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13 good things from 2010
Inspired by Scott’s list of 10 good things from 2010 and refreshed from a week & a half off from work, here’s my list of 13 good things from 2010 - 3 rock ‘n roll, 2 non-profit, 6 technology, 2 general ones.
- Recess – My new band! Mary, Kate and Elliot play rock ‘n roll. 4 shows in 2010. Lots more coming in 2011.
- The Whores, The Pioneers of Seduction, Clinical Trials, Crazy Pills – One of the great things about playing gigs again is the fact that I get to see so much AWESOME local music! Based on the music from these local 3-piece outfits, rock ‘n roll is alive and well in Brooklyn!
- Mojo’s night at The Trash Bar – Free PBR from 8-9, great local bands, awesome bartenders, close to the train.
- Lexington Readers Club. The LRC doesn’t have a web site yet. Patrice Covino put together a monthly program where professionals and artists spend an hour a month reading with third-graders,
- DonorsChoose. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects public school teachers with people who want to help. They call it citizen philanthropy. Yeah, this isn’t totally new for 2010 but they were one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2010.
- The Monkeysphere Project – Why do you trust the web sites and servers you connect to, the people that you communicate with? The Monkeysphere and the OpenGPG web-of-trust add add a layer of authenticity to online connections.
- DebConf 2010. This year DebConf was up at Columbia University in NYC. DebConf is an international gathering of free software advocacy, free software in design & government and the Debian operating system.
- DropBox. This online backup service allows you to “sync your files online and across your computers automatically”.
- Ruby on Rails. I’ve never been a fan of “web development” but the test-driven-development approach and conventions/best-practices that are part of a standard Ruby on Rails projects almost force good coding practices. Sure beats the head-ache of dealing with other people’s sloppy undocumented code. Yeah, I still like Django/Python and Perl but the Ruby ecosystem is really sweet.
- Arduino and open-source hardware. At the TechCrunch hack-a-thon we stayed up all night and built a “welcome mat” that greets you when you get home, asks about places that you’ve been and people that you may have talked to.
- Git source-control management. Also not new for 2010 but git is a pleasure to work with. Thank goodness I can use git as a front-end to the Subversion repo that we use at work.
- Samuel the amazing cat. Yeah, he’s a little crazy but he means well.
- Babies. What can I say? I like hanging out with my sister’s and friends’ kids. They call me Uncle Elliot.
do not track
This morning WNYC had a spot on FTC’s proposed ‘Do Not Track’ tool.
Assuming that web tracking is a real problem, legislation is *not* the right solution. We should better educate Internet users about online privacy, about tools available to them.
There are several ways that individuals can already avoid tracking without government intervention. The only guaranteed way to fully “opt out” of Internet tracking by not using hosted services. For most people, this is not a viable option.
Assuming you are fear tracking at several levels, there is a range of free tools available now to avoid tracking.
- BROWSER TRACKING: Use Chrome and the Incognito feature. A new Incognito window explains “Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window.” I’m not sure how/if plug-ins like Adobe’s Flash Player are sandboxed so this may not be 100% tracker-free. More on this after I take a deeper look.
- ISP TRACKING: Use Tor, a free tool for anonymous browsing.
- EMAIL PRIVACY: Use a mail client that supports the OpenPGP standard. Encrypt all messages.
- ONLINE SERVICES: Don’t post private stuff online. Duh.
Educate, don’t legislate.
splitting in blue and green
Click and shift-click to split. Nice.
call me old-fashioned
Don’t get me wrong – I love the Web2.0 RIA always-connected lifeblogging world and digital audio recording and tweaking my linux window manager to maximum productivity.
But sometimes it’s nice to put down the iPod, sit down, put on a vinyl record, write an old-fashioned letter to a friend for their birthday, ride your bike in the freezing weather to the post office and send it off. She’ll get it in a few days. Why the hurry?
Flock browser, blogging.
started exploring lifeblogging tools again, getting more active on my virtual presence.
I left my moleskin on the subway today by accident and felt like I lost a little part of myself. So…if I ask you to remind me about something that you told me in the last two weeks (it is a pretty new notebook) then please understand
blogged directly from Flock.
the 2008 Presidential Election ate my blog
I finally updated my (mt) MediaTemple.net account from a [ss] shared-service to a [gs] grid-service lite account. What does this mean? It means that the server behind ihardlyknower.org is running on top of 2007 technology rather than 2003 technology. And I’ll be more likely to update ‘er more often.
After the upgrade I went through over 5000 comments that were posted on this blog, all of them spam. It’s definitely time to look into CAPTCHA or some other way to block the comment spam. Interesting thing I discovered while paging through the pages and pages of spam – supporters of Ron Paul for President in 2008 was responsible for a few hundred of them. The radio talks about McCain, Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney, Clinton, Obama, Biden and Kucinich. Looks like Ron Paul has the support of the comment spammers.
I’ve been busy with life – learning to play jazz, getting hitched, looking for Brooklyn apartments, helping Chi-ah fight lymphoma, writing code for Laszlo Webtop.
greenpeace intervention on youtube
Some of the folks that share the Brooklyn coworking space with me (my cocoworkers, I guess!) recently produced a video about an advertising intervention at the filming of a Kleenex ad in Times Square.
Greenpeace activists performed the intervention on a Kleenex commercial shoot in Times Square, effectively hijacking their ad campaign, and shutting down the shoot for the rest of the day (March 24th 2007). Kleenex, responsible for vast old-growth forest destruction in Northern Canada’s Boreal Forest, opened the door for this one.
Brooklyn coworking open house on Friday!
Tired of arguing with your cat about a bad client?
Wondering what is the next wave of social networking technology?
Looking for an invigorating environment to call an “office?”
You are invited to Brooklyn Coworking’s monthly open house and happy hour!
Break free from hourly coffee purchases and grab a slice of Williamsburg’s alternative working community – Coworking @ The Change You Want to See – a cafe-like community and collaboration space for developers, writers and independents. These types of grassroots coworking spaces are popping up all over the world, from San Francisco, to Paris, to a few here in New York City…
Join us this Friday, 30 March, at The Change You Want to See gallery for COWORKING BROOKLYN. From 10 am to 5 pm, our doors will be open for anyone to come on by and give us a try. Bring a laptop, a snack or two, manuscript, screenplay, or killer app and leave the kats behind.
From 5 pm to 7 pm, we will host a happy hour(s)! Bring a treat or two and get ready to let your hair down.
Who are we? Writers, Programmers, Organizers, Artist, Philosophers, Activist, Bloggers, and Adventure Seekers…
When you join the Brooklyn Coworking space you get:
• a community of like minded folks
• a low monthly rate
• a flux of interesting people
• networking and expertise
• printer and scanner
• quiet spaces to work in
If you have questions feel free to email us at brooklyn.coworking[a/t]gmail[d0t]com
When: Friday, 30 March, 10AM – 5PM (Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm)
Where: The Change You Want to See Gallery, 84 Havemeyer, Willamsburg, Brooklyn
Map: OnNYTurf Subway map
Want more info?
Join the new NYC Coworking Google Group -
Check out The Change You Want to See Gallery:
See the Coworking Wiki: http://wiki.coworking.info/
past present and future of the Web, AJAXWorld 2007
Now browsers are catching up with Plugin-based rich-content like Flash & Director. At AJAXWorld 2007, I worked the Laszlo booth for part of the 3-day conference & walked around to sample the tech of other companies. After doing the rounds I really feel like the stuff we’re doing at Laszlo – releasing and supporting the open-source OpenLaszlo compiler & server, working on Laszlo Webtop – is top-notch technology. I’m truly psyched to be working at Laszlo.
Why do my engineers need to learn another language? asked a few folks. When I demonstrated the simplicity of writing LZX and the complexity of apps like LzMail, LzPix and Webtop they were impressed. When I showed how you could tweak a query arg and generate AJAX they were floored.
I can’t wait until we get Webtop running in OpenLaszlo 4.0 and offer the ability for companies to iteratively port their existing web layer over to Webtop.
Last night Laszlo sponsored a cruise down to the Statue of Liberty and then back up the Hudson. The multicontinental crowd loved it. You’ve never really lived until you’ve seen a dancefloor full of European and American tech folks doing the electric slide wearing funny hats on a boat off the coast of Manhattan.
Laszlo seriously rocked that conference.