Fruitcake wins!

International Federation of Competitive Eating - IFOCE: "Takeru Kobayashi will attempt to break the fruitcake-eating world record, seeking to consume all fruitcake leftover from the holidays ..."

Kobayashi failed to beat Sonya"The Black Widow" Thomas' 2001 record of 4 pounds and 14 ounces in 10 minutes.

An Italian legend says fruitcake was created by a nun at the urging of the devil in the form of a black cat


The Atlas of True Names

The Atlas of True Names : Strange Maps: "The Atlas substitutes the original meanings of the world’s place names for the better-known, ossified toponyms."

The Atlas of True Names restores an element of enchantment to the world we all think we know so well.

Spotted: Sibling Love, Stink Onion, Conquered City, "I don't understand you!"


Repeal Day!

21st-Amendment Brewery: Prohibition: "The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect on January 16, 1920. It wiped out the beers, the breweries and the culture that had come to define American social life."

Beer Examiner: 75 years ago prohibition was repealed by the 21st amendment of the U.S. Constitution: "December 5, 2008 will mark the 75th anniversary of enactment of the 21st amendment which repealed the 18th amendment and the federal repeal of prohibition.

After Prohibition, brewing companies began to market to women, designing beers that were lighter in flavor and character. While the use of corn, rice and sugar adjuncts was used before, they were now being used to develop a style that would appeal to women."

Heh! Girly-man beers! That's slightly more pleasant than "already been used beer" ...

Happy Repeal Day and Cheers!


Lovecraft's Re-Animator Re-animated

The Escapist : News : Lovecraft's Re-Animator Re-animated: "the game tells the story of the hapless Dr. Herbert West, the inventor of a special serum that can literally bring the dead back to life. There are a few side effects, of course, like the re-animated corpses turning into violent blood-thirsty zombies

The whole game plays in grainy black and white, reminiscent of the 1920's where the story was originally set; and whilst short, has an online score board where you can see how long you kept the rozzers from your door."

Free download, looks to be Windohs only ... Oh, the sanity points you could loose!

Buy Line

Buy Line - SF Weekly: "With the newspaper industry in a tailspin, readers ditching print for the Web in droves, and the country entering its worst recession in recent memory, San Francisco Chronicle execs have a brilliant solution to their financial problems: Charge people more to read their ailing product."

Oh, yay! As it is, I only buy the paper for event listings (The Pink Section) and tickets going on sale. Heck, they even dumbed down the comix to the point where Peanuts reprints start looking good ... Cathy, Blondie, Hagar, and Wizard of Id, oh joy! Weekend comix even lost a page.

Ah, well, the price hike will mean the purchase of a couple less papers a week. Not like we're short on free daily papers!


Tribe deal

Mark Pincus Blog: Tribe deal: "tah Street Networks and New Systems Associates today entered into an operating agreement to manage Tribe.net (http://www.tribe.net), add competitive social networking features to the site, and revitalize the Tribe community.

New Systems Associates is an LLC formed by long-time Tribe members who believe in protecting and expanding Tribe's unique culture."

Huh, guess they're keeping the lights on. Doesn't seem like anyone's home, though. Guess the hive from Tribe is still kicking, as well ...



Anti-pattern recognition

Adactio: Journal—Anti-pattern recognition: "Eager geeks rushed to sign up for the contact aggregation service. The second step of the process involved handing over your Twitter username and password. This request was dutifully obeyed by the eager geeks."

Sigh. Eager little geeks with Quechup all over their faces.

"Twitter often feels like being in an abusive relationship with a Fail Whale" - Jeremy Keith


Announcing LinkedIn Events

Announcing LinkedIn Events: "Now all LinkedIn users should be able to find events and conferences that are most suitable for your career based a combination of your professional network and information culled from your LinkedIn profile."

Oh! Geeze, there's an obvious one. Dunno why they waited for multiple news, module, and OpenSocial redesigns before springing it.

Change has come to America | Change.gov

Change has come to America | Change.gov: "Change.gov provides resources to better understand the transition process and the decisions being made as part of it."

The YouTube Presidency: "Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video -- a first. The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site, Change.gov, once the radio address is made public on Saturday morning."

"Added Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for government transparency: "We're living, after all, in the Internet era. This is an individualized version of the 'fireside chats.' It's not delivered between 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. but whenever anyone wants to see it. I don't know if it necessarily creates transparency -- it's still a controlled, one-way message. But it creates the aura of a much more accessible presidency."

It's been fun to watch YouTube videos on network news. Broadcast media is starting to look as dated as newspapers.

Still no news on the appointment of the 12 disciples, though ...



Rick Astley to Perform at EMAs

Rick Astley to Perform at EMAs: "The Internet voters have spoken, and (surprise, surprise), it looks like Rick Astley is ahead in the polls for MTV Europe’s “Best Act Ever” award."

Buh? That's just not right ...


FriendFeed Blog: View your FriendFeed in real-time

FriendFeed Blog: View your FriendFeed in real-time: "In our new, experimental real-time view, comments and posts will appear at the top of your feed as quickly as they arrive. This is accomplished by a technique called long polling, where our server doesn't respond to your browser's request until there's something it wants to send."

Smooth scrolling updates and pop-out windows! Nice. More SortDurAttentionSuck.


Mother's Cookies abruptly shut down

Mother's Cookies abruptly shut down: "Mother's Cookies, an Oakland institution for 92 years, has been shuttered, its owner seeking bankruptcy protection for the company."

"Mother's later had a series of corporate owners: a Belgian company, Artal B.V., bought it in 1991; it was owned by Specialty Foods Corp. of Illinois in the late 1990s; in 2000, Specialty sold Mother's and Archway Cookies to Parmalat, which in turn sold the combined business to Catterton for an undisclosed sum."

Ohhh. No more waxen animal crackers with BBs on them? Shame about the Archway soft cookies with jam filling, though ...

Update: "Kellogg's announced it would acquire trademarks and recipes to the famous Circus Animal cookies, as well as the sandwich cookies and wire-cut cookies."

The beloved pink and white Circus Animal cookies are saved!


Hammer Films has risen from the grave

Hammer Films has risen from the grave: "Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it s called action on its first horror production for over 30 years."

Yay! Steaks all around!


The Beer That Takes You Back . . . Millions of Years

The Beer That Takes You Back . . . Millions of Years: "The result is Fossil Fuels Brewing Co., which ferments a yeast strain Cano found in a piece of Burmese amber dating from about 25 million to 45 million years ago. The company -- in which Cano is a partner, along with another scientist and a lawyer -- introduced its pale ale and German wheat beer with a party last month at one of the two Bay Area pubs where Fossil Fuels is made and served.

It's been on tap for two years at Stumptown in Guerneville, Calif."


social notworking

Word Spy - social notworking: "social notworking pp. Surfing a social networking site instead of working."


Bloglines | My Feeds (3) (28)

18/1025 feeds

Hit the shiney Mark All Read button after not reading much for a couple of weeks ...


Compari Liqueur Will Make Coffee Hooch, Illyquore

Compari Liqueur Will Make Coffee Hooch, Illyquore: "Campari, the Italian liqueur company is blending with Illy to give you a better buzz two ways. Together, they will make a new coffee liqueur drink called Illyquore."

Humm, I see that Starbucks and Godiva are already in this nitch. Hope they keep some herbal bitter in the mix, otherwise it won't be good for much more than a bump in the x-tini, sex-on-the-x, and Aqualung family of spew.

On the other foot, maybe they'll spike interest and we'll get another entry in the beer family like Redhook Doubleblack Stout


Emily the Strange Film

Emily the Strange Film: "Counterculture icon Emily the Strange will soon star in a long-anticipated feature film, and Dark Horse Entertainment President Mike Richardson has signed on as the film’s produce"

Nice! If doomed ...


Hell's Kitchen The Game

Hell's Kitchen The Game: "Hell’s Kitchen is a US TV phenomenon as renowned Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring chefs through a rigorous culinary bootcamp. Experience the show's pressure-cooker atmosphere as you go through a series of kitchen and dining room challenges."

Those willing to fork up $19.99 can get the "uncensored" version with "language not suitable for all audiences

Buh? So many things wrong with this that the head spins.


Twitter Status - With friends tab and feeds

Twitter Status - With friends tab and feeds: "Recently we made a change to remove the With Friends tab from user profiles. We did this after finding out that this tab was both a relatively rarely accessed as well as computationally expensive page for us to serve. At the same time we removed access to the feeds for this page."

Doh! Loose your feed, loose your friends. Sheesh, do people actually use the UI and page back though messages?

Guess I'm getting my Twitter via a feed from http://friendfeed.com/?service=twitter



Plurk.com storm on Twitter and Friendfeed ... may as well play along!

A couple of user lists

ashnod @ Plurk.com


The Facebook Blog | Facebook

The Facebook Blog | Facebook: "A recent place where we've been fighting the spam battle has been through sites that ask for a user's login information to use a contact importer, and then spam all of their friends. Right now, the sites that are asking for this information, and that we are blocking as a result, gain complete access and control over your account when you enter your login info—your photos, your private messages, and your friends."

Well, it's a good start for one of the super-powers to take issue with the practice. Even if they still have a Friend Finder begging for email passwords.

Papers Written by Googlers

Papers Written by Googlers: "Below is a partial list of publications by people after joining Google, organized by category."

Whoa, dunno how I missed this section. New Feed!

RSS Feed Mayhem

[scribkin] RSS Feed Mayhem: "A radical new plan was hatched that we both agreed to abide by, starting today. We would dump all our RSS feeds out of Google Reader and only add new feeds based on a set of rules:"

Whoa, Drastic. I've certainly got too many unsorted/ignored feeds and need to get some filing done. Some odd combination of grazr, toluu, shyftr I think ...



Feedalizr version 1.1.2 alpha: "you can now post directly to Jaiku from the feedalizr interface."

A Jaiku client is keen, a usable app for Friendfeed would rock. However, the thing that kills the app is the cursed flashy blinking taskbar in windows. After every update, toasters on or not, you have to poke at the taskbar icon to make it stop with the blinking. I want a partial attention app, not one that demands clicks.

That's three sad little Friendfeed air icons sitting on the desktop unused.

twitter has a tumblr?

Twitter / Jack Dorsey: "We now have a status tumblr!: http://status.twitter.com/. We'll be updating it on the regular."

Twitter tumbles as it falls down!


Blame FriendFeed

Blame FriendFeed: "FriendFeed is Twitter, only slower. Here’s my demo of the difference between FriendFeed and Twitter:

Twitter: Hi, I’m having Sugar Pops for breakfast.

Ten minutes later….

FriendFeed: Hi, I’m having Sugar Pops for breakfast."

Heh! Have to Hide with Extreme Prejudice.


Eater SF: The Best Bars in America

Eater SF: The Best Bars in America: Esquire Magazine picks Zeitgeist as one of the Best Bars?

Esquire. Best. Zeitgeist. Pick one.

Twitter Blog

Twitter Blog: "We've gone through our various databases, caches, web servers, daemons, and despite some increased traffic activity across the board, all systems are running nominally. The truth is we're not sure what's happening. It seems to be occurring in-between these parts."

Eww. That's gotta leave a warm fuzzy in the hearts of a stack of developers. Ah, well, better ever than sooner.

Twitter: An admission of failure, a call for help

Love the headless tweet image!



Robert Scoble - FriendFeed

"You used the word 'collection' for business cards of people. What's the epic rare foil collectible in that mix? :) - Eric Rice

Woz's card. Hehehh. - Robert Scoble"

Oh! Just so.


Social networking can prove guessing game

Business Edge News Magazine - Social networking can prove guessing game: "Joey Scarface has invited you to join his network on CosaNostra.com. Click here to accept his kind invitation. Click here to decline and get whacked."

Heh! That's what all bacn should be, more pointy.


Facebook Smackdown

Facebook Developers | Facebook Developers News: "Now that Google has launched Friend Connect, we’ve had a chance to evaluate the technology. We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards our users have come to expect and is a violation of our Terms of Service."

Whoa, Godzilla noises all around. Set Techmeme on stun.

The Social Platform PR Wars Continue: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect

* Thur May 8: MySpace announces its “Data Availability” initiative, whereby it will share public user profile data with partner sites like Yahoo, eBay, and Twitter.
* Fri May 9: Facebook announces its “Facebook Connect” initiative, which will let third party developers access Facebook user profile and friend data.
* Mon May 12: Google announces its “Friend Connect” initiative, which will let users do much of the same thing through an OAuth/OpenID/OpenSocial system administered by Google.

via Facebook Developers News. Seems like the first time that I've gotten news from the primary source in months.


DM's Esoteric Programming Languages - ZOMBIE: "ZOMBIE is a programming language designed for Necromancers, particularly evil ones. (Actually, what other sorts are there?) ZOMBIE is an acronym, and stands for Zombie-Oriented Machine-Being Interface Engine."

ZOMBIE runs in a multithreaded environment. Several entities may be animated at once, and each may perform multiple tasks at once. The relative speeds and orders in which the entities perform tasks is undefined, and should not be relied on by the programmer.

Entities and their tasks may be active or inactive. An active entity is one which has been animated, disturbed, or is free-willed. A zombie or ghost that has been summoned and bound is inactive. An active task is one that has been animated; an inactive task is one that has been bound, or that the entity has completed.

Ha! How much fun. I'll have to poke at this on some sunny day to see it work.


Severed Ways

Severed Ways

In 1007 AD on the mainland of North America, two stranded Vikings search against all odds to find their way home. As they struggle to survive in the vast forests of the New World, their paths diverge as one pursues a spiritual quest and the other reverts to his primal instincts.

YouTube - Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of North America

"A full speed ahead Viking epic complete with nordic ballads and metal from the likes of Morbid Angel."

Sign me up! Looks to be opening July 25th ...

Google Spreadsheets Become Wikis

Google Spreadsheets Become Wikis: "In other spreadsheet-related news, you can now embed forms in a web site by just copying some code, there's a new option to duplicate questions and users can add their own answer to a multiple-choice question."

Yay, Google dropped the awful invite to spreadsheet and even the need for a google account. Shocking and most certainly the right thing to do.


Google Friend Connect

Google Press Center: News Announcement: "Websites that are not social networks may still want to be social -- and now they can be, easily. With Google Friend Connect, any website owner can add a snippet of code to his or her site and get social features up and running immediately without programming -- picking and choosing from built-in functionality like user registration, invitations, members gallery, message posting, and reviews, as well as third-party applications built by the OpenSocial developer community."

Google Friend Connect

Google Confirms Friend Connect

I was able to talk with Google engineering director David Glazer to get some more details. The point of Friend Connect, he says, is to “, give users a shortcut to connections they’ve built up somewhere else.” So if you go to a Website that is part of Friend Connect, you will be able to sign in under your Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, Orkut, or Plaxo IDs

The bigger downside of Friend Connect is that Websites using it cannot mash up the data with their own to make compelling new applications. Glazer confirmed that the data will be sent to third party sites via an iframe rather than directly through a set of APIs (as Michael speculated on Friday).

Google Friend Connect Previews Tonight

The user experience is simple. When a user comes to a site in the Friend Connect program they can sign into any social network that is sharing their data. Their data is not actually shared with the site. Impressively Google is supporting OpenID and OAuth in addition to their own standard OpenSocial.

Google Friend Connect Tries to Strangle the Social

Those hard questions are the ones that these companies are supposed to be working on together through the Data Portability Working Group, though. The Group has published best practices documents tackling a number of difficult questions already.

Welcome to the social mess?

Google Friend Connect, Facebook Connect, MySpace Data Availability, OpenID, DataPortability: Managing a bunch of different log-ins and passwords suddenly seems easy and straightforward.

Heh, Interop dead. Backlash at 11.

Now we need a WWE-style smackdown between the beasts ...

Interesting times ...


FriendFeed is back

Paul Buchheit - FriendFeed: "“FriendFeed is back and should be completely caught up in a couple of hours. Sorry for the trouble.”"

Wow, FriendFeed really *is* the new Twitter. - ⓞnor

Funny that I saw all of the down messages on Friendfeed via rss and not in twitter.


6 seats removed from some BART cars

6 seats removed from some BART cars: "Six seats are being removed from some cars to create more space for people to stand and to accommodate the growing number of on-board bikes and the luggage hauled by passengers heading to and from San Francisco International Airport."

Average weekday ridership 360,000
Original seats per car 68
Seats to be removed per car 6
Train cars reconfigured 20
Train cars planned for reconfiguration 80
Cars systemwide 578
Trains systemwide 65

Thank Goodness! I'm all for more open access and fewer scuzzy seats.


Twitter / Kevin Fox

Twitter / Kevin Fox: "When Obama wins, the White House Press Secretary Goa-uld won't have to find a new host every 18 months."

Ah, and here I though that the white house was taking it out of them, not putting it in ...

Facebook Connect

Facebook Developers: "Today we are announcing Facebook Connect. Facebook Connect is the next iteration of Facebook Platform that allows users to “connect” their Facebook identity, friends and privacy to any site. This will now enable third party websites to implement and offer even more features of Facebook Platform off of Facebook – similar to features available to third party applications today on Facebook."

Facebook Connect Pulls Back The Curtain: Data Portability: "As a user moves around the open Web, their privacy settings will follow, ensuring that users’ information and privacy rules are always up-to-date."

Buh? I don't see how that's going to work.

Funny, after this week I guess I'll have to traverse the social backwaters changing my quip ...

Why can't social networking sites bother to network with one-another? Are they that anti-social?

As John McCrea says "What a Week!"


Steve List Homepage

Steve List Homepage

Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey (together!)
REO Speedwagon
Billy Idol
Donna Summer
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Dr. John
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
The Tubes
Night Ranger
Judas Priest, Motorhead, Testament
Tom Jones
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
ZZ Top

Quick! What year is it?

DataPortability - MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project

DataPortability - MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project: "We are excited that MySpace will join the rest of the community to continue the design, documentation and implementation of a set of best practices for inter-operable Data Portability between trusted applications and vendors."

MySpace joins DataPortability,: "Whilst a number of high-profile launch partners have been announced (Yahoo!, eBay and Twitter), it’s worth point out that access to this project will be available to everyone who agrees to the T’s & C’s."

MySpace's Data Availability is not Data Portability: “After this announcement I had the pleasure of speaking with a reporter who was on the briefing call. He explained that MySpace said that due to their terms of service the participating sites (e.g. Twitter) would not be allowed to cache or store any of the profile information."

Weird. At least MySpace has lots of good data to throw around. Heck, I'd be happy with just basic profile data onto a handful of sites.

Funny that DataPortability uses Tumblr for a blog, but, a nice way to round up the coverage.


Why Facebook Is Useless | sarahintampa

Why Facebook Is Useless | sarahintampa: "my most regular activity on Facebook is clearing out hundreds of invites."

Hay! That's what I should change my status to most of the time. I usually just log in to whack zombies ... (both real and app).

Describe FriendFeed in 2-8 words

Paul Buchheit - FriendFeed: "Let me clarify, the description should be appealing."

A website describable in two to eight words
you bring the friends, we bring the benefits
Friendfeed: The New Babel-on
Friendfeed: The third place.
stalking made easy
facebook without zombies


Twitter / Maki

Twitter / Maki: "Removing all the email notifications I get from social media websites, they add far too much clutter to the inbox."

Nice! I have a whole account slaved to the social. I clear the relevant folder after logging in and seeing what the in-system experience is like. Usually it's just a poor version of a mail client ...


Google Reader

Official Google Reader Blog: Share anything. Anytime. Anywhere.: "Share items with a note - If you are like me, you might want to share something in Reader"

gReader now has 'share with note' which is a great idea but the cartoon bubble on the web landing page has got to go.

And a new bookmarklet (not the forgotten old Google Share bookmarklet) that feeds into the gReader stream, only what you highlight, though, and you have to allow javascript on the page that you clip. Now I have to figure which to use, Friendfeed, Social|Median, gShare, or bloglines ...

Also: I Am a Google Reader Shared Links Ninja

via Friendfeed RSS Post to Google Reader

Shyftr OMPL

OPML Support Is Here! - Shyftr Blog: "You can now import an OPML file or export your Shyftr feed list as an OPML file."

Whoa, you can go from a person's profile to their feeds, to reading their feeds in the usual interface and really easily subscribing (you have to backtrack to sort them, though). You have to enter feed edit mode to sort into folders, but, you can then edit feed title, description, and add multiple tags all of which show nicely on the reading header. View tagged feeds shows a tag cloud, clicking a tag shows matching feeds which can be clicked on to read. An implementation much stronger than folders.

Oh, and yet another bookmarklet which seems quite good at subscribing to yet another feed.

The ui is growing on me.

ashton @ shyftr and a pocket blog

via RSS feed of a Twitter follow of the TechMeme Firehose to Louis Gray: Shyftr Adds OPML Support


Twitter Blacklist

Twitter Blacklist: "Twitter as a social network has developed its own class of unfortunates that attempt to draw attention to themselves through spam-like methods"

This class of people has been neatly described in terms of the ratio between how many they "follow" compared to how many follow them:

1:5 = twittercaster, 1:2 = notable, 1:1 socially healthy, 2:1 newbie or social climber, 5:1 twitter spammer. — evan


There are links to a couple of Greasemonkey scripts using the list ...

heh, antifollowspammers.

Ugg @homebasedbiz4


feed of the now

The Patry Copyright Blog: "Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc."

Air marshals grounded in list mix-ups

Air marshals grounded in list mix-ups: "False identifications based on a terrorist no-fly list have for years prevented some federal air marshals from boarding flights they are assigned to protect"

Surprising no one. As Jon Stewart says, our goal is to export irony to the rest of the world.

Bloglines | My Feeds (8823) (26)

465/950 feeds bloglines
/192 greader

Gotta drag those gReader shared feeds from AssetBar back to gReader

gReader trends says that the Yahoo Mash blog is inactive and that I read feeds there on Tuesday and Friday.



Went in a fine circle to find BlogRize this evening. A RSSmeme feed of links from FriendFeed follows spit out a ReadWriteWeb story with an invite code. Which is certainly a roundabout way to get to a story that could have come through the RWW feed into gReader ...

After poking around for a while looking for the 'submit story' bookmarklet or form, I got turned back around to Louis Gray who had quoted "BlogRize is today's news, filtered by communities of people who enjoy reading the same blogs.' BlogRize tracks items from two sources - a person's blog, and their Google Reader shared items."

Ah! A blog's feed augmented with community gReader shares. Just so. Now, where are the rss feeds coming out of it (just to make everything quite circular).

ashton @ BlogRize


Twitter / kaloopy

Twitter / kaloopy: "Kaloopy Says is a Celeb News widget on Facebook."

Whoa, Twitter followspam for a Facebook Widget? Boggle.

Finally time to break out the Twitter block function ...

ThinkGeek :: Optimus Maximus Keyboard

ThinkGeek :: Optimus Maximus Keyboard: "Yep. Time to take a second mortgage on your home or break into your kid's college fund. With the singing of angels and a ray of sunlight parting the clouds, the fabled Optimus Maximus Keyboard has descended from Russia design studio Art Lebedev like an orgasm of geekiness."

Pretty, doesn't look very typely, though.

Twitter / jkalucki: followspam

Twitter / jkalucki: "followspam"

Ah! Followspam is a fine phrase. It's rare that I get twitter follow that not a bot ...


"Nerdic" geek speak is fastest growing language

"Nerdic" geek speak is fastest growing language: "The explosion of technology has created the fastest growing language in Europe, according to research published today.

Dubbed 'Nerdic', this new way of communicating via technological terminology has developed separately to English and become the shared language of Europe, allowing people to communicate without geographical boundary."

Bah, a rotten word that will not survive the telling. Speaking as one cryptolectic to another ... Jargon-1 does point and laugh.


The Facebook Blog | Mini-Feed

The Facebook Blog | Facebook: "The option to import stories from other sites can be found via the small 'Import' link at the top of your Mini-Feed. Only a few sites—Flickr, Yelp, Picasa, and del.icio.us—are available for importing at the moment,"

Yay! More noise in the update feed. Probably even more duplicate notifications from various forwards and feeds and lifestreams. Joy. Doubt if they can make the mini-feed useful, tuning updates is a great idea, but, it doesn't seem to work that well.

FriendFeed - Air

A much desired Air app was written for FriendFeed ... Alert Thingy! Unfortunately on Windoz it alerts into the menu bar, making it alerting as well as demanding. Back into the bit bucket with it!

Oddly enough there is no way to give them feedback. No blog, email, contact form, google group, friendfeed account, ... nothin'. Hardly friendly!

Feedalizr to the rescue! A much better thingy. With the blog, contact form, and twitter account. Still really odd to not have a friendfeed account.

[FRIENDFEED] Put Alert Thingy to Bed

A few of us were joking about the 'via Alert Thingy' spam and saying it would be funnier if it said 'in bed'.

With this Greasemonkey script it will :)

Bringing Blogging To Your Social Networks

Six Apart - News and Events: Bringing Blogging To Your Social Networks

We are excited to launch the first cross-platform blogging application for Facebook -- Blog It Powered by TypePad. We support bloggers on Blogger, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Pownce, Tumblr, TypePad, Twitter, Vox, WordPress.com and WordPress.org!

Plus, after you've posted using Blog It, you can choose to automatically share your post via Twitter and Pownce, in addition to the Facebook Newsfeed.

Arrrg! An auto-twat. Trickle down Friendzy is not my friend.

BlogIt, now with AutoTwat! Ask me how!

ReadWriteWeb hopes that it will tear down that wall ... "BlogIt may be just a beachhead landed in the hostile territory not of Facebook, but of online identity chaos in general."


Twitter / RU4Real

Twitter / RU4Real: "DO NOT FOLLOW THIS ACCOUNT. It is part of an experiment to see how many people actually read the pages of the people they follow."

Too funny. A Friend trap. Fewer Followers that I would expect ...


The Horror!

I opened The List today, oh boy. What a flashback!

Coming soon to a dive near me!

Eddie Money
Lynyrd Skynyrd
REO Speedwagon
The Tubes
Night Ranger
Donna Summer
Boz Scaggs
George Thorogood & The Destroyers
The Beach Boys
Joe Cocker, Steve Miller Band
Tower Of Power
Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey


Bloglines | My Feeds (955) (21)


Now about those abandoned AssetBar greader feeds ...


Rick Roll It!

Rick Roll It! - Twelve Mountains

On Monday, John Gruber made a suggestion suggestion on Twitter:

The guy who owns rickroll.com should turn it into a URL shortening service.

And the horror was unleashed ... Rick Roll It! — a new URL shortening service.


Top Chef Dinner & Screening Party Wednesdays

Top Chef Dinner & Screening Party Wednesdays

It's no secret that San Fran is straight up representin' on this season of Top Chef with not one, but four SF foodies: Chef Ryan Scott (Myth Cafe), Chef Zoi Antonitsas (SF Restaurant Consultant), Chef Jennifer Biesty (Coco500 Restaurant) and Chef Erik Hopfinger (Circa Restaurant).

What better way to watch Top Chef than while eating a four course meal cooked by one of the contestants? Every Wednesday night, Hopfinger will serve up a tasty four-parter inspired by that week's show. Then stick around for a screening with a restaurant full of Top Chef fans. I wonder what will happen to this weekly event when (excuse me: if) Hopfinger gets told to pack his knives and leave? I guess we'll just have to hope he makes the cut.

Dinner: 6pm-10pm ~ $49 four-course menu

Top Chef! 10pm-11pm


Sound like fun! But, unfortunately, Top Chef shows his food ...

Good news is that going.com finally spit up something interesting.

Bloglines | My Feeds (7710) (24)


Cleaned up some of the old Add folder. Actually unsubed from a few. Oh, and probably added three.


April Fools Day

SANS Internet Storm Center busts out with the list, including

A very fine passwd file http://packetstormsecurity.org/err0r.txt

Infoworld list of their posts, one of which topped TechMeme for much of the morning. http://www.infoworld.com/archives/t.jsp?N=s&V=96815

And the day wouldn't be complete without a rfc! http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5241.txt

Or a book full of them! Books : The Complete April Fools' Day RFCs


Bloglines Toolkit 1.7.0: Don't Back Down

It's been a monstrous fifteen months since I last updated the Bloglines Toolkit.

That's about it really - functionally, everything else is the same as it ever has been, just in more languages and updated to work in the latest version of Firefox (and it should continue to work in Flock too, but I don't use Flock, so I don't know that for sure.
Bloglines Toolkit 1.7.0: Don't Back Down

Whoa, now that I'm all settled in with greader and FriendFeed Share, back comes the ole bloglines clip extention. Huh.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King: "bards of Azeroth are finally stepping into the spotlight on their own terms, proving once and for all that while just about anyone can pick up a sword or cast a spell, only a true hero can vanquish evil with the power of ROCK!"

Armed with a trusty axe, killer riffs, and a ton of attitude, the guitar-wielding bard is the second hero class to be introduced in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft.

"Mosh Pit," which briefly boosts the group’s movement speed while its members stay within range.

Chance on hit: Unleash a killer riff that blows your target’s mind.
"This one goes to eleven."

Hah! The Shoegazer attack. I knew it!


Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announces its long-awaited return to console gaming with World of Warcraft: The Molten Core

World of Warcraft: The Molten Core will include single-player and multiplayer versions, fully loaded with nine different shapes (and possibly colors) representing the current World of Warcraft character classes.

Helvetica Serif

Helvetica Serif: "FontFont have announced that they are to release Helvetica Serif, following the discovery of drawing of that typeface by Max Miedinger. The sketches which were discovered by Miedinger’s granddaughter have been redrawn to create the digital version shown above."

Oh! Now that's the way that's it done. Tradition!

Changes at the World’s Top Company Cafeteria � Food Gal

Changes at the World’s Top Company Cafeteria: "Yes, that would be at Google in Mountain View.

Executive Chef Josef Desimone is jumping ship to become Facebook’s very first executive chef."

Whoa, they're even running off with the chefs.

Super Pii Pii Brothers

ThinkGeek :: Super Pii Pii Brothers: "Prepare yourself by strapping on the included belt harness and jacking in your Wiimote. A series of toilets are presented on screen and the challenge is to tilt your body to control a never-ending stream of pee. Get as much pee in the toilets as you can while spilling as little on the floor as possible. Sounds easy eh? Well the toilets open and close whack-a-mole style and occasionally the stray cat or other cute critter pops up. Spray a cat for extra points. Get too much pee on the ground and your game is over."

Oh! We so need one at my local! And a sign that says "You must be this level to use the restroom".

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Colorwars Bloat!

greader x/154

As cool as Treads is, greader doesn't tell you anything about your feed state or aging. 1000+? Oh, thanks. That's just great.


ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet

ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet: "Opportunities will exist in the coming weeks for our ‘ReTweet’ program whereby Twitter users help messages to go viral for advertisers by joining together to ReTweet the paid Tweets of others."

Next up, Micropayments!

Heard the one about the Twitter Business Plan?



Mitch Kapor’s Blog: "Meetingboarding: (n) the sensation of being unable to breathe arising from continuous immersion in meeting after meeting"


10 Downing Street Busts Out

10 Downing Street website: "10 Downing Street - the historic office and home of the British Prime Minister"

Busted out with accounts on Twitter Flickr and YouTube

Tried Out FriendFeed's Imaginary Friend, DowningSt

tribe.net falls in

Whoa, LJ may have some ownership issues, but, it looks like tribe lost all of their clues.

Deleting the Brainstorm tribe: "I have been pondering deleting the Brainstorm tribe over the past few weeks. I spend a lot more of my time on the Gold Star tribe, and they drive new development a lot better than this tribe."

Gold Star Club: Tribe for Premium Subscribers of tribe net. Questions pertaining to memberships can be posted

"Tribe was one of the early SNs to support and produce FOAF. The founders left. An aggregator appeared that read that data and republished it. Tribe members got upset about their data appearing elsewhere on the web. The Tribe developers decided to deal with the storm by simply removing the code."

Voidstar - Tribe.net Drop FOAF


Anti-emo pogroms rage throughout Mexico

Anti-emo pogroms rage throughout Mexico - Boing Boing: "the violence began March 7, when an estimated 800 young people poured into the Mexican city of Queretaro’s main plaza “hunting” for emo kids to pummel. Then the following weekend similar violence occurred in Mexico City at the Glorieta de Insurgents, a central gathering space for emos."

Huh, Punks vs. Skinheads lives again. Looks like a dash of organization via tech and/or social networking. "Putting the Mob back in FlashMob"


Facebook Now Recommends Friends

Facebook Now Recommends Friends: "Facebook has quietly rolled out a new feature that suggests “people you may know.”"

Ack! People People everywhere but not a friend in sight. Needs a 'Go away!' button ...


Color Wars

Color Wars 2008: "3 You must be in your team uniform (do your best)."

beerteam need to post images in team colors (holding a beer).

TeamRAWR just throw your sign up in front of your cat & snap the shot.

teamoctarine should wear a pointy hat.

rainbowteam is giving people titles like "Our Director of Chromatic Branding & Vertical Arc Integration Operations."

TeamRAWR: hey @nakedteam - happy BUNday!

plaidteam has an avatar maker

PussyPinkTeam has a group flickr account

A couple more teams:

Team Falk
team awesome

Fun icons and results at the Flickr colorwar tag

Love the cat on the meat team ... Meaty Samantha 3

Huh, guess Color War is a summer camp tradition.

Color Wars

Color Wars 2008

Buh? First war is RoShamBo via Flickr tags? Seems odd to have to go to another service. Although the Team Uniform bit is funny.

first colorwar game: rule #3: "You must be in your team uniform (do your best)." ... Easy for us!

Naked Team

Guess Meat Team could do the same ...

That child was so ugly, they had to put a pork chop around his neck to get the dog to play with him

Meat Ning

Dunno what Invisoteam is going to do ...

Khan Rocks

Mashable went green.

Evil Team
Losing Team
Team Doom
Beer Team

Where is Team Venture?



Color Wars!

A good way to follow the action is to watch one of the captains 'with friends'
Color Wars
Team Team

In All Teams has a great All Team background.

Black Watch Team
Bacon Team
Rainbow Team
Team Monochrome

Team Coffee dropped a page of backgrounds and icon boarders.

Chartreuse Team has a page linking to facebook and flickr groups.

The Black Team has a page linking to a cafepress store and a flickr group


Team Octarine

Twitter Teams

Twitter Teams | Jangro.com: "Out of the blue (no pun intended, you’ll see), Ze Frank declared that he was on the “Blue Team”. No explanation, he changed his picture to contain a blue team badge on the bottom, talked it up a bit, and that was it, @blueteam is born.

Now different colored teams have popped up."

@ZeFrank tweets the Blue Team. Blogs about color wars and cuts the domain Color War 2008.

Looks like there's a team controller ColorWars and a team member aggregator

Team Tartan has a blog.
Team Clear has a Wiki.
Plaid Team is using hashtags and has a Facebook Group.


The A Team


Team Booze
Team Coffee
Team Meat



FriendFeedFeed: "Aggregate all your social networking aggregator feeds into one aggregated feed of aggregator activity feeds!"


The PointCast Logo cracked me up!


'Major League Eating: The Game'

'Major League Eating: The Game' Coming Soon for the Nintendo Wii: "Soon you'll be able to channel your inner Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi by playing Major League Eating: The Game for the Nintendo Wii. Mastiff, the game's publisher, has announced that it will be released on the Wii on May 12 in North America as a downloadable WiiWare title, for one or two players, with the killer feature of online play and leaderboards.

The game will make 'extensive' use of the Wii Remote to 'simulate a variety of eating techniques including the cram, toss, and 'typewriter.' Burp-offs and Hot Potato challenges during the contests keep the competition intense and eaters on their toes.'"

Oh! Want.

Ah! The International Federation of Competitive Eating has a feed!



Iron Chef Boyardee

Iron Chef Boyardee: "Iron Chef America is more bogus than even I had imagined. ... The choice of Iron Chef had clearly been made much earlier, because two of the Iron Chefs standing on the pedestals in roiling clouds of fog were out-and-out imposters."

A fun spectator rant. The long shots of the three (three, not four, and not five) Iron Chefs has always bugged me ...

And, in other Food Frenzy news, Top Chef foie-hawks


AdFreak: Poker-faced Enzyte maker caught bluffing

AdFreak: Poker-faced Enzyte maker caught bluffing: "The man behind Enzyte is facing more than 20 years in prison and millions in forfeited revenue after a federal jury found him guilty Friday of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors claimed customers were bilked out of $100 million through a series of deceptive ads, manipulated credit card transactions and the company's refusal to accept returns or cancel orders.” Steve Warshak, the founder and president of Enzyte distributor Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, was convicted along with his mother."

Huh, I could swear that I was still seeing commercials. Maybe they were long-running pre-pays or maybe I'm watching really old dvr shows ...



Forumwarz - Spoilerpedia - Main Page: "Forumwarz is the first 'Massively Single-Player' online RPG completely built around Internet culture."

A role-playing game so epic you will never again leave your mom's basement!

When you enter a forum, a Toolbar will be placed on the bottom of your screen. It is your primary battle interface.

Your Toolbar displays your Ego and Secondary Attribute on the right-hand side. Keep an eye on them, because if your Ego runs out you will die!

David Allen

I’d say enough coffee, enough alcohol, enough humor and you can handle anything.

David Allen

The Battle for Craft Beer

The Battle for Craft Beer: "Home-brewing is currently illegal in Alabama. A brewpub can only operate in a historical building situated in a county that sold alcohol pre-Prohibition. You can be fined for bringing two cases of beer into dry counties. And most problematic for craft-suds fiends like Carter, Alabama (along with Mississippi and West Virginia) prohibits the sale of beer that’s higher than 6 percent alcohol by volume (5 percent alcohol by weight)—just a bit stronger than a Budweiser (which has 5 percent ABV)."

Whoa, I knew that there were goofy laws on the books, state liquor stores, dry sundays, and the ilk. But, capping beer alcohol percent is cruel and quite odd.


Bloglines Suffers Major Outage

Bloglines Suffers Major Outage: "RSS reader Bloglines has suffered a major outage over the weekend with the service simply ceasing to update any blogs from just before midnight PST February 24.

Bloglines users are not happy with the outage, with some already signing up for other services, and other comments including such as “Remember when they at least showed the plumber?”"

Awww, drat. And here I thought that I caught up all by myself. Sheesh, they still haven't posted to the bloglines blog.

Ditto for assetbar


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50/850 feeds bloglines
540/168, 2 friends greader
/50 feeds, 0/6 friends assetbar, mostly greader shares

and, wow, does greader do the epic fail with just a few hundred feeds

Living Card Games

Fantasy Flight launches “Living Card Games”: "a new sales model for A Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu collectible card games. Both games will fall under the new banner of the “Living Card Game,” or LCG. The LCG format will feature starter boxes with a large assortment of cards. Rather than traditional random blind booster pack releases three or four times per year, an LCG will have monthly releases all year round. Every month, FFG will produce a new pack containing 40 fixed cards for $9.95 – one each of

10 cards, and three each of another 10 – allowing the game to grow and evolve, yet letting new players easily join in down the line."

Odd format, but certainly better than Tragic: the Addiction's brain dumps of 250+ cards, some of which were obviously broken (Umezawa’s Jitte, Fact or Fiction, Gifts Ungiven). I'm certainly in for a couple of cycles ...


O Noes!

Parrot 0.5.2 "P.e. nipalensis" Released - parrotcode: "Parrot now has a LOLCODE implementation! Not an 'enterprise-class' computing language, you say? We don't expect anyone to use it for their next app, but at less than 500 lines of source code (and most of that in a subset of Perl 6), it demonstrates the power of the Parrot Compiler Toolkit. See http://lolcode.com/news/i-haz-a-parrot



Wordz Fail.

Golden Clog Awards

Eater SF: SobeWire: Live-Blogging the 2008 Golden Clog Awards: "THE ALTON For being on Food Network and yet, somehow managing to Not Suck"

heh, some goodly bits from The Bourdain and The Ruhlman.


Every child in school numbered for life

Every child in school numbered for life - Times Online: "The new database will be known as MIAP (managing Information Across Partners). To be registered on the new database every 14-year-old will be issued with a unique learner number. The ULN will be used by government agencies to track individuals until they retire. Ultimately, it will create a numbered database for every citizen aged 14-plus in the UK."

I feel safer already!

Adactio: Journal—Foo fighting

Adactio: Journal—Foo fighting: "My subject was the password anti-pattern. Brave representatives from Facebook, Plaxo, Twitter, LinkedIn, Dopplr and Pownce showed up to be named and shamed (though most of the shame was reserved for Google in not providing an API for contacts). I can’t talk too much about some of the things that were said but it was by turns frustrating, exhilarating, inspiring and depressing."

Nice that someone's out there swingin'.

Ben 10 Turns 15 As Cartoon Network Fave Targets Tweens

When the new show, Ben 10: Alien Force, premiers this spring, Ben will be 15 years old. The 10 in his name refers to the number of new aliens Ben can transform into when using the “Omnitrix.

With Ben now an adolescent, merchandising can now include remote control vehicles, electronics and other categories, which wouldn’t have made sense tying in with a tween character.

This is one of the first times a show at the height of its popularity is aging its lead character.

Ben 10 Turns 15 As Cartoon Network Fave Targets Tweens

Aging a character makes sense, but, somehow offends my TV-given sensibilities. The pitch must have been funny, "just think of the advertising!'


Yahoo! oneConnect

Yahoo! oneConnect will be the first mobile product with an open architecture that aggregates communications tools - email, instant messaging (IM), text messaging (SMS), and social networks.

Give consumers the capability to view their contacts by their most recent status updates on popular social networks, as well as update their own status on their favorite social networks.

Yahoo! oneConnect

Whoa, a mobile social Aggregator. That should leave a dent in the market, but, it seems like a weird one-off. Sure is ugly.



Haiku brings back those BeOS glory days - Engadget: "open source replacement for the gone-but-not-forgotten BeOS of yore is maturing nicely,"

Haiku is an open-source operating system currently in development designed from the ground up for desktop computing. Inspired by the BeOS,




A new language is being developed by mobile phone-addicted kids based on the predictive text of their treasured handsets.

Key words are replaced by the first alternative that comes up on a mobile phone using predictive text -- changing 'cool' into 'book', 'awake' into 'cycle', 'beer' into adds', 'pub' into 'sub' and 'barmaid' into 'carnage'.

The replacement words -- technically paragrams, but commonly known as textonyms, adaptonyms or cellodromes -- are becoming part of regular teen banter."

Textonyms give mobile phone addicts a new language�

Textonyms! Cellodromes! Swoon!

Nip Joints

Nip Joints: "Nip joints, also known as shot houses, are unlicensed establishments (usually private residences) where alcoholic beverages are sold by the drink for both on-and off-premise consumption. Beverages of all types are sold, including illegally produced moonshine."

Huh, sort of like Underground Restaurants for booze. A shame that they didn't continue with the words Speakeasy, Smokeasy and go with Shoteasy.



Tweetmeme: "Thus tweetmeme was born, put simply it watches what is going on within twitter and picks up anyone posting links to content. We then track how many other mentions of the same content are made (and how influential they are.) and present them in a simple format."

Woe, three more feed buckets. Nice idea which doesn't seem to be yielding much other than itself ...



FriendFeed: "Does one of your friends Twitter way too often? Is the long discussion about bacon-flavored cookies getting old? Now you can easily hide individual services from people you are subscribed to, mute individual discussions, and a whole lot more by clicking the 'Options' link under an entry in your feed"

Perfect! One less copy of the tweet. FriendFeed is quickly becoming the best at the morass of lifestream aggregators, comment anywhere weirdnesses, and it'll even toss stuff into your feed with a bookmarklet.

ashton @ FriendFeed

Martian Fluxx

Shown here is a collage made up of some of the Keepers you'll find in the Martian Fluxx: Mars, the Mothership, the Flying Saucer, the Tripod, the City, the Cow, the Ray Gun, the Space Suit, and the Tentacle.

In Martian Fluxx, the players are invaders from Mars, and the Creepers are those pesky Pathetic Humans who are always getting in our way, keeping us from winning. Cows of course are Keepers because for Humans and Martians alike, they're good eating. There are actually two Cow Keepers in the game; if you have them both you can win with the Goal 'Two All-Beef Earthlings.'

The idea of making us the Martians came about as I realized the Martians are the ones who get all the cool stuff!


Yay! Martians and Zombies! Fluxx Roxx!


Yelp: Events

San Francisco Events, Concerts, Film, Nightlife, Festivals & More | Yelp

Buh? Events in Yelp? No rss feed. Not very well integrated with the rest of the site. Oh, well, not like I need another event system.


Few crying into beers at decline of big six breweries

Few crying into beers at decline of big six breweries: "Many of the great names of British brewing have downed their final pints and headed for the exit.

Once there was Bass Charrington, Allied Breweries, Whitbread, Courage Imperial, and Watneys. Scottish & Newcastle was yesterday added to that list of once-mighty brewers.

Who will mourn the passing of the so-called “Big Six”? Not the British pub-goer who long ago signalled indifference to the brewers’ product. New generations, led by women, demanded something else – and got it in the form of lagers, wine, soft drinks, alcopops, cocktails, spirits and Babycham."

Sigh, the Multinationals just keep killing them and giving us Zima.


Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee opens in Mint Plaza!

Professionals have long been willing to pay prices in the five figures for the perfect espresso machine, but the siphon bar does not make espresso. It makes brewed coffee, as does another high-end coffee maker, the $11,000 Clover, which makes one cup at a time. Together, they signal the resurgence of brewing among the most obsessive coffee enthusiasts.

New York Times

Wasn't much local coverage, which let me to TheShot. New Feed!

"“Blue Bottle was way cooler when you could drink espresso shots made by a tattooed slacker over a sewer cover in a back alley,”"

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe @ Mint Plaza � Espresso News and Reviews - TheShot.coffeeratings.com

Also: Flickr: Photos from bluebottlemintplaza


What’s a Troubadour to Do?

Brand Autopsy: "Why give away her recorded music for free? As mentioned, a CD or an MP3 file is essentially a direct mail piece to get someone to buy a concert ticket. If indeed a musician can make more money from selling tickets to a live show, shouldn’t they market themselves to sell tickets and not CDs?"

Free mp3s and more concerts sounds like a great result from the major labels flailing about.

Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results

Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results: "Yahoo is testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into Yahoo search results pages (Yahoo acquired Delicious in late 2005)."

Nicely integrated searches. One less search engine in the old browser!

Blogger as OpenID provider

Blogger as OpenID provider: "As we hinted before, we’ve been working on making Blogger an OpenID provider. With our latest Blogger in Draft release, we’ve done just that. You can now use your blog’s URL as an OpenID URL on any website that accepts OpenID 1.1 authentication."

Yay! I've been using this dumb dump blog as a landing page for years. Perfect to use it as a login for the many places that point here ...


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The Forbes Fictional 15

He’s mysterious, he’s innovative, he’s probably a little insane, and he’s rich. According to Forbes Magazine, Mr. Willy Wonka is currently the 13th richest fictional character in the universe, ranking just above Lucius Malfoy. Take that, Slytherin!

Willy Wonka: Billionaire

Check the The Forbes Fictional 15 for more, including Ming!

Free Bothel Visits Webcast

Big Sister is marrying 21st-century technology with the world's oldest profession to profit from the public's appetite for ever-more graphic reality TV. Every move is recorded by more than 50 video cameras mounted everywhere from the toilets to the bed posts.

At Big Sister, about a dozen guests perform on camera each night, and the Web site gets 10,000 to 15,000 hits a day.


Ack! Even more Reality? Sheesh, Cyborgs R Us.


A new McBrew threatens Starbucks

Yet in its efforts to expand and attract less affluent customers over the past couple of years, Starbucks has started to become more like McDonald's -- even as McDonald's, for its part, has been moving upmarket to become more like Starbucks.

Last year Starbucks' share-price fell by 42 percent, making it one of the worst performers on the NASDAQ exchange."

McDonald's has already made smaller forays into the coffee market, and with some success. Last year Consumer Reports, a trade magazine, rated its filter coffee more highly than that offered by Starbucks.

A new McBrew threatens Starbucks

Sheesh, good McCoffee? Next, Starbucks will have food and then it won't even matter what grey water we drink. Oh, they already did?


With friends like these ...

Clearly, Facebook is another uber-capitalist experiment: can you make money out of friendship?

Why on God's earth would I need a computer to connect with the people around me? Why should my relationships be mediated through the imagination of a bunch of supergeeks in California? What was wrong with the pub?

With friends like these ...

True That. Although the pubs around here are full of ubergeeks.


Startup Schwag

Startup Schwag: is a web2.0 startup schwag tshirt of the month club. It’s based on a simple, wonderful idea recently abandoned by RubyRed Labs in San Francisco: Valley Schwag. They shipped Silicon Valley schwag to subscribers every month."

A Barnacle Startup? Are the shirts stamped 'beta'? Certainly a sign of Bust 2.0 ...


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FriendFeed Blog: See popular items from your friends-of-friends

As of today, you will start seeing your friends' comments and "likes" in your own feed.
FriendFeed Blog: See popular items from your friends-of-friends

Ah, a friendly feed. The social feed got three sizes larger that day ...

Why CondeNet Is Banking on Facebook

Why CondeNet Is Banking on Facebook: "Flip.com launched in February as CondeNet's effort to target teen girls with an ambitious social media site. Less than a year later, the digital arm of Conde Nast is reversing course to embrace a distributed media strategy and converting the destination site into a series of applications that will live on social networks, starting with Facebook."

Funny, I didn't figure that flip.com would fly. "Hey, this site would make a great widget".

Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition

it might look like it's all product announcements and good times, but that's far from the truth. In reality, it's a vile clusterfuck of nerds, sluts and suits; a deadly combo.

1. Booth Babes
Are we such simple people? Are we so easy to manipulate that all it takes for us to decide that a product is worth writing about or purchasing are some out-of-work strippers in skimpy outfits handing out 64MB thumb drives? Yes!

2. Gimmicky Booths
Cheesy fake game shows? Yes, that'll make me take your company seriously. Magicians? Wow, I am optimistic about your company's potential in the CE marketplace.

Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition

Oh, yea! Almost makes me want to wander the floor of Macworld with a clipboard and a TV-B-Gone.

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A couple of nights out will do that ...

And yea old greader is stuck at 1000+.

FindMeOn.com : Intellectual Property Announcement

FindMeOn.com Blog: "As one-of the earliest, if not the first, entity dedicated to Social Network Portability, FindMeOn.com pioneered many of the systems, methods, and techniques now common to online identity indexing, standardizing, searching and porting."

Oh, great. In the deadpool and evil to boot. They should at least get the service up if they want to dibs on the obvious.

Strip clubs | The Texas pole tax

Strip clubs | The Texas pole tax | Economist.com: "On January 1st the state's strip clubs began imposing a $5 surcharge for each visitor. The “pole tax,” as it is commonly called, is expected to bring the state an additional $40m in revenue each year."

Ah, I'm afraid that these words have been altered forever for me ...


Facebook Profile

Facebook Profile: "this tool will give users the option to move extra profile boxes to an “extended portion” of their profile. Users can choose to move these boxes; we will recommend that they keep the Friends Box, Mini-Feed, Wall, Basic and Personal Information as well as the top 12 application boxes they have added. At the bottom of the profile will then be a link to “Show Extended Profile”. Any user will be able to expand the profile at any point in time to see all the applications a user has added to their profile."

Whoa, a nice piece of ajaxy goodness. A big yellow 'move stuff' banner turns into a box with recommended moves checked, then the profile rearranges without repainting. No choice to drop the wall into the extended bit, though. Wall seems like an old bit of MySpace lingering on.

Twitter Jobs

Twitter Jobs: "Twitter is seeking a Business Development Manager who is focused on bringing Twitter's potential to mobile and IM operators the world over. You'll be tasked with building and maintaining strategic partner relationships and dedicated to producing results in the form of cost-reduction, localized promotion, and revenue."

Ah! There's a bit about that revenue stream that everyone was going on about a few weeks ago. Never saw anything that came out of the chatter ...

Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES

Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES: "CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn't stop."


So much fun! And here I only turn off the bellowing at sports bars ...

Nick Bradbury: Feed Overload? Hit the Panic Button!

Nick Bradbury: Feed Overload? Hit the Panic Button!: "The 'panic button' in this case is a feature I've added to the next pre-release of FeedDemon 2.6. FeedDemon will automatically detect when you've got a ton of unread items, and then offer to mark them (or a subset of them) as read."

Oh! Nice. I need several of those! I would be great if Google Reader trends would do that and even suggest feeds to drop.


A Taste for Brews That Go to Extremes - New York Times

Many beer lovers are aghast at the creative liberties American brewers are taking with traditional styles, feeling that the bigger-is-better principle is reducing American brewing to the equivalent of a frat party.

To judge for ourselves whether these transgressive beers were simply stretching boundaries in creative ways or were the doomed siblings of cars with tail fins, the tasting panel sampled 25 examples, all from American brewers.

Phil likened the appeal of these beers to the macho allure of hot sauces, which almost dare enthusiasts to try the hottest ones.

A Taste for Brews That Go to Extremes - New York Times

Nice! I'll take my Pliny young, please! Odd selection of beers, guess I'm just spoiled with all of the west coast hop bombs ...

Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale

Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale: "the Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale are dedicated to Journaling, Drinking Good Beer and a Spirtual Way of Life. 'Libertas de Juditium. Unitas per Variantia.'"

Whoa, alternate universe. A beer Moleskine mashup?


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0/803. And they said that it couldn't be done ...



About us - klostu.com: "A Klostu account is also a powerful unified identity which can be used to automatically signup and login effortlessly to any board"

Sheesh, and here that I though that last year was "get out of beta free". I was beta begging for 'super early beta invites' last year around this time.

10 things I hate about your social network

I don’t want to give you my photos. I already have them at flickr. Let me stream them in, avatar and all.
I don’t want to post anything on your wall. It’s lame - I do my blurting at twitter. And pownce.
I don’t want another blog. One and a half is plenty.

It’s time to make the portable bits portable. Focus on people vs users. Presence vs profiles.
Aaron Mentele, Charisma 18 » 10 things I hate about your social network

Heh! Just so. One day they will learn to play well together. They probably just need a time-out ...

Not as punchy as my usual YASN 'about me'.

Why can't social networking sites bother to network with one-another?
Are they that anti-social?

http://hownottoblog.com/index.php/2005/03/18/ (domain gone)

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Dragged some noise (like the BART feed, which is useless) and some postless wonders to the delete folder. We'll see if they fall out ...

XING: Update: No Online Ads On Premium Members’ Profiles

XING: Update: No Online Ads On Premium Members’ Profiles: "Premium Members are exempt from all advertising on the XING platform – both in terms of their own profile page and their general user experience on the XING platform. Basic members will continue to see ad banners on their start page, on profiles of other basic members, the search and search results pages, and other parts of the platform."

Oh! Another goes ad or pay. Livejournal seemed to do well with that model, sort of doubt that Tribe will make a go of it ...

What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You

What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You: "Neuros Technology International, based in Chicago, is providing full documentation of the hardware platform for its recorder, the Neuros OSD (for open source device), so that skilled users can customize or “hack” the device — and then pass along the improvements to others.

Because the OSD saves the recordings in the popular compressed video format MPEG-4, the programs can be watched on a host of devices, including iPods and smartphones.

The OSD has not only open hardware, but also open software: it is based on the Linux operating system."

Nice! They certainly got the jump on Android for TV


social-network-anti-patterns: "Since so many sites seem to use your uploading of your address book as tacit/implied permission to spam all your friends with invites, this will annoy your friends, and make you look foolish."

Ah, quechup! That's what it's called. It gives a flavor to bacn and spam.


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singlism - Double-Tongued Dictionary: "This notion that you can live a full and completely happy life as a single person is so underrecognized that people who feel that way are reluctant to say so"

Singlism is very bit as ugly a word as Quirkyalone. Come on people, put your heads apart and work that OED!


"obiticide" citation from Double-Tongued Dictionary: "the Star did in fact kill a couple of well-known people by mistake, a practice known as “obiticide,” or death by media"

FriendFeed - Account Settings

To make it possible for you to subscribe to your personalized FriendFeed in feed readers, iGoogle, and a number of external sites, we generate a secret key for every user that lets those products get a read-only view of your FriendFeed without knowing your password.
FriendFeed - Account Settings

Ah, and another fine idea.

ashton @ friendfeed


Jaiku's main goal is to bring people closer together by enabling them to share their activity streams.
Jaiku | About Jaiku

Oh! You can subscribe to people and then drop specific feeds. Instead of seeing the twitter and then the copies from pownce, friendfeed, facebook, jaiku, and YAPresence. Now I can see one less! What's a word for an item that you see multiple times in various feeds? It's certainly going to get worse downstream from Google Reader ...

Per account api keys is something that every service should do.

ashnod @ jaiku

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Oh! The paywall for Adweek and Brandweek seem to be gone. Yay! More feeds.

14 American Apparel Models Freed In Daring Midnight Raid

14 American Apparel Models Freed In Daring Midnight Raid: "Acting on information gathered from billboards, alternative weeklies, and Internet banner ads, an FBI strike team liberated 14 dazed, sallow, and undernourished American Apparel models in a raid on the controversial organization's downtown Los Angeles compound early Monday."

Perfect! Every once in a while I'm sitting on the Muni reading the Onion and when I reach the last page, I realize that I've been mooning the grandmother with the sleazy ad on the back page. copyranter's been all up in AA's business ... and we have yet another feed!

darkgate comic slurper

darkgate comic slurper: "The latest strips of your favourite web-comics slurped from the internet."

Best comix feed evar! You don't even have to create Yet Another Account, just pick 'um, grab your feed, and enojoy.


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89/814. It never stops!

Now, about that 1000+ over in greader ... I am enjoying Google Reader trends, though.

Facebook's "Secret Crush" malicious widget

Facebook's "Secret Crush" malicious widget: "Secret Crush appears so far to have infected about three million Facebook users."

'Secret Crush' malicious-code widget tells you someone has a 'Secret Crush' on you, and if you want to find out who it is, you first have to invite five friends to use it by using the Facebook invitation process,"

Instead, Lovet says, the application displays a small iFrame with a download link that will try to infect the user's computer with the Zango spyware software to serve up ads."

Nice! Overdue, I'd say. Facebook's got the viral ...

Who will be the next Open Source Public Enemy #1?

Who will be the next Open Source Public Enemy #1?: "The SCO Group was delisted by NASDAQ. It was the latest bump down for SCO, best-known in recent years for claiming it owned Linux"

Sheesh, I'd forgotten all about sco. Good riddance.

Facebook | US Politics

Facebook | US Politics

ABC / Facebook / Politics. I certainly didn't see that coming. They're even getting good response numbers.

Haute Barnyard

Haute Barnyard - BuzzFeed: "for you foodies out there, it's the phrase that Adam Platt coined for restaurants that only serve food that's in season."

Funny. Surprised that the term so sticky, though. Especially with the food freaks who seem to have small humors, artfully arranged. I'd guess they'd go with "Seasonality" or "Freshies" or the ilk.


Facebook to Scoble: all your data belong to us

Facebook to Scoble: all your data belong to us: "intentionally or unintentionally, celebrity blogger Robert Scoble has put himself right at the center of the data portability issue, and at the same time is helping to expose the fascicle nature of Facebook’s claims of openness."

Great title! The blogging anthill was certainly overturned. For a while there you couldn't get a meme in slantwards. Turns out that Plaxo was scraping Facebook. Sheesh, it wasn't so long ago that Plaxo was spewing bacn. I'd certainly never trust them with any credentials. Seems overdue for a LOLSocial ... Plaxo, Fail!

Ah, luckily captured on this video of 50 hours of Techmeme in 50 seconds.


Airport profilers: They're watching your expressions

Airport profilers: They're watching your expressions:
TSA officials will not reveal specific behaviors identified by the program -- called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Technique) -- that are considered indicators of possible terrorist intent.

"Ordinary people who are feeling anxious are 'much more open with their body movements and their facial expressions as compared to an operational terrorist (thinking) 'I've got to defeat security,' ' Maccario said. 'We're looking for behavior indicators that show a certain level of stress, fear or anxiety above and beyond that shown by an anxious member of the traveling public.'"

Avram Grumer draws a vivid parallel to Orwell's facecrime

Google Reader/Share

Updates from Your Gmail Contacts

Ah! Finally found shared stuff. It used to be on the same page as Google Reader - Shared, but, guess it found a new home when Profiles came along. Still finding it quite odd to have feeds in the reader via chat.

Google Reader - Ashub

Google Share - Ashub

Google New Year's Logo With Easter Egg

Google New Year's Logo With Easter Egg: "there’s a sort of easter egg hidden in the Google-colored confetti at the bottom of the logo. If you look closely, you will notice it reads SYN SYN/ ACK ACK"

Sweet. Plenty of Google Doodles to choose from!

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33/805. Keeping it down!

Re-evaluating Your Online Commitments | 43 Folders

My suggestion for this year addresses a problem I suspect many of the people who read this site have: the sheer number of online commitments—that is, blogs, social networks, message groups, IM accounts, Flickr, Twitter, and any other online time sink that ends with an R—that we try to maintain.

but I knew I had to scale back or else I was going to end up speaking only in 140-character, hyperlinked sentences.

Re-evaluating Your Online Commitments | 43 Folders

Funnee. I just started putting accounts on a reading schedule, maybe I should put some of them on a deathwatch, as well ...

BoardGameGeek Forums

With this extra support, I will definitely be hiring some additional programming and design help. We'll be able to roll out some really great new features, along with a lot of enhancements and fixes that you guys have been suggesting forever.
2007 Support Goal Met! And 2008 Info | BoardGameGeek Forums

Congrats! BBG is a fine social network that continues to improve: have and want lists, geek buddies, rss feeds, and tagging. As well as a ton of content and very active use community.