Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-22

  • Ugh. Traffic. #
  • @JonMountjoy PicTranslator is pretty close to AR translation: take a pic of text, it recognizes, translates, and speaks it. 1st lang is free in reply to JonMountjoy #
  • Just watched Transformers 2. Wish there was a special mode that skips scenes where any human but Turturro opens their mouth. #
  • FTR, I knew Transformers was an awful movie. I bought it on Blu-Ray for robot eye candy in HD. That's all I wanted. I got it. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-21

  • I love how Apple doesn't need an event, or a marketing campaign to hype new products. They just take their site down for a couple hours. πŸ™‚ #
  • I *so* want the new Apple Magic Mouse. The whole top is a multitouch surface. Nice. http://www.apple.com/magicmouse/ #
  • @harrisja I get cables from PCHCables.com. An HDMI cable is maybe $5. They're out here in Hillsboro (right across the street from me :-). in reply to harrisja #
  • I did a blog post 3 years ago on how to fix your Apple Mouse when scrolling quits. It *still* gets a few comments per week. (up to 222!) #
  • The most commented-upon blog post I've ever written: "Apple Mighty Mouse Won't Scroll Down" http://bit.ly/m0Xsd #
  • The mere fact I won't have to clean out the little Mighty Mouse scroll ball anymore is enough to make me want the new Apple Magic Mouse. πŸ™‚ #
  • So, the Barnes&Noble Nook ebook reader. Who's got specific information on what file formats it supports (besides PDF)? Can't find it… #
  • @aaroneiche What about the Nook interests you above the Kindle (or the Sony Reader)? Just curious. in reply to aaroneiche #
  • @infomofo Got a link? No Nook support for TXT, HTML, RDF, or MOBI? Hmm. Seems like an advantage for the Kindle, there. #
  • A question about the Nook: how the heck do you enter text? I don't see any interface on it besides the page turning buttons and touchscreen. #
  • RT @isntv: Live Now: Visualize This! Today's guest? Drew Sikora (@dsikora), Executive Producer at GameDev.net. Come watch! http://j.mp/isntv #
  • @AiGameDev We're working to build our viewership for our live shows. This time slot is hard for non-US folks, and our audience is global. in reply to AiGameDev #
  • @AiGameDev The vast majority of @isntv's show views come after the fact. Most people place/time shift, to watch the shows when they want. πŸ™‚ in reply to AiGameDev #
  • What's with the Facebook spam today? I'm getting flooded with friend requests and "Check out my Photos" emails. *grump* #
  • @marusin Me too! Tweetie 2 almost instantly trained my brain that tugging at the top of the screen=refresh. I even do it on my Mac now! πŸ™‚ in reply to marusin #
  • @Tersteeg All my tweets go to Facebook. 'Cause if they didn't, I'd never remember to post anything there. in reply to Tersteeg #
  • Now that I think about it, everything that goes into my Facebook stream comes from an external source. It's a hub for my tubes. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @siracusa: Free, fully functional evaluation copy of Snow Leopard Server: http://bit.ly/3di6Nn #
  • On the couch with @rachelbancroft, playing Words with Friends on our iPhones, eating ice cream. I love this woman. πŸ™‚ #
  • Picked up Transformers 2 on Blu-Ray today. I missed it in the theater, and my inner nerd won't let that stand. πŸ™‚ #
  • @danielpunkass AFAICT, the Nook doesn't have web browsing capability. The Kindle does (however limited). Also, no txt/HTML/.mobi on the Nook in reply to danielpunkass #
  • @danielpunkass And you'd be betting that B&N's ebook library is going to suit you better than Amazon's. in reply to danielpunkass #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-20

  • *chortle* re @hotdogsladies SEO tweets: http://twitpic.com/m56rp #
  • I requested that Posterous support Blip.tv as a video destination, and now it does. SWEET! Thanks Posterous! http://twitpic.com/m5cqo #
  • @lilbutterfly Apple sez: "you can make commercial music with GarageBand, you just can't distribute the loops as loops" http://bit.ly/P5KPA in reply to lilbutterfly #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: Pirate Radio, DB Cooper, Hula Hoops, and more – check out the 20 talks you'll see at #IP7! πŸ™‚ http://j.mp/IP7talks #
  • If you have Rock Band for iPhone, two free Freezepop songs just showed up in the Music Store: http://twitpic.com/m66a0 #
  • I have the noisest case of the hiccups I've ever experienced. I know it sounds like I'm having a seizure, but I'm fine, really! πŸ™‚ #
  • @pdxmark2 why thank you! I'm a recent convert to Freezepop, but I dig their stuff. It's way fun in Rock Band! πŸ™‚ in reply to pdxmark2 #
  • I love how easy it is in Tweetie 2 to block people who @reply spam me, from all of the accounts I manage. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-19

  • @LeStew Everything I've read says 3 is *way* too young for Where The Wild Things Are: http://j.mp/3gFiXY in reply to LeStew #
  • I just ousted @lestew as the mayor of Dairy Queen – Farmington on @foursquare! http://bit.ly/FH10E #
  • Not to be smug, but I called the fact that the balloon wasn't big enough to fly with the boy, and it was a hoax as soon as it landed. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hat tip to @BadAstronomer and MythBusters for fueling my scientific skepticism all these years. πŸ™‚ We need more evidence-based skepticism! #
  • This is the best video ever: So Your Cat Wants a Massage? http://bit.ly/1Ich9o (via @clint and others) πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @codinghorror: The iPhone Rock Band app is now live in the US for $9.99 via iTunes! http://twitpic.com/m3e84 (me: downloading now! πŸ™‚ #
  • Rock Band for iPhone is 158MB. Yay for Fios. πŸ™‚ In game song addons appear to be two for $0.99. Not bad. #
  • I really should go to bed. But I have Rock Band on my iPhone. ROCK BAND ON MY IPHONE! πŸ˜‰ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-18


A Whole Shelf of iPhone Books at Powell’s

I remember seeing the first iPhone book on the shelf a couple of year ago. Now there are tons of them.

The weird thing is, I’m no more than mildly interested in any of them. The lead times and lacks of ability to be updated make dead tree books a weird choice (for me) for information about a platform as dynamic and connected as the iPhone.

(this photo and post were created wholly on my iPhone – a few phots stiched together with Autostitch, then tweaked a little with Photoshop Mobile, and posted via email using Posterous, all while lounging in a chair at the Powell’s bookstore in question. πŸ˜‰

Posted via email by way of Josh Bancroft’s Posterous


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-17

  • @clint @thewynk you can only see other people's Twitter lists if you're in the lists beta yourself. in reply to clint #
  • @clint agree it's lame. I just feel extra left out because I don't have lists yet. *sniff* πŸ™‚ in reply to clint #
  • @podcasthotel @nozzlsteve @brianjesse Aww, I'm honored to be compared to @ptorrone. I'll do my best to keep the geek flame alive! πŸ™‚ in reply to podcasthotel #
  • RT @tweetie: The awesome keeps on coming: post to Flickr with Tweetie 2! http://gdzl.la/ #
  • Testing uploading an image directly to Flickr from Tweetie 2 via gdzl.la: http://gdzl.la/7812rL #
  • Hmm. Posting image to Flickr from Tweetie 2 works, but the URL is still gdzl.la. Wish Flickr would enable their own flic.kr service. *hint* #
  • Who knows someone at Flickr/Yahoo, so we can get them to enable a twitpic-compatible upload API for flic.kr, so we can use it directly? #
  • @unclenate Because Tweetie 2 (and I bet a bunch of other clients) use/require a Twitpic-compatible upload API: http://bit.ly/Ofwmi in reply to unclenate #
  • To clarify, what I want is a way to upload pics directly to Flickr from *inside* a Twitter client like Tweetie 2, without an intermediary. #
  • We need a Flickr Upload API Endpoint for Twitter Clients http://post.ly/8rBj #
  • Oh hai Twitter lists! I didn't notice you there. Now, how do I use you in @Tweetie 2? #
  • Oh ho ho! It looks like saved searches are live on Twitter too. These synced from Tweetie 2, as promised: http://twitpic.com/lrink #
  • @corvida @akiva Tweetie 2 said that Lists support would be there when they went live (maybe needs an update to activate?) #
  • There has *got* to be a better way to add a bunch of people to a Twitter list. This click/spinny/wait/click method takes *way* too long. #
  • For instance, I want to add everyone @pulseofintel follows (172 people) to my "Intel People" list. Takes *way* too long one at a time. #
  • And also, you apparently can't add yourself to one of your own Twitter lists. #fail #
  • Oh, wait. You can add yourself to one of your lists, but you have to do it from your profile page, rather than a "following" page. #
  • @ravenme Yeah, you and me both. I just read those instructions, after about a dozen violating tweets. Oops! πŸ™‚ in reply to ravenme #
  • http://bestc.am/vhVr THERE ARE CUPCAKES IN THE BREAK ROOM. #
  • @akiva Um, no. And: ew. πŸ™‚ in reply to akiva #
  • @1tonyjones Thanks! Shot it with my iPhone 3GS, tweaked it a bit in @chasejarvis's Best Camera app. My phone has become my main camera. in reply to 1tonyjones #
  • Apologies for the all CAPS in my tweet about the cupcakes. A joke only Ars people may get. πŸ™‚ #
  • @1tonyjones My iPhone photo toolkit: Best Camera, Photoshop, Autostich, TiltShift, CameraBag, SketchBook, PhotoGene. And sometimes Snapture. in reply to 1tonyjones #
  • I'm not supposed to tweet abt it but I made Twitter lists for Ignite Portland, Legion of Tech, and Intel Software Network. Will share later. #
  • I keep forgetting how easy it is to add new WordPress plugins from the admin as of 2.8.whatever. I keep using SSH/wget/unzip. πŸ™‚ #
  • @gwalter That is correct. Unless you have lists enabled on your Twitter account, you can't see other people's lists. in reply to gwalter #
  • Listen to recordings from an amateur (ham) radio repeater minutes after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: http://bit.ly/3kib5z #
  • I love that I can see what Twitter lists people have added me to: https://twitter.com/jabancroft/lists/memberships πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: We're notifying folks who submitted talk ideas for #IP7 today, whether you're "in" or "try again". Watch your inbox! #
  • @smileysejalee @IgnitePortland 7 will be on Thursday November 19, 2009: http://www.igniteportland.com in reply to smileysejalee #
  • @rachelbancroft and the kids are at grandma's, so I have free bachelor time until Sunday night. And I have no idea what to do with it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @smileysejalee Bummer. You'll just have to watch the live #IP7 video stream, then, and plan on making it to #IP8. πŸ™‚ in reply to smileysejalee #
  • Grr. Finally (barely) beat Skullcrusher Mountain on Hard, and my PS3 froze up. It's a sign. I'm going to bed. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @codinghorror: most awesome Rock Band iPhone teaser video http://bit.ly/148AG6 (can't wait for this!) #

We need a Flickr Upload API Endpoint for Twitter Clients

(This is a general plea to any developers out there inclined to build this idea – I’ve also posted it to the Flickr API forum here.)

If you aren’t familiar with it, Tweetie 2 is a state of the art iPhone Twitter client written by Loren Brichter (@atebits on Twitter). I’m a huge fan. πŸ™‚ It supports a wide range of photo services, like Twitpic and yfrog, but it also allows for use of a custom upload service, documented here: http://developer.atebits.com/tweetie-iphone/custom-image/.

I attach photos to my tweets all the time, and I’ve been using twitpic, but Flickr is my home for photos online, and it’s really bugged me to have to put photos in another service, when I’d really just like to keep them all in Flickr.

What I’d *love* to see is an API upload endpoint (as documented at http://developer.atebits.com/tweetie-iphone/custom-image/) that would allow users to upload a photo directly from a Twitter client like Tweetie 2 to Flickr, which then returned a flic.kr short URL for the photo (like when you tweet an existing photo from Flickr).

If such a thing existed, my online photosharing life would be *vastly* improved, the intertubes would achieve a greater state of harmony, and I’m sure a ton of people would be happier. πŸ™‚

I realize it’s not a super simple thing to enable (authentication would seem to be the biggest hurdle, but something like OAuth should help), but it would be *awesome*. There are already third party services that are allowing this. http://gdzl.la is one I tested just this morning – it works, but I’d rather have a flic.kr short URL, not theirs, in my tweets. Call it Flickr Pride. πŸ™‚ And I’d also rather not share my Twitter login with a 3rd party service, which is just bad security practice.

So, what do you think? I’m a lousy coder, or I’d try to do this myself. Who wants to score the appreciation and adoration of the people at the intersection of Flickr and Twitter, and build this amazingly great service? πŸ™‚

Posted via email by way of Josh Bancroft’s Posterous


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-10-16

  • Oops. Overslept. @rachelbancroft and the kids are at grandma's. The chickens woke me up 10 minutes before my first meeting of the day. :-O #
  • My @emmabancroft is 6 years old. I can only imagine what the parents of the boy in the balloon are going through. Hope this ends well… πŸ™ #
  • People are gathering around the TV in the common area, transfixed by the boy in the balloon. No one here can concentrate. πŸ™ #
  • Watched the balloon land (quite gently) on CNN. But there doesn't appear to be anyone inside… πŸ™ #
  • Here's hoping he got terrified because he let dad's balloon loose, and is hiding somewhere in the neighborhood, afraid of being in trouble. #
  • You can listen to the Colorado State Patrol radio traffic here: http://bit.ly/4EWB1x #
  • Here's #balloonboy's dad's website: http://www.thepsyiencedetectives.com/ – "Investigating the Mysteries of Science and Psychic Phenomenon" #
  • The dad's site sells "episodes" of the "Psyience Detectives" show. And they were on ABC's "Wife Swap" a couple weeks ago. Something smells. #
  • Remember the helium balloon episode of MythBusters? Was that balloon even big enough to lift a 6yo? @donttrythis? @grantimahara? Anyone? #
  • @TheSquare Yes, here's the Mythbuster's ep with the helium raft: http://bit.ly/1ne5m5 I think there's no way that balloon could lift a 6yo. in reply to TheSquare #
  • It takes 16 cubic feet of helium to lift 1lb. With generous math guessing 300 cubic feet in the balloon, it could lift 18lbs. Not a 6yo boy. #
  • My math was wrong. Guessing 1500 cubic feet for the balloon, it could lift 93lbs. Balloon + kid could weigh less than 93lbs. Sorry #mathfail #
  • Anyone got dimensions (and math skills to calculate the volume of an epsilloid) to calculate the volume of the balloon? #
  • I apologize for my skepticsm regarding the boy in the balloon. As the father of a 6yo, I hope like heck they find him OK. #cantturnmynerdoff #
  • Balloon boy found safe at home. Childhood mistake? Hoax? Publicity stunt? Guess we'll find out. Glad he's OK.N #
  • Great @IgnitePortland talk selection meeting tonight. I think we know what the talks are going to be! We'll announce on Monday. Suspense! #
  • @brianjesse @podcasthotel @nozzlsteve What are these amazing exploits you speak of? Do tell… πŸ˜‰ in reply to brianjesse #
  • @nozzlsteve @brianjesse @podcasthotel That's just my standard loadout. Everyone carries that much gear, right? Right? πŸ˜‰ in reply to nozzlsteve #
  • @rachelbancroft Yay! So glad you had a happy birthday! Enjoy the rest of the weekend at Grandma's! πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • Is it to early to whine about not being included in the Twitter lists beta yet? 'Cause I wasn't. #pout #geekentitlement #