Monday, December 29, 2008

Getting down to business in January

There are a couple of conferences happening in January I am excited about. The Future TV Show is a two-day conference looking at things like IPTV and mobile TV over smart phones. I will be in media geek heaven.

It's not a technology show per se, more of "This is what the decision makers in TV are thinking."

And later in the month is a panel discussion on the changing face of the media world. News ink is running thin, kids. The individual can be a reporter on the Web just as readily as an established news company. This industry is seeing upheaval on a near biblical level.

Fortunately, yours truly is chief Internet grand pooba for his newspaper's online news. I make us more interactive with the world. But change is coming so fast, even I need to know more about what is on the horizon.

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away