July 29, 2005

Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards

Lots of fun stuff happening at OSCON: Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards.

The Wikification of fspace

So I've tweaked fspace to be something different, but I want the same info, so go check it out. I'll -no longer- delete entries and users accounts are all still there. The old format was too rigid. The ui still sucks, mind you, but please pound on this! Also, safari is not supported and is busted.

July 28, 2005

Map Hacking: Look over my shoulder

Hi All,

I'm working on a little something for OSCON next week, and I wanted to get some data points. The system is designed to allow users to attach location data to their favorite book/movies/music/whatever. If you go here:

http://dibona.com/fspace

You'll find it. Check it out. Add some books/movies/whatever to it. It's a kind of geo-wiki thingy I'm messing around with.

Promises:
None. I'll likely destroy the database n times over the next few weeks.
I'll likely keep the username/password pairs -only-.

Caveats:

You can't actually add points for the books/movies/etc yet. You can only add the base point for the book/media/etc. Tomorrow I'm adding the ui for posting in more points and search. To see some points, zoom out or pan around. I only added one very lame point for one movie. (find the apple campus). The UI -sucks- right now. But it will get better, but not anytime soon.

To Do:

Base UI work
Feeds: regional feeds, topic feeds (tags)
Tag ui for add/edit screen.
Search

Leave commments in the comments section, thanks!

Chris

July 25, 2005

Sooooo cool..

This Site is so cool. Click Z and draw a box. So fast...

July 22, 2005

Hybrid mode is so hot.

Check it out: Google Maps. Who loves you? Google does...

London Tube Fun

I really like subways, but the tube has been having some issues of late. Bombers (both horifically capable and bumbling) and now these shootings have made my plans a little less convenient than they could have otherwise been.

The tube is a fascinating system, enormous and quite scenic. Also, you end up walking through these vast systems of connecting tunnels when switching lines, it's very cool. While transferring from the district to the central line (I would have taken the circle and northern, but it was shut down due to this whole bomber thing) I got to walk through about a half miles of tunnels, circular staircases (3 stories up, or so) and steps here and there. It was pretty neat.

When I got onto the district line after leaving the science museum, as we pulled away from the station, the conductor got on the line "Due to a shooting in Stockwell, the northern line is no longer running." So I changed my plans accordingly. I have to admit that I'm glad that I am not riding the tube anymore this trip. I have a car service setup for my trip to Heathrow tomorrow morning.

Funnily enough I heard that the reason that Heathrow puts United's international terminal all the way out in outer hell with Emerites, El Al and other middle eastern based carriers is that they want to limit terrorist damage to one terminal. Charming, huh? It'll be good to be home, for sure.

It's all in the name of science, you know...

Before heading into work this morning, I visited the London Museum of Science and got to see something I was very much looking forward to see. Yes, I'm talking about the difference engines. Foolish me, I thought there were only two of them, in fact they had many, including early prototypes by Babbage himself. Warmed my geeky soul.

They also have a pretty terrific nautical and aviation sections as well. Fantastic engines and a very cool cross section of a 747, about a foot wide and many feet tall (30?). Very neat. They also had the wind tunnel models that the Concorde team used to guide their design.

They had a whack of engines from wwII on through the present day, and there was a pretty neat Harrier hanging from the cieling, with an engine cutaway beneath it.

There was one thing that made me pause, this sign hanging in the bathroom. Apparently the museum has had problems with people drinking from the urinals. Yes, pessimists, they are likelly just the only museum to admit having such a problem. To me it seems an interesting problem to address with signage. One might imagine the crime is deterrence enough. I mean, really. Ick.

Ew.

July 21, 2005

Jesus Much?

Okay, so I like SF Mayor Gavin Newsome, I think he's doing a good job for SF, but whoever arranged this: Project Homeless Connect Photo-op is pushing it.

While touching, this is just too much, really. To explain, in case you are wondering, I present to you this Google Search. Regardless, it seems like a good effort, the homeless connect stuff, but -jeez- this picture.

New Bombings in London

4 more explosions in London. I can't imagine what the point is, really. From what I hear, traffic is really snarled in the west end. I'm glad my hotel is within walking distance.

Slight update: I can't take calls or make them on my cell, so those that tried, sorry...

July 20, 2005

July 19, 2005

Nanny Train Wreck in London

So on the way into London, I thought that the news might be dominated by the bombings.

Foolish me.

Celebrity trumps death. I don't know if that is good of bad, but it is what it is. And it is silly. So, decent actor Jude Law cheated on his wife with his nanny. While I'm sure someone cares (Otherwise why all the coverage?) it was pretty surprising to me.

What was more surprising was my lack of channel changing. I blame jet lag. I was having breakfast this morning and was reading the Telegraph when I came across this article: The trouble with nannies. I honestly couldn't turn myself away from what was the (unintentionally, I'm sure) funniest thing I think I've ever read. You must read that article. It's the most snobbish, elitist, stupid, insecure piece of writing I've read in a very long time. It's even borderline racist there at the end.

I think her intention was for the article to read as an indictment of the culture of high priced nannies, but it comes off as the deranged ravings of a woman afraid for her marriage. Sad, really.

July 18, 2005

Hack on!

There is a bunch of pretty interesting quotes in this article: Marrying Maps to Data for a New Web Service - New York Times. I really like Google's approach to this whole mapping thing, for sure. It appeals to my nature. Anyhow, love to hear your thoughts!

London Geek Dinner on Friday? Yep...

Got pinged, will go: London Geek Dinner on Friday? (by Jeremy Zawodny). Sounds like fun.

London is fun so far. No Tardis' spotted yet. Will keep you posted.

Stumpy Christ of the Ozarks

I was reading my friend Michaels blog post, and saw the picture of Stumpy Christ of the Ozarks, also known as Gumby Jesus. A must read, really. Too funny.

July 17, 2005

London Bound



One pretty good thing about working at Google is that they give us an Ipass account, so connecting at Airports doesn't suck. Anyhow, heading to London and will work from there for a Week. One short 10 hour flight away from Heathrow. I have, as usual, over anticipated my need for entertainment. I have 5 movies, 5 technology talks, 3 books, 3 white papers and no less than 10 video games installed on my laptop. No to mention x gbs of music and audio books, my ipod shuffle and my super headphones. I actually really like flying, even if the Airport experience is undignified.

When I get to London, I've manage to snag a reservation at St. John, which you might know thanks to the owners book "Nose to Tail Eating". Yes, not a place for vegetarians. Regardless, I've got a reservation for 2, so some lucky pal will go with me.

Flying on a 777, which is fine, but I prefer the distinctive bulginess of a 747. The 777, its pair 120,000 lbs/thrust aside, looks too much like a 737 from the outside. This is also a problem with the a380. You look at the 747 as it flies by and you -know- it is a 747. Yes, I know the plane is old and crufty and not as efficient when compared to the current jets. And, yes, a truly cylindrical shape is better from a fatigue standpoint, but anyhow, I dig the 747.

July 11, 2005

Maybe you're just not likeable?

I was reading this piece on the existence of blogs being a net negative for job seekers and it got me thinking. Maybe what people need is to -not- be sharing so much if they want gainful employment.

July 7, 2005

GoDaddy...Goes Political.

Super old news, but the recent post by GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, "Gitmo torture is cool with me!" (title paraphrased) on his blog. Instantly provided a great example about two things that are sometimes hard for people to understand:

  • There is no such thing as a 'personal' blog if you are employed.
  • People will always associate your personal reputation with the company you found/work for.

You'll note in the comments that Bob tries, again and again, to state that GoDaddy has no political bias and that it shouldn't be punished for his views. Similar assurances do not accompany those who cheerlead his post. Both would fall on deaf ears.

Mind you, this is not an indicment or endorsement of his views on torture. I'm not touching that one with a 10 foot pole. But this is a good example of why I try to be very careful when I post, it reflects on my colleagues and Google every single time.

Mind you, I haven't been posting lately because the Summer of Code has been exhausting, but that's neither here nor there.