July 31, 2008
Michael Wesch's Anthropological Introduction to YouTube — highly recommended viewing from the creator of The Machine Is Us/ing Us (via)
YouTube introduces text search for political videos — their speech-to-text transcription gets a public trial in limited fashion on their You Choose section (via)
Librarian responds to complaint about "Uncle Bobby's Wedding" — incredibly thoughtful and well-reasoned defense of a mildly controversial children’s book (via)
Deerhoof releases new single as sheet music, asks people to record their versions — Matthew Walker’s cover is fantastic; Lucas Gonze contributed a MIDI score and guitar tab to work with (via)
Caterina Fake joins Hunch.com as CPO — stealthy startup I’d keep a close eye on
Speed Racer Video Mosaic — every frame of the video is composed of hundreds of individual thumbnails
Diesel Sweeties leaves unprofitable print syndication, back to web-only — Lore Sjoberg interviews R. Stevens about the switch (via)
Don Hodges explains how to control the barrels in Donkey Kong — I’ve linked to his kill screen work before; someone get this guy an RSS feed! (via)
Candid Camera-style show sends "Ugly Americans" to Parisian cafes, records results — the locals were extremely tolerant and were only chastised by other Americans (via)
Amazon redesigns Mechanical Turk with web-based creation tools — creating HITs now requires no programming; just pick a template and upload a CSV with the values
OSCON in 37 minutes — 45 presenters summarize their talks in 30 seconds; I’d love to see this before every conference
Waiter Rant reveals his identity on eve of book tour — NY Mag identified the restaurant, saying he worked there for six years (via)
Derek Powazek's 10 Ways Newspapers Can Improve Comments — solid suggestions that would lead to a massive short-term decrease in comments, for the better
Metafilter on the end of Wired Magazine's Found column — almost uniformly goofy, I’ll still miss it
LA Times on Sean Tevis' XKCD-inspired fundraising comic — he hit his goal in 24 hours and raised a staggering $95k in two weeks, 8 times his old-guard opponent
Innocent People Should Never Talk to the Police — funny, even the cop agrees with this one
Waverly Flams and the Magic Pants — “I’m a God! I have breathed life into my pants!”
GOOD Magazine on "vampire energy," power consumed in standby mode — not surprisingly, plasma TVs, computers, and game consoles are the worst (via)
Internal Apple video from 1987 predicts the year 1997, with tongue in cheek — cameos from Woz and Scully; don’t miss the “Vista Mac” at 2:20 and the stock chart at 6:02 (via)
NYT's roundup of home electricity monitoring tech — isn’t it against the utilities’ best interest to provide tools to monitor and reduce usage?
College Humor's montage of top 10 eye-gouging scenes — from King Lear to Blade Runner (via)
It's 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future — selections from a vintage IBM sales presentation; I want a t-shirt of several of these slides (via)
Charles & Ray Eames' "A Computer Glossary" from 1968 — charming animated primer on computers for IBM, music by Elmer Bernstein (via)
Mondo 2000's RU Sirius banned from Facebook for using a pseudonym — shouldn’t they make an exception for people known primarily by their aliases, like Frank Black or Jello Biafra?
Journey's new album released on a pre-loaded, branded MP3 player — with 11 songs re-recorded with their new singer discovered on YouTube (via)
Embracing the backchannel at the Start conference — they’ve hired Flickr’s George Oates to act as an ombudsman
Google hits one trillion URLs indexed — bigger than a breadbox
Flowing Data redesigns a bar chart — I like Nathan and Tyler’s the best
New Yorker digs into California's medical marijuana industry — from growers to brokers to dispensaries to clients (via)
The Balcony Is Closed — Roger Ebert on Gene Siskel and the end of “At the Movies”
How often is Friendfeed hitting Flickr, and how many Friendfeed users are on Flickr?
We now have a glimpse into Monday’s traffic, thanks to a snapshot provided by Kellan and Rabble’s in their talk, Beyond Rest: Building Data Services with XMPP PubSub, presented earlier today at OSCON in Portland:
On July 21, 2008, Friendfeed hit Flickr 2.9 million times to get the latest photos of 45,754 users, of which 6,721 visited Flickr in that 24-hour period, and could have potentially uploaded a photo.
Three million requests for 6,000 updates. Clearly, polling isn’t ideal. Don’t miss the rest of the slides.
(Also, at its peak, Flickr is currently receiving 60 uploaded photos a second, “roughly 10 times the number of people born on Earth per second.”)
Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' — remarkably prescient article from January 2001