Archive for April, 2005

09
Apr
05

Classic Craigslist Posting

In setting up Newsburst this morning I discovered a “best of craigslists” rss feed. For those of you not familiar with Craigslist, it is a free local community/classified site that is beating the crap out of traditional newspaper classified services. Our CL testimonial — we rented two apts, sold two cars, and sold off enough furniture to consolidate our lives into one apt — read my shit didn’t make the cut — in less than 10 days ala Craigslist. I think I am selling my old bar-be-que, for $15 later today to someone named Peaches. Anyway the best of craigslist is quickly becoming my favorite source and will be awesome material for some time.

Today’s winners is…..The Mr. Right of Bookcases

09
Apr
05

Evers Family Expanding

Former teammates at KU, Mike and Sandy Evers had their third son on Friday — Jett McEwen Evers. I have to guess Mike and Sands have not grown tired of addressing the same question “What did you say his name was?” Jett’s brothers are Stone and Wilder.

09
Apr
05

Taking Newsburst for a spin

Good friend and co-worker John Roberts is actively getting the word out on his latest service Newburst so I decided to graduate from my.yahoo to NB. So far so good and I am a big fan of the interface — specifically viewing sources individaully or in aggregate via the dashboard.

Oddly enough…when I was trying to search for John’s blog Newsburst search retuned nothing. This goes back to my earlier gripe about searching on News.com in general.

08
Apr
05

Fun with Air Tight Tags

Check out this little app when you get a chance. Kudos to Max for pointing this out.

Without going into much detail, Air Tight takes advantage of Flickr’s open apis and means for content organization referred to as tagging. Flickr, a photo sharing/photo blog service allows the submitter to categorize their pictures. For example, as opposed to Flickr allowing you to choose from a predetermine set of categories; Flickr turns the categorization all over to their users. Like tags are then groups into what are called folksonomies as opposed to the traditional taxonomy.

Anyway…probably lost a few here but anyway play around with this. Type in San Francisco, or Jayhawks, or Amarillo and have some fun with it.

08
Apr
05

Striking Balance

Yahoo’s Wikipedia integration/investment continues to strengthen their appeal to both the tech enthusiast and the masses. Yahoo has not lost sight of investing everyday services (Local and Mail) while they want to help pave the direction of the online space as seen in the Flickr (no, this is not only about photography), deeper search integration in Q, and now Wikipedia — all within in the last 30 days. Somehow they have been able to walk this fine line without attracting the label of the masses – i.e. MSN and AOL. It continues to amaze me how one of the largest industry players is able remains so nimble.

06
Apr
05

Good bye Good Friend

Just received some sad new tonight that Brian had to put down Gooch. Gooch, a beautiful nine year old boxer, has been suffering with paralysis for some time now and his condition was only progressively getting worse. My heart goes out to Brian for even having to make the decision to put Gooch out of his misery. I can’t imagine the confusion Gooch was dealing with throughout this

With Atticus now in our lives Brian’s loss saddens me all the more. I simply can’t imagine losing our best friend. I will always remember Gooch’s amazing demeanor and long runs off leash while in Lawrence.

Be sure to raise a glass to Gooch.

06
Apr
05

Dipping my lame right foot in the Podcasting Waters

Podcasting — think TIVO for audio– is finally finding its way into my life. I jump into this at the risk of Julie’s cyber-zealot charge (Dell consumer segment) mockery….though I press on. But – listen to this wife — according to Pew, 1/3 of iPod users have tried podcasting so that bumps me from that segment — booyaaaaa. Sidebar — John….how can I not find this study on News.com?

Anyway, podcasting is something we have discussed at CNET for some time. The reason it has not appealed to me until now is menu of listening options. The most popular include an obscure farming couple in Wisconsin discussing their day-to-day lives, fettish themed discussions, and a menu of garage bands. But last night I discovered WNYC has entered the podcasting space and now I am interested. I let you know how it goes.

If anyone knows of any good podcasting sites I am all ears. Oh how I wish CNET Radio were still in existence.

Oh yea….and I need to give a shout out to the podcasting software of choice – ipodder – the creation of one Adam Curry of 80s MTV VJ fame.

06
Apr
05

I am Kaiser Soze

For those of you who haven’t heard, I tweaked something in my back this weekend while installing a drip irrigation system. Side note, for those of you who have taken this tedious work on it is something I am rather proud of accomplishing. Anyway…..towards the end of the project I noticed the addidas flip-flop on my right foot kept falling off. I continued to tighten it and it kept falling off. When I bent down to investigate further I noticed I had lost partial mobility in my right foot. I can extend my foot and move it side to side as I always have. But if I try to pull my foot towards me I get nothing. Nerve damage is slightly freakish. And when you put on your sock tomorrow — do not take that for granted.

As you might guess walking has been a challenge and I trip at least once ever block. The only way to describe it is it is like walking with a scuba fin on my right foot. Passers-bye look at me like I am drunk, a better than average dressed homeless person, a poor impersonation of the John Travolta Midtown strut from Staying Alive, or just another SF crazy. We have also come up with some other fun names: the “duck walk “and, my personal favorite the “Kaiser Soze.”

05
Apr
05

Google Maps…..too cool

I saw this on Dennis Yang’s site and had to check it out…way cool

Where am I?




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