Apple iPhone5 Launch Event San Francisco

Earlier this week, I posted some pictures of a classy Apple logo with a colorful background. It reminded me to the old Apple Logo, which I still love. Don'te get me wrong, I like the white style as well. Here are some more pictures of this morning...

Robert ScobleJoshua Topolsky meet each other and exchange some laughs. Robert even interviews Joshua in the line waiting to get in.

Robert Scoble & Joshua Topolsky greet each other outside in the press line for Apple event iPhone 5 San Francisco

Apple fans from around the world making pictures in front of the colorful Apple logo

Apple fans from around the world pose for pictures in from of the colorful Apple logo

Apple employees in green shorts right before the iPhone 5 launch event kicks off.

Apple employees in green shirts at iPhone 5 launch event

Full news studio's on the sidewalk for the press to broadcast live

NEws studio on the side walk at Apple launch event for the iPhone 5

iPads being used to make pictures. How convenient..

iPads being used for making pictures iPhone 5 launch event

Ustream Flashmob in front of the Yerba Buena hall

UStream Flashmob at iPhone 5 Apple event

Channel 2 Anchor watches the Flashmob, while he is waiting for his cue

Channel 2 anchor watches Ustream Flashmob at the Apple iPhone 5 launch event

News anchor man ready to go live, is actually be able to keep a straight face

News Anchor ready to go live, keeps a straight face during Ustream iPhone 5 Flashmob

Hip, I’m on my Way

After making some changes to my hair, and off course the way I approach projects, work and most important my family, I'm well on my way to become Hip. What do you think..? Later this week, more news around this!

Let me know below in the comments what you think..?

Hipster, I'm on my way..!

How to Build Relationships

There has been a lot written on how to build relationships with friends in your industry and keep up with your network. I won't go deep into this too much. I try to keep up with my ever growing network of people I know, and like, through social networks. Twitter & Facebook are my preferred ways to go here. However I just made a little pledge I will be more focussed on my family,  work and my projects. So how to keep track of my search friends..? Better than keeping up online, is meeting in person. Even if it's just for a couple of minutes to chat. Get some face time in!

It's The Small Things

So, when I heard from Bas Van Den Beld, founder of State of Search, was coming to San Francisco to attend and be on a panel at Search Engine Strategies (SESSF), I didn't hesitate. I fired up Facebook and sent a message to Bas:

Me: "Hey Bas, I see you are coming to San Francisco for SES. Want me to pick you up from the airport?"

Bas: "Wow, I don't say no to such an offer!"

So today, I picked up Bas, and got more 1:1 face time catching up with him while driving from SFO to his hotel, than I would be able to while he would be bussy at the search conference, and where a lot of people would be listening to our conversations. Although Bas and I can always switch back to speaking Dutch, although I have to say, it's like I have trouble explaining myself when we talk search in my mother tongue.

This is how I like to build my relationships. More personal, better conversations and deeper understanding what the future will bring. Building relationships through Face-2-Face meetings builds a stronger network than through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. These are tools which can be used to check in with your network, but do not build any of the relationships.

PH-BFH KLM Asia - City of HongKong

And while I was early, it gave me the opportunity to shoot some pictures of the KL605 landing at SFO. (click on the picture for the large size)

KLM PH-BFH Boeing 747-406(M) landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Flight KL605

KLM PH-BFH Boeing 747-406(M) landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Flight KL605

KLM PH-BFH Boeing 747-406(M) landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Flight KL605

Looking forward to the rest of the week, catching up with people in town for SES. Personally, I'm not going to the conference, as I'm too busy with some projects at work, and my own. However, I will make time for some face time with my favorite search friends!

NBC is Screwing Up the Olympics Again

Two years ago, I was very frustrated with NBC Olympics broadcasting schedule. With the High Speed skating matches as the focus for the Dutch Athletes on the winter Olympics, I was not able to see any of these races, because there were no US athletes winning any medals. Well, maybe one or two. The matches where skaters from The Netherlands dominated, were never shown on the TV. And with delays of all the events, only being aired at prime time, you generally already knew the outcome of the medals, which doesn't make it so much fun to watch an event. Big spoiler alert...Why the big delay, the games were held in Vancouver, which is in the same timezone as California...

Now, two years later, with the summer Olympics in London, again, NBC is getting all the rage how bad they bring the Games to the general public. I for one, am finally happy I have Comcast XFinity, because I can watch any event online, live without a lot of commercial interruption or commentators.

These days, public outcry over the way NBC is bringing the Olympics can result in loosing your Twitter account if you happen to publish the email address of NBC's CEO. A big NBCFAIL is at its place here!

But with all the outcry will NBC change any of their plans for the next Olympics? I don't think so, people will continue to watch the delayed airing of the Olympics, and NBC will continue to make great money on it!Right after the Olympics, everybody who is complaining the hardest right now will find other news to break their brains on. Moving on to other things, leaving all the NBC complaints in the dust. Nothing to see here anymore...

People Behaving Badly: Dumping Paint

Here in San Francisco, KRON4, the local TV station has a recurring item: People Behaving Badly with Stanley Roberts. It is a view how people in the city of San Francisco break the law, or just don't think about the consequences of their actions. All in all, people behaving badly towards the city, the environment and the people who live around them.

People Behaving Badly

Littering is a big problem in and around San Francisco. If you drive on the highways around the City, you see plastic bags with building material and waste everywhere. Dumped by contractors who don't want to pay the fees for bringing the waste to the official dumping place. Especially paints, and other hazardous materials can be a great risk for the environment if these get into the water.

Today I was driving on Junipero Serra Boulevard in San Francisco, when I a large number of old paint buckets just dumped next to the road. This would be one of those items for Stanley to go after, and showcase what would happen if these paint buckets would split open, or taken by little kids.

People Behaving Badly in San Francisco dumping buckets of paint next to the road

People Behaving Badly in San Francisco dumping buckets of paint next to the road

People Behaving Badly in San Francisco dumping buckets of paint next to the road

These old paint buckets don't belong next to the road, these should be taken care of at a recycle centre and the owner should have paid for the recycling. This is just what Stanley is reporting on: People Behaving Badly dumping old paint next to the road...

From Contra-Costa.Ca.US website:

What is the County currently doing about Illegal Dumping

Sites used for illegal dumping vary but may include abandoned industrial, residential, or commercial buildings; vacant lots on public or private property; and infrequently used alleys or roadways. Because of their accessibility and poor lighting, areas along rural roads and railways are particularly vulnerable. Illegal dumping can occur at any time of day but is more common at night or in the early morning hours during warmer months.  If not addressed illegal dumps often attract more waste, potentially hazardous wastes such as asbestos, household chemicals and paints, automotive fluids, and commercial or industrial wastes.

Offenders can include: construction, demolition, remodeling, roofing, or landscaping contractors, general hauling contractors, operators of junkyards, automobile repair or tire shops, scrap collectors, local residents and "do-it-yourselfers".  A resident may dump wastes that did not get picked up by local waste haulers, such as bulky items, carpeting, or household hazardous wastes.  Dump sites serve as magnets for additional dumping and other criminal activities.  In many cases, illegal dumpers are breaking other laws relating to vehicle licensing, insurance, drug possession or theft.

The costs to local government and industry associated with continuous clearing of illegally dumped wastes are significant.  In recent years the County has spent up to one million dollars per year on cleanup, hauling, and disposal associated with illegal dumping. Without adequate revenue, the funding available to establish and maintain effective illegal dumping prevention programs is limited. These costs may be passed along to residents in the form of higher service fees or property taxes.

For detailed information regarding activities the County has undertaken to combat illegal dumping, please see the below Illegal Dumping Task Force Report to the Board of Supervisors and related attachments.

Power Outage San Francisco Inner Richmond

Most people would not do what I just did during a power outage, making pictures of the blackout block of houses. For just 45 minutes the power was out in the Inner Richmond district in San Francisco. I checked with the neighbors, just to make sure it was not me owing the PG&E some outrageous bill. Nope, the whole block was without power. And while we have sufficient number of flashlights, I was more interested in making pictures of the blacked-out block of houses in our street. An opportunity I couldn't resist...!

Here is the first picture of our block of houses completely in the dark without any power, while the block further down the street has regular electricity!

Power outage in San Francisco Inner Richmond district. Blacked-out street, while other block has electricity

While it was all dark, I took a couple more pictures in Black & White, to give the whole experience a more interesting look.

Power outage in San Francisco. Blacked-out houses while cars go by

Power outage in San Francisco. Blacked-out houses in Black & White

Check Up

For 10 years, I've been walking around with a tiny little black spot on the side of my left foot. I can't even remember when was the first time I spotted the black spot, but it has been there for at least 10 years. It didn't hurt, I had no symptoms of any kind, and it was not bothering me at all. Today, I went to a dermatologist to have it checked. He decided to remove it instantly, and send it to a lab for analysis. In a week I need to call to get my pathology report, and I will know what it was. Fingers crossed it was not anything serious!

In the mean time, as I broke my pinky toe on my left foot, I'm now seriously walking strangely!

My foot after breaking a pinky toe and a small operation

Please let your moles or any strange looking spots checked by a medical professional. I will update this post with the findings from my pathology report in a week time, so make sure you come back to check the results, IF you are interested!

Update: All is ok, got the lab report, nothing to worry about... moving on!

Angry Birds Halloween Costume

Just one more week, and the kids will go house to house to pick up some candy. It's Halloween time. I just got in time to secure a great costume, which I'm afraid of being really popular this year: Angry Birds Costume...I just bought this Yellow Angry Birds costume last Friday, just in time for delivery this week. The pictures of Halloween at the Geeknet office will follow, as I intend to wear my full outfit not only in the office, but also going to work with the Muni.

Yellow Angry Bird Costume, buy it now!

 

If you are still looking for a costume this week, you are almost too late to secure the savings buying online. You rather go to the store to pick up a costume, but who knows if they would sell the Red Angry Bird Costume in the Wallgreens...Otherwise you might be walking in this...:

Halloween costumes on sale advertisementsBuy quickly an Angry Bird Costume for yourself, or a cute Blue Angry Birds Costume for kids...

Bombsquad on Blossom Hill Road San Jose

I just drove on Blossom Hill Road in San Jose, and was confronted with a large number of police cars blocking the sidewalk and parts of the parking area in front of the Five Guys Hamburger joint. When I was closer, I could see the Bomb squad was actually there with a truck and a police officer in bullet proof vest and helmet peeking around the corner of a store.

Police officer peeking around a corner

Police officer peeking around a corner

When I could see into the street as well, I saw a man in full body armor working on a package sitting on the ground.

Bombsquad officer is working on strange package

Bombsquad officer is working on strange package

Champagne for the New Year

Everybody have a really great New Year, where I wish you all the best for 2011.
I hope you will toast on the new year with a real nice Champagne, like the one below here: Veuve Clicquot!

veuve-clicquot-champagne.jpg

Our new year is starting quite stressful, as we just got served a notice the day before Christmas that our landlord is giving back the house to the bank, which means we will have to move within 60 days. Fortunately, we have been able to spend the last couple of days checking on Craigslist. We even have visited a couple of houses for viewings.

It can only get better in the New Year; time to upgrade!