links for 2009-01-06

  • "I like independent music, but I’m not one to go out there and seek it out. It has to be brought to my attention. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on Vimeo. Vimeo, for those who don’t know, is a video site for amateur film makers. Unlike Youtube, where everyone seems to be idiots, Vimeo is a supportive community for people who create videos. There are a lot of pretty stunning videos with great music on there. These films are turning me onto up and coming artists that I may have otherwise never heard of if not for the movies they were attached to. For example, I discovered the Octopus Project, and Voicst there, and wouldn’t have found them otherwise."

links for 2009-01-05

  • Sigh… more reflexive anti-poly bigotry, spreading misinformation. This blogger is on a rampage against Steve Pavlina over that well-known self-development blogger's recent public choice to experiment with going polyamorous.

    Personally, I don't know enough about Pavlina to gauge the integrity of his motives, or his ability to undertake this particular change in a healthy, honest way. But I do know that being poly in a mono world takes courage, and Pavlina does appear to have the consent and support of his spouse (who is choosing to remain monogamous). I think it's especially difficult being "out" about being poly — and especially sharing those experiences publicly — since bigotry such as this post is rampant and surprisingly reflexive and vitriolic.

  • AP roundup of downsized newspapers that formed regional content-sharing cooperatives.
  • "2. The online media space will be hit hard by the economic downturn in the first half, but by year's end, will have chalked up moderate gains over last year in terms of gross spend. I think it's possible that Q1 09 will be lower than Q1 08, marking the first time that has happened since 01, if I recall correctly. This will cause all sorts of consternation and hand wringing, but in the end, it won't matter. The web is where people are spending their time, the web will be where marketers spend their money.

    "10. Agencies will increasingly see their role as that of publishers. Publishers will increasingly see their role as that of agencies. Both can win at this, but only by understanding how to truly add value to real communities – not flash crowds driven by one time events.

  • "Who's the most valuable surfer on the web? For the auto advertisers, there are few more valuable than a visitor to For the next three months, he or she is considered an "in-market car buyer" and will be stalked by a host of ad networks, portals, brokers and other digital middlemen who cut their slice of the advertising pie.

    "Rumors abound about ad networks, portals and Google poaching audiences and dollars. …Here's how it works: A publisher decides to allow an ad network to sell some of its inventory. That network places a cookie on the publisher's site. Now, when a user leaves that site, and goes somewhere else, the network can track that user. If that user is worth $10 CPM (meaning the cost to reach a thousand viewers) on a site such as, the network can buy low-value inventory for, say, a 40-cent CPM on MySpace and re-sell it to an auto manufacturer when the onetime Edmunds' visitor arrives on the social-networking site."

Google: Could I import my custom maps to my iPhone, please?

Google Maps on Apple iPhone
Image by niallkennedy via Flickr

This week I’m headed to the Bay Area for an extended visit. I have lots of friends there and there are plenty of cool things to do there. I’ve started mapping all this stuff on a private Google Map — where I’ll be staying, nearby public transit stops, gyms, massage clinics, coffeehouses, music venues, grocery stores, etc. I just assumed that since there’s a pretty good Google Maps app on my iPhone, I’d be able to import all that data easily. Right?


Right now, the closest I can get is to e-mail the link from my private Bay Area map to my iPhone. When I click that link in my iPhone e-mail, the map opens — in the phone’s Safari web browser, not in the Google Maps app. Which makes it much harder to use and far less useful on the go.

I’ve posted a query about this in the Google Maps forum. But so far, I haven’t found a solution.

Does anyone know any tricks for this? Is this something that an iPhone app could be written to support?

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links for 2009-01-04

  • Bay Area trip-planning site. Covers public transit, traffic, ridesharing, biking, and more. I'll be putting it to the test next week, when I head to the Bay Area for a few months. Hope it's iPhone friendly…
  • Steve Pavlina's take on gender roles. Interesting. I don't agree with it all, but food for thought.
  • Steve Pavlina on not being afraid of pain: "Don’t try to grow a big callous around your heart to protect yourself from getting hurt. That will only make you cold and callous. If you disconnect from your heart, you disconnect from everything. You’ll rob your life of all its delicious flavor."

    …And on marriage: "I very much like the notion of long-term, committed relationships. I think long-term relationships are wonderful. I just think marriage is a poor vehicle for expressing them. …The institution of marriage is simply too far out of sync with the realities of human relationships."

    And on people's reactions to him trying polyamory: "It’s tough having someone question the way you’re living your life, nudging you to consider alternatives, even if it’s done indirectly. That can feel very uncomfortable. I know because I’ve been on the receiving end many, many times. The worst thing anyone can possibly do to you is to raise your awareness of something you don’t feel ready to face."

links for 2009-01-03

links for 2009-01-02

links for 2009-01-01

  • "One of the great weaknesses of the No on 8 campaign is that it did not take advantage of the opportunities for grassroots/netroots organizing. Also, the campaign made a big strategic error by hiding the faces of gay people.

    "…The Web has changed organizing; it will never work top-down again. EqualityCamp is a pilot event to bring Web 2.0 geeks who know the lessons of the Web well together with activists for marriage equality and equal rights for gays.

    "EqualityCamp on January 3 in San Francisco, is a “BarCamp” style event that will bring together netroots, grassroots, and technologists to help coordinate efforts to repeal Prop 8 and support marriage equality. The people with the most power aren’t the people in a few organizations. We all have power. That means you, too. We’re organizing a way for you to exercise it easily. At EqualityCamp you set the agenda. We discover what we want and we teach each other what we need to know."

  • "There’s a new threat to a brand’s integrity on the web: Twitter squatters. These are people who register an account on Twitter, a popular service for sending short messages, with the name of a company. For better or for worse, these people become the public face of the firm on this highly popular social network.

    "Tim Hortons has been squatted on Twitter. So has Coca-Cola, Sears and many others. Luckily for these brands, however, their respective squatters have done little besides registering the account and leaving it idle. Others may not be as lucky, social media observers say."

  • Intriguing Facebook app: "Lexicon is a tool to follow language trends across Facebook. Specifically, Lexicon looks at the usage of words and phrases on profile, group and event Walls. For example, you can enter "love, hate" (without quotations) to compare the usage of these two words on Facebook Walls. You may enter up to five terms, where each term can be a word or two-word phrase consisting of letters and numbers."
  • "Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up from just 24% in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the internet for news than cite newspapers (35%). Television continues to be cited most frequently as a main source for national and international news, at 70%.

    "For young people, however, the internet now rivals television as a main source of national and international news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (59%) say they get most of their national and international news online; an identical percentage cites television. In September 2007, twice as many young people said they relied mostly on television for news than mentioned the internet (68% vs. 34%).

    "The percentage of people younger than 30 citing television as a main news source has declined from 68% in September 2007 to 59% currently."

  • "The founder and president of Gawker Media, Nick Denton, put Consumerist on sale in mid-November, the same day he announced that he was closing Valleywag, a site focused on technology in Silicon Valley.

    "In an interview on Tuesday, Mr. Denton said he was also in talks to sell Defamer, a show business gossip site, but he said he had no plans to sell other sites, which include the media sites Gawker and Jezebel.

    "Mr. Denton said the troublesome advertising market had led to the sale of Consumerist. In November, he posted a prediction that online advertising — which is how he supports his sites — would decline sharply next year. “I think people have generally been too optimistic” about online ads, he said Tuesday.

    "In buying Consumerist, Consumers Union is seeking to attract younger readers, with the hope of eventually selling them online or print subscriptions to Consumer Reports."

  • "Consumers Union, the independent publisher of Consumer Reports magazine and, has purchased from Gawker Media. The popular consumer watchdog blog will operate independently of Consumer Reports publications and be the first property housed under a new non-profit entity called Consumer Media LLC. The change in ownership will be in effect as of January 1, 2009."
  • 12 pennies + cardboard = the year in binary. No kidding. I might do this! Good mental exercise….
    (tags: fun money)