- VisiBone Country Chart – Don’t think I need one, but I certainly want one. Be sure to check out the “HUMONGOUS and READABLE closeup” link.
- Steve Pavlina: How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off – “What’s the real solution then? The solution is to delegate the problem. Turn the whole thing over to your subconscious mind. Cut your conscious mind out of the loop.“
- Open Text Mining Interface.
- New Version of Democracy Player.
I got home from work today and quickly flipped through the pile of snail mail on the table. A huge envelope caught my eye, and I opened it up. Inside I found the largest corporate annual report I’ve ever seen:
Not to judge a book by its cover, but from the looks of this thing it appears that W-H Energy Services had a really good year. Indeed they reported net income of $48.9 million, up from $17.9 million the year before. By the way, I’m the last person you’d want to look to for investment advice, so don’t read anything more into this post.
- Guy Kawasaki: How to Evangelize a Blog.
- Moving up the Wisdom Hierarchy.
- The Adam Rifkin Playbook.
- Taaza – “A fresh perspective for news from the Indian subcontinent!“
- Cool Picture: Airbus Beluga Swallowing Fuselage Sections for a pair of A321′s.
- Tim O’Reilly: State of the Computer Book Market – “The market has turned around, and we’re seeing the first sustained computer book upturn since the dot-com collapse in 2001.“
- Fortune: Microsoft’s New Brain – “Gradually the executives reached a consensus: Microsoft needed a major makeover.“
- Bellevue, WA Traffic Map.
- BlogSaz – Farsi Blogs.
- Akismet Blog Comment Spam Tool – Just installed; looks good so far.
- Rails Recipes – Buy PDF now; get hardcopy when published.
It is always fun to see something come full circle, even if it takes half of a lifetime.
Way back in 1972 or so, I was 12 years old and living in Framingham, Massachusetts. Somehow (the details escape me at the moment) I became the proud operator of a small paper route. I would get up at 5 AM 7 days a week, get dressed, push my bike up the driveway to the street, and find my daily pack of papers. They were secured with a wire, and I had a pair of wire cutters stashed near our mailbox so that I could cut the wire, load the papers into my bag, and pedal off to deliver my 15 or so copies of the Boston Herald Traveler. I had a long route, probably 2 miles or so. I do remember stopping to read the front of each section; this was probably the start of my career as a news junkie, and in some way led to my interest in RSS and syndicated content.
Since I only had 15 papers to deliver I didn’t keep any paper accounting records; most everyone paid me each week and it was easy enough to remember the 1 or 2 customers who hadn’t paid from week to week. I wasn’t one of those entrepreneurial types who started small and then grew the route to a gargantuan size. My job, as I understood it, was to get people their papers before they were awake, and I did my best to do this.
So, where am I going with this? Glad you asked!
I have added all of the feeds to Syndic8, which means that, 34 years later, I am still helping (in a small way) to deliver the Boston Herald Traveler. Its a lot easier this time, but somehow I am still doing that same job, but in a different way!
- Why Face-to-face Still Matters – “There’s no substitution for face-to-face… so anything you can do to try to interact with people IN PERSON is critical.“
- Firefox Customer Evangelism.
- Software As She’s Developed – Ajax Podcast Series – Just subscribed, looks really good.
- Oliver Starr is Planning an RSS Mobile Reader Shootout – Get your reader to him now.
My friend Alek Komarnitsky is on sabbatical from his job, and he’s having way too much fun.
In support of his efforts to win a $7,000 prize (which he will immediately donate to a Celiac Disease Research center, he’s participating in an SEO (Search Engine Optimization Contest). Alek is trying to end up at the top of the search engine results for the phrase “V7ndotcom elursrebmem “. While he’s home, he’s built a very cool web-controlled display of lights, fans, a bubbling cauldron, a clock and more, all visible via a webcam. Take a look here to see this first-hand.
Please feel free to help our Alek’s cause by visiting the page and consider linking to it per the directions that you’ll find there.
- Seattle Startup Jobster Is Hiring.
- Customer Evangelists: Spreading the Word.
- Clueless Companies Block Employees from Accessing RSS Feeds – Simply stupid.
- Daniela Barbarosa: RSS in the Enterprise.
- Steve Rubel: Becoming an Aggregator.
- Tips for Productivity and Happiness at Work.
- Pololu – Robot kits, robot parts, and robot electronics.
- Custom Laser Cutting Service .