Here's the Morning Coffee Notes podcast for May 15, the one that will be broadcast on KYOU at
Back in Mac scripting days, at WWDC or MacWorld Expo or after sushi dinner, I'd often go out for a smoke with Steve Michel. We were buddies, I remember once raising a toast to Steve and saying I was a Steve Michel fan. Well ten years ago today Steve quit smoking, an event he notes on his weblog. I haven't seen Steve in a while, but I'm glad he's still out there kicking butt. On June 14 it'll be three years since I quit. Notato fumare!
Adam Hansen was inspired to a Duet with me too. Wow! It's viral.
Okay, now here's the Dixie Quartet with Amy Bellinger. Amen y'all!
The guy on the left is an arse-ole. (Practicing my Bwitish accent.)
8/22/95: "The author of an API is offering a challenge, saying 'blow my mind,' to everyone who might take a stab at implementing something on top of the API."
NPR's Science Friday is podcasting. Bing!
Rogers Cadenhead did something creative with the part of my last podcast where I sing the old song of the South -- Dixie. He turned it into a duet, and then sent an email asking if he could license the result under the Creative Commons. Of course I said yes. Now you can turn it into a trio or quartet. It's a perfect demo of the CC, and we can have some fun while we're at it, and demo the principle I outlined in the Pisa Podcast last week. Everyone gets to be creative, everyone gets to sing, you don't have to be Frank Sinatra or Madonna to hit the airwaves with your creation. God knows I'm no Frank Sinatra and Rogers ain't no... never mind.
BTW, I've included the picture of the Honda Element above because I test drove one yesterday and was absolutely charmed by it. What a neat car. You can almost extrapolate that next year's model will support wifi, so my Archos can connect up to the car over HTTP to play music over the sound system. You can see the path Honda is on. It's too bad they haven't quite got the car-as-platform thing ready to go yet.
Speaking of platforms, yesterday, on my daily walk, I took the IT Conversations podcast of the platform panel at Web 2.0.
It was a pretty interesting discussion, centering around SOAP, XML-RPC and REST (although they didn't name XML-RPC, I think it's more widely deployed than the other two).
It was both encouraging and discouraging. It was encouraging because now O'Reilly is including this vital topic in its conferences. I was pitching them on it for years, in the mid-late 90s. It should have been on the agenda of their open source convention, at least. It was discouraging, because with all due respect, they had the wrong people on stage. This is a technical topic, and I seriously doubt if any of the panelists were actually working on this stuff at their companies. We should be hearing from people who are actually coding, because only they know what the real problems are.
Still, it was an interesting listen. There's something relaxing about the idea of "attending" a conference while walking with your bare feet in the Atlantic Ocean on a beautiful sunny day.
PS: Tim O'Reilly asked Adam Bosworth to say what a platform is. I wrote a piece in 1995 that attempted to define it.
PPS: This is a continuation of the thread, started by Don Park, on conference-jacking. There's no reason we can't hijack a conference long after it happened. In fact, it's easier to do it then!
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