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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Dave Jacobs is getting a new (donated) kidney on Friday, Murphy-willing. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

CBS: "When a fellow panelist mentioned that bloggers had had a big impact on the reporting on Election Day, Williams waved that point away by quipping that the self-styled journalists are 'on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem.'" Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kottke: "I've been contacted by a lawyer representing Sony and they have asked me to remove the audio clip." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NPR segment on Jeopardy god Ken Jennings. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Brent Simmons on the virtues of XML-RPC. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

An update on the car buying experience. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scoble explains the slow process of Windows bug fixes.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times tech columnist David Pogue has something resembling a weblog, with permalinks and an RSS feed. His FAQ also says that the archive of the Circuits section of the Times is now open to all and free.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Marc gets off the cross Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Marc Canter responded to my crucifix post, with a list of metadata he'd like to see included with podcasts. It's interesting that some of the data he asks for is already defined by the RSS 2.0 spec.

A picture named agents.gifFor example, "What is the podcast about?" can be handled by the description element, that's actually been in RSS since 0.91. What keywords could be associated? That's the category element. When was the podcast recorded? That could be pubDate (but maybe he wants them to be separate dates, in which case we'd have to go to a namespace, not a problem). What are categories? Hmmm, maybe I misuderstood keywords. What's the diff betw categories and keywords? Isn't keyword just a simple case of category? (Please don't yell at me.)

The only two that clearly require new elements are: "Who is on the podcast?" (There can only be one author element per item, but podcasts can and often do have more than one.) And length (which may be hard to get from the operating systems, although it clearly would be valuable; there's no RSS element that corresponds to length).

Another place we can and will go for metadata for podcasts is the ID3 information that's carried along in MP3s. No reason you should have to download the MP3 enclosure to get that info.

Here's a screen shot of the ID3 info for a Morning Coffee Notes podcast.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Good morning sports fans! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Like everyone else I've been following the weirdness at target.com with interest. I like shopping at Target. I didn't know you could get a blowjob there, for only $9.99. No picture available. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named crucifix.gifI keep wanting to tell Marc Canter to stop jumping up and down, and (calmly and carefully) write a list of the data he wants to accompany podcasts, and we'll see what we can do. Now's a really good time to make specific proposals, not blanket condemnations. Marc sometimes misses things, like the Web for example. Podcasting will happen with or without the metadata. But it would be better with it. Drop the martyr act, it's borrrring, and get busy making a list. BTW, that's the first time, as far as I know, that a crucifix has appeared on Scripting News. Apparently it's also the first time the term blowjob has appeared here too.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tim O'Reilly will speak at the 10th anniversary celebration of the W3C, on Wednesday, in Boston. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kottke has audio of the end of Jeopardy uber-champion Ken Jennings' amazing run, on tomorrow night's show. "Too bad for Ken," says host Alex Trebek. Heh. $2.5 million. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

On this day five years ago, Manila shipped. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named horseguy.gifAttention Frontier kernel developers in Seattle. We're having a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Crossroads in Bellevue, to make face-to-face contact, and discuss various projects including the Python-in-Frontier work that David Brown is doing. So far it's Dave Luebbert, Dave Brown and myself. You're welcome even if your first name isn't Dave. Newbies are welcome too, but please C programmers only. We're going to start pretty early, 6PM, and go for a couple of hours.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A warm-up job Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I need a quick programming warm-up job, so I decided to do something about referrer spam. Here's an example page. Almost all the pages it points to are spam. I'm going to create a blacklist, by checking each site, and see if it actually points at mine. If not, it goes on the blacklist, never to appear on this page again. Pretty simple. The purpose of the referers page was to show who was delivering the flow to my site. Then of course the spammers will include a link to my site and then I'll have to up the ante. Let's see what happens.

Before and after Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I just did the first pass, and it's nice!

I archived the old spam-ridden referers page here, so you can see the before. (Yes, I know the images are all broken.)

Now here's the after. What a difference. Geez. The cool thing is that all the sites in the list now actually are known to point back to us. So even if the spammers figure out how to circumvent this (they just have to point back to us) at least we share in the page-rank bonanza. They might as well work for us for a while.

BTW, this is Google's problem Permanent link to this item in the archive.

As I'm writing the code I keep thinking of neater ways to solve the problem, ones that would be harder to circumvent by the spammers, and still allow legitimate referers to show up. The problem is that they'd require cooperation from Google. Remember, the reason these guys spam us is to steal page rank from Google, by making it appear as if we're pointing to them.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

NY Times: "WiMax delivers broadband Internet connections through fixed antennas that send and receive signals across entire cities." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Car recommendations from Scripting News readers. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BBC is looking for radio fans. So they asked I Love Radio.org. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scoble is up early! (Or late?) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Drew's production notes in OPML. Boiiiinnnggg! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

When my plane landed in Seattle, I called the Dawn & Drew comment line. I had just listened to three D&D shows, and had the number, and just had to get in on the fun! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thanks for all the great recommendations on minivans and cars. You guys are incredible. First thing tomorrow I'm going to collate the comments and publish them. Enough other people have similar transportation needs, so I'm sure you'll find it interesting.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Report from Sea-Tac, terminal A, gate 9, free wifi here too. Neat-o. Downloading my mail now, then off to baggage claim.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Report from Kennedy Airport, terminal 8, gate 22, there's free open wifi here. An unsecured wireless router named "linksys." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named van.jpgI was talking for a year about getting a new cellphone, finally the old one broke and I was ready for action. I had already asked enough people which works best, and wanted a service that worked in Europe so that pointed to AT&T with an inexpensive Nokia phone. Three weeks later, I'm still happy with the purchase. The service is a lot better. I've also been talking for the last year about getting a new car, and I'm not going to wait for the old one to break. Here's what I'm looking for, and I'm soliciting advice. 1. A large interior with lots of space for all the junk I move around. My SUV has a lot of space, but it's organized for four passengers, and I very rarely have more than two. 2. Decent gas mileage, but certainly not great gas mileage. 3. Excellent GPS navigation system. 4. Handles well, doesn't require alot of maintenence. So... all this put together suggests some kind of minivan, or maybe a smallish regular van. Any ideas? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Doug Kaye asks how IT Conversations can become financially self-sustaining.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "Despite the best efforts of Hallmark and television channels rebroadcasting 'It's a Wonderful Life,' holidays have long been understood to represent an interpersonal minefield for some individuals and families, as much as a time for carols and warm reminiscences around a glowing hearth." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Interesting post on bandwidth, viewed from the server logs of a podcaster. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Today's a travel day. Leaving at 7:30AM Eastern, arriving before noon Pacific. Nice how the day stretches out going east to west. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Gary Price on "impeccably maintained" web directories.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Nicco broke a tooth at our lunch today. But that wasn't the end of the story. Here's the voicemail he left this afternoon. He said he wants to do podcasts. Hey he just did one.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named capsule.gifI notice people are using the term interopathon, a term which I coined, in an incorrect way. It's fair approach to interop, it treats big software companies with patents and open source projects with large installed bases, and smart consultants with their own implementations, as equals. Basically the door is open to all, the playing field is totally level, and interop with each one is considered important, and until it's reached, no one gets to claim interop. Unfortunately Microsoft and IBM didn't want to play by these very fair rules, and went ahead worked privately with each other and tried to force it on everyone else. The usual way interop is not achieved in the software biz. Eventually interop came to mean "Works With Microsoft" but since Microsoft's architecture astronauts were in charge, well, SOAP is pretty dead in 2004, sadly, because a handful of people spoiled it for everyone else. When I resigned as Chief Hardass, I felt like a kindergarten teacher, a failed one.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Bertolt Brecht: "[Radio] is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out. So here is a positive suggestion: change this apparatus over from distribution to communication. The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named nicco.jpgHad a great lunch with Nicco Mele, former blogmaster at Dean For America. We talked about so many things but one of the last ideas was the best, imho. I said we need something like The League of Women Voters for 21st Century voters who want to think about their decision and need information and other points of views. That led to the The League of Blogging Voters. LOBV. Nicco said he'd grab the domain.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Blog Torrent is "software that makes it much easier to share and download files using the bittorrent protocol." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Draft spec for the BitTorrent RSS module. We plan to use this for Adam Curry's Daily Source Code, The Dawn and Drew Show, and a newly formatted Morning Coffee Notes (with its own feed and an easy way to find back issues, for all). We expect lots of growth in the coming months, and we want to help produce more feeds in the future, so we're getting ready, as are so many others. The combination of BitTorrent and RSS is all over the place these days, and that's super-exciting, and right on.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Joel Spolsky: "When you go too far up, abstraction-wise, you run out of oxygen. Sometimes smart thinkers just don't know when to stop, and they create these absurd, all-encompassing, high-level pictures of the universe that are all good and fine, but don't actually mean anything at all."  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A test file for the BitTorrent implementation of Daily Source Code. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

A picture named turdkey.gifHappy Thanksgiving everybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Today's a day of walking and eating, talking and napping, movies and football, hugging and footsie, tradition and newbies, farting and belching, and thanking and thanking. And thanking. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

In years past I'd publicly thank all who I wished to thank. This year, it's a private thanks-giving for Uncle Bumba. Have a great day, month, year, etc, everybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

All Things Considered segment on BitTorrent. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kevin Marks, via IM, reminds us that Apple bought a company called eMagic, that makes a breakout box, that's probably a lot like the product that's being rumored around the blogs today.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "McCartney, after 40 years of second billing to his late partner John Lennon, has turned the tables on his Beatles collaborator by reversing the order of the famous Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Songs with lead vocals by John Lennon, Paul McCartneyPermanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named paul.jpgFor some reason now that I have an iPod I am re-discovering the Beatles in a whole new way. I bought $91 of old Beatles albums today, on CD, all for the second time (the other copies of these CDs are in storage in Calif). Anyway, I also found an excellent Beatles site, with excerpts from all the songs, video of interviews with the band. I've learned something new and important. Paul McCartney was the lead singer. It was never clear to me who was singing on the old songs. I thought John Lennon's style developed over the years, but it turns out he always sang the same way, he just didn't sing many of the songs. John gave a better interview, but Paul was the nicer guy, simpler, more commercial, for sure, but he did most of the work, it seems. I always thought I liked John better, he was the poet of the band, but then I found out that Paul wrote Hey Jude, Let It Be, Lady Madonna, and of course all the "silly love songs." Now I could learn more, and I expect to, but it seems that Paul got a pretty shitty deal from John. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tod Maffin has a picture of Apple's breakout box. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named trucker.jpgPet peeve. I was going to point to a podcast feed just now, but because it uses some kind of weird style sheet, it doesn't look like a feed, rather it looks like a really poorly designed web page. I'd like to request that people leave XML looking like XML. Okay the counter-argument: XML should just disappear into the background. Well, okay, but not really. When I drive on the Long Island Expressway, I see trucks. You might argue that the trucks should just disappear into the background, and I would totally agree. They take up too much space, are hard to understand, and even though they have labels, sometimes I can't figure out what they do. But somehow they're still on the highways after all these years. So someone comes along and has a bright idea. Let's paint cars on the side of trucks. That way the trucks can fade into the background and we can pretend they don't exist. Uhhh, something about that doesn't work. Could just be me.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Adam Bosworth: "While the concept underlying RDF is simple, even brillliantly simple, it isn't how most of us think about data." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I can't get it up. That is for some reason I'm not able to upload my latest Morning Coffee Notes. It wasn't that good, even if it did introduce a new meme: micro-politics, for an old idea, politics on a burg or burb level. We got so distracted by the national race, glad that's over. Now let's think about blogs on a local level. Based on the email I've been getting on this subject, it seems the time may be now. I want to lead a discussion on this at the I&S conference at Harvard in December. And otherwise help evangelize the notion that we can route around the TV networks, and create the political system we want, from the one we were given. That's the gist of today's MCN. I'll look for a Starbuck's, or maybe do another which is more musical. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tony Kahn's Thanksgiving podcastPermanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: Lobbyists try to kill Philly wireless planPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Fascinating story about newspapers in Wired. "Imagine what higher-ups at the Post must have thought when focus-group participants declared they wouldn't accept a Washington Post subscription even if it were free. The main reason (and I'm not making this up): They didn't like the idea of old newspapers piling up in their houses." That's exactly why I cancelled my subscriptions to the NY Times and Wall Street Journal in 1995. Most of the issues never got unfolded before they went into the recycling bin.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Britt Blaser: "My dad hired the Macy's Santa Clauses." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sebastien Paquet asks about a weblog conference in Montreal. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tod Maffin: "I want to be able to delete podcasts or other audio content from my iPod after I've listened to it." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Microsoft's Dave Massy, who works on MSIE, lists some of his favorite DHTML sites.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named nick.gifI did a bunch of email today with Nicco Mele, who I met at Dean HQ and at the DNC last year. Very smart guy and probably the most natural sales guy I've ever met. We walked around the Flint Center and I met some of his friends. They're interesting people because, while they supported the Democrats, they were, like me, just about ready to give up. Nicco and I are having lunch on Friday (he's also from Queens, home for the holiday), should be interesting. In the meantime he pointed out this paragraph in a piece I wrote about Joe Trippi, who he worked for and loves. "Here's an idea. We're as far as we ever get from an election right now, it's two years until the mid-terms, four years to the next Presidential election. Let's start raising money for a truly open blogging network, out of which candidates for local office can emerge, and new journalists, and empowered voters, money-givers, an army of citizens ready to listen, to learn, and feed back to all of us what they learned." It was a pretty good bit. Worth thinking about. Would I stop everything to work on this network if we got the $10 million it would take to do it right? Yeah, I probably would. It would be good for America, and not just America, for everybody.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I still have to write a bit about Arianna Huffington. She sure was impressive. Full of energy and love. She and Trippi were the stars of my LA visit. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named rudy.jpgMy mom reads this weblog. On the way to breakfast this morning she asked if I wanted a correction. I said of course. In this bit, I said that Giuliani is a citizen, implying that Schwarzenegger is not. Of course both are citizens. What I meant to say is that Giuliani was born in the US, and therefore is eligable to serve as President of the US, without a Constitutional amendment. Of course, literally speaking, my statement was correct, in two ways. First, Giuliani is in fact a citizen. Second, Schwarzenegger is a naturalized citizen, so it's accurate to point out that Giuliani is a plain old citizen. My mom admitted she was standing up for Arnie because she also is a naturalized citizen. I of course am not, and could serve as President without an amendment. Of course I did inhale, so I'm probably out of the running just on that count, if not for all the others. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

According to AppleInsider, Apple is developing a "breakout box" to connect to its GarageBand software. "The external audio device attaches to a computer and offers audio inputs and outputs for attaching instruments or other audio sources." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "78 cents in savings, $44,000 in debts, $88.5 million in winnings." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dan Rather stepping down as CBS News anchor. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Laptop update. When I booted it up in NY it found my dad's wifi network and worked like a champ. It could be that my apartment house in Seattle is a totally polluted wifi environment.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Anyone looking for a podcasting use-case, need look no further. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Welcome Jon Udell to the world of podcasting. As usual we get an excellent narrative of his experience with lots of tips and tricks.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Reminder to people having trouble with their podcast feeds. Run your feed through the debugger periodically. It really finds problems.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The subject of how a site gets into Google News came up at the ONA conference a couple of weeks ago. They claim it's totally algorithmic, but the choice of which sites to include is made by human beings, using a undisclosed set of criteria. John Battelle writes about a case where a publication, basically a weblog, indexed by Google News, went after Russ Beattie (they've gone after me too, and Adam) and he's pleading for Google to remove the site. This just shows how far out of whack things have gotten. It's time for Google to either withdraw Google News, or stop claiming it's algorithmic, or even better, make it algorithmic. They've figured out how authority works in the search engine, why can't they do it in news? Disclaimers: 1. Scripting News is not considered authoritative by Google News. 2. I think that's ridiculous. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Paul Boutin's new podcasting piece in The New Republic. You have to give them your email address, but it's a good story. Cyberpunk/cyberpunk doesn't work. Arrrgh. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Julie Leung: "Elisabeth's vocabulary is expanding. She learned to say 'BloggerCon' and 'Burger King' this month." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Greetings from New York City. Hey it's warm here. The flight was uneventful. Not much to report. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's free wifi in the new Terminal A at Seatac. It's very nice and shiny. Feels international like one of the myriad terminals at Heathrow. I'm in a Tully's Coffee drinking a Starbuck's ice coffee reading the NY Times. Got all my brands jus where I wan em. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Love RSS.Draft: How to extend RSS 2.0. This is a new howto I wrote this morning while packing to fly to NYC. It's just a draft. Talking with Adam over the weekend, I said "Hey, if you can fly an airplane, you can learn to extend RSS." He laughed, probably wondering when I was going to call him on the dumb blonde act. Anyway, namespaces seem so difficult because there's almost nothing to it. Like the Web, they're loosely coupled. Most of the glue is there to help human beings, the software assumes you know what you're doing, and ignores stuff it doesn't understand. Even though the core is frozen, RSS itself is a liberal environment, you don't need anyone's permission to extend it. It's really simple, as the name suggests.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tim Jarrett: "I love whatís happened with enclosures and Podcasting. Thatís the sort of innovation that XML syndication needs, user experience and business models; not 'innovation' in how the underlying content is expressed." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BTW, yesterday David Brown announced that he has Python integrated with Frontier. One of the first bennies of releasing the Frontier kernel as open source. Andre Radke is improving the performance of the object database.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's now an API for Google DeskbarPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Register: "Early on Saturday morning some banner advertising served for The Register by third party ad serving company Falk AG became infected with the Bofra/IFrame exploit. The Register suspended ad serving by this company on discovery of the problem." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wired: "Shared Media Licensing, based in Seattle, offers Weed, a software program that allows interested music fans to download a song and play it three times for free. They are prompted to pay for the 'Weed file' the fourth time. Songs cost about a dollar and can be burned to an unlimited number of CDs, passed around on file-sharing networks and posted to web pages." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named laptop.jpgAfter god knows how many weeks I still can't get Windows XP on my cute Sony laptop to find these newfangled "web sites" on the Internet. So I offered a bribe to Microsoft evangelist, Robert Scoble. If he'd help my machine work on the Internet, I'd buy him a Pho dinner (they have wifi at my favorite Pho restaurant in Bellevue). Anyway, the night started out bad, the restaurant was closed, so we went elsewhere, and then found a wifi signal at a shopping center. He was able to get online in two minutes by erasing the queue of preferred hotspots. Then he farted around with my screen telling me I was doing it wrong, and only made it worse, much worse (he tells the story here) and ended up saying they're going to get this right in Longhorn. I was beginning to think I'd be a Mac user by then, anyway, so humor him, at least he got the Web working again. When I got home, of course it wasn't finding the sites, so I have a fancy $3000 DVD player. It's nice, but that wasn't the idea. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

This afternoon I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for the second time. It's a good movie to see twice because the first time you don't really get the order in which things are happening. It's a sweet movie because the characters get a second chance at love. And as they relive their memories of love, so does the viewer. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tech question: How to encode BitTorrent in podcast feeds? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

"thinkusaalignright"At the dinner in Vancouver I was one of only two or three Americans, the rest were Canadians. Of course they wanted to talk about the political situation in the US. What's to become of the Democratic party? This is much-discussed in the US too. Why worry? The diversity in the country won't go away just because the Democrats can't nominate a winner. Even within the Republican Party there's choice. Democrats could vote for Schwarzenegger or Giuliani (who is a citizen). Are either of these really any less repulsive than Kerry? Think about it. I'm now where I was before Kerry was the Democratic nominee. I think we do it backwards in the US. First we should decide what our issues are, then we should go shopping for representatives to represent us. See the connection? Represent. We end up voting for minor, almost irrelevant differences, and as a result, no representation, and our country can't make positive change. I don't believe the red-staters are bad or stupid. I think they're stuck in the same mess the rest of us are.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

On November 8, as a service to people participating in BloggerCon, I asked vendors to post pointers to services that would be of interest to bloggers. 10 vendors have responded so far. It's still an open thread, so if you want to get your message in front of bloggers, post a comment there. We'll do this again at the next BC. There's no cost to participate.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Little-known fact in the RSS world, Microsoft's hit game, Halo 2, supports RSS. Here's a review by a user.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Care to caption this cartoon? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

John Palfrey: Pornographer sues Google on 12 groundsPermanent link to this item in the archive.

The Dowbrigade cats aren't planning to sell their Google stock. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Vancouver harbor at surise from the window in my hotel room. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Adam Curry surfaces in the UK. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The audio for the Election 2004 session at BloggerCon is ready. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named lady.gifHad a great time at the dinner in my honor at the Phnom Penh restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown. All kinds of topics came up. A couple of people who had been to BloggerCon at Stanford earlier this month. A MORE user from the 80s (still has the bright eyes and big smile that was the hallmark of that community, this was before the Web and blogger dinners so not too many met each other, but I met them). We ate frog legs, but most of us thought it was chicken (me too). The food was delicious. Talked a lot about OPML, directories, Manila, Frontier, podcasting, what it all means. There are Jay McCarthy fans here, so far away from Lowell, I count myself among their number. At the end of the night about fifteen of the Vancouver bloggers walked me back to my hotel. Basically bloggers who come to these dinners are very nice people, we talk about their city, their country, I get tutored in the language and the currency, and hear a lot of ideas that I then incorporate into my view of things. I like that. Darren Barefoot has a list of the people who were there and links to their sites. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

As usual in-room high speed Internet isn't high speed. It's choppy. They use a service called FatPort. It keeps disconnecting.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Barry Bowen on building a Manila-based OPML directory site. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A must-read Ode-To-Scoble by Steve Gillmor. And Scoble responds! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I've arrived in Vancouver. Didn't cough once on the way up, sneezed a few times. Feeling much better today. I have time for a nap before dinner. All caught up on my Gillmor Gangs and Daily Source Codes. Vancouver is one incredibly beautiful place. Everyone says that but it's true.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Happiness is an American cellphone that works in Canada.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named marlboroLights.gifCongratulations to Zeldman for quitting smoking. My own two cents. Smoking is an aid to creativity. I don't do the intense multi-day programming jags anymore, I can't without the cigarettes. The reason why, I think, is that the drug helps you tune out distractions. The smoke keeps interruptions away. Work that requires intense concentration is aided by things that push away distractions. But at our age, Zeldman and I are roughly the same age, after thirty years of smoking, to keep doing it would be suicide, and not far-in-the-future suicide, like it is for people in their twenties and thirties, but suicide in the near future. A few people get to smoke into old age, but it seems that most don't. So quitting is a way of giving us a chance of having an old age. So we can't push the envelope like we did before. But we can help others do it. And we can applaud it when it happens. And we can tell stories to kids on our knees about the old days when we could do it ourselves. It's not so bad. Hey it's better than being dead!  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Russell Beattie is going to work for Yahoo, starting Monday. This is something like Scoble going to Microsoft. Without the ramp up. Good move on both sides. It'll be interesting to get some visibility into Yahoo. We expect an interesting story. Natural Born Blogger meets BigCo.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

JD Lasica's movies of BloggerCon.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Don Park: "Frankly, this is the kind of innovation we need to be thinking about instead of reinventing what is already in wide use." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Love RSS.With all due respect to Jeffrey Veen, who I know from my Wired days, his experience with the email model type of RSS reader is exactly why that's the model you don't want to use. It's not like email. Let the river of items flow through your queue, scroll over them with a scroll bar, and don't let the software tell you you're falling behind. Your time is what's valuable, there's no value to the items you didn't read. If it's important it'll pop up again. RSS is not email. Don't sort them out into little boxes that you have to go to, make them flow to you, in a river, unsorted. I wish people would just listen to this simple idea, so many people are using RSS the wrong way. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Mary Hodder reviews the new interface at PubSub.Com. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Yahoo has a new way of mapping cities that's really nice for people visiting who don't know their way around.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Vikas Kamat is from Birmingham, Alabama, where Condoleezza Rice is from, and he's proud of her, but observes she's not much-loved by blacks in her hometown. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

A picture named refereree.jpgHere's an idea, probably not very new, that came from a thread on Don Park's weblog a couple of days ago. Suppose there's an issue, say Choice vs Life (to pick something heavy) and you've got two people who like each other enough to be willing to have a refereed online back and forth. So there are three people, one on each side of an issue, and the third making sure that there are no personal attacks. The discussion takes place only between the two people, for two months, two years, two decades, two lifetimes, however long it takes, however long both have something to say. (Of course people can comment on the discussion on their own blogs, on mail lists, radio shows, where ever.) A document with three authors that's constantly being revised. Sure you can take vacations, maybe a month or a year at a time, as-needed. This would be different from a mail list, or a blog, or anything else. A deliberate respectful discussion, more about the respect and exposure of issues, than about settling the unsettleable. An interesting idea? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Philip Greenspun saw Arlo Guthrie perform in Harvard Sq. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named canter.jpgI listened in on tonight's Berkman Thursday meeting with Marc Canter giving his semantic web roadshow talk. Here's a picture of Berkman, via Keyhole, where the meeting took place. Marc keeps getting cut off. "God bless Murphy," he says. I hope someone is making a podcast of this.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Shannon Clark says that sometimes we seek out advertising. That's so true. I consume huge amounts of commercial information, every day, as I do my work.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named cheeseleader.gifStan Krute says (via email) that Keyhole is an accomplishment on par with Basic, the Apple II, Mac, Mosaic and Google. He's created a set of bookmarks that let one "fly among the major league baseball park to baseball park." A bbs where users share their discoveries. I downloaded and installed the trial. It's very interesting, not perfect, it was off by three blocks in finding the house I grew up in.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rich Salz: "WSDL 2.0 is the worst example of architecture astronautics I have ever seen." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wired News reports on advertising in RSS feeds. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I take a stab at explaining why advertising in RSS is boring. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Robert Raketty is starting a discussion of a Seattle BloggerCon. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Brent Simmons explains why weblog editing is complex.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Michael Gartenberg notes that blogging got a mention on last night's West Wing. Toby Ziegler reminds Josh Lyman that bloggers are not journalists, but not in time to save Josh from getting reamed. On par with the usual junk that passes for drama on TWW. I don't know why I still bother. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named iraqi.jpgRequest for feedback. Last week we got a new server running, one which eventually, Murphy-willing, will host a BitTorrent-plus-RSS distribution service for podcasts. We moved Adam Curry's Daily Source Code to this server on Monday, and have had a few reports of problems. Neither Adam or I have seen any problems, the server seems responsive, but we need to know before we go much further if there's a problem.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A picture named highContrastGeorgeHarrison.jpgIt's been an all old-Beatles day here in Seattle. The song I listen to over and over is Lady Madonna... "baby at your breast, wonders how you manage to feed the rest." It's the perfect transition song, midway between She Loves You and Octopus's Garden. They weren't quite tripping yet, I think, but they were on their way. It's not sad like Eleanor Rigby, not quite as deep as Yellow Submarine. Now what I want -- a $249 hard disk with every Beatles song ever recorded in MP3 format. Come on RIAA, cough it up. I want to pay! If you really want to break down the barriers, sell me a license for another $249 that lets me include the songs in my podcasts. I bet you make a $billion. Rockin out here in Seattle, love Dave. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'll be in Vancouver, BC on Friday night for a blogger's dinner in my honor hosted by Roland Tanglao. All are welcome.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Heritage Foundation: Can the Blogosphere Transform Government? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named cheese.jpgLooks like Dave Slusher got a good response to the idea of an unofficial unconference in Myrtle Beach, SC. I'd probably go myself, looking for a new place to situate for the winter, I want some place where I can get programming and writing work done. Turns out Myrtle Beach is very cheap this time of year. I've never seen hotel prices like that, cheaper than my apartment in Seattle. Makes me wonder what other parts of the US are so off-season but still interesting in the winter. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Joe and Me Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I sparred with Joe Trippi on Saturday, in an effort to keep the room awake, and I think it worked. There was a kind of magic warmth in the room after the session. I thought people would be mad at me, but quite the opposite, they seemed pleased.

I've heard so many Trippi interviews, I could practically play the part myself, but there's one line he uses that's so right on, and I was glad to hear him use it toward the end of the show so I could agree, and then amplify.

He said that a campaign could raise a bunch of money, just for the feeling of power it gives the givers, and not even spend it (presumably on ads). Then I agreed, totally, but wouldn't it be even better if the campaign spent the money to make America better now, before the election, before we take office, as a gesture of good faith. If we can do something really imaginative and good with $40 million now, imagine what we can do with $1 trillion next year!

(An exaggeration, of course, most of the budget is pre-spent, on entitlements like social security and paying interest on the national debt. Defense eats up a huge chunk of the remainder. The discretionary budget is actually very small.)

Everyone agreed. So here's an idea. We're as far as we ever get from an election right now, it's two years until the mid-terms, four years to the next Presidential election. Let's start raising money for a truly open blogging network, out of which candidates for local office can emerge, and new journalists, and empowered voters, money-givers, an army of citizens ready to listen, to learn, and feed back to all of us what they learned.

Remember, the Internet has always been and will always be the ultimate research network. Well, now we need to do some research. What can we do better? How can we bring America together? We don't have to wait for the parties to do this, they won't, they're as obsolete as ABC, Viacom, the RIAA and the MPAA. As cloistered as CNN and the NY Times. As self-obsessed as Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken. To get to the next step we have to listen. It won't cost much money, certainly not much compared to what it costs to run for President or even the Senate or a governorship. We can invest in communication now, that's what we need a lot more of, and not the fake kind you get on TV, in the environment (see below).

The environment Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I had an epiphany on Sunday, on returning to Seattle, in my car, listening to the radio, in the environment. I don't know exactly how I came to it, or if I can explain it, but I'll try.

It's my car, I think of it that way, but it really belongs to the RIAA. I'm sure they see it that way. They've been willing to compromise to give me some of the features I want, but they still have a chain of ownership maintained all the way back to their contracts with the artists who wrote and perform the music they let radio stations play in my car.

I'm pretty sure you can't be heard in my car over radio unless you have a deal with the RIAA.

Once you think in terms of the environment, you can see that the times you step outside the environment are few and far between. I stopped in Sam Goody's yesterday and bought a CD of 27 Beatles hits for $12.99. The environment. I was coming home from a movie at a downtown shopping mall, Pacific Place, every store part of the environment, and of course the movie, The Incredibles -- totally environmental.

When you view things this way, you see how totally extrordinary the plain old PC is. It broke the environment. Hollywood didn't get it. Even the Internet was allowed to blossom, outside the environment. And what we've been struggling with, ever since, is Hollywood wanting to get their hooks into this space too, so we can be in the environment, safe, warm, etc.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Dave Slusher is thinking about a Myrtle Beach blogger's conf. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thanks Josh, and you're right, lurking in OPML is another big idea.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A Google AdSense puzzle. For the first few weeks, audio.weblogs.com had charity ads. Now it has ads about Iraq. What's up with that? Why no ads about podcasting? (And after I posted this, the ads are back to charities.) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named sands.jpgOne of the most interesting people I met at the ONA conf is Ken Sands of the Spokane Spokesman-Review. He's a softspoken man, the managing editor for online and new media, he runs the blogs at the S-R, and blogs are big business there. They use citizen journalists to fill in the local and specialized coverage that the pros no longer supply. Ken says he can teach a reader to be a journalist more easily than he can teach a journalist to be a blogger. That's sounds like my mantra. "If journalists won't write from a users' perspective, what's to stop the users from becoming journalists?" It seems Ken has put this idea into practice, in a big way. Let's follow what they're doing in Spokane, I have a feeling they're leading in a very important new direction.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

News.Com: "Stewart Alsop, the venture capitalist who helped foster TiVo, is leaving his firm to try something new." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Something very mysterious that sounds like it should be up my alley, if I had any idea what it does. "MetaWeblog-compatible plugin for the popular Java cross-platform and multilingual Azureus BitTorrent client." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jeff Walsh: "Macromedia finally came to its senses and fired me." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Two new BloggerCon session MP3s: Overload, MedicinePermanent link to this item in the archive.

Scott Rosenberg on the Journalism discussion at BloggerCon III. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wired: RSS Edges into the BureaucracyPermanent link to this item in the archive.

KFVS, channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO, says it's "the first television station providing a news podcast. The podcast is the first block of local and national news from their newscast. The podcast is also commercial free." They serve 53 counties in 5 states, including Paducah, where I took this photo tour in August.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Morning cold notes Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named persianDancer.gifI'm finally having my post-BloggerCon crash. It's so predictable. Push yourself really hard, and your body stays up for the duration. Drive down to SF in an 800-mile rainstorm. Prep for and then manage a one-day conference, hanging out with friends from all over the world. Enjoy oneself enormously. Then hop back in the car, drive back to Seattle, having epiphany after epiphany. Rest for one day, then fly south to LA on a full plane. Sleep overnight in a room next to a bunch of hookers in a horrible LA neighborhood, in a non-smoking room that reeks of smoke, with a heater that doesn't work and wake up after two hours of sleep to a shower that doesn't work. Have a great time at a conference for reporters and publishers, make a bunch of new friends, then fly back, again -- the flight is full, the guy sitting next to me in the middle seat has his elbow in my ribs the whole way. I pointed out that my ribs are in my seat, to no avail. And of course someone on that plane must have had this horrible throat cold that I now have that's causing me to sleep 19 hours a day and the rest of the time walk around in a daze.

Yeah that's what always happens. I'm sick now, but in a relatively cheery mood. Next Monday I do it all again and fly to NYC for Thanksgiving, and then a couple of weeks after that, fly back to Boston. When will I really get a chance to get back in the groove? Maybe in late December when I hit the road again!

Monday, November 15, 2004

I've been hunting for a free or low-cost log analysis tool for Windows.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I've also been hunting for the Newsweek article on the Web. Do you have the print magazine? Is there an article about blogging in today's issue? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The opening session of BloggerCon III, where we sing the National Anthem (not the obvious one) and get warmed up for a day of discussions.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

News of Powell's resignation is in the State Dept's RSS feedPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Scott Rosenberg: "At what point will our leaders get their heads around the simple fact that our enemies here have no back to break?" Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The audio of the BC session that Scott led is up at IT Conversations. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Craig Cline summarizes the Mobile Blogging session. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named lincoln.jpgOkay I got tired of comment spam and got tired of waiting for Google or UserLand to do something about it. I wrote an hourly script that deletes all comments (on just one of my servers) that have one of several keywords in their bodies. Yeah, I guess they may change the URLs of their sites, and I'll add the new URLs to the list of URLs I check for. I guess I'm getting started on a race. The first two sites to benefit are the iPodder and BloggerCon sites.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

CNN: Colin Powell, Bush's Secretarty of State, resigns. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Microsoft's search blog reports on an unauthorized leak, with screen shots, of their own desktop search tool.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rebecca MacKinnon: BloggerCorps? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Don Park on standards bodies and breakage. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Adam Curry's battery took a dive just before the move. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A year ago I wrote that I was a smoker who doesn't smoke. Something changed. Today I'm a non-smoker. It's getting hard for me to understand how I used to be a smoker. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Accordion Guy has an old cigar ad to go with the times. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Back in Seattle. Nice to be home.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named lincoln.jpgChannel surfing, came across an old West Wing; I gave it a watch to see what changed. In the first five seconds it was clear. They used to do acting, very good acting. The scenes, the sets, the actors, all worked together. And they had some great actors. They still have most of them, but not the drama, none of the giggles as they hit your truth bone, over and over.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wired: "By nature, musicians are thieves." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Anonymous: "Only steal from the best." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Newsweek: "Only patent attorneys populate the quiet hallways." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Here's the picture of Dick Cheney that so many are talking about. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "Microsoft is turning up the volume in the portable music business. And Mr Gates makes no secret that he expects to beat Mr Jobs in that market as convincingly as he did in personal computers." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: Bloggers offer no apologiesPermanent link to this item in the archive.

I had an absolutely lovely time last night at the party and dinner after the panel discussion, which will be broadcast on C-SPAN (not sure when). It begins kind of slowly, but reaches an interesting conclusion. Not the usual soundbites, I tried to incorporate what we learned at political session at BloggerCon III. I promised to point to my podcast, recorded while driving through Oregon, on Tuesday last.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

John Robb says his kids use Skype for most of their phone calls, and they found it on their own, and price has nothing to do with it.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Check this out. The BBC has a podcast feed. Bing! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Arianna Huffington: A Mash Note to the BlogospherePermanent link to this item in the archive.

We're getting ready for the 3:30PM keynote. I have a notebook with six items on it. The first thing is the story about the scream speech, what the bloggers were doing at the DNC, podcasting, sources with blogs, local contests. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm at a session about automating news delivery. There's a guy from Yahoo who's talking up RSS, and a guy from Google, talking about Google News, Jay Rosen (the NYU journalism prof, BloggerCon discussion leader).  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scoble is hosting a geek dinner in Mountain View, CA tonight.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A Quicktime movie of Wonkette speaking to the ONA lunch. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A Quicktime movie of Joe Trippi. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A Quicktime movie of Jay Rosen. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Listening to Wonkette give the lunch speech, now's a good time to say this. I realized after BloggerCon III that not everyone who does a blog thinks they're as revolutionary as I do. Wonkette surely is one of those people. She is very cynical about blogs, about herself. No matter, she was a random writer at AOL a couple of years ago, and now she's giving a keynote at a respected conference. How did that happen? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart trouble, was having tests at a hospital Saturday after experiencing some shortness of breath, a White House spokesman said." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Julie Leung: "If Billy Joel had been at BloggerCon, I would have asked him if he would sing Just the Way You Are as the theme song for my session. Of course, perhaps Billy Joel himself doesn't own the rights to it." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm demoing my editorial tool for Mark Glaser and Staci Kramer. All I do is enter the text and when I'm ready to publish, I Save, and the CMS kicks in and does all the work for me. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named staciKramer.jpgStaci Kramer: "Journalists who write about blogging need to remember that a single blog or a kind of blog doesn't represent all blogs, just as one journalist or media outlet doesn't represent all journalists." Amen. I just had that argument over coffee at the ONA conf. I am not responsible for all bloggers. I didn't leak the exit polls on Nov 2, I was driving from Seattle to SF. The journos tend to want to view bloggers as flawed versions of themselves. To me, the important bloggers are the sources who got fed up with being misquoted and routed-around. We can still work together, but every year another train leaves the station, we find ways to make-due without support from the pros.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I used some of my battery juice to reserve a room at LAX for the night. It's a big new chain. The room will be sterile, soundproof, uninspired. I will get a good night's sleep.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

We're in need of some terminology for non-RIAA music, and yesterday I may have come up with one, which I arrived at this way. It's music that's safe to include in a podcast. Safe-to-podcast. Podcast-safe. Podsafe. Podsafe music. Voila? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named glaser.jpgI'm in the conference room now, it's a traditional conference, a lot like the one I went to in Prince Edward Island. Lots of pros, some welcoming blogs, my guess is that most don't. We'll find out later. They spent a lot more money than we did at Stanford, the wifi is better, but I don't have a desk and I don't have power, so I won't be able to blog the sessions. My battery will run out in a few minutes. Not much I can do. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm in a session where they're judging websites. I'm very confused, because there's no projector so I can't see what the sites look like. Weirrrrd. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Hollywood coffee notes Permanent link to this item in the archive.

1. Hello from Hollywood!

2. I hate LA.

3. Always have. Esp today. It's a sucky trashy city, but unlike NY (also sucky and trashy) this place is flat and insincere. I'm sitting outside using some free Wifi, nice, after staying in a hotel with no heat, hookers operating all night out of the room next door, the shower didn't work, reeked of cigarettes, and it's in LA, which makes it all suck all the more. But now I have a Starbuck's venti iced coffee, I'm in the heart of what they call tinsel-town, and it's kind of pretty, even if one in every four people seem like they must be trolling around trying to get discovered. I'm here to talk with Arianna Huffington, one of my heroes, and Joe Trippi, who I've never actually met. And speak with all kinds of Online News Associators.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Wired: Longing for a Blogging CandidatePermanent link to this item in the archive.

Scott Peterson is guilty. Watching the coverage I realized the trial is taking place in the same courthouse that I did jury duty in, in 1996. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Indexed Forever: "Adam Curry is the biggest thing since Survivor." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named cheney.jpgHere's another twisty media clash story, like yesterday's photo shoot with Newsweek, but with more media crossings, and bi-continental, using Skype, and involving citizens of two countries, with two of them in a third country, all happening at the same time. Adam Curry calls on Skype, saying the BBC has been there for five hours setting up to do a six minute segment on him doing a podcast. Would I mind being part of the show, from far away, over Skype? Of course not! He calls back. I make a note that we have to try to do what Dawn & Drew did with their latest cast, with Dawn in Los Altos and Drew in Wisconsin. Then I tell the story of Dick Cheney's dick, which is a hot topic in Wisconsin today, and now of course, all over the Internet. "Itís like a scud missile, for crying out loud." If you're in Wisconsin please please go get a copy of the Journal Sentinel, there apparently is a pretty good shot of Cheney's dick. Interesting bit of election news. The BBC guy didn't like it. Further, they didn't want Adam and me talking about them. It's kind of hard to do, and stay in the podcast culture. Sheez. We've got these guys telling us what we can and can't talk about, and we can't even talk about them, eh? And they're not even paying. For-get-it. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Political Wire reports that the battle for the Democratic Party is on.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Comments on the botched rollout of Microsoft's new search engine.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jay Rosen led the Academia discussion at BloggerCon III. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rebecca MacKinnon led the Newbies discussion at BloggerCon III. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Julie Leung, the DL of the Emotional Life session, summarizes. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Love RSS.Tim Bray suggests that Atom might nearly be finished. I read his comments carefully, and find the benefits of the possibly-final Atom to be vague, and the premise absolutely incorrect. Unlike SGML, RSS has been widely deployed, successfully, by users of all levels of technical expertise. There are many thousands of popular RSS feeds updating every day, from technology companies like Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Sun and Oracle, big publishing companies like Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Newsweek, Time, BBC, Guardian, etc, exactly the kinds of enterprises that his employer serves. It's also widely used by today's opinion leaders, the bloggers. Where SGML was beached and floundering, RSS is thriving and growing. So to conclude that RSS needs the same help that SGML did, is simply not supported by facts. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scoble: "Halo 2 uses RSS to share game stats." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

My culture clashed with that of Elizabeth Grigg.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kottke: "ICANN has a new policy about domain name transfers which will make hijacking domains much easier." Update from Kottke: "The Netcraft article I pointed to about the new ICANN policy was misleading and I didn't check into it close enough. I updated the post." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

So we're in a totally different place, on Capitol Hill, called Victrola. It's totally packed, totally wifi. Taking pictures listening to yesterday's Daily Source Code. Everyone here must think we're weird. Okay. Hope this makes it into Newsweek. Back in a minute with some pics I took of the pics being taken of me. The photographer wanted pictures of me blogging, that's what I'm doing. Service with a smile.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named saddam.jpgI'm getting photographed for Newsweek in a few minutes. There's a tradition of not saying what the article is about, to protect them from their competition, because of lead times. I understand this is for a piece they'll run in next week's issue. That's another thing, you never know for sure if the piece will actually run. We're going to take the pic in a coffee shop, probably the one I brainstormed moblogging with Scoble in, the one that caused the moblogging guy to throw a hissy fit. They want me to blog during the shoot, so we'll have to do it somewhere there's a good net connect. That's not hard in downtown Seattle, in fact it's hard to find a place where the wifi networks don't interfere with each other so much that you can't get on. How about that for a problem to have.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

One of many people at BloggerCon whose hand I didn't get to shake, but would have liked to. I did get to shake Matt's hand, he has a strong presence for such a young man.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Looks like I'm going to throw a party on Friday December 10 in Cambridge, somewhere on or near the Harvard campus. Bloggers, Red Sox fans, Tax-and-Spend Liberals, and other Massive-Two-Shitters. We could have had a dinner, but sheez, let's have a party with drinks and music, and seasons greetings. If you have an idea for a venue, let me know. Looking forward to chilling out back east. And it is chilly back there! Brrr. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

In February 2001 I applied for an ISSN, 1533-8185. Now I hear from Dane Carlson that they're thinking about whether or not they want to give numbers to weblogs. Clue: Scripting News is a weblog. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named dawnAndDrew.jpgMary Hodder says searching for metadata in podcasts isn't enough. I think we'll be lucky to get even limited metadata, and transcripts are completely out of reach. I'm not going to spend the time or money to produce them for my podcasts. And even if I could easily and economically produce a transcript, I wouldn't. Adam tried to excerpt my last podcast and found it impossible. I wasn't surprised. It was a sequence of thoughts, each building on the previous. Try to pull one out of context and it doesn't work. If I had to respond to people who had skimmed my podcast (by reading the transcript) I would stop doing it. Finally we have a medium that, unlike the Web, can't be skimmed. Reading comprehension keeps going down, people skim for keywords, not for understanding. I know because I get so much email that is based on misreading what I wrote. What a waste of intellect. For now, it's hard to do that with podcasts. Mary, my advice is to pick someone to be your guide, and let them guide. Listen to all their podcasts, get in the groove, and then reflect. For some reason I think you'd especially like Dawn & DrewPermanent link to this item in the archive.

This time it seems Yasser Arafat really is dead. They've got a coffin, and an honor guard and they're playing taps. Now all the TV guys are experts on mideast politics. Lots of blah blah. Relaxing. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BBC covers Microsoft's new search engine. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A place for public comments about the search engine. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Onlypunjab.com: "The world's first tap dancing podcaster, Sondra Lowell, was also the first tap dancing podcaster to declare the presidential race for President Bush." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

BBC: "The veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died in a French hospital, nearly two weeks after being transferred from the West Bank." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named microsoft.gifLadies and gentlemen, Microsoft's new search engine. Their press release will run at 9PM Pacific, a little less than 1/2 hour from now. I'm interested in what other people think of the search engine. I didn't see any features that would make me switch to it. But maybe I missed the important features. Or maybe those will come later. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Microsoft's search blog.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "You'll soon be able to check your Gmail account from your favorite e-mail program, including Blackberrys and cell phones." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Just got back from my daily walk and yesterday's Daily Source Code, which was about a minute shorter than my walk, just long enough to hear the beginning of today's DSC that begins with the soundbite from Dr Nick Riviera from the Simpsons, pictured below. Hi everrrybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Micki Krimmel: "Dude, I ruled Bloggercon." True. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Google's VP Engineering: "You probably never notice the large number that appears in tiny type at the bottom of the Google home page, but I do. It's a measure of how many pages we have in our index and gives an indication of how broadly we search to find the information you're looking for. Today that number nearly doubled to more than 8 billion pages." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The House of Blues rocks on RSS. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named nick.gifSetting up another Windows server, hitting the same wall I always hit. This time it's not Windows 2000, it's the 2003 server. I disabled socket pooling, configured TCP to know about my five IP addresses, but still no joy, I can run either Frontier or IIS, but not both. The new variable is the 2003 server. Hold the horses. Here's a technote that says they changed the way you disable socket pooling in the 2003 server. Let's see if it works. It took a couple of tries, but it appears to have worked. Here's a static file served by IIS. And here's a dynamic test site served by Frontier. Same machine, different IP addresses, Windows 2003 server. Now Uncle Davey gets a break!  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Someday I'll tell you about Ron Bloom, who I met at BloggerCon, but in the meantime he has a new blog and it's funny.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named larrySergey.jpgI agree with John Battelle that Google is not a Netscape, but what a joke to think that Larry and Sergey are the next Bill Gates. John, when Gates was younger, he was a constant evangelist, deal-maker, BOGUer. He'd do anything to win. Larry and Sergey are, by comparison, cloistered, insulated, aloof bordering on arrogant. I'm sure they're smart, but in an academic way, which isn't the same thing as being smart in a commercial way. All their second acts have been duds, they're still lookiing for another hit. Also, they pick the wrong battles to fight, ones that have no bearing on their success. And they're really shitty at building consensus behind a developer platform, something that Bill excelled at, in the old days, when he was trying. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The US Dept of Agriculture gets on the RSS bandwagon. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Doc Searls: "I wanted people to look past the subject of making money with blogs, to making money because of blogs." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Herb Weisbaum on where to shop for consumer electronics. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Lots of rumors floating around about Microsoft's new supposed Google-killing search engine. Google stock is down as a result of the buzz, maybe. As you may know, I own 100 shares, bought just after the IPO at $100. I also was briefed on a new Microsoft service about a month ago. I can't talk about it now. I'm not selling my Google stock.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Meanwhile a MSIE team guy is glad Firefox has gone 1.0. Ever wonder if MS's priorities are somewhat misplaced? Last night I booted up a new server running their 2003 server platform. Up till now I was totally happy with the 2000 version, but this time there was no choice offered. Anyway, their answer to security is to make you click in a dialog on every different website you access in the browser. Hmmm. That ain't gonna work. If they were paying attention there would be a war on spyware to equal the war on terror. With Microsoft's cash reserves, one can't help but think they could do a lot better than they are doing.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BTW, not that Google is doing any better. They could solve the comment spam problem where it must be solved, but so far, they've said and done nothing, leaving bloggers with sites full of comments about casinos and all kinds of weird drugs. Help. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Lying in bed today before waking up I rolled over in my mind all the BloggerCon details I had to deal with today. Earth to Dave. Earth to Dave. It's over. There's nothing to do. Waaaaah! What will I do with myself? I have nothing to do. Hello world. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Mary Podder goes Hod-crazy. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Don Park wonders if Atom is ready for prime time. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Seattle P-I: "A high-speed wireless network that covers most of downtown Seattle is being rolled out by Internet service provider Speakeasy." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wired: "College students around the country start groups to teach their peers about copyright law and how Hollywood and record companies abuse it. To fight vacant stares, they frame the issue like this: Save the iPod." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Today's Morning Coffee Notes podcast, recorded on Interstate 5, south of Eugene. What to do with the leadership vacuum in the Democratic Party, what we can learn from people who voted for Bush, and now the truth can be told about how we really feel about Kerry and why it might not be such a bad thing if he isn't the President for the next four years.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The audio from the Podcasting session at BloggerCon III is ready to download. All fourteen sessions will be available.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

6:20PM Pacific: Arrived safely in Seattle. Good weather all the way.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dr Nick Riviera: Hi everybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Dallas Morning News has RSS 2.0 feeds.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Firefox 1.0 is out. Mazel tov, for all of us.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Missing feature on the Web -- show me all the Starbucks with Wifi on the drive from Redding to Seattle.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's an email thread going on about the Making Money session. This was the second episode, in the first, Jeff Jarvis did an excellent job of leading a chorus of nickel-and-dimers. In other words, how can we turn blogs into mini-magazines, generating enough revenue to make us feel good about what we're doing. (My paraphrase, of course.) This is a hot topic. It was also at hot topic at this Con, but I played a little trick by choosing a DL who I knew would argue with this idea, a person who has written a book on it, a popular one, so there would be some disagreement in the room. When I walked in, mid-session, I could see my little plan hadn't worked, Doc was in front of the room fielding comments from people who really really want to think small. So I asked for a mike, and I argued with two or three people (who seemed to enjoy it). Anyway, now there's some irritation because it seemed we were trying to force our way of thinking on the people. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, we, Doc and I, were disagreeing with them, and that's what makes a conference interesting. And unusual. Usally there's a sameness to discourse at conferences that makes you fall asleep. So even if I agreed that putting Google ads on your blog was the best you could do, I would have looked for a way to incite some disagreement. Now if you think this is wrong, BloggerCon is not the place for you, and probably blogging is not a good thing for you either. You're going to get disagreed with, sometimes even when you're right. And that's a good thing. If you're always surrounded by people who agree with you, you never get a chance to change someone's mind, never get a chance to learn something new, to have your mind changed. This is also the big bennie of Election 2004, for those of us with blue-state beliefs. Heh haw, there's another way of looking at things. We may not agree, but who can argue that we're not different? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BTW, I do some nickel and diming myself, very profitably. www.weblogs.com has Google ads, and it makes a substantial contribution to the hosting costs for all my sites. At one point it even paid for them all, but now with the podcasting monster riding on my back, the bandwidth costs have shot up, and will go up even more in the coming weeks and months. No matter, it's my love, not my pocketbook that drives my bloggin. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Anyway, no time to edit, I have to hit the road. Murphy-willing I'll get to Seattle tonight, in time to catch my breath and head back south (by air this time) for another conference, in Hollywood. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Mark Cuban: "This is the only industry in the world that can see thousands of its retailers close, reduce the number of products it sells via cutbacks in artist rosters and albums released, cut back marketing and promotional dollars and then blame a reduction in sales on someone or something other than themselves." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rebecca MacKinnon and Mary Hodder sum up the Newbies and Core Values discussions. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Robert Cox, who has been to all three BC's says the social features of this one were superior. That's good, that was one of the goals. We want people to feel included, have lots of opportunities to meet others, and engage in smaller, ad hoc discussions. Glad it worked. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jay Rosen on the People of Moore's Law. Renee Blodgett posts on the conference. An open thread for product announcements that are of special interest to BloggerConners. Technorati has a page of aggregated BloggerCon posts. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named nokia6800.jpgI got a new cellphone and service provider yesterday. The old one broke on the way down from Seattle, leaving me unreachable via cell. I've been meaning to get a new phone. Yesterday I took Adam on a trip to Mecca, and got a new one. I like it so far. It unfolds to become a QWERTY keyboard, has Bluetooth and a built-in radio. And a completely strange user interface. I had become quite accustomed to the old one. As always, building new neural pathways makes me feel smarter, even though I'm staying at a Hyatt, not a Holiday Inn ExpressPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Estimate of BloggerCon attendance: 300. Here's how I arrived at that number. The capacity of the rooms, in total, was 330. At most times the rooms appeared to be 90 percent full, give or take. 330 * 0.90 = 297. That sounds like we counted, but we didn't. Round up to 300.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

We recorded a Trade Secrets in Adam's room at Rickey's Hyatt. Midway through the recording Steve Gillmor showed up and joined in.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

An open thread on the BloggerCon site for people to post action items, ideas, things they liked, and didn't, whether you were physically present or on the webcast.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dowbrigade on the upcoming assault on Fallujah. The questions he asked were on my mind too. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Good morning everybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

My voice is raspy this morning, I did so much talking yesterday, had an incredibly good time. I've had quite a few thank you messages this morning, but let's all thank each other and keep going from here. As Adam says, developers and users partying together. It's been a long time since we've had a user's conference in Silicon Valley. No surprise there were some rough spots, ask the DL's, I prepped them for it, esp Scoble and Curry. We've had verbal scuffles with vendors at both previous Cons. It comes with the territory. No hard feelings. Eventually most of the vendors will profit from listening to users, speaking their language, not over their heads; put them first, and we can return to something that works. This is my hope for Bloggerdom.

One of my personal peptalks is: I make things work. I first heard this talking with John Palfrey during the buildup to the first BloggerCon, when I had some doubts whether I could pull it off. He told me it was his impression of me that I didn't fail. At first I wanted to brush what appeared to be a compliment aside, but then I thought about it, and it made me relax. All my life, when I really wanted something to work, I could make it work. I think this comes from a stubborn streak, I can visualize failure, all too well, and can't tolerate it. In the end, BC had to work because I willed it to work.

Everyone has a chance to speak, even if I don't agree with what they're saying, esp when I don't agree with what they're saying. Every dissenter is validation that it's an open conference, this is the reassurance we need to believe in the sincerity of every speaker. And yesterday, we all willed it to work, even the people who appeared to be dissenting. They bought into the model. They stayed seated, they spoke with respect, and there was a lot of listening going on. This is what success looks like. Now let's see if we can build something on it.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Notes from last night's opening dinner. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "Former President Clinton has a message for Democrats inconsolable after President Bushís re-election: Buck up. Itís not that bad." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Chris Heilman doesn't want his taxes raised, and he wants the money he put into Social Security when it's time for him to retire. There goes my theory that these might be good ideas.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The webcast will include sessions from room 209, including the National Anthem, Podcasting, Overload, Election 2004, Making Money and Fat Man Sings sessions. We will record the sessions from the other rooms, they will be available in MP3 format, Murphy-willing, shortly after the conference. Here's a place to ask questions, ask for help, etc. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Topics for the National Anthem session Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Before the opening session I open a notepad and jot down some thoughts, things I might talk about to get the discussion going. Here are those notes.

Unconference.

Podcasting.

Users.

Why I'm glad we lost the election.

Why the West Wing totally sucks.

You can send mail through smtp.stanford.edu.

Manilapalooza!

How Susan Kitchens' mom got everyone to smile when taking a picture.

Why philosophy isn't just important, it's everything.

Monitors.

Wait for mike.

Say your name.

What do you want to achieve at this conf?

What's the song?

Friday, November 05, 2004

Back at the hotel to chill out before the 7PM dinner at Ming's.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

It's likely there will be a webcast. Tune in to Scripting News tomorrow for an update. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm accessing the Internet from room 290 over the Wifi we'll be using tomorrow. The username is bloggercon, the password is bloggercon. If you can read this, it's working. Coool. Of course today is the day my cellphone decided to crap out, so I'm pretty much cut off from the outside world (not being able to send email). The student monitors are getting their walk-through of the AV system. Doug Kaye will want to know that Mike Lehman just showed up. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Ed Cone: "It's just before midnight on election night in Raleigh, NC, and Erskine Bowles approaches the podium to address his supporters. The mood in the room is sober." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Newsweek postmortem on the Kerry campaign. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm at Stanford. An important note for people who will be using Wifi here tomorrow, they block port 25, so you will not be able to send mail with a mail app like Outlook or Eudora. No problem receiving mail, or sending-receiving instant messages, or sending email via the Web. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

CBS: "Everything in the blog universe -- from 'podcasting' to advertising to publishing philosophies -- will be on the agenda this weekend as Webloggers gather for a conference Stanford University." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Engadget report on iPodder 1.1. "The latest version of iPodder for Mac and PC adds a ton of new features, including a podcast directory you can browse to help you find stuff to listen to." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Good morning from Rickey's Hyatt. Went out for Spicy Noodles last night with Adam Curry and his friend Ron Bloom. For people who are staying at Rickey's looking for some early morning caffeine, there's a Starbuck's about a block north on El Camino, on the east side of the street.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "Hollywood's major movie studios said yesterday that they would begin filing lawsuits this month against people who make copyrighted films available for downloading over the Internet." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If you want to understand the shock felt by the blue-staters, a review of the articles in today's NY Times most-emailed RSS feed is revealing. (Don't subscribe to the feed, I took a snapshot, it's never going to change.) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Morning Coffee Notes Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Last night I pointed to Chris Nolan's piece about Arlen Specter. Before she got to Specter, she had a stern lecture for Democrats, one I wanted to shine some light on. I agree Bush and his people are smart, very smart, but I believe there's a difference between the people who voted for Bush, and the people whose interests he serves. Do the people who voted for him understand that? That's a question, not a statement. Now another statement. I can't believe they really do, because:

1. The President has no power to stop judges from permitting gay marriage. A constitutional amendment is (rightly) much more difficult than electing a president. If you guys really want to pass that amendment, you're going to have to convince a majority of liberal eggheads in some of the blue states.

2. He's going to reform the tax system, which means that most of the people who voted for Bush are going to pay more taxes, and the top one percent that Kerry kept talking about will get another tax cut. (BTW, this is no longer speculation, they're already talking about it.)

3. He's also going to reform Social Security. Were you planning on having some of that money for your retirement? I wouldn't be so sure.

Now, I'm not saying #2 and #3 are bad things, maybe they're good. Re #1, I believe the Federal government has no business legislating sexuality, and I honestly don't understand why a gay couple in Massachusetts getting married changes anything about a heterosexual couple's marriage in Iowa. In general, I think the government should let people do what they want, as long as no one gets hurt. To me, those are compassionate conservative values. Are they not for people who live in red states?

One thing that needs to happen, and I think every reasonable person would agree, is that we should get to know each other. Speaking as a person who has lived in blue states all my life (a variety of them) I was pretty shocked that Bush was re-elected. I think you guys sold out too cheap, but now we're going to find out what it feels like to have a government that doesn't reflect our values, and I understand this is something you've been living with for a long time. But the problem is, I still don't think you've got it.

We're all going to find out that there are much more important values that Bush and his team don't share, generosity to the poor, respect for human life (Iraqis are people too), a love of the freedoms passed down from our forefathers, and on and on. In other words, the negotiation that must take place is between the people of the United States, not the two parties, not the news networks, we need to solve this one ourselves, to decide what kind of country we want. We shouldn't leave the country, yet. Shock is a good thing, if it brings about positive change. We're shocked, maybe you are too, maybe now we'll find out that you're good people we can work with, and maybe you'll find out the same?

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Chris Nolan: "Specter could use the money to pay off his campaign debt, I'll bet. And right now, he's pretty much the only Republican in the Senate willing to say Roe v Wade should remain the law of the land." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Saturday forecast: Sunny, high 65. Whew. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Just got a call from Adam, he's at SFO on his way to Palo Alto. Ed Cone gets in later tonight. I'm working on the cribsheet we hand out at the beginning of the show. My to-do list is getting pretty short.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's still space available at some of the Saturday night dinners.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dori Smith asked Priceline for a 3-star hotel in Palo Alto for $50, and got a room at Rickey's. (Where I and others are staying for $99 a night.) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Responsible clothing for the politically frustrated. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Ethan Zuckerman: "If you voted for George W Bush in 2004, and you're willing to come to deep blue Lanesboro, MA, let me buy you a beer." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Mary Hodder posts some ideas for the Core Values discussion. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Reuters: Arafat reported dead by Israeli TVPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Bush was asked about Arafat's apparent death during his press conference, which is live at 8:48AM Pacific. Then a brief press release from the Paris hospital where Arafat is, saying he's not dead. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rogers Cadenhead: "The first step is to elect a Senate Minority Leader with a solid seat in a blue state." Amen. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named gephardt.jpgIn hindsight, the Democrat who might have beaten Bush was one of the least exciting of the initial nine candidates in the primaries. So unexciting that I didn't even think to mention him in yesterday's podcast. From the heart of Red State country, former minority leader of the House, with deep roots in another religion, you gotta wonder what his fatal flaw was. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

12/31/03, Newhouse: "In a crowded Democratic field, presidential candidates are increasingly trying to show that they 'get' religion. It's far from clear, however, whether any Democrat can compete with President Bush on this front." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A new map of North America courtesy of Civicspace.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm downloading last night's West Wing via BitTorrent. You can join the team and get a faster download because I'm downloading now.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Electoral Vote Predictor: "The people have spoken." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Fascinating graphic from USA Today, shows red and blue counties. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

An email that was sent to BloggerCon participants earlier today.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Photos: A storm building outside SacramentoPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Driving through Bush Country, looking Jewish with Massachusetts plates on my Lexus, I felt really self-conscious. 51 percent of the electorate looked the other way and re-elected a President who started a war with a far-away country that was no threat to the US. Why do people like me feel so scared of what this country has become? Simple. How do we know they won't go to war with us?  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

An Interstate-5 Morning Coffee Notes podcast. Kerry lost. What Dems can take away from the loss. 2008. Topics for discussion at BloggerCon.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named vomited.jpgNY Times: "Now that a victor has been announced, the American people know what to do in these situations: accept George W. Bush as the rightfully elected president." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Electoral Vote Predictor for 11/3/04. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Heads up, at 5PM Pacific, there are still slots open for the conference. Tomorrow morning, no matter what, registration will close, so we can print badges and lists. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Al Sharpton was on Anderson Cooper on CNN, making a ton of sense. As usual. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Arrived in Palo Alto. Listened to Kerry's concession speech about a dozen times on the radio. It was great. Next time, be careful about nominating a guy who gives a great concession speech. The best concession speech is an overdose of sleeping pills, or a self-inflicted bullet wound in the head. You want a guy who can't conceive of losing. The Democrats have had too many great losers. I want a great winner in 2008. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Registration is now open for 75 more people for BloggerCon. I likely won't check in again until I reach Palo Alto this afternoon. At the rate things are going, I expect all 75 will be gone by then. If you know someone who wants to come, please let them know asap, before registration closes for the last time. Thanks.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

As they were announcing Kerry's concession on NPR, I was driving in the snow in the mountains outside Shasta Lake. Of course I took a Quicktime movie with my camera to remember the moment. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named bambino.jpgYour correspondent is checking in from Redding, California; alive and well. Had a white-knuckle drive south yesterday, pouring rain the whole way, very low visibility. Spent the night in Medford, Oregon, no net connection. I'm in a Starbuck's. First thing I note is that www.bloggercon.org is down. Oy. Just when we opened up 75 new slots. It's back up now, and should stay up (fingers crossed). Please, if you were wanting to register, please do so now. Many apologies for the disconnect. ipodder.org was down too.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Speaking of disconnects, George Bush was re-elected. But it was a triumph of philosophy anyway. Remember the Red Sox went 84 years before beating the Yankees and winning the World Series. Eventually they prevailed. We will too. I said if Kerry won we'd hold his feet to the fire. That goes triple for Dubya. Okay, four more years.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If you're a Republican, do you get to hang with Katherine Harris? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm traveling, so I'm taking pics. Here are some random pics that were in my camera before. Ethan Zuckerman will probably like the pictures of containers in the port of Seattle. I took a pic of Scoble as we were recording our podcast a couple of weeks ago, and took a pic of a BSOD that's been showing up recently as I restart my ThinkPad.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The national nightmare is almost over. Vote Kerry. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named Voting-on-Tuesday.gifJason Kottke is collecting stories of election user experience. I voted. Got there 1/2 hour before the poll opened, I was third in line. By the time the poll opened the line went out the door. It took me about 10 minutes to fill in the ballot, with a black pen, filling in ovals. I finished first in the first group to vote, so I waited for someone else to finish and followed him out, because I wasn't familiar with this process (it was different from Calif and Mass). I fed my ballot into an electronic vote reader. That was it. My concern was that people could see how I voted. In fact I'm sure they could, and I wasn't very happy about that. But I did my civic duty, and I hope you do yours if you're an American citizen of voting age.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

While I was waiting to vote I called my mom on her cell phone. She was in Philadelphia, helping Democrats get to the polls. I was surprised and totally proud of her.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named egg.gifJD Lasica wonders if he can videotape sessions at BloggerCon, and includes comments from Denise Howell, a lawyer. I'm glad they found the groundrules, stated clearly, and upfront, that gives JD and anyone else permission to record what happens at the conference, much as the Grateful Dead and Phish gave their fans permission to record their concerts. BloggerCon is, after all, the meatspace instantiation of a community that already exists in cyberspace, so the traditions of our cyber existence trump the traditions of our meaty existence.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: The Revolution Will Be PostedPermanent link to this item in the archive.

1/11/01: "When I started talking with Adam Curry late last year, he wanted me to think about high quality video on the Internet, and I totally didn't want to hear about it. Like a lot of people, I had tried it, and found it unsatisfying and frankly, exhausting." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Blogharbor has support for authoring weblogs with RSS 2.0 enclosures. From a quick read of their docs it looks pretty good. I would love to hear from a user of the product that it works, then we should start a sub-directory for blogging tools with enclosure support on ipodder.org, but first let's be sure they do it (we'll then have three tools, and maybe four, that work). What does the form look like, ie how do you link an audio file with a blog post? I've done a basic checklist for enclosure support, how does Blogharbor match up with that checklist? I haven't seen their RSS output, does it pass through the debugger? I'd dive in deeper myself if I wasn't traveling today.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Blogmatrix Jager, an aggregator, appears to support podcasting, but I'd still like to hear from an iPodder users to confirm this.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, November 01, 2004

New header graphic. Vote your philosophy. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named microsoft.gifI just got a note from Lenn Pryor, on behalf of the Channel 9 team at Microsoft, they're giving $1000 to feed the bloggers at BloggerCon. It's cool to get Microsoft on board, along with Adam Curry, Associated Press, Google, Bloglines and Bradbury Software as major benefactors to the greatest amateur journalism conference on the planet. Thanks ever-buddy, and now thanks Microsoft. We've gotten a bunch of individual donations since the last group thanks-to: Gene Ragan, Chris Nolan, Gabriel Rivera, Evan Williams, David Adams, JJ Allaire, 500 Hats, Erik Higgs, Steve Zellers, Rackshare LLC, Niall Kennedy, Patrick Morrison, Ed Cone. We've definitely got enough money for this conference. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Today's Morning Coffee Notes podcast, wherein I ramble and sniffle and rasp (still getting over my cold) but explain how being a blogger could possibly make you rich in the next few years. Worth listening to? Depends if you want to make money on the Internet. This is the podcast Marc Canter might do in about four years, if he stays on the path he's on.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Please sign up for Saturday night Food For Thought dinners at local Palo Alto restaurants. "First come first serve." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named uncleSam.gifThere was a bit of news on Larry King Live this evening. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was asked if the President would need Senate approval to launch an attack on Iran or North Korea. He said he didn't. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. King asked former majority leader George Mitchell if he agreed, and he said firmly that he did not. Only the Senate has the power to declare war. Bob Woodward of the Washington Post was on the show, as was Rev Jesse Jackson. No one called Frist on his lack of understanding of the separation of powers.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Macworld: iPod Voice RecordersPermanent link to this item in the archive.

The missing Gillmor Gang from Steve Gillmor. Exclusive! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tomorrow I start my drive from Seattle to Palo Alto. I'm going to take driving breaks by stopping and taking pictures of voting in small towns in Washington, Oregon and northern California. I expect I'll see a lot of Bush country, rural areas tend to vote Republican. If I can find a net connection on Tuesday night I'll upload them. Maybe other people will take pictures of their voting places on Election Day 2004. It might make an interesting Day in the Life experience.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

My interview with Doug Kaye is online.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Doug Kaye would like to do a webcast from BloggerCon, but he needs help from someone with a PC laptop. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Visual Studio already supports RSS enclosures according to Josh Ledgard. I'm saying "according to" because there's a wide variety of stuff people do and call it enclosure support. I'm being a hardass about this. I want the aggregator developers to meet the users and give them what they want. Tired of having developers acting like parents. This is a feature users want, maybe not a lot of them, yet, but they're leading edge people, exactly the kind of people you want singing your praises. I like the approach the VS guys are taking, using an existing feature of RSS to solve a problem the designer of the feature (me!) didn't anticipate. That's the way it's supposed to work. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

How the fcuk does this thing work?? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Here's how the fcuk they did it. Thanks to Thomas Creedon for the pointer. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Adam uses an outliner to organize his podcast production work. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Roger Benningfield wrote to say that his blogging software, JournUrl, supports enclosures. I took a look and yes it does. My debugger likes his feed. And then I got an email from a WordPress developer explaining that they had enclosure support too. There's still some confusion about that. We'll certainly figure it out on Saturday, Matt Mullenweg is going to be at BloggerCon. I'll ask him what's up.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Mini-editorial. The syndication community used to be a very nice group of people, and now it is again. It's really very simple, we make software for users so they can have fun and do what they want. What the bits look like on the wire is nowhere near as important as the user experience. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Can you or your organization help with webcasting BloggerCon this coming Saturday? If so, please send an email. We have onsite audio and wifi, 3 streams, and potentially 100s of remote people who want to tune in. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named votemobile.jpgCory Doctorow finds another utility to work around Apple's user-sabotage. I gave this whole situation some thought on yesterday's walk and I have a few comments. 1. We already knew Apple treats its customers with high disregard. The only people they hold in more contempt are Mac developers. 2. I told you so. 3. So did Doc Searls. 4. You want to pay the music companies? It's good to pay for what you use. Go ahead and buy the songs from Apple, and then load up LimeWire and download the MP3 of the song you just paid for. Assuming they let you delete songs (I honestly don't know), delete the one you bought and replace it with the MP3. The quality may be lower, but you'll enjoy it more knowing that you can use it any way you like.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

     

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