Month: September 2004

  • Mexed Missages?

    Phew! The first presidential debate is over and President Bush grasped to his single flip-flop theme like a mouse to a reed in a stormy sea. Bush kept coming back and accusing Kerry of changing his position on issues, over and over with such regularity that I began to think this was all he had […]

  • Google News Forever in Beta

    Why has Google News been in Beta for three years? Because as soon as they try and place ads on the Google News pages to monetize the traffic, they’ll be hit with a barrage of cease & desist letters from publishers around the world says Wired’s Adam Penenberg.

  • Improving RSS

    In response to the growing popularity of RSS and it’s increasing demands for bandwidth, Bloglines has announced a new web services API which they are making publicly available. In other news, the redesign of My Yahoo is all about leveraging RSS feeds as the preferred method of integrating content into the portal. With the daily […]

  • Big Blue Masala

    IBM will release a new corporate search engine, the “DB2 Information Integrator” (code-named Masala) tomorrow reports CNet and eWeek. The information integrator is able to do this because it can search rapidly across multiple databases, including relational and non-relational databases and structured and unstructured data such as text files, word documents, Adobe Acrobat files, video […]

  • Flying


    Michael Karp, our new friend in Alameda, took Tyler and I up for a spin around the Bay with his son. Tyler was glued to the window as we took off and circled over the Golden Gate but then fell asleep for the landing. Just another flight for him I suppose but for me it […]

  • The Political Bias of Algorithms

    In a review of the Google and Yahoo news sites in Online Journalism Review, Ethan Zuckerman puts forward a very interesting theory as to why the alternative news sites bubble up to the top of the relevance ranking algorithms at Google News. “I think what you’re seeing is an odd little linguistic artifact,” said Zuckerman, […]

  • They Came From Hollywood

    I had to post this magnificent screen shot from a game that I can’t wait to play. The game is currently being developed by two San Francisco game designers and will be sold independent of any major publishing house. The detail on the screenshots page is mind-boggling and their description of the project shows that […]

  • iPod Scroll Wheel

    Ask any iPod user what they like the most about their device, and most will probably mention the scrollwheel. Here’s the story behind the company that makes it (hint: it’s not Apple).

  • This story has legs

    This week’s Time Magazine has Dan Rather on the cover with the title, "Who Owns the Truth" which should be a page-turner for anyone in the blogging industry. Previously and editor for The New Republic, now a brand name blogger, Andrew Sullivan writes a piece in which concludes that the ecosystem of old media and […]

  • Surfing One Huge Wave

    The site that hosts this video tries to pawn this off as a shot of someone surfing Hurricane Ivan but the comments seem to agree that this 70 foot plus monster was off the coast of Hawaii at a place called Jaws and that the guy did make it after all. Still, the video has […]