Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The apple doesn't climb far from the Treat

My brother has a beautiful new bouncing boy. In true Treat tradition, he has exposed the kid to the great outdoors. Taking a cue from his loving uncle and instigating father, young Parker has embarked early on that adventure we call life.

I don't need a hand - I'm not done climbin' !

Young Parker (he was t-h-i-s close from being named Brad) is showing his stripes and moxie. Don't come to the rock if you aren't ready to climb. That's his philosophy.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wall of Webcams

When I show people SightSpeed's quality control lab, I like to show them the huge collections of webcams we have. For you dear reader, I offer the tour highlight by in this video mail of the SightSpeed Wall of Webcams.

Jumping Webcams!

We started the collection to test against as many different webcams we could get our hands on. It is amazing what can be turned into a webcam. From Mickey Mouse to Kenny from Southpark to teddy bears - someone decided it would make a good webcam.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Ah, that South Carolina Sun

Gotta' love the South Carolina coast. It's quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. I grabbed this video of the South Carolina sunset from my father's back porch. Retired guys have all the great views.

View the Sound of Crickets

If you listen carefully, you can hear the distinct sound of crickets. They don't sound so loud on my computer, but rest assured, they are there. Their sound is soothing and maddening at the same time. It sounds like The South. If you watch it a few times, I swear you'll smell the surf, sand, and humidity. All accompanied by the cricket symphony.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Deputy Isabelle

I stopped in today at Iron Creative in San Francisco to visit my friend Baxter. Now patrolling the office with him is Izzie (that's Isabelle's patrol codename).

We must protect this couch!

Now that Baxter has a posse, he has placed different areas under the watchful eye of his deputies. Izzie has been assigned to cover the couch area. Izzie takes these duties seriously, as demonstrated in this video of Izzie protecting the lounge. Well done Deputy Isabelle!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

ROC Rocks

Today I am in Rochester airport, preparing to travel on my favorite airline, JetBlue. Flying out of Rochester is like the old days of flying. I pulled right up to the terminal and parked for a reasonable fee (unlike getting robbed in Oakland for $14/day). Then, I breezed through check-in and security in no more than 10 minutes. That's right - I went from car to gate in about 15 minutes total.

From the fuselage, for three!

I took a quick video of my JetBlue plane, just for kicks. In the process, I noticed that there is a basketball goalpost on the tarmac! Ah, the good old days when airports were laid back and flying was fun...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Phoning In to my blog

SightSpeed Version 5.0 has the ability to receive calls from a plain old telephone. SightSpeed Voice In comes with voice mail. The voice mail is recorded as a digital file and emailed to me. This means I can post it to my blog!

Me calling me

I just took the URL, and made it a link. Click to hear my first SightSpeed Phone In voice mail. Now I can create voice blogs from anywhere.

Stay tuned for more fun with SightSpeed Phone In voice mail.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

My Double Life as a Secret Agent

You may have noticed from the various origins of the videos on this blog that I have been moving about. Part of the reason is that I was offered and have accepted an outstanding new opportunity to serve as Cornell University's first Entrepreneur In Residence.

Pick a card, pick any card!

With the experienced and capable Mr. Csathy at the helm of SightSpeed, I had a unique opportunity to return to my alma mater to teach, mentor, and be part of starting something unique. The EIR program is a start-up in its own right, but it is also an opportunity to foster entrepreneurship at a great university.

While I am splitting my time between Ithaca and California, I'll be carrying two business cards with me. So don't think I am a secret agent hiding my true identity; I just have two cards.