April 30, 2005

Case Study: How Yahoo! Uses Drupal Comments Off

Boxes and Arrows has a case study of how Yahoo! has selected Drupal to use internally.. Choice quote: “Ultimately, we chose Drupal because of its breadth of capabilities, powerful taxonomy, and extensibility.”

“Peace” Activist Punches Woman in the Face Comments Off

As Preckshot pushed the man’s hand away, “he slugged me right in the face,” she says

April 29, 2005

Flickr Architecture Workshop by Cal Henderson Comments Off

Cal Henderson, senior developer of Flickr, is putting on a building enterprise web applications workshop for 40 people in San Francisco on Monday, June 20. The day-long session costs $495.

URL ABC’s Meme Comments Off

Meme’s like this don’t usually interest me, but this one caught my attention and gave me the chance to link to some things you should know about.

A is for Abject Learning – Brian Lamb’s blog.
B is for Bryght – Drink the Kool-Aid baby!
C is for Core77 – Design, design, design.
D is for Del.icio.us – Social bookmarking for the masses.
E is for Electrolicious – The daily affirmations of a word mercenary.
F is for Feedburner – One of those free tools I use many times a day.
G is for Gillianic Tendencies – I can believe some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth!
H is for How To Do Stuff – DIY everything.
I is for IT Conversations – Pretty much my favorite technology podcast.
J is for JustAGwaiLo - Master of nuance.
K is for *reserved*
L is for Lance Tracey- “Reality checks never bounce”.
M is for Mind Of The Photographer – Daily photo philosophy.
N is for Niall Kennedy – Mr Community’s weblog.
O is for Orthodox Anarchist – Mobius throwin’ down in J-town.
P is for PenMachine.com – good Vancouver blog.
Q is for Quiplash – Prairie boy makes good.
R is for Robert Scoble – ‘Cause I’ve been looking for a place to drop his name and ask him when he’s coming back to Vancouver.
S is for Scobleized! – ‘Cause 2 links are better than 1. :P
T is for Troy Angrignon – Adventure capitalist.
U is for UrbanVancouver.com – Vancouver’s citizen journalism project.
V is for VanEats.com – Roland Tanglao’s foodie blog.
W is for WillPate.org – The Canadian Jason Kottke.
X is for Xanga – Darkweb for people with lives.
Y is for Y360! – Everyone talks crap now, but Flickr integration is gonna blow the doors off. Bring it!
Z is for I’m not gonna go out and find some site that starts with a Z just to finish the list. I got nothing here.

Bryght’s Boland Bradcasted! Comments Off

Brad Gibson posted part 1 of an interview with Boris and Roland talking about the Vancouver scene, especially Flickr and the growing recognition of BC as a center of tech innovation in Canada.

April 28, 2005

Shopping Vancouver: 4 Favorites Comments Off

In the last 24 hours I’ve hoofed all over most of downtown Vancouver looking for hot retail and interesting products. This is a great little city with lots to see and do, but being the turbo consumer that I am, my focus was clear. Results after the jump.

Trailer for the Movie Serenity Comments Off

Check out the cool new trailer for a SciFi movie based on the short lived FOX series Firefly. Joss Whedon, creator of the TV series, will be writing and directing the movie

Dan ‘Mobius’ Sieradski Interview Comments Off

Who is Dan? Who is Mobius? You have any other personas we should know about?

Dan and Mobius are interchangable and indistinguishable. Mobius is more or less my stagename. I perform as a DJ and MC and post on the Internet under that alias. I also go by MC Lion Lung and Stinky Wizzleteats on rare occassions.

Dan 'Mobius' Sieradski Interview

Where do you live? How did you end up there?

I currently live in Jerusalem. How I wound up here is a kind of long a complicated story.

I was raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish home until around the age of nine when various determining factors brought my parents to the conclusion that Orthodoxy was no longer their bag. At that point I was placed into public school and had little if any relationship with Judaism up until my bar miztvah, which more or less sealed the coffin shut. In high school I started getting heavy into Buddhism and other schools of eastern mysticism. In my explorations I discovered a guru named Bhagavan Das and came to the conclusion that he’d be my guru and I his initiate and thus sought after this character, in the end coming up short in my quest. Two weeks into my first semester in college, though, guess who came strolling into town?

I went and spent two days in a yoga workshop with Bhagavan Das, but at the end of the workshop approached him: “I grew up in a Jewish home and am very uncomfortable with visualizing and intoning the names of different gods. I really dig this stuff, but I just can’t get past the idolatry.” And he replied, “So go be Jewish. It’s the same exact thing, just a different symbol set.” That was Yom Kippur 1998.

A couple of months later, while working with Students For A Free Tibet I was offered an opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama. After meeting him, I ran into my high school teacher who was my philosophy club advisor, and he said, “Dan, you met the Buddha! You can die now!” And that pretty much ended my exploration into Buddhism.

Create your own Inukshuk! Comments Off

Flash game you can use to stack rocks and make your own Ilanaaq or create a new inukshuk, give it a name, and trademark it. :P Hope these guys don’t get sued the the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee who have copyright the Inuit symbol.

Nokia’s iPod Killer Comments Off

N91 in particular looks like it’s shooting straight for the iPod crown: 4GB hard drive, 3G, global GSM, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, USB mass storage, FM radio and a claimed 12.5 hrs of battery time”

April 27, 2005

Beercasting Mentioned In Newsday Comments Off

Groups get together over drinks and discuss everything from politics to sex, then broadcast their intimate confessions to the world.

Conversation with Vancouver 2010 Logo Designer, Gonzalo Alatorre Comments Off

I also posted this on another blog that I write, 2010.dailyvancouver.com.

If you only read the newspapers and watched the news you may have thought that the 2010 Vancouver Olympics logo was developed solely by Elena Rivera MacGregor, owner and principle of Rivera Design Group who was mentioned several times as the logo’s designer in mainstream coverage of the launch. Today, I had a chance to talk with Gonzalo Alatorre currently of Evolutionary Images and Advertising about his role in the process of developing Ilanaaq, the emblem for the upcoming 2010 Olympic.

Official documents listed Alatorre as the designer, who was an employee of Rivera Design Group at the time of the logo’s development. However, in the days since Imagine 2010 and the logo launch most media outlets have focused their attention on Rivera MacGregor. In fact I’ve seen several whole articles that don’t even mention Alatore’s name. I called Alatorre today to find out what his role in the project was and how he felt about the media’s focus on Elena Rivera as the creator of the emblem.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Logo Designer Gonzalo Alatorre

Gonzalo told me that the concept for the emblem was ‘independently developed’ by both Alatorre and Rivera simultaneously. Alatorre started with some mockups that he ran by Elena who was working with him on the project in the role of Project Manager and Creative Director. Alatorre’s idea was to create an identity that was representative of his experience as an immigrant to Canada with a specific focus on the first few years as he was learning the culture and people. He used the words warm and welcoming to describe the people and attempted to capture that spirit in his work.

He reviewed the designs with Rivera and she said that in principal they synced up with some thoughts she had been working on too and wanted to see if he could work some Haida elements and style into the concepts. Alatorre recalled that specific references to tribes and cultures such as the Haida were prohibited for some reason by the rules of the VANOC emblem design contest and after exploring design in that direction decided not to go that route.

”The media focus on Elena as the designer caught me by surprise. I was not very pleased that the media seemed to be ignoring my name. Especially in the first 3 days after Imagine 2010. But I’ve talked (with her) about it and she’s assured me she’s mentioning my name whenever she has conversations about the design and the process. It’s difficult to control the way the media and press tell a story and I was definitely a little surprised. But I get proper credit because I get to put the work in my portfolio and at the end of the day the people who matter know that I did it. It has become a bit of negative experience since the launch, but the process of developing the logo and having a shot at designing the Olympic logo and winning makes it a good experience and worth it.”

UPDATED: I just got a call from Gonzalo who saw this article today and got in touch to with me to say thanks and to let me know I got one thing wrong. It wasn’t the VANOC rules that prevented the the integration of Haida influence and style into Alatorre’s original concepts, but instead tribal rules that prohibit those who are not of Haida ancestry from working with the sacred Haida designs and symbols. Thanks Gonzalo for the correction, it’s been great talking to you and getting to know you through the process of pulling this together, and I wish you the best!

Web 5.0 Did I miss the Upgrade? Comments Off

“I’ve been seeing references to something called “Web 2.0″ — was there some sort of Internet upgrade while I was sleeping? Am I out of date? (Note for new readers- this is sarcasm) I see folks are aiming to define it precisely.

While I accept, support, participate in the notion that web content as we use/see it is evolving to something more than hand spun HTML static content (a good thing), but what the heck does defining a moving target get you?

Does it mean all of the Web 1.0 is obsolete, like showing up for your high school reunion driving a Yugo? I don’t think attributes define things that cleanly- there are plenty of web content that is static, may have an ampersand in its URL (??), lacks RSS (it is great, but not everything needs it), etc that is still good, valid, interesting content.”

April 26, 2005

Concerning Crops Comments Off

Pesticides are good and/or bad. Organic is good and/or bad. And what about organic pesticides? Maybe organic might not even mean what you think it means. Let’s strap on our pesticide gear and grow something–or die trying!

God is Great, By Which I Mean, Very Very Large Comments Off

I’ve been thinking about transubstantiation, the belief of many branches of Christianity that when you take communion, the bread and wine transform physically into the flesh and blood of Christ. According to the Catholic Church as late as 1965, this is literally true, not just symbolism: the flesh is present, the bread is gone.

So let’s run some numbers.

Firm Opens New Blogistan Embassy Comments Off

Following similar interest from media moguls and PR firms, the consulting firm Issue Dynamics, Inc. “has launched a formal Blogger Relations Practice and a companion website, http://www.bloggerrelations.com.” According to its press release, IDI has already provided “blogger relations” services to “Fortune 50 corporations, national trade associations, advocacy groups and political party committees.” Journalist and blogger Dan Gillmor noted that, “as eWeek reported in February, a subsidiary of the firm issued a report denouncing municipal wireless installations without making clear that big telecom firms, which vehemently oppose municipal wireless systems, are among the firm’s chief funders. … Readers need to know who’s behind the opinions, so they can make better judgments about what – and whom – they can trust.”

A Whole New Interweb? Comments Off

I hate the equation that $1 million in funding == EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES. It’s how you fools lathered yourselves into the last bubble.

If your focus is on the neat technology shoehorned into some idea to make money then you’re going to be up to your ass in sock puppets again.

No WMD’s Found In Iraq (Again) Comments Off

The US CIA has corroborated the conclusions of The Iraq Survey Group, announcing that it had ‘exhausted its search’ for WMD’s in Iraq. But what should be of interest is that no evidence has been found that weapons of mass destruction were officiall

A Guide to the Blogosphere Jargon. Comments Off

A primer from Business Week on geek speak and the language of the blogosphere.

Blogging: A Primer

This 15th-century German devised technology to manufacture books. Gutenberg failed as a businessman and died poor. Yet his printing press, involving movable type, gave birth to mass media — a world in which a handful of publishers can reach audiences of millions. That model is under threat today.

Posting to a blog on the go, from a camera phone or handheld device. These postings can be random or tied to news, such as pictures of the iPod Shuffle when it was launched at Apple Computer’s MacWorld, or the birth of a baby.

Video blogging, where individuals and companies post video diaries online, began to take off last year. The trend is spurring the revival of online video distribution, the use of vlogs to sell ads, and the designing of corporate blog sites. Microsoft’s Channel 9 video blog, set up in April, helps the company communicate directly with its all-important developer community.

The nascent technology allows individuals to create their own radio shows and deliver them automatically over the Web. They can be played on computers or any mobile devices, such as the iPod (hence the name). Although they were created by bloggers and propagated by the blogosphere, the Establishment is jumping in. In April, Paris Hilton announced she would do podcasts promoting her new movie, House of Wax.

Really Simple Syndication is a snappy way to track blogs. Individuals sign up to have updates sent automatically to their computers, making it convenient to follow blogs. Around 6 million people, or 5% of the U.S. online audience, use RSS, according to a Pew survey. Companies such as Yahoo! and Associated Press are adopting RSS to keep audiences loyal and to attract new users.

An expression used when someone loses a job because of blogging. This happened to flight attendant Ellen Simonetti at Delta Air Lines. Firings can occur when a company finds an employee’s post questionable or too revealing about sensitive data. Where does the name come from? Heather Armstrong, who lost her job because her Web site, dooce.com, included stinging satire of her former employer.

Eyewitness or investigative reporting by a blogger adds new insight to events not covered by traditional media. Examples: Early personal accounts of the tsunami in December or digging into the authenticity of memos used by CBS’s Dan Rather in his report on President Bush’s National Guard duty.

Any publication, radio station, or TV news channel that doesn’t recognize the power shift created by the blogosphere and doesn’t adopt blogging. The MSM are derided by bloggers for lecturing and adhering to what they call false objectivity.

Fake blogs created by corporate marketing departments to promote a service, product, or brand. The flog’s writer often uses a fake name. Derided by bloggers, fake blogs are an increasing trend. McDonald’s created a flog to accompany its Super Bowl ad about the mock discovery of a french fry shaped like Lincoln, while Captain Morgan created a fake blog in March for its Rum drinks.

This nonprofit has devised a copyright system that allows creators to be more flexible in allowing others to use their works. This is important in the grassroots blogging world, since it encourages people to publish video, podcasts, and photos online that others can add to their blogs. Online photo service Flickr, co-founded by Caterina Fake, encourages subscribers to share photos using the Creative Commons licenses.

Unlike bloggers who simply put a banner ad on their site, paid bloggers write about a product or issue. This has created controversy about whether bloggers need to disclose that they are being paid and whether the practice damages their credibility. Upstart Marqui paid 20 bloggers $800 a month for three months to promote its Web marketing services, while Republicans and Democrats paid three bloggers during the recent elections.

Blogs devoted to extremely niche topics. When Lockhart Steele started a blog chronicling restaurant openings and new building construction in his rapidly changing neighborhood on New York’s Lower East Side, he quickly found an audience — and advertisers, including the New York Times real estate section.

PODCAST: Jeff Tweedy and Lawrence Lessig’s “Who Owns Culture?” Comments Off

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and professor Lawrence Lessig talk music, remixing, artistic freedom and the law.

When Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy finally took his seat onstage at the New York Public Library, his attire contrasted sharply with Stanford professor and intellectual property lawyer, Lawrence Lessig. One wore scuffed work boots and a beaten-up windbreaker while the other selected a suit jacket and shined leather shoes. These two don’t hang out in the same neighborhood – that much was clear. Despite their disparate careers and backgrounds, the two have cultivated similar ideas on the Internet, downloading, and artistic freedom.

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