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Tumblr no more!

I deleted over 7,000 posts from the “old” Tumblr instance of Shawnblog.com

I know Tumblr was acquired by Automattic, but the way it was being managed after Yahoo pawned it off to Verizon made my inner-geek long for recycled electrons that just weren’t there. So I decided to start yet another WordPress blog and go at this once again.

Not so ironically, a long ago failed attempt at this WordPress wizardry is what led me to Tumblr back when it first launched. It was awesome for longer than most things that come and go online. Certainly leaps and bounds beyond my own failed startup experience at Textamerica.com 😎

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Citizen journalism facilitation pioneer!

Citizen journalism facilitation pioneer! 😎😎😎

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Wearable Camera for Cats

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Whiskas Australia Tests Out a Wearable Camera for Cats That Automatically Posts Pictures to Instagram

I thought of this in 2002 when we launched textamerica.com with the application of additional home security since burglars aren’t normally concerned about cats as witnesses. Experts said it would be impossible to engineer such a thing. Of course.

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Ozomatli at The State Theatre

Seven short years ago, I used to drive by The State Theatre. After a four year “startup” learning experience with Textamerica.com, I got into the habit of snapping a camera phone picture when I’d drive by.

This kind of random camera phone activity had some “TA” users calling me a hipster in 2002. I didn’t even know what that was. The name callers, not knowing me well enough to know that skinny jeans and me could never be a thing, had fallen victim to the actual “thing” that happens online all the time

After the long and dismal learning experience (and failure) of “TA” and in my return to a Fortune 100 J.O.B., I pointed shawnblog.com here to Tumblr and have rarely looked back. In the early times on Tumblr, this site somehow got permanently featured on their main page for some time and I was one of those cool kids. Almost a hipster even!

So, this picture was one of those very random drive by shots. I guess it’s not bad. I recall so for a few seconds before posting it to everyone over at exTAmerica on Flickr which was, at the time, set to auto post here on Shawn Blog.

They sound amazing!

Ozomatli (by shawnblog)

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nostalgic for textamerica.com

I got nostalgic for TA the other day. That was back when uploading pics from your phone was cutting edge. Man, I’m getting old.

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Customer Suggestion Box

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ak47:

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florencio:

glen jones

>_< job applications

I once worked for a web startup where this was atop the trash can beside the CEO’s desk.

It was meant to be a joke, but it was much closer to truth than any of us were able to admit. Needless to say, the company is no more.

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Wired Magazine back when I used to be cool…

Sometimes I wish all remnants of Textamerica would flush completely through and off the Interwebs… but I don’t mind having my name on the old Wired and WSJ links. Maybe it’s time for a new one soon!

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Raped at the pump

Gas on the original “Raped at the pump” (moblog) from 8/24/2003

See http://hosed.tumblr.com

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GasPricesDiptych.png: Left: From my old TextAmerica moblog 8-24-03. (Nokia 3650) Right: 4-28-08 (Nikon S6) “raped at the pump”

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Shaw Blades – Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) and Tommy Shaw (Styx, Damn Yankees)

shawnblog has posted a comment:

After the “TA” experience, I was selling jewelry for 6 months. One afternoon, a customer named “Tommie Shaw” bought a diamond encrusted watch as a gift. Because of the name similarity, I just had to mention that her name was almost the same as one of my original rock idols (I probably listened to The Grand Illusion even more than any KISS song as a kid).

As it turned out, “Tommie” Shaw, who dressed very much like a rockstar herself (she was wearing boots that cost over $10,000), told me that she was actually going to get to meet Tommy Shaw at a party or something that month.

Even though I think jewelry is a scam, I’ve got to admit that selling high end “fine” jewelry over at Tysons Corner Center introduced me to some of the most hip slick and cool folks I’ve ever known.

I never got into Damn Yankees (after my time maybe) but I’ve ended up at Rusty Rudder once or twice!

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Social Media Pioneer

Warner Bros. Records Puts Artists on the Road with ShoZu, Driving Phone-Captured Promo Content Directly to the Web