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21 years ago (1992), I saw Pearl Jam at Lollapalooza and ranked it as one of my top 5 live concerts that I’ve seen. I’ve seen a lot of shows (my updated concert list) and it’s tough to compare. The Paul McCartney show that I saw a couple of years ago would fight for a spot in my top 5. So, how did Eddie and PJ hold up after over 2 decades? They put on a great show - sounded good, good energy and they change up the set every night. Of course, this means that you never get every song that you might want; they’ve got such a deep catalog and I’m partial to the first 2 albums. They played 31 songs over 2 1/2+ hrs (including 2 encores). At that show in 1992, they only had 1 album, most of the crowd hadn’t even shown up when PJ took the stage. Compare that to a full stadium that came just to see them (no opening band on this tour). While this show wouldn’t have made it into my top 5 - the band is still great and the show was well worth the time and money. Out of a bunch of emotionally packed songs - Porch, Alive, Crazy Mary, here’s the line that resonated most from Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town: 

my god its been so long, never dreamed you’d return
but now here you are, and here i am…


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Lists of Tech Influence

A few lists that I’ve had the honor of being included on

Storage Folks are Twittering - Dec 2008

Top 100 VMware Twitter List (was originally a Tweep.ml) - July 2010

The Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing - Aug 2010 

9 Tech Bloggers Who Can Teach You Something - Nov 2012

The Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter - Aug 2012

The lists were very useful in the early days of Twitter. Of course any “expert” designation is open to interpretation. 

@stu on Twitter

http://wikibon.org and http://wikibon.org/blog for work

http://blogstu.wordpress.com personal blog (most of my writing is work related these days)


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Blog Stu turned 5 today!
My first blog posts were on Tumblr since it was simple and great with multi-media. Thanks Tumblr for being a great platform (hope Yahoo! doesn’t mess it up) and thanks to everyone who read my stuff and all of the feedback over the year. Most of my writing is through work these days - with the occasional post on my personal sites and plenty of activity through the social webs.
Best Regards,
Stu

Blog Stu turned 5 today!

My first blog posts were on Tumblr since it was simple and great with multi-media. Thanks Tumblr for being a great platform (hope Yahoo! doesn’t mess it up) and thanks to everyone who read my stuff and all of the feedback over the year. Most of my writing is through work these days - with the occasional post on my personal sites and plenty of activity through the social webs.

Best Regards,

Stu


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…there isn’t any more truth in the world than there was before the Internet or the printing press. Most of the data is just noise, as most of the universe is filled with empty space. Nate Silver discussing big data and meaningful relationships in data in his book The Signal and the Noise. He makes a good argument on the need for combining data, tools and human insight and expertise to reach information. This is in-line with Wikibon’s commentary on big data (see our curated big data page).

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We are expecting more from technology and less from each other Shirley Turkle, MIT Professor and Author of Alone Together. Speaking at #BIF8. Also see her TED video

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Instant Impatience

The Internet does much more than affect the way that we gather information, it also has an impact on our attitudes in general. I wrote about this subject in a post - Warning: The Internet May Cause Distraction and Inability to Learn. The Infographic below talks about how the Internet is causing many to become impatient about everything. It’s a well known story that Steve Jobs forced developers to shorten the boot time of Apple computers since even 10 seconds adds up to “dozens of lifetimes” when spread amongst millions of users.

Take a deep breath and remember that not everything can be done instantly… 

Instant America
Created by: Online Graduate Programs


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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

From Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford commencement. RIP and thanks for the inspiration to the tech world and beyond.


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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. Sydney J Harris by Andy McAfee at E2.0 conference

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McCartney Amazes

McCartney photo by @charlieisaacs

I’ve been to a lot of concerts (see this Google doc for the full list) and seen a lot of entertainment at tech shows over the years. Tech conferences are not the best place to see a show, since it’s usually not the band’s core audience and the venues often are mediocre. When I heard that Paul McCartney would be the the musical guest at HP Discover, I was excited for the opportunity to see a Beatle live, but didn’t have high expectations. Well, ten thousand of us were in for a performance of a lifetime. Sir Paul and his band put on a show that lasted over 2 hours plus 2 encores. About 3/4 of his performance was Beatles material and only once did he say “this is one of my newer songs”. While most tech events bring the band to the show, we were brought to MGM where we got the full concert treatment including multi-media display of the McCartney archive (created in a partnership with HP). In all, it was one of the top concerts that I have ever seen - even at 68, he delivered an emotional and engaging performance that I’ll never forget.

A lot of the attendees took videos, so if you’d like to see a bit of it - check out these YouTube clips:

Live and Let Die had a great pyrotechnic display and rocked harder than the Guns & Roses cover

Accoustic versions of Yesterday and Blackbird

UPDATE: Marc Farley (@HPSisyphus) shared a neat website that has full setlists from concerts - here’s the McCartney one.


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Stats for my @stu Twitter account courtesty of TweetStats
No surprise, my top five hashtags are all conferences: #emcworld, #wbf09, #wif10, #vmworld, #bif6
I also have a secondary Twitter account @nohype which I currently use to share articles of interest (from Google Reader)
Twitter analytics are coming soon (Mashable article) - I got to ask Biz Stone about them back in June at the World Innovation Forum (see my article) - he said “it’ll have everything that you want and if it doesn’t, you let us know and we’ll add it.”  We’ll see…

Stats for my @stu Twitter account courtesty of TweetStats

No surprise, my top five hashtags are all conferences: #emcworld, #wbf09, #wif10, #vmworld, #bif6

I also have a secondary Twitter account @nohype which I currently use to share articles of interest (from Google Reader)

Twitter analytics are coming soon (Mashable article) - I got to ask Biz Stone about them back in June at the World Innovation Forum (see my article) - he said “it’ll have everything that you want and if it doesn’t, you let us know and we’ll add it.”  We’ll see…


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