Saturday, April 01, 2006

Sedentary Moment

Sedentary Moment
Originally uploaded by Italia Too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

New Moon Over Coal Harbor

New Moon Over Coal Harbor
Originally uploaded by My Little Dude.
One of my favorite pictures from Vancouver, taken nearly three years ago in Coal Harbor, adjacent to Stanley Park.

We were married on a yacht in Coal Harbor many, many years ago ... so this image has particular appeal.

We cannot wait to move back to Vancouver, as we progress from early startup phase in Alberta to new headquarters and relocated team to the coast!

Blue Beard

Purple on Blue in Alberta
Originally uploaded by My Little Dude.
I finally spent some time this evening with Picasa and Flickr, and ran across this photo from last summer taken in our backyard garden. I love the contrast in textures and the complementary colors.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Posted by Picasa

Three Tiers, Three Years

I really just uploaded this picture from Picasa as a test. Spent waaaay too much time building this deck. Just wish we could enjoy it for more than 5 months of the year.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Vancouver Weather Alert

December 5, 2005

Chilled Vancouver commuters faced their second day of winter hell today, as an additional ¼ centimeter of the peculiar white stuff fell, bringing the Lower Mainland to its knees and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the marijuana crops.

Scientists suspect that the substance is some form of frozen water particles and experts from Saskatchewan are being flown in.

With temperatures dipping to the almost but not quite near zero mark, Vancouverites were warned to double insulate their lattes before venturing out.

Vancouver police recommended that people stay inside except for emergencies, such as running out of espresso or biscotti to see them through Vancouver's most terrible storm to date.

The local Canadian Tire reported that they had completely sold out of fur lined sandals.

Drivers were cautioned to put their convertible tops up, and several have been shocked to learn that their SUV's actually have four wheel drive, although most have no idea how to use it.

Weary commuters faced soggy sushi, and the threat of frozen breast implants.

Dr. John Blatherwick, of the Coastal Health Authority reassured everyone that most breast implants were perfectly safe to 25 below.

"The government has to do something," snarled an angry Trevor Warburton. "I didn't pay $850,000 for my bachelor condo in the West End so I could sit around and be treated like someone from Toronto."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Return on My Attention

I grew up in North Vancouver, in an area called Lynn Valley.  At the end of the 60’s, we bought a new home next to a creek at the top of Mountain Highway, with nothing but miles of Grouse Mountain cedar forest to explore on the uphill side of our home.  For many years, and nearly every day, my father graced the entrance of a small corner store on his way home from the office to pick up a pack of wine-tipped Cigarello’s.  Over time, he never had to get past ‘hello’ at the counter … they knew exactly what he was there for. Conversation was probably pretty light, as my father unfortunately didn’t speak a word of Cantonese.

Inevitably and eventually we moved far, far away, yet we returned to the North Shore of Vancouver for many a summer visit.  One particular return visit was seven years later, and on this trip, my father decided to stop in for old time’s sake to his favorite corner store on Mountain Highway. Well, even after a seven year absence, I’ll be damned if they didn’t recognize him … immediately reaching to the sturdy shelf behind and sliding a pack of wine-tipped Cigarello’s across the counter in his direction. My father was never more impressed.

Simple stories like this are becoming increasingly rare. When was the last time you recall receiving value from a vendor where your personal preferences shaped your transactional experience in such a way as to present you with highly relevant choices and enhancing the return on your attention?

We live in an attention-scarce society, with more demands on our time than we have time to demand.  I agree that we’re heading into the “Attention Economy”, and I expect we’ll see a major shift in power to those businesses who find ways to meaningfully enhance the return on my attention. John Hagel put it very well today in Edge Perspectives;

“ As I emphasized in Net Worth, the real value of the infomediary comes from using attention profiles to reduce interaction costs and increase return on attention. The infomediary can help customers to sort through all the options competing for their attention and to connect rapidly and conveniently with the resources that matter the most to them – not only through search but, increasingly, through recommendation services based on deeper understanding of their interests and preferences. ”

In my search for value and time expediency in my next eCommerce transaction, will they slide a package of Cigarello’s across the internet counter? I certainly hope not. I hate Cigarello’s. I don’t even smoke ...

… But for those paying attention, a nice Shiraz will certainly do.