Tag Archives: silicon-valley

What is the Best Viral Video Ever?

This old video by The Richter Scales has got to be one of the best viral videos I have ever come across. I laughed so hard that I nearly fell out of my chair. I admit to chair dancing – I dare you NOT to while listening. I also have to admit that I found myself nodding in agreement at several different statements made in the song. The lyrics are so full of epic win that I cannot possibly begin to do them justice by describing them. You simply have to listen to it and read the lyrics.

I have to thank community member Kevin Connolly for sending this video my way. If you’re not already following him, you should be. Kevin has a lot of excellent things to say in addition to unearthing oldies but goodies.

Thursday Night Geek Dinner in Palo Alto

Okay, I’m in town for something I don’t think I can talk about right now. However, that said, I’ll be free on Thursday evening – staying somewhere in Palo Alto. Any geeks up for grabbing some grub in town? I’m without a car, so… my legs can only carry me so far.

UPDATE: I don’t think I have very many (if any) Palo Altoid readers. That’s what I get for not living here! I’ve received a trickle of comments and suggestions, but certainly not enough to warrant any kind of unofficial convergence. Methinks the geeks are either (a) on vacation or (b) too busy washing their hair. I think I’m just going to hang out at the hotel restaurant (Sheraton Palo Alto) on Friday evening around 6pm’ish – so if you wanna come, come. Otherwise, in the immortal words of Eric Cartman: “Screw you guys, I’m going home.” Not until Friday morning, though… and if anything else changes, I’ll update this entry again.

My Silicon Valley Chest

Guy would never hire me. And you know what? I’m fine with that. I stayed up all last night crying my eyes out – wondering why Mr. Kawasaki never talks about my chest. Today, those prayers were answered in tip #11 of Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn’t Know Who to Ask:

Confess your sins. If you did something stupid in your past, the company will find out, so it’s better if it finds out from you rather than from a search on the Internet. A tech entrepreneur once told me how he rented out his chest as a billboard and made $2,500 (it’s a long story). A woman that he met on Match.com found this out, and it was an issue. If a date can find this stuff from your past, you can bet an interviewer will. Hopefully, this makes you think twice about the stupid things you’re tempted do on MySpace.

Yes, it was stupid – but I refuse to take my chest off the Internet until someone pays me a million dollars to do it. Guess we’ll just have to live with the horror, eh? Guy is right about thinking twice before you put something (anything) online. Wanna know the truth? There’s a happy ending. I started renting my chest years before Ponzi and I met.

She found my profile on Match.com late one night and sent me a response almost immediately. It took me a day to get back to her, but I was sure to pass along my AIM handle for quicker correspondence. It wasn’t too long before we started to blast messages back and forth on IM. Within the first ten minutes, she asked an innocent question:

You don’t have any naked pictures of your chest online, do you?

WTF?! Did she know me? I really didn’t want to date someone who watched me on TechTV, read Lockergnome, etc. She asked this question because (apparently) a lot of guys upload “studly” photos of their greased-up chests to dating sites. I, however, didn’t realize this – as I never peruse male profiles. To her query, I responded:

Do you know who I am? 🙂

Now, Ponzi took this question differently than the way I intended – as if I was asking: “DON’T you know who I am?” She said she didn’t know who I was, and so I sent her a link to RentMyChest.com. If she didn’t laugh, I’d have to throw her back into the sea. Long story short: we met the next day and have been with each other ever since.

If someone doesn’t like my chest, then I don’t need them in my life. Guy referenced my chest without naming me, specifically – but I’ve had ten friends send me the link in the past half hour. Are there really that many tech entrepreneurs renting their chests online?! I think Guy was afraid his Technorati ranking would dip if he made the correlation. No matter, I’ve cleared about $10k with my chest so far – and that number is steadily climbing. Not so stupid, eh?

Oh, by the way: Guy might be speaking at the next Gnomedex…

Pirillo Web Site Analysis

There’s a Silicon Valley company that’s wanting to run an analysis on how users view and interact with content and advertising on this site. If you’re local (read: in the Bay Area) and are available at some point in the near future to swing into their offices and give your expert opinion, let me know and I can put you in touch with the appropriate person. This is a great opportunity, although I’m not at liberty to share too many details about it. [[email protected]]