» Lots of random evening thoughts

Lots of random evening thoughts

Just had coffee with Om Malik and Matt Mullenweg, we had an interesting conversation about creativity and open source. I had also had a great similar exchange with Philippe Starck [fr] who explained me that be creative he had to isolate himself from anybody and just look at the sea. The last thing he wants is to exchange with a crowd about his ideas, he explained it is very single and individual. When you see what Wikipedia is today there is “wisdom of the crowd” but can it be creative for say or just execute ?

Matt said I should absolutely check out the Menphis Minnies barbecue around the corner from my house. Thanks Matt, happy to see you again it has been a while, would love to talk more soon, maybe the barbecue together ?

Robert points out that Google Reader now tells in the open how many subscribers you have and counts how many readers we have. Robert says I have 1538 subscribers just in Google reader. Interesting, and it is spread amongst the different feeds I have in English and French I guess. Dave is adding the list in Google spreadsheet.

Dave is testing his french accent in Seesmic and I called him to say it made my day. Why ? Because when you have been working so hard (my tech team, not me) to get Seesmic out and you see the first friends having fun in it, it really makes your day, you know the feeling. About 20 friends are in Seesmic since today playing with it, won’t link to all of them but will do a best of show tomorrow morning. I love you all for your help.

We discussed about context in Seesmic with Ben and the idea of asking questions to the users, without telling them what to do but just to start conversations, like “What do you think of Al Gore getting the Nobel ?” (what do you think by the way ? I think it’s great, let his voice be louder).

Started running again. It feels really good in the Golden Gate park. Last year precisely I was running my first half Marathon, the 20km de Paris. Did it in 1h35 minutes blogged with details. I had even a podcast with my run in Google earth. Wished I would have run it today too. What are the cool half-marathons in the bay area ?New blog templateI am fed up with friends critcizing the fact that my blog gets ages to load (but thank them for that) so I thank Stephane Rangaya for making a new TypePad template. What do you think about it ? I like it but I think we can improve it. I want it very very simple and fast to load. Your feedback welcome.
Update: Michael adds the excel spreadsheet I think it is an interesting ranking however I have 4 different RSS feeds, two in french and two in english so I wonder about how reliable it is and I guess many people are in my case.



  • http://www.webthere.com TedC

    A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
    - Johan Wolfgant von Goethe

  • http://www.loiclemeur.com Loic

    Thanks TedC I wonder a lot about that these days… I actually try to do the opposite as much as possible, think with my blog readers and twitter followers…

  • http://www.webthere.com TedC

    Loic, I agree with your “involve everyone” approach absolutely. The Goethe quote came to mind regarding Philippe Starck’s reference. Personally, I’ve found that you need to be at a certain level to do what you’re doing, or at least have a proven track record, otherwise banality trumps enthusiasm and people wait for the proof before really contributing anything substantial… Whereas, in your case, it seems people are clawing at the door…can’t wait to use seesmic. Congrats on todays testing.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/zerdos/ Zoli Erdos

    Loic, I guess the fact you’re calling it ‘Excel spreadsheet’ shows the power of the brand, i.e. Excel being a synonym to spreadsheet. But it’s a Zoho spreadsheet, which Mike has easily shared with some others so they could contribute :-)

  • http://profile.typekey.com/zerdos/ Zoli Erdos

    Loic, I guess the fact you’re calling it ‘Excel spreadsheet’ shows the power of the brand, i.e. Excel being a synonym to spreadsheet. But it’s a Zoho spreadsheet, which Mike has easily shared with some others so they could contribute :-)

  • http://www.loiclemeur.com Loic

    ah OK a zoho spreadsheet :)