Month: October 2007

  • Another Cool New York Times Hack

    Robert Langman left a comment on my previous post about meta-data at with a link to a couple of cool mashups that use keywords on the older archive of New York Times material, the paper from 1851 through the early 1900’s. Check it out here.

  • Ballpark promotions gone horribly wrong

    As we slide into the World Series we remember Five Ballpark Promotion schemes that went wrong. Includes gems such as the Cleveland Indians 10-cent beer night Management forgot one small detail: drunk people get restless. More than 25,000 fans showed up for the event, most of them already tipsy at the gate. Among the more […]

  • Open Sourcing the New York Times

    The New York Times has a blog about open source projects and today they shed a little more light on all the wonderful metadata that they make available for folks like Dave Winer to build upon. I sense an open source news hack day coming on.

  • Wafer-thin LCD Screen

    40-inch display, 1080p LCD announced by Samsung is less than half an inch thick! You could probably use a glue stick to mount it on your wall. Full story on engadget.

  • Widget Summit, a conference done right

    Earlier this week I moderated a panel at Niall Kennedy’s Widget Summit. It was the second year for this event which he co-hosted last year at the same time, right before the Web 2.0 Summit to take advantage of all the people in town. I want to give a public shout out to Niall for […]

  • Mary Meeker Tidbits from Web 2.0 Summit

    I always enjoy Morgan Stanley analyst, Mary Meeker’s view into the internet industry. Her presentations are chock full of facts and figures and it’s the closest thing to a Harper’s Index for the Internet that we have. Here are some highlights from her list: 91% of mobile users keep phone within 1 meter reach 24×7 […]

  • Go on, cheat a little

    Yahoo has joined up with the folks at the New York Times crosswords to promote the new Search Assist feature with a contest. The idea is that you fill the puzzle out successfully and you too can be entered into a drawing for one of five trips to Hawaii. Thing is, this thing is a […]

  • Yes, but ours go to “11”

    If you haven’t checked out the new Yahoo Search Assist, by all means do. Someone’s finally got the clustered search and suggestive results thing right. Type something into and hesitate just a bit and the pane will come rushing out with suggestions. On a lighter, Ryan Grove, one of the engineers who worked on […]

  • SkyMall Mashups

    JR Conlin always does these great write-ups on items of interest that he pulls out of the SkyMall catalogs that you always find tucked into the seatback pocket on airlines. In homage to JR as well as a wink to the mashup culture of silicon valley, here’s my version of the genre. “What would happen […]