Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-31

  • @billpearson is totally playing music during our staff meeting this morning. First, and Indian song “Boys are Best”, now “Dancing Queen” πŸ™‚ #
  • @KarenPearson We’re all dancing inside. πŸ™‚ in reply to KarenPearson #
  • Uh oh. The Macarena just came up in @billpearson’s playlist. Staff meeting will never be the same… #
  • The backstory behind @billpearson’s musical staff meeting: http://bit.ly/7NEjV I sent him that as a joke, and we ended up doing it. πŸ™‚ #
  • Whoa – Google Reader ate NewsGator Online, is now the official online sync for FeedDemon and NetNewsWire: http://bit.ly/ZwSXO #
  • Guitar Hero 5 full track list announced. I might have to pick this one up, even though I converted to Rock Band 2: http://bit.ly/2GvI6R #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-30

  • RT @joeljohnson: Joby released “Gorillamobile” tripod for iPhone, etc. Brilliant all around. http://bit.ly/Ecc7V (DO WANT) #
  • The Joby GorillaMobile iPhone kit is just a regular GorillaPod with the suction/sticky accessories. I just bought the accessories instead. #
  • I love my GorillaPod. Have you seen their big aluminum Focus model? $99. I want one for big cameras, but would probably never *use* it. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @aaroneiche: I don’t know what you just said because I was thinking about Batman. πŸ™‚ #
  • I have a new iPhone ringtone. I get so few phone calls, that I’ve always just used the default Marimba tone. Think I’ll keep this one… πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy I love that the new Twitter home page is search/trends, but why ONLY if you’re not logged in? No love for existing tweeters… in reply to turoczy #
  • OK, this is *ridiculous*. Temp = 108.1F, heat index = 116F, WTF Meter = I give up. http://twitpic.com/c2gg9 #
  • New fun site to read: http://emailsfromcrazypeople.com/ If you like the FAILBlog, you’ll like this, though it seems to be dead ATM. #
  • The Twitters are raving about how good the new MobileMe iDisk iPhone app is, but I don’t have MobileMe, so I’m left out. ;_; #
  • @funkatron Yeah, I just can’t bring myself to pay $149 a year (for me and my wife) for what I basically get for free from Google… in reply to funkatron #
  • @jltitus What do you like about MobileMe compared to, say, Google apps? Tight iPhone integration would be nice, plus “Find My iPhone”. in reply to jltitus #
  • @funkatron Yes, I’m very much looking forward to the Dropbox iPhone app. I don’t have that many “files” that I need to sync, but it’s nice. in reply to funkatron #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-29

  • Another day of live “TV”. What <strike>stresses</strike> joys will it bring? πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m excited about the news from blip.tv – redesigned dashboard, show player, and crossposting to YouTube? Yes, please! πŸ™‚ #
  • Like volumetric fog/smoke on multi-core Intel processors? Come watch the Kaboom demo on Visualize This! now: http://bit.ly/isntv #
  • @jerry_makare and I are packing @isntv gear up for our trip to SIGGRAPH09 in New Orleans next week. It takes a lot of stuff to do live TV! #
  • @billpearson is making is all have gadget lust with his 16GB microSDHC card for his BlackBerry.. πŸ™‚ #
  • APRSWXNET Aloha says it’s 105F right now. NOW do you believe that the sun hates us, and is trying to kill us? #
  • Jackson School wx station in Hillsboro is reporting 113.5F: http://bit.ly/XJc7t #
  • We hates the yellow face. It burns ussss. #
  • @blogan Yeah, 113.5F is probably not entirely accurate, but I’m going for sensationalism. I hear it’s all the rage in “social media”. πŸ™‚ in reply to blogan #
  • Temp = 106F, heat index = 108F, WTF meter = ZOMG: http://twitpic.com/byyz4 #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-28

  • My Outlook Inbox this morning: “Updating 9.79MB, will take 7101 weeks”. There goes the rest of my life… #
  • @CAMURPHY @peat Ha! I thought of that XKCD (http://bit.ly/7ms1P), too. Luckily, 7101 weeks only took about 15 minutes. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft @billpearson Nah, wasn’t me. Now, if he had heard someone downloading iPhone apps from the stall in the bathroom… πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • @grigs Sweet! I’m bummed that I’m not going to make it to Mobile Portland tonight, but I believe some folks from my team are going. in reply to grigs #
  • Rather than go out into the hot and continue dying after work, wondering if I can bring my family in here for the evening… #
  • I ambushed @tersteeg with the Billy Bass that inexplicably showed up at work. πŸ™‚ (Testing TwitVid, too) http://twitvid.com/12477 #
  • This is just WRONG (my car sez it’s 110F): http://twitpic.com/bvpvv #
  • @SharonG His reaction was subdued when he saw I has a camera. He told me what he *wanted* to do. πŸ™‚ in reply to SharonG #
  • WUnderground (APRSWXNET Aloha) says it’s only 103. So that’s something. http://twitpic.com/bvtsj #
  • Me: explains A/C to Emma. Emma: “Is that why the backyard is so hot?” Me: “No, that’s because the sun hates us and is trying to kill us.” #
  • @jezlyn Is the 103F temperature reading correct? Sadly, yes. Yes, it is. ????? in reply to jezlyn #
  • Take THAT, murderous heat! The Bancroft Family retaliates with an air conditioned car trip to Sonic for slushes. Mine’s lemon. πŸ™‚ #
  • Now we’re sitting in the driveway with the AC on, playing on our iPhones, because we don’t want to go inside. Can we sleep out here? #
  • @jshardison @gregleff we have AC, but only in our bedroom upstairs. We all camp/sleep in here when it gets really hot. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-26

  • Headed to the Beaverton Farmers Market. Going to try out the Geocaching iPhone app. Told the kids it’s a “magic treasure map”. Which it is. #
  • @BrianEnigma Cool! The Hidden Park app sounds awesome. Will definitely check it out. in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • Failed to find the geocache hidden in the Beaverton library. In retrospect, I bet it was in the Geography section, in a book on Geocaching. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-25


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-24

  • There’s some bike race on the TV at work. People are all crowded around it. Weird. #
  • Augmented reality cometh: Pocket Universe astronomy app for iPhone adds compass support – just point at the sky to identify stuff. Sweet! #
  • If you ever wonder what iPhone apps I recommend wholeheartedly, check out my IUseThis profile: http://bit.ly/joshapps #
  • .@jskit I just reserved my spot to be amongst the first to get #ECHO! http://bit.ly/echoinvite #
  • I feel dirty for having to allow a service to post something to my tweet stream, but I really want to play with js-kit ECHO… πŸ™ #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: Now’s the time to submit that awesome talk idea in your head. IP7 isn’t *that* far off! http://bit.ly/ip7ideas #
  • Dear LazyTwitter: How exactly does the tiny accelerometer in the iPhone, Wii, etc. work? Piezo? MEMS? #
  • Google Latitude for iPhone is out: http://google.com/latitude Here’s a screenshot: http://twitpic.com/bdjrj #
  • Interesting that Google Latitiude for iPhone runs in the browser, and brings most Google Maps functions (traffic, directions, etc.) with it. #
  • The URL for Latitiude on the iPhone is http://bit.ly/MyMWC
    Gmaps in Safari now? Used to always launch the Maps app. #
  • If you go to the Latitude URL in a desktop browser, it works just fine. Firefox 3.5 uses location. Nice alternative to the iGoogle gadget. #
  • Google Maps now works in Mobile Safari (google.com/maps/m). Location, Search (which isn’t present in Latitude), it’s all there. Cool! #
  • Oops. I was wrong. Search is present in Latitude, under Menu. Directions aren’t as slick as the native Maps app, but definitely workable. #
  • I just added a bunch of you as friends on Google Latitude. I promise I won’t stalk you. Much. (I’m jabancroft@gmail if you want to add me.) #
  • Hey. We’ve been friends for a while. I need your help to decide what to do with my blog. What do you think? http://bit.ly/1sfhzP #
  • @renegadeotv @blath @shadowbottle Thanks! I got the message. πŸ™‚ Twitter shows me all mentions of my @username, regardless of if I follow. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-07-23

  • @kellyrfeller If all marketing is relationship-based, then sadly, many of those relationships are one sided, dysfunctional, even abusive. in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • @kellyrfeller Ask the developers of apps featured in the iPhone TV commercials if they work or not. Being featured drives a TON of sales. in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: In case you missed it last night, the videos from IP6 have been posted. Go watch! http://bit.ly/ip6memories #
  • @kellyrfeller I’m dumb when it comes to marketing. Sure, it’s all relationships. But there are “good touch” relationships and “bad touch”… in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • Yummy lunch meeting downtown. Shawarma at Habibi on 10th and Morrison. It’s nice and cool and breezy, too. Yay! πŸ™‚ #
  • Nice and cool out. Time for some back porch computing. I’m uploading @isntv episodes. @rachelbancroft is playing w/chickens. Naturally. πŸ™‚ #
  • @drnormal That’s a great idea. I’m sure “The Chickens” will make their way onto @isntv eventually. My life is just one big blender. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m trying to figure out exactly what point I went from living a technology-based geek lifestyle to being a chicken farmer. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @ravenme: Man, event planning is a lot of work. Why do I do this every year to myself?! Oh yeah…because it’s fun when I am there. #

What Should I Do WIth This Blog?

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here. Months since I’ve felt like putting in the effort of writing something “long form” to put here. I’ve done enough of the “I’m going to refocus on my writing, I promise!” dance. The thing is, I’m writing and sharing a lot. You can see it over in the sidebar, if you’re not reading my feed. I tweet many times a day. I share and comment on and post photos and videos and all kinds of stuff (all of which gets aggregated over on FriendFeed, so I hope you’re paying attention there!).

So I’m still writing, in small chunks. Just not here. A year ago, people agonized over whether microblogging (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) was going to kill blogging. Now, we see long time bloggers like Steve Rubel (and me) moving almost exclusively to the new formats. But what does it mean for a five year old blog like this one?

I thought I’d ask you what you think. Lots of you still come to this blog, and subscribe to my feed, if my analytics are to be believed. I’d like to think that you’ve come to know me, and I’ve come to know you, at least a little. So, my blog confidants, tell me what you think.

Here are my criteria (a.k.a., random thoughts on the matter). I want to copy/archive all of my stuff in one place (like I do with my tweets now), so no abandoning my own site and moving wholesale to another platform. I own my data. I like open source solutions, like WordPress, and I’m not afraid to host something myself. I’d rather not pay for a tool, like SquareSpace, on top of what I’m already paying for hosting. This WordPress instance, which is over 5 years old and has more than 3000 posts, is getting really, really slow. I’m not averse to archiving old posts and starting fresh. I reserve the ability to write in long form again when the mood strikes me, so whatever I end up on needs to accommodate that. I’ve been running a soup.io instance on www.joshbancroft.com, which almost no one visits, so I’m thinking I might use that for something. Move there, run a lifestream there (on something other than soup.io), or here, etc.

I don’t know if I want to just start over on a new platform, radically remake this blog, give up altogether on blogging (like Rubel) and move on to other media, or what. You wait months and months for me to post something, and all you get is this lousy stream of consciousness whine from me about “I don’t know what I want to do with my life blog, help me!”. Awful, isn’t it?

But if you’re still with me, drop a comment, or a tweet, or whatever, and let me know what you think. I appreciate your opinion – we’ve been through a lot together. πŸ™‚