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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time to get into shape

Gold's Gym 4: Schwarzenegger, Zane, Jacobs, DraperImage by d_vdm via Flickr

I've started down this road many a time before. But this time, I think things are different. I think I can actually follow through. Actually, it's time to forget about what I think I can do. It's time to face reality and admit that I need to do this! That's right - I have to get into shape.

After taking what amounts to a month off from reality in January, and spending it lying on beaches and kicking back cocktails, I've come back to the real world and have realized that I'm out of shape and really need to change that - fast! I've always been a sucker for the fads and ways to "buy" my way into shape, and so I was glued to the TV watching the P90X infomercial. After spending a few minutes being ridiculed by Thien about my thoughts of getting a rock-hard bod through the acquisition of a couple of DVDs, it's finally sunk in that I just need to hit the gym.

And with that, this is my public declaration of my desire to get back into shape. My regimen will include going to the gym at least three times a week - with two additional workouts outside of the gym. The gym workouts will include the usual weight training along with cardio (at least one spin class per week while training to run a 5K). Outside of the gym, the goal is to go on a hike at least once a week and to also play an active sport - like basketball or tennis - again, at least once per week.

This is a pretty agreesive goal and I'm not sure that I'll have too much time left to do anything else, but it's about time and it's gotta happen. It all starts today with spin class at 6...

Wish me well! ;)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Continental Flight 3407

I remember feeling the dread as I first heard the reports of the crash of Continental flight #3407 headed to Buffalo. The news came just weeks after the miraculous landing of US Airways flight #1549 in the Hudson River. Flight 1549 landed in the river but all of the 155 passengers were able to safely walkaway from was certainly destined to be a tragedy. The 50 people on flight #3407 were not as fortunate.

A couple of days after learning of the crash, a friend of mine informed me that one of the victims was actually a co-worker of ours at eAssist. It's incredible for me to think that a person that I interacted with personally for a period of over 3 years was actually on this flight. Perhaps even more amazing, the wife of one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks was on this flight as well. Such a tragedy.

I turned to Twitter with a note commenting at the fact that I knew one of the victims. The number of emails, text messages and other comments that this generated was pretty impressive. Everyone that I had previously worked with at eAssist wanted to know if they too knew the victim and once they knew who it was, they wanted to express their sorrow.

Although I didn't know him well, I know that John Roberts was a very good man, trying to leave a positive impact on the world. The world is a worse place without him in it.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

First anniversary of the sale of Goowy to AOL

Image representing AOL as depicted in CrunchBaseImage via CrunchBase

I can't believe how fast time flies... This past January 30th officially marked the one year anniversary of the AOL acquisition of Goowy Media.

Some of the things, both personal and professional that I've done since January of last year:
  • closed down the Goowy office in San Diego's Gaslamp District
  • sold my condo in San Diego's East Village
  • converted users of Goowy's original webtop product to AOL Mail
  • moved to Santa Monica
  • migrated Goowy's datacenter from Complex Drive to an AOL operated facility
  • attended my dad's 59th birthday party - he says he's not celebrating his 60th birthday this year
  • brought on additional support to help Goowy with its growth in the new environment
  • witnessed the Bris of my cousin's second son, Jack
  • worked with AOL's PlatformA group to roll out widgets as ads which have shown success with various campaigns
  • had an absolutely amazing bachelor party in Playa del Carmen which Alex orchestrated brilliantly
  • worked through countless product releases for yourminis
  • took off for a few weeks to see Thien's heritage in Vietnam, to get married in Thailand and to honeymoon in The Maldives
I'm sure I've missed a lot in that quick synopsis, but there is no doubt that it has been a busy - and exciting year. Time sure does fly..


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