Scripting News for 8/20/2006

Andrew Keen’s interview with yours truly. People say it’s pretty good, I haven’t listened yet.  

Abby Sher: “I walk in the most crowded of places, preferably where some people are seated and some passing by. My favorite place for Friday nights had become the food court of the local indoor shopping mall, Santa Monica Place — that is until last Friday night, when at 6:40 I was politely advised to take my slow walk elsewhere.” 

August in Berkeley is so temperate. :-) 

At 9PM, flipped through the cable news stations, CNN, MSNBC, Fox. They were all running JonBenet stories. You’d never know there’s a war going on, and an election in less than 90 days. 

I rewrote the PDA version of Scripting News. It now reads from top to bottom, much easier than the old method which put each item on its own “page.” 

Talking with Steve Gillmor, a longtime Blackberry user, this afternoon, he confirms something I had heard elsewhere. Only recently has the Blackberry become competent for web use, previous versions were unusable. Perhaps this explains why there is this huge vacuum of web-based mobile content. I see a flood coming. Yesterday, riding on BART, I read the news on my Blackberry, it was an easier and richer experience than reading a physical newspaper. I suspect I am one of a very small number of people who are now doing that, but it won’t be long before lots of people are, it’s so compelling. Imho. 

Salon: “Watching Spike Lee’s four-hour epic on Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Arena with my neighbors, I felt awed, exhausted and heartbroken — and more convinced than ever that somebody should go to jail for what happened here.” 

12/15/05: New Orleans after Katrina

Scoble on Friday night’s TechCrunch party. “Be seen, and see. Take photos or videos, get videoed or photoed. Talk about tech? I tried. But it was just too noisy to have a decent conversation on video.” I was able to have a few interesting conversations by sitting off on the side, not hanging out in clusters of people. Added bonus, no pictures. Next party will have to be in Moscone, and they’ll call it a trade show. Watch out for parties where the beer and wine are free and the lines at the bar are short. As the night goes on, lots of really rude drunks. Maybe the bubble is peaking? The last one peaked (imho) when the big topic of discussion was which pet food IPO was going to be bigger. 

One response to this post.

  1. Happy to see you doing Blackberry-friendly web pages Dave. Here’s a few sites that I regularly use (sorry no URLs, I’ll have to dig them up)

    – Weather Underground’s mobile service – http://m.wund.com
    – Apple Macintosh Boot Key Combinations – for when you really are stuck
    – Flight Delay Information – http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

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