Mister Rogers, you win at life. This is how one accepts an Emmy award.

Excerpt from Esquire magazine:

Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, "All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence."

And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, "I'll watch the time." There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn't kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, seven seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly "May God be with you," to all his vanquished children.

I have yet to be disappointed by a story about Mister Rogers. Remarkable.

The LOLKaddafi I displayed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall

Big thank you to my breadpig cohort, Christina Xu, for the assist coming up with a caption on super short notice.

And thanks to all of you (700+?) who showed up for my closing keynote at the 35th Annual UNIS-UN Conference, The Web: Wiring the World. I hope I'll have video to post soon. Photos to come - especially the one of Zach Weiner's reddit alien and the word "dickheads" projected on the big screen!

Millions Ask Anything (via @reddit) If you haven't heard of /r/IAMA, you're really missing out

It's a scary world out there. It takes courage to share anything intimate with the online world these days and even more to offer yourself up to a huge audience saying "ask me anything." This past week three IAMA posts received so many points & comments that they are in our top ten of all time: Lucidending, Ken Jennings, Congressman Garamendi, and one from a 4-year old, which also received thousands of comments. The IAMA reddit, an organic creation of the reddit community, has seen a huge growth over the past few months (see graphs), outpacing even reddit's incredible growth. What makes this format so compelling?

That Ken Jennings interview really was a supersized dose of awesome.

Am I seriously speaking in the United Nations General Assembly Hall today?

It's for a conference called The Web: Wiring our World. I put together a special deck for this that kept me up a bit later than planned last night, but I was also rewatching Zach Anner clips for a good portion of that time.

My talk is called "The front page of the web we all curate, debate, & even create." I think all that rhyming might qualify me as a rapper. I'm just going to apologize in advance for bringing down the decorum of the General Assembly Hall a few notches.