BarterBee looks like a most interesting service. I thought about what it might take to build a service like this a while back and even discussed it with a DVD-swapping programmer friend (right Steve?) but alas, we never did a thing with it and I sell all my DVDs that we don’t want on Amazon which works great. However, this is an excellent idea and I’ll give it a go very soon.
Griffin EarJams look like exactly what I want to be able to use the earbuds that came with the iPod. They don’t fit in my tiny ear canals as they are and this look like a great solution.
The Connections between George W. Bush and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
WIRED News has a story on RSS Attracting Really Serious Money in the form of early VC investment and growing public interest in both RSS and the blog world.
Things Google knows about you will make you squirm. Check the comments too, more stuff there.
Wikipedia has a great list of Company Name Etymologies. Here are a few that caught my eye just now:
AltaVista – Spanish for “high view”
Canon – from Kannon, the Japanese name of the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy. The name was changed to Canon to avoid offending religious groups.
Cisco – short for San Francisco. It has also been suggested that it was “CIS-co” — Computer Information Services was the department at Stanford University that the founders worked in.
Intel – Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.
Kinko’s – from college nickname of founder, Paul Orfalea. He was called Kinko because he had curly red hair.
Pixar – Action (verb) of making pixels in Spanish. According to “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” book by Alan Deutschman, Ed Catmull and John Lassetter were looking for a sticky name and came up with “Pixer”, but they thought it sounded better in Spanish: Pixar. The company was founded after Steve Jobs bought the computer graphics division from Lucasfilm for $10 million.
Qantas – From its original name, Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services.
Six Apart – company co-founders Ben and Mena Trott were born 6 days apart (in September 1977).
Starbucks – named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s whaling novel, Moby-Dick.
Volvo – From the Latin word “volvo”, which means “I roll”.
Yahoo! – an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.
In Vancouver, BC, they like their Art Underfoot. Good for them.
DealMac Site Is Mac Daddy of Apple Deals.
Vital Source makes big sale of its content which will be bundled onto Macs sold to US schools. I’m not sure how I feel about this as they’re using public domain content and if they’re indexing it in a proprietary way… But, having better access to it will surely make it more useful.
The DC Flyby map is incredibly useful. I think I like this type of view better than a top view only, even with color coding or color overlays.
I first started seeing this type of illustration in early issues of MacWorld Magazine and that was because the square pixels on the early black and white screens made this type of view relatively easy to draw in fatbits. Of course, this illustration goes well beyond anything I remember in MacWorld.
I’m not sure what was burning holes in these leaves or if the current beginning of a seasonal change had anything to do with it but the holes and colors on these leaves caught my eye.
While kayaking on Gritman Pond in Warren yesterday I was yearning for a polarizing filter for my camera because my sunglasses gave me a view of both the water’s surface and the life underneath that was spectacular. This is the best I could do without a polarizer.
WIRED News has a great collection of weblogs and other kinds of web sites that poke fun at both Kerry and Bush: Satirists Skewer U.S. Candidates
We decided to take our kayaks up to a local pond here in Warren which is more of a swamp than a pond. But, we thought we might see some wildlife there as swamps are where it’s at.
Well, we paddled out to one of two little islands in the middle of the “pond” and I disembarked and got up on a rocky rise in the middle of the island, put the telephoto adapter on my G3 and zoomed in on this heron fishing. Man, I wish I had a tripod and a Canon D20 with a 100-400mm zoom telephoto lens with image stabilization. This would have been a fantastic shot with stuff like that.
To get a sense of where this pond is, check Gritman Pond, Warren, Connecticut. You can see the little island the shot was taken from and then if you zoom out you can see where the pong is in relation to Warren and where Warren is in relation to Connecticut and where… right.
Was up at Joy Brown’s studio yesterday for our first annual udu clay drum workshop. We watched a video on playing them, played some early attempts that folks had made, then got to work making our own. This is my first effort: two chambers connected in the middle. Hopefully it will hold together through drying and firing and it will sound, well, like it will sound. Stay tuned.
It sometimes takes a high profile incident like Ted Kennedy getting on a watch list to get something in the news cycle although I’ll be dollars to donuts that this does not stick and nothing happens (Kerry and Edwards voted for the Patriot Act, remember).
Where has the media been? This has been going on for years now.
Slate has a column called: The Complete Bushisms and if you subscribe to their RSS feed you get them as they come out. Nice. Or not nice, depending.