Last night at the Revision3 Launch Party I finally had a chance to meet the guys from Tiki Bar TV, one of best video blogs out there. Dr. Tiki, Johnny Johnny and Lala all flew in for the event and debuted off their yet-to-be released episode #22 on the big screen. If you haven’t seen Tiki Bar TV yet, I highly recommend making yourself a strong cocktail and work your way through the archives.
The founders of Digg just launched their new online video content company Revision3 tonight, with a massive party at Mighty in San Francisco. Special guests from Tiki Bar TV, Ask A Ninja, French Maid TV and many others flew in just for the occasion. The place was packed wall-to-wall. Between cocktails I was able to squeeze out a few photos (of which at least 20% feature Irina posing with someone).
Diggnation is Revision3’s flagship series of the new fall line-up, along with other popular shows like Systm, thebroken and Infected. At the party they showed previews of these programs, which look really great. I especially like the fact that Revision3 is creating these shows on their own terms, with full creative control and a focus on great content.
First broadcast television. Then cable television. Now, you can kill your television. Revision3 aims to prove that on-demand, distributed online content is better, faster, more effective, and better targeted to what YOU want to watch.
UPDATE: Here’s Thomas Hawk’s write-up and photos from last night.
photo by Scott Beale
“Dr. Hal, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
Hal’s correct answer:
Once and for all, 15 ounces (425.2 grams) during a single chucking session. That’s it– I’m not answering that one again.
For answers to questions like this and others, come out to the Ask Dr. Hal Show tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 27th) at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco. Check out the Squid List posting for the the full scoop on tomorrow’s show.
To get a feel for the show, check out Chuck Cirino’s awesome video of Ask Dr. Hal on Weird America.
ScobleShow, the new video blog by Robert Scoble, has just launched. This is the big project Robert has been working on at PodTech since he left Microsoft to join them. Every few days or so Robert will be posting a new video about internet/web technology, geeks and developers and his debut episode has a great segment called “Photowalking”, which features Bay Area photographer Thomas Hawk.
So I finally had a chance to check out Google Spreadsheets. Totally amazing. Works pefectly. I was able to import my existing spreadsheets without any problems. It has an autosave and auto refresh feature, plus you can setup sharing with others and give them view or edit access. It even has integrated Google Talk, so you can discuss things in realtime on the same page as the spreadsheet. I don’t have many spreadsheets, so this is a perfect solution for me. I no longer have to synch spreadsheets between multiple machines and I have access to them wherever I go. So long Excel. I’m one step closer to finally being done with Microsoft Office.
Next up, test out Writely, Google’s recently acquired online word processing service.
UPDATE: Safari is not currently supported.
Bruce Sterling is the legendary master of the cyberpunk science fiction genre and a founder of the Viridian Design movement, which explores radical green technologies to deal with impending ecological collapse.
Sterling has written, “Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well-rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a puffer fishâ€¦ . Learn about the stuff that was buried because it was too experimental or embarrassing or inexplicable.”
In 2005 he was “visionary in residence” at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Last Thursday Laughing Squid Web Hosting threw a small party for our customers at Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco. It was our way of saying thanks for their continued business and support for the 8 years we’ve been doing web hosting. Here are some of the blog posts and photo galleries from the event:
– Thomas Hawk (Amazing documentation from my good friend Thomas. Thanks!)
– Matt Mullenweg (Great to see Photomatt back in action.)
– Kristopher Tate (Kristopher had an upgrade that night, shooting with Thomas Hawk’s old 10D).
Thanks to everyone who made it out. We would also like to thank the following people for helping to make the party such a success:
– DJ tOaD & DJ timmmii
– Noona for her help with stage managing and everything in between.
– Hernan Cortez for doing sound and his Run DMC Puppet Show.
– San Francisco Catering for the delicious food.
– And of course Kerri, Jen and the top notch staff of Varnish Fine Art. If you are looking for a great place for a small company party or event, or if you just want to see some amazing art, you can’t go wrong with Varnish.
– Finally I want to thank our awesome team at Laughing Squid, which along with myself includes our Chief Tentacled Officer Barry Abrahamson and our Support Ninja Jason Laskodi (who flew out from Columbus, Ohio to be at the party).
Jason Laskodi and I are working out of Ritual Coffee Roasters today and while there I shot some photos of the PARK(ing) Day installation in front of the cafe, which is a parking space transformed into a temporary public park. It’s a really nice urban oasis and quite relaxing to sit there with a cup of great coffee. The potted plants and palms from Flora Grubb Gardens really compliment the installation.
Come over and check it out if you are in the neighborhood. If you ride a bike, the Ritual Coffee Club Bike Posse meets there tonight at 8pm.