- I went back to the USA for the first time in 7.5 years – I had an awesome trip!
- I presented at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco
- Xero won two Webby awards
- I turned 40
- I’m sporadically Twittering
- I’m addicted to Word Scramble on the iPhone
- I’ve been on a roll reading good books with a common theme: non-fiction, history, mostly about the American northeast (where I grew up), many about epic pioneers of industry overcoming impossible odds, usually involving some element of thrilling suspense and murder
- We’re doing some long overdue renovations to our house. In the clean up, I found a box of mixtapes that I’m now dubbing to MP3. Reminds me of this article about the Walkman. Some of the tapes I found go back to my high school days!
- I still need to upload my predictions for 2009 that I presented at the start of the year. I’ve already nailed some of my biggies!
- Coming up: I’ll be speaking at WordCamp in Wellington and Web Directions in Sydney.
Theoretically, I hold the title for ‘Visionary of the year 2008′.
How well did I do? Can I hold my title? Will Kiwis re-elect a tall poppy? Come along to this year’s Unlimited Potential ‘Blogger’s Predict 2009′ event.
Price: FREE (price includes free pizza and beer!!)
When: Tuesday 29 January 2009, 5:30pm
Where: Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Level 28, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington
I never thought I’d see this again!
The clip of my brother and me starts 7 minutes in. Way back machine, indeed.
If George can anoint himself “The Decider” then I can confidently take the title of “The Predictor”. I was just crowned (literally, I have the tiara to prove it) 2008 Visionary Of The Year by Unlimited Potential. Which is pretty impressive, considering it happened in the first month of 2008.
It was another fun event and my fellow predictors had plenty of prescient and witty insights. Hopefully UP will post all the predictions somewhere.
The following is my outlook on the year to come. It contains a fair dose of wishful thinking, but sometimes technology and events do sneak up on you quicker than you expect.
2007 Greatest hits and misses
DRM finally goes away
Wellington weather will be shit
2007 Report card
User generated video advertising
Good progress: LiveRail, BrightRoll, YuMe, Adap.tv, VideoEgg, Adotube, Google/YouTube
Good progress: Netsuite IPO, Force.com
Good progress: Macbook Air, gOS, CloudBook
Mobile Media Centers
Not so much: iPhone + Apple TV
2008 Better mobile experiences
3G iPhone with GPS, still won’t be available in NZ
Mesh networks start catching on thanks to Wireless USB (WUSB)
Somebody will provide a standard wifi billing platform (think OpenID + Paypal)
Presence detection gets real, gets fun:
get pinged when social network in proximity,
“scan” a party, cafe, club, biz conference to see profiles,
mixing and mingling privately while standing in a crowded room
2008 Hyperlocal on the homefront
Oil nears $200 a barrel, travel increasingly becomes a luxury,
people start thinking and acting a lot more local
Biofuels start becoming more efficient, demand surges
Aqua Flow becomes a leading provider
Working and learning from home becomes more and more of a necessity, collaborative web applications thrive in response
Lending networks thrive, microloans help ease economic turbulence
Home bio scanners start to hit the market – letting people scan food, detect viruses and germs, capture and analyse medical data, send data to a remote expert for further analysis
GeeksRobots rule the earth
Portions of Google Earth and Streetside become available as realtime video
Mashed on top of this “open surveilance” framework will be
massively multiplayer game experiences
Hardware widgets and software widgets will converge producing very hackable, very personalised, interoperable device components (Buglabs, ThingM, Chumby)
New software driven materials interactively, physically reshape on command
2008 will go down in history as the year the robot uprising started taking shape
Obama wins by a landslide
Helen wins (barely)
Kerry resigns in disgrace over conflicts-of-interest scandal
Tom Beard becomes the new mayor!
Finally, in my acceptance speech I predicted that next year the panel will include a woman!
After Xmas I spent a week doing some long overdue gardening (weeding, to be more accurate). Which is where I came across this beauty!
Then the family hopped on the Interislander to spend two awesome weeks off-the-grid at the top of the South Island. We camped for a week and then we shared a holiday house on the Marlborough Sounds the week after.
To top it off, Emory and I conducted our own personal Amazing Race to see the Police in Auckland. We started with a ferry crossing, rushing to the airport, buying tickets, jumping on a plane, booking a hotel, rushing by taxi to the concert, then we spent most of the concert in an ambulance.
Expect a big update to my Flickr site this week.
What’s UP 2008?
Last year was great fun, so I definitely recommend it.
Price: FREE (price includes pizza and beer)
When: Wednesday 30 January, 2008, 5:30 for a 6:00 start.
Where: Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Level 28, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.
There’s another Webstock Mini coming up on June 19th (my birthday!). The line up looks as great as always: a RoR workshop by the legendary Koz, a tour of Second Life, the low down on Firefox 3, followed by a panel “debate”. I happen to be one of the invited panelists for that debate.
The topic of the debate is “Web 2.0 is all fizz and no substance”. I’m not exactly sure what there is to debate. It seems like a pointless folly to me. I’m hoping we’ll have a bit of fun with it.
In the spirit of web 2.0 and user participation, I urge you to contribute to the wiki I’ve created for the occasion. I’m really counting on some user contributions. Please don’t let me down.
This afternoon I met with my fellow debatrs Brenda Leeuwenberg and Che Tibby to plot our triumph, over lunch at Ka Pai (my new favorite lunch venue – I’ve eaten there 3 days in a row – finally yummy, affordable salads in Wellington!).
Maybe we could all do a Meetup prior to Webstock? No flashmobs please.
When I did my predictions at the What’s UP 2007 the prediction that seemed to get the most snickering and eyes rolling was my suggestion that “DRM finally goes away”.
Well, it’s official. EMI is making their entire catalog available on iTunes completely DRM-free.
Internet advertising works best when anyone can produce a simple ad. This was first shown with Doubleclick ceding ad prominence to Google and now it will be shown in internet video with blip.tv’s new DIY ad program.
It doesn’t appear to be as advanced as what I proposed – bidding for ad placement, different ads served to different users, with green screened product placement ala in-game ads. However, that will emerge. Count on it.