Introducing Patti Lord

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[View from the cable car, crossing the Golden Gate bridge, 10/11/2008]

I flew up to San Francisco yesterday for the honor of being best man in the wedding of Rob Lord and Patti Roll. It was pretty much perfect, from the cable cars that took the guests to the beach, to the Blue Angels flying over our heads as we crossed the Golden Gate bridge, to the ceremony officiated by Ross, to the incredible food at Chez Spencer, to the human-power-generated dance party led by MC Fossil Fool. A few of us stood up and said a few words about Rob and Patti. Here’s what I had to say:

I met Rob nearly 15 years ago when the web was still young enough those of us doing web music all knew one another. It wasn’t until I visited rob in Sedona shortly after he joined Nullsoft we started to become close. I walked into his apartment, saw a stack of Bowie CDs with Belle and Sebastian’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister” on top, and a friendship was born in earnest. I thought I was flying to Sedona for a job interview, but I was starting one of the most important friendships of my life.

Rob has been a friend, mentor, and a true inspiration. We shared a passion — for music, technology, change — but rob had a breadth of perspective I hadn’t experienced before. Our shared tastes in music and lifestyle made transition from debate or work to fun seamless, something I took for granted then but have a huge appreciation for now. We were a great team, compliments in a bunch of ways, grounded in the same idealism and motivations.

At some point Rob made it his mission to make me successful. He told me I could do things I never dreamed I could, and with his encouragement I even did some of them. He paid my rent for more than a year while we built a company together. His belief in me and generosity is the reason I can afford to send Zoe to MIT today.

Patti, you and I don’t know each other that well yet, but I’ve nothing but glowing reviews of the you I’m getting to know. Rob’s a lucky man. Thanks so much for opening your home to me when I visit the city. I’m looking forward to spending time with you in the years to come.

As I’m sure you know as well as anyone, while Rob has settled a bit in recent years, Rob the idealist remains strong and can be frustrating at times, as former execs from both AOL and Yahoo! can attest (though the fact is both companies would be better off today if they’d has the balls to listen to him then). Still, even though I’ve probably seen Rob at his most difficult, I’ve never seen him motivated by greed or selfishness. Hopefully you’ll be able to appreciate and respect this brilliant and generous person, even when he’s a total pain in the ass. I’ll tell you from experience, this is what it takes.

Personally I feel truly blessed to have Rob in my life and Patti I can only hope your experience is similar and that the two of you compliment each other to make a great but very different kind of team. Congrats and love to you both.

Rob and me at an AOL all hands meeting at Magic Mountain, 1999:

Magic Mountain Photo Booth

ian

iPhone 3G For Sale

fast?  my ass.

Anyone wanna buy a three week old iPhone 3G, 16GB? You don’t even have to stick with AT&T for two years to get a cheap price. Make me an offer.

But I need to get another phone first. What should I get? Requirements:

  • I want to be able to send email. Easily. From my phone. For real. Not in a “yeah you could do that if you have a lot of time to kill and don’t really need to write anything serious” kinda way that’s actually super fucking annoying and causes me to think “eh, I’ll just send that when I get back to my desk because christ almighty I hate typing on this thing,” but in the way I used to clear out my inbox on runways and fire off notes while skateboarding with my Blackberry.
  • A decent battery. I don’t want to find myself at the end of the day rationing out my peeks at the phone to see what time it is because my fucking battery meter is red. It’s 2008 and the phone cost $300, keeping a charge from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep shouldn’t be a challenge.
  • I want to be able to write text messages without having to backspace over at least one completely garbled word per message.
  • Finding a contact should be less than five annoying touches on a touchscreen. Bonus if I don’t have to wait five seconds after every touch.
  • It would be awesome to have a phone that didn’t make me stare at a blank screen for five seconds before replying to a text message. Maybe I need to clear out my text message queue or something? Shit is mad slow.

Things I’ll miss:

  • MobileMe. Kinda. Yeah, things are out of sync often but just adding a contact quickly out of email and knowing it’ll magically be on my phone later is REALLY HANDY. I don’t know how I’ll keep my contacts and calendar up to date between whatever phone I end up getting and my Macs. Ideas?
  • Google maps. I guess I’ll go back to being lost in NYC. But seriously, last time I was in NYC I used the map in the morning to find my way around and then was lost at night because MY FUCKING BATTERY WAS DEAD AND MY PHONE WAS OFF. If I had a Blackberry at least I could have called someone.
  • Listening to music while biking and being able to answer the phone on the same headset I’m listening to music on. Then the music starts up again when the call is over. Simple yet handy since the bike is my main mode of transport.
  • Pour1Out. Handy app when you need to pour out some liquor for the American economy, Yahoo! Music Unlimited, etc.

But honestly, I think that’s it.

The problem is I have no idea what phone to get. No Windows Mobile, plz. Thinking a Blackberry, but aren’t they about to drop a slew of new phones? Probably a bad time to downgrade to a Curve. And isn’t AT&T going to make me pay full price for changing phones soon? Argh. HALP. HATE MY IPHONE.

UPDATE: My friend Vince told me (via Twitter) that if I’m within 30 days AT&T will take the phone back. I immediately called AT&T and unfortunately time flies and I’m at 35 days. I talked to four different people (actually, two very nice people and two subhumans whose souls have been removed by promotions to “floor manager” at a faceless corporation) and there’s nothing they can do 5 days after the 30 day window. They can’t take it back (they blame Apple) and they can’t give me a discount on a Blackberry, even though it would surely be cheaper than pushing me to take the $170 early term and get a cheap Blackberry on another carrier. So now I have a phone I dislike but a phone company I hate. Good move, AT&T. The iPhone 3G sucks, but you super suck.

So, anyone know if the Blackberry Bold is coming on any other carriers? I’d *love* to pay AT&T $170 and jump ship.

ian

When you let Twitter make your wardrobe choices…

Stooges

…it can be dangerous. But if you give Twitter two very valid options and let it decide, well, that’s better than our presidential elections have been for a long time.

I asked Twitter to choose between a suit and a Stooges shirt for my panel at Digital Media Forum West today. Apart from two “wear them both” votes, support for the Stooges shirt was unanimous and the suit had no takers. Of course @freshbreakfast was right, I was really just looking to validate my personal choice and not take the blame for it. It was a setup and my Twitter followers played the roll perfectly.

Thank you. See you at DMFW today.

Oh btw, saw My Bloody Valentine last night and it was all everyone said it was. It was also amazing to be able to ride bikes to Santa Monica Civic to see a show. The last thing I saw there was either college night at Santa Monica High or a modern furniture expo. Of course what I wish I’d have seen was this:

Kevin Shields told Travis he might come by Bar Chloe after tonight’s show and play a few tunes. Come on down.

ian

When you let Twitter make your wardrobe choices…

Stooges

…it can be dangerous. But if you give Twitter two very valid options and let it decide, well, that’s better than our presidential elections have been for a long time.

I asked Twitter to choose between a suit and a Stooges shirt for my panel at Digital Media Forum West today. Apart from two “wear them both” votes, support for the Stooges shirt was unanimous and the suit had no takers. Of course @freshbreakfast was right, I was really just looking to validate my personal choice and not take the blame for it. It was a setup and my Twitter followers played the roll perfectly.

Thank you. See you at DMFW today.

Oh btw, saw My Bloody Valentine last night and it was all everyone said it was. It was also amazing to be able to ride bikes to Santa Monica Civic to see a show. The last thing I saw there was either college night at Santa Monica High or a modern furniture expo. Of course what I wish I’d have seen was this:

Kevin Shields told Travis he might come by Bar Chloe after tonight’s show and play a few tunes. Come on down.

ian