|Wednesday, 31 October 2001, 9:31 pm
Tags: Announcements, Friends, Screen Savers, TechTV
Pat’s still under the weather, so Pirillo’s back for the Halloween edition of The Screen Savers. I lobbied for Kate Botello, but they decided to go with Chris again. How scary!
|Tuesday, 16 October 2001, 8:21 pm
Tags: Appearances, Screen Savers, TechTV
We had a great time in Seattle. I flew in on Friday, taped a piece on Tacoma, the self-proclaimed “America’s Number 1 Wired City.” Then we did a show to tape on Saturday. The edited show will air on Friday, 10/19 and through the weekend. Uncle Paul’s museum, Experience Music Project, looked great. Wait til you see how Microsoft’s XBox looks on the wall sized screen behind us.
We had a capacity live audience of about 300, pretty good considering that the Mariners were playing at the same time. It was so fun doing the show with a live audience. I would love to do it that way every night. Thanks to everyone who came to the show.
The weather was awful. At the end of the piece I did in Tacoma there’s rain dripping off my nose and the lettering on my microphone is starting to run. It was cold too. All the natives said that we had just missed beautiful weather. Yeah right. They probably say that to all the geeks.
I flew back right after the show, so I didn’t have any time to see more of Seattle. But I have a feeling we’ll be back.
Next week I’m flying to NYC to do Live with Regis and Kelly. They’re doing a technology week. Bill Gates is on on Thursday 10/25 (XP day) and I’ll be on the next day, Friday 10/26. I’m going to show Regis a bunch of tech gadgets. Should be fun.
|Thursday, 11 October 2001, 8:28 pm
Tags: Appearances, Travel
I’m flying tomorrow for the first time since 9/11. It’s a little nerve wracking, I admit. The effects of the attacks are so widespread and long lasting, even among people who weren’t directly affected. I hold my breath every day when I drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. I guess we’re all suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
It’s a 7am flight to Seattle for our appearance at EMP on Saturday. I’ll have to get up at 3am to get to the airport in time to get through security. Ugh. But I guess it’s worth it. I’ll be flying a lot in the next three months. I’m tentatively booked to do Regis in NYC October 25, then an appearance in VA November 3/4. I’m MCing a cable dinner in Raleigh, NC November 25, then flying to St Louis for a December 15 appearance. Pant pant! That’s almost 30,000 air miles. Yikes!
I’m not all that nervous about it, but I might be when I get there. I’m actually looking forward to going to New York in a week. I was born there and have always loved the City. I feel a need to go pay my respects.
|Wednesday, 10 October 2001, 5:13 am
Tags: Blogging, Gear, Technology
For some time I’ve wanted a way to Blog via e-mail. I thought it would be cool to post from the road via Blackberry.
Still can’t do that with Greymatter, my blogging software, but thanks to AvantGo I can create entries on my Sony Clie and they’ll be posted when I sync. I have to write in Graffitti, which is kind of painful, but at least it’s mobile!
Next: an AvantGo channel.
|Monday, 8 October 2001, 8:30 pm
Tags: Announcements, Family
Some happy family news I wanted to share. My brother-in-law, James Bundy, has just been named Dean of the Yale University School of Drama- the most prestigious theatre school in the nation. Congratulations, Uncle James!
|Sunday, 7 October 2001, 8:32 pm
Tags: Photos, Screen Savers, TechTV, Video
Here’s a Quicktime VR picture of the Screen Savers set from my point of view at home base. (You need Quicktime to view this. If I’ve coded this properly, Quicktime should load automatically, even if you haven’t installed it yet. The movie itself is about 1.4 megs so it may take some time to download it. Click on the picture and drag your mouse to move around in it. You can look up and down, too.)
(NOTE 7 Oct 2007: I’m trying to figure out when this is. This is the second Screen Savers set – Patrick Norton is already co-hosting, you can see his skateboard behind home base. We’re already moved to Studio B – making room for Tech Live I guess – but lots of pieces are still missing, including the LAN party set, the spiral staircase, and the audience risers. The “babe corral” isn’t finished yet either. The control room is visible behind it. You can also still see the old Money Machine set behind the cameras. This must have been very early on with the new set.)
|Sunday, 7 October 2001, 7:54 pm
I’m a little bit hoarse today. Through a weird set of events I managed to see baseball’s second most hallowed record broken, twice, on Friday night.
I had tickets to the September 14 Giants-Dodgers game but had to give them up because I was going to do an appearance in VA that weekend. Then Sept 11 happened. My trip was cancelled. And, as it turned out, so was the game. The Giants rescheduled for October 4.
Fortunately, the buddy I gave the tickets to was willing to bring me (the guy he had asked for the 9/14 game, another close friend, couldn’t go to the makeup – whew!). So, Friday, we got to see one of the most exciting baseball games I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a few. When I was working at KNBR, the Giants flagship radio station (1987-1994), I was president of the Giants Fan Club. I’d witnessed the 1989 Pennant winning season up close. I was at Candlestick Park for the World Series game that was interrupted by the earthquake. There were some amazing games that year, but nothing comes close to Friday.
The pennant above went on sale at the park immediately after Barry launched number 71 in the first inning. I asked the guy if he had pennants with 72, 73, and 74 under the counter, but he said no. I didn’t realize that I’d be seeing 72 just a few innings later.
I’ve interviewed Barry a few times, including at Comdex in 1998 for TechTV, and he’s not easy to talk to. But I credit him for being true to himself. And you have to recognize what an amazing athlete he is. All year long I’ve been amazed by the speed of his swing. The ball just jumps off his bat.
The Giants’ season is over. But I’ll be back in my seat in Section 108 at Pac Bell Park in April. I can’t wait.
|Friday, 5 October 2001, 10:51 pm
Tags: Alerts, Screen Savers, TechTV
I’ve just learned from a reliable source that Patrick is going to be wearing the Utilikilt again tonight. Must be in honor of our LAN party on the show tonight. Either that or it’s sweeps.