We’re off to Palm Desert to mix and mingle at DEMO. This is the last time the wonderful Chris Shipley will be hosting the venerable event, as the changeover to Matt Marshall of VentureBeat is official.
Despite the economic recession and contraction of budgets and expenses, DEMO is still hosting the launch of several hot companies, ready to gain their 6-minutes of fame, which hopefully will catapult them to an even lengthier span of fame.. and fortune.
I haven’t been to DEMO for a year or so, and I’ve never been to Palm Desert, so I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.
Mark is in serious training for a grueling bike ride in July, all in the name of fighting cancer. He’s signed up for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and is trying to raise funds for charity. He’s supposed to raise $5000 by May, otherwise, he’ll either have to drop out or pay up the delta between what he’s raised and his target on his own. We’ve just donated and I hope you’ll consider pledging an amount – whether it’s $10 or $100, it all makes a difference – for both Mark and others like him that have suffered from cancer.
In May, I will be cancer-free for 10 years after having received a clinical trial, radiation, and later, high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem-cell transplant at Stanford Medical Center from 1998 – 1999 for advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I want to both share this milestone with others who are dealing with blood cancers and give back to the medical community. Recently, I joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) fundraising program – Team in Training. My goal is to raise $5,000 which the LLS will use to fund research for cures and less invasive treatment as well as to provide patient and family services. While actively fundraising, I will be training for an intense cycling event, the Death Ride. On July 11th, my teammates and I will strive to complete 129 miles and climb 15,000 feet in the California Alps. During the next five months, my Honorees will be family members past and present who know cancer all too well.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I just read a fascinating article in London’s Times newspaper, which has some quite intriguing quotes. First, is from a clinical psychologist – Oliver James – about his concerns about Twitter.
“Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”
I guess while we’re at it, he should probably add blogging to that too, since Twitter is simply a micro-blogging service.
The article also had another great quote from Dr David Lewis, a cognitive neuropsychologist and director of research based at the University of Sussex.
“We are the most narcissistic age ever. Using Twitter suggests a level of insecurity whereby, unless people recognise you, you cease to exist. It may stave off insecurity in the short term, but it won’t cure it.”
Eek, I’m now having an identity crisis (although, contradictory, I do have a big narcissistic head), and am utterly lost and insecure. Gotta go back to Twitter and tell everyone about it…
I’ve been waiting for this feature for ages. I’ve been synchronizing my calendar between Google and my BlackBerry, but have been missing the ability to sync my contacts as well – especially because my BlackBerry now refuses to connect to my PC (some “unknown USB device” error…uff). While the iPhone gets all the cool apps, I’m happy to see we at least finally get the “basics.”
If you are like me and use a boring BlackBerry, here’s the link to the new version of Google sync with calendar and contacts:Google Sync for BlackBerry
Yesterday I read that EA will be joining the ranks of companies that are laying off staff in droves. But while others are shedding employees and revenues, King continues to beat the recession by delivering fun, relaxation and stimulation to millions of people around the world through their collection of unique and addictive games – including hits like Bejeweled, Sudoku, Cake Mania II and Hunted Forever. They also offer exclusive online versions of TV game shows such as “1 vs 100“, “Deal or No Deal” and “The Biggest Loser.”
The world’s leading online social games company today announced that 350 million games a month were played on the King.com platform, nearly doubling the number of games played on the site a year ago.
King’s 84 percent jump solidifies three consecutive years of growth: In 2007, the number of games played per month increased 138 percent, from 80 to 190 million, surpassing the momentum of 2006 which saw growth double from 40 to 80 million games played per month.
King’s growth consistently ranks above the industry average: industry-wide traffic swelled by 27 percent in December 2008 from the same month the previous year, while American consumers spent more time than ever on gaming sites; up from 3.7 percent in December 2007 to 4.9 percent in December 2008, according to market research company comScore.