As seen on
MTA is asking for $300,000 to update the
ATCS (Advanced Train Control
System) — the software which runs the subway — to Windows. Great.
There may be carnage, but at least we’ll have
Yesterday was the first ever Creative
hosted at Google. My
I drove the Nerd Van (myself, Asheesh and the
interns) to Google.
I’m still recovering (and inflicting pain — CC board meeting today) and
collecting feedback, but I think it was a really successful day. We
learned some things we’ll do differently next time (yes, there will be a
next time). Anyway, special recognition to the CC interns for live
the event and for generally doing anything asked of them. I feel like I
should write more about the event, but I’m feeling pretty brain dead at
|tags:||cc, nerd van, techsummit
I really love task lists — especially the crossing off part — but lately
they haven’t really been helping me out. Between the day job, consulting
work, dating, and a more active social life than I had in Indiana, it
seems like I never quite get to the crossing off part. This has become
particularly clear at work where I use two simple labels for email:
action and reply. I’m a little ashamed to admit that the
action queue currently has 196 items in it, the oldest dating to
August of last year. My CC inbox has 404 messages in it right now, of
which 182 are starred. Starring is supposed to indicate something that
needs my attention. Somehow this doesn’t seem productive. Mike, if
you’re reading this, I’m sorry. Believe me, I’m sorry.
So I’m trying something a little different. This evening I watched the
by Merlin Mann on Inbox Zero. While the second
half played I managed to clear out my yergler.net inbox.
Tomorrow I’m planning to create an email
DMZ and begin at zero
with my work inbox. Just keeping the flow of information to a reasonable
level is just the first step, though.
I’ve had a Remember the Milk (RTM)
account for quite a while but never got in the habit of using it. After
to Tasque, I decided to look again.
Tasque is a simple task list application for Gnome, in the same vein as
Tomboy for notes. I love
Tomboy. I think I’ll love Tasque, too.
I don’t know if the RTM elves have been hacking away at the site since I
last looked or if I just never really dug in, but it actually seems to
have the features I want in a task list. And there’s even a handy blog
on how you can use RTM to GTD (get things done).
Finally, the piece that ties both sides together: their Firefox
workflow this evening looked like this:
- Go to the next email
- Decide that had some action associated with it
- Add the action label to it, which also created it as a task to
- Later, when skimming through the action list I saw one I could
knock out in a few minutes. And when I finished and removed the
action label, the task in RTM was marked as complete. Sweet.
|tags:||cc, gtd, inbox zero, rtm
I can’t take credit for finding it — that goes to
Matt — but this video is a hilarious take on
Facebook in real life.
Seeing this reminded me of something I’ve thought for quite a while:
sites like Facebook, MySpace, etc all devalue the label of “friend”.
Some context: Facebook and Linked In are the only social networks I use
with any regularity. I’ve had accounts on others (Orkut, anyone?) but
those I haven’t deleted have long since gone fallow. I use Facebook and
Linked In for two distinct purposes: connecting with friends and
connecting with work contacts, respectively. For some time I’ve been
taking a rather hard line in both respects. For example, working at
Creative Commons gives me an opportunity to work with our international
affiliates. One of them really wanted to be my friend on Facebook. The
problem is, we’re not friends. I think he’s a perfectly decent guy,
but I’ve never met him, never hung out, never done the things friends
do. So I declined him, again and again, finally sending him a message
saying “look, I get it, but we’re not friends”. His unexpected reply was
not combative or offended but rather, “Oops, I was using the contact
finder feature, I totally get what you’re saying” (note that I think
this supports the idea that social networks enable socially acceptable spam).
So if you don’t want your mom (or co-workers, or boss, etc) to see
pictures of you covered in “puke and piss”, do two things: learn about
the privacy settings in Facebook and only add friends who are your,
well, friends. Alternately don’t put yourself in situations where you
can be photographed covered in puke and/or piss, but really, let’s focus
on achievable goals.
Struggle as you may to define Web 2.0, the folks over at
Tagly have figured it out.
It’s all about ripping off Flickr‘s visual identity.
John Palfrey of the Berkman
Center wrote a
licenses specifically for blogs and feeds, based on Creative Commons
licenses. I completely agree on one hand — more explicit licensing and
discussion of rights and responsibilities is always a good thing. On the
other, I don’t think we don’t need more licenses in this case. His
suggestions and my comments (with props and attribution to
Option 1: Full-text republication, with attribution and link-back: I
consent to the republication of the copyrighted works that I publish
via my source, whether alone or repurposed with other sources in a
derivative work, with no restriction on how much of the feed is
rendered or how it is used, so long as republication involves
attribution to me and a link from the aggregator back to the primary
page where my source is published by me.
Great idea; see Attribution
Option 2: Truncated-text republication, with attribution and
link-back: I consent to the republication of the copyrighted works
that I publish via my source, whether alone or repurposed with other
sources in a derivative work, so long as only 200 words or fewer are
included in what is rendered and so long as republication involves
attribution to me and a link from the aggregator back to the primary
page where my source is published by me. (This option would
presumably be the one that Susan Mernit suggested in the last
So this one is a little different, but I’m not convinced it requires an
entirely new license. This is basically applying Attribution
2.5 to the first 200
words of your work. Why not just publish two feeds: one with full posts
under something more restrictive, another with the first 200 words,
under Attribution 2.5?
Option 3: Personal aggregation only: I consent to the republication
of the copyrighted works that I publish via my source, but only for
strictly personal, non-commercial use.
Is a license needed for this? Earlier in his piece Palfrey states: “What
I think I’ve heard is that every blogger expects that other people will,
at a minimum, be able to render your works in an aggregator for personal
use, or else they would not be offering an XML feed.” I suppose being
explicit is better than implicit, but why not
(or one of it’s ShareAlike or NoDerivatives cousins)?
Option 4: No aggregation except with permission: I do not consent to
the use of my source for any purpose, except with prior written
permission or as required by law.
See: fully copyright; no license required.
Option 5: No restriction: I place no restriction on the use of my
source for any purpose.
Hmmm…. sounds like the Public
This shouldn’t be intepreted as a slight to Palfrey; I think its good
that people are discussing exactly which right they want to retain and
which they want to release. I just think we should look at the tools
available before creating new ones.
(Disclaimer: I do not represent my employer in these comments)
So I’m using K2 on TLOA now…
we’ll see how it goes.
I was just looking at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti
Monster, and imagine my surprise (or lack
there of, in retrospect) when I saw my childhood school on the list of
CC’d school boards: Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan
…and it’s still coming down…
Last project due today and then perhaps the sleep deprivation will stop.
I got up this morning and checked my email. One message was from the
Apple Developer Connection with the subject Tell Us About Your
Transition. “What the fuck?” I thought, “I’m gay, not transgendered!”
Oh wait, that transition…