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Robert Scoble and Shel IsraelDescribe your latest project.
Shel Israel: I spent a great deal of time trying to keep up with the changes in the blogosphere. I'm starting to work on my next book and because of the interest in Naked Conversations I'm traveling a great deal and speaking in interesting places. We're also continuing to work on our book blog at http://www.nakedconversations.com.
Robert Scoble: I'm continuing to go around Microsoft with my camcorder doing the Channel 9 video blog, and working with companies like Target, Boeing, and L'Oreal to help them understand the new world of blogging.
What inspires you to sit down and write?
Robert: I see something happening in the world and I want to share it. It's why during 9/11 I wrote every few minutes what I saw happening. It's why I write about meeting Steve Wozniak, or Bill Gates, or Larry Page. Sometimes it's just an idea that pops into my head that I want to think about more, so I write it down. Sometimes it's just that I wanted to talk about a business that treated me well.
Describe your favorite childhood teacher and how that teacher influenced you.
Robert: Mike Mister. He was my junior high science teacher. He opened my mind to the wonders of science and technology but also took a group of us running every day and took us backpacking in Yosemite. He was one of the few teachers who really taught me the love of learning.
What's your favorite blog right now?
What was your favorite book as a kid?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making peoples' lives better?
Robert: Shel stole my answer.
If you could be reincarnated to live the life for one day of any scientist or writer, who would you choose and why?
Shel: Ernest Hemingway on any day he wasn't fighting bulls. Because he lived life to the fullest.
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
Robert: My best, photography. My worst? Math. Photography let me show other people how I saw the world. Math required me to do work that made my head hurt.
What are some of the things you'd like your computer to do that it cannot now do?
Robert: I agree with Shel that they should just work and get out of the way. But beyond that, we're being overwhelmed with information so I'd like to computers to understand what I'm interested in, paying attention to, and bring me the important stuff.
Describe the best Museums of Science and Industry you've ever visited and what made them great.
Robert: Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. They have a U-boat and a Boeing 727 hanging in the museum, and it's built around a coal mine. Another favorite: the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.