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Archive for January, 2006

Free Pizza

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Just a reminder for anyone in the Bay Area that there’s an SDForum ETech SIG meeting on Microformats tomorrow night. I’ll be presenting along with Rohit, Tantek, Kevin, Ben and Ernie (I’m replacing Niall, who had a conflict).

The show is from 7-9 PM at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. I’ll be leading off some some introductory material on microformats, to be followed by some more indepth demos from Ernie and Rohit.

Did I mention that there’ll be free (as in beer) pizza?

Update: The talk went well. I did the “intro to microformats” part. Here’s my slides.

Blogging while adult

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Eran has just posted about the recent spate of hateful and immature blogs (examples: shitcrunch, douchebrity, flock sucks, etc.) set out to make fun of all things Web 2.0 (ok, maybe not all, but a lot).

Just to reiterate what Eran says, we didn’t intend, Web2OrNot or The Blog to be mean, but funny and satirical to the point that people realize that some silly things are going on. We stand by everything we write, with every post containing both the name and photo of the author. We have nothing to hide.

I’m afraid, however, that these blogs have taken some degree of inspiration from The Blog, but maybe I’m over-estimating our popularity.

Additionally, it seems that some of the bitterest vitriol is aimed at what appears to be Sillicon Valley insider blogging.

Yeah, so people blog about their friends’ and acquaintences’ companies. They may even be nice to their friends. Is this surprising? Is it wrong?

I really don’t think so. I avoid blogging negatively about my friends because I know I’ll have to own up to it and defend it face to face. Chance are, I’ll get some things wrong and misunderstand something. If I have a negative critique of something a friend is doing, I’ll share it with them privately, so that they have a chance to respond without losing any face. And if a friend’s company is doing something cool, I’ll blog about, ’cause I’m proud of them.

The Internet can be a hateful place, especially when there’s anonymity.

Friends don’t let friends blog anonymously*.

* Exceptions, of course.

Flickr thinks we’re dating

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Soon after Flickr added clustering to their tags, I noticed that my tag had only two clusters: one for San Francisco and a bunch of friends here. My second cluster was just Glenda.

So, just like “Tivo thinks I’m gay,” “Flickr thinks we’re dating.” (we’re not)

Of course, now that I finally got around to blogging this, I’ve gotten a third cluster, this one for “photomatt” and “wordpress.” I have no explanation for this.

You knew it’d happen

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

We all knew it’d happen, now Web 2.0 has hit the porn world, too. There’s now Web 2.0-style Social software for porn. Check out (or don’t, just believe me).

Oh, and it appears the software is open soressource.

(Via Danny)

Extratasty – Drink recipe tagging

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Extratasty, where “you’ll never be sober again,” is a site for drink recipes, which includes tagging.