Cool is as cool does

Two of our early products, reader and myfavorites (both still in prerelease) were found by some of the new media thought leaders who pondered when-did-earthlink-get-so-cool…. It is one thing to get an endorsement from a random journalist who only understands rss after you give them 4 or 5 examples, stop and explain it again as a new ticker, it all together another story to get nods from people the team respects and reads on a daily basis. The week just kept getting better and Michael also reviewed our photo and web storage product called Weblife.So what does this have to do with me and my year away from Earthlink. I am not sure why but this gave me an easy feeling that the work we have been doing has been right and the future roadmaps will be good and all the great people who have been working on this stuff will continue to do innovative things while I am away.

Bye Bye, Sista A!

A few weeks ago my dad took some video of my mom’s Sunday School class with opinions about our trip. He asked me to edit it, and of course doing what any good son would do, I edited it right away. I was surprised to see many of the students responses: there were heartfelt statements,…

Thanks Sammy Hagar

It has been a week since the 30 hour haul across the country. I am still recovering and haven’t had much time to write or even think about writing. Anne is doing a great job of documenting the first leg of the trip, but I did want to give a big thanks out to Sammy Hagar because if we had to cross the country at 55 mph, we would still be driving…. Is there any chance that in the next 12 months another politically active rocker, perhaps Zack de la Rocha might decide to take on the establishment and get 75 raised to 85 or as the great state of Montana attempted, unlimited?

Toilet Paper Redux

My mom, stepdad, sister, and brother-in-law joined us in Utah for the 4th of July for a last few days together. They live in Florida and California respectively and we won’t be passing their way for at least another year…. We knew we might be in for a grilling—remember, we are taking away a significant percentage of their grandchildren and exposing them to unknown diseases, dangers, and ____ for the better part of a year…. Though Todd appreciates a good jungle gym as much as the next guy, he was watching the preschoolers rather than sliding and climbing himself.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Trophy

Recently someone asked McKane what his favorite holiday was and he responded without hesitation, “the 4th of July.”… Not Halloween with its candy, costumes, and tricks?… You see, for Tom’s family the 4th of July is no mere weekday to be acknowledged with a few fireworks and hurrahs; it is a full-on, no holds barred, 24-hour celebration of freedom, friendship and family togetherness involving food, fun, and most of all competition. Originally their summer tradition began as a backyard barbeque and water balloon volleyball match, but in recent years, it has escalated to a full-scale Olympic —– requiring multiple venues and culminating in the presentation of the much-coveted trophy.