Van Gogh

When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He3 had no thought of being an artist at all. He sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lamppost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “It’s so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

A creative impulse. A feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.

As we know Van Gogh went on to create many beautiful things of art. During his life he made $109 dollars. He had a terribly hard life but it was one of the happiest and greatest lives ever lived.

When was the last time you had a creative impluse…did you act on it?

A friend of mine Aaron Rusch recommended the book where I got this little history on Van Gogh. If you get a chance pick it up. This whole post was stolen from her writing….read it, it fun full of spirit

If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland

Successful Meetings March Cover

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This months March cover of Successful Meetings Magazine features Mike McAllen our CEO. Which is me!!!!!! How cool! The article is by Sarah Welch and is really interesting. I had the good fortune of being interviewed by her for the article and then photographed for the cover. We talked about Second Life and Grass Shack Events & Media. Check it out, its very informative and also features Donald E Jones from Georgetown University, Chuck Hamilton of IBM. (a podshackradio podcast guest coming up next month),Claus Nehmzow and some other folks who talk about meetings and events in Second life. Its a great overview of how the landscape is changing for communications.

See me next on the cover of Time. (yeah right- this is my 20 minutes of fame)

Also featured in the Magazine is Grass Shacks friend Simone Champagnie for her awesome blog. Check it out at

Getting an Event Cancelled- wanna help?

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moz screenshot Getting an Event Cancelled  wanna help?One event that I wish would never happen is the baby seal hunt. I signed this petiton and I hope you will also. Hard to imagine wearing baby seal fur to a party let alone be one of the club wielding hunters. Pretty grusome stuff. Yet I am sure they need to earn a living but maybe a trade school? Not a funny subject but it takes around 5 seconds to sign the petition

Help End the Cruel Harp Seal Hunt

seal pic Getting an Event Cancelled  wanna help? The whole world reacted with horror to 2006′s images of ice floes bloodied with the carcasses of hundreds of thousands of baby seals whose skins have been ripped from their backs. Unless caring individuals speak out and demand the seal hunt’s end, that gruesome scene will be repeated again later this month.

The Canadian government has given the go-ahead for hunters to bludgeon to death 335,000 baby harp seals this year. To stop this atrocity, we must generate an international outcry against the Canadian government for sanctioning it.

We need to collect 50,000 signatures on PETA’s international petition to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before the hunt begins. It’s time for Canada to erase this stain on its reputation and call off the slaughter immediately.

Sign here:


PodShackRadio #25

Posted PodShackRadio # 25 interview with Albin Pomnichowski a video editor. I originally met Albin when working with Muse Media Center in Emeryville California.

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Flamed & confused + New PodShackRadio Podcast

Yesterday I went through a whirlwind of fun with Meetings Community Forum board in Google forums. I have been enjoying the new media space for the last couple of years. I am a closet nerd. Well not so closeted lately. Blogging (sorta) since 2003. I have been podcasting for the last 2 years: Barking Spider Ranch(podfaded), USP Talk(podfaded), NSheets(podfaded), PodShackRadio, to name a few I have been directly producing all for just fun. I also have been in second life after hearing Eric Rice and CC Chapman speak at the Podcast Academy at Yahoo. I also have been attending the Podcast expo and as many Podcamps, podcast Academy’s as possible. All the while having the best year EVER last year for Grass Shack Events & Media. We tripled our sales. Correlation? I don’t know….

So back to the whirlwind of fun yesterday. I really have enjoyed listening to Managing the Gray podcast. CC Chapman who does this podcast is quite an inspiration to me. He totally gets it and I wanna get it. So I am one of the MTG Sheep in he herd. CC and his company Crayon have a new marketing Meetup in Second life which I attend every Thursday at 6am. (yes its fricken early) I really enjoy listening in and being in the conversation. Because, that’s what it is all about the conversation! Talking to strangers. Don’t listen to what your parents said, talk to strangers! Build your brand! (CCisms) I decided I should start a Meetup in Second life in my office in Second Life for meeting planners and resources that put on meetinsg and conferences, experimental marketers etc. So I invited everyone on the meetings and events forum boards/ g-mail list in the MIM list and the newer MeCo list. I was immediately flamed for marketing. I also had several people stand up for me. Well the meetups have had a total of 6 people come (including friends who aren’t involved with meeting planning) I just thought this would be agreat forum to share ideas in a new fun way. Plus all the meetinsg and events going on in Second Life why wouldnt the RL meeting folks want to see what all the noise is about??? Well obviously some dont want to know.

I scheduled them for 8-9am Thursday mornings so I can attend the Crayonville meetup, go get some coffee and then be there for my meetings meetup. The few that did show I really enjoyed showing the meeting planners who did make it some of second life. We started at the Grass Shack then I took them to Crayon and showed them around. Then off to IBM and other spots of interest.

All in all I am amazed at the pushback from the forum boards. But it was so great to get all the emails and encouragement from the people who “get it”. It is so important to me to try new things – if it is a new way to present material for a conference, a new sort of scrim for staging to something like Second Life.

Sorry for the drawn out post. I would love to hear your comments. I also posted a new Podshackradio of me bantering about this a little. No interview this week. CC Chapman told me in an email that he would do an interview soon. I need to send him a voice comment for his show about all this hubub.