:: Monday, December 13, 2004 ::
The Gillmor Gang
Podcasting: Downloaded about 350MB of MP3 podcast stuff from IT conversations over the last bit. Mainly The Gillmor Gang - which is made up generally Steve Gillmor, Doc Searls (linux's Journal), Jon Udell (Yankee Group) and other rotating guests. Think of it as a conference call of very knowledgable IT insiders occurring about once a week, and covering on various current Tech events. They get into some deep stuff on movers and shakers trends like Sun, Novell, Microsoft, Gmail Pop3 integration, RSS, eBay, podcasting, revenue models with blogs (yes please!) and much more from a big picture perspective.
Some heavy conversations - not the fluff you would find on CNN in a one minute puff piece, and lots of disagreement from varying perspectives. If it is scripted you can't really tell- except if there is a guest from one company or the other. Like a bunch of very knowlesgable folks in any industry talking shop over lunch. If you are interested in this sort of stuff, go to IT conversations, register for free and give them a listen. Each show is about an hour or so and comes out Friday or Saturday it seems. I was actually happy I got stuck at every light on the way home tonite. :)
Jimmy the Fin
Browser game: A simple yet not so easy to score in game. Only interface is the space bar. How far can you get Jimmy to swim?
NASA administrator O'Keefe resigns.
Space n politics: Aparently he is going to take over the Chancellor's Chair at the Louisiana State University - for a whack load more of cash apparently that his Gov't salary currently gives him. Is this another of the higher level people in the Bush administration to resign? Related? A recent report came out that the Shuttle should be used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. And O'keefe is on record as saying that going forward the only destination for the shuttles- for safety reasons- would be the ISS. ISS and HST travel in different orbits. Going to one does not mean that you can just skip over to the other. It isn't Star Trek level ease of orbial navigation and maneuvering yet. More from CNN.
I think he said screw it and left because his vision of what is safe and what is not wasn't going to be followed, and he didn't want to be in charge in the event of another tragic failure.
Novelty tongues... for Dogs?
Toys and stuff: Go to furlongspetsupply.com and check out the goofy rubber ball chew toy for dogs - with a tongue - that you can buy. Crazy. via BoingBoing
Tablet PC note taking
Geek Alert: I don't move in the circles of people who use tablet PCs to take notes - at school or on the road ( S. do you know anyone at your school that does?) but here is a primer on how to take better notes on one, and how to share the notes. And it's written by the students who use them. Via the Incremental Blogger - who in another post wishes she had skipped MSN Messenger 7 Beta. Beta Beta Beta. that means it is not finished.
Starbucks as software
Misc: on BoingBoing as well, a post on how there are parallels in the way the barristas at a Starbucks counter actually process your orders being similar to the way some software processes your requests. The bigger article they quote doesn't work. I get a connection refused trying to go to eaipatterns.com. Let me know if you get the original post by going there. :)
Hacking Google Suggest
Geek Search Tech: I mentioned yesterday the Google Suggest Beta from the fun folks over at Google Labs. Adam Stiles ( no relations as far as I know to the cute Julia) looks a bit deeper into how this autocomplete feature works.
Blogs: Check out gapingvoid.com for some funny cartoons. Some kinda FarSide WTF? like. Heard of it on the Gillmor Gang's Nov 12th podcast just now.
The Technorati 5 Mill
Blogs: Technorati now tracks 5 million blogs and who links to who.
Physical Activity Calorie burner counter thing.
Eat Geek: I use this as a rough guide to know how many calories I have burned when cycling. It is rough but gives me a good idea of how much more I would need to eat to break even.
:: Mike Wood 01:36 [+] ::