We arrived back from Washington late yesterday afternoon.
The drive was uneventful aside from a detour around an accident which shut down (allegedly) I-95 in Maryland.
Frisket charmed everyone in D.C.
If I figure out how to transfer pictures from the Motorola RAZR I switched to I'll post some updated pix of her at Lafayette Park.
Coding on dripldu continues apace.
Nothing functional yet, still hoping to have something up by 1/1/2006.
One of my favorite episodes of The West Wing was on tonight,
I'm not sure if it's the discussion of PTSD or the tale that Leo McGarry (played
by John Spencer, who passed away last week) tells to Josh:
This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole.
The walls are so steep he can't get out.
A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up:
Hey you, can you help me out?
The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up:
Father I'm down in this hole can you help me out?
The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by:
Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?
And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says:
Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.
The friend says:
Yeah but I've been down here before and I know the way out.
I have nothing interesting to add about the TWU-MTA transit strike
here in New York.
I've given up correcting people that the city has no direct role,
the MTA is a state chartered public benefit corporation.
Bloomberg has no say or sway other than to call press conferences
and express his anger at the strike.
I think there are bozos (bozoes?) on both sides of the negotiations,
and that the strike will go on for awhile.
I've cancelled my only commitment in Manhattan that I rely on the subway for.
Ok, I'll add this comment: when the chief law enforcement officer, the "chief executive" so to speak, regularly revels in flauting or breaking the law, why are we surprised that the TWU would break the law in calling a strike (it's illegal in NY State for public employees to strike under the Taylor Law)?
In other news...
CEO replaced by Dell exec:
Stephen Ward, the IBM PC executive who became the CEO of Lenovo last year, has stepped down and will be replaced by William Amelio, one of Dell's senior executives for Asia.
I just made a collossal mistake with Firefox while writing this.
See, I make lots of bookmarks, stuff that I think is important I'll
add to del.icio.us,
otherwise I file bookmarks away in folders by year and month.
I also tend to create many to_read folders, within a given
The mistake? I tried to open all bookmarks in the December 2005
Instead, through a mouse-slip, I had Firefox open all bookmarks in
the December 2005 folder.
So, now I'm watching spinning wheels in maybe 50 tabs.
Most frustrating: One of the tabs is playing music.
However, that mistake has given me a chance to review everything
I bookmarked over the month, here's a brief hitlist of interesting
- Struggling to Monetize Web 2.0 summarizes the known options to generate revenue
for so-called Web 2.0 applications and sites (ads, subscriptions, transaction
commissions) and posits that there is a need for one or more additional
I've had a couple of ideas for YaSoBoTo (since shelved) and dripldu,
but they're basically subscription services, with ad revenue
- Craig$list.com: about the rise of craigslist and the ensuing impact on the traditional newspaper revenue model and its founder, Craig Newmark.
I'll summarize so you don't have to read it:
Basically: boo-hoo, craigslist is stealing revenue and eyeballs from newspapers
and that's not fair.
And, ooh, now he's trying to get into citizen journalism and that's not right either.
In my opinion: newspapers have missed a huge opportunity and now the marketplace is routing around them.
Newspapers brought prestige, eyeballs, and reputation to the table when they came online in the 1990s.
Instead of building on that, they built walls and fences around their content.
Want to read an article from yesterday's newspaper? Pay us a buck-fifty.
Sure that's more than the paper cost, but how else are you going to get the content?
Instead of leveraging the immense amount of content for ongoing advertising placement, newspapers
have (generally) cut off this revenue stream. Content is fenced off, so it doesn't appear
in search engines.
They were slow to add RSS/Atom feeds, and have lost eyeballs as people move to feed aggregators and
away from surfing from site to site.
He made it easy to create, manage, and read classified ads.
I've had no need to take out an ad myself, but I've had need to read through classifieds occasionally
and you know what?
For the most part newspapers make their online classifieds about as friendly as a Vogon highway notice.
They're barely searchable, rarely categorized or classified (heh) well, and require a few hoops to get
through (I guess because they want you to buy the damn paper).
Craigslist isn't the problem, sticking with a 1970s approach to revenue generation is the problem.
- This is a neat reference site of Web 2.0 APIs: Web 2.0 API Reference.
It's updated regularly.
- I need to read through and digest this: Dynamic Accessible Web Content Roadmap:
The Dynamic Accessible Web Content Roadmap addresses the accessibility of dynamic web content for people with disabilities. The roadmap outlines the technoloiges to map controls and events to accessibility APIs, including custom controls. The roadmap also outlines new navigation techniques to mark common web structues as menus, primary content, secondard content, banner information and other types of web structures.
- The Guardian reviews the Yahoo! acquistion of del.icio.us and speculates on Yahoo!'s (is that even remotely grammatically correct?) direction: Searching for a fresher taste
Through a series of hires and acquisitions, Yahoo is clearly assembling a squad of innovators and forward thinkers.
- Funny short movie from Coudal Partners: Copy Goes Here.
- Tagging by Bloggers, a Small Study:
My conclusion at the end of this was that we need more flexibility and better tools for tagging at the blog post level, including creating tags at several points: around an object, at the link level, at the post level, and possibly at the comment level. Additionally, users need easy ways to tag, and set their preferences around how their tags will appear, or be created. And they need flexibility for linking within the tags, as well as some different choices depending on what they were doing, about how the tags will function.
- A Bluetooth microphone that wraps around your car headrest: The Iqua Snake HHF-801
- A review of Googlbase, including a negative observation on its use of tags: The blooming of information architecture at Google: A close look at facets, tags & categories in GoogleBase:
Trust Google to use tags in a completely different manner. When you click on what seems like a tag, then you are essentially doing a search on that keyword.
- Damn, I knew that seminar in Hamiltonian Circuits would haunt me.
Attention Networks vs. Social Networks:
The vast majority of online social networking tools assume that users are modeling friendship and thus if you're friends with someone, they better damn well be friends with you. As such, they use undirected graphs and you are required to confirm that they are indeed your friend.
The world is not an undirected graph and very little about social life online is actually undirected. Many social relations are unequal; they are rooted in directional graphs - fandom, power, hierarchy. So why do we use undirected models?
Go read the article. I had more quotes but realized I'd end up quoting most of the article, so go read it (that's to you, Todd. And possibly Sean, if he still reads here.)
And the comments.
That ended up being a review of my 11/2005 and 12/2005 bookmarks, just the highlights I thought were interesting.
I left out the link to the StickySheets.
No. Don't click no that. Please. Well, I warned you.
It still does not work in Microsoft Internet Explorer, I have no idea why (I thought it was a DOM coding problem and
thead to no avail).
It's here: UTF-8 Encodings Tool.
e.p.c. posted this at 04:44 GMT on 21-Dec-2005 .