Robbing Arianna HuffingtonMay 2, 2007
Poor Arianna Huffington. First her husband catches gay, and then years later she has to sit next to me on a flight back from SFO to LAX. I was worried people wouldn’t believe me. I’m not sure why I was worried about that – I mean, it’s not like Huffington can teleport, she does, after all, have to fly like everyone else. But nonethless, I required tangible evidence of her presence. So I waited until she went to the restroom and stole her boarding pass. This was, of course, AFTER the plane took off, so it’s not like she needed the pass anymore. And besides, it’ s not like I married her for several years & then turned out to be gay.
Amusingly enough, on this same flight was Justin, from Justin.tv, who filmed me for a while as I was speaking to him about his whole “broadcast your life on the internet” business plan. Justin has a webcam mounted to the front of his baseball cap, and everything his eyes see gets broadcast to the world via a Sony VAIO laptop in his backpack with a broadband internet/cellphone card. He has to be near electrical outlets every five hours or so, or else he has to swap out batteries, but otherwise it’s a totally mobile operation. He was coming to L.A. to speak at the same conference Huffington was speaking at, the OnHollywood Conference. Apparently, while I was talking to him, getting really into our conversation about his project, and other web projects like reddit & digg, another guy waiting to get on the plane pulled out a laptop via Wi-Fi & loaded the Justin.tv homepage, which (my co-workers told me later) was filled with people chatting in real time about me, basically saying stuff like “Jesus, when is this fucker going to shut up already? MAN does he love to hear himself talk,” etc. So that was awesome.
On the way back to the office from LAX, I mentioned to my boss how my whole knowledge of Silicon Valley tech startups & web companies in general was a little redundant, since I didn’t work in that industry, and perhaps my tone of voice was a little too wistful, because he quickly responded “what, are you jealous of Justin.tv? He’s broke and has a camera strapped to his head.” Which helped to put things in perspective.