I'm headed out to the West Coast next week, and as soon as I step off the plane I'm headed straight to the big Inhabitat holiday party that's going down on Wednesday at the Design Within Reach store on Fillmore Street in SF. If you're in the Bay Area you should swing by and say hi.
I had sort of an unusual day yesterday. Started things off by playing a couple of hours of Gears of War with Major Nelson and the winning bidder of our charity Xbox match, then hauled my ass over to the Meatpacking District to meet up with Ethan Kaplan from Warner Bros. Records. I'd made him promise to let me know the next time he was going to be in town, so he invited me to hang out at the shoot for Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone's latest video. Best part was that the video just happened to be a shot-for-shot remake of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" -- complete with all the day glo/blacklight stuff, too. Weirdest part was when Jamie asked me not to blog what he was texting to Paris Hilton.
For the record Jason and I are just having some fun toying with the idea of starting our own gadget company. Why? Well, we're both incredibly dissatisfied with the state of portable media players and it's exciting to think about the possibilities enabled by this new world of low-cost contract manufacturing. Are we actually going to do anything? Probably not -- if there's one thing I understand, it's how difficult creating a new gadget can be, it's something I see first-hand every day at Engadget. That said, it's been interesting mulling over the idea in public, it's incredibly frustrating to see companies making the same stupid mistakes over and over and over again and it's hard not to want to do something about it.P.S. - Dave, how does the 21st look?