Josh Mack blogging at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, and occasionally on; bicycles, politics, Brooklyn, parenting, crafts, and good reading. Currently helping to build a new NYC neighborhood news site - nearsay.com, that celebrates the voices that make our city. Subscribe to the daily newsletter it gives you what you need to know.
Trulia has just launched their NY listings. The seem to already cover a lot of the country but NY doesn't have shared lsitings so they are culling from different brokerages. Google maps, multiple ways to search it is a big thing for NYers (via Curbed)
So I'm re-reading Fahrenheit 451 right now. Originally published in 1953, it is much more current today than when I read it in high school. Though I don't love the writing, it is making me pretty cranky and so is achieving its purpose. Maybe next I'll read 1984...
Is sisterwoman really the best name they could come up with?
And speaking of names what is with the spate of ajax home pages - who is naming these? From techcrunch: Eskobo, favoor, Goowy (Flash, not Ajax), Pageflakes, Protopage, Wrickr.
Billmonk is a new service that lets you track debts between friends and groups. I could see how this could help manage vacation spending, a night out etc. Ties in with cellphones (another reason I will soon be making a new purchase). By a team out of amazon.com. Amazon is spawning some great teams of programmers just as DE Shaw did when it hired Bezos.
Esty.com - Saw this on caterina's blog. Very cool new craft marketplace. Uses tags to connect buyers and sellers - you can search out materials etc. you can also request things that might get made by a craftsperson. Including these really nice bicycling buttons.
The Coming Tug of War over the Internet - Wash. Post article about phone companies and the possibility of their making companies pay for speed and connections to consumers. (via TalkingPointsMemo.org
Nice social bill reminder to keep track of debtsbetween friend,groups,etc. Handy when a group goes out to dinner and someone doesn't bring enough money. Web and mobile. I'd like a service that combines this with a list of book that I lend to people. (via TechCrunch)
Wall Street Journal article about Amazon and Toys-R-Us and the disintegration of their partnership. Read this in print but see it is one of the most popular articles of the day.
NYT article on young millenials and their media tastes. It stars a co-worker Karell Roxas who edits Gurl.com. She kept a media log for the reporter that doesn't bode well for book or magazine publishers or tv broadcasters.
About a month ago I put Sitemeter on my site. typepad gives reports but they don't archive or get into the fun referrer things like the fact that someone actually used ask Jeeves "why can't i buy grade b maple syrup in NY state." and right on the top of the results was a post of mine about the park slope coop produce blog. Cool. I can say also sadly report that too many links go to my sudoko post.
This morning, my wife asked me - king of all things Internet related in my household (a poor country) - if I knew what a Yahoo Web Beacon was? I didn't but given Yahoo's probable possible cooperation with a Gov't subpoena to turn over records more people should. I've been dealing with privacy policies lately but this is really buried, plus the Yahoo user needs to opt-out on each machine. More noise needs to be made about this, is it toolbar driven or from other download? A quick search shows a May 8, 2005 article on about.com in their anti-virus guide channel but no mention in the top results from any other news sources. Clicking on "news" in the Google search only brings up a link to something out of North Carolina called the Conservative Voice. Where is the noise considering yesterday's story about Google resisting the subpoena? On the positive side, my wife heard about it from a friend who heard about it from her mother somewhere in the Midwest so Yahoo users must be on to it and from my recent experiences with a community I manage news travels fast. Below is the Yahoo policy describing web beacons.
Web pages may contain an electronic file called a web beacon, that allows a web site to count users who have visited that page or to access certain cookies. Yahoo! uses web beacons in the following ways:
Within the Yahoo! Network
Yahoo! uses web beacons within the Yahoo! network of web sites in order to count users and to recognize users by accessing Yahoo! cookies.
Being able to access Yahoo! cookies allows us to personalize your experience when you visit Yahoo! web sites that are located both on and off of the yahoo.com domain. For example, Yahoo! GeoCities pages are mostly located on the geocities.com domain.
Outside the Yahoo! Network
Yahoo! uses web beacons to conduct research on behalf of certain partners on their web sites and also for auditing purposes.
Information recorded through these web beacons is used to report aggregate information about Yahoo! users to our partners. This aggregate information may include demographic and usage information. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with partners from this research.
When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners to disclose the presence of these web beacons on their pages in their privacy policies and state what choices are available to users regarding the collection and use of this information. You may choose to opt-out of Yahoo! using this information for this research. Please click here to opt-out.
Note: This opt-out applies to a specific browser rather than a specific user. Therefore you will have to opt-out separately from each computer or browser that you use.
I don't actually knit but I am very interested in the knitting communities online, there are an enormous number of knitting bloggers, there are hipster knitting sites, classic yarn sites, men who knit, queer knitters, etc. It seems to be a giant computer literate group of people. Makezone has a link to a meme of knitters who are all signing up to do a project from the start of the olympics to the end. Anyone who finishes gets to put a knit olympic rings on their site.
I have a little experiment going on at Joshuamack.com where I've installed my flickr feed, my del.icio.us links and my del.icio.us tag cloud. They update themselves. It took me about ten mintues to pull it together. In many ways it is like the beginning of a Yahoo profile page since the services are all owned by them.
Went to see a bike racer friend of mine ride in some roller races at the Brooklyn Brewery. Visions of "le triplets de Belleville" as they rode four abreast with a giant wheel behind them marking their distance. The winner was a member of the national pursuit team and must have been going about 60 miles an hour in the finals. He didn't seem all that winded. Can't wait to get back on my bike.
At the invitation of Sen Barr of Georgia Gore gives a great speech. Transcript here.. Then the white House calls him a hypocrite, then Gore responds. It can be read at rawstory.com
Over the weekend I bought a copy of McSweeny's because it included a new DVD magazine quarterly called Wholphin. It contained a 13 minute documentary by Spike Jonze of Gore during the 200 election. I really hope that this speech is an opening salvo in a run for office as Huffington suggests.
In 1999 a company called Blink had a shared bookemarking service, over a million users, and 13 millions in the bank. Why id it fail and del.icio.us suceed. The founder Ari Paparo has posted an essay about some of the things that went wrong in their product development and their assumptions. Really valuable for anyone building new apps. (via Anil Dash)
Turnhere.com looks like a well funded new startup aimed at local video but with a strong neighborhood tour and home tour angle. There is a tour of East Hollywood and also one of the penthouse apartment in the Piano Building in NY. Yahoo mapping is one way to navigate.