As I focus on what to write about these days, I start and stop, click away on the keyboard, delete and add words. I’m topic surfing as my mind wanders so I decided to list out what I’m thinking about:
I’m feeling a small bit of guilt because I’ve not written much about IBM and an Advanced Analytics focused event they invited me to participate. It’s pretty cool, solid group of thought leaders assembled.
IBM covered a trip to Vegas of which I attended a Maroon 5 concert, had a drunk exec. spilling wine on me, spent hours in the expo hall and had some nice dinners. The drunken executive was interesting and definitely not that big of a deal once we discussed that he shouldn’t spill wine on me again. He had a legitimate reason for spilling twice, it’s hard to make out with business development rep. and hold a glass of wine. Giving credit, he actually did a pretty damn good job of the business in hand. Seriously, he was just buzzed, having fun, not judging him. I’ve been there in my younger days-minus the making out with a sales-rep in front of Adam Levine and 5000 other spectators.
Maroon 5 – Amazing concert sponsored by Rocket Software, who I’d not heard of prior to this IBM event. They’re straight up success story plus CEO was very cool, very likeable, he played some guitar on stage before concert. Great job!
Expo Hall/Demos/Browsing – I got slightly less excited after the IBM Vegas event due to lack of follow up: 5 conversations with demos from IBM sales people that resulted in zero follow up from anyone with me. Meh, small sample size but feel my time was a little wasted. I’m still impressed with various IBM applications, Under Armour partnership and Watson (of course). *Note, the staffers for the event did a great job taking care of my group. **Note, I was really close to the band. ***Note, Watson says: don’t spill wine, that is called alcohol abuse dude.
New Year’s Resolutions – snowboard, spend more time being intentional, run 13.x miles again, finish my first painting, cycle 50 miles, move stocks to cash-> DAMN IT- I shouldn’t of procrastinated on this one $.
New Books – research writing 2 or 3 new books, read 4 or 5 fiction books, finish the one book I’ve been trying to read for 3 years: Osho’s love, freedom, aloneness. From Amazon.com—> ” In today’s world, freedom is our basic condition, and until we learn to live with that freedom, and learn to live by ourselves and with ourselves, we are denying ourselves the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else.”
Brand experience – craft confection places-put a map on the box so I know which truffles I’m eating, limit classic cocktail optimism-talented mixologist are hard to find and train server not to rationalize why drink isn’t that bad, ask me why (brands) then figure out a solution-easy process, thank you brands I love-you keep my faith in the consumer economy.
pic credit: Ohso, Amazon, IBM, Rocket Software, Market Watch, Adam Levine, Maroon 5