Boy oh boy, all kinds of great things today! To wit:
- In the FlickrBlog, announcement of a new feature that lets you add location info to your photos very easily. I just spent the last two hours happily zooming and panning and editing pictures.
- In the Upcoming.org blog, a redesign, flickr integration, more events, event filters, and and and ...
So this is all good. And just when I think it can't possibly get any better, the folks in the iTunes Music Store completely blow my mind. Did you see the Bob Dylan Collection they announced today?
"Beloved icon and the voice of a generation, Bob Dylan turned 65 this year and shows no signs of slowing down. With the release of his new album Modern Times and an upcoming tour, it seems only fitting that we honor Dylan with The Collection, a comprehensive digital box set of every one of his studio and live albums. The massive 773-track suite includes Modern Times, plus 42 rare tracks, and a stunning 100-page digital booklet."
773 tracks!?!?!!!!!! And a ... hundred page booklet?!??!?! And the whole shebang for only two hundred bucks. "Fuckin' A'!!!!" sounds like the most appropriate commentary. I better check if I have enough space on my hard drive to download all this ...
"Truthiness" and "Wikiality" -- two of the words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert on his TV show "The Colbert Report"-- were named on Sunday the top television buzzwords of the year.
Global Language Monitor defined "truthiness" as used by Colbert as meaning "truth unencumbered by the facts." "Wikiality," derived from the user-compiled Wikipedia information Web site, was defined as "reality as determined by majority vote," as when astronomers voted Pluto off their list of planets last week.
I've had this sitting in my draft pile for a long time: a link to an entry in Good Morning Silicon Valley: You kids just go ahead and entertain yourselves. It talks about the shift in how people use the web - from collecting information and just taking what's available, to providing information and supplying "content", and interacting with online communities. It's certainly true for me. I've been a nethead for over ten years now, evidenced by my Yahoo! profile, and while I still use the internet as a vast library and information resource, the sites that I keep coming back to, are those that offer me a community in which I participate: my blog neighborhood, where I write and read, and flickr, where I post and look at photos.
Well and good, says Nick Carr, but he raises two concerns about what he calls "the global karaoke machine": Is there any money to be made serving as a user-to-user clearinghouse? And how close is this to a zero-sum game?
It's not about the money, silly! Ya'll had the clue earlier in the column: self-expression. I write in my blog and post my photos to express myself, to show pieces of myself to other loosely joined pieces, and to share them with friends, family, and strangers. Money? Not on my radar in this context, and I am pretty darn sure that's also true for most other bloggers I know.
Not that there's anything wrong with blogging for money. But that's a different thing, and I don't get why everybody lumps it in the same category (I kinda do, actually, I'm just polemizing).
To me, who's in the thick of it, it's like comparing speaking with your neighbor across the fence (social interaction) to Tony Robbins holding a seminar (speaking for money).
Had a great time at the Mechanics Institute, by the way, and will certainly go back for more events. I caught a few glimpses of the library, and am smitten. (Yes, I am easily smitten lately. Nothing wrong with it that I can see.)
But back to Elvis. Friday was his birthway, and even though I neglected him shamelessly on the actual day, I popped my mp3 CD of about 50 Elvis tunes into the car stereo and sang along with him all the way to Santa Cruz and back on Saturday. "The twitching impulse is to speak your mind ... "
Who was it who turned me on to lala.com? If I am not mistaken, this is Comrade Chanburger's fault; she said a friend had pointed out the neat Ajax scripting. True enough - check out how sweetly the answers display when you click on a question in the help section.
Oh yeah, and I've signed up on lala.com and am awaiting my first trades. What's that? Oh ... right. I should probably explain what la la is: a site to trade CDs. You list what you have, and you list what you want, and trade for a buck. Sounds pretty good ... I'll keep you posted on how I like it.
I'll still remember my planets by the German phrase I learned in elementary school: "Mein Vater erklärt mir jeden Sonntag unsere neuesten Pläne" - translating in my head into Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto.
Sometimes it's good to have high expectations ... great first date today, meeting in person after a couple of phone chats. That's all I have to say on the subject for now. Some of you already know what I mean, and I hope to explain it to the rest of you very very soon.
I feel smitten. I don't think I'll wipe this smile off my face quite yet.