Source that post!

Via Micro Persuasion (another really excellent new blog find): Blog Sourcing Petition. This is fundamental to one of the promises of the blogosphere, that individuals gain power through using their voices on line. But if you don’t link, you don’t participate in that empowerment.

I’m sure I’ve been guilty of not sourcing in the past, and I’ll probably make mistakes going forward, but I’ll try harder in the future.

A long overdue pointer

I found Alex Barnett’s weblog via Scoble tonight. Alex is the “online customer experience manager” for Microsoft’s UK website. I’ve been on half a dozen email threads with him regarding my past job as product manager for an internal tool that measured online campaign response for Now it seems he’s a kindred spirit in another way. And there are some things we should probably talk about.

North Carolina speechisms

Ed Cone: Bless His Heart, or How to Speak Like a Native. The political blogger hits some high points of North Carolina dialect, though I will say that “hey” as a greeting is not isolated to North Carolina—I remember it widespread in Virginia (southeastern, Charlottesville and Northern) and it’s equally pervasive in Redmond, Washington. I do have to give him points for calling out other regionalisms, including “people” for family, “tea” meaning sweet iced tea, “might could” as previously discussed here, “like to,” and of course “bless his heart.” And my wife still makes fun of me when I tell her to “mash down on” a button on the remote, meaning to hold it longer than a quick press.

Courtesy Doc Searls.

Coming back on line

It’s a crazy few days—a full day offsite on Friday that was bookended by some frantic product plan production. I’m back now and should be able to blog uninterrupted for at least a few days. Then we go to Boston on Wednesday to stay with Charlie and Carie through Sunday.

The offsite, incidentally, had some cool stuff. It was at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School, where they showed my new work team how to make paella (and supervised us as we actually cooked it). Among the things I learned: both my boss and his boss are big Wim Wenders fans, and both think, along with me, that Until the End of the World was one of his best films.