Doc’s Dinner

Going to dinner tonight with Doc and others. Should be fun. Look for me there!

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A very enjoyable gathering with Doc and friends tonight. I really enjoyed meeting Halley Suitt, and we had a great talk about her alpha-male articles. I suggested an alternate blogging world where we’d write about Little Rascals and “Alphalfa Male.” So, this is for you, Halley:

Alphalfa: “Gee spanky, I’m not sure about this Alphafa Male stuff.”
Spanky: “But what about your promise to the He-man woman-hater’s club?”
Alphalpha: “I’m sorry, Spanky, I have live my own life.”
Buckwheat: “OTAY!”

Other fun and interesting bloggers and journalist types were there, including, but not limited to:

  1. Cameron Barnett of Camworld, wearing a “Camworld” shirt. Cam may have the distinction of being the first person fired because he had a weblog.
  2. Dean Landsman, Doc’s old radio buddy who suggested the Katz’s venue, who it turns out I know from business in 1997 or so when I was at Netcast. Turns out he’s from very close to where I live, so we’re going to get together.
  3. Andrius Kulikauskas of MinicuSodas, who gets the “farthest travelled” award, having come from Lithuania.
  4. Paul Boutin and his wife. I had nice chats with both of them. Paul was a client of my team at Microsoft when he was at Wired, back in 97-98 or so. He’s doing a lot of freelance for places like Salon, and recently had some famous time for tracking down the “blogger of Baghdad”, Salam Pax.
  5. Mark Stahlman, Silicon Alley stalwart, came in with Renee Edelman of PR21. Great to see them.
  6. Jon Guttenberg, who I didn’t have enough of a chance to catch up with. Sorry, Jon. Lunch soon.
  7. Tomas’ ??(sorry!), who’s off to the GEL conference tomorrow. Wish I could be there.
  8. Kevin Werbach and I spent a few minutes today comparing our “my kid did this” stories.
  9. Dan Gillmor was there. I didn’t get to talk to him much, but I enjoy his columns.
  10. Anil Dash, who just joined Moveable Type, sat next to me.

Updated again: Pictures!

Direct Help

Tomorrow, I’m moderating a panel at a conference put on by Direct Help. Direct Help is a great idea- a way of directly helping people or organizations via the net. As they say:

Direct Help uses the communications power of the Internet to enable compassionate citizens to provide local nonprofit organizations with the specific items they need to help the people they serve. Local organizations provide people with the tools to succeed against the odds of their environment – from job training for low-income individuals to safe havens from city street gangs for children to baby care items for new moms that can’t afford them. Our role at Direct Help is to assist organizations in getting the supplies they need to continue to provide vital care for their communities.

I’m very much looking forward to learning more. If you see me there, say hi.

Make everyone a small biz person

RatcliffeBlog: Business, Technology & Investing

Make everyone a small business person

… Rather than have the top five percent of Americans get a $1.35 trillion tax break, how about we all get to write off our health insurance and healthcare costs, just as businesses that provide benefits to employees do? It would result in a huge surge in disposable income (the government could mail out checks right away to make up for the monies sunk into health costs already this year) and would relieve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of one of the most costly and unpredictable aspects of operating their business. It is, after all, the SMEs that drive most economic growth. And the money spent in response to lowered healthcare costs would provide far more tax revenue through multiplier effects than the cost of the healthcare tax deduction.

Right on, Mitch. Thank you for this.