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My linkblog is in transition. Here's the newest stuff. The two streams will probably be joined tomorrow.
I went for a ride today in Jackson Heights, where I was a small kid, from pre-school to fourth grade. In most ways the neighborhood hasn't changed at all. It still has all the same basic features. There are some new buildings, and everything is a lot smaller than I remembered, when I was a very small person.
What an interesting contrast to Doc's story of visiting the town he grew up in, Fort Lee NJ, which basically doesn't exist, having been replaced with superhighways and shiny huge buildings. It's not a neighborhood at all.
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Scripting News: Come on a bike ride with me!
Today's background image was taken at the Willets Point station on the 7 line. That's the stop you get off at for the US Open or The NY Mets. Last night I was going to the Mets. They won, 4-1. That also happens to be their record this year at games I've gone to. When I go with Patrick Scoble, their record is 4-0. We help ground the Mets in their philosophy, it seems. They win! Weird.
Used to be we'd have to wait, at live sports events, while they played commercials for the TV audience, but now they play commercials for us at the stadium too. Even when there was a great play in the previous inning, they have the same commercially-sponsored "stupid fan tricks." The Mets had just pulled a double steal. We couldn't see the replay because they were playing Simon Says with kids, with an insane dancing life-size Dunkin Donuts guy. I guess it worked cause I stopped in at a Dunkin Donuts to get a corn muffin before I went home. But man, we paid a lot of money for those tickets. Do we really have to have commercials too?
Pretty soon my linkblogging will be cross-platform. Meaning the links will go to Facebook, Twitter (as before) and a new feature-full RSS feed that will make it possible, if enough people linkblog this way, to build new experimental networks on the open web web we all love so much.
I hate it when people say condescending stuff, and I know what I'm about to say *sounds* condescending, but it's really an observation, in a strictly academic sense. Something I'm learning from watching @JayRosen build up his Facebook juice. Which is a technical term for basically seducing the algorithm, in a way that is fair, ethical, and actually makes sense if you take time to get to know it.
I just read something by Jay, who I have re-engaged with, now that he's no longer spamming. It was fantastic. Pure Jay, and it contained a link to a video from Jon Stewart, which I will watch, because it comes recommended by Jay, for sure, and also because he introduced it in such a compelling way.
I also will share it. But I notice that it's already been shared. Less than two minutes after it's been posted. What Jay is doing is talking to his friends now, not over our heads, and we will take care of telling the algorithm that what Jay is saying has value. That's how Facebook works. It's like arguing with the post office, saying they should work differently. They do what they do, and it's different from Delta Airlines, which is different from Penn Station, even though they're all involved in communicating packages of information. Like Twitter and Facebook.
I much prefer, as a friend of Jay's and a user of Facebook, if he works with the algorithm instead of gaming it. This is a very basic concept, this one seems to apply across all communication media. It's why I don't like the musicians who play in a crowded subway car whose doors are closed. It's why I don't like email spam or Twitter spam. Spam seems to be universally disliked. But hearing genuine ideas from people we admire? Bring it on!
I used Hyperlapse to record a segment of my bike ride down the Hudson River this afternoon. It was a perfect day, in the low 80s, a light breeze, and bright sunshine. Not too many tourists out on the trail.
A while back I asked my friends on Facebook for recommendations of a TV series that's binge-worthy. I got a bunch of recommendations and acted on some of them. I tried watching Tyrant, and while I despised the show, I got through all 10 episodes. If I had to sum it up: Hurts so good. The first and last episodes were good. The in-between ones were crap.
I tried watching Halt and Catch Fire, but I lived through those times, in the PC industry. I know all about the clone market. I did deals with a bunch of near-clones. Funny how there was no need to do deals with the cloners. No wonder they won! Anyway, I made it through two episodes, and just couldn't take it. It's such bullshit! Esp the scenes with the marketing guy giving shit to the programmer. Please. Read my piece about coders and PHBs. I was thinking about this show when I wrote it.
I will watch Firefly. I'm very optimistic about it. Sounds like a great show. That's why I wallowed in BattleStar Galactica today. I even watched the last ten minutes of the last episode on YouTube. It was so beautiful. I know a lot of people didn't like the ending, but I did.
It seems Facebook has the ability to do recommendations of shows. If I tell it I love The Wire and Six Feet Under and didn't care for Boardwalk Empire and liked the first seasons of Dexter but couldn't get into later seasons, that a recommendation engine could determine with a fair degree of confidence that I would like Breaking Bad, for example (I do, I loved it). They do ask for that kind of info. Maybe not enough people do it? Or maybe they have the recommendation engine and I haven't seen it??
There's also a need for a moderated discussion system that's attached to episodes of shows. After I watch a show that aired 5 years ago, I'd like to go back and read what other people said about it, and also meet people who are watching it now. Moderation keeps the spoilers out.
Cross-posted on Facebook.
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Fred Wilson wrote about the importance of a personal blog.
#1: Thanks for this Fred. Blogging is important, and doing it in someone else's namespace doesn't cut it. You're a guest. On your own blog you are The Boss, and the buck starts and stops with you. And if you don't like what the technology is doing to you, you can move. If you're writing under someone else's name, you're stuck with them.
I keep telling the Product Hunt guys to get on board and give me a feed. I'm not saying it because I want it for myself (though I do), I'm saying it because it will fit into something I'm working on, and it will drive exactly the kind of people they want to use their service and contribute to it. It's a great fit. And the cool thing about doing a feed is you never know what someone will do with it. And maybe that's also why people are scared of doing a feed.
Imho, the only reason not to do it is if you're not hot and you know it. Somehow you're going to scam your way through and before anyone discovers your product is a thin veneer on something trivial you'll squeak by, whatever that means to you. If you're confident that you're building equity, however you determine that, via flow, brand name recognition, position, market cap -- you do the feed, because it helps you build.
Fear is just frozen fun. Now give me the feed.
Scripting News: The missing people of Burning Man.
Why can't we live a generous sharing life 52 weeks a year, all around the globe, without burning prodigious amounts of fossil fuels to get to a remote place in the middle of the Nevada desert, one of the most empty places on the planet.
It's relatively easy to live in a cooperative way if you remove all the noise and distractions of our lives. Things need to work a lot better if we're going to survive. And we lose so much time and evolution because we have our individual priorities so wrong.
New release: Posting to WordPress and Facebook. This version of Little Facebook Editor can post to WordPress and Facebook simultaneously, and updates both posts every time you save.
Scripting News: Getting rid of Gmail tabs.
Today was one of the few truly hot days this summer. We had hot weather in May, but then it's been very temperate the rest of the summer. Usually you have a few 100 degree days. I don't think we have had any this year.
At the turnaround point on today's ride I was sunning, a few blocks north of Stuyvesant High School, looking out over the river, soaking up the warmth and realized things are about to change. In Central Park, the roads are already covered with fallen leaves. There are hints of yellow or orange in the canopy. And the forecast is for things to cool off tomorrow.
The new software: Little Facebook Editor.
Readme: About Little Facebook Editor. With the ability to update posts, Facebook becomes a publishing surface for blogging software.
Scripting News: New software coming.
On Facebook: I have a new piece of software coming.
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