The online home of Jess Barron

Web content and community expert, writer, editor, blogger, and internet video producer.
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In 2004, a guy who I don't know named Jeremy Abbate saw my website and wrote a song called "I Wanna Be As Cool As Jessica Barron." It still amuses me. Here's the mp3 and here are the lyrics.

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See how this site looked in 1998
Poprocks.com screenshot from early 1998
and how the place looked in 2000.
Poprocks.com from June 2000
Yahoo counted me as a "cool person" from 1997-2001. How far have I fallen?!
Yahoo counted me among the "Cool People" in 1997-1998.
The internets have come a long way, baby...

December 1, 2006 Goodbye 'Portal Shortall'
These past two weeks have been all over the place. I was up in Toronto to say goodbye to Greg Shortall (a.k.a. "portal Shortall") and to interview new editorial candidates for Yahoo!'s Canadian Broadband team. As Greg told the candidates we were interviewing to fill his vacated position, "Karaoke makes up about 18% of this job." How true! (Especially when I'm around.)

The day after I returned to LA we moved into our new house (more on this soon), and my mom flew out to visit us from Boston one day later, and the very next day we drove six hours to Prescott, Arizona to see Chris' family for Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun and a lot of craziness.

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posted by Jess Barron @ 6:02 AM
February 18, 2005 Disappearing is Easy, It's Coming Back That's Hard
I took a long-awaited, much-needed highly-anticipated 6-day vacation last week from my job and from the internets, and I can't get (caught back) up! Yes, the rumors are all true, I have returned from visiting my mother and her boyfriend on St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Mindy flew down from NYC to take a vacation with us, so we got to catch up as well. Mindy was just informed that she has been accepted into Carnegie Mellon's Technology and Public Policy Master's program, so I am wicked proud of her. She also posted her photos of our trip, and mine are -- as usual -- yet to come.

We will be doing the radio show tonight from 6-8p.m. PST on Pirate Cat Radio.
Listen online or tune in to 87.9 FM in SF.

Tonight's topics will include:

  • How I ran into (former SF mayorial candidate and resident hottie) Matt Gonzalez at the Rickshaw Stop for the Jonathan Richman/Dengue Fever show only two nights after Valentine's Day.
    (Dedicated She Said, She Said radio listeners are well aware that I have spent many Friday nights on-air cajoling Matt and/or mayor Gavin Newsom to take me out on a Valentine's date.) Well, Wednesday night Matt was escorting a blonde pony-tailed gal who looked a tad too "Marina" for the show's crowd. Matt!? How could you?! I feel so dissed and betrayed!
  • Mission folks dating Marina folks and vice versa. (Is it "the forbidden" lust?)
  • Ligers!
  • A phone call from Daniel Lachey in NYC to talk about this Craigslist posting
  • bloggers and SFist and that kid who made that lip-synching video
  • the MUNI photography ban

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    posted by Jess Barron @ 11:09 AM
  • January 6, 2004 "I'm Not Gonna Take Any of My Drugs Today..."
    "I'm not gonna take any of my drugs today so I'll be able to drink."
    -- my mom (recovering from carpal tunnel surgery on her right hand), denying herself Vicodin on Christmas Day. ("Like mother, like daughter," I'd say.)

    Happy new year. I have lots to show'n'tell, but I need to run into a meeting right now, OK?

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    posted by Jess Barron @ 1:55 PM