Archive for November, 2005

Ayers on OPML

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Don’t get me wrong, I think this stuff is fun, and if OPML were to get a solid spec it could potentially be very useful. The fact that it is limited compared to XHTML could be an advantage: the constraints of RSS compared to HTML (or for that matter RDF) almost certainly had a lot to do with the widespread adoption for the syndication application, and that’s put a lot of useful data on the Web. But if OPML is heading that way it should really lose it’s reliance on an out-of-date date spec (…), the unreliable mess that is escaped markup in content, the application-specific presentational elements and maybe gain a namespace so it can be freely mixed with other XML formats. For now it remains fool’s gold.

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My take – you can build an incredibly complex protocol / standard / tool to solve all the worlds problems, but odds are nobody will adopt it if they can’t grep the basics in 30 seconds, or implement a sample in under a minute or two. Complexity is needed when solving advanced problems, but adoption always requires a face of simplicity. A perfect example – RSS 2.0 vs. RDF and Atom.

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Fox News

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

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My leftist friends like to complain about Fox News. I sometimes press them on why, and their usual answer is that the information coming out of Fox is biased. God forbid, a news service with a bias. I don’t think it’s Fox’s lean that bugs them, it’s that there’s now a major news network that leans to the right. For the first time the left doesn’t have control over that voice shouting in the people’s ear, and I think it scares them. I try and tell them not to worry, they still have CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, Reuters, and the AP piping out hot steamy news with a solid lean to the left, but that never seems to console them completely. At least I try.

I’m all for Fox News, I think balance is always a good thing. Personally I don’t watch Fox, I usually watch CNN. But I know most of my conservative friends stick to Fox. More power to them, they have a right to news with a bias they prefer just like my liberal friends.

What I would prefer over any bias is even reporting. (Like PBS’s NewsHour for instance.) But I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.

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Stacked Is Back

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I love this show. I understand, if your female – you hate me, you loath me, ok, I get it.

Back to my point, if Pamela Anderson sauntered up to me and said, “Would you marry me?” I’m pretty sure I’d say “Yes!” before she even uttered the syllable “Wah”… and I’m pretty sure it would have been the long, drawn out sexy version of “Woooooould” too.

“Stacked” is back on FOX on Wednesday nights. If you already have this show setup on a season pass – your male, straight, and single. Everybody else, well, I don’t know your predicament, but I do know life sucks for you. :)

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My New Z4

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I just received confirmation from the dealership, my new Z4 has arrived by truck from Fort Worth. I snagged a 2005 Z4 3.0 with all the options for a great lease price. Here it is. I can’t wait!

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River Of News

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

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I think the concept of the RSS “river of news” is a going to falter in time. It creates a new (and even worse) form of information overload. Unlike email, data passing through RSS can and will become more structured, and will require smarter consumers (clients or web apps) that can organize and farm data out to other consumers (address books, calendars, spread sheets, favorites, databases, libraries) and devices (audio players, video players, burners). I think this is also where web based applications will run into trouble – desktop integration is tough from the web.

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MCE Gets Plugged In

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

CableLabs finally opens up the HDTV cable signal to Microsoft. ($10 says Apple isn’t far behind.) This is a first, and will change everything. I’m going to have to hold off on an MCE till next Christmas, but I think it’ll be worth the wait.

Microsoft and CableLabs® Announce Agreement to Enable High Definition Digital Cable Programming on Windows-based PCs

Microsoft Corp. and Cable Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs(R)) today announced they have reached an agreement that will allow Microsoft and PC manufacturers to bring to market digital-cable-ready Windows(R) Media Center-based PCs in the holiday 2006 time frame.
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The specified OpenCable architecture allows for multiple DRM systems to be used in the device and ensures content providers of protected delivery of content to the PC. Microsoft(R) Windows Media Digital Rights Management is the first major DRM system to complete the due diligence necessary for approval by CableLabs.

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‘Tis The Season

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

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“Tis the season to shut the fuck up and stop being a whiny little bitch.”

(language is NSFW)

The Next and Previous links also have Flash goodness, some of which is also NSFW.

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Making Money Off Political Blogs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Jeez, I’m going to start a liberal blog. I’ll rant pointlessly all day, call people names, make wild accusations, blindly toe the party line, and make $11,000 a week doing it.

Moulitsas can afford to say crazy shit like that, because Democratic politicians view Daily Kos as an ATM machine and assembly line for grass-roots liberal activists. He charges $1,400 a week for ads and regularly sells 6-8 of them.

Here’s a breakdown on what some of the more popular bloggers generate through blogads. Blogads takes 30%, they are the real winners here.

Also, for fun, I had to look this up before I posted.

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More Xbox Advertising

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Dare makes some interesting points about Xbox advertising and points to some rather unconventional “Jump In” Xbox commercials. I’m not a big fan of these, although water balloons is kinda cool. I much prefer the hipper “Jump In” Japanese ads I linked to previously. Apparently some Xbox commercials have been playing here in the states, but I haven’t caught one yet. Shouldn’t MS be blanketing the networks with these about now? I’m not quite sure why they aren’t. Cool advertising is pointless if it isn’t out there. How many Video iPod ads have I seen lately? Tons. But no Xbox ads. Whats’s up with that?

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Carter

Monday, November 14th, 2005

I don’t always agree with Jimmy Carter, and I can’t say I feel he was a good President. I think most would agree he’s done more since he left the White House. His L.A. Times piece is somewhat lofty, and I don’t agree with all of it, but his final points on the separation of church and state, and shrinking our country’s current political divide hits home.

I am extremely concerned by a fundamentalist shift in many houses of worship and in government, as church and state have become increasingly intertwined in ways previously thought unimaginable.

As the world’s only superpower, America should be seen as the unswerving champion of peace, freedom and human rights. Our country should be the focal point around which other nations can gather to combat threats to international security and to enhance the quality of our common environment. We should be in the forefront of providing human assistance to people in need.

It is time for the deep and disturbing political divisions within our country to be substantially healed, with Americans united in a common commitment to revive and nourish the historic political and moral values that we have espoused during the last 230 years.

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