Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This is a test: Post by mail

One of the great things about Posterous is the ease in being able to
post by email. My little attempt at Posterous is at
http://pastinson.posterous.com/. They've made it easy... and then I
was reminded today that Blogger, too, has the ability to post by mail,
albeit not quite as simple.

The question for me: How does it handle attachments?

Friday, October 09, 2009

PodCamp USCG registration open! Free! Open to the public. 11/17/2009

The Coast Guard is hosting a Podcamp in Virginia Beach on Tuesday, 17 November. The event, while hosted by the Coast Guard, is open to anyone interested in learning more (or helping others learn more) about social media, web 2.0, using the Interent to develop stakeholder relationships, and the like.

You can register using this here:

Events

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

From the WaPo about the battle at Wanat

From Greg Jaffe, about the battle at Wanat: Almost a Lost Cause - One of the deadliest attacks of the Afghan war is a symbol of the U.S. military's missteps.... The moms just want to know about their son. They want to know what kind of a man he was. The dads want to know how their son died. They want someone to explain to them what happened.

Worth a read, indeed.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

United Breaks Guitars

This has to suck... for United Airlines. (Although I guess if you take the adage "The only thing worse than being talked about... is not being talked about." David Carroll's $3500 Taylor guitar was trashed by United Airlines. They told him to get lost and wouldn't pay for the repairs. He wrote a great song that is going viral on YouTube. So, now, Google "United Airlines" and his video is number five in results.

As I write this, the video has 4,563,006 views... okay, so maybe half a dozen of them are me. This is my new favorite song. And I'm not a real county fan. The song has struck a nerve with me... and four million other people... Why? Well, aside from the fact it has a little catch to it, it's a great customer service teaching tool. It's what we've all wanted to do but haven't had the talent.

I don't think people in most corporations understand that the rules have changed and if they mistreat customers the penalty is larger today than in years past. (Okay, I'm not sure many of us understand the new rules completely; I certainly don't.) Today, a misstep can be recorded and broadcast. The old story was that if a customer had a good experience, they might tell three people; if they had a bad experience, they would tell ten. Today, I might tell a couple of people about good experiences... but pull a bonehead move, and I'll blog about it. And, if I had talent like Dave Carroll, that story would go viral.

And, indeed, Mr. Carroll's story has gone viral. And this, my friends is worth the four minutes and thirty-six seconds:



And, I have to think that Dave Carroll and the Sons of Maxwell's star has taken off. If I'm any indicator of how their fan base is expanding... well, let's just say that I'm a fan, and I never would have heard of Dave Carroll and the Sons of Maxwell if I hadn't stumbled on an aside mention of the video. (And it was purely random. I'd actually have to hunt to find the page.) I'm not a country fan, but I've been listening to Maxwell's sons' songs on YouTube off and on all evening. Had I an iPod, I'd buy their tunes. As it is, I'll likely purchase their albums. Well, okay, not in vinyl but in CD, but the concept is the same... I tried to stream them on Pandora, but Pandora doesn't know them (but knows Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band?)

Anyway, I'd love to see them play at the nTelos Pavilion here in the fair City of Portsmouth.

Meanwhile, I'll not ever be able to think of United Airlines without thinking about United Breaks Guitars. And that can't bode well.

I know that the next time I fly United, I'm going to make a crack to some UAL employee about guitars.

It's difficult to preach family values...

... when your own behavior runs counter to what you preach.

If what the Alaska Report is reporting is true, looks like we now know the real reason that Governor Palin resigned from office: a little too much bedroom action (without the other) going on by both the Governor and the Mister Palin...

Photo lifted from The National Enquirer. Is she trying to tell us the size of something?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I will be off net for the next month. Back OOA 8/1/2009. No tweets, posts, or email. Nothing. Dropping off completely. Have a gr8 month.

Signing off in 140 characters: I will be off-net for the next month. Back OOA 8/1/2009. No tweets, posts, or email. Nothing. Dropping off completely. Have a gr8 month.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I've become enamoured with Twitter

There's something about compressing a thought into a teeny, tiny space. Twitter offers 140 and is to blogging like haiku is to poetry. I had been over at Twitter as @pastinson for a good long while when I was introduced to HootSuite, an online tool that allows you to manage multiple Twitter accounts at a time. It is the bomb, and I've gone and created a number of me: @OrgConsultant, @Scurry, and @AnotherCGBlog. I have now created the Tidwater Musings me, @TidewaterMuse to focus on issues here in the Tidewater region of Virginia.

I've been spending more time on the micro-blogging than the standard blogging of late. I would imagine that will continue, so if you want to follow along, do. For a Twitter persona that captures all of me, see @RoboPeter.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

All frequencies broadcast-this could be bad if you're following too close: Request feedback job app http://ow.ly/fiWO IRT http://ow.ly/fiVT

All frequencies broadcast-this could be bad if you're following too close: Request feedback job app http://ow.ly/fiWO IRT http://ow.ly/fiVT

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

This ought to give you pause...


Got Rabies?
Originally uploaded by Ignotz.
... at least for a moment or two.

And to think it could be so easy to transmit: Mutant Rabies.
Health scare of the week: Mutant rabies is spreading... A highly infectious strain of mutant rabies is spreading among animals across the state of Arizona
What makes this scarey is the mutation: transmission isn't through biting; transmission is through social interaction. It's gone airborne.

h/t to Commander Salamander.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More to this story than the headline


Chesapeake, Virginia Police
Originally uploaded by niteowl7710.
I'm disappointed that we'll probably not hear about all the good stuff that is the backstory to this case: Called-up reservist who lost job sues Chesapeake. There's the possibility of dirty laundry on both sides of this one; the suit might be a disguise for Pandora's Box.
A former police lieutenant sued the city of Chesapeake on Friday, alleging he was denied the right to re-employment after returning from service in the Coast Guard.
Don't dig too deep, 'cause it'll get smelly, quick.