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Archive for January, 2009

Just In Time?

I just heard about umbilical cord blood banking. Two of my nieces are pregnant, and one of them is inducing on Feb 5.

Basically, they take 10-12 vials of blood from the umbilical cord and put it in a cryogenic freeze. The umbilical cord has stem cells in it, which are a perfect match for the kid. If something goes wrong, they can use this “stash” of stem cells to do all those cool sci-fi stem cell treatments that already exist & ones that are being invented now but we don’t even know about.

Imagine: your kid is 19 & (god forbid) is in a motorcycle crash with a spinal cord injury. They can use these perfectly matched stem cells (that won’t be rejected by the body) to repair the spinal cord.

Amazing, huh?

The umbilical cord blood banking costs about $1800 at collection & about $100 each year, but it is totally an insurance policy for your child. Now that I know about it, I’m raising awareness of it with every pregnant woman I know.

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More Seth

I’ve been a fan of Seth Godin’s blog style for a while. It’s more about citing a situation, making an assessment/interpretation of the situation, then positing fundamental business questions with the intention to get the reader to determine that they may need some help. Even when he writes a blog where he never uses a question mark, the blog is intended to prompt you to ask: am I doing that? Is my business acting that way?

In case you don’t know, Seth Godin is an branding and marketing expert-for-hire (and best-selling author) so, in a sense, he’s using the blog to demonstrate his capacity to think and interpret situations in a superior way. Occasionally, he’ll make a blatant suggestion that’s more preference than expert opinion. Very occasionally, he’s post a blog that seems incongruously banal… but that’s a rare one. When that happens, I quiz myself to ensure that I’m not missing something brilliant, then I tend to dismiss it by thinking that he’s just having a bad day.

My view is that his style would work for anyone who is claiming to have some expertise, and who has a few brain cells to rub together.

So….. here’s my point… I’ve decided to use Seth’s writing style as a model for the long ingnored L2ideas blog. I’ve stopped and started that blog a few times, and deleted previous posts just the other day. I doubt anyone is reading the blog… but what the heck, as I do more marketing, networking, and such… maybe it will impress someone enough that it will make it easier for me to build a relationship with a client and close a deal. Stranger things have happened. Can’t hurt.

Now, you may ask, what have I got planned for this here blog? Good question. It’s been diary-esque all along. But really it’s not even that. In actuality I don’t blog about many things in my life. I’ve gotten some creepy crap from readers over the years. So I rarely blog about the day-to-day of work and I don’t blog about my sex life. I don’t blog about emotional stuff, and if I do I usually come to my senses within a couple of days and delete the post.

As a result this blog is BORING — but if you’re reading, you already know that. Really, I’d be surprised if anyone is still reading & even more suprised if anyone has bothered to read this far down the page! So… I’m looking for some inspiration.

I have seen some successful bloggers that are “personalities” — but I gave up trying to be a popular kid on the “A list” in early 2000. I’ve seen bloggers who are brilliant hobbyists and blog about stuff that they are passionate about but don’t work with every day (photography, finance/investing)… but that’s not me either.

Right now, this blog exists because it gives me a certain “street cred” in the IT world that helps when I assert myself as an IT Strategy Consultant with some level of expert knowledge and foresight. I can honestly say that I was an early-adopter of this technology and others. Although I’m generally the last of the first wave, I “get it” and use it, so I’m not some old fogie who is theoretical about this stuff. But the joie de vivre of blogging has waned over the years for me. I’m still looking for inspiration… maybe the Seth style will work for me on a personal blog too?

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Professional Article Published

I co-wrote an article that was published today. Here’s the link.

If you go to the page, you’ll also see the link to my new professional photo.

This article gets me some visibility in the Healthcare and Medical business vertical, on a national level. I hope to get some business out of it.

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Ruined My Car

I ruined the Mini Cooper. No, I wasn’t in a car accident. That’s fixable. No, I have a smell in my car… and I don’t think it will ever be the same. There are some smells that just change a car forever. I know that the smell of cat pee will completely overwhelm a vehicle, orange juice can ruin a car and I can add one more to the list: milk.

MiniLee

My only complaint with the design of the car is with the cup holders. Interestingly, I have been in newer models and the cup holder problem persists. Anyway, I had a latte in the cup holder and it fell out. But I was driving, so I had to watch helplessly as the milk flowed out of the cup, onto the floormat, then up over the sides of the floormat, gushing into the upholstery.

MiniLee interior

Obviously, I tried to clean it myself. I took it to a car wash to have it detailed. I’ve also tried to air it out. All to no avail. The car still smells like spoiled milk. It’s driving me nuts. It is a totally disgusting smell.

Maybe this is a good excuse to buy a new car. I’ve been eyeing (and drooling over) a used Porsche Cayman. 2009 may be the year that I go for it.

Cayman-nextcar?

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I met a Chargers Player after the Playoff Game

San Diego is football crazy right now. In case you are living under a rock, the Chargers won the playoff game last night in overtime.

I went to Stingaree after the game. This is, apparently, the favorite party place for the players after a winning game. And I can see why. Stingaree plays the “San Diego Super Chargers” song, and has their go-go-girl/waitresses dance around the football players with sparklers and bottles of champagne. No kidding. It’s all very over-the-top, but fun.

Anyway, through some luck or oversight, I ended up in the VIP area upstairs… standing next to Vincent Jackson and a female friend whose waist was about as small as my hand. I briefly said “congratulations, great game,” then didn’t bother him. I then witnessed him receiving sycophantic accolades from a lot of drunk men… which he did with an amazing amount of patience and grace.

Chargers Vincent Jackson

I don’t want to give the impression that I was “hanging out” with the football players. It was a completely strange and happy coincidence. And a good night.

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