I’m not sure why I like to check Mashable and Techcrunch every day. They profile a bunch of startups every day. Part of it is that I like to see what’s out there. But I do wish they’d be a bit less web 2.0-y.

It just occurred to me that Borat is a much more appropriate character to show America than Ali G, who worked better in the stiff upper lip English environment. Borat shows America’s racial problems, Ali G showed the UK’s class problems.

ok I turned off that automatic link to performancing. I understand why they do it, and since it’s free and very useful I’ll go with it, but that was almost evil.

Why you need 50000 songs, not 500

the weblog of Lucas Gonze: “I remember times in my life where I had a strictly limited music collection, and I kept things fresh by listening at finer and finer levels of detail. Those days should be over for most of us, though. It’s important for individuals to grow their collections past the “enough” marker, whether that’s 50,000 songs or even just 500, because at that point you stop listening in the old way.

The new way is to treat music more like a newspaper than a book, so that a continuous stream of fresh content is intrinsic to the media. If you hear a good hook somewhere, the next day you should find that hook remixed into another song. You should never again, post 20th century, post the era when music and manufactured goods were synonomous, think of music as something so static that 500 songs could encompass it.”

Interesting. I always have fun with calling stuff “the X of Y”. So this is the psychology of abundance? :)

Bllshit Google how clueless can you be?

Official Google Blog: Do you “Google?” “Usage: ‘Google’ as verb referring to searching for information via any conduit other than Google.
Example: “I googled him on Yahoo and he seems pretty interesting.”
Our lawyers say: Bad. Very, very bad”

So now Google is telling us when to use the word “Google”. That’s not even funny. That’s just clueless.


swipr.com: “swipr is basically a plug-in toolset for Microsoft Visio. It allows you to create a set of HTML pages that integrate screenflows or sitemaps and wireframes. Anyone can navigate thorugh your sitemap and see the wireframes of the pages in the sitemap just by clicking through it. You can also create links on your wireframes, effectively turning your basic wireframe deliverable into a low-fi prototype.”

The new Firefox is pretty nice with feeds: it displays a “nice” looking page for feeds and gives you the option to subscribe using various feedreaders. Smooth and friendly!

35,000 in Secret Prisons | CorrenteWire

Are 35,000 people in America’s secret prisons? That is fucking crazy. Is America the new nazi state? Is that a question I shouldn’t ask?

35,000 in Secret Prisons | CorrenteWire: “I’m at the Center for American Progress, listening to Sid Blumenthal and Glenn Greenwald talk about the Imperial Presidency, and one thing is important enough for me to want to live blog. Sid says that Wilkerson, Powell’s old chief of staff, believes that the correct number of victims in secret Bush prisons is 35,000, only %5 of which “mayâ€? have to do with terrorism. More than twice what I thought, and hardly any to do with the “war on terror.â€?

Metroblogging Vancouver: All in the Cards

A good story about very specific categories (Lost A Cat? Suitable For Marriage) that sell more cards.

I proceed to the Marketplace floor of the department store (that’s on the same level at the Skytrain ticket booths, just at the bottom of the first escalators in Granville station). They’ve recently renovated as well – there’s a pharmacy and a new deli counter and yes – a card section (right next to Godiva Chocolates). A big huge multi-aisle card section was just what I needed. So I start browsing the rows of greetings and sympathies. I look under the heading “Religious” and it’s not there… I eventually find it right under “Baptism”, how convenient. Oh, but the convenience didn’t stop there. I discovered ALL kinds of card categories that the Bay has laid out for us and I’m not talking about the usual sections of “Birthday – Son” or “From all of us”.

Oh no, The Bay really wants us to find what we’re looking for. Here are some examples of their card section categories:

“Still thinking of you”. In case the “thinking of you” cards just don’t cut it anymore.

“Loss of Cat” was a category in the Religious section, next to “Friends are praying for you”, well okay that’s understandable I suppose pets can become family members and their loss can be profound.

“Suitable for Remarriage” Now, I’m not sure if the card itself is suitable for someone who is getting remarried or if it’s to congratulate you on being suitable… for marrying again.

Now here’s where it just gets outta hand.

An entire section of cards labeled “You’ve been through so much but you’re never alone” and another couple rows reserved for cards that all express, in some way or another, “We stay friends despite our busy Schedules”.


Link to Metroblogging Vancouver: All in the Cards

List of BBC Podcasts and more..

I made a  List of BBC Podcasts, using a new lists feature on mefeedia. I coded the list feature in a few hours, launched it this afternoon, and so far we’ve already gotten a few useful lists:

Enjoy! OPML and all that goodness is for later, the next few days I have no time whatsoever :)

Scripting News: 10/12/2006

You know how people who invent a technology can often look into the future better than people who grew up in it? Dave Winer is like that. I think it might be because they see the technology for what it, technologically, is. And they see it’s limits.

We, who grew in with a technology, we just think the world is like that and how can we change it? Anyways, Dave:

A few years back we wrote about cars with interfaces for MP3 players, and now they’re starting to make them. That’s good. Okay, the next thing is to put fractional horsepower HTTP servers on board, with simple programming interfaces (I like XML-RPC because it interfaces easily with every programming language, but lower-level interfaces would be okay, just more work for the programmer). While you’re at it, home theater systems should also have HTTP servers with programmable interfaces, so I can write a script on my desktop computer to move stuff over to the hard disk on the music system. Oh that’s right they don’t have hard disks. Add one, okay? They’re really cheap.

Source: Scripting News: 10/12/2006

Yahoo Time Capsule

Yahoo is doing a project where they let people from all over the world submit pictures and video and such, and then they will treat it like a “timecapsule” for future anthropologists.

The timecapsule idea is a bit weird (are they engraving this? or building a 10,000 year lasting server?), but I love the idea of creating interesting ways for people to collaborate and discuss and create “content” online. Social networks are getting boring.

Oh, and the UI is funky too:

(Yes it really swirls around the way you imagine.)

Link to Yahoo Time Capsule – by Jonathan Harris

Clickable links and interactive forums

I always cringe when people say things like “clickable link” or “interactive forum”. “Can we add some clickable links there?” I guess it’s just that they lack familiarity with the medium. But come on guys. I hear this from people who are responsible for some large websites! 

"Meeting eBay?s top developer, Eric Billingsley". Interesting interview about eBay’s search engine. It has very specific requirements: if I add something for sale, it has to show up in searches very quickly. And you need complete retrieval: ALL items have to show up.

He also talks about a flexible datamodel that can accomodate various datafields for a teddybear to a car.

Technically, one interesting bit is that the whole system is IN memory.

Watch movie

Original post on October 11, 2006 from ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers: (RSS feed)

Eric Billingsley used to design nuclear power plants, but his new job is no less interesting: he is the senior director of eBay’s new research labs. Come along and listen as he tells you what eBay is up to and how he built eBay’s new search engine. He also gives us a demo of the latest stuff from their research labs. It should be said that this stuff is experimental and has not been shipped to eBay yet. Tags: Eric Billingsley, eBay

(Via Mefeedia)

Rosenfeld Media – Search Analytics for your Site: The seasonality of search demonstrated


For quite some time, I’ve known how seasons affect search needs among an academic institution’s searchers. After some seat-of-the-pants manual clustering of queries by topic, the seasonality of search seems to be validated once more. I’ve color-coded the clusters in spreadsheet snippet below; you can download the entire spreadsheet here (942Kb Excel spreadsheet; each column represents a single week’s worth of queries from each month, September 2005 through September 2006):

This graph illustrates top searches in the university:

Source: Rosenfeld Media – Search Analytics for your Site: The seasonality of search demonstrated