Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-21

  • I'm registered/paid for Google I/O, but couldn't travel there. Did they say anything about how I can get the HTC Evo 4G? #hopeful #
  • So Google and Sony are working together on Google TV. Wouldn't it be AWESOME if it came as an app for the PS3? #geekdream #
  • @jkuramot Stop shaving now if you want to impersonate me. When you have a shaggy, unkempt beard, you're there. πŸ™‚ in reply to jkuramot #
  • @jkuramot LOL if you do that, you've GOT to get someone to take video. Maybe with that shiny new Evo you've got. πŸ™‚ in reply to jkuramot #
  • I scored 4508 points playing #QRANK Can you beat that? http://bit.ly/b8lZZu #
  • @dswiese @shashib Hey, thanks for sharing that! I'll be at #wv2010 tomorrow, keep an eye out. πŸ™‚ in reply to dswiese #
  • RT @rachelbancroft: It's quite the exciting day in our backyard. Esmerelda the Hen has hatched 2 out of 3 chicks! They are so cute! #
  • Off to @emmabancroft's first dance recital. She's so darn cute! πŸ™‚ http://post.ly/gmHk #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-20

  • To everyone in my neighborhood who hates the fluffy cotton pollen that gets everywhere each spring: yes, that's my tree. Yes, I hate it too. #
  • Downloading Twitter (neΓ© Tweetie) for iPhone right now. Whee! πŸ™‚ #
  • Having to reenter all of the Twitter accounts I manage with the new Twitter for iPhone. It's a pain in the butt. #
  • The new Twitter for iPhone (Tweetie 3.0) feels much snappier than Tweetie 2. Love it. #
  • Now, @atebits, where's that Twitter for iPad we were promised? πŸ™‚ #norestfortheweary #
  • @ryan You can have multiple accounts in the new Twitter for iPhone. Just have to re-add them under Accounts and Settings. in reply to ryan #
  • RT @daringfireball: Google Storage for Developers: http://?df.ws/fcy (seems like a direct competitor to Amazon S3) #
  • @danielpunkass @macgenie I noted that Twitter for iPhone kept my bit.ly API key settings when I upgraded. So some stuff transferred over. in reply to danielpunkass #
  • I scored 5755 points playing #QRANK Can you beat that? http://bit.ly/b8lZZu #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-19

  • Soulver for iPad and Soulver 2 for Mac are out. A great calculator that lets you do calculations like a spreadsheet. http://bit.ly/cVQWY2 #
  • @JoshProStar only app I'd consider for writing a presentation on the iPad is Apple's Keynote. in reply to JoshProStar #
  • Twitter for iPhone (formerly Tweetie) is showing up for me as an update in iTunes, but says "no longer available" when I d/l. Argh! #
  • I know it's just a glitch as the iTunes store gets updated, but I've been waiting for Twitter/Tweetie with bated breath! #
  • @corvida Tweetie disappeared yesterday, but now "Twitter" is showing up for me (v 3.0) and I can't download yet. #impatient πŸ™‚ in reply to corvida #
  • Twitter for iPhone (neΓ© Tweetie) now shows as version 3.0, from Twitter, Inc. But the icon is the same: http://post.ly/gVp3 #
  • Still getting teased by "the item you requested is not available in the US store" for Tweetie/Twitter 3.0 πŸ™ #
  • RT @Frauenfelder: fiverr: The place for people to share things they're willing to do for $5. Fun! http://www.fiverr.com/ #
  • Watching the Mt. St. Helens Nova special on OPB. I'm fascinated by that thing. #
  • It's just amazing to me. "Hey, see that mountain over there? It just exploded." #sthelens #
  • I flew in a small 3 seat plane all around Mt. St. Helens, as close as we could get, and took some amazing photos. 3 days before 9/11/2001. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-18

  • I scored 5365 points playing #QRANK Can you beat that? http://bit.ly/b8lZZu #
  • QRANK is a very fun, free, addictive once a day multiplayer trivia game for iPhone. Give it a shot – I'm jabancroft if you want to add me. #
  • Stair Dismount is now a universal iPhone/iPad app, and still brutally fun. Worth the $0.99. Now, where's Truck Dismount? πŸ™‚ #
  • Here's the audio of Cory @Doctorow's For The Win reading and Q&A from Saturday at @Powells: http://j.mp/CoryFTW Enjoy! πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. Here's a direct link to the @doctorow For The Win @Powells audio (last one went to my blog front page): http://j.mp/CoryFTW #
  • *sigh* I fail at the internet. That last link was supposed to be http://j.mp/CoryFTW2 but at this point, you can figure it out by yourself. #
  • That big thunderstorm? It's here in Hillsboro/Beaverton/Aloha. #pdxtst #
  • Audio from Portland bookstore tour stop http://j.mp/c4iUlE Thanks for the link, Cory! πŸ™‚ #
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Audio: Cory Doctorow “For The Win” Reading and Q&A (Powell’s Books, Beaverton OR)

Cory Doctorow is my favorite author, and besides writing great sci-fi, he’s also written a ton on copyright, creativity, and other timely nerd topics. He’s shaped my views on these topics more than just about anyone else, and I was chuffed when he came to my hometown to do a reading/signing of his latest novel, For The Win, and spend some time visiting and answering questions at Powell’s Books in Beaverton, OR.

Cory Doctorow reading For The Win at Powell's in Beaverton, OR

Download the 34MB MP3 file directly.

This recording is about 1 hour 10 minutes long, and begin’s with Cory’s reading. It was recorded on my iPad (irony) using Griffin’s iTalk app and the built in mic. I did some basic editing and then ran it through Levelator to get the sound levels even. During the Q&A section, I asked what he’s learned from giving his books away for free under a Creative Commons license, and he gave a terrific 4 minute answer (that part starts at about the 29 minute mark).

Thanks to Cory and the staff at Powell’s for giving me permission to publish this recording. I release it under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Non-Commercial license. You can edit it, share it, and do just about anything but sell it, as long as you give me attribution, as as long as what you publish also carries a Creative Commons license.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to check out more of Cory’s work (and download free electronic versions of his books – they’re awesome!) at his website, http://craphound.com.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-16

  • First (and WAY early) for Cory @Doctorow's signing at 2PM. Yes, I am that nerd. πŸ™‚ (@ Powell's Books) http://4sq.com/8T9WrO #
  • The staff at @Powells say there will be no line for the Cory @Doctorow signing, and only expect about 100 people. I think they're mistaken. #
  • It appears I overestimated the nerd throng that would turn out for the @Doctorow signing. Perhaps you all don't love Cory like I do. πŸ™‚ #
  • Then again, perhaps it wasn't strictly necessary for me to show up at 9AM for @Doctorow's 2PM signing. πŸ™‚ But hey, hanging out at @Powells! #
  • I'm going to ask @Doctorow to sign my iPad because, despite its closedness in some areas, it's the best open ebook reader I've ever used. #
  • I've got ePub versions of all of @Doctorow's books in iBooks on my iPad. I've been reading For The Win on it since it came out. #
  • @phj_pdx you'll love FTW. It's great so far (I'm about 80% through it). Classic Cory. πŸ™‚ in reply to phj_pdx #
  • @funnymonkey I'll have him sign in a drawing app like Sketchbook, with his finger. I'm a digital kind of guy. πŸ™‚ in reply to funnymonkey #
  • They're settig up the chairs for @Doctorow at @Powells now. Trying to make sure I get a good seat. πŸ™‚ #
  • Good seat obtained: front and center! /cc @Doctorow @Powells http://twitpic.com/1o3b0b #
  • @tlockney it's not too crazy. About 30 ppl so far. Plenty room – come on down! πŸ™‚ in reply to tlockney #
  • There are some SERIOUSLY geeky people here for the @doctorow reading. Also many kids, which is very cool. /via @Heronymus #
  • Cory @Doctorow came out a few minutes early to chat with us. Yay! πŸ™‚ /cc @Powells http://twitpic.com/1o3o8g #
  • @bsneed about a hundred here, hard to count from the front row. A good crowd, lots of relevant geek t-shirts. πŸ™‚ in reply to bsneed #
  • Cory @Doctorow signed my iPad, and my copy of FTW. Yay! I'll post the image later. Thanks, Cory! πŸ™‚ #
  • I also recorded audio of Cory @Doctorow, and got permission from @Powells to post it. Give me a few days on that one. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rael @doctorow D'oh! I should have nabbed a copy of Essential Blogging and had you both sign it! πŸ™‚ in reply to rael #
  • @masonwest sorry I missed you! I ha to run after the signing. πŸ™ in reply to masonwest #
  • @jezlyn FTW came out just a few days ago. It's really good – grab it! πŸ™‚ in reply to jezlyn #
  • Cory Doctorow in da haus http://tweetphoto.com/22573580 /via @trevordodge #
  • I'll post @Doctorow @Powells pics later (I had my D40 and a great seat). πŸ™‚ #
  • @StephStricklen would have been awesome to get @Doctorow on the show. Next time I'll try to kidnap him and bring him to the studio. πŸ˜‰ in reply to StephStricklen #
  • @xolotl @parenthacks @rael @doctorow I'm totally jealous, in a totally non-stalkerish way. *non-chalant whistle* πŸ™‚ #
  • 25 posts in one day about attending an event with one's nerd idol isn't too many, right? Right? πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-05-15

  • RT @wilw: I'm from a generation that holds its breath when we hear "go with throttle up" during a shuttle launch. /me: Go, Atlantis! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just got an ad in iTunes to try MobileMe free for 60 days when I plugged my iPad in to sync. Is this maybe what was behind the "free" rumor? #
  • Tomorrow marks ten years that I have been an employee of Intel. I've never done anything (else) for ten years. Wow. πŸ™‚ #
  • I found two things I've done for more than 10 years – live in Utah, and live in Oregon. But never more than 5 years or so in the same city. #
  • @harrisja I will have been married 10 years in January. So, I haven't even done *that* for 10 years. πŸ™‚ in reply to harrisja #
  • Just unfollowed a local news anchor on Twitter. I'll tell you who and why… tonight at 5. πŸ˜‰ #

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