
[18:19] Aimee Weber: oops sorry
[18:19] Scott Aubos: questions coming
[18:19] Aimee Weber: ok
[18:19] Aimee Weber: Lebachai Vesta: Question: when can we expect Dogbert to become king of the metaverse?
[18:19] Scott Aubos: Hmm, perhaps. Dogbert would not be happy with one dimension of reality.
[18:20] Aimee Weber: next:
[18:20] Aimee Weber: Dicky Dumpling: Will reading …monkey brain! increase my ability to talk to RL girls?
[18:20] Scott Aubos: It will make you appear smarter…
[18:20] Scott Aubos: and that will scare everyone away…
[18:20] Scott Aubos: no one wants to have a conversation with someone who might make a good point.
[18:20] Scott Aubos: No one needs that sort of grief.
[18:21] Scott Aubos: So if you read my book, hold it upside down in public.
[18:21] Zerocattle Catteneo: /augh
[18:21] Scott Aubos: it will make people think you are eccentric and a little bit slow. Not special olympics, but still popular.
[18:21] Skeedalee Skidoo: ]]]]]]]]lol
[18:21] Aimee Weber: next
[18:21] Aimee Weber: Dicky Dumpling: Will reading …monkey brain! increase my ability to talk to RL girls?
[18:22] Aimee Weber: OOOPS
[18:22] Scott Aubos: next
[18:22] Aimee Weber: next question
[18:22] Aimee Weber: Bree Giffen: My question: How do you feel about copyright issues here. Would you go after someone selling a dogbert avatar?
[18:22] Scott Aubos: I didn’t put much of the evolution or politics stuff in the book. It’s mostly the funny stuff.
[18:22] Scott Aubos: I do the controversial stuff in the blog because the comments are so entertaining.
[18:22] Scott Aubos: That is the nicest offer. I could use a little in the back to cover…
[18:23] Scott Aubos: my pink yamulka
[18:23] Scott Aubos: or however you spell that
[18:23] Aimee Weber: Lora Chadbourne: was Scott happy with the animated version of his strip?
[18:23] Scott Aubos: Well, here’s the thing with the animated show on TV…
[18:24] Scott Aubos: You can’t get your groove until a few episodes have aired and you see how things work….
[18:24] Scott Aubos: which means half the season is written and sent to animation before you see the first result…
[18:24] Scott Aubos: So by the second season, we were getting our pace and it was pretty great, and getting better…
[18:24] Scott Aubos: but we lost our time slot for reasons that only make sense in a Dilbert comic…
[18:25] Scott Aubos: and once you lose the slot, you lose the audience, and it was too late to recover.
[18:25] Scott Aubos: So it was a Dilbert experience in that regard.
[18:25] Aimee Weber: Neptune Rebel: How hard was the decision to give Dilbert a mouth?
[18:26] Scott Aubos: We had long discussions over giving Dilbert a mouth. We opted for the amazing appearing and disappearing mouth that is only there when he speaks.
[18:26] Scott Aubos: we didn’t want to depart from the strip too much.
[18:26] Scott Aubos: The biggest problem animating Dilbert is no eyeballs. You really want those for characters to express themselves.
[18:26] Aimee Weber: ok next. Slerte Phobos: What’s Dilberts favourite cocktail?
[18:27] Scott Aubos: The Pointy-Haired Cubicle Banger. Deeeelicious.
[18:27] Aimee Weber: Cameron Switchblade: Question: WHy did he decide to make his avatar resemble himself in real life?
[18:27] Scott Aubos: Because I am so darned handsome.
[18:28] Scott Aubos: My real body is obviously fitter and has less body fat.
[18:28] Aimee Weber: Jewelle Outlander: What does Scott think about the possibilities of hypnotism in Second Life?
[18:28] Scott Aubos: But we didn’t have time to build in the eight-pack and rippling biceps.
[18:28] Scott Aubos: And my real head doesn’t looks so much like a cross between a bowling ball and a dishrag.
[18:29] Scott Aubos: If you can hypnotize someone in Second Life, that would be a Third Life. At that point, might as well just roll over and decompose.
[18:29] Aimee Weber: heheh ok next
[18:29] Aimee Weber: Gokul Gorbunov: When is the dilbet movie comin up?
[18:30] Scott Aubos: We’re working on finding the right team to do a Dilbert movie. It’s tricky stuff. Stay tuned.
[18:30] Aimee Weber: Liona Clio: Do you think anyone in the Dilbert strip will get involved in Second Life as a plotline?
[18:31] Scott Aubos: I don’t know about Dilbert characters in Second Life. It’s too hard to draw a comic with crappy art that depicts crappy looking avatars.
[18:31] Scott Aubos: Unless two wrongs make a right. It might be worth a try just for the scientific knowledge.
[18:31] Aimee Weber: hehe ok next
[18:31] Aimee Weber: Mesh Joubert: how do you organize or file your comics
[18:32] Scott Aubos: I just keep the files on a hard drive, and back them up. And my syndicate has them. They just have semi-descriptive file names and the date built into the name.
[18:32] Scott Aubos: (Nerdiest question so far.)
[18:32] Scott Aubos: By the way, the best question gets a free signed book.
[18:32] Scott Aubos: No pressure.
[18:32] Aimee Weber: Patrick Flintoff: Do you and/or Dilbert have any honorary degress, and if so, can I have them?
[18:33] Scott Aubos: I have been offered several…
[18:33] Scott Aubos: but my thinking is that I can just pretend I gave the speech at the college…
[18:33] Scott Aubos: and pretend I got a degree…
[18:33] Scott Aubos: and it’s pretty much the same thing without all the travel.
[18:33] Aimee Weber: OK now in case you didn’t know, NBC’s The Office made an appearance on Second Life.
[18:34] Aimee Weber: so the question is …
[18:34] Aimee Weber: Jerod Kronfeld: Are you a fan of The Office?
[18:34] Scott Aubos: I saw it. I am a big fan.
[18:34] Aimee Weber: yay
[18:34] Scott Aubos: Did you see Two and a Half Men last night? They had a Dilbert reference.
[18:34] Scott Aubos: My wife and I went down and watched an episode tape. It was very cool.
[18:35] Aimee Weber: Cameron Switchblade: Question: Why did Scott decide to speak out about atheism on his blog?
[18:35] Scott Aubos: They asked permission, but just as a courtesy.
[18:35] Scott Aubos: I like any question that gets the readers spinning in their chairs. Atheists are the most certain of their rightness, so they are especially fun.
[18:36] Aimee Weber: stpaulsub Clio: when can we have more Ratbert!!?!?
[18:36] Scott Aubos: I really need to do more Ratbert.
[18:36] Scott Aubos: Want to know some Ratbert trivia?
[18:36] Scott Aubos: I will assume yes…
[18:37] Scott Aubos: The voice for Ratbert on the Dilbert TV show was Tom Kinney…
[18:37] Scott Aubos: Who is the voice now of Sponge Bob.
[18:37] Scott Aubos: And he sounds a lot like Ratbert.
[18:37] Scott Aubos: So in a way, Sponge Bob is Ratbert’s bastard sponge child in square pants.
[18:37] Scott Aubos: Thought you should know.
[18:38] Aimee Weber: Eben Noel: Any chance of a book signing on the east coast or do we all to have to fly out there?
[18:38] Scott Aubos: Still waiting for the best question that wins a signed book.
[18:38] Scott Aubos: You have to fly out here. Start flapping.
[18:38] Aimee Weber: here is a great question….
[18:38] Aimee Weber: Cabridges Fanwood: Do you think the political process would be improved if candidates allowed citizens to kick them in the balls?
[18:39] Scott Aubos: Yes, it would be better….
[18:39] Scott Aubos: but my ultimate political system would involve…
[18:39] Scott Aubos: each resident having a button that votes whether the leader should be killed…
[18:40] Scott Aubos: and when the popularity gets below say 20%, he goes up in a ball of fire.
[18:40] Scott Aubos: It would keep them on their toes.
[18:40] Aimee Weber: AnneDroid Lily: (question for scott) Which is more dangerous: dilbert with a machine gun, dogbert with a garrote, or catbert with a “request denied” rubber stamp?
[18:41] Aimee Weber: OK guys…
[18:41] Scott Aubos: I will take some questions while you kick me now.
[18:41] Aimee Weber: we are going to finish up the questions we have recieved…
[18:42] Aimee Weber: everybody take turns kicking and abusing scott
[18:42] Aimee Weber: sit on the red ball…and press the video game style buttons
[18:42] Aimee Weber: folks are invited to hop on the stage πŸ˜€
[18:42] Scott Aubos: was that as fun as it looked
[18:42] Movies1963 Beck: HOLY SHIT!!!
[18:42] Scott Aubos: next
[18:42] Scott Aubos: c’mon, you know you have a reason
[18:43] Aimee Weber: Mnemosynthe Ash: I’d like to know if he still believes in / performs daily affirmations like he wrote about in the Dilbert Principle.
[18:43] Scott Aubos: always a crowd pelaser
[18:43] Scott Aubos: ow!
[18:44] Scott Aubos: I’m going to dress up as Stephan Pastis, the guy who does Pearls Before Swine.
[18:44] Aimee Weber: lol
[18:44] Aimee Weber: ouch
[18:44] Scott Aubos: good one
[18:44] Launa Fauna: I love Second Life. ):
[18:44] Scott Aubos: I don’t do affirmations daily, but I do focus on my goals…ow….
[18:44] Aimee Weber: that looks so good it almost makes me wish i had balls
[18:45] Scott Aubos: missed!
[18:46] Scott Aubos: This actually hurst.
[18:46] Scott Aubos: hurts.
[18:46] Scott Aubos: eeeeya
[18:46] Scott Aubos: And I can answer questions with one testicle tied behind my back.

You never know how much you love someone until they are gone.

If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, you’ll know what I mean.

The same is true with new technologies. I’ve often said that there are five types of technology (I’m sure I’ve blogged this before but I can’t find it atm):

1. Those that are just stupid and a waste of time.
2. Those that are solutions looking for a problem.
3. Those that are occasionally useful but if they were taken away from you, you would hardly notice.
4. Those that are so useful that if they were taken away from you, you would sorely miss them.
5. Those that are so important to you that if they were taken away, you would fight in the streets to get them back.

I’m sure you can all think of technology you’ve seen over the last decade which fit into each category.

While I was in Perth, for some reason I had real trouble connecting to Twitter from either my laptop (accessing the net via my 3 USB modem) or my mobile phone (also accessing the net via 3). And I missed it. A lot.

Until I was away, I hadn’t realized how much a part of my daily connectedness Twitter had become. Sure – I like Twitter. I have it running in the background for hours every day but not all day – I often turn it off to avoid distraction. Yet when it was “taken away” from me for three or four days, I found myself getting cranky and going into serious withdrawal symptoms. I was checking it every few minutes to see if 3 had sorted out their network issues. I even resorted to sending and receiving a few twits via sms, something I never do anymore.

It’s a sweet relief to be back at home now on my regular connection and have Twitter working seamlessly (or as seamlessly as it normally does with their regular issues) in the background.

However, if anyone asked me why it has become so important, I really couldn’t answer it logically. It’s not like I learn much of significance, although I do pick up a lot of late-breaking news from there. And it’s not like I primarily use it to keep in touch with friends or market my business or anything else. I have more of an emotional connection to it – it’s that same feeling of connectedness that I miss when I’m offline (not by choice) when I travel to places like Bundaberg… that disconcerting feeling that I’m not plugged in, that there is a conversation going on… and I’m not part of it. That I’m on the outside. That I’m in a cone of silence. And I hate it.

I’ve come up with a name for it. It’s not entirely original but it surprisingly only has a few thousand google results, so it’s as good as original. πŸ˜‰ Kind of reminds me of when I started podcasting. There is that famous Doc Searls post where he can only find a few thousand google results for the word “podcast”.

Anyway, the term I’m using is “meta-conversation”. That’s what I was trying to refer to in my post from Perth the other night. This conversation that is emerging from the combination of all of the new tools, swirling around, popping up waves from time to time, taking on an emergent life of it’s own. You are part of it. But it is greater than you, greater than me, greater than any single conversation or person or even tool, technology or start-up. It’s the sum of all of our conversations, the sum of the 24×7 connectedness, the pulse of the new society, the hum of a billion brains working together to dream new dreams, plot new adventures, the drum-drum-drumming of a new emergent intelligence being born right under our noses.

I welcome you, Lord Meta-Conversation, to our little world and I hope you enjoy your stay here.

CEO Club

Richard and I had a CEO Club meeting today… CEO Club is something we just invented and we think it’s going to be huge. It’s invite only, CEO’s only, and it takes place in a range of bars…. on a Monday. We intend to have them on a regular basis around the world over the next decade. I hope you get to join us. Here are some photos from the inaugural CEO Club event in Perth today.

CEO Club 1

CEO Club 2

What did we talk about at CEO Club? You. Wondering why you weren’t here. Wondering what you are doing with you life. Oh and how we’re going to change the world.

A funny true story – we were leaving Little Creatures, a boutique brewery in Freo where we had lunch, and as we walked out of the front door I ran into my best mate from Melbourne who happened to be having lunch there as well, neither of us knowing the other was in Perth. Small world. Oh, he’s a CEO as well.

This was after we had visited Bon Scott’s grave.

Bon Scott's gravesite

You can see more here.

Podcamp Perth 2007 – final impressions

Well as I sit in my hotel room after spending a couple of days with some of WA’s digerati (I say WA instead of Perth because Duncan Riley lives a few hours away) as well as some ring-ins from the Eastern states such as Nick Hodge, Stilgherrian and Paul Montgomery, as well as Adam and Jared (what happened to you guys? I hardly saw you yesterday and didn’t see you at any of the events today?), I’m trying to distill my thoughts.

The Perth digerati crowd certainly has a lot of energy. I was impressed by the amount of people who turned up to Podcamp, especially as most of them were from Perth. Bronwen Clune seems to be the Mother Goose of the Perth digerati crowd, running around keeping everyone in beer and skittles, with my old mate Richard Giles hanging back, giving both Bronwen and I a lot of shit, but acting as another lightening rod for the digerati here. Duncan lives out of town but his personal brand and the fact that he writes for the hottest geek site on the planet (although there has been a lot of talk over the last few days about whether or not TechCrunch still carries the cache it did 18 months ago) casts a big shadow over everyone here.

Getting back to Podcamp and geek meetups in general… the feedback on my unkeynote has been sparse, I still think I freaked most of them out. Mike seems to agree, although he seemed to like it. Stil called it “passionate” and thinks my use of a picture of Che Guevara gave him permission to use a picture of Goebbels.

I still get the feeling though that we geeks, we early adopters of the new new tools, the Twitterers, the Facebookeranians, the SecondLifers, the podcasters and bloggers, are still running around playing with these shiny new toys like 3 year-olds in a sandbox. When I look at people at gatherings like those over the last couple of days, I think about how wealthy and privileged we are. We all sit around with our shiny Macbooks and our iPhones and play with our communication toys which let us talk to enormous numbers of people all over the world, and yet we seem to lack direction. Whenever we get together at events like Podcamp or MODM, whilst there is a certain level of geek community bonding and a few impassioned conversations, that there is a general lack of BIG IDEAS. I’m including myself in this by the way. I come away from these events feeling slightly hollow, like a great opportunity has been missed. That there should be more going on than just getting together, having a few drinks, comparing toys, exchanging a few anecdotes, swapping business cards. Shouldn’t we be doing something more when we get together?

Nick summed up my rant from our recent podcast as “Geeks For Good” (I love how he describes debating with me as “like fighting a intellectual tornado”), and I think that sums it up pretty well – shouldn’t we be using our geek powers for good? Is it just me? Does anyone else out there feel like us geeks have a responsibility to use our understanding of computing and new communication technologies to make the world a better place? Or is it all just about making ourselves richer and buying newer toys?

Where is the sense of responsibility? The sense of purpose, of destiny, of time and place and manifesting these things to advance the chances of the human race to survive this century? I so much want to meet someone who has an awe-inspiring vision to share with me, something to expand my consciousness, threaten my perspectives, build me a new dream, entice me, invigorate me, dazzle me. Instead I find myself being the guy ranting and raving about changing the world and feeling like everyone is staring at me like I’m a lunatic. Maybe I am. Maybe it’s me, I’m just missing a few screws. Maybe it’s my messiah complex. I just feel like we’re all wasting time, wasting opportunity.

ANYWAY…

Someone during the Q&A after my session yesterday (I think it was Brett) asked me if podcasts were all just like radio. And yes, I do. I think most podcasts are just like radio. And that bothers me, has done for a long time. Shouldn’t we be doing something new, exciting, fresh? Something that hasn’t been done before? And the more I thought about that issue over the last couple of days, the more the ideas which Duncan’s post a month ago started in my mind have been taking more shape.

There is something new happening and it’s in the emergence arising from a loosely-coupled combination of the new tools – it’s podcasting + blogging + twitter + facebook + second life + real events like MODM or Podcamp. The new form of conversation lies in the intersection of these things, not in any one of them. It is messy and rambling and it is swirling around us, impossible to define or pigeon hole, but it is real and it’s growing stronger each year, a milieu that contains within it the beginnings of the true new communications platform, the true 21st century media. The conversation might start with a blog post then migrate over to a podcast then get expanded on in a Facebook group, debated in Twitter, then turn into a 4 hours group discussion in Second Life.

I don’t know what to call it yet (any ideas?), but I’m intrigued by it, excited by it and determined to harness it and use it for good.

All this talk of Geeks For Good reminds me of that episode of “The West Wing” when President Bartlett says to the new guy Will Bailey:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Do you know why?”

Will thinks for a moment, then answers ‘It’s the only thing that ever has.’

Cue theme music…

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G’Day World #299 – Rock The Vote

The other night I caught up with Scouta founder and former TPN’r Richard Giles and Microsoft’s local professional nice guy blogger/podcaster Nick Hodge for a chat about the upcoming Australian federal election and was appalled to hear how they both intend voting. Geeks have a responsibility to lead. You’re a smart bunch. You are educated (formally or informally), connected and powerful. Don’t waste your vote.

This is a recording of the conversation. Warning: I used Garageband on the new Macbook to record it and I didn’t bother to equalize it, so it may sound a little rough.

This photo isn’t from the night, it’s one Nick took of me during my Podcamp talk yesterday, but it captures me in full revolutionary rant mode, which works as a visual for this show quite well.

Cam in rant mode

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The G’Day World Theme Song is Ò€œSave MeÒ€ by The Napoleon Blown Aparts.

Podcamp Perth 2007

Here I am at Podcamp Perth, the first Aussie Podcamp. Big congrats to Jared and Adam for pushing the idea of an Aussie Podcamp and to Rich, Bron and everyone else involved in pulling the actual event together in Perth. Big shout out to Microsoft Australia’s Nick Hodge for being the primary sponsor of the event.

I did the opening session this morning and think I scared the pants of most of the people. My session was called “Why Podcasting Is Dead In The Water” and I got into full rant mode. Judging by the bemused look on the faces of the audience I think I may have been over the top. But it was genuine passion so I don’t apologize for it.

Now I’m sitting in a session by Duncan Riley on building your brand. His recent stoush with Scoble has been a recurring theme today.

Perth is wet and cold but it looks like the sun is finally coming out.

My photos from Podcamp are up here.

Shout Out to David Fuhrer

… for the copy of “Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East” which I received today as a belated birthday gift! Thanks for the cheesy gift wrapping mate! Made it all the more fun to open! I’m really looking forward to reading this – I heard a podcast interview with the author Clyde Prestowitz about six months ago and it helped me start to understand the implications of the rise of China and India as the world’s premier economic superpowers over the next 10 – 15 years.