Month: May 2009

Hulu Desktop and convergence

Hulu Desktop

I’ve been considering getting a Tivo for a while now because I’m a big fan of time shifting TV and radio and have enjoyed podcasting as a way to time shift my favorite radio shows so why not TV with Tivo? I’m glad I waited because I can now watch all of my fav PBS shows online in their entirety: PBS Video.

Now it seems that Hulu , the site sponsored by commercial TV entities has a desktop application that turns a computer into a TV set.

This is the kind of convergence those who want to time shift video content are looking for although because it’s a commercial-supported site no doubt it will get scummed up with the same kind of crud on commercial TV soon. Still, it’s interesting to sit on the sidelines and watch this stuff. I’d love to fast forward ten years to see what’s up with it.

Ars Technical reviews Hulu Desktop: Hands-on: much to like in Hulu Desktop.

Google Wave

Google Wave is a new collaborative communication tool for the web and because it incorporates so many existing tools (chat, email, threaded discussion, and more) it’s rather hard to describe.

This is the keynote at the Google I/O conference and a development version of Wave is shown and discussed. The keynote is at least an hour but it’s worth watching, even in sections. About a third of the way through they take a Wave thread and embed it into a blog, then update it in real time from both Wave clients and the blog itself and the updates happen across the system. The possibilities for new types of collaboration are huge with this and while the screens may look cluttered, I recommend just focusing on the technology which I think you’ll find impressive.

The playback technology alone is amazing: I can see the entire history of a collaborative document played back, edit by edit. Wow.

Tim O’Reilly discusses Google Wave here: Google Wave: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?.

[via David Clark]

New Yorker Cover Art, Painted With an iPhone

New Yorker Cover Art, Painted With an iPhone

The cover of the issue of The New Yorker hitting the stands now was done by Jorge Colombo with the Brushes application on his iPhone. I don’t have it yet but will no doubt save it in my New Yorker cover collection.

It “made it easy for me to sketch without having to carry all my pens and brushes and notepads with me, and I like the fact that I am drawing with a set of tools that anybody can have easily in their pocket,” he said. There is one other advantage of the phone, too: no one notices he is drawing. Mr. Colombo said he stood on 42nd Street for about an hour with no interruptions.

Here’s a note at The New Yorker about this as well as a time lapse video of Jorge doing the drawing: Cover Story: Finger Painting.

Gulls

Gulls

New York City. A view of Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry. I blew this shot last Christmas but on second thought I like it well enough to post now. If you can time the ferry ride for the season, you can catch the Manhattan skyline as the sun goes down and then catch the lights on the return.