Scripting News for 8/12/07

No, *you* have a nice day! 

When you think of something serious like a bruhaha or kerfuffle in the blogosphere, remember this asshole.

He’s a friend of Scoble’s. 🙂

And if that doesn’t make you smile, how about this quote…

Winston Churchill: “In the morning, I shall be sober.”

A travel day 

I’m writing this in Seattle, in a few minutes I’ll get in the car and head south, back to the Bay Area.

I had a great time at Gnomedex. Chris and Ponzi, as always, put on a classy show. It had its ups and downs, and emotional moments, and moments of great inspiration. I think Guy Kawasaki and Darren Barefoot gave the best talks. Derek Miller touched our hearts. People are talking about one presentation more than all the others mostly because the speaker is a great promoter, but the sparks also flew at a couple of other talks that aren’t getting as much coverage.

I had some interesting hallway talks, but none more interesting than the one with Kevin McEntee of Netflix about providing a way for users to take their movie ratings from Netflix to other services. This could turn Netflix into the hub for movie ratings (the first place that exports becomes the default UI), and could enable all kinds of interesting combos, such as checking a box on to be introduced to dates who like the same kinds of movies. At least you’d know you have one thing you can talk about. And what movies you like and don’t probably says a lot about people. It may not be obvious, but Netflix is a social network, and the more the networks open and let the user’s data be portable, the more power it gives developers to do interesting things with the data. It’s so clearly the manifest destiny of the web, we just need one of these companies to go first. Netflix has always had a great attitude about customers. It would make sense for them to be the first to trust us with our own data. “People come back to places that send them away.”

I used some new technology at the show, my pictures flowed from iPhone to Flickr to Twitter, effortlessly, and pointed the way to the way publishing from a mobile device should work. I got pictures and text to flow in one package, and we have sound flowing in a separate stream. I want them to join, and I want the UI on the reader to be more enjoyable, but I’m satisfied that it works pretty damned well for August 2007.

A heads-up on breakage. I broke the audio Twittergram functionality when I implemented the Flickr functionality, but that’s fixed now, and you should be able to do audio posts again. And the Next-Prev links on Scripting News have been broken for a few days. I can’t fix this problem from my laptop, but it’ll be one of the first things I do when I get home.

I’ll be writing some tonight, and taking pictures through the day. It looks like the weather is good. Time to hit the road. Seeya later!

Mark Smith: “The social side of movie watching definitely needs more exploration.”

On the road, around noon 

7 responses to this post.

  1. The idea is a really great way to get cinema attendance back up in a world where more and more people are watching films on their home cinema setups. The social side of movie watching definitely needs more exploration.


  2. This is a bit of a different take on “the social side of movie watching” but scratches at what is possible… Check out Zync, from Yahoo Research Berkeley.

    This plugin for instant messenger lets you co-watch content in realtime with someone else… Either party can play, pause, rewind and things stay synchronized. Works with YouTube, Yahoo and Google videos…

    As far as getting users’ ratings out of our service, we’re working on that too…


  3. the dating thing i already thought of…except; well, i ain’t saying, i’m building.


  4. “Twitter is the new” – which was said to me quite a few times after I told people the story of how I met my wife to be in 140 characters (or less) 🙂

    ❤ is in the air!


  5. Thanks Dave. I was glad Chris and I could get the video chat organized, and that it went over so well. I hope I can be there in person next year.


  6. Dave, I meant to ask this back at Gnomedex time but it slipped my mind: did you ever figure out an executor or other method for keeping your websites alive even after you die? You could see why I’m interested.


  7. No, I haven’t figured it out yet, but I did have a conversation about it yesterday with a former colleague of mine at Harvard, which I think will be instrumental in making it work. We need long-lived institutions.

    However, with a short-term horizon, I’d suggest asking for help in a post on your blog. If you do, send me a pointer, or post one here, and I’ll pass it around. I’m hosting my uncle’s site until we get a real answer, and hope I survive long enough to get it into a future-safe form. Maybe Chris Pirillo can help too.


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