Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-07

  • Behind the scenes: Barack Obama’s Flickr set from election night: http://tinyurl.com/6pzfw3 Watch in slideshow mode. Amazingly candid. #
  • At the Central library downtown, crouched next to a microfilm machine where I found some power. Rocking Pandora on my iPhone. #
  • I keep hoping for some cool easter egg in the Obama ’08 iPhone app now that he’s been elected. What’s it going to do? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ravenme So, when are you going to release the “has easter eggs” version? πŸ˜‰ #
  • At the @legionoftech board meeting at Jive’s new offices downtown. Rainy. Crocs are slippery on Portland’s streets. I keep almost falling. #
  • Last Ignite planning meeting before the big day! πŸ™‚ #
  • @KarenPearson Oh, man. It sucks when kids are sick. Hope she feels better soon! πŸ™ #
  • Stressing out. Not just ignite, a ton of other stuff. If only I can make it through next week. Sugar and caffeine, don’t fail me now! πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, does anyone know where I can find an OpenOffice presentation template that’s a simple black gradient bg, with white text? #
  • Free idea for Amazon: Now that Obama’s going to be president, give the Kindle editions of his books away for free. Won’t cost you anything. #
  • ZOMG the Ocarina app from Smule (the Sonic Lighter people) is AMAZING. Play the ocarina, and hear other people play on the globe. Un. Real. #
  • Ocarina even has a “Zelda” mode (I don’t know what that is yet :-). If you have an iPhone, GO GET IT. Best $0.99 you’ll spend today. πŸ™‚ #
  • I should be helping @rachelbancroft put the kids to bed but instead I’m playing Ocarina scores people have shared: http://tinyurl.com/6x5lq9 #
  • I’m going to get in trouble when @rachelbancroft reads that tweet about me messing around with Ocarina instead of helping her. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @chugg Go to ocarina.smule.com, and check out the scores/music people have posted there. I had a blast playing Concerning Hobbits, etc. #
  • And if you’re playing with Ocarina, be SURE you check out the globe mode, where you can hear other people play. And share your playing! #
  • Added Obama’s Pandora station to my QuickMix. He’s got quite a few excellent songs in there. πŸ™‚ #
  • I swear I had a link/screenshot of that fateful tweet in 2007 that got Ignite Portland started, but I cant find it anywhere. Anyone have it? #
  • @chugg Obama’s playlist on Pandora: http://tinyurl.com/68b7s7 #
  • You have got to be kidding me. “Istanbul” by They Might Be Giants just came up in Obama’s Pandora playlist. πŸ™‚ #
  • @lightingdiva I love TMBG, too. I’m laughing my butt off… πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy Hey! That’s NOBODY’S business but the Turks’. I’d stay out of it if I were you. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @SuperSpiker I haven’t tested Toodledo much yet, but I have a friend who swears by it. I still like RTM. I’d call it even. Try em both. #
  • Jolly Rancher’s wearing off, I’m going to bed. To recap the evening: the Ocarina iPhone app from Smule is AMAZING. And Obama’s on Pandora. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-06

  • Since Twitter survived the election, they pretty much have NO excuse for going down under load EVER again. πŸ™‚ #
  • @worleygirl Yeah, they were queueing, which caused some delayed tweets, which is OK in my book. But they didn’t go down. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson OK, now I’m officially jealous that you’re at Web 2.0. Lessig is one of my heroes. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson @tersteeg Lessig has his own presentation style, named after him: http://tinyurl.com/25nx9h #
  • @billpearson Thanks for livetweeting Paul’s keynote/thoughts on mobile. Not sure I agree with him on everything, but it’s good stuff anyway. #
  • @billpearson I’m “attending” vicariously through an @tersteeg. Keep it coming! πŸ™‚ #
  • @wreckedexotics Excellent! And you’re on Twitter, too. Cool. Welcome to the social web! πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson @tersteeg Whoa! You got the head of AT&T to say that iPhone tethering is coming soon. That’s awesome. Now they’re on the record #
  • Just subscribed to the change.gov blog – Obama’s transition site. Very cool to see they’re not abandoning the social web after winning. #
  • On the ttain headed downtown. Wanted to see if Google Earth on iPhone would track my location in real time. It does. Blew my mind. πŸ™‚ #
  • I shot video of Google Earth/iPhone/train trip. The tracking was uncanny. Like augmented reality, out of a scifi story. So awesome! πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-05

  • @dswiese Yeah, my blog host has been having issues all week. Were you looking for a netbook recommendation, or a source of reviews? #
  • Just advised a loud impromptu meeting in the kitchen area that they might want to take their discussion of sensitive legal issues elsewhere. #
  • It was really nice to fill my gas tank this morning and only pay $30 (it was $2.39/gal, though I saw $2.10/gal at Costco this week). #
  • Saw @penmachine tweet that Michael Crichton has died of cancer. Went to Wikipedia for more info, found this: http://tinyurl.com/56tr5r πŸ™‚ #
  • “Crichton died on Nov 5, 2008, after a long, private battle with a velociraptor.” πŸ™‚ Somehow, I think he’d appreciate that joke. #
  • Remember the Milk releases their iPhone app. I’m looking forward to trying it. RTM lets me keep my tasks in the cloud with everything else. #
  • Remember the Milk blog post on the iPhone app: http://tinyurl.com/59dccg Requires a paid RTM Pro account, which I don’t know if I want yet. #
  • I know people love OmniFocus for tasks, but I have 2 problems with it. 1) it’s not “in the cloud”, and 2) it’s really freaking expensive. #
  • @mattg I don’t have that many tasks in RTM (mainly because I haven’t had a nice mobile way of using it). I’ll take your word for it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @SuperSpiker I haven’t looked closely at toodledo.com, but it looks interesting. Comparing to RTM now. RTM has Gmail and Gears integration. #
  • @AndruEdwards Yeah, but then I have to screw around with MobileMe, WebDAV, or Bonjour. RTM is a native internet app. That’s my gold standard #
  • @sumwan I *believe* that RTM lets you share/assign tasks, but I’m not sure. The thing I love most is how well it fits into my Google life. #
  • @sumwan Yes, it looks like RTM does support sharing/sending of tasks: http://tinyurl.com/5uqh2j #
  • @todd_logan You’re welcome. I’ve made it my mission to stalk/follow all of you Logan brothers. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @billpearson Sounds like a fun panel. Say hi to @xenijardin for me! πŸ™‚ #
  • Suddenly most of my music seems dystopian and pessimistic and depressing. I need happy, upbeat, hopeful music today. πŸ™‚ #
  • These stupid hard iPhone earbuds keep spontaneously falling out of my small ears. Yes, I’m going to keep complaining about this. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jonathancoulton needs to cut an updated version of “The Presidents” now. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jezlyn I’m ranting about my ongoing broken headphone situation. My Sony buds died, I’m using my iPhone set until Apple’s new buds come out. #
  • @randymatheson Yeah, my ears just aren’t made for the Apple earbuds. Too small. They hurt and they fall out. I love in-ear isolating buds. #
  • @garotasemfio Thanks! I’m thinking I’m going to give RTM (and task management in general) another shot. #
  • @billpearson Larry Brilliant has the Best. Name. Evar. πŸ™‚ #
  • @spinnerin That’s… disturbing. I can’t find any emergency on the local radio/news sites. Wonder what it was for? #
  • @spinnerin @StevenWalling says that there’s something up on the (closed) Morrison bridge. Quick search = accident http://tinyurl.com/6mzf9t #
  • Holy crap. The NYTimes linked to my blog post on Michael Crichton being killed by a velociraptor! http://tinyurl.com/65o5gb #
  • Try this one: http://tinyurl.com/5obzlk NYT urls don’t like to be tinied. Look under “Headlines Around The Web”. AP, CBS, LATimes and me. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just updated my blog post with a link/screenshots of the NYTimes linking to me, if that TinyURL doesn’t work 4u http://tinyurl.com/5mhnww #
  • @jezlyn No new buds yet. Holding out for the Apple ones. At my desk, I plug into my MBP instead of phone. The new MBPs work with the button. #
  • @jezlyn Yeah, I have an adaptor, but I figure I can either buy more Sony’s that will fall apart, or give the new Apple buds a try. #
  • @turoczy @spinnerin apparently there was an accident on the I-5 SB ramp on the Morrison bridge, and it’s closed. πŸ™ #
  • @lyzadanger The TriMet rider alert page just says the 15 bus will “use alternate routing”, doesn’t say where. http://tinyurl.com/3xugez #
  • @billpearson Oh, sure. I’ve been talking about CoolIris/PicLens for months, but when John Doerr recommends it, THEN you download it. πŸ˜‰ #

Michael Crichton Died of What?

Michael Crichton Died of What?

Oh, those wacky Wikipedians. For a brief time this morning, when I first heard that Michael Crichton had died of cancer, his Wikipedia entry stated that he’d died "after a long, private battle with a velociraptor."

Somehow, I think he would appreciate the joke. The Wikipedia page has since been edited to remove the reference.

I loved the way he wrote about science. It wasn’t always science fiction, per se, but even when he was writing about corporate politics in Airframe, he just had a way of tickling both the literary and scientific parts of my mind. Too bad he won’t give us any more books.

Update: Hey, the New York Times linked to this post!

AP, CBS, IMDB, LATimes, and TinyScreenfuls

I know it’s just something Blogrunner automatically picked up, but it still feels pretty cool. The AP, CBS News, IMDB, the LA Times, and TinyScreenfuls.com. πŸ™‚

TinyScreenfuls.com on Blogrunner/NYTimes


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-04

  • Mildly surprised that Twitter has stayed up today so far, with all the election chatter. More robust, or does Steve Jobs cause more tweets? #
  • @Goboz Yeah, you’re probably right. This is the calm before the storm. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kenfisher @chugg Great, now I have to go get that song and listen to it all day. πŸ™‚ #
  • What are some sites that really SHOULD have an RSS feed, but still don’t? I mean, this is 2008. My vote goes to http://wreckedexotics.com #
  • A post where I share the sites/tools I’m using to track election results today: http://tinyurl.com/56jja8 #
  • @sumwan Funny you should ask – I just blogged the sites/tools that I’m going to use: http://tinyurl.com/56jja8 #
  • In other news, the Chronicles of Narnia are FINALLY available on the Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/6f2me8 Been wanting to read these to Emma. #
  • @mellowynk I prefer the published order, too. I love reading to her on my Kindle. We’ve been through several Ramona books, etc. It’s great. #
  • @mellowynk Cool – thanks for the recommendations! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Jerry_Makare If me reading to my kids on my Kindle strikes you as funny, you don’t know me very well. πŸ˜‰ We do lots of dead tree books too #
  • Wow. Now that I’ve posted about tools to watch election results, I’m already getting Google ads about Oregon ballot measures. They’re fast! #
  • Now that Remember The Milk has a Gmail gadget, I can uninstall the RTM-in-Gmail Firefox Extension. Yay! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/5dve7n #
  • Now, if only there were a way to rearrange the Gadgets I have in my Gmail sidebar now (Calendar, RTM, Docs, etc.). *sigh* #
  • Oh, wait. There is! It’s a Labs feature – “Navbar Drag and Drop” – http://tinyurl.com/6oy6dh Awesome! πŸ™‚ #
  • Looks like PBS’s NewsHour site has an iPhone friendly live election results page: http://tinyurl.com/5ef6gb (via @LeStew) #
  • @LeStew Yes, I discovered and followed @newshour, too. Great use of Twitter. Those PBS people are pretty smart. πŸ™‚ #
  • Aaaand the Google Election Map goes live: http://tinyurl.com/564d4c #
  • @treowth Hmm. Try Google’s front page for all election coverage: http://www.google.com/2008election #
  • Hey, look! Twitter’s not dead yet! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan It’s not dead yet! All those disabled features? Merely a flesh wound! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Hearing a ton of driveby political commentary as people walk by the TV tuned to CNN in the kitchen area by my cube. Where are my headphones? #
  • @KarenPearson Yay! Enjoy it, and let us know what you like/don’t like about it! Check out feedbooks.com for tons of free books. #
  • @KarenPearson Here’s a post by Merlin Mann on other sources of free ebooks for the Kindle. Mine is chock full! http://tinyurl.com/59xpq3 πŸ™‚ #
  • Wow. McCain’s concession speech was powerful. Sincere. Made you want to love him, and appreciate what he’s done, and how gracious he’s being #
  • I’m a bit overwhelmed. Such hyperbole and history. Excitement and fear and – dare I say it – hope. My country is great again. #
  • THAT is what patriotism is. Inspire us to sacrifice, to work, to do what is right. That is freedom and democracy to be. #
  • I feel like there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. All the weight and malaise has lifted, and I want to go out and make good things happen. #
  • Tom Brokaw: “This is what the country has needed – a reenlistment of citizenship.” #
  • Going to bed on a hope high. Now, let’s get to work. #

Using the Web to Watch Election Results

Every election is different – four years is a LONG time in Internet time. The tools and habits we have for getting our information can change a lot in four years. Here are some of the tools I’m using to track the election results today, besides my regular network of people on Twitter, FriendFeed, and blogs (which is where I get most of my news and information on any given day).

Google Maps Election Results

Pick your state, see live results. Get your own to embed on your site.

Google News Elections Coverage

Good summary of coverage from around the web. Has a nice mobile/iPhone version for keeping up away from a computer:


Twitter Vote Report

Interesting Twitter mashup, where people report conditions/experiences from their voting locations – wait times, any irregularities, etc. A real time stream of “on the ground” reports from Twitter, phone, SMS, and other means. Very cool grassroots project.


Don’t miss the “See It In Action” page, which has a bunch of embeddable maps/widgets with lots of cool data.

What About You?

What sites/resources are you using to track the election results? If you’ve got something cool or interesting to share, post a comment! πŸ™‚

Update: Sarah Perez over at ReadWriteWeb has a much more exhaustive list of resources for getting your fill of this election. Video feeds, poll tracking sites, more mobile options, etc. If you’re looking for more election info, her post is a great place to start.

Update 2: Oh! And how could I forget http://election.twitter.com!


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-03

  • In the office before 7AM. I have like 10 meetings today. Gonna be a long one… πŸ™ #
  • RT: @igniteportland Ignite Portland 4 tickets (free) are now available. Beat the lines! Get a ticket! More info: http://tinyurl.com/6rwbsr #
  • @kmcdade Yes, Ignite Portland 4 will be recorded. Videos should be posted soon after the event at igniteportland.com #
  • Ignite Portland 4 tickets are going fast – 2 hours after the announcement, more than half are gone. Wow. You guys move fast! πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan If you’re coming to Ignite Portland 4, you’d better hurry and get your tickets. Only 117 left (out of 550). πŸ™‚ #
  • Um, there are only 8 tickets left for Ignite Portland 4. Unclaimed tickets will go back in the “pool” after 24 hours, so there will be more. #
  • And they’re gone! At 11:56AM, all 550 Ignite Portland 4 tickets have been requested. Dang. Less than 3.5 hours. Last time, 400 went in 22hrs #
  • RT: @igniteportland You can still come to Ignite Portland 4 if you didn’t get a ticket. See how: http://tinyurl.com/6hl7uz #
  • @mobilehippie You can still get in to Ignite Portland 4: http://tinyurl.com/5tdyns Last time, the whole GA line got in, no problem. #
  • Jealous of whoever drives the Nissan GT-R I spied in the Intel JF1 parking lot. That this is a technological marvel, and my dream car. #
  • Whoa, waitaminute. Orson Scott Card is writing a direct sequel to Ender’s Game – Ender in Exile: http://tinyurl.com/5nh3ns DO WANT!!1! #
  • @ihenpecked You can get Ender’s Game and its various sequels for cheap at Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/6nof5q) or the library. Great scifi. #
  • @mulderc I haven’t read any Card since, oh, Shadow of the Hegemon. but LOVED the Ender books. #
  • @SharonG It seems the Ender’s Game movie was supposed to happen this year, but is up in the air seeking a director http://tinyurl.com/56lq27 #
  • @ihenpecked Not sure where he’s writing these days. I used to follow his blog, hatrack.com, but drifted away years ago. #
  • Hey, you. Who hasn’t voted yet. Go do it. Vote. Seriously. Please. It’s important. Do it. Please. #
  • To all of you who can’t vote until tomorrow, that’s OK. Just do it anyway! And get your state to adopt vote by mail or something modern. πŸ˜‰ #
  • OK, we knew that iPhone 2.2 has Street View and walking directions, but it also has OTA podcast updating. Awesome! http://tinyurl.com/5e8rev #
  • @dswiese I’m thinking yes, that Apple knew OTA podcast downloads were coming, and THAT was the duplicate functionality they were talking abt #
  • @ahockley A ha! We’ve finally cracked the nut – “what will make Aaron want an iPod Touch/iPhone”! πŸ™‚ I’ll alert Cupertino. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley Just uninstall/disable the Apple Software Updater. Autoruns is your friend if it won’t go peaceably. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Dear LazyTwitter: What’s the best iPhone app/web page for tracking election results? Not polls, but real results. #
  • @ahockley Yes, the Apple Software Updater is a separate app. Kill it at will. #
  • @harrisja Not sure what you mean by further kill the battery. “How much you use it” to “how long the battery lasts” is pretty linear. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley The iPod Touch has wifi. I wouldn’t try to download huge podcast files over EDGE or HSDPA, unless desperate. #
  • @ahockley I doubt it will be a “runs in the background and automatically downloads the podcast” method. I don’t want it to auto download. #
  • @ahockley I want it to tell me “hey, there’s new episodes”, and let me choose to download. Like App update notifications. #
  • @harrisja I know “people” complain about iPhone battery life, but frankly, I get great life out of mine. It’s rarely below 60% at the EOD. #
  • @ahockley If you want “automatically download everything”, that’s what your big always-on iPod (aka your computer) is for. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Jmartens Did you know that a Five Guys recently opened on Cedar Hills Blvd in Beaverton? I can’t wait to go. Loved it on the east coast. #
  • @Jmartens we were going to hit Five Guys on Saturday, but my boy has a peanut alergy, and they cook everything in peanut oil. I need to go! #
  • @billpearson a worthy endeavor. πŸ™‚ Ive been meaning to snag Wii Music. looks like a great family game. #
  • @ahockley Yeah, his peanut allergy isn’t severe, but enough to give him a rash/hives. I hope he grows out of it. I’m plagued with allergies. #
  • @mar_iannitti I heart Guitar Hero. The full Guitar Hero World Tour set (drums, mic, guitar) + Rock Band 2 are on my list. They’re just fun! #
  • @donpdonp Local stuff like this power outage are where PulseofPDX.com would shine. If only Twitter would turn “with_friends” back on. πŸ™ #
  • Flipping channels, saw John McCain doing the intro monologue for SNL’s election special, badly. Surreal. #
  • @Jmartens Yeah. You’d think he could read lines on a teleprompter without stumbling by now. πŸ™‚ #
  • Wow. Palin ripping on SNL and NBC came off creepy. Threatening to revoke NBCs broadcast license? Yay for jokes about the 1st Amendment. πŸ™ #
  • @mattg It was live tonight. I’m sure it will be on NBC.com tomorrow. The crowd was eerily quiet and uncomfortable. #

☍ iPhone 2.2 Update Brings Street View, OTA Podcast Downloads

New IPhone 2.2: The iPhone OS 2.2 Rumor Round Up


OK, so we all knew that the iPhone 2.2 update was bringing Google Maps Street View and walking directions (about time, too). But Gizmodo says it will also include over-the-air podcast downloads. First I’ve heard of this, but a welcome feature that people like me and Dave Winer have been clamoring for from the beginning.


And it suddenly makes a lot more sense why Apple rejected the “Podcaster” app (which downloads over the air, too) for “duplicating iTunes functionality”. At the time, we scratched our heads, because the iPhone had no such capability.