six years ago today

i was working at a tv network. i was a nobody.

i compiled a book of some of my best posts on the busblog and crazy things happened – i was still a nobody but i was being interviewed on tv, in the newspapers, and best of all, on the web.

one of the crazy things that happened was i got interviewed by an upstart blog called LAist.

it was the first step in what would become my relationship with the new york based Gothamist empire. a relationship that would change my life and lead me to my first dream job and then my actual dream job.

an excerpt:

6. Is blogging still an addiction? If not, then what motivates you to continue the busblog?

Yes I am still addicted. But the addiction doesn’t motivate me. What motivates me is my job is really hard and during my 15-minute breaks it’s really nice to just float away into a different world where I have total control and where people flood me with compliments and love and nice attention. I can honestly say that if I was happy in my career a few years ago there would have been no busblog.

7. If you had to make a soundtrack of the busblog, what might some of the selections include?

Tsar, “Wrong”
The Replacements, “If Only You Were Lonely” and “Kiss Me On The Bus”
R.E.M, “Superman”
N.W.A, “100 Miles And Runnin’”
Jane’s Addiction, “Three Days”
Led Zeppelin, “The Immigrant Song”
The Donnas, “Take It Off”
The Corvids, “Worried”
The Cure, “Why Can’t I Be You”
Soul Asylum, “Cartoon”
Beastie Boys, “Shadrach”

8. Has the response to your book How to Blog different from general response to the busblog itself?

Most people are aware that even a chimp can start a blog. But not until How To Blog did people realize that that very same chimp could turn their posts into a book that actually looks like a book; and then sell that same recycled nonsense and make it seem sorta cool.

Also, I wasn’t being invited to be interviewed on TV shows and the likes of laist.com until I compiled the book. However that may have just been a coincidence.

read all 28 questions and answers here. sorta crazy that was six years ago, it seems like 66 years ago.

good news is, im still a nobody :)

techcrunch interviews facebook

: arrington chats with zuckerberg

this is the interview that didnt happen at sxsw two years ago.

zuckerberg is so young, but hes been in the hot seat for a while now and has it down.

when people just assume that Google is going to win year after year, you only have to look at Facebook and Twitter and see that just a few really smart people can change the game entirely.

whats fascinating to me about zuckerberg and ev is they could have sold out so long ago but they resisted purely financial temptations and stuck with their babies. and now facebook and twitter are both bigger, more powerful, and more dynamic than ever expected.

and what this interview subtly talks about is brand, brand loyalty, and the trust of online company with its users very detailed personal lives.

meanwhile, neither company has ever charged its average user a penny. yet both companies are filthy with cash.

these are modern times indeed bob dylan

the most underrated movie of the Aughts

: You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

mixed raced celebrities ran the table in the ’00s.

mariah carey (black/irish) sold more records than any woman.

derek jeter (black/irish) won his 4th and 5th rings, became the yankee captain, got more hits by any shortstop ever, and won four gold gloves. and got to date mariah.

barack obama (african/american) road Shepard Fairey’s coattails to the top

tiger woods (“cablinasian”) maintained an unblemished image while making golf watchable

mariah wins by being in the worst movie of the decade “glitter” and one of the best “you dont mess with the zohan”.

but i win because i was just checking my gmail and the hottest girl in a few states over pops up on my chat screen and says whatchadoin

and i say watching the zohan

she says omg im so hungover and proceeds to tell me that now that school is over she gets drunk and makes out with boys in bars. which is very funny because shes not really that type of girl.

then she sighed about her lovelife which made me wonder if blogging is bad for hot babes’ love lives.

then i ate a nature valley crunchy granola bar before heading off to the cinema

comment of the week

hello,I’m a Chinese gilr
you know that I’m just 16years old and my english was so poor, but it was the thing that I want to told you that—nothing is impossible if you really stick to .

after looking at the IP address, and doing the olde reverse IP lookup, sure enough she be from China:

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(unable to resolve 58.xx.1xx.14)
Country IP Address: CHINA

Dear China Gilr who is only 16years old.

if anyone knows that nothing is impossible it’s me. i know i forget this lesson all the time, but trust me, when i look around my many mansions and then at the mirror(s) i know the pearls of wisdom that you just laid down for me.

ive stuck to many a dream, and fortunately some of them have stuck right back.

but i heart you 16yr old chinese gilr, and when america is taken over by your nation i hope you heart me right back.

sticky buns foreverz,

tony