Here's an example:
(I also enjoyed Song Yulin's paintings, and am unable to find prints of his either...)
posted to FA:OSX]
"The study also indicates that regular meditation may slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex."and
"The study participants were people with jobs and families. They just meditated on average 40 minutes each day, you don't have to be a monk."
A few days ago I did a quick Odeo demo for John Gage and Geoff Cowan from the conference. Not much there, but it was fun to see how easy it was to a) record an audio snippet from a web browser, b) snap a photo with my Treo and c) associate it with the podcast on Odeo's site. Check it out:
-Goldman was right about Melatonin - it's how to deal with jetlag
-spent a while this morning chatting with Ahmad Al-Rikabi, who started Radio Dijla in Iraq. He's got some fascinating stories (and hopefully he'll be blogging them soon).
-I need to read Salam Pax's book
-chatted with Gordon Robison, proprietor of mideastanalysis.com
-Internet access in the hotel is ridiculously expensive, and they only have wifi in the Business Center. WiFi needs to be everywhere, and free.
-no problems getting to Flickr, but perhaps the filtering doesn't affect the hotel?
Sigh. I hope Blogger works... it's sort of why I'm going and all.
Update: Flickr works fine from the hotel, but perhaps the filtering is different here? Blogger's working fine too.
How cool is that? They'd emailed me the discount notification a few weeks ago, but I just archived it and forgot about it (I didn't have any travel plans when they first emailed me).
Amazon should do this too.
Apparently there's a yearly film festival here, which would be fun to see someday.
My cousin has turned me into a coffee fan - we're having cappucinos at breakfast every morning and lattes or macchiatos in the afternoons. Next I suppose I should learn how the fancy coffee/foam machines at the office work.
The car's been fantastic - we've driven over 1000km so far (Sicily's big, and there's lots to see) and only had to fill up the tank once - no biodiesel, though. We've got ~250km left to get back to Palermo, and are part-way through the Harry Potter IV audiobook (gotta be up to speed - the movie comes out Nov18).
Ciao for now,
We (my cousin Mary Ellen and I) got out of Palermo as soon as we could - were hoping to rent a Smart, but sadly Avis' were rented already. So we're cruising around in a 2005 VW Golf TDI instead. (I definitely prefer the <2005 design, but the new one is growing on me).
Segesta was impressive and Erice was just delightfully charming! The neatest spot so far was Cave de Cusa, a stone quarry with several *massive* in-progress columns still embedded in the rock. The columns were destined for Selinunte, whose temples were insanely large.
Corleone was a tad disappointing, given that I was hoping for the old Godfather village clinging to the Sicilian hilltop - today it's a small, standard city.
Today we're stopping by the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, and the Villa Imperiale de Casale on the way to Siracusa - we're making good time.
"And in the interest of staying true to the tenents of Vipassana, he has abstained from sex for more than two years — a fact trumpeted on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in its May 5 issue."The Code of Discipline for 10-day meditation courses merely asks that, as a precept, students abstain from sexual activity for the duration of a course. Beyond courses, it's up to the individual to choose which precepts (and level of strictness) to employ in one's life. Nowhere does it say no to relationships or sexual activity in day-to-day, non-meditation-course life.
"But the road to happiness wasn't exactly an easy one. Vipassana is one of the strictest forms of meditation, requiring all participants to adhere to a list of precepts that includes abstaining from all sexual activity and all physical contact."Again, this is only during 10-day courses. Abstaining from these things simply helps keep one's mind clear and internally-focused — this is incredibly helpful during Vipassana courses, which are, um, kinda challening.
"Sleeping in beds is also forbidden"I have no idea where this comes from — I've never not slept in a bed at the 9-10 courses I've done.
"...all who undergo a 10-day Vipassana retreat are also required to fast after midday, taking only tea or fruit juice for nourishment."Not all - just students who've already done their first course; new students get to snack on fruit in the afternoon. This precept is there because it's easier to meditate when your stomach isn't busy churning through food...
"A vow of silence is observed, as one of Vipassana's main goals is a deep understanding of one's soul through close observation of one's own breathing patterns."Yes on the vow of silence, but again, it's only during courses. No on the soul bit, however — I would rephrase it as, "deep understanding of one's self through close observation of one's breathing patterns and bodily sensations."
Update: See Rivers' myspace blog post about Vipassana (among other things).
If you're into Sci-Fi, I can't recommend this series highly enough. In 2002 I read Ender's Game in one sitting while I was traveling in New Zealand, and found it to be, well, stunning. Recently I heard danah mention that its audiobook was incredibly well produced and worth checking out, so I gave it a listen. (She was right.)
A Wikipedia search revealed eight (!) more books, and fortunately Audible has them all. The iTMS probably does too, but they'd cost a fortune there. (Audible has $20/month, 2 books/month subscriptions, except you're stuck with their stupid DRM — at least Apple's is breakable).
When I asked danah what to listen to after Ender's Game, she pointed out that for her, the Bean quartet was more satisfying — it takes place during and immediately after Ender's Game, while the rest of the Ender quartet takes place 3000 years after the first book ends. Though I haven't gotten to the rest of the Ender series yet, I've definitely enjoyed the Bean books.
There are also some Card interviews at the end of some of the books; turns out he's a huge fan of audiobooks (vs. print and movies) because the listener's mind is entirely free to create the author's world in one's imagination — there's no focusing the eyes on words and paragraphs (or on sensory-overloaded film).
For some reason yesterday was a really good day. I got to have lunch with Neil Gaiman, chat with John Battelle after his talk, and meet Dr. Schmidt and AmitP.
Traffic kinda sucked on the way home, but I'm in the middle of a fantastic audiobook so it was bearable. Had dinner with Natalie, and spent the evening chatting with Dom 'n Mer while Jerry and Macky had fun.
-no corneal destruction
-inserts can be removed later on, and/or replaced with different sizes if vision has changed
Has anybody out there gotten Intacs, or heard anything good/bad about it?
The thing to remember is, life is simply a series of impermanent events.
Some are pleasant, some are unpleasant.
To the list I would add Joel Spolsky's Book Reviews page, as well as Turing, a Novel about Computation, which I borrowed from SteveJ and read a few weeks ago in NH. And Joel's two books, and Paul's.
This means that folks with their own domains can finally use them directly from Gmail. Some folks will be stoked:
"About the only downsides I can see have to do with my From: address always being my gmail address. If Gmail let you customize that, you could basically use Gmail as a mail server while still maintaining your domain identity."Nice work, Gmail team!
— Matt Haughey, 4/2005
(originally uploaded by landersen)
- Lane (who's currently in Ladakh for a month)
- Ozlem (w/photos)
- The W
- Mine (taken by a variety of folks)
The best shot is clearly this one - note how much air Jerry's catching in the background:
"If there's one thing I've discovered, it's that there is no stable state in life. There is no getting somewhere and going, "Ah, *NOW* I'm going to park myself down and just rake in the fat loot." Change is scary, but it's also the foundation of life and happiness. We need it. We get bored and lazy without it."There's more at DrunkenBlog.
"My favorite part of the night came when a portly, bearded hippie in tie-dyed clothes walked into the middle of the street. He raised a hand-lettered PEACE sign and slowly, without a word, turned in full a circle. A few steps away, a girl in designer jeans and high heels stopped to snap his picture with her cell phone camera. The scene was quintessentially Palo Alto. It was also really, really funny."
"My heels have been completely annihilated - I've tried everything - tape, bandaids, compeds, duct tape, superglue, new skin, and still the blisters come. When my dogs are really barking I take up to 12 ibuprofen/tylenol a day."
"There's another fact you should know at this point, which is that nerds are not, inherently, asexual. We don't have much success with women, but that doesn't mean we are immune to their charms. Quite the opposite. We fall under such a spell that we are unable to function, and this renders us so unattractive that it creates a self-perpetuating cycle of desperate singlehood."So. True.
"Nowadays, I won't steal software even if someone offers it to me and I am just about to buy it. I'd rather (a) have the manual, (b) reward the author, (c) spread the love, (d) get the karma, (e) get a discount on the next upgrade, (f) know I have the latest version, (g) get tech support, (h) not wonder if it has viruses, (i) be able to re-install from the CD (or net) if needed, (j) not get fined $50,000 per piece of software on my laptop if a disgruntled ex-employee tells the BSA on me."Me too.
[via Michael Tsai]
Then today, I broke down and upgraded to Backpack Plus — I simply needed more pages. I'd been cramming stuff into the free account's 5 pages but this morning it just got ridiculous. Congrats 37Signals — you found the freebie -> premium feature sweetspot!
(I would have opted for the Basic plan, but wanted SSL)
Don't get me wrong though, Jot definitely rocks, but it's just overkill for the way I was using it. It's an entire application platform, not a to-do tracker.
Update: Hehe. (1, 2)
When I interview people about their reading and ask, “Do you give up on a book you don’t like?” people usually get a pained expression and say something like, “Well I’d like to be able to give up. I should give up. But I find it hard to.”I've been getting better at this — recently I passed on Earthwalk, Wilber's The Marriage of Sense and Soul, and Fabric of the Cosmos. Sadly though, two of these were audiobooks I actually purchased yet couldn't bring myself to finish. Oh well.
Ring a bell? It’s the reading equivalent of the clean-your-plate syndrome...
The wisdom of giving up on books is compelling. New York University professor Atwood H. Townsend wrote in his Good Reading: A Helpful Guide for Serious Readers, “Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy. There are so many good books in the world that it is foolish to waste time on one that does not give you pleasure and profit.”
Several years ago, when I was traveling and doing lots of meditating, these would have been more appealing. No longer, however. These days I either want to be entertained while I'm commuting, or be learning about things relevant to my life. (though this could change at any time!)
"Why on earth would somebody be calling me internationally?" I wondered.
Usually I just ignore calls when I don't recognize the number, figuring if it's important enough to warrant a phone call (over email), they'll leave a voicemail. I answered though, because it was cool that it was international.
It turned out to be Sir Orchard, calling from this tent in the English countryside, and it was midnight there:
(originally uploaded by dunstanorchard)
Turns out he he was giving his new tent its inaugural use, but couldn't fall asleep and decided to ring a random entry in his addressbook. What a pleasant surprise!
Listening to the new Gorillaz, which I snagged from the iTMS last night — sooo dope.
These rumors about Apple/Intel are nutty, but Markoff's usually spot-on with his stuff. Regardless of what gets announced, I'm looking forward to geeking out with the WWDC bloggers tonight.
Oh, and congrats to Ryan and Rachell! The backstory is that back in February, MacCarthy was inspired by my antics and decided to let Rachell know how he felt... apparently she was game. ;)
"l'll never hire someone with an AOL.com address. It screams that you're at a very basic stage."and
-- Peter Shankman, founder of New York City marketing firm Geek Factory, confesses to e-mail profiling [via GMSV]
"So our children are stealing music today, but very soon they’ll be stealing full-length feature films, and it’s our job to give them the infrastructure to do that..."
-- Bob Metcalfe [via HTP]
"When we are healthy we have ten thousand wishes and desires, but when we are sick we only have one single wish... think about that. Nothing is going to stop stem-cell research, not the politicians, and not the religious leaders... because when people suffer and there is a potential cure it is impossible to stop the wheel from turning. When the first news arrives of being able to cure one of the diseases everyone fears, there will be a stampede towards Seoul."He's right...
"I personally don't remember Alden Pyle boring Thomas Fowler with endless metaphors and nonsensical analogies. I just can't imagine Alden Pyle ever saying, 'I was sitting there at the Hotel Continental when the waitress asked me if I wanted another Pepsi or perhaps some green tea. And then it hit me, Pepsi and green tea together on the same menu! Yes, here was a young Vietnamese woman asking me, a Westerner, if I wanted Pepsi OR a green tea. East could meet West. Green tea meet Pepsi. And that's when it hit me. America could win in Vietnam if we just understood that.'"
"I mean by now Apple should have integrated all the music recommendation services into iTunes and enhanced the value of the software, instead of pushing its lame matching service in the iTunes store. Apple in that sense doesn’t really get the whole social networking/open media thing, despite being a preferred platform of choice of “open media” practitioners."Agreed. I wrote about this back in February.
Also see: Mike's latest photos on Flickr.
Scene: a bbq with some friends
Nick: Great dog! What's his name?
Me: Jerry, after Jerry Garcia (knowing Nick would appreciate)
Nick: That's perfect! He's totally a Jerry. How'd you pick it?
Me: When I first got him from WonderDog, "Petey" was his name. On the way home, I was trying to think of a better name for him, which still sounded close to Petey. A Dead song came on the iPod and that settled it — "Jerry"
Nick: Nice! Which song was it?
Me: Um, damn. Can't remember.
A few days later when I had the iPod plugged in, I saw a "Last Played" column in iTunes. Bingo!
Grateful Dead -> Reckoning -> Rosa Lee McFall
Have a listen.
"In the interest of increasing communication with our users, i've decided launch ourselves into the blogosphere and begin a corporate blog. We'll talk about del.icio.us, upcoming features, site status and cat pictures. We also will be using it as a showcase for our coming blog integration tools and to highlight some of the great stuff people have done with the API."(emphasis mine)
Excellent! The more pet pictures on the web, the better the world becomes.
Me: Sure. <pulls up blog, admins SteveJ>
blog-members.gdidn't refresh when I clicked that checkbox. It's totally AJAX!
SteveJ: Yep, and it has been for 5 years. Back then they called it DHTML.
After buying and returning like 5 different wifi adapters over the past few months, I finally scored the right one for my TiVo from TheNerds.net, via Froogle. In an unfortunate accident of bad timing, these all transpired to thwart my efforts:
- Cancelled my landline for Vonage; TiVos don't work over VoIP
- 802.11b USB adapters disappeared from store shelves, in favor of faster 802.11g models
- TiVo rolled out its 7.1 upgrade, which is required for 802.11g adapters
Buzz had similar problems.
TiVo — you seriously need to just build wifi into your deals...
The descriptions are also too short — they should include full descriptions and ratings, which are the things I look at before deciding to buy one.
"One of the main reasons people started turning away from network/broadcast television to niche cable networks is because of the homogenous, brain dead presentation and uniformity of content. I see exactly the same thing happen today. Look at Yahoo News site today - it has gone gold after being in beta for two weeks. It resembles like any other online news site, the content is generic news wire copy, though there are includes from other news sources like Forbes and Marketwatch..."
"Back out News.com’s columnists, and you have a pretty similar content - much of it from online news sites relying on Reuters, AP and other generic information sources. I think this is perhaps one of the reasons why blogs are taking off - more focused and colorful content."
After upgrading to 10.3.9 over the weekend, my LaunchBar installation stopped working. Specifically, it couldn't complete the "Indexing Applications" step of its startup process. I emailed Objective Development and got this in response:
Mac OS X 10.3.9 seems to introduce a new problem affecting LaunchBar's ability to scan for all installed applications. In most cases it seems to help to rebuild the LaunchServices database of Mac OS X. Delete this file:Worked perfectly.
and restart your computer. Please let me know if this helps to resolve the problem.
"The issue opened with three double spreads, from Apple, Sony and Infiniti. Then there were eight uninterrupted pages of digital collage, including images of a young man and his father in front of a wall-sized television screen; a robot family, and a computer model of the earth. Next came a series of well-written stories that showed the proposed magazine's range, including a profile of the Chairman of the FCC, a report from one of Silicon Valley's most famous research labs, and a call by former Attorney General Eliot Richardson for an investigation of the suspicious death of an American computer journalist. Shorter articles mixed technology previews with travel tips and book reviews. The cover was a black-and-white collage of a man plummeting from an immense height, the city streets beneath him surreal in their networked clarity. At the top, in red capitals, it said WIRED."— Gary Wolf, Wired - A Romance
"None of the articles or photographs were original, and none of the advertisements were real. They were cribbed from every type of publication that touched on parts of the story Louis and Jane were trying to tell: The Wall Street Journal, SF Weekly, Scientific American, Outside, MacWEEK, Microtimes, Bay Area Computer Currents, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Nature, Business Week, Details. But the borrowed stories seemed bolder here than they had in their original publications. Bound together, they radiated a sense of fanatical self-assurance, as if united in expectation of technological wonders and tremendous social changes. The fact that the stories were taken from mainstream sources strengthened rather than softened the effect, for the credits page offered evidence that the revolution Louis believed he was chronicling had already been widely noted; only the context was new."
- Dashboard: Access mini-applications called Widgets with just the touch of a key — everything from a calculator and stock tracker to weather report and address book.
- Dashboard Widget: Enjoy instant access to any contact in your Address Book directly from Dashboard.
- Calculator Widget: Perform basic calculations right from the Dashboard with the Calculator Widget.
- Enhanced Dock Menu: Quickly set an application or document to open automatically when you login to your Mac — straight from the Dock.
- Stock Widget: Track your favorite international and domestic stocks and mutual funds, featuring current prices, charts and more.
- Translation Widget: Translate words and phrases instantly between 11 different languages right from your Dashboard.
- World Clock Widget: Check local time anywhere in the world or open multiple World Clock widgets for different time zones.
- DVD Player Bookmarks: Bookmark favorite moments of a DVD for quick access later on.
- Finder Slideshow: Quickly create full-screen slideshow of any selected images directly from the Finder.
- iCal Events and System Menu Clock: View upcoming appointments directly from the date and time system menu.
- Birthday Calendar: Always know the birthdays of everyone in your Address Book with this automatic calendar in iCal.
- iChat / Jabber Support: Access friends and colleagues in the Jabber IM network from iChat AV.
- iChat / Switch to: Quickly switch to different iChat accounts (AIM or Jabber) with just a few clicks.
- Wireless Image Capture: Wirelessly import images from camera-equipped cellphones via Bluetooth or next-generation digital cameras via WiFi.
- Mobile Home Directories: Centrally manage the home directories of your portable Mac clients and yet allow each user online and offline access from the office and the road.
- Secure WebDAV: Get support for the Kerberos and https protocol when accessing WebDAV volumes.
- VPN On Demand: Automatically establish a VPN connection when a firewall protected service is used for specific domains.
- Image Keywords: Add, remove and modify keywords for images in Preview.
- Archive a Web Page: Save the HTML and images for the current web page on your hard drive with just a few clicks. (a few weeks ago, Tantek and I were chatting about IE5/Mac's 5-year anniversary, and how this feature was still missing from modern browsers...)
- Inline PDF Viewing: View PDF documents directly in a Safari browser window — no other application required.
- .Mac Keychain Sync: Keep your keychain fully in sync across your different Macs using your .Mac account.
- Integrated Sync Services: Get more from the improved Sync: faster performance, a simpler interface, and an extensible architecture that lets other developers tap into the Sync engine.
- iTunes Album Art Screen Saver: Display album art from your iTunes music collection as a fun, ever-changing mosaic screen saver.
- Spotlight Find: Search all of your documents, images, emails and applications and view the results literally as fast as you can type in search words. (pretty much everything I do is server/web-based...)
- Buy Printing Supplies: Easily purchase supplies for your printer right from Mac OS X Tiger. (Printing? What's that?)
- Safari RSS View: View RSS news feeds for your favorite websites directly in Safari — no external news reader required. (IMHO, client-side aggregators need web-based counterparts, or at the very least sync)
- Mail (I stopped using this a year ago...)
- Tabs in iChat, like Adium
Odeo has managed to attract non-employees who come over to hang out. Thursdays seem to be the big day. The office fills up with geeks squatting our couches. They're escaping from the commute down to silicon valley to various large unnamed companies."Heh, Biz and I are actually commuting up.
"When it comes to computers, what hackers are doing now, everyone will be doing in ten years. Almost all technology, from Unix to bitmapped displays to the Web, became popular first within CS departments and research labs, and gradually spread to the rest of the world."
"30-odd miles later, I'd arrived at the almost-quality Hampton Inn on Ocean Street. My first day was done. I was craving Thai food. I walked to the Thai House, an old haunt, and was amused by the curious and sympathetic looks I got from fellow diners who noticed me: girl, eating alone, Saturday night. Odd, to be sure. But the pad thai was stellar."
- The World's Most Awesome Flea Market
- The Pig Out Palace
- Billboards of Note:
Jesus Saves. Isn't it time for Jesus?
Jesus Saves. Thrifty Jesus.
"We just pushed an updated version of Blogger's Atom API live, and wanted to post about it here to spread the word... In addition, we've re-launched the Blogger Developers Network (feed), as well as the moderated, companion BloggerDev discussion list."Then today, DiBona's project launched:
"We're very happy to be launching code.google.com today. To begin, we're releasing some developer-oriented libraries and tools... We're also featuring links to all current Google APIs. Come check them out and if you'd like more information, please join our group, subscribe to our feeds, or if you're shy, email us directly. And happy coding!"[also posted to Blogger Buzz]
Bruce Sterling: "According to my design students, who itch to go there, SXSW Interactive is a distant, impossibly hip imbroglio where the pixelized crème de la crème is pushing the avant-garde hard enough to dent it. I never knew that before; when I lived in Austin, I naturally assumed that SXSW Interactive was some kind of overgrown geek accident."
Me: "SXSW is TED for the proles."
"I have to sort of admire the way Bram Cohen's fame just keeps increasing despite the fact that he totally dodges about half the questions in interviews. This morning he informed us that the media distribution business is just going to go away, then the telcos are going away right after that. Bram is sure that new business models for media will emerge, but he doesn't know or care what they are, since he doesn't watch TV."
"Jason Goldman is on a panel called Blogging Showdown, danah boyd will be talking about How to Leverage Decentralized Social Networks, and Chris Wetherell will be starring in The Flash vs. HTML Game Show—sure to be an instant hit. Be sure to check those out if you're headed to the geek portion of SXSW this year."If you're in town too, drop by Club DeVille Monday night for Blogger's party, 6:30-8:30pm.
"When the Indian Ocean tsunami erupted late last year, Wikipedians produced several entries on the topic within hours. By contrast, World Book, whose CD-ROM allows owners to download regular updates, hadn't updated its tsunami or Indian Ocean entries a full month after the devastation occurred. That's the likely fate of Wikipedia's proposed stable, or snapshot, version. Fixing its contents in a book or on a CD or DVD is tantamount to embalming a living thing. The body may look great, but it's no longer breathing."Harsh, but true.
"I parked myself in Murky VA, my lackluster de facto “third place,” and opened up iTunes. Before I hopped on Bassdrive or another streaming station I had a look at the sole shared iTunes music library in a sea of PowerBooks: maria’s music. I browsed. What a f***ing music collection. Not in size, not that many albums really. But content-wise, things I’ve not seen outside of, well, my collection..."Biz just commented that Apple needs to build rendezvous chatting directly into iTunes...
"It had to belong to the girl with dark hair by the counter. I saw her when I got my coffee. Took note, lovely. Her. Her?"
"Nonetheless, I shared my empty library out under the name maria i sweat your music collection <3..."
"A conversation began, conducted solely by library title, and it continued for the next couple of hours..."
"At this point, I find myself just visiting the Apple store out of habit, and throwing things like the iSight in my cart because it seems like I need a complete set. (And because its got that cool magnet that lets you stick it to the top of your cinema display.) But what will that lead to? Who knows? I'm not even sure what the iSight is for!"Hah! All I did was lend him my old iBook...
"The Mavericks Surf Contest begins Wednesday. According to the company press release, twenty-four of the world's best big wave surfers will compete, including three-time contest winner Darryl "Flea" Virostko, Tow-In Surfing World Champion Garrett McNamara, and Peter Mel, long-time Mavericks legend. There is an article about the event in today's Santa Cruz Sentinel, which was written before it was certain it would take place."Sweet!
"Gary posed to the panel the problem of natural Google Bombs, where a negative site (IHateStarbucks.com) turns up as number 2 in a search for a brand (Starbucks). Steve noted that Starbucks' mistake is not having a blog, and not bringing this guy on to talk to him. Either he'll come off as a kook and lose his credibility, or the company will look better by showing their interest in what consumers have to say."
I thoughtfully reply each time I receive one, saying something along these lines:
Hi _____,Update: Forgot to mention the totally wack sms.ac.
Unfortunately I don't trust services like this to not send me junk mail and email spam. All my old email addresses still work, so lemme know if you ever need my mailing address / phone #. :)
How are things, otherwise?
See, ancient sculpture used to be fully painted with vibrant colors. But this paint has worn off all the columns and temples and sculpture you see in ruins these days. Therefore, sculpture has pretty much just appeared white in popular culture — movies, architecture, painting...
We wanted to scan some photos into Photoshop (which we were both learning) and see what they might look like, in full color. The result is the Virtual Sculpture Gallery. (a disclaimer about the site: the design is frightening! Though CSS existed, no browsers supported it. Thus we let GoLive CyberStudio make tables for us... *shudder*)
Unfortunately we haven't updated the site since then. Our goal was to raise awareness, and hopefully inspire other folks to pick up where we left off.
It remains popular and widely-linked though. A few weeks ago I got email from a lady at discovery.com who was rather enthusiastically preparing an article about it. I answered her questions, but she sounded kinda bummed to hear that the site was, frankly, old and out of date. She said she was still planning to try and run the story, given the appearance of painted sculpture in some recent big media.
I hurriedly pasted a stat-tracker into the site's html, in case the story ran.
It did: Discovery Channel News, Color Restored to Ancient Sculptures
(here's a local copy, in case the permalink breaks)
The stats went nuts. It used to average ~500 hits/day, but on the 17th it almost hit 28,000 (!).
A MeFi thread even popped up, and the majority of the comments are (surprisingly) positive!
There's obviously a lot of interest here... I'm thinking about registering an actual domain for the project, and updating the template & sticking a blog in it for updating news. I'll need to draft some other folks to help update it though...
"Can someone explain why when i post a comment on a Blogspot blog, I need to use my 'blogger profile' rather than just link directly to my blog."This is up to the blog owner. The Settings | Comments tab lets the user select who can comment; the "Anyone" setting means you get to enter your name and URL.
"And now that i'm stuck with my Blogger profile, why is that page so wack? Here is my User Profile. First off, you are limited to a 50k jpg image for your profile, and the URL has to be less than 68-characters in length (and they dont' even host it)"These are both bugs of which we're already aware, and will be fixed soon.
"At least let me put my RSS stream from Buzznet on it."This is an excellent idea; I'll pass it along to the team.
"How come the only blogs that show up are Blogger driven blogs?"Because this is your Blogger Profile. And because info about those blogs comes straight from Blogger's database — there's no way Blogger could know those details from another blogging system. There is a field, however, where you can enter your blog's URL:
"Blogger should definately allow a little more customization of this page after all, this is way cooler than my TypeKey profile page (i'm not even sure where that page lives)."Indeed. It's a tough call though, deciding where to devote engineering resources in cases like this (enhancing functionality that's "good enough" vs. building awesome new stuff — the old commenting system was definitely not good enough).
"Back to my blogger profile, I dunno what the "piles of wood" entries are about, somehow that blog has left the building."Those posts will go away once we re-enable post stat collection. They're currently disabled for database performance reasons.
It essentially turns the
<BlogItemCommentsEnabled>tag into a post-level conditional tag, and takes advantage of the fact that Blogger Comments on all your old posts are turned off by default.
The hack is explained in Blogger Help, and you can see it in action on this monthly archive page — nice work, Graham!
If you'll be there, look for the big orange B and say Hi.
- Support for WebDAV, including iDisks
- Tabbed sessions
- Column view
- Finder-like Sidebar for frequently accessed folders, local or remote
- Comments are now listed on the comment posting form (duh!)
- Profile photos
- Comments in popup windows (this is a setting)
- A Blogger account is no longer required to leave comments (this is a setting)
- arrow keys pan left, right, up and down
- pan wider with page up, page down, home and end keys
- zoom in and out with the (+) and (-) keys.
"... when an iPod does a shuffle, it reorders the songs much the way a Vegas dealer shuffles a deck of cards, then plays them back in the new order. So if you keep listening for the week or so it takes to complete the list, you will hear everything, just once. But people generally listen only to the first few dozen songs. In theory, that sample should be evenly distributed among all the artists and albums in their collections."I'm totally sold on the iPod Shuffle — Dom brought his on our Squaw road trip yesterday and it was way cool. He wears it snowboarding too, which I wanna try some day.
Have you seen AudioScrobbler? It's a webapp that keeps track of all the music I've listened to. Combined with a social network, it purports to recommend music and do lots of other fun stuff. While a wicked cool idea, it seems like they're struggling to scale it, and I've never actually gotten a recommendation out of their system. (though I do drop them a few bucks each month because I dig what they're doing).
You should build this functionality into iTunes, and automatically create
users.itunes.comaccounts for all of us iTMS purchasers. Though I love what the Scrobbler folks are doing, I think you could do it better.
You could recommend artists based on what I've purchased and been listening to. You could let me keep a friends list and let me know what my friends have been listening to, like AllConsuming does for books.
You could load the whole site up with feeds like the Flickr folks have done, so I could get updates each week in my aggregator. And the URLs could be nicely rewritten:
/artists- artists I've been listening to recently
/albums- albums I've been...
/genres- genres I've been...
/ratings- aggregated ratings data from my iTunes
/playlists- playlists I've created in iTunes
/imixes- iMixes I've created on the iTMS
/wishlist- songs & albums I want to buy
/stats- statistics of my listening habits
Monetizing the site shouldn't be too tough... ;)
Can't wait to see it!
Update: Tags in iTunes are a must-have, and here are two music recommendation sites: MusicMobs & Goombah.