Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year 2010! May it grace us all with abundant wealth of health & happiness!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bid farewell to 2008 & Welcomed in 2009 here: volunteering. Special place with great friends and a passion for people!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Xmas Eve, 2008 here 2009 here: 29° 45' 46"N, 95° 22' 59"W both inspiring/peaceful/special.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

(Video) Tinsel as Economic Indicator - Followed by: "Will Gold rally in 2010?" <

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Let's Call It the Humanity Sector - Dan Pallotta - Harvard Business Review

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Builders' Manifesto. The 10 principles of contructivism. Let's be builders!

Friday, December 18, 2009

After days, it came back. That bright object in the sky. What's it called? Right. The sun. So… outside for a fun run in the sun. 6,5km

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fi/T*(G)=M is FOCUSED INTENSITY over TIME multiplied by GOD equals Unstoppable Momentum. -Dave Ramsey (

Monday, December 14, 2009

1 year ago today, I was a volunteer here, for 28 days: with good friends for a *great* cause. Life changing!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Brand isn’t a noun to be promoted; it’s a verb to be lived." - Tom Asacker,

Monday, December 7, 2009

Spain (a remote area of), Rob Cavazos, Skype and international fun @ #phonebox (Spanish, English, German)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stanford's iPhone Orchestra (replete w/ "speaker gloves") -

Friday, December 4, 2009

SNOW! Houston, Texas?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

US Census factoid: every *hour* 330 baby boomers (born 1946-1964) turn 60yrs old. <

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Twitter Alternatives That Are All Business - - Business Technology Leadership

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lemon manifestos: 1) 2) - How cool! (I also applied for a position there. :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Have You Been Laid Off? Thank you, @chrisbrogan for this extraordinary, rich resource!
8 Ways to ruin your Social-Media Strategy:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

vendor-independent review of web conferencing solutions:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Breakin' in new Saucony treads on a light 4-miler. A cool 19C/67F. Sweet! :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The 6 core competencies you probably don't have. - (Center for Creative Leadership)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

15000 (!) - Chicago's Camera Network Is Everywhere - - Smile? or :(

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nonprofits Should Use P.O.S.T. to Get Handle on Social Media -
iPhone: Tide (detergent) and the "member experience". Hint: it ain't about detergent; it's about ME!(Member Experience)
Yup. >> "Real Life."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nations around world honor war dead. (Photos) #VeteransDay
How to LIVESTREAM your Non-Profit Event:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Besotted by tropes. - NYTimes

Monday, November 9, 2009

"Why people hate marketers" or "Potato Chips (crisps), Atlantic Salmon, MRIs & Peanut Butter."
8 Free Web Conferencing Tools:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Broken windows and broken brands. Conclusion? "…chaos will prevail." -
Technology Helps Save the World: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Salvation Army, World Wildlife Fund deal with…

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

6 Steps to Drive Social Software Adoption V1 - (SocialText)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fascinating "Group/Public" #GoogleWave discussing the use of Wave as a tool for education. Nearly 500 people on the Wave. Cool.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cute clip. Anti Droid. (YouTube)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pathogen-free greeting "Snap & flick" gets my vote.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Be passionate. Love. Dream Big. Be spontaneous. Celebrate. Change the world or go home. - Stormhoek wine.

Monday, October 26, 2009

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know - (repeating due to recent FB changes)
Checking out 's new design. Discovered also the weather for the town of "Truth Or Consequences", New Mexico. Pop. 7071. Who knew?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dissecting a National Non-Profit publication: "Using Data for Membership Success". 7 key strategies to enhance the role of membership data.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The 5 Most Critical Requirements for
Enterprise Social Software (pdf) -

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The 5 Most Critical Requirements for
Enterprise Social Software - (pdf)

Friday, October 16, 2009

#beatcancer - Live from Blog World Expo in Vegas, CNN's Don Lemon & team coordinate social & traditional media to fight cancer.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - Wellness. Learned about & signed up for. Trailblazing fitness conversation w/ YMCA of San Diego County!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My GoogleWave invitation! (video) #googlewave :'(

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Today's run in 17C/64F -- down right cool compared to last week's 43C/109F. Ended to newly added U2 tunes! :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! (to all our Canadian sisters/brothers) Enjoy the feast with family & friends!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

1,725 pound (782 kilo) pumpkin - Guinness record! (picture)
Sony debuts Vaio X; 'world's lightest laptop': 11.1", 14-hour battery, Wow! 14hours?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Putting the "No" in innovation. (short video) < I agree. ;)
Day #2 - agenda - A "Who's Who" of speakers, again! #wbf09

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

World Business Forum: Day #1 Blog recap(s) - @ Radio City Music Hall #wbf09
109F/43C heat index today. 'Nuf said. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Yes it's officially Autumn in Houston too. Only 35C/96F with heat index today. :0

Sunday, October 4, 2009

4m/6k jog, in 33C/92F (heat index) humidity. Dodged the rain and still soaking wet. Ready for Steelers/Chargers!

Saturday, October 3, 2009 - powerfully personal, action-oriented approach.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cookies (a.k.a. "biscuits") with a Cause - A raving fan's story:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

IBM Study: The end of advertising as we know it

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back in H-town. Jog time - White Oak Bayou. Ciao.
Great visit in Pittsburgh! Returning to H-town today. Going from 14C/58F to 33C/93F.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Looking forward to 4-hr presentation/interview today with Pittsburgh-based international environmental NGO.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sun's back after a 3-day hiatus. Hello sun. Hello run. Hello fun! Ciao :)
Discovered, tested and love: "Live Audience Polling" (via SMS, Twitter, Web) FREE & premium plans.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"IT Cheat Sheet for CEOs" - just finished a re-design and update. (Spanish soon!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Watching live CGI09 (Clinton Global Initiative) at A "Who's Who" of global leaders, political & business.
4 displays! Intel debuts concept notebook with four displays | Crave - CNET

Monday, September 21, 2009

"The Year the Media Died" - (Video/Music) (via
Last full day of summer here and it's still 94F/34C w/ heat index. Autumn tomorrow? (Or Spring for our mates in S.Hemisphere.)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Radiation/Mobile Phone Chart:
25m/40k - Garmin says for this week. Almost back to pre-stent form. Healthy. Happy! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Valhalla regained! ( ) Finally: A fill-in-the-blank Mission Statement -

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seth Godin: 'When was the last time you had a conversation with a non-profit that blew you away?'
Beautiful 4.6m/7k run yesterday. 1st time temp under 90F/32C in months. Cool. What a difference!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Just joined JobAngels on Linkedin. It's the right thing to do.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"continuous probability" & consumer behavior -

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 appears to be... "pinging" again, that is.
Loving what you do. - Amen!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nice little 4m/6k run. Thunderstorm on my tail sparked a faster pace finish. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Death by Information Overload - Harvard, = (continuous partial attention) + (email apnea)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Disney: "3D branding" - creating full experiences that stay with the customer. (Harvard Business)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

RT @sleepydog - you can't get to wonderful without passing through alright: *very* cool video

Monday, August 31, 2009

The most difficult thing to be...

Friday, August 21, 2009

CEOs are in service business; they are servants. (See 'Gosford Park' ref @ bottom). Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Google trains leaders: (Washington Post video clip)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Why "fans" trump "influencers" - <-very Ultimate Question/NPS-like.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The New York Times' David Pogue is keeping up his campaign to get voicemail messages shortened. <- changed mine.
'Because it is its purpose to create a customer, any business enterprise has 2, and only these 2 basic functions: marketing and innovation.'

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

7 potent myths about Twitter:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Way-Back Machine: teenager, 1969. Today, Abbey Road. Really? Next week, Woodstock. Is that right? Wow! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paranoia vs. Social Media: Why ESPN and the USMC got it wrong, and why IBM got it right « The BrandBuilder Blog

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"A brand is someone's expectation of receiving a feeling by way of an experience." - Tom Asacker,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Brand destiny: 1)Innovate by leading your customer;2)Create amazing experiences;3)Get involved with the conversation.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

1*# (How to by-pass US carriers vmail intro) "One-Star-Pound" #OneStarPound
How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World' -

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Customer loyalty" is an oxymoron. - (One of Tom's better pieces!) Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How are people responding to your brand? Compliance, identification or internalization? - Asacker

Monday, July 27, 2009

“Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.” -Thomas Carlyle. "The fog is here to stay."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Recovering from 4 of these. 4! (video clip) Exercising again. So far 10+ miles over 3 days. Easy does it. :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Facebook / Blackberry integration loaded. Early results: simple, easy to navigate / update.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Iowans rethink Michael Jackson butter statue -

Monday, July 13, 2009

Concepts,like individuals,have their histories & are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. -Kierkegaard

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Buzz2009 *FREE* simulcast. Social Media for Associations. *Today* 12noon EDT.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Running of the bulls, Day #2 - 4 injured, including a Spaniard poked in the buttocks by a charging beast. (Ouch!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Social by Social: - "…if you really want to change the world, you have to change the conversations between people…"

Monday, July 6, 2009

840meters, ~ 4minutes, 460+kg of horned bull - running. 7-Julio-2009, 8am (UTC+1) ¡San Fermín! Lean times:
Solar eclipse: 22-July-2009. Longest until 2132. Of the choices, where to go? North Iwo Jima?

Friday, July 3, 2009

14th Century Langley Castle, Northumbrian South Tyne valley. Family wedding;We had Derwentwater £245 room.Lifetime Exp!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Growth/Innovation: How to end the Catch-22*, *fueled mainly by fear, flawed reasoning and bureaucratic nonsense.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"Branding is a dance." And the old Zen maxim of "learn to surf". Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mission-driven? No. Purpose-driven.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A brand is a promise. No it is NOT.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sasquatch Music Festival - ONE person *can* make a difference. Enjoy!
Houston=Hot! 43C/110F (heat index) And it's still Spring :)
GM commercial spoof USA taxes @ work. ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

ART connecting statistics to emotions, feelings. Chris Jordan #TED 2008 Enjoy!
Beer-fetching robot (photo)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Web 2.0" = the millionth word in English language. Hmm...
Robobird (@ 20secs.) Festo Bionic Learning Network 2009 (Very Isaac Asimov like!)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Whitacre? Texan? GM? (Ask #WWDC folks what they think about Whitacre's former AT&T?) "A Hummer in every driveway!" Congestion everywhere. ;)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dentist appointment now.
"Wealth flows from Health" (transparent, honest, caring relationships bring...) Enjoy!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Looking forward to late afternoon "pool party" with friends, food, fellowship. 91F/33C sunny. Gonna rock!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bubble Burst Friday: "Your Business card is CRAP!"
Jim Collins: How the Mighty Fall, 5 stages of decline. (brief video clip) Enjoy! [typo: Mighty]
Jim Collins: How the Might Fall, 5 stages of decline. (brief video clip) Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

#Google Wave Preview "Chapterized": - "scenes" of 4-5mins from the 1hr20min 28-May-2009 Google I/O conference.
EKG stress test, abnormal. Next? Cardiac cath. outpatient procedure. Keeping heart healthy=happy! :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rockefeller Foundation: "The How of Innovation" Enjoy the read!

Monday, June 1, 2009

To my Life's Love, Passion & Calling, this song I dedicate:

Sunday, May 31, 2009

This *is* diversity.
From CIO "Google Wave: A New Kind of Mega-Application" Succinct, executive overview.

Friday, May 29, 2009

#NTEN Clay Shirky's Keynote (45min+Q&A) - Rich, multiple, tangible real-world examples! Enjoy.
From 1997 to 2009 this will do for communication what Google did for search.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

OK, wow! AT&T DSL tech,Los Angeles center- a sense of humor, feelings, etc. How refreshing! My current 20k bps will improve;Typically 6Meg.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

12,000? = number of laptops lost in US airports. Per week!! Only 33% reclaimed. Ponemon Institute study.
"...control is your albatross." - (next to last paragraph nails it!) Enjoy!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ignore Everybody. [to the "artist" in each of us.]
Cube Grenades=Disruptive Stuff. Adding + to daily "must read" list.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What Would Google Do? Non-Profit Edition #WWGD
Gin! The critical technology- - @cshirky Web2.0 "cognitive surplus". 1st 5-6 minutes minimally. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 23, 2009 + >= $60,000 for new clean drinking water wells.

Changing Wine into Water...

My crazy idea: + + 26 volunteer social media experts (1 per week) + 1 week in California's Sonoma County Wine Country w/ Food & Lodging (can you say “dream-cation”?) = $60,000 for new clean water wells with drinking water for 100's of people. Changing wine into water, and changing 100's of families' lives forever. All made possible by YOU - social media volunteers - and the folks at Murphy-Goode wineries

[Crazy? comments? thoughts?]
Oh, the irony: :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

3 simple pictures. You *will* get them wrong. Chief Culture Officer :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

#WolframAlpha may not be Orwell's 1984, but expect non-alpha to be. Atom-splitting power for Computational Knowledge.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

'Wirearchy', Can Non-Profits work more like clouds? - (RT: @kanter)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Remember when you were a kid...? (H/T @loic @zee) #iFriday (i=inspiration)
Did you know? Perspective. (Watched it again. Refreshing.) Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Had 'chemistry' conversation w/ blockbuster non-profit. Mutually excellent 'chemistry'. So it's 'when' not 'if'. Made the A-Team waitlist :)
"It's always about them" - - Audience=them. Not me. Along with 100's of others, I got the Jeep thing totally wrong.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009's jog o'clock once again! 87F/30C, warm. Ciao!
"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." General Eric Shineski, Retired Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Social is like sex." - CEO, Forrester Research - - The Counterintuitive CEO
Mother's Day - dates around the world -

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Prediction: 10-May-2009, Mother's Day in many countries, will be the lowest traffic day of the year for both Facebook and Twitter. True :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

'Survival at all costs' the new mantra at media companies? -And I posit this is *not* limited 2 only 'media' companies.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A-n-d... it's that special time of day: jog o'clock! Ciao.
Take #2/d�j� vu: 1st conversation with social service blockbuster non-profit, re-scheduled for this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009's jog o'clock. Ciao for now.
Innovation drives the sacred P's - productivity and profit. -

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Story enhancer: "It is Spring, and I am blind." -

Monday, May 4, 2009

Garmin says! 7.3m/11.75km, 85F/29C - Another great jog along the Bayou!
First conversation with a social service blockbuster Non-Profit collides with org's first confirmed H1N1 case. Conversation re-scheduled :)
Looking forward to a first conversation with a social service blockbuster Non-Profit.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"The game isn't everything; it's the only thing."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"The only people who like change are wet babies." [True?]

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Business Secrets of Trappist Monks - Enjoy! Read. Do. Succeed!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Turbulence is inescapable. 'Swim with the current'. - [ I love the "agitated and 'busy'" phrase. Great visual.]
Annual physical, done. 'nuf said.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - really people, c'mon - common sense. Short clips. Funny...or... sad. 22 tips, spot on!
"...bottle ocean waves." One of today's inspirations. Enjoy!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Whoa! Once again jog o'clock strikes - plus modest strength training. Ciao!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Garmin says! 7.25m/11.7k, 80F/26C - awesome Bayou trek!
Looking forward to full sun and a l-o-n-g walk along the Bayou -- especially after yesterday's non-stop torrential downpours.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Part 2 of 2: See the glass as already broken (and everything else too). - WTx? - Part 1 of 2 here:

Daily Calendar Inspirations...

17-April-2009, "Everything has a beginning, and everything has an end. A glass is created and will eventually break."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Twitter on Oprah - ABC at 4pm in NYC! ( @ev and @aplusk)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whoa! It's jog o'clock. Ciao.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Eye exam today. No glaucoma, great news! Small, tiny, miniscule (Dr.'s words) CATARACT developing. Less than great news. :(
It ain't easy when you fall, Ian Hunter, [got news. It ain't easy when you're pushed either. ;)

A Tom Asacker post

Amazing video and metaphors aplenty. It ain't over @ 1:30. Keep watching.

Monday, April 6, 2009

182 Linkedin members invited; a ~10% automatic match of the original 1860 contacts imported. Not bad, says I. :)
Just imported 1860 gmail contacts into Linkedin. Now to prioritize and connect!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Garmin says: "10k/6.21mi" -Sunday stroll along the White Oak Bayou Trail. Perfect temperature, breezes, and Texas wildflowers in full bloom!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lovely long walk along the Bayou. Texas Wildflowers. Nice breezes. Perfect temperature. April 2nd, a day to remember.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose.

Monday, March 30, 2009

"Sunshine of Your Love" - live - The. Eric. Clapton.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Total. Puppy. Cuteness! (video)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"A Vision of your Children's Future" OK, but how long do the batteries last? ;)

Friday, March 27, 2009

"Is Customer Service the new PR?" Plus, Twitter is 'Social CRM' @jowyang

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Houston, we've got slightly less sucky gadget sales (Yeah!)
"Be honest, especially with yourself." - Tom Asacker. [Spot on!!]

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Body of Lies" for ORD->IAH viewing later today.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Expense Reduction meeting this morning. Have many serious democratic suggestions. No "AIG-like" tolerated.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

5 frogs are sitting on a log. 4 decide to jump off. How many are left? Enjoy! ;)
"Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard." - this loses something in conversion to metric ;)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Web! 20 years old today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Digital Ethnography: (Kansas State University - video preview) Enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2009

1984. My first Cell Phone. Car mounted *and* mobile. Mobile? ;) Served clients all over San Diego County at the time.
Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. Incredibly smart guy. Maybe KM will benefit from this. Hoping.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Reincarnation - by Memo Atken Whoa! Hugely talented artist.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Non-profit, charity auctions. Found this link. Anyone have any recommendations?
Hello Daylight Savings Time!! I love the long days and sunlight well into the evening. Favorite time of year.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Just called DishNetwork TV to cancel. Avg $68/mo. reduced to $30/mo!! Same channels! I save $38/mo. Dish gets $30, better than $0 :)
Just finished putting Ubuntu on an old P3 with only 256M RAM; the thing flies! Unlike Windoze ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Over 1,000,000 Job Postings!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

$124.17 - cool! Just got reimbursed for my 4 nights' hotel stay following Hurricane Ike. W00t! (Yes, that's right - 4 nights - $124.17! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Slacker. Music. Where have I been? Sometimes, just when I think I understand this stuff and am on top of it all…NOT! Slacker, not me ;)

Friday, February 20, 2009

10 Must-have Apps for Your BlackBerry -

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook Backs Away From Policy Change -

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009 - Twestival '09

I'm famous(er) ;) Thanks to Twitter Social Media super stars @philcampbell @documentally @magiprint @barnstormed -- for a great cause!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Are you making history?" - Tom Asacker

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Group lunch meeting; group dinner meeting (different group)... and this is "work". ;)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

CharityWater - this is HUGE! 1.1Billion people don't have access to safe drinking water.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

At this morning's monthly breakfast with the CEO, he asked, "Just what is Twitter anyway?" Ah... the $64k question. ;)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

WordPress site ready @ Dreamhoster. Thinking of fronting this whole Blog thing with Joomla. Need a home for barrage of Mashups - soon!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Opt Out. Yellow Pages / White Pages, phone books. (Huge environmental impact!)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

2 weeks since I returned from 28days in the Middle East. Exactly 14 days before Gaza; 14 days during Gaza. Never the same. Not adjusting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"What leaders and organizations must provide today is perceptible progress." - Tom Asacker [Amen!]
Non-profits: 5 types of content for YouTube Success!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

18-Jan-2009, 1st day of 2 unilateral "ceasefires"

These unilateral "ceasefires" won't last. No chance.

These memories are only one small part of "why".

(click to enlarge)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gaza: Time for Peace (please share)

Monday, January 12, 2009

The moral & military meltdown... One perspective:
Gaza Photo. Warning! Graphic -

Gaza: Warning! Graphic

I cannot get this visual out of my mind. Devastating.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Golan Heights...

And now news from Aljazeera indicates Israeli forces are receiving weapon fire in the Golan Heights -- allegedly from Syria. And this keeps growing.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

10-Jan-2009, Surreal

After 28 days in the Middle East, 20hrs of air travel, I'm back in Houston. Surreal. Re-adjusting to GMT-6 after 28days of GMT+2. What time is it? :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Last day of my 28-day NGO volunteer mission here in the Middle East,Palestine.Lots accomplished. Lots still to do. Sad to leave.Will return.

Day #28 of 28: 9-Jan-2007

28 days ago, there was just the end of my visit as an endpoint. Now there is the Gaza conflict; that's the real endpoint -- that everyone is looking forward to. Sooner better than later. Amen.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day #27 of 28: 8-Jan-2009

**Candles for the Gaza Children**
Attended a 4pm joint advocacy event in support for the children of Gaza. It was a moving event. The pictures were brutal.
**Lebanon Border**
Rocket fire confirmed now from the *NORTHERN* border of Israel with Lebanon. Predicted. I'm 100% so far, unfortunately. :(
**Picture of the Day**

Today, I return to Ramallah.
Yesterday great meeting with Software company principal; will advise to move forward with this process. Another meeting with Management Consulting team "Idara" -- big supporters of this NGO, designers of their current strategic plan, the CEO a Fulbright scholar, lead consultant University Professor at age 22. Deep intelligence.
Rainy evening last night (light rain; greatly needed) and rain-like clouds trying to form this morning.
Great evening with Haytham and his wife Malak. Light meal, drinks, and the traditional Narghilè -- for them. :) Great conversation!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day #26 of 28: 7-Jan-2009

**Gaza Update**
Our staff in Gaza report all staff are alive, no injuries. Every day we call. Every day is unknown. They are under tremendous mental, psychological, and physical pressures of everyday life is an unfolding of the unknown, moment to moment.

**ICT update**
Yesterday Jericho (awesome ICT team meeting!) and today Ramallah to meet with and discuss the possibility of the software company Bisan helping this NGO by tailoring an application specifically for Micro-Financing. (The NGO won a huge award in Nov.'08 in micro-financing in the Middle East.)
What I will *not* miss about my current 28-day stay in Jerusalem: multiple daily "tests" of the Hotel fire alarm system. Really. Daily? WTH?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Day #25 of 28: 6-Jan-2009

As the string of tensions is drawn tighter & tighter on the Gaza bow, something/someone in the world, not limited to the immediate Gaza area, is going to break.

**NGO Volunteering**

4 days left; 24 days completed. Lots accomplished; lots left to do. Ultimately this is about "capacity building" so that this NGO can continue to develop their own ICT capacity with no/limited involvement from outside going forward. Time will tell.
**Software Presentation**
Yesterday we prepared for and participated in a 60-minute demonstration of hosted software that will help them here manage their constituents. They were very pleased with what they saw. (*note: even though I've told them, they have no idea how difficult it will be during implementation; it's a reality that everyone must experience on their own.)

Day #24 of 28: 5-Jan-2009

Gaza: The weapons, fuel, food, supplies that the Israeli Army brings with them in their ground offensive will be confiscated in massive, unprecendented and unanticipated military tactics by their opposition. This simply following: "Necessity is the Mother of Invention".

**Financing the War**
Putting together some interesting economic tidbits from one of the local papers: Haaretz
  1. Tourism = 6% of Israel GDP
  2. Budget for War: NIS 2.4 billion ($634m USD)
  3. 1st week of Gaza conflict: 700m NIS ($184m USD trading @ 0.264)
(and the 1st week was mostly aerial attacks w/ light support from Navy - but no ground troop activities other than initial "staging")

Prediction: Total=25 days of conflict before budget is depleted - starting at 27-Dec-2008. (Note: this will not make an immediate difference. Just amassing war debt over the long haul that will at some point take its toll on the local economy. And don't forget the 6% of GDP that tourism represents. That's going to take a direct hit -- prediction 50% minimum decline for 2009.

**ICT Sector**

Lots to do today. All leading toward 5pm conference call with constituent management company providing a web conference demo of their solutions as a potential fit for the multi-site NGO I'm volunteering with here.

**Italians in Jerusalem**

Lively Italian tourist group at the breakfast buffet today. I just love the Mediterranean spirit, and the people who embody it! (In stark contrast to the previous German-based group at the Hotel. Nothing against Germans, just different, that's all. :)

School's back in session today. Great to see all the kids with their backpacks walking along to school and all the chitter-chatter; again in stark contrast to all the broadcast "news" in the local Jerusalem area.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Day #23 of 28: 4-Jan-2009

Gaza/Israel Conflict
Most of the "official" spokespersons regardless of their name, title, and gender all sound like this:

a real throw-back to the 80's: limited vocabulary, limited phrases, completely random but repetitive.

Jerusalem: From my hotel window this morning, watched children with bookpacks on going to school. Yes, it's Sunday, but this is Jerusalem, afterall. Watching them reminded me that for them this is just another day in their lives here. Where just 100km away, it's truly a warzone. Active. Bloodied. Bombarded. Shrouded in death. The contrast couldn't be greater.

Gaza: ground incursion started sunset last night.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Day #22 of 28: 3-Jan-2009

Gaza Updates:
"Black Destiny" - that's today's theme from Gaza. Those words coming from Meshaal from Damascus.

Dead: 434
Injured: 2240

Sunrise Over Jerusalem

Listening to Stevie Wonder's 1973 "Innervisions" - so peaceful, timeless. Calm. Tranquil. Soothing.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day #21 of 28: 2-Jan-2009

local time (GMT+2):

Dead: 428
Injured: 2000+

Blimp gone.

Spotted first "blimp" hovering over Jerusalem.


Watching Aljazeera news on TV reporting East Jerusalem protests. Nothing within earshots of my hotel here in East Jerusalem.


Week #3 ends in a completely different and unpredicted way from the previous two weeks: death.

On a more positive note, the NGO I'm working for received another official recognition of their Arab Thought Foundation award in "Micro-Financing" -- see page 57 of the January 2009 issue of "This Week in Palestine".