Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tony Tran, the newly-made man

My business partner Tai Tran has decided to change his first name to Tony. He is following in the footsteps of his brother Miles who did the same thing about 10 years ago. Tony's family history took him from Vietnam at a very young age to grow up in England, with Miles and two of his three sisters now living in Australia along with his parents. The reasons for the name change are less cultural and more personal. Without airing details of his personal life, it's safe to say Tony has not had a smooth run of late. In his own words:

"Tai is dead... He is known to the world as Tony. Hopefully Tony will get better luck with money and women."

Googling for the etymology of the name Tony reveals it is traced back through Roman history to Marc Antony. Of course, there are many famous Tonys. Tony has been labelled the "smiling assassin" by Ben Barren which does not fit the Tony Soprano archetype, but then again if we got a Tony Soprano in the same room with Ben's consiglieri Michael "Cor" Leone, it would be too much mafioso to bear.

Speaking of which, plans are afoot to have another social event in Melbourne for local 2.0ers some time in May. There is much to talk about since the last drinkies, which went by the name of Tequp. Not least among topics of conversation would be Ben's plans to help organise an unconference involving Dave Winer. More details as they are solidified, but suggestions for date (third week, maybe?) and location (somewhere in the CBD?) are welcome.

EDIT: That's details for the May drinkies I'm looking for, not the July unconference.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the unconference was July, not May.

More info please.

4:45 pm, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Paul Montgomery said...

Yes, sorry about the confusion. I was asking for details of the drinkies.

6:52 pm, April 27, 2006  
Blogger redbarren said...

tony i like it very slick t..t...tony !!!!

yeah lets chat about these drinks / we can coordinate it with other boy cried wolf events mid may !

tony is da man


9:08 pm, April 27, 2006  

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