Something I wrote on Twitter a couple weeks ago:
“…2 questions: a) What if there was an open source, more effective alternative to Google search? b) What if Twitter is that alternative?”
Today, Four Reasons Why Twitter is the Next Google writes:
“Not only has Twitter inadvertently taken crowdsourcing to search, it has actually taken it a step further into friendsourcing. In fact, it has created the first personalized and trusted search engine in the world.” – Mr. List
The interesting bit is that Twitter doesn’t even offer ‘search’. Search engines like Summize (how I tracked down my above tweet) et. al, are building search atop Twitters API.
Steve Gillmor was absolutely right to cut off Dan Farber. Pasting text ads (a la Google) onto Twitter is boring. That’s why we haven’t seen it. And won’t.
As more vendors like H&R Block, Joyent, and even Comcast start to invest themselves in Twitter, we get much much closer to a VRM world. A world where both customers and vendors are smart people speaking intelligently to each other.
Not only are these picks really late (SXSW was months ago) but unlike other years, none of the 700+ tracks grabbed me immediately. The overall tone felt like the ‘college rock’ of 20 years ago. Good, sometimes interesting, artistic even, but every song sounds um, the same.
As in previous years, these are track that are both new to me, struck me, and will keep me in the zone while working. This time around, inspired by J Wynia approach last year, I set up a smart playlist in iTunes that automatically removed tracks after 5 skips. The theory is that this would bias more long term listening enjoyment, rather than short term first impressions – a reverse Pepsi Challenge. I blame this approach and how iTunes counts ‘skips’1 as part of the reason this list took forever to compile.
- Obvious by Watershed
I haven’t heard this mixture of poppy, light-hearted post-punk and “I’d rather be at the bar with you than on stage” since Too Much Joy’s “Gods Make Love” or Ben Folds’ “One Down”.
- Toes by Zac Brown Band
Yes, it’s a blatant rip off of Jimmy Buffet’s “Five O’Clock Somewhere” with the working class country vibe turned to 11. The last couple lines make the song.
- Come On, Claire by Aberfeldy
The kid in Fountains of Wayne’s Stacy’s Mom is now in college…
- Juliet by Army of Freshman
…but he’s still hanging out at the mall.
- Set the Table by Screaming Cyn Cyn and The Pons
Screaming atop a very catchy, if simplistic riff. Makes Madison a much cooler town. This will either annoy you or get you dancing. Continues to do both for me.
- Everybody Knows by The Gougers
Catchy little Country tune in the vein of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi.
- The Mountain by Lucero
I’m a Lucero junky.
- So Long to the Red River Valley by The Quebe Sisters Band
Every now and again, I’m in the mood for the Western in Country & Western. This is such a great example of modernizing that sound. Reminds me of listening to The Lone Ranger and old radio dramas.
- Mean Son of a Gun by Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
The theme song to a old time radio drama about Calamity Jane
- Everyone’s Got’em by White Ghost Shivers
The jazz tune playing in a secret speakeasy right before the cops busted in.
- Cooler than Me by Ari Shine
A much hipper version of Billy Joe’s ‘Uptown Girl’
- I Wanna Be Ignored by Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy.
- Electric Bird by Sia
This song is a picnic blanket in sun-filled valley.
- How Lucky We Are by Meiko
Such an optimistic song about the day after tomorrow and the person you’ve committed to join you there.
- Fascination by Correatown
The break up side of ‘How Lucky We Are’
- See and Be Seen by The Hard Lessons
This is Facebook and MySpace…put to a beat far less than annoying than either.
- All My Love for You by The Emeralds
Another great track from a typical American 3-piece garage rock band. But from a garage in Yokohama, Japan.
- Fireflies by Search/Rescue
This is the lead track from John Hughes’ next teen romantic comedy.
- Clandestine by Brooklyn
Early Beatles with a French attitude.
- Shut Up by Shellshag
This is closest I’ll get to hardcore punk these days, there’s no way I can take these guys seriously. I imagine this is what it was like to deal with me as an angst-ridden teen.
- Champagne Girls I have known by Johnny Foreigner
Yelpy, like Tullycraft with undertones of Oasis
- Only Fooling Myself by Kate Voegele
Inclusion of this song betrays that I still enjoy listening to Wilson Philips’ ‘Hold On’.
- You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie by The Submarines
This reminds me a lot of Redd Kross, if it was fronted by Aimee Mann
- 1906 by Songs for Moms
An all-woman, 3-piece, folk-punk. Had me at folk-punk.
- Balboa by Cruiserweight
I’m a sucker for Stella Maxwell’s voice.
- Oh Man! by Sybris
and for whomever’s voice this is.
- So Down by Jen Lane
Jen’s a Canadian signer-songwriter. That’s a magic combination.
- Half My Kingdon by Alina Simone
A Ukranian April March. Except she’s really Ukranian.
- Blinkandyou’llmissit! by Bo Pepper
Highly dance-able smack-down dropped by some distorted female vocals.
- Smoking Gun by The Tennessee Boltsmokers
A finger-picking discussion on the dangers of following fashion trends.
- 4th of July by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
A stereotypical Country song about loss, patriotism, and vans. Includes the great line, “Ever think maybe if you’re not happy it’s because of you.”
- Blue Canoe by Blue Mountain
I’ve never heard a song about going fishing in a canoe. You have? With a distorted guitar?
- Secretary’s Day by TAB the band
A great example of the blues-based, guitar-driven rock I remember as a kid.
- Stand Up by Thurogood Wordsmith
I’m very critical about hip hop rhymes. This one made the list with: “I came to clean house, kick ass, and take names / Like white Anglo-Saxons across the Great Plains.”
- Do It Again by You, Me, and Everyone We Know
If Ben Folds was backed by Blink182
- Tu Boca Lo Quita by Alex Cuba
A rocking mash-up of electric guitar, ska, steel drums, and an amazing voice.
- No Matter How Bad It Gets by The Barker Band
A poppy little tune for eating buckets of shellfish.
- Hello Friend by Cheveu
Guitars and distorted vocals. Over before reaching a climax. Like a cheap midway ride.
- Inmovil (Wrong ID) by Le Baron
A solid early-90s rock track from a typical 4-piece American indie rock band. But from Mexico.
- International Flight by Le Concorde
The theme song to a fantastic new sitcom about an American girl falling in love with a London record store owner.
- Nono by Ze Dos Frangos
I keep expecting this to be that sappy, overexposed Moldy Peaches track. It’s not. It’s Portuguese. Just that makes it better.
- Exodus Honey by Honeycut
A softer, mellower Strawberry Fields.
- Mina do condominio by Pierre Aderne
For those days when your life is a walk on the beach.
- Negative Thinking by TheDeathSet
Vocals of a cheap punk band and a crisp, jumpy, electronica beat.
- Namida Vacuum Sound by Ketchup Mania
Love song by a very, very angry Manga character.
- Morningside Heights by The Strugglers
Dirt roads, melancholy, and violins
- American Hearts by A. A. Bondy
As honest and patriotic as any Dylan, but intelligible.
- Nickels and Dimes by Scissors for Lefty
“Hey, hey, nickels and dimes are all we need to rock tonight.” Yeah!, that lines earns automatic inclusion.
- Let’s Get Crazy by Limbeck
Finally, a song with clapping. Just not enough songs with clapping in them this year.
- Dirty Blonde by Greta Gaines
One of those tracks that feels like college rock from the late ’80s.
- Julia, we don’t live in the 60s by The Indelicates
- EXTINCTION by The Muslims
Here’s a punky third.
1. Play duration longer than 2 seconds but shorter than 20 seconds. Personally, I found it can take a solid minute to find a song distracting.
On the off chance you can’t get enough of my writing, pop over to Minnov8.com where I have write ups on a Minnesota-based start-up (Tumblon.com) and up-start (DJEdna).
If you tire of me more quickly, perhaps you’ll enjoy Phil Wilson’s peek into the new media projects at Minnesota Public Radio.
This weekend, I invited Christopher, the Master in Fermentation Sciences, over to walk me through brewing up a batch of Bavarian Hefe Weizen from Northern Brewer. While I’m sure the extract kit didn’t take full advantage of his expertise, we had an excellent time and I picked up a few tips1 and got a better understanding of the chemistry behind the instruction sheet.
Here’s some shots of the initial fermentation:
1. Question: How much of the kitchen I can expect the wort to cover if it boils over?
Answer: All of it.
Update July 18 2008.
I haven’t written about this batch. It wasn’t anywhere near what I expected in a Hefe Weizen. It was full with just a hint of the banana-y flavor I expected. I would have preferred the other way around. Unless you knew it was supposed to be a Hefe Weizen, you’d would have been able to identify it. Not good. Glad there’s only a few bottles left.
Apple’s initial iPhone application model (build a decent website) is brilliant. Websites are easily the fastest, most compatible, most maintainable, most popular, way to create software applications. Once Apple supported adding specific website’s to the icons on the iPhone’s home screen, you’ve got the equivalent of applications on the Palm Treo – with internet access required, sure.
Doesn’t (or shouldn’t) this model cover 97% of all software?
The alternative is learning Objective-C, the development language in OS X and the amazingly popular GNUStep. Um. While not exactly wide reaching, this should increase the demand for ObjC developers.
For the commitment to ObjC, what to you get?
Some deeper ties into the iPhone’s hardware capabilities and iTunes as only distribution method.
In a client meeting earlier this week the team mentioned how the project needed to be available on mobile devices for internal use.
This brought to mind the Symbol barcode scanner running Palm’s OS and the handheld devices package delivery people at UPS and FedEx use.
Could they be replaced with an iPhone?
“Most road warriors could use Web-based tools with little loss in productivity.” – Phil Windley
Scanning an object’s barcode and manipulating data about it by multi-touch is a very compelling vision – whether on sales floor or in the warehouse.
On the flip side, I have a hard time imaging signing for a package on an iPhone…or enterprises IT departments agreeing to push out updates to a iPhone-native app via iTunes.
Inspired by Rex’s unused domain list, here’s my list of yet-to-be-released projects:
Update June 3, 2008.
A few more I’ve picked up since we last talked:
- Kernest.com (Launched July 17, 2009)
Update October 21, 2008.
Update February 8, 2009.
Update March 4, 2009.
Update June 13 2009
Update Sept 16 2009
Update Sept 30 2009
Looking at the list and remembering the projects behind them, I’m pleasantly surprised;
- how much these ideas still interest me
- how some of these ideas are far easier to execute today then when I purchased them,
- how diverse these ideas are.
All good things.
Jonathan Dahl and I discuss his latest project –
Tumblon.com – a parenting website focused on development milestones and easy sharing with friends and family.
Listen to Tumblon.com’s Jonathan Dahl [9 min].
A more detailed write-up and some screenshots over at Minnov8.com
There’s lots of chatter today about Andrew Baron auctioning off his 1500 Twitter followers.
As of this writing, the auction is just over $500.
Standard ad-based media play: aggregate eyeballs and sell them off to the highest bidder.
“This stunt may spark some copycatters, but it is essentially meaningless.” – Stowe Boyd
I suspect I’m not the only one that unfollowed prior to the outcome, not because of the auction specifically, I just didn’t enjoy his messages and this development was a fine enough reason to dump him. :p
That’s what made me think Andrew is selling the wrong asset. He can only sell his followers once. What he should be doing is auctioning off his ‘following’, the people he’s paying attention to.
“Will the new Andrew Baron, unlike the old one, follow me?” – Stephen Baker, Business Week
Andrew is the advertisement anyway.
This has a couple benefits for Andrew that his current stunt doesn’t:
- It’s an ongoing revenue stream. If someone wants Andrew to pay attention to them, this makes it real easy, pay him.
- It puts a dollar figure on attention. I suspect Steve Gillmor would love that
- It reduces Andrew’s information overload.
“There’s nothing wrong with stunt income, but it can only work once at best.” – Ewan Spence
“Don’t care, don’t believe it proves anything one way or the other except this: It proves the shallowness of at least a few folks who actually care to waste $1500+ dollars on something that means exactly nothing.” – Karoli
And to lighten things up a bit:
…I also participate in another telephone number over on my cell phone so I’m thinking I’ll start taking more calls over there and start up a new phone to do what I want to do next…. – Alexander Muse
When I talk about Cullect to people publishing feeds, I very consciously don’t use the word ‘blog*’. Primarily because bloggers blogging blogs aren’t the only people publishing online. Almost everyone publishing online publishes a feed.
No matter if that publication contains text, audio, video, software, or something completely different. Cullect works the same if you’re CNN, Dave Winer, or Eric Larson.
“Being called a ‘writer’ has a far more important vibe to it, perhaps the opposite of ‘blogger’, which seems to have a more amaterurish flavor about it.” – Eric Rice
I’m much more comfortable with the word ‘blog’ at blog.cullect.com – where it represents the voice of a non-human entity – and much less so everywhere else. Now that I think about it, that may be the only WordPress install I maintain identifying itself as a ‘blog’.
Also note, the button in WordPress to make this public is labeled ‘Publish’.