I think I'm starting to get it, use it and live it: Facebook, texting, mobile email, mobile photos, mobile video, and even Twitter. You can see my Twitter feed on http://www.hawthorneblog.com/content/about-stephen-kelley. Do you want to play? Come on in, the water's fine! Twitter sskelley.
It's a new digital world out there and I'm feeling a little behind the times. My 13 year old son knows more about using mobile phones and social networking than I do. OK, maybe the REAL issue is that being social is a prerequisite and I'd rather be in deep solitude contemplating esoteric technical issues, but I can fake it. I "got" chat rooms and instant messaging though I eventually decided using them often did not fit my personality and work habits.
The flip side of this is that it can sometimes be tough to find good IT talent.
O'Reilly Safari books online has been an excellent source of technical books for me. I really appreciate Hawthorne footing the bill for my subscription. It has almost completely eliminated what used to be a hefty personal and company spending buying physical technical books.
It's a beautiful summer in Iowa, except if you're under water. I've been enjoying riding my bike to work. I do it mainly for the fresh air and exercise although it feels good not to be paying $3.89/gallon. On my way back for lunch, I saw two other members of our IT department riding their bikes. Hey, get outside and enjoy!
Here's a screenshot of one of our sites at #3 for a Google search on DRTV. Personally I'm rooting for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage TV to capture the top spot for DRTV.
Josh Gaumer, has been working at Hawthorne on a school to work intern program on an advergame. Please check out the CMO Survival Game and give us some feedback. Great work Josh!
I've been having some interesting conversations with Jolie O'Dell and Mary Fahncke about the role of new media, in particular in traditional DRTV companies. We've been sharing some link love and you can see links to their sites at the blog/vlog rolls at the bottom of the Hawthorne Videoactive Report.
Saturday, 3May08, was Hawthorne Direct's first event in a new program of community service. Employees and family planted trees at the Soccer field near Dexter plant on Grimes. Here are some pictures taken by Adam Pohren of the planting.