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Microblog Search

February 2, 2009

Just stumbled across this. Thought it was very worth and I will now be adding this to by toolbox of useful gizmos.

Are there any other good apps for monitoring microblogs?


2008: My Top 10

December 28, 2008

With the close of the year, I thought it best to recount my top 10 list. This isn’t specific to any particular genre or idea; it’s just a list of 10 things that I deemed influential/interesting/useful in my life over the past 12 months.

10. Hobie 20 North American Championships

When I'm around, sailboats often become failboats

When I’m around, sailboats often become failboats

June 3-7th, I was in Yankton, SD for the 2008 Hobie 20 Sailing Championships. Hobie 20’s are like the formula 1 racecars of the Hobie Catamaran world. We had every wind type imaginable and a giant thunderstorm that ripped a hole in our sail and demasted a few other boats. Thanks to Dave Rice for putting that whole show together and getting me on a boat.

More, less depressing pictures and details can be found here.

9. This Grill

Char-Broil Uber Mega Grill

Char-Broil Uber Mega Grill

50,000 BTUs of Duel Fuel Power; Char-Broil’s finest BBQin’ technology with side burner and electric rapid fire ignition. That was a little happy birthday me present in June.

7. FAIL Blog

Whenever life gets you down, go check out what’s going on at the FAIL Blog. Chances are, there is someone who has failed bigger than you, or at least before you did.

6. New Digs


Not much of a story here, just a new place to live. Thanks Craig (and Brandon and Ace).

5. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

This was going to be entitled “The Nightman Cometh” but then I remembered “The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis” and “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell” and “Who Pooped the Bed” and holy moley you gotta watch this stuff.

5. The Rediscovery of Twitter

I signed up for Twitter quite a while ago but didn’t have much use for it. Now that I have a group of friends on it, I can keep my thumb on them. It’s good interaction with some of my favorite brands too. Now if only Puma would start doing something cool like Comcast.

4. The Dark Knight

I’m a movie guy, so naturally, I liked The Dark Knight. But what was really cool was seeing the movie at midnight on opening night with a bunch of die hard fans. Go see the next big movie opening just to see the crowd react. The marketing was also pretty cool and worth a second look.

3. Netflix/XBOX Integration

I’m a techno early adopter and I usually end up getting burned; 2.o is always better than 1.0, but I’m glad I jumped on this one early. For the first time, I have started to consider cutting cable altogether. If only they would add The West Wing to instant que and live sports.

2. Bought a Sailboat


Need a little wind here...

I’ve spent a lot of money on a lot of stupid things so far, but this was the best $1,500 I’ve ever spent. Plus, I can now say that I am a member of a yacht club.  Although, that doesn’t garner the respect I thought it would.

1. The Chip Video


New News Part 2

October 6, 2008

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting point here about the article no longer being the building block of news information. He believes topics could dethrone articles. On topics:

“…I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something”

I agree- It could operate as a sort of google search in reverse. Rather than a clean slate search, publishers find an issue and see where they can build outward, evolve the topic or point of view. The bigger idea is a story is never told and concluded, it changes and grows based on the interest of the reader. After all we know things are changing.

They call me the Levinator…

August 27, 2008

This was really cool, EA posted a video response to a game glitch in Tiger Woods 2009. What an awesome way to build on user generated content.

Article Here

Facebook, last one

June 23, 2008

While I’m on the subject, it’d be nice if they could use all that juicy personal information to hit me with ads based on more than just my relationship status.


June 19, 2008

“Communication, like water follows the path of least resistance.” ~Diane Krajicek

The Way Things Were and New News

June 16, 2008

This is cool. The way stories are disseminated and digested has changed. I never thought of it this way, but once something gets posted, it takes on organic characteristics. It doesn’t matter when or where it came from, the information continues to grow and change.

In the past, a writer would research a topic, it would be published, digested, possibly discussed over a cup of coffee, and then we would move on. Not to reinvent any charts, but the process was very linear and finite.

Info Search ==> Format Information ==> Publish ==> Digest ==> Discard.

Now things are rediscovered, cross-linked to anything, caught on mid stream:


(re)mix, (re)link, (re)organize



This is cool too.

My biggest takeaway is with increased access to information, people will gravitate to what is interesting rather than accessible. Popularity can increase independent or devoid of promotion, recency or location.

mmmm, relevence

April 23, 2008

TNS randomly selected 1,015 nationally representative adults in the US “whose households belong to TNS’s online consumer panel” for its survey. 72 percent of those surveyed said that they find online advertising annoying when the ads are not relevant to their needs, and 87 percent of the group said that under a quarter of ads are well-targeted towards them. 58 percent said that zero to 10 percent of ads are well-targeted.

This attitude presents a conundrum for advertisers, who are simultaneously being told that consumers want to see more relevant ads but don’t want to have their activities tracked in order to make those ads relevant.

…but Brawndo, it’s got electrolytes. It’s what plants crave.

the rest found here

The Record Industry Revisited

April 1, 2008

Have album’s become irrelevant? This is an interesting extension on that last post. If you ask me, I don’t think albums are irrelevant, they just are no longer as static as they used to be. Albums were created because there was no format that could reasonably deliver individual songs and they gave you something more tangible to promote around.

Now, with the interweb and itunes,there are no format constraints and promotion is easy as pie.

That leads to some questions:

What value can Record labels add by organizing albums differently?

Look at the cool information Pandora is gathering for the Music Genome Project and how iTunes lets you browse playlists. Albums should be looked at as a way to add value through organizing information rather than a packaged product.

What if you could buy/subscribe to an “Album” and you would receive update/new songs for free?

This could be cool- almost a new music BitTorrent. People access to new music before it reached mainstream.

What if artists were signed on a song to song basis?

It would be up to them to promote themselves and based on the number of song downloads or feedback, the Record company would agree to sign them for a new song (they could also gather feedback on what their next tracks could be).

The head scratcher is what to do with the equity in already recorded music. Oh well, something for another day.

The Record Industry

March 25, 2008

I’ve been thinking the recording industry. Everyone seems to agree that they are doomed. I read somewhere they might finally give up suing teenagers as a revenue stream.

Then I thought of American Idol and both the popularity and success they have achieved. They have the perfect model that record labels should follow.  Musicians can for the most part, handle most of the recording and promotion duties once handled by major labels and even offer it for free BigHeadTodd or make their own profit NIN. The value Idol brings (and labels should provide) is that they give people the ability to shape and build what they want to hear.

Wouldn’t it be cool if labels put all demo tapes up on the web, and allowed people to vote on which artists to sign? I wonder what other ways labels could facilitate this interaction.

In other news, as an avid music downloader, I have recently snagged all 3.5 gigs of SXSW music for free. I haven’t been able to spend quality time with it yet, but I have been amazed by some of the jewels I found.