This is Britt Peemoller, last seen on this blog with her eyes unattractively closed. She part of a team at Porter-Novelli working with Microsoft who facilitate my reporting on events that the company hosts from time to time.
This was taken at Microsoft's offices in New York after the launch of Office 365, reporting on which will be posted after it appears in this week's Business Guardian.
Quite apart from Britt's significant organisational skills and patient charm, she's my bi-lingual hookup when things drift into Espanol.
I really should learn some more Spanish, but as long as Porter Novelli keeps sending charming ladies like this to whisper in my ear during events, I probably won't learn a word.
Will we win anything? Who knows? A number of the entries are print shovelware, PDFs of printed documents livened up by online Flash-based presentations and I don't think that's what the judges will be looking for.
But we're also up against some formidable web-based competition, projects with much larger launch budgets than ours (our launch budget was, shall we say, minimal) and much splashier presentations.
What we do have, I sincerely believe, is honesty, authenticity and passion. It should be no secret that Outlish is buoyed almost entirely by the energy and dedication of its contributors, none of whom has drawn a cent in renumeration for any of the 25 issues we have published so far.
Each of the contributors is a digital native and implicitly understands that online publication of anything of value is a slow, steady process of winning a critical mass of readers and the project is doing exactly that. We're sliding up steadily toward 9,000 unique visitors per month and most of those readers are repeat readers, folks who come back again and again to a project that reflects their interests and aspirations.
For those who haven't visited Outlish.com, it's a simple focused magazine. We talk to young people who are entrepreneurial in their outlook across a wide range of disciplines.
This entry is a key point in our development, I think and winning anything is almost beside the point. Outlish online is focused, rich and engaging. It's not for everyone, but it resonates with those who align with its principles and outlook. Our project is confident, capable and robust and there is no contributor to Outlish who feels anything less than pride in what this collective of contributors has achieved by sheer force of will and determination to succeed.
Kudos to our webmaster, Ndelamiko Lord, who recovered from our first hacking in record time and got the site back up with enhanced security and to our bold leader, Karel McIntosh whose sense of organisation makes doing Outlish such a joy and whose vision was so comprehensive and clear that she rallied a group of contributors together behind it with what seemed like no effort at all.
To my colleagues at Outlish I offer a genuine and heartfelt salute for their hard work, to Karel, Quilin and Ndelamiko, I tip my hat to your efforts at keeping the show running so seamlessly. To our readers, I say thank you and hey, bring friends when you visit the Outlish next time around!
Britt's going to kill me if I ever end up at another Microsoft event for posting this image of her with her eyes closed. This is the crew that organised my working days at Microsoft's recent Innovative Education Forum in Panama.
The Caribbean gets lumped in with Latin America for these global events and I don't speak Spanish, so these three multi-lingual communications professionals make it possible for me to actually get stuff done.
We had a long, amusing chat after they pointed out to me that "No habla Espanol" is actually wrong, it's supposed to be "No hablo Espanol."
"Hah," I argued, "But if I really don't know how to speak Spanish, then habla is exactly right, it underlines my ignorance with semantic irony!"
This, believe it or not, is the kind of conversation I have with these ladies.
From left, they are Britt Peemoller, who I met at the launch of Vista, Sarah DiDonato from Microsoft, who I met for the first time in Panama and Pilar Metzler, with whom I had the considerable pleasure of hanging out in New York for the launch of Office 2007, San Diego for the Partner conference and this year, when she did her very best Helen of Troy imitation at an event for which the dress code was, apparently, white.
Discussing my political blog posts with host Cedriann Martin and guest Raymond Ramcharitar.
Both are here: http://lyndersaydigital.com/brain/dump_files/PM_plan.html and here: http://lyndersaydigital.com/brain/dump_files/punditry.html
The Morning Edition after
Absolute Political Punditry
The Virtual Town Hall
A brief telephone interview with the Morning Edition's Andy Johnson about my blog post on May 19 calling the T&T election five full days before the polls opened. View the post here: http://lyndersaydigital.com/brain/dump_files/punditry.html
The Morning Edition after
Absolute Political Punditry
The Virtual Town Hall
My appearance as the first guest on the first show of Gayelle's new morning show, Gayelle.com which aggregates information from Internet contributors and sources.
It was with shock and dismay that the media association learned of the recommendations of the Privileges Committee of the House of Representatives with regard to Mr Andre Bagoo of the Newsday newspaper.
On finding Mr Bagoo guilty of an offence, the committee recommended not only that the newspaper publish an apology, but also that Mr Bagoo be banned from the media gallery of Parliament until the end of the session.
Matt considers this an unjustifiably harsh and highly unusual punishment.
Mr Bagoo had been accused by Information Minister Neil Parsanlal of committing a contempt of Parliament by publishing the proceedings of the Privileges Committee in another matter before those proceedings had been reported to the House.
The association admits that this publication by Newsday was indeed in breach of the Standing Orders of Parliament.
However, in previous cases involving breaches of privilege--including the case prematurely reported by Mr Bagoo, which involved Udecott--once the accused party apologises for the offence, he or she is almost invariably let off and no further action taken. It should be noted that the editor in chief of Newsday, Ms Therese Mills, appeared before the committee and apologised for breaching the Standing Orders.
In addition, in a minority report, three members of the committee disagreed with the recommendations and argued that banning a reporter contravened the constitutionally enshrined freedom of the press. They asked that members of the House reject either the entire report or that recommendation.
Matt endorses this call, and now awaits with apprehension the committee’s findings in the case of two other journalists also sent to the Privileges Committee.
In light of the recommendations in the case of Mr Bagoo, Matt notes with grave concern that a pattern may be emerging of attempted intimidation, by way of the Privileges Committee, of journalists whose reporting may have embarrassed or offended the Government.
Soyini Grey was a delight to work with on this clip for CNews' technology segment. Smart, funny and accommodating, she allowed me to ramble on for what seemed like way too long about Twitter, traditional media and the elections in Iran.
Some thoughts that didn't make it into the final edit include...
Twitter succeeded in Iran because it was diffuse and invisible. Traditional media was easy to find, target and neutralise. Licensed, official reporters are known to the authorities, dozens of people with cellphones and laptops are not.
The authorities in Iran tried to stop information from getting out, blocking access to the preferred social media network in Iran, Friendfeed, but young people simply switched to Twitter and went on sharing links and news updates. Multiple sources of information and multiple points of access for publishing make traditional methods of information supression more difficult, if not impossible to implement.
In embracing new media, traditional media sources need to cultivate the savvy to separate misinformation from fact, opinion from reporting. Life magazine, busy reinventing itself as a source for impactful photography on the web did exactly that by making contact with a photographer who posted some of the best imagery coming out of the protests and gathering that person's work into a striking gallery.
The photographer's identity remains unknown and has since been reported missing by their family. See those images on Life's gallery here...
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