Rackspace gets new digs.

I admit that I am a prideful person. And not many things give me as much pride as my kids. And my community of tech friends.

My tech friends are mostly people I have not met (yet). And they are some local people I have known for well over a decade.

So when I get a chance to help out my tech friends, meet some new tech friends, and things work out better than I could have hoped, then I am happy. Even prideful.

This video Scoble did of Rackspace is an example. If you look close, I am in it (the guy with the black leather jacket and the green helmet). I am not featured of course – the video wasn’t about me.

But my motorcycle is in a clip near the end – a beautiful silver BMW that still holds my heart.

And that’s cool 🙂

Strange in San Antonio

Strange in San Antonio is a local blog I have followed for a while.  Go take a look – subscribe for a while.  The volume is low (maybe 6-10 posts/month).  It gives one a quirky little glimpse into San Antonio.

"Strange in San Antonio – Documenting odd things that happen in the Alamo City. Why should Austin get all the fun?"

An annual rite of spring at Village Parkway Christian School, pig-kissing fever sweeps over the campus like a virus, infecting teachers and students alike.

Strange in San Antonio

How big is the new Rackspace Headquarters?

BIG. 18 pictures stitched together make for a large image (but shrunk down to about 4MB if you want to click on it).

This used to be the largest mall in San Antonio, I think.  Robert Scoble of FastCompany.TV toured it (and I was lucky enough to go along) a couple weeks ago.  His videos should be up soon.  Some of the photos I took today might be in that video.

I went out and shot over 150 still pictures today (I walked all the way around this thing in motorcycle boots – 1.3 million square feet is huge).  Motorcycle boots because a) it was wet and drizzling a bit, b) I rode my motorcycle, and c) I knew it was an active construction site and I needed proper footwear).

Just the one "small" section behind the trees in this photo above is the old Montgomery Wards store. It is framed in yellow here:

This should give you some sense of the scale – at least if you have ever been in a Montgomery Wards in a major mall.  Huge footprint.

Rackspace expects to have 5,000 workers in this building in the next couple of years – and tens of thousands of servers.

But don’t worry about parking – there are a LOT of parking spots – almost the entire parking lot on the right of the photo is two story (the other parking is underground).

It took me almost an hour to walk all the way around this thing and get every part of it in pictures.

This sucker is giant.

I can’t wait until Rackspace grows into it!

Sea World: Scoble, Shel, Rocky and Kami work. I watch.

I spent yesterday morning with Kami Huyse, Shel Israel, Robert Scoble and Rocky Barbanica at Sea World, San Antonio.

They were all working – filming an episode for FastCompany.TV – I was just trying to stay out of the way.

Before the actual interviews started Robert broadcast live on QIK from his cell phone:


Below are some still shots. My second Sony DSC-F717 still doesn’t record video correctly – so I am going to have to buy a new digital camcorder. Ugh.

Click any picture for a larger view.

Here Robert and Rocky set up the shot. The two HD cameras are very nice – they even sync the audio from the remote microphone to each camera. Very cool. Robert and Rocky setting up the shot
Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 060 Kami and Shel (and two Sea World employees, Fran and Bob) have just finished the ride. They are all wearing ponchos because this particular roller coaster ends up crashing into a lake – and it was cold outside!
Shel and Robert, framing the shot, checking the sound. Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 009
Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 034 Shel interviews Kami.
Shel solo – just behind him is the landing zone for the coaster (boat). I saw some of the video Robert and Rocky shot – you’ll be able to get a very good feel for this ride once Shel posts this episode. Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 067
Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 047 Preparing to launch.
One last shot of Shel. Seaworld - Shel and Scoble 024