It's amazing how the internet has broadened our minds and our access to information. A person can spend hours at home learning about random movements without ever actually meeting the people participating. That said, it's funny how exhilarating good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation can be. While in Lexington for Startup Weekend I had the good fortune of meeting a few people interested in something I am very passionate about, the Quantified Self.
This past weekend I traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to participate in Startup Weekend. I've never participated in a Startup Weekend before and was very excited. I originally signed up for the Nashville session but, unfortunately, it was cancelled due to a lack of registered participants. So, I checked the website in search of an event in a nearby city. The two closest to Nashville were Lexington, KY and Bloomington, IN. Lucky for me, my sister's future inlaws live in Lexington. So, I thought, awesome - I've got a place to stay! Quick shout out to Mary and Larry Potter - thanks for hosting me this past weekend!
Tonight I attended an over-the-top social event here in Nashville celebrating the local startup and entrepreneurial scene. The main attraction of tonight's event was a weigh-in for four challengers participating in a weight loss challenge. Each participant staged their own special entrance music and pre-weigh-in show. It was pretty incredible, to say the least.
It's no secret that I think technology currently offers the greatest opportunity for enhancing our lives and creating an amazing future. Technology can be utilized and applied to commerce, entertainment, health, industry, you name it. Large pools of data (information) coupled with enhanced analytical and computational power gives us a unique toolset with which to invent the future at an ever increasing pace. Change is an inevitability.
This is a beautifully created video for an upcoming TEDx event in Dubai. As we all know Dubai has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. The video compellingly illustrates this growth using years of satellite imagery. Check it out. I highly recommend viewing it in HD and Full Screen.
I've had a fascination with the past for a long time. Many years ago I inherited a massive collection of family photographs and ephemera. I've got pictures, documents, and collections of trinkets that spans the greater part of 120 years. For years I've been digitizing content and sharing it online. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I've insisted on scanning with the best equipment at maximum levels of resolution. As a result, this task has literally taken me years and I'm nowhere near done. While perusing these old photographs of my family I've often wondered when people will start uploading troves of their old photos to the web. I could only imagine the scenario I found myself in - expensive scanning equipment scanning at max resolution - so I never thought of a simple solution. Now, with Facebook's Timeline and many other online memorial and family history sites sprouting up, I'm starting to see other peoples old photos pop up on the web. Enter Shoebox.