- Niall is joining Microsoft. (Oh yeah, congrats!)
- Matt took funding. Just a little.
- Google launched a calendar.
- Google remains buddy-buddy with the world’s largest censor. (“All the world’s information at your fingertips… as long as we agree with it.”)
- Google patented a bunch of scary shit. Think big picture and you’ll get it.
- AT&T was outed as being a haven for US spies spying on US Citizens.
- Pinko promo for a service I use: Blinksale 2.0 is rolling out soon (and then upping prices). Get in before the end of the month to lock in the current rate!
- Tara got a MacBook Pro and rocked the house at Net Squared.
- San Francisco and its citizens’ childrens’ eyeballs were sold to Google.
- Portland’s were sold to MetroFi.
- My Mighty Mouse‘s gray nipple stopped working.
- I started listening to Letters to Cleo again.
- Tara and I got in a funk;
- I’m not so great at offering positive support to people I care about most;
- I decided to work on it.
Oh, and WineCamp got a website (thanks JoÃ£o Antunes!), I started a Practical Microformats wiki for all you designers out there (now help me build it!) and Tara and I leave for Barcamp Bangalore on Sunday for 8 days.
…and Barcamp San Francisco is happening June 20. Want to help? Good — because we need it!
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Sweet! Have fun in Bangalore! I’ve heard there’s nothing better for a funky couple than a trip to Bangalore.
I am not sure if I want to know the answer, but what is you “My Mighty Mouseâ€™s gray nipple stopped working.”?? If it is stuck on you, please don’t show any pictures..:D
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Now that SBC has gone lower case for their AT&T neo-moniker,
the UNDER SURVEILLANCE in upper case reads as if it is a screaming txt msg.
Thanks for the headlines!
Niall seemed like such a nice guy.
Flipping my mouse over and rolling the nipple around solved a similar problem for me.
I am also journeying to be more empathic.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
PS. The link to Barcamp SF is broken. You may have forgot the http://
How to clean your Mighty Mouse might help!
On the “Metropolis X’s and its citizens’ eyeballs were sold to…” I have to say that’s a rather cynlical way to look at municipal WiFi, even for you, man. Getting the city to foot the bill (meaning a bond or a tax or something) will come along if you get enough people loving the internet to demand it.
At this point an ad-supported service for free is a big step up for a lot of people, and $20 a month for “premium” is doable, especially if there’s an option (as in Philly) to get that knocked down to like $7 if you’re working class.
It’s a tight rope to walk, because the value that each user is providing to Google as a “monetizable pair of eyes” is infinitely more valuable than the service we’d be getting.
The problem is that we’re starting with a proprietary system designed to sell ads by also selling a service. Should our sewer system have started out as a private system? Should public transit be privatized?
The broader issue here is with control of the data… while I don’t trust the government or private corporations, at least if the data is held by the municipal government, we’d have a chance at prying it out… Whereas in the case of Google — look at how they’ve resisted the DOJ… what if it were a citizen advocacy group requesting access to that data and Google refused? We have no recourse against Google (besides choosing to not buy their product — which is too late an act if they get a state-sponsored monopoly on wifi). We at least have a way of voting out the incompetents in office…
So let me say that, yes, municipal WiFi is a good thing in general — too much of this reeks of ulterior motives that I fear won’t be realized before it’s too late.