Archive for October, 2005

Appcasting

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

RSS for application updates. ??????????????????

Moleskine and Fisher

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

I’ve recently become infected. Infected with enthusiasm for the Moleskine and a good pen. Merlin Mann’s 43Folders is on the browser daily now. So are a few interesting Moleskine hacks I keep coming back too, like Mike Shea’s here.

Go on, check em out.

And while you’re at it, pick up a Fisher Space Pen. I just got the Bullet and love it. Compact, disappears in your pocket, and feels great in the hand. Carry this with you and you’re always armed.

How to design a Game in 7 Days

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Very cool article on how to make a killer game in a week. But it’s not really about that. It’s about how to harness creativity, how to iterate, how to take risks.

It’s sounds all common sense and basic listing it like that. Uh-uh. Read this article. This one’s good.

Check out these gems:

Embrace the possibility of failure
Enforce Short Development Cycles
Constrain Creativity
Develop in Parallel

Man, great stuff here.

The Speaker of the House’s… Blog?!

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Found this one online tonight: on a busy political newsnight with the CIA leak case about to break and Harriet Miers withdrawing her Court nomination, Dennis Hastert, the Speaker of the House, is kicking off a blog.

What’s so interesting about that?

It signals yet a further move mainstream in this democratizing medium. I’d be the first one to agree with many skeptics that blogging takes time (look how few and far between my postings are, sadly). And sure, the Speaker’s blog doesn’t look all that different than the other things politicians have been putting on their websites. But despite the hassle factor of actually having to write things down, despite the easy skepticism some have about how “most people won’t take time to write,” the depth and breadth in personal publishing over the past few years signal something fundamental:

We want to communicate person-to-person, in our own voices. We want to speak, and we want to be heard.

Welcome aboard, Mister Speaker. I hope you post more often than I do.

Great article about blogging styles

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Joi Ito keeps the good stuff coming. This time: a great article offering advice on blogging style. “Early and often”. “Take a viewpoint.” “Assume ignorance.”

OPML Weblog

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

With recent news about Dave Winer’s sale of weblogs.com to Verisign, I started digging around again about OPML. Since I checked last, there’s a Mac version of his free OPML editor, so I downloaded it and have been playing with it while the family’s sleeping.

Since it comes with a blog on Dave’s OPML.org, I’m live. Check it out – authored entirely in OPML.

Web 2.0 Brilliance: trulia

Friday, October 7th, 2005

If there is any doubt that something unique is going on with “Web 2.0″, sites like trulia should dispel that doubt. It was one thing to have the simple elegance of Google Maps, but this mashup is pretty sweet. Check out Encinitas, CA, for instance.

WSJ: Apple to unveil Video iPod?

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

This morning’s Wall Street Journal includes an article claiming Apple might release a video iPod next week. Earlier, the Journal reported Apple had started discussions with record companies about selling music videos for $1.99.

Some podcasters have been using the podcasting feature in iTunes and the podcast directory to distribute videos, but they have largely included only instructional videos.

It will be interesting to see if Apple goes this route, since what might follow is distribution of other sorts of video content — not just music videos.