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Jackson Heights

I went for a ride today in Jackson Heights, where I was a small kid, from pre-school to fourth grade. In most ways the neighborhood hasn't changed at all. It still has all the same basic features. There are some new buildings, and everything is a lot smaller than I remembered, when I was a very small person.

What an interesting contrast to Doc's story of visiting the town he grew up in, Fort Lee NJ, which basically doesn't exist, having been replaced with superhighways and shiny huge buildings. It's not a neighborhood at all.

My linkblog is in transition. Here's the newest stuff. The two streams will probably be joined tomorrow.

Today's background image is Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.

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Commercials at live sports events

Used to be we'd have to wait, at live sports events, while they played commercials for the TV audience, but now they play commercials for us at the stadium too. Even when there was a great play in the previous inning, they have the same commercially-sponsored "stupid fan tricks." The Mets had just pulled a double steal. We couldn't see the replay because they were playing Simon Says with kids, with an insane dancing life-size Dunkin Donuts guy. I guess it worked cause I stopped in at a Dunkin Donuts to get a corn muffin before I went home. But man, we paid a lot of money for those tickets. Do we really have to have commercials too?

Today's background image was taken at the Willets Point station on the 7 line. That's the stop you get off at for the US Open or The NY Mets. Last night I was going to the Mets. They won, 4-1. That also happens to be their record this year at games I've gone to. When I go with Patrick Scoble, their record is 4-0. We help ground the Mets in their philosophy, it seems. They win! Weird.

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Radio3 coming soon

Pretty soon my linkblogging will be cross-platform. Meaning the links will go to Facebook, Twitter (as before) and a new feature-full RSS feed that will make it possible, if enough people linkblog this way, to build new experimental networks on the open web web we all love so much.

The name of the new product, coming soon, is Radio3.

And it's not such a "snack" it's actually a fairly beefy piece of software.

Still diggin!

PS: The first Radio was Radio UserLand released in 2002. The second was Radio2 a server-based linkblogging tool that ran in the OPML Editor environment. Until today I did all my linkblogging in Radio2. Radio3 is a browser-based JavaScript app with a thin server that runs in Node. The 3rd Radio is by far the best, but of course I'm biased.

Jay and Facebook, second go

I hate it when people say condescending stuff, and I know what I'm about to say *sounds* condescending, but it's really an observation, in a strictly academic sense. Something I'm learning from watching @JayRosen build up his Facebook juice. Which is a technical term for basically seducing the algorithm, in a way that is fair, ethical, and actually makes sense if you take time to get to know it.

I just read something by Jay, who I have re-engaged with, now that he's no longer spamming. It was fantastic. Pure Jay, and it contained a link to a video from Jon Stewart, which I will watch, because it comes recommended by Jay, for sure, and also because he introduced it in such a compelling way.

I also will share it. But I notice that it's already been shared. Less than two minutes after it's been posted. What Jay is doing is talking to his friends now, not over our heads, and we will take care of telling the algorithm that what Jay is saying has value. That's how Facebook works. It's like arguing with the post office, saying they should work differently. They do what they do, and it's different from Delta Airlines, which is different from Penn Station, even though they're all involved in communicating packages of information. Like Twitter and Facebook.

I much prefer, as a friend of Jay's and a user of Facebook, if he works with the algorithm instead of gaming it. This is a very basic concept, this one seems to apply across all communication media. It's why I don't like the musicians who play in a crowded subway car whose doors are closed. It's why I don't like email spam or Twitter spam. Spam seems to be universally disliked. But hearing genuine ideas from people we admire? Bring it on!

Video of today's ride

I used Hyperlapse to record a segment of my bike ride down the Hudson River this afternoon. It was a perfect day, in the low 80s, a light breeze, and bright sunshine. Not too many tourists out on the trail. ;-)

Next one I'll record with the phone horizontal instead of vertical.

Ideas about TV-watching and Facebook

A while back I asked my friends on Facebook for recommendations of a TV series that's binge-worthy. I got a bunch of recommendations and acted on some of them. I tried watching Tyrant, and while I despised the show, I got through all 10 episodes. If I had to sum it up: Hurts so good. The first and last episodes were good. The in-between ones were crap.

I tried watching Halt and Catch Fire, but I lived through those times, in the PC industry. I know all about the clone market. I did deals with a bunch of near-clones. Funny how there was no need to do deals with the cloners. No wonder they won! Anyway, I made it through two episodes, and just couldn't take it. It's such bullshit! Esp the scenes with the marketing guy giving shit to the programmer. Please. Read my piece about coders and PHBs. I was thinking about this show when I wrote it.

I will watch Firefly. I'm very optimistic about it. Sounds like a great show. That's why I wallowed in BattleStar Galactica today. I even watched the last ten minutes of the last episode on YouTube. It was so beautiful. I know a lot of people didn't like the ending, but I did.

Anyway, switching to a different angle.

It seems Facebook has the ability to do recommendations of shows. If I tell it I love The Wire and Six Feet Under and didn't care for Boardwalk Empire and liked the first seasons of Dexter but couldn't get into later seasons, that a recommendation engine could determine with a fair degree of confidence that I would like Breaking Bad, for example (I do, I loved it). They do ask for that kind of info. Maybe not enough people do it? Or maybe they have the recommendation engine and I haven't seen it??

There's also a need for a moderated discussion system that's attached to episodes of shows. After I watch a show that aired 5 years ago, I'd like to go back and read what other people said about it, and also meet people who are watching it now. Moderation keeps the spoilers out.

Cross-posted on Facebook.

And I have two Little Cards to go with it.

Today's background image is the cast of BattleStar Galactica.

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The importance of a personal blog

Fred Wilson wrote about the importance of a personal blog.

A comment I posted on his blog follows..

#1: Thanks for this Fred. Blogging is important, and doing it in someone else's namespace doesn't cut it. You're a guest. On your own blog you are The Boss, and the buck starts and stops with you. And if you don't like what the technology is doing to you, you can move. If you're writing under someone else's name, you're stuck with them.

I had some comments here about Medium but didn't think they were well-written and I don't have time to edit, so off to the bit-bucket! :0

Final the scene of Killing them Softly

If you're hot you do the feed

I keep telling the Product Hunt guys to get on board and give me a feed. I'm not saying it because I want it for myself (though I do), I'm saying it because it will fit into something I'm working on, and it will drive exactly the kind of people they want to use their service and contribute to it. It's a great fit. And the cool thing about doing a feed is you never know what someone will do with it. And maybe that's also why people are scared of doing a feed.

Imho, the only reason not to do it is if you're not hot and you know it. Somehow you're going to scam your way through and before anyone discovers your product is a thin veneer on something trivial you'll squeak by, whatever that means to you. If you're confident that you're building equity, however you determine that, via flow, brand name recognition, position, market cap -- you do the feed, because it helps you build.

Fear is just frozen fun. Now give me the feed. :-)

It's a Beatles Wednesday on Scripting News!

Good morning good morning

Little Card: The Beatles say good morning!

Today's background image is (are?) blueberries! The summertime blues. And here's a Little Card to go with the occasion.