What an awesome day!!   Today I reconnected with an old friend from Madison who was in town shooting a pilot for ABC – Live Green. He was my go to in college for everything- a shoulder, the best nuggets, fun, positivity, sunshine, wisdom, you name it.  More than anything Stephen is a person who embodies living in the moment.  His middle name should be carpe diem and everyone can learn from him.    

Anyhow, he is one of those people everyone wants to be around, everyone adores. He is a truly genuine soul- a passionate smart entrepreneurial man who is literally making a huge difference in the world.  His 15 years of living in Costa Rica immediately post college are unbelievable to learn about.  From his work with children, his Veggie Bus (runs on veggie oil from Cali to Costa Rica), to his multiple companies- Kopali, Costa Rican Adventures,and more, to his cooperatives, he is inspiring and spectacular.  Click here to see some media coverage.   He spreads knowledge and love and is consistently making the world a better place.   His company literally is changing the world and his presence in my life could not have come at a better time.

Thank you Stephen Brooks. To steal your word- you are epic.  Much more to come. Check out Kopali foods.

http://www.kopaliorganics.com/

When I began this blog I really thought I’d be writing about social media and technology- at least in some posts.  I mean, it’s a huge part of my daily life.  It’s what I do all day, it’s what I think about and read about.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge technocrat, an avid Facebook and Twitter (and other social media sites) supporter, and real Mac person.  

Much of this probably comes from my family’s love of technology as well.   My mom introduced us to the world of Apple in the 1980′s as she was and still is ahead of the curve on all things tech.   In fact, it was my Grandpa Ray, her father, who always had the latest and greatest tech gadget throughout my entire life.  I mean, even in the 1960′s he had the best video camera out there.  It was enormous and heavy, but it was what was out there.  

Grandpa Ray always had cutting edge gadgetry before anyone else.  For my 30th birthday, my mom made me a CD of all the audio recordings my grandpa Ray had made of me talking as a toddler and up.   So, even back then- 1978/9, 1980 and on, Grandpa Ray had the most advanced audio cassette recorder and microphone and used to record me every time he saw me.   It’s amazingly spectacular.   Check the gadgetry (recorder and mic) in the pic below–

 

Grandpa Ray and me circa 1977 or 8

Grandpa Ray and me circa 1977 or 1978

What’s also awesome is that my mom transcribed it all to CD and that I have it now- in 2009!   Even all our videos she transcribes to DVD.  I think we had beta longer than any living human.   Hearing about this now, you probably think it’s normal to document everything (as that’s what people do- blogging, tweeting, facebook status updating, friend feeding, Ustreaming, etc), but back then, it was not common.   I’m so lucky to have such footage.  I began video taping in middle school and even have those videos now.   So funny, me and my friends sitting in my bedroom on Astor filming ourselves and our phone calls with boys.   We also did audio tapes too.   Hysterical.  

Another example of how ahead of the game my grandpa was is this story.   I will never forget Grandpa Ray coming up to me very excited in 2001and saying, “So, do you have a nomad yet?”.   I didn’t even know what a nomad was at that point!!!   Back then a nomad was an MP3 player- pre iPod.  He had it with him and showed it to me loaded with his songs!  AMAZING.   I used to think the iPod was the best invention.  I mean, it completely changed my life.   Music has always been a huge part of who I am.  My tape drawer was overflowing, then the CD drawer, argh.  So when I travelled, I brought an entire carry-on of CD’s with my portable CD player.   What a heavy load!!!  So, the invention of the iPod completely changed my life in such an enormous way at that time… as did the cell phone, the computer, TIVO!!!  I could go on and on!!!!

Grandpa Ray was so generous with all his devices too.  He always got the best ones and when a newer one came out (phone, cell phone, walkie talkies, computer, iPod, video games, DVD players, iPod speakers and more), he would give them to those he loved- usually his grandchildren.   He always had multiple sets of each gadget too.   Amazing.   What was more spectacular was the fact that he actually knew how to use each and every one of these gadgets until the day he died at 89.   In fact, my grandpa switched from T-Mobile (he was one of the first to switch and deal with breaking contracts in 2002 or so) to another carrier.  When he switched, he gave me his old Palm Treo and HIS CELL NUMBER— which is still the best number out there and my current number!!!  GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

Anyhow, I got off point.  Please forgive me.   I do have to credit my grandpa with our family’s intense interest in technology.   I mean, I think at one point during a family poker game there were 5 or 6 Treo’s on the table at once- this was before everyone even had cell phones.  

Treo Family

Our Family Poker Game

But it is my mom who knows it all.   She is a genius.   She should be behind the counters at the Apple store.  In fact, she is a “Certified Apple Specialist”.   I remember in the 90′s coming home and seeing for the first time in our kitchen, The Macintosh Bible, and laughing my ass off.   I had NO clue how amazing that was.   To elaborate, in our apt on Astor, the kitchen was always the hangout spot.  So of course my mom was ahead of the times, and turned an area of our kitchen into an office area with the computer.   This was wayyyy before laptops- wayyy.   I’d say this was circa 1992.   Anyhow, I had no clue how pivotal that bible would be!

Right now I can’t live without my iPhone or my MacBook Pro.  I’ve had a PDA of some sort since the 1990′s.  I know my first semblance was a Palm Pilot of some sort… Way before the Prism I had a Palm, but blanking on which right now (it is only 144am).   Whatever it was was one before the phone feature was integrated.  Of course then the Treo came out and newer and newer versions were selling like hotcakes!  I think the 650 was the last one I had before I went iPhone.    It killed me to get rid of the old gadgetry (never should have) before I moved and tried to de-clutter.   They are real antiques!!   I always laugh when I see a Treo these days.   For me, that represents such a time in my life.   I used to talk to friends, boyfriends, everyone about their phones.  I guess I still do…   I remember being more attracted to a guy who had a Treo than any other phone.   Something about that Treo (now iPhone of course), Mac, Obama guy…       

Right now, I have such desire to blog about the on-goings in the social media world /technology arena, but what I’ve discovered is, someone else has already written it.

It’s become (and not even lately), a who’s who of getting the news out the fastest.   Whatever the “news” is.   In all reality, someone is posting it before I am.  In fact, I’m probably the last possible person the planet to post it.   Well, I won’t go that far. Truth be told, people reading my blog have probably not already seen the news first- ie, Twitter, Facebook, Mashable, etc.  

A lot happened in the social media world today when Facebook acquired FriendFeed- click here to read Mashable’s article.    I mean, even the awards shows are now giving awards for “Choice Twit”.  At this week’s Teen Choice Awards, Ellen won and then proceeded to give one of her almost 3 million followers $1000. Click here to read Mashable’s coverage.      This Sunday’s NYT had a few great pieces on social media and new “rules” at certain fiestas and gatherings in NYC.  Check it out at your leisure.  

Well, there you have it- a little background on me the technocrat (one of my biggest passions) as well as a few social media news briefings.   

What was your first cell phone?  Your first PDA?  Your biggest tech guilty pleasure?  Post comments and sign up on the left as google friend connect!!  

Carpe Diem!

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