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A picture named daveTiny.jpgDave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.

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Greetings from Park City Permalink.

I've already done 260 miles today. Permalink.

Going to try to get to Cheyenne, which is another 419 miles, but it doesn't seem likely I'll get there, esp because I lost an hour due to time zone change. I also mailed my tax returns in Wendover, UT and otherwise dawdled (and got a late start).

Park City is cool because it has a Starbucks where I can get a reasonably high-speed connection so I can add the metadata to our Rebooting The News podcast and re-upload. It's a good one. I want to get it out there before Twitter makes their announcements.

Update: Here's the MP3 of the podcast.

I'm listening to a lot of podcasts on this trip. If you have a favorite episode of a favorite show could you do me a favor and paste the URL of an MP3 as a comment to the post. I'll download it tonight and give a listen tomorrow. I'll be doing another 800 miles each day or so for the next few days. That means a lot of listening time.

The best one I've listened to so far is Chris Lydon's interview with Michael Lewis about people who predicted the financial collapse.

Second-fave: per Jay's recommendation, the This American Life episode on the same topic.

I'm also getting a lot of great baseball stuff, with the beginning of the season.

Driving in the west is easy. The best part of the trip.

PS: Bonus, there's a Whole Foods here. I'll be eating fresh fruit the rest of the trip and nuts and granola. Hola. Getting tired of Egg McMuffins.

Update: I made it as far as Laramie. 618 miles. If I cover the same distance tomorrow I'll make it to Des Moines.

Greetings from Elko Permalink.

A picture named nevada.gifI made 500 miles yesterday -- not bad considering the weather on the drive through the Sierra was pretty bad, and I stopped for a 1-hour podcast in Auburn on the way up the hill. Usually on my first day out of SF, I make it as far as Winnemucca. Elko is 130 miles further east, and a much nicer town to stay in.

I remember Elko as one of the big rallies for Obama at the end of the 2008 campaign. I mentioned this when checking in at the front desk, and the clerk said the really big deal was when Bush II came here on Air Force One. She said the plane damaged the runway at this very small town's airport.

Overnight Twitter announced their initial revenue model. Adds on the search page. I figured this was it, that's why I was puzzled when Twitter COO Costolo said we were going to love it when we heard about it. I feel it's a no-op -- I never use search for Twitter. I think search on Twitter is meaningless. If they want to make search useful they're going to have to increase the size of the tweets. Or start indexing the pages people point to in their tweets.

The podcast we recorded was a really good one. Hope to get it up for download sometime today (on a driving break).

PS: While driving I decided on the title for my 140conf talk on the 20th -- Hello New York. I have ten minutes, and plan to use them to say hello to the city I now live in, again. <img src=">

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