@MothersBistro Portland, OR

Wonderful breakfast and coffee with Mother’s Bistro owner @robsample. Swirling, inspiring riffs on music, movies, food, tech, Sicily, Portland culture and the Beat Generation (just mentioned it again!).

Great meeting you. Rob. A prossima Volta!

Update:  More photos and a video.

Very good Lebanese food here:

Here is a iPhone 4 video of a King corner room on the second floor inside Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR.

KATU-TV Portland Visits Intel’s Social Media Center of Excellence

Local Portland TV station KATU-TV took time out to meet with my Intel pals to talk about how we team up to listen and communicate using social media.

I tried embedding the player here, but the code won’t take.  So, this is pasted from the KATU-TV Website:

What does a ‘social media guru’ do? Intel takes us behind the scenes

There are major companies out there that have entire teams dedicated to social media.  The question is – what do folks who work on those teams do all day? We find out from Intel’s Social Media Strategist, Kelly Feller.

There’s a Time for Everything: Consume, Digest, Excercize & Create

Tom Foremski has been saying this to me and many others for years:  we’re in conversation overload.  I agree, but I still see many people feeling like they’re in information overload.  Both leave you starving for time to “get away” and “think.”

Today reading his “IMHO” ZDNet blog “We live in the conversation age and not the thinking age,” I felt the wonderful blend of new world desires tempered with old school reality.  He does that so well.  This got me thinking, “How do people do it?”  “How am I staying on top of my game…of life?”

There are prolific people like Robert Scoble (coverage from Davos — even this YouTube brush with Bono paraphrasing writer Thomas Friedman: “don’t change your lightbulbs…change your leaders!”), Jeremiah Owyang (just spoke at Intel’s sales conference) and others who quickly, regularly consumer tons of “content,” blog posts, news, videos…then they make sense of what’s valuable, put it into context for themselves and share it.  This is a creative process that require a wondrous metabolism.  On top of that, they’re out meeting people, talking at events and helping, inspiring friends and business acquaintances to learn and move ahead.

I don’t have the wondrous metabolism, but I have changed some things in the past few years.  I’ve pulled passion up front and center.  I’ve opened up more and tried to help more people — more willing to make mistakes and more eager to include others who can help me.  Although I’ve been temporarily separated from my wife and kids for 18 months, I dedicate time for talking, thinking, praying and taking care of necessities for them.  I’d like my efforts to be more thoughtful and trusted by those I’m with, but this requires self enlightening time, time for dreaming and securing one foot on the ground.

So I’d agree that we’re swarmed by many conversations.  Rather then duck and cover, I try to suck it up!  Run with it.  Remember my principles and build my character every chance I get.  Whether its information or conversation or creation overload, what we do for ourselves and one another is only as good as our minds are sharp, spirits are alive, bodies are in motion and hearts are pumpin’ with love.

I better get more slim moleskin notepads!! By the way, I agree that Portland is a place the lets you think…or not think when you want.  Love that city!