Unofficial CNet Best of CES09 or… Melissa Drops the Camera Again


Finally got my camera mailed back to me from the citizen journalist I gave it to!!! Look at this fun.

I crashed the CNet party and had a ton of fun “accidentally” dropping my Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof video camera in the pool much to the delight of CNet’s own, Wilson Tang and Kenley Bradstreet.

FYI: I fiddled with the color balance so you could more clearly see the nightime underwater scene.

Stop Collaborate & Listen, I’m giving Away A Wikinomics Zappos Edition… and cookies!

As you may or may not know, Panasonic recently invited me to be their guest this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  I saw a ton of cool electronics, but this is not a blog post about that.

I took the opportunity to schedule an interview with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh for my film Life In Perpetual Beta. (I used the HD camera Panasonic gifted me, OMG, wait till you see that interview – beautiful!) And with the interview I got a tour of the Zappos office… and the Zappos office… it’s a little like that dream as a kid where you wake up and toys are falling from the ceiling. The place is fun and alive, and empowering.  We played in the hallways, had a duel, made announcements to the staff and generally had a great time, because we felt included, invited.  When was the last time you felt that in a cubical setting?

They even have a resident life coach. How about that?  Just in case you want someone to help you untangle your intentions, he is there for you, with a variety or crowns and tiaras for you to put upon your lil’ worthwhile head.

It’s a rare occasion that one immediately feels included, wanted and valued in a group situation, where everyone’s voice matters, even an outsider’s voice. This was one of those rare occasions.

And now to include you – Because I have this extra copy of Wikinomics with a Zappos sticker inside the front cover you see, and it’s special. Very special.


So, Wikinomics.

Do you want me to mail it to you?

With a personal note from me?

And a batch of cookies I just baked?

Maybe some confetti?

If yes, leave me a comment, I’ll pick a winner at random early on Monday morning, make you some cookies, write you a heartfelt letter that afternoon, and send you a little package of love via the USPS before 5pm CST Monday night.