Mature Music Mag?

Catherine just sent me a link to this
article in the NY Post about TRACKS, which is the name of a
new music magazine that will hit this fall from the Good Music Media…

“This magazine is the antidote to the hype and gloss of the
youth music marketing machine,” … “Tracks will deliberately pursue the
30-to-45 year old audience.”

Perhaps it’s a sign that I’m getting older in that the announcement of a
magazine targeted at the 30-to-45 year old audience appeals to me, but what
else is out there for a retro-punk with a revived interest in jazz? I
suppose a Jazz magazine, but that’s to niche for me.

Hopefully the mag will live up to the hype, or perhaps the anti-hype.

However, in an effort to put hype into reality they should have a web site
right now to foster interest in the zine and brand (like some other
up-and-coming magazine I know of
;-)

Verizon launches Wi-Fi service with 150 hot spots

John just sent me a link to this Reuters story about Verizon’s launch of new Wi-Fi hot spots in phone
booths through out NYC:

Verizon Communications today launched its new Wi-Fi service by lighting up150 hot spots in New York City, with plans to activate another 850 by theend of the year. Verizon said its deployment marks the largest such initiative by an Internet service provider in a single U.S. city. Verizon’s hot spots will be inside pay phones located throughout New York and will have a range of 300 feet.

The company said its access points are currently located in some of the city’s most heavily trafficked locations, such as the Upper East and Upper West Sides, Columbia University, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, and Battery Park.

It would be pretty cool if they also worked in the subway too.

REST-ful Technorati API

Dave Sifry’s just publicly announced the Technorati API (link via Ben), which seems very timely (for Dave) given the recent report of a new Google-powered blog search engine.

Also with Google’s blog-enlightenment, will Technorati become the next Daja or more specifically the next Google search tab?

As for the API, I like the fact that it’s REST-ful, which should enable simple integration. I just scooped up my Technorati API-Key and may give it a try on my blog and perhaps internally on an internet portal.

Google, Blogs and clutter?

A quote from the article titled Google to fix blog
noise problem
found on The Register…

“The main problem with blogs is that, as far as Google is
concerned, they masquerade as useful information when all they contain is
idle chatter,” wrote Roddy. “And through some fluke of their evil software,
they seem to get indexed really fast, so when a major political or social
event happens, Google is noised to the brim with blogs and you have to start
at result number 40 or so before you get past the blogs.”

Perhaps this problem calls for Google to dig a bit deeper into those links.
I believe for the most part blogs provide valid page rankings, but it’s the
contextual information that can be lacking at times.

In addition, I think that clustering blogs that reference the same or
similar sources like Blogdex, Daypop, Popdex and Technocrati, which come to think of it
is similar to what you see on Google
News
.

Hmmm…

Enterprise Meets the Borg

I think the Star Trek Enterprise Regeneration episode last night was one of the best in the series thus far. However, I have to agree with Jeremey Zawodny in that I was at first confused about the timeline, but I do think they pulled it together nicely.

As a few people have already mentioned on Jeremey’s blog, when the Borg contacted the Enterprise, they didn’t say, “We are Borg…”, which coincides with the storyline in ST:NG whereby they didn’t know of the Borg.

Also in the episode last night, the number of years mentioned for the sub-space message to reach the Borg home world was 200 years. That’s roughly correct, base on the fact that ST:NG met up with the Borg in 2365.

Here’s an awesome Star Trek Chronology Search Engine.

Note to self: You’re not fooling anyone about being a geek :-) Get back to work!

Suit Settled for Students Downloading Music Online

A quote in the NY Times from Howard Ende
of DB&R about the suit:

“This suit is about the industry’s attempt to intimidate
Internet users and instill fear of lawsuits against users of the Internet,
particularly students,” said Howard Ende, a lawyer from Drinker, Biddle &
Reath who is representing Mr. Peng. “They need to find some other way to
protect their economic interests than bringing suits against bright creative
young people.”

Well said.

Nation’s Dogs Dangerously Underpetted, Say Dogs

I got this one from Ted, which of course came from here (LOL!!)

“NEW YORK—At a press conference Monday, representatives of the Association of
American Dogs announced that the nation’s canines are dangerously
underpetted. “Every night, thousands of U.S. dogs go to bed without so much
as a scritch behind the ears,” AAD president Banjo said. “If this sort of
neglect from our masters continues, it could lead to widespread jumping on
the furniture.” Upon his owner’s arrival in the press-conference room, Banjo
abruptly ended his speech, frantically barking, leaping, and rolling over on
his back in an effort to communicate his need for a vigorous belly rub.”

How To Make A Telemarketer Cry

Mark Eckenwiler
details his experience suing a telemarketer (link via Doc)
I love this stuff!
Good summary of Mark’s work:

“The Small Claims process in D.C. – at least what I saw of it – was so
painless as to be dangerously addictive. While the decor in the clerk’s
office leaves a lot to be desired, the staff were consistently helpful and
professional during my phone calls and in-person visits, and you can’t beat
the results if your case has merit. (While sharing news of my success, I
learned from a work colleague that she had used Small Claims previously to
recover $5,000 from a crooked used-car dealer.)”

“Total costs: Approximately $20.79 out of pocket, including *69 charge and
filing & service fees, plus 2 trips to the courthouse and the occasional
phone call (and keep in mind I could have gotten my out-of-pocket costs down
to 75 cents with a little obstinacy)”

“Return on investment: $500 cash; a heaping serving of Revenge, The Dish Best
Served Cold(tm); and one telemarketer who I am certain will never call me
again…”

Blogging complements the water-cooler

Anders Jacobsen, whose blog I have just started to read on a regular bases (due to his comments here that I still need to respond too), has some rather compelling posts about KM and blogging, like for example this response to the recent Business 2.0 article on Management by Blog:

Anders Jacobsen: “I don’t think blogging in businesses will be capturing the water-cooler buzz… On the other hand blogs definitely have potential to smoothen out the intranet / knowledge database submission process. “

I agree that corporate blogging will have a greater impact in the capturing of information, but do think blogging complements the water-cooler buzz, especially with the emergence of portable wireless devices and moblogging — Albeit, blogging will never take the place of face-to-face real-time ad hoc collaboration.