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August 2007


Oh the horror, I've gained .2 pounds! Ok, so I am not upset by this in the least. Why? because two tenths of a pound is nothing, NOTHING I say! I've still lost over 100 pounds, and that's all that matters.

Plus I ate a punch of crap this week (not literally) and I had pasta last night for the first time in a long while (it was good, and it tasted even better after the 2 rolls I had).


Has it really been almost a month since I have blogged on Scott Gets Fit? So it would seem. While I have been neglecting this blog I haven't been neglecting the Scott Gets Fit project, and today's weight in proves it. I was dreading going to the gym today, but I convinced myself to get my ass off the couch and get to it, and boy am I glad I did.

281.1. 281.1! That's how much I weighed when I got on the scale today. You know what that means, I've lost 102 pounds (or so) in less than a year (ok, not much less than a year but still!). I'm ahead of the schedule I set for myself a month and a half ago. I'm excited to say the least.

Scoble unwittingly sums up what is wrong with the A list bloggers

I am sure Robert Scoble is a very nice guy. He's smart, affable, and very passionate about technology. Plus he was once a Blankbaby reader, he stopped reading a while ago, but something tells me he'll see this post.

The problem with Robert is one that many of the A list tech bloggers have: the geographical echo chamber. Sure, most of the A Listers know each other in real life, and of course they are going to link to one another. However, there is this propensity for West Coasters in, or near, the Silicon Valley to think that all tech happens there (the same geographical echo chamber can be seen in many residents of Manhattan. Many simply refuse to leave Manhattan because they see no reason. If it matters, it happens in Manhattan, right?).

This idea crystallized when I read this passage on Scoble's blog, which oddly enough is about Web 2.0 stuff gaining traction outside of the Valley:

The thing is I’m getting reports from around the world that people are talking about Facebook in weird places like Moscow and Paris and Cape Town.

Now, I'm not sure what makes these places 'weird,' but it isn't like they are small little backwaters. According to Wikipedia Moscow is the world's 20th largest city by population, followed by Paris which takes slot number 21 (Philadelphia clocks in at 45th, which makes it SUPER weird, while San Fran-Oakland takes the 87th spot beating out Cape Town which is 98th).

My point is that urban centers are always places where art, commerce, and technology have historically intermingled. It is the height of arrogance to think that people outside of Silicon Valley aren't doing cool stuff (or using Facebook for goodness sake!). Lots of cool stuff is even happening right here in good old Philadelphia (Ban Franklin, by the way, certainly didn't think Paris was weird. He was a noted Francophone and America's ambassador to France for a spell).