Archive for the ‘Awesomeness’ Category

You have no idea how good you look

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

People are the worst judges of how they look. I came to realize this while looking through some friend’s profiles in facebook. Typically the pictures they chose as “profile pictures” – ie. “the picture that best represents you right now” looked nothing like them. Most of the girls were giving silly coy poses and making the duck face. What is up with that? Seriously.

What were your favourite pictures in your high school yearbook? It certainly wasn’t the face listings, and it wasn’t any of the posed shots. It was always those “captured moment” shots from dances, sporting events, whatever. It’s the pictures that were taken when the subjects didn’t know anyone was watching. It’s the pictures of you in a moment where you’re just being yourself. Let’s face it, you’re awesome! The sad part is that even if you agree that you are awesome, you probably don’t think you’re that physically attractive. I’m looking at you: women. I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t think she’s ugly in some way. She’s either too fat, too thin (a rarity), too veiny, too wrinkly, hair is too curly, hair is too straight, too hairy, too balding. You get the point.

Why can’t people just be happy with themselves? If you get up in the morning, make sure you don’t stink (shower), make sure you don’t look absolutely ridiculous (wear untorn, well-fitted clothes, comb your hair, etc), I can guarantee that the only person who thinks there is something wrong with your physical appearance that day will be you. You’re too damn self-conscious. You need to accept that it is the person you are underneath your skin who people really see.

That is why my favourite feature of Facebook is the “Pictures of ” album. This is the album of photos taken of you by other people. Photos that people have tagged you in, that you didn’t even know were being taken. These are the closest you will probably ever get to capturing who you are in image format. The shittiest part of it is that many people I know end up requesting that a large majority of these pictures be untagged (it’s their right in facebook to request this) because “my arm looks fat”, or “you can see my mole”, or “my ear looks weird”. It’s stupid. Let the chips fall and show people who you really are. No-one is going to think you’re ugly, and those who know (or have known) you will appreciate the glimpse into the awesomeness of you.

I really don’t want to get in trouble with folks for putting up pics that they don’t like, so here are a few examples of the types of pictures I’m talking about from my “photos of mark” album in Facebook. These people are all awesome:

Wonderful Wonderful

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I finally have an excuse for never posting to my blog anymore, and she’s a wonderful one we’ve named Frankie.

Me & Frankie

Shenanigans at Grow Conference in Vancouver

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Last week I attended the Grow conference in Vancouver, where I had an amazing time meeting smart and talented entrepreneurs from across Canada. There are some truly groundbreaking things happening up here in the great white North.

During the second day of the conference, a small group of us got together and rented a boat to do a tour of the Harbour. Those people are:

Scott Annan is the founder of Network Hippo in Ottawa, which is “a powerful and unique network relationship management tool that helps you build stronger relationships with people that matter. [They] help you stay in touch, reach out, and build stronger relationships.”.

Scott Lake and Craig Silverman founded SWIX aka “Social Web Index” (also in Ottawa) which is “a social media analytics application that monitors all of your social media properties (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, +20 others). Each day, SWIX gathers visitor and usage data for your sites, graphs it over time and puts everything in one convenient place for you.”

Leila Boujnane founded Idée Inc. in Toronto, which is “develops advanced image identification and visual search software.” They do all kinds of cool stuff, and if you are a designer, you should check this out, and definitely check this out.

The five of us got up to no good while out there. My flickr pictures from the trip are here, and we also have this video entitled “Bye Bye Mark O’Sullivan”:

Bye Bye Mark O’Sullivan

San Francisco

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

I just got back from a week in San Francisco where I met up with a bunch of interesting people. Here are some highlights:

I met Paul Bragiel from Lefora for lunch at an awesome Indian place, and we had a great talk about the ups and downs of discussion forums, users, hosting forums, and a lot more.

I hooked up with Matt Mullenweg at his kickass WordPress/Automattic offices. I shared a bunch of our plans for Vanilla, including the brand new Vanilla 2 & WordPress Integration, and got some great feedback and insight on a myriad of subjects relating to our similar business models.

Matt Van Horn from Digg invited me up to their rooftop where we checked out the amazing view of San Francisco, had a beer, and talked about dominating the world. Matt also invited me to an event called “Digg Swigg” at a bar downtown, where I had a few too many free drinks, and met up with a ton of interesting people like Rob & Emily from Foodzie and Ryan Sarver from Twitter.

I stayed with one of my TechStars Alums, Adam Rodnitzky from ReTel Technologies, who was an amazing host and tour guide. There is nothing like being driven from one side of San Francisco to the other in a convertible Triumph with the top down.

I have a few pictures of the trip up on Flickr.

Vanilla in Montreal

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


We’re heading out to Montreal today, and we’re going to be speaking at Last Drinks of Summer for the Montreal tech community. Looking forward to telling people about Vanilla & TechStars!

If you’re in Montreal, come out and say hi!

Eric Ries Coming to Boulder

Monday, August 17th, 2009


David Cohen recently announced that Eric Ries is coming to Boulder on August 19th & 20th. For those who don’t know him…

Eric Ries is a serial entrepreneur who has been talking about building Lean Startups in Silicon Valley and on his fantastic blog Startup Lessons Learned. He’s been sharing his ideas about Continuous Deployment, The Five Whys, the Ideas/Code/Data loop, Rapid Split Testing as well as Customer Development. His blog is simply fantastic and all reports are he’s even better in a person.

I’ve signed up for the workshop on the 20th, and I’m eager to learn all about his methods for building lean startups. If you’re in Boulder, you should definitely check it out.

A Brief Retrospective

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I plan on writing an epic post about my experience at TechStars after I recover from the wicked hangover I’m experiencing from last night’s founders party at our crappy apartment. In the meantime, I thought I’d post this video interview I did with one of my favourite people in Boulder, Chris Moody. It’s 22 minutes long, and I think watching it you can get a sense of how exhausted I am after the end of TechStars. I can quote Todd saying that TechStars has been “the best experience of my life”, and hopefully that comes across in the interview as well. Here’s Chris’ post about it, and here is the interview:

Vanilla Interview with Mark O’Sullivan from Chris Moody on Vimeo.

Books and Music that Make you Stupid

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Stupid Music

Thanks to the insanity that is twitter, I stumbled across this article by ulf aslak:

Behold: The answer to many – until now – unanswered questions! There IS a direct proportionality between the books and music you prefer and your level of intelligence! Yes, now we finally know the reason why Lil Wayne and Beyonce was such a great success!

This conclusion was drawn by 25-year-old Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith. He simply took information about peoples favorite books and bands on Facebook and plotted it against their schools average SAT score, giving Beethoven-listeners a good argument for their preferences in music, being: “Well, I’m just super intelligent…”

Guess we’ll all be listening to some more classical music won’t we?

Check out his study for books here and music here

I was so proud of myself upon discovering this grid because (a) I was listening to Sufjan Stevens when I discovered it, and (b) I have read “100 Years of Solitude”. Of course these lists are total bullshit, but who cares?!


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I’ve seen an absurd amount of mashups on the internet lately, and they just keep getting better and better. Here’s the latest one I just stumbled across: The Beatles vs LCD SoundSystem vs The Kinks.

Feel-Good Post of the Day

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

If you can get past the annoying music…

Via Failblog