Yo-yo master and sticker propagator, David Capurro, sent this our way. If you happen to come across one of our Laughing Squid stickers in an interesting location and get a photo of it, let us know. I’ll post some of them here.
Apple just released iTunes 4.9 which now supports podcasting. They even have a new Podcast Directory which already features over 3000 podcasts and includes Adam Curry’s PodFinder, a free service that delivers weekly podcast content. Adam was Saturday’s keynote speaker at last week’s Gnomedex 5.0 conference.
With iTunes 4.9 you can now browse, find, sample and subscribe to thousands of free podcasts â€” radio shows delivered over the Internet to your computer â€” then sync them to your iPod and listen anytime, anywhere.
photo by Scott Beale
Gnomedex 5.0 is over. What a great conference. I met a bunch of really interesting people are involved with some really cool stuff. Many thanks to Chris Pirillo and Ponzi for organizing such an amazing event. I’ll definitely be back next year.
Here are my (non-Flickr) Gnomedex 5.0 photo galleries:
These are a few highlights from my Gnomedex 5.0 experience:
– I met a bunch of the guys from Bryght (they host community content websites based on Drupal) who where down from Vancouver. Really great folks. They convinced Lee to have a BBQ before the event started which was an excellent way to kick off the weekend.
– In his keynote speech, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, announced that Longhorn will be supporting RSS, including IE. All the Microsoft people there were wearing t-shirts that said “Longhorn [heart symbol] RSS”. They are also developing some RSS enhancements called Simple List Extensions, which they will be releasing under the Creative Commons license and they even showed a video of Lawrence Lessig showing his support for this project. It’s great to see Microsoft get behind an open standard like RSS and include it in the next version of their browser (most other browsers already have this feature). There’s more info about all of this on the IE Blog.
– Podcasting had a major presence at the conference, with both Dave Winer and Adam Curry giving keynotes. Adam recorded his keynote as his Daily Source Code episode #200 and ever popular The Gillmor Gang recorded a podcast from stage as well. Eric Rice and may others were podcasting all over the place and some, like Eric, Bre Pettis, and Steve Garfield were also video blogging (vlogging) the event. There was even Podbot, the podcasting robot.
– We all agreed that we need to find a simple solution to RSS synching as well as figure out the best way to deal with advertising through RSS feeds.
– Phillip Torrone, associate editor of Make Magazine, showed off a bunch of hack projects, including, the Portable Rotary Phone, an old rotary phone that you can insert your SIM card into and turn it into a cell phone.
– I met Abe Fettig and Scott McMullan from JotSpot who were working on a really cool live editing feature of their wiki script. I helped them with some Safari QA work when they first launched it at the conference.
– The Friday night Networking Bash was a really good time and it took place in the ultra-modern Seattle Public Library which looked like something out of Logan’s Run. The entire 4th floor is red, except for the bathrooms.
– Later Saturday night, Robert Scoble, the infamous “Microsoft Geek Blogger” organized a meetup at the Zig Zag Cafe as well as a breakfast the following morning. It was great hanging out with someone who works for Microsoft and is not afraid to speak his mind about that company’s actions and policies, especially when he disagrees with them. Robert was also the one who provided the bright red couch that was on stage during the conference and he and Chris Pirillo spent some “quality time” on it throughout the event.
photo by Scott Beale
Here are my photos from the 2nd and final day of Gnomedex 5.0 which concluded with Adam Curry’s keynote speech that he podcasted as Daily Source Code Episode #200. I’ve also uploaded a photoset of some our post-Gnomedex activities.
Thursday and Friday’s photos can be found here.
photo by Scott Beale
Here’s my first batch of photos from Gnomedex 5.0 or as Chris Pirillo calls it “the technology people aggregator”, starting with Lee LeFever’s Pre-Gnomedex BBQ on Thursday (Thanks Lee!), followed by the Registration Party, then the first full day of Gnomedex 5.0 on Friday which wrapped up nicely with the Networking Bash at the fabulous new Seattle Public Library. On the way back to the hotel, I though maybe I might have had too much to drink when I saw this.
Numerous geeks (myself included) are starting to arrive in Seattle for Gnomedex 5.0. This is really shaping up to be an amazing event. Chris and Ponzi are going all-out on this one. If you can’t make it in person, you can keep track of things with the Technorati tag page for Gnomedex. There’s sure to be plenty of live blogging and Flickr activity. Eric Rice will be hosting the live audio stream and as well as video blogging from the conference.
We are thinking about doing some touring around Seattle on Sunday. Of course at some point I will need to make a pilgrimage to Fremont to pay my regards to the troll (see photo above for a dirt encrusted version from 2003). Oh yeah, a trip to Archie McPhee over in Ballard is on the agenda as well. If you know of any pre or post-Gnomedex events or activities, please leave a comment.
Two the things I love about Seattle: good coffee and free Wi-Fi. Speaking of which, this post is coming to you from University Zoka, in U-Village (part of Seattle’s University District). This is the coffeehouse that is noted for being the unusual headquarters of Apple software development company Delicious Monster. Man, that was a good latte.
UPDATE 1: My photos from Thursday and Friday are now online.
UPDATE 2: Here are Saturday’s photos.
Laughing Squid presents Will Franken in “The Will Franken Fringe Benefit”, consisting of two completely different shows, one on Friday, June 24th and another on Saturday, June 25th, both at The Dark Room in San Francisco. Each show starts at 10pm and the admission is $10.
Will has been invited to the New York Fringe Festival and needs help getting there, so it’s time for a fundraiser. Will has appeared in numerous Laughing Squid events in the past and is one of our favorite performers in San Francisco. The guy is funny. You just need to see him in person, since his act is pretty much impossible to describe, although some people have given it their best shot. Will was recently named “Best Comedian” in SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco 2005 issue.
Here’s Will’s explanation of his situation and why the need for a benefit:
I have been selected to participate in the New York Fringe Festival with one of my one-man shows. Unfortunately, this whole adventure, though a potentially rewarding career move, is financially demanding. Aside from the $500 acceptance fee, I also have to buy all the props that I can’t take on a plane, hire a tech guy out East, and cough up the money for airfare. The truth is my wife and I are bordering on destitute at the moment, but we both realize that in order to break through in the long run, I’m going to have to get a foothold in New York by representing San Francisco in this festival. Hence, we have the Will Franken Fringe Benefit. Two different shows over two different nights. Over these two nights, I’m going to passionately blast through some of my most well-known, rarely performed, and never-performed bits. If you missed last April’s “Good Luck With It” at the Marsh, I will be reprising parts of that show as well as some of my favorite sections from my earlier one-man shows. As always, there will be plenty of new material. Please, I beg you, if you’ve ever seen me before and dig what I do, please come down these nights and help me get to New York. We’ve never needed money this bad before and this is the time in our life where we definitely need one of those “Last scene in It’s A Wonderful Life” moments where everybody comes in with wads of cash.
photo: Joe Reifer