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Topless in the Echo Chamber

I unwittingly entered Bizzaro World yesterday when the LA Times put on its front page a story about Todd Wilkens' War on Crackberries which mentioned a term I'd jokingly come up with two years ago: the "topless" (as in laptopless) meeting. United Press picked up the story, and before you know it, we had three news crews in the office asking me about going topless.

The ABC piece was national which was fun (my parents' friends called them: "Danny was on TV!"). Ironically, the ABC News clip is preceded by an ad for Blackberry. Heh.

Here's the local CBS news:

Here's the local NBC clip:

Some guidelines for topless meetings.

Going topless at meetings is apparently a women's issue too.

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At the airport on the way to Austin last week, I bought a bottle of water. Or, more precisely, I bought the plastic container that the water came in. The water was just a bonus. The bottle, by SEI Water, is shaped like a large hip flask or canteen instead of the typical round cylinder, and it feels sturdier too. I spent a little bit more for this water bottle because I liked the form factor. The bottle drew comments everywhere I went, because (and here is the point) when I was done with it, I didn't throw it out like I do with every other water bottle. I kept refilling it, rather than discard it. It fit so well in my hand and looked so good with its sleek Helvetica Neue logo, I didn't want to get rid of it once its initial "use" was up. Five days later, I still have it. An airport water bottle.

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