The other day I was getting a haircut. Making small talk (it was a $15 haircut) she asks... Barber: So are you going back to work after this? Me: Sort of. I work from home. Barber: Oh, that's cool. What do you do? Me: Me and my wife make videos, in our basement. Well, I should say that we get paid to make videos. Barber: Me: We have a little studio at home and we make short videos for businesses. Barber: Oh, THAT kind of videos. I hear ya. Me: No, no, no. Not THAT kind I swear. Our... Continue Reading
If nothing else, our videos have increased the number of phone conversations we have with seemingly random people. We recently had a rather bizarre conversation with Limelight Networks that still makes me chuckle. First, a bit about Limelight. They own a network that enables them to handle/distribute huge amounts of information on the Internet - videos, audio, rich media, etc. They provide a backbone for delivering media on the Web. They contacted us because we're making videos. Our rep "... Continue Reading
Ratings, reputation, recommendations, etc. all have problems when it comes to trying to discover the most accurate/helpful/interesting/compelling content. One of the biggest problems is "gaming" which means working to produce results that diverge from the results the system was designed to produce. Well, it appears that some are on a mission to game American Idol and actually try to enable one of the lesser-talented performers to, as the BBC reports win the whole thing. Enter: Sunjaya. Now,... Continue Reading
John McCain's campaign recently created a MySpace page and made a few mistakes along the way. They used Mike Davidson's (the co-founder of Newsvine) design template (without credit) and even images from Mike's server. When Mike discovered this, he switched out an image as a prank. Hilarious.
Alex, Rob and the folks at Social Signal in Canada put together this funny little Web 2.0 love letter. You can send it to someone from their Valentine page. An excerpt...
I really enjoyed reading the BBC interview with Tim Berners-Lee. But, I was in awe at how Mark Lawson kept trying to get him to say that he felt responsible for the bad elements of the web... But do you feel responsible? You say humanity will do whatever it does with it, do you feel responsible for what happens? You must reflect though on the law of unintended consequences because it wasn't remotely ever your intention when you started on this that so much of the web would be given over to... Continue Reading
I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there are some shameless 43 Things copy-cat sites popping up internationally. Check out Aimido, which is not bashful about adopting almost the exact same look and functionality as 43 Things. Wow, they even have management and advisors. To me, this says: â€œHere are the people who couldnâ€™t find anything better to do than rip off an existing siteâ€??. They look so respectable too, except maybe Harald. Iâ€™d like to know exactly... Continue Reading
Chris pointed me to the Family Guy Blog and my first thought was, oh man, this may suck. The Family Guy is such a clever and painfully funny show, I had low expectations for how it would translate to the blog world. Would it be Stewie's character? Would it be another crappy character blog? From what I've seen so far, they've done it right. I'm impressed. In Channel 9 fashion, the blog offers a view into the production of the show and the people behind it. It has RSS, comments and all.... Continue Reading
If you havenâ€™t noticed, lots of new frankenwords are making their way through the online lexicon. Napster was one of the originals, prompting a number of new names like Friendster, Feedster and Dogster. Now weâ€™re seeing the proliferation of new words based on Podcasting. Some that Iâ€™ve seen are Beercasts (credit to Greg Narain), Snapcasts (credit to Jake McKee), blogcasts (credit to Jeff Jarvis) and pocketcasting. Maybe soon weâ€™ll see a new social network of podcasters: podster.... Continue Reading
Last night Sachiko and I were talking about monthly bills and what we could do without. Cable/Satellite? Perhaps gladly. Land line? Not a problem. Cell phones? We could live. Internet access? Never. It was funny to me to think of the resources I grew up using and how, just over 7-8 years, Internet access has become one of the absolute must-haves. I could not imagine a world without it. Actually, I can barely imagine a world without wireless high speed access.