Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Friday, September 3, 2010, 11:00 AM 1 Comment
A little more than four years ago I wrote about how many people had my full name. Plus, I think there are something like 8 pages of Millers in the Manhattan phone book (if anyone ever uses them anymore).
Well, the census results are in and “Miller” is in the top ten. So much for being unique.
Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 6:21 PM 5 Comments
Earlier this week, Scott Forcino, Joe Ferrara’s close friend and business partner told me that Joe is very sick. Joe has an aggressive malignant brain tumor. He is in a hospital ICU undergoing treatment, chemo/radiation and he has a speech pathologist. I think the symptoms became more serious in the past month.
Although I am married to a cancer survivor I still only have a small inkling of how tough this must be for Joe and his family.
I will only think positive thoughts about his health and his future.
I first ran into Joe back in the prehistoric days of real estate blogging circa 2005-2006 when I started. A formally trained lawyer, he was a fountain of ideas in the social media space and along with Rudy Bachraty, they co-founded Sellsius Real Estate and began cranking out content on their Sellius Blog. He embellished a bit too.
My first interaction with Joe was after he made a presentation in Atlantic City, I blogged about their real estate concept here on Matrix and quipped that the bad link on their logo was probably a good sign of their focus on content quality rather than bells and whistles. Joe sent me a nice note commenting on how the bad link had been fixed and the relationship began.
He has been a fixture at Inman conferences and other social media gatherings, genuinely happy to help people find their way in an easygoing style.
I have to chuckle about his Blog USA tour back in 2007. I was the first stop on his cross country RV trip from Boston via New York to the San Francisco/Inman Connect conference. He and Rudy were supposed to arrive at my house at 9pm but didn’t get there until much later, 2am I think – they didn’t want to wake me so they slept in the RV in my driveway. We did a 6:30am video interview of me walking around my house – a bit surreal but fun. Next door to my house the movie Revolutionary Road was being filmed and we asked the film crew on the way out where Kate and Leonardo were – LOL. We took the RV from Connecticut to Manhattan – right to the front door of my office building – Joe promised door-to-door service – and then took off for California (the long way). A month later – as I walked into the Inman Conference in San Francisco – I happened to walk next to their famous Blog Tour USA RV and smiled in amazement – they made it!
Last October I interviewed Joe for my podcast, The Housing Helix. It was a fun conversation – and as usual, he was full of ideas. Please have a listen.
Posted by Jonathan Miller -Sunday, March 21, 2010, 11:37 PM Comments Off
I already tweeted this youtube video a week ago but I find myself going back to it again and again. The detail of daily life on Market Street in San Francisco, the organized chaos, congestion, horse and buggy meets trolley and cars, supposedly 4 days before the 1906 earthquake – amazing. Not too many people during this period owned their own homes. A lot of the cars have steering wheels on the right side – strange.
First version I came across – set to mezmerizing music.
Posted by Jonathan Miller -Monday, March 15, 2010, 2:23 PM 1 Comment
The Northeastern US was hammered by a weather system that brought heavy rain and powerful winds – clocked at 70+ mph. 450,000 people in the Northeast lost power, 34 roads blocked by trees down in my town in CT with 60% losing their power, including my house. Its been three days without electricity and the sense of adventure has been lost.
When the power went out, a light bulb at my desk flashed and flew out of the socket not breaking, melting the metal base – the lamp was plugged into a strip plug along with my laptop. It looked like the mailbox caught fire. Crazy!
Posted by Jonathan Miller -Monday, January 18, 2010, 2:28 PM Comments Off
Each year on this day, I listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as inspiration. As a kid, I grew up about 10 miles from the memorial in the early 1970’s, often riding my bike into DC with my friends. I used to love sitting on those steps, admittedly oblivious to the details of momentous event that had taken place there less than a decade earlier.
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Here is one of my favorite MLK quotes.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Posted by Jonathan Miller -Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 11:56 AM Comments Off
My blog was just hacked in a pretty clever way. Search “matrix miller” and click on the top link for Viagra – it takes you back to my blog.
Per my developer.
I went through the template line by line and I think I found a place where someone inserted some code. It points to code on a remote server that’s not up right now, I don’t know what that could would do when loaded. I suspect that they changed the content of the template at night, when we wouldn’t notice. If you look at that text-only version of the cached Google page, none of your content is on it.
As I understand it (and thats quite a stretch), the source of the cached page is ok – its the title and meta tags in Google’s cache that have been altered.
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in the cache while the source says:
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The google link takes you to my blog even though it displays different titles. We’ve removed the hack and once Google re-indexes in a few days, it’ll go away.
Just imagine how quickly we could fix healthcare, global warming and the Mets pitching rotation if this brainpower was put to productive use.
Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Saturday, September 19, 2009, 12:01 AM 4 Comments
This year, Talk Like a Pirate Day falls on the same day as the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. In deference to the latter, it was suggested to me that the phrase “Oy, oy, matey”, might be appropriate.
the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry’s column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and “viral” growth.
A matrix of historical posts swabbing the Talk Like a Pirate Day deck:
Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 9:51 PM 3 Comments
Today is a big day at our commercial appraisal firm, Miller Cicero. My partner John Cicero has shared a few thoughts on the anniversary – after all, he is the smartest guy I know.
Here’s John Cicero’s take on it.
Seven years ago today Miller Cicero was formed, a collaboration between me and Jonathan Miller (before he became famous and went on Mexican TV), his wife Cheryl (who watches over the purse strings) and his sister Dina (the true brains of Miller Samuel!) Itâ€™s been a great ride and I couldnâ€™t ask for better partners.
Similarly, I couldnâ€™t ask for a better group of staff appraisers, especially Michael Falsetta, Executive Vice President, who freakishly remembers every sale that ever took place in Brooklyn since the turn of the century (and knows where to get the best pizza and grilled octopus in every borough), and Steve Manheimer, Senior Vice President, who leaves no stone unturned when researching a project and makes more demands on himself than I ever do. I know that Iâ€™m biased but I believe that I have the best group in the business.
Its been an interesting time to be appraising property in the New York metro area, though. Over the past seven years weâ€™ve seen property double and triple in value, buyers camping outside the sales offices of new condos to be the first to buy, 21-year olds fresh out of school becoming developers (cute!) and thenâ€¦just as quickly, complete market paralysis.
OK, enough nostalgia. I need to get back to trying to figure out what anything is worth these daysâ€¦.