Hard to believe, but Jen and I have been married for 2 years now! Each day seems to get better. She’s my best friend and I couldn’t have asked for a better wife. Looking forward to seeing what Year 3 brings us! Here’s a glimpse of year 2, in photos.
Archive for July, 2008
My flight got cancelled out of Philadelphia tonight and I’m stuck here until tomorrow. The soonest I can get to Indy is through Boston leaving at 10:30am and getting home around 5:30 tomorrow night. Basically everyone else at the conference got stranded too. So we’re all just hanging out at a Ramada together.
I want to be home. I want to see Jen. And Bella. And my house. And my bed. Did you know I’ve slept on a couch for the past 4 nights now? Yep. It’s wearing on me quick.
Atlantic City was a blast. Learned how to gamble (read: lose money in a fashionable manner), had a great presentation, networked with a ton of people, met a lot of twitter friends that I’d never met in real life, and just straight up had a blast. But like I said, I want to get home to my wife. Soon.
After nearly 48 hours from start to finish, I am in the clear and have my new iPhone.
I highly suggest you check out the http://26dayswithoutaniphone.com if you haven’t, it details the entire thing. You can watch 40 videos from the night on YouTube at http://youtube.com/26daysnoiphone as well.
Joe flew in from Connecticut for the whole thing, and we had an absolute blast. Here are some of his pictures from the day. Good times for sure.
Yep, we’re less than 24 hours from the 3G iPhone launch. Keep up with the next 24 hours of my life over at http://www.26dayswithoutaniphone.com.
Joe flies in late afternoon, and the adventure begins. We were featured on BrandFlakesForBreakfast.com today:
Good times. Looking forward to the adventure. It won’t be as lucrative or profitable as the past PS3/Wii/etc. campouts, but it’ll be a heckuva good time.
Keep an eye on 26dayswithoutaniphone.com for updates.
Just as Mr. Brian McCulloh coined the Reference Burst Theory™ (seriously, read it.), he has now fallen into it himself.
Today Brian posted about how Katy Perry Looks Like Zooey Deschanel.
Tonight, I came upstairs to get my laptop so I could process some photos. I glance up at the TV and ask Jen what she’s watching. “BACHELORETTE SEASON 4! It’s the finale tonight.”
I look at the TV and say…..”WHOA. Is that Brian?!” You tell me.
Ok, so not quite as close as Katy and Zooey, but close enough to turn my head and make me spend 45 seconds finding a picture of the dude.
It gets a little crazier when you throw some opacity fun in the mix.
And April didn’t even have to go through a worldwide search and have a camera crew follow her for weeks and weeks to find her prince charming.
Who will be the 3rd look-alike, completing the Reference Burst?
Just a random thought that’s been swirling in my head for about a month now. We (the consumer) now control the market price of used items. And at the same time, we get disgruntled at the deflation of value of products (I’m speaking mainly electronics, here).
So here’s a scenario:
A Nikon D300 sells for $1799.00 on Amazon, the MSRP (body only, no lens). At the time, a good deal on a used D300 would run you in the range of $1650. I got mine, new, for $1600. You know how I roll.
Then, Nikon unveils the Nikon D700, with an entry price of $3000. Amazon drops their price of the D300 to $1636. From here, the consumer changes the market of the used D300.
And in the age of the internet, all it takes is one person.
Usually, this one person has unlimited discretionary income to switch to new products at their leisure. So they just need to drop off the D300 at a fair price and then move up to the D700.
So they head to the Buy/Sell forums, and list it for $999. The camera QUICKLY sells, and the post is forever etched in the minds of people who were searching for a D300 and saw the great price. It’s also archived on the forum for all to see. Now people who are listing their D300 for reasonable prices of $1300-1400 aren’t able to sell them, because people want the seller to move closer to that magical $999 mark.
Is a price of $1300 (a 23% decrease in value in 2 months) not good enough? Does the camera still not have the exact same features, take the same great pictures, and have the same quality as it did the week before the D700 was announced? If the sellers wait long enough, will buyers eventually move back towards a more reasonable price of $13-1400?
I tell ya, early adoption can be an expensive thing. By the time I sell my D300, they’ll probably have a D2000, and my camera will sell for $74.99 on eBay. I
Another area where this can play is used books. Last night we listed 25+ books on Amazon. Most of them were listed for $0.01. How do you even compete with that? We decided to donate them instead.
Then there were books running in the $4.00 range. We listed them for $3.50, and 6 books sold overnight.
Have we created a new price point for that book? Not unless someone else listed the book after us and used that as the new price. With Amazon, once the book is purchased, the listing is gone. No archive. So for someone coming to buy the book after ours sold, $4.00 is the low price.
It all comes down to what price someone wants, and what price someone wants to pay. But with the internet, there are many more people in the game. It’s not the local flea market anymore. It’s all demographics, all socio-economic statuses, all hiding behind a generic username. When I sold my Nikon D80, someone messaged me and said they were a college student who wanted to get into photography more, and only had $xxx.xx to spend. It was about $75 less than my asking price. I thought back to my college days, and all the people who had helped me get started in photography. Letting me borrow lenses, giving me good prices on used equipment, etc. So I decided to sell it to the person for the price they asked.
Could this have just been someone making 6-digits who did not want to spend that much on a camera to take photos of their kids’ soccer games? Possibly. Of course, I cross-checked their name on Google and found a student photographer website, and saw their photo on Facebook listed at a college near their shipping address. But not everyone would do that. The anonymity of the internet… it’s an interesting thing.
So I’m really behind on blogging, and this weekend I am going to catch up.
A few weekends ago we went with our small group to a cabin in rural Indiana on Shelby’s parents’ farm. It was amazing. Such a great getaway. We fished (and slayed some monster bass), played Wii, chilled in the hottub, played yard games and volleyball, grilled out, and did a whole lot of relaxing. Here are some pictures from the weekend.
According to Forbes, the best place in America to Raise a Family is right here in good ol’ Hamilton County, Indiana.
Located just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County tops our list with impressive scores in nine of our 10 categories. Aside from mediocre air quality, Hamilton offers eight quaint communities, a terrific school system, a short commute and low crime. The average home price of $200,000 is a steal compared with Marion County’s $901,900.
Hat tip to Keith for the story, although we all know the real reason for the ranking is Fishers, not Noblesville.
As you know, I love numbers. So then I saw a neat site that integrated into Twitter, and I was sold.
The site: www.fuelfrog.com
That’s it. It’s as quick as a text message, and it automatically gets put into my (free) account on fuelfrog.com. So when I log into fuelfrog.com, I am shown this: