Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of being able to meet up with two of my favorite tech-friends. Toby Brown and Lincoln Mead work for the Utah State Bar Association and came to New Orleans to help the Lousiana Bar folks improve their technology strategies. Lincoln and Toby are, outwardly, laid back and easy going, always quick to laugh and see the insanity that so often pervades everyday life. Most people, upon meeting Toby and Lincoln, would never assume they were techies. The techies I know are all pretty much like that: nice people who learned about technology because they are have passionate curiosity about how things work, and then like to fix them when they don’t.
I guess that’s why I could never hang around with politicians. Or entertainers, or famous sports figures, or famous people in general. First, most of them have no clue how anything works outside the limited world they inhabit. They all seem to let their popularity consume them, and lose whatever perspective they had before they became famous. I would, however, love to hang out with Scott Adams.
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This message is being sent to NOLA bloggers, Louisiana bloggers, Katrina bloggers and those blogging from the Diaspora. The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans will soon be here. On August 25-27, 2006, there will be a convention for all people who care about New Orleans, here in New Orleans. The Rising Tide Conference is being planned and hosted by bloggers and we are requesting your participation.
The Rising Tide Conference will be a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans’ recovery from the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We will come together to dispel myths, promote facts, share personal testimonies, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a “real life” demonstration of internet activism as the nation prepares to mark the one year anniversary of a massive natural disaster followed by governmental failures on a similar scale.
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Remember your smug comment?
Most people in politics I know hey are have passionate curiosity about helping people, and then like to fix problems when the system doesn’t work. (Your words slightly altered but just as true to my experience)
Not to say that ego doesn’t get into some politicians…