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Archive for August, 2006

I’m a Star

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Just posted, an interview of several Technorati-ers, including me: Behind the Scenes at Technorati.

Back in June, a podcast (audio) on Microformats, hResume in particular: Weblogs Worknotes: hResume

Earlier this month, another audio podcast on Microformats: Jakso 2: Mikroformaatit (there’s a Finnish intro, but the interview’s in English).

But the one I’m most proud of: CNet TV documenting the Snakes on a Plane Opening Night Crazies.

Last First Day of School

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

My 19 year journey, leading from kindergarten at William Southern Elementary School in Independence, Missouri through to Masters’ studies at the University of San Francisco is on its last leg.

Today I had the first class of what should be my last semester. I’m amost done. I’m almost a master. You will be calling me Master Ryan.

Anway, I’m taking two interesting, if different courses– Human Computer Interaction and Parallel and Distributed Computing. Two ends of the spectrum in my degree, but both interesting.

The French Kicks & Company

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

I went out to see The French Kicks play last night at Cafe du Nord.

First, the openers.

What Made Milwaukee Famous (who’re from Austin, Texas, not Milwaukee), played some fun indie rock. The second half of their set was definitely more enjoyable than the first. I also think they were more enjoyable when they were playing dancey, poppy tunes rather than the dark, more arty sounding stuff.

I’d first heard about WMWF from Good Hodgkins and have been looking forward to seeing them ever since.

Matt and Kim were up next (check out their space).

What can I say about them? They’re a two person band, Matt playing a Yamaha synth (what kind was it, Buzz?) and Kim playing the drums. Kim’s kit was pretty stripped down– snare, kick, a tom, ride cymbal and a tambourine. The lack of a high hat was awkward. But, I don’t think it mattered to Kim. I think she just wanted to pound on the big tom and snare.

More important than their simplistic instrumentation was their energy. They really seemed to be enjoying every moment of the show. Kim would especially light up every time she threw down a tricky sequence.

Next up were The French Kicks.

I almost didn’t go to this show. I’d seen the French Kicks a few months ago, opening for The Futureheads and was somewhat disappointed. I like their records, but their live performance at The Fillmore was somewhat lacking in stage presence.

I decided to give them another chance. Maybe a smaller venue would be better?. I was still somewhat disappointed.

If you haven’t heard their music, they sound somewhat like The Walkmen (their space), but more straight-forward musically (where The Walkmen can be quite creative in how they produce their sound) and with a lot less stage presence. Where The Walkmen’s front-man Hamilton Leithauser captivates, The French Kicks’ front-man (whose name I can’t seem to find) ambles about, seemingly oblivious to the crowd. In Willo’s words, “too cool for school.” I agree.

Overall, though. an enjoyable show.

Review on a Blog

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The suspense is over. I saw Snakes on a Plane last night.

It was good. It was what I expected– cheesy, over the top and plot-less

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Snakes on a Plane, the Horror!

Also, being there with 23 of my closest friends helped to make the experience enjoyable (some pictured here. missing were Shayla, Josh, Andy, Nadya, Jeff and some others who I can’t remember right now). The flasks of licquor and bottles of beer were nice, too.

I give the movie a 9 out of 10.

Also, as we were waiting in line, a CNET video podcast was filming. Check out the video over on their site (what? I can’t embed it here? boooo!!). Make sure and watch all the way through, or at least until you see a familiar face. ahem

As a sidenote, I think this officially makes me Series of Tubes famous!

(By the way, this is an hReview.)

ETFW

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Tantek and I were just chatting about the microformats Dot Org wiki and how people are sometimes seem a bit reluctant to sign in and edit it.

  1. Tantek Çelik yeah, he asked for folks to review his S5 preso in irc
  2. ryan king cool
  3. Tantek Çelik and i asked him to add his upcoming event with details to the wiki :)
  4. Tantek Çelik and he was like, really, i can do that?
  5. ryan king ETFW
  6. Tantek Çelik it’s pretty funny how people feel like they have to ask permission
  7. ryan king Edit the Fucking Wiki
  8. Tantek Çelik lol

Wiki’s are made to be edited. If you have something to add, add it. If you have something to fix, fix it. If the admins of the wiki decide that your contribution is not wanted or needed, they can always revert it, but that rarely happens.