Howdy, folks. Been a minute since I’ve posted, and I’ve got some good reasons for that. As most of you know, I’m in East Texas still, and I’ve got a lot of buns in the oven, so to speak. Unfortunately, I’ve signed a crapload of Non-Disclosure Agreements recently (which really stink when you’re a blabbermouth journalist type like myself), but are probably for the best. I’ll try to outline a bit of them right here and on to the interesting news after that.

ThinClients
I’ve been contracted by a company named 5 Tribe, Inc. here in Tyler to work for the next four months to create what’s called a Thin Client solution. I can’t go into the details of my project itself, but a Thin Client, if you’re unaware, is a system that has very little processing or storage power on the workstation itself, and instead relies on a server somewhere to do the bulk of the processing. The Thin Client solution I’ll be putting together will be about the size of a PSP, and about the price of an off the shelf PDA.

The beauty of this contract is that it not only does it pay me well to do something I’m really interested in, but it eventually will tie back in to a lot of the technologies that I developed back at BlipMedia and AACS.

BlipMedia and AACS
Speaking of BlipMedia and AACS (and their online program), what’s going on with all that there? Well, once again, I’ve signed a lot of NDAs and started a lot of super-secret negotiations, so again I cannot get into a whole lot of details on this one, but I can tell you that something huge is very likely going to be coming down the pike with BlipMedia that is going to shake the podcasting world down to it’s core. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that I fully expect to be interviewed on CNN and the Wall Street Journal on this one.

The best part is, it’s good for the podcasting community – trust me, you guys are going to love how this one plays out.

Yes yes, I know, I’m a big tease. I’ll give you a hint – imagine how cool it would be if the Blip server ran as stable as our competitor’s servers ran. I’ve probably said too much, but hey, I’ll let the speculation abound on that one and clean up the mess later.

Other Future Ventures
Speaking of new ventures and podcasting, I just got the go ahead from my pocket book to fund a new venture that’s going to be headed up by Leo, Ricky, Art, and myself. Again, I’m not going too far into the details on this one, but once again, I will drop ambiguous clues and let the speculation run rampant. Art and I were talking about the Adam Curry story a couple weeks ago and decided that we needed to snap into action and stop simply complaining about the sorry, disorganized state of podcast content, promotion, and marketing.

So the plan is, as soon as we come up with a name for the company, to take Adam Curry down by showing the world who the real kings of all online media are.

Happy Holidays
I recieved the following from a faithful Rizznite this week:

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named ‘Bush’, ‘Dick’, and ‘Colon’.

John Spencer Dies
I guess we know which ticket is winning next season on West Wing – one of my favorite persons from the show has died. John Spencer, the actor who portrays Vice Presidential candidate Leo McGarry on the West Wing passed away earlier today from a heart attack.

This is upsetting, and I know many Rizznites were fans of both the show and the character (as well as the actor, who also played prominently on the old series LA Law) – we’ll miss you John.

JibJab Strikes Again
Once again, JibJab makes a poke at politics both sides can enjoy (more or less). Their latest featurette called 2-0-5 was featured on CNN Headline News today.

Go check it out.

That’s all I got, so you commence napping.

/rizzn