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Texas souvenirs

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

I came back from this year’s SXSW Interactive conference with a little something extra: some sort of bug that’s knocked me out of commission for the past day or two. But I’m not the only one who came home sick, and it’s comforting in a strange way to still feel like part of that community of exceptional people even now that I’m so far away, all of us sniffling and coughing together. (And every time I take a swig of NyQuil, I think of Rannie.)

When everything’s said and done and the hacking coughs have stopped, it’s the experiences from the conference that we’ll keep with us, time spent in the company of some pretty great people. It was energizing being surrounded by so many ideas and so much passion. Others have mentioned, though, that they might not have felt as connected as they would have liked, and I definitely experienced that at times.

The reason I’m writing this is, as much as anything else, to remind myself not to take opportunities like that for granted. I felt like I knew so many of the attendees after reading the parts of their lives they chose to share with the rest of us through their websites, but I didn’t introduce myself—maybe it was shyness, or maybe the opportunity just didn’t present itself. I know now that I might not get a second chance, a reality made painfully clear to me by the untimely demise of the Amazing Beard-o-Meter.

I felt like I knew that beard, having watched it grow day-by-day, week-by-week over the past several months. But I never let it know what it meant to me, and now it’s gone. There might be another beard next year, but it surely won’t be the same. Just being around the beard was somehow comforting, but now that it’s gone I wonder if I couldn’t have done more to let it know how I felt. To the rest of the SXSWi crowd, the people Cory Doctorow described as “my tribe,” I have a quick message: be careful around razors, and I hope to see you all again next year.

A Prairie Home .Com panion

Monday, March 10th, 2003

I never really liked A Prairie Home Companion on public radio. I tried to like it. But, it never worked out for me. It’s not funny. Some of the music is ok. For the most part though, I find it rather dull.

But now, there is Fray Cafe. Words, music, laughter and ideas really come home at a Fray event. Here’s to Derek Powazek, for being the new Garrison Keillor.

Special attraction

Monday, March 10th, 2003

Lunch is nice, but John Freyer is nicer. The author of “All My Life For Sale” will be featured in a special day stage presentation at the SXSW tradeshow today at 12:30pm. Give the chips and salsa a break until later this afternoon, grab a PowerBar and come listen to the stories John has to tell about how he sold everything he owned on eBay.


Sunday, February 16th, 2003

Google buys Blogger. Some early reaction echoes some of the questions I had when I saw this story, particularly: is this a good fit? (And moreso.)

The greatest film in the world

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

Tenacious D will soon star in a major motion picture from New Line Cinema which will explore the origins of the greatest band on earth. This is sure to be epic stuff—I just hope it doesn’t suffer the same fate as Bob and David’s Run Ronnie Run, also a New Line production.

Now shipping

Tuesday, February 11th, 2003

NetNewsWire is out of beta, and version 1.0 is available for download from the Ranchero Software site. Take it for a spin—the download is a fully-functioning demo—but be warned: once you start using this RSS news reader with built-in weblog editor, you’ll wonder how you functioned without it.


Friday, February 7th, 2003

Homeland Security Advisory SystemAs part of our continued effort to keep up with Sec. Tom Ridge and Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s homeland fashion makeover, this site again sports an “orange” background.

High is just so much more appropriate than Elevated when it’s time to get your war on.

Welcome to the Jungle

Monday, January 20th, 2003

WelcomeJust noticed an agent-sniffing script on Apple’s home page that serves up a different header graphic for Safari users. I guess it’s not particularly interesting… and it’s very simple [if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Safari') != -1)]. With more than 1 million downloads so far, though, there must be plenty of people seeing that welcome message.

Trash talk dot com

Wednesday, January 15th, 2003

He's hungry!
No love lost.
If this has been done before, I haven’t seen it: The Philadelphia Daily News has stirred things up a little more between the Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by creating a parody of loudmouth Warren Sapp’s official website. Alluding to the size of the defensive player’s gut as well as his mouth, the News staff modified the original and came up with the more appropriate Good for a chuckle.

Not to be outdone, the Bucs got in on the war of words on their own site, posting a Flash splash screen (people still do that?) which claims “Losing is for the Birds.” Um, ok guys. Just put the pads on.


Tuesday, December 31st, 2002

It’s Over.

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