What am I Doing Now?

san francisco summer
Photo by vgm8383 licensed under Creative Commons
“Living is being happy: seeing, hearing, touching, drinking, eating, urinating, defecating, diving into the water and gazing at the sky, laughing and crying.” – Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

It’s been two weeks since I last walked out of the Live Earth offices and the “so what’re ya gonna do nows?” just aren’t getting old yet.

The idea of perfection or an ideal future/job/family is loaded with false hope and bound to disappoint, not unlike San Francisco in the summertime.

Is that a depressing thing to say? (Remember, I got my Master’s in skepticism at USC). Au contrair. I’ll never know exactly what I want for the foreseeable future. Or at least I’d never admit to it. I like to allow for a little free flow, leave room for spontaneity, live day-to-day to the max and give a bit up to chance. (Was also an English major). It only gets better.

Call me a pretentious music snob (and you’d be right) but I’m too existentialist to even list Top 5’s because, well, at any given time or place that list would be different.

OK, here’s the latest:

  • Gulf Coast Benefit – on August 25th near you. I’m helping to organize west coast and promote.
  • Social Media Week LA – September 20-24th across LA (and 5 other cities in the world). On the advisory board to make sure this is amazing.social media week la
  • Two other opportunities that I will refrain from mentioning until I take the first steps toward beautifying their respective web presences, etc. (sorry no jinxies).

Am I getting paid? Not enough. Still looking? Yes. Happy? Hell yes. Staying in LA? I’ll go anywhere in the world for the right gig.

Hoping to set aside time to pimp out the resume and LinkedIn profile in the next day or two.

While the possibilities are endless as ever, a hunger for new challenges is met with a thirst for adventure. All good things.

I do appreciate everybody’s positivity, support, forwarding of job openings, and connecting of me to funded friends with promising start-ups.

Hit me up for lunch or to talk biz!

Using Social Media for Positive Reinforcement: #lovetheclimate giveaway

Over the past few weeks of completely ignoring this blog and much else outside the scope of my work with Live Earth I’ve been swirling in social media madness surrounding our #lovetheclimate giveaway. It’s Global Climate week and we wanted to come up with a fun, positive way to get the word through to U.S. Senators that we need to pass a comprehensive climate bill. And soon. Preferably before the UNCCC in Copenhagen this December. Below are segments of my posts on the giveaway — I’d love it if you could share something. Either way, you’re welcome to enter.

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Love, The Climate GiveawayEnter to win great prizes in our “Love, The Climate” Giveaway by Friday, September 25!

We’ve received hundreds of incredible submissions answering the question: “What would the climate have to say if it were happy and healthy and had a voice?” and thanking our senators from a bright and sunny future for creating a world full of green jobs and renewable energy.

Here’s what you can do:

Post to the Facebook Page
lovetheclimate twitter Tweet a message to your friends with the hashtag #lovetheclimate
magnify Upload a video
flickr Add a photo to our Photo pool
Leave a voicemail at 347-422-6392 or click the Google Voice widget, enter your number and our voicemail will call you!

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Resolving to Blog More Everywhere

bloggingIt’s a tradition of mine to declare each year to be the Best Ever, each summer the Best Ever, etc. What can I say, I wake up every day feeling like I’m going to save the world — whatever that means. Last year really was the best year so far — the longest, most productive, and most enjoyable. Professionally I closed out a year of employ with Warner/Chappell Music and moved on to my current job at Live Earth, where I am director of interactive — a position so exciting, all-encompassing, and full of boundless possibilities, that I am still training myself to get an adequate amount of sleep. Thanks to the closure of the office for the past ten days, I have slept — a lot — and am now gearing up to return to 125% productivity.

My one-day-at-a-time lifestyle makes it difficult to put an entire year in perspective, for I don’t generally think in terms of beginnings and ends; life is more like an upwardly mobile spiral that cycles with the seasons. And yes, I very much recognize the seasons even here in Los Angeles. While we don’t really have Winter, I could never really pinpoint Spring in Chicago. So the grass and weeds in my yard may be greener than they ever have been before (it’s a brown wasteland in summer) but the days are only now finally growing longer.

I’m very grateful to do what I love professionally and have met some incredible people recently and am ambitious about a 2009 which is bound to include many exciting goals, milestones, and accomplishments on a monthly, weekly, and daily level.

I will blog more this year, however, as is obvious by my recent dearth of blogging, I currently favor other publishing avenues – be it my work blog, or LAist, where I continue to serve as News Editor. There are other places where I plan to publish stuff as well — stay tuned on that. (I DO need to update this blog to a new theme and would still like a WOOZradio logo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my internet radio station).

I’ve added a “lifestream” tab to this blog where you can follow much of my activities, thoughts, and schemes if you wish. Over the past year I’ve continued utilizing the social web as a personal archive and journal via microblogging and other services.

Much of this is aggregated on my Friendfeed page.
I am an active Twitter user.
I enjoy keeping up with friends and events on Facebook and Upcoming.
I actively post photos on my Flickr account and stream live video to Qik, among other places.
And I continue growing my professional network on LinkedIn.

I keep a list of the (many more) social media tools and services I use here. Please contact or “friend” me on any of the above by clicking on the hyperlinked details. If you’re interested in the sites I browse (when I can), you can browse them too or add my OPML feed to your personal news reader at netzoo.net/opml.

Coming soon: I’ll blog about many of the individuals who’s online presence has helped inspire and influence me in the past year via Twitter and elsewhere.

Happy New Year!

No Reflection: Looking Out the Window

the view from my office window

I’ve been actively blogging here for 2.5 years — and intermittently since 1999, when I first launched WOOZradio. Why don’t I bother to self-promote or even make cards/stickers to increase traffic and the minimal revenue flow that could help me break even on the $15 a month or so I spend to keep Live365 running and paying royalties. Because I feel stupid talking about myself to a computer screen, I prefer to let my mind run free under the assumption assume that nobody is really reading, and, well, in the end I just do it for me.

Here’s an image that was on the front of netzoo.net back around mid-2001. Go ahead — click and see what this place looked like back then — it takes a few clicks to get to the music clips. Instead of actually listing my blogroll preferred online mags and music sites, I used orange colons. I have no idea why. The entire history of my lackadaisical updating of my personal web site / blog / whatever is well-documented (along with everything else on the innernetz) at archive.org.

That’s my little reflection for the day and now on with it. The sky looks awesome out my window (I’m here looking to the northwest) and there is much to be done at the day job (Yes, I do have a real, full-time job). My extra special Derby Dolls photo essay (thanks, Kelly) from the Tough Cookes-Fight Crew bout is scheduled to pop up now live at LAist during lunch. P.S.: If you want me to take you out in the next couple weeks, I’d love to, visit Caroline on Crack for more on that.