Life as a Model

I had my first modeling gig last night. Seriously.

Our friend Katie called Carly saying she needed some people for a photo shoot for Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine at the Walker Art Center. Apparently, they’re doing a story on . . . you’ll have to wait to find out.

We had to dress up, drink wine, and act candid for an hour an a half.

I have a new found respect for Cindy Crawford and Tyra Banks.

The view from the Walker is pretty darn impressive. We were there at sunset and watched the color of the skyline change at the sun lowered in the sky. Very cool.

2006 Technology predictions

Happy new year everyone! In the spirit of the new year, Technology Evangelist has ten predictions for 2006:
1 A new super-virus will be released on the Internet that will wreak havoc on Windows based systems. This virus will be bad enough to bring entire legs of the Internet to a crawl. We’re not talking about your average every-day virus, we’re talking about a massive virus the likes of which we have never seen and will cost corporate America billions.
2 BluRay and HD DVDs will finally hit the market with much fanfare, but at a very steep price. While the early adopters will all grab on to a format, most consumers will ignore this until there is more HD content available.
3 Windows Vista will actually be released.
4 Apple will release a HDTV living room solution. Maybe based on iTunes, maybe not, this system will allow users to download HDTV shows and movies legally and play them on their Macintosh via their Front Row application. Just plug your Intel based Mac Mini into a HDTV, and download away. While iTunes allows you to download videos today, they are only 320×240, we’re talking 1080i or 720p+ quality here.
5 Free WiFi hotspots will start cropping up everywhere as retail owners find this is an easy way to get repeat business.
6 To compete with Windows Mobile 5, Palm will release an all new Treo, above and beyond the Treo 700w, based on a Linux version of the Palm OS. This will be a completely new system that will give Windows Mobile a run for its money; however, the momentum behind Windows Mobile 5 will continue to climb.
7 Intel will produce a 64 bit chip that actually beats the x86 AMD systems in price, performance and power (as in lower power consumption). I know, it’s a long shot, but you never know.
8 A VoIP war will be raged between Microsoft, eBay/Skype, Google/AOL, and the traditional VoIP providers such as Vonage. We will see a lot of innovative features, the least of which is video. Expect to start getting WebEx type functionality in these applications.
9 Applications will continue to move to the web, try Writely, Bloglines and Yahoo Mail and they will become more integrated – think OnlineOffice – so that users can access their data from their Handhelds, Tabnotes, and Media Center PC’s: The web will fundamentally disrupt every industry, while we have heard this before, it will truly happen in Web 2.0.
10 After Technology Evangelist offers HDTV coverage of CES, the traffic to this site will become so large that we will be forced to upgrade to a new pimped out XServe from Apple. Maybe even two clustered together.
What are your predictions for 2006?