National Rugby Finals with the Village Lions

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Life | Posted on 17-05-2011


If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know my biggest passion outside of my work is my rugby team, New York City’s Village Lions.

This weekend is a big one for us. We’re heading to Manassas Virginia for the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ National Finals. Two wins here and we’ll head to Colorado in a couple of weeks for the USA Division II final four. Scores will be on Twitter if you’re curious!

Here’s a video from our big wins in the North East region finals late last year:

And here’s a short clip of yours truly in action a couple of week’s ago:

Delivering Happiness at SXSW

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in charity: water, Internet, Marketing | Posted on 12-05-2011


A few months ago at SXSW I jumped on the Delivering Happiness Bus to shoot an interview with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber on charity: water’s digital approach.

Readers of this blog will know I’m a follower and a believer in the Delivering Happiness movement, and I’m quite stoked with how this video turned out.

Take a look to see a quick snapshot of the world of charity: water from my perspective:

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Quotes & Misquotes

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Internet, Life | Posted on 02-05-2011


In a soundbite and tweet driven new media world a snappy quote can go a long way. Easy to post, easy to retweet, and also a simple way to look clever (important when ego is a big part of our online profile).

Today the Internet was rabid with conversation focused on the passing of Osama Bin Laden. And many of my friends shared what seemed a thoughtful quote from the great Martin Luther King:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives but I will not rejoice in the death of one not even an enemy Returning hate for hate multiplies hate adding deeper darkness”

Except The Atlantic reports that not only did MLK never speak these words, they only appeared on the Internet yesterday.

A quick google search turns up lots of tweets, all of them from today. ┬áSearching Martin Luther King Jr. quote pages for the word “enemy” does not turn up this quote, only things that probably wouldn’t go over nearly so well, like “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” I’m pretty sure that this quote, too, is fake.

Which reminds me of another quote that tells you a lot about communication in an instant world:

A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on.

Update: and not only was the oft-tweeted MLK quote off-base, there was also a quote attributed to Mark Twain all over the Internet that was fake too!

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