The Perseids sent me a reminder

I’ve had the good fortune to have experienced the 90′s dotcom wave first hand, and I know that without tenacity, (what a friend in Japan calls Ketsudan), the moment can be fleeting for a start-up. My head has been down in my work for 10 months now, taking a very deep dive with virtual worlds and social media. Lately, as I prepare for an Asian 3-country tour, I have been averaging 35-40 hours a sleep a week – there’s just too much to cover, and the business is still moving forward extraordinarily fast.

Running every other day has helped me try to stay in tune with the world around me, even as my brain becomes possessed with the virtual. I have been sensing the changing of the season on my sunset runs. Summer has begun to wane ever so slightly. The air smells different. The afternoon light is also changing accompanied with the slightest hints from the foliage.

As the Earth slides across the path of a comet’s tail in the late days of summer, we have the chance to experience the world before media. The Perseid Meteor Shower has been known to humanity for a few thousand years.

When I stepped out tonight and looked up to the sky, a few stars became a dozen, then tens of stars, hundreds, then thousands. Being in the city, the glare knocked out the deepest sky, but I could still appreciate the evening.

There on my back, looking up into the heavens, a few flashes of light raced south across the sky.

Lumiere video – Chicago: July 2007

In homage to the Lumiere Brothers who were some of the earliest filmmakers, Andreas from made a call for submissions to the videoblogging community to replicate the conditions in which they filmed. Notably: less than one minute (most were about 45 seconds long); fixed camera; no zoom; no sound; no editing; and no effects.

Here a my Lumiere video, recorded in Chicago July 29, 2007

Network Delay

Here at Millions of Us we are under constant deadline and relentless pressure! However we always have time for a little antics. Today we time travel with Lauren Lamonica in “Network Delay”. – update: I was asked to make this video private. Perhaps a little too goofy for public consumption. Apologies all around.