Worthy Pitches I’ve Received

Looking NorthI’ve recently received a few well-worded pitches on interesting stuff. I don’t have enough time to delve into these in great detail, but I wanted to give them all a little attention:

Open Everything

Sarah writes to urge me to check out Open Everything:

Open as a way of working is spreading well beyond the world of technology. Open source software. Open public policy. Open art. Open music. Open space events. Open networks. Open philanthropy. This is at once disruptive and transformational – a new way of working. The Open Everything retreat is for the people who are making this happen. It’s about helping us take our work to the next level, giving us the tools and insights to spread this work further and faster.

Sounds like a great event. Mind you, I don’t see many artists, musicians or, come to think of it, women, listed among the attendees, so I’d imagine it’s going to be a very nerdy time. I have some personal misgivings about Hollyhock, but it’s an extraordinarily beautiful spot.


Kyle at Indochino has sent me a couple of emails about his order-a-custom-suit-online business. He recently sent me a link to this page, which explains how their suits get made (the misordered photos trouble the slumbering technical writer in me).

I’ve always been a little skeptical of this suit-buying model, but their prices seem quite reasonable, so I’ve ordered a few fabric swatches to see what they feel like.


I’m surprised that it’s taken until 2008 for me to discover a plan-your-own-funeral site. Others may exist, but this is the first one I’ve encountered:

MyWonderfulLife.com is a free on-line service to help you plan and personalize your own funeral, so it reflects the way you lived. Becoming a member at MyWonderfulLife.com does not take the place of a Will, which is very important, but allows you to eliminate the guesswork for your loved ones during a difficult time.

In many cases, the Will cannot be located or read in time for the funeral, and may not contain the information that you can provide at MyWonderfulLife.com. Being able to print out a one-page summary of your wishes, as well as other important information they need to know, will allow your loved ones more time to celebrate your life.

I had a related idea a while back, so I called them up and told them what it was. It’d be a killer marketing strategy for them.


  1. Gillian: Hah, it totally wasn’t. There’s an even better Irish phrase–“it would be a deadly marketing idea”.

  2. Ugh…the atheist in me balks at signing up for a service that makes me choose “angels”. Most of the people I’d choose wouldn’t qualify for that moniker.

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