Today is such a dreary day in Sausalito, the clouds have rolled in and there are intermittent showers—I love it. It's perfect weather for being indoors today.

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Kevin Everett, is a Buffalo Bills player who was injured the first week of this football season. Doctors thought he was going to be paralyzed for life but miraculously he's been able to move his arms and legs. They've even optimistically put him on injured reserve.

That's all back-story to introduce a particularly funny mixup in the newsroom.

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Weird. An toolbar app I wrote (at the suggestion of Jason) just showed up on Web Worker Daily. I haven't owned a Windows computer almost as long as that's been out, which was 2002.

I probably could have milked that app a bit, but I've always shied away from charging for stuff which should just be free. When Firefox debuted with built-in search, I switched to it and forgot about Nutshell.

I have the problem where if something seems obvious and simple, I think it should just be free for the taking. Add to that the fact I refer to it as "a problem" and I'm sure there's a whole mess of missed opportunities in my past projects.

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Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 35. Good bye 18-34, hello 35-I don't even know what—something old.

In my final act as a member of the coveted 18-34 year old demographic I have a small confession to make: I stayed up an extra 30 minutes last night so I could find a pair of shoes my skater wears in a video game I'm playing.

(By the way, I found them, but they're sold out. I'm going to be so proud the day my kids find this post.)

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I think this theory is true. If it's not true, it seems to be true for a lot of artists.

Here's hoping I didn't blow my wad on that infamous story that's no longer on this site.

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I saw this story about a photo used in a Virgin Mobile ad that acquired a photo from a Flickr user. The photo in question has now been switched to a strict copyright, but it previously existed with a Creative Commons license that permitted commercial use.

Outside of a model release, I think it's interesting to see a mostly clueful company "linking back" to the Flickr source in their ad per the CC license, and lawyers and Flickr license grantors mostly clueless about what that license means.

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I spent about an hour last night trying to perform a combo in skate. called "Manny Madness". A whole hour! I'd only put up with a skateboarding game for an hour like that, just as I did back when I used to actually skate. I'd spend hours trying one trick and sometimes days until I was able to do it, once I figured it out then I'd spend another couple of days trying to tweak it out in some way.

Amber was cheering me on when I finally did it: ollie from an odd angled ramp onto a box, manual across the narrow box, ollie a gap, and then manual across a second box to the end.

In case anyone else is searching how to do it here are three tips:

  1. Practice ollie-to-manuals to ollie-to-manuals on flat land until they're so dialed it's second nature.
  2. Don't accept the default start location, reposition yourself a bit to the left and further back to get speed and an angle. Drop a session marker so you can restart there over and over.
  3. Try to land as straight as possible to maintain speed. The hardest part about doing this trick is doing the second ollie to manual. It helps to be going fast and straight when you land.

You should also practice the trick a few times without the manuals just to get the right angle.

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I think Chris sums it up nicely. Email applications need to be more open and configurable. I don't believe email is broken, as some people like to say, I think it's just how we interact with it that needs fixing.

At work I've taken up portions of Merlin's Inbox Zero and it's changed my work day entirely. I reply to anything that needs replying and I am on top of many conversations. On Friday I left the office with a completely empty inbox. Heck, my Mom even noticed I reply to her promptly.

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It's Friday, I should get in the habit of cleaning out the backlog of links every week.

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Nelson with a review of skate.

The best part about skate. is the controls. I had heard a few skaters featured in the game praise it for being "more like actual skating" which I thought was just a way of saying "they paid me to say that", but it's true. I skated for most of my teens and I'm impressed with how innovative the controls are. I can't believe nobody had thought of that before.

People had been saying for years that Tony Hawk was getting long in the tooth and I kept expecting them to innovate the brand and refresh it, but it just kept missing. The last version I bought was THUG, and they just seemed to be looking at the video game landscape at the time and integrating whatever was happening—in THUG's case that was Grand Theft Auto.

Tony Hawk's Project 8 (a fancy way of saying they'd made eight of them) had a pretty cool Matrix-inspired slow-motion trick feature, but I rarely used it when I was really playing. In the end all you really want to do is skate and find good lines, all the extra hoop jumping is just noise.

It's worth giving skate. a chance if you gave up on skate games and Tony Hawk.

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I would like an RSS reader with a button that says "Gimme 5" and it loads only five posts people with similar subscriptions are reading within the last 24 hours. Then as I read each one, they disappear so that I once again have a blank inbox which I can click "Gimme 5" or just go on to do something else.

Yes, I'm inventing a little treat dispenser, but dammit I need portions.

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Radio Shack to begin selling video games and hardware. I have to agree with the experts, there's nothing sadder than going to Virgin's store in SF and only seeing the newest games on the shelves.

At my local EB Games I usually hit the used shelf first. It's great when you can find a perfectly good, old game on the bargain shelf for $10.

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I took my Apple Rebate in to get an iPod shuffle so Amber and I could, uh, shuffle songs back and forth between us on our commutes. Kind of like a mix-tape that keeps on giving. Now we'll be able to sort out wedding music by making each other playlists on an entirely dispensable device. Plus I get to make Amber mix tapes, and that's always fun.

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AT&T is (still) Broken. I have no idea why Apple agreed to this. SMS and no AIM I understand ($), SMS with no MMS is stupid.

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Because of FM's CMSummit (woo!) I wasn't on my computer much and consequently fired up Google reader to 1000+ unread items.

I just read them all. Here's some good links I found that I figured people might like:

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Don't Vote for Chicken John.

And not just that, don't give the guy any money, taxpayers were already forced to.

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Probably due to the success of "Guitar Hero" UBISoft has licensed the Japan game "Hiite Utaeru DS Guitar M-06" and renamed it "Jam Sessions". I've had the Japanese version for almost half a year now, and it was always a challenge to play because the menus are in Japanese and it was tough to play along to popular Japanese songs I had never heard before.

But it sounds like they did a good job, licensed some interesting songs (Nirvana, Death Cab for Cutie, Blind Melon, Coldplay, and Bob Marley) and added a few new features (though it's possible I just never found those features due to the language barrier).

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I want a river of news items generated by all the people in my company and what they're doing. Something like the Torrez Notes/Sippey/Facebook design where I can see that Frank just closed the build, Justin fixed a bug, and James sold a huge campaign.

Thankfully we have a platform where we can direct that flow to an XML feed if we wanted to, but does this sound like something anyone else would like at their job? I think so.

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The Internet just gives and gives. It starts slow but really gets going about forty seconds into the song.

According to the comments this was just on The Ellen DeGeneres Show which puts me behind the curve of daytime TV but well ahead of Paul Harvey. Whaddya know? (found on fa)

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Skate video of skaters bailing, the twist is it's from the upcoming video game by EA called skate. There are lots of real videos you can buy full of this sort of thing, and most skate videos have some section devoted to it now, so why shouldn't a video game?

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Taking laptops to meetings. I rarely take my laptop to meetings. If I do it's because of the possibility of following along with something online, or being the presenter. I used to take it when there was a crisis and I was waiting on an email from someone, but now I have an iPhone for that so people can call if it's that important.

During some meetings I'm the least needed person there, but I like to sit and listen to people because most of the time I'm learning a lot about worlds outside of my own. Things I've never dealt with but know are pretty important and worth hearing. If I had a laptop I wouldn't get all that free insight from some smart people.

I like how Michael ends this piece, it's really good advice for any standing meeting.

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Apple offers apology, rebate. Totally unnecessary for me, but really smart of them. This is how customer service is done.

When people asked me after the price-drop if I was pissed about buying one, I said "no way". I love my little iPhone and think it was totally worth the $599 when I bought it. I'm an adult and make decisions about what to buy based on what I can afford. I think a lot of people who felt burned got caught up in it and really couldn't afford the price tag in the first place.

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The Apple/Starbucks feature felt like a "meh" during the announcements yesterday, but this morning I found myself in a Starbucks and "I Melt With You" started playing, but slower and sung by a woman.

Even though I don't buy sappy remakes of songs from my teen years, my curiosity was getting the best of me. Before I was just a dope standing in line tapping away on my iPhone, now I can be a dope buying things! Getting people to buy music when they're not in a music store has always been the plan, whether you're sitting at your desk or grabbing coffee and the newspaper on a Sunday afternoon.

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This video is going to be the number one thing on the Internet for the next three days at least. I love how the last thing on the list is something I JUST saw yesterday. Thanks to Andy I am now up to date on every one of the people featured.

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Dooce took a trip back to L.A. recently and has been posting photos from her trip. As much as I enjoy living in San Francisco, walking to the train in the mornings as the sun comes up, or walking back to our apartment after a few glasses of beer without guilt, I will always like L.A. more.

I can't explain it to people who don't love Los Angeles, it's like trying to explain why Macs are superior or Jesus totally kicks ass. As irrational as it seems, it's just better.

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My favorite line ever uttered on Monk (a TV show about a detective with OCD) comes at this moment where he stops in front of a very modern, splotchy painting, where dark figures seem to blend into each other in gloomy colors. He stares at it a bit, turns to the owner, and in an almost frightened voice says: "This is me...isn't it?"

With that, I point you to the very funny Regrets: Hobbies, part of a series by Steve Delahoyde. Here is boxes, spoons, kid, and racism.

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Cory Doctorow gives some advice on how to write a weblog. I think the underlying message is be mindful of your reader when you write anything. Which is solid advice.

Since the titles of my posts are hidden in my new design, I decided to get really clever with them. Cory reminded me why this is a bad idea and I've decided to go back to more friendly ones that get to the point. I forgot about RSS readers and the titles are only really funny if you've already read the post.

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Nelson reminded me of a thought I had a few weeks ago: the adoption of ad blocking plugins and software is like the adoption of the Firefox browser. It was partly due to popups and a general lack of control over the content from a browser that wasn't progressing.

On a discussion board I'm on I watched someone help another user install ad blocking software and explain how to keep it updated. A few years ago the early tech adopters were doing this for IE users moving to Firefox. It's why I am so wary of behavioral and context sensitive advertising. You won't be able to match much if someone has k-lined your ad server, and if you force someone to that extreme, then you've lost them from ever coming back.

I personally find self-selected advertising pretty interesting. The sort of advertising where people can define filters for what they'll accept in exchange for the content. No personal information beyond preference needs to be recorded and opting out of the program is as simple as clearing your cookie. Ideally you'll end up creating fertile advertising spheres that will be attractive to advertisers because they can be assured of a receptive audience. The fire and forget Ad Sense model will be less attractive to people who want to know where their ad is going and why.

I've thought about this problem a lot. I've built prototypes and have spent a fair amount of time every weekend working on the problem simply for my own satisfaction. I like good ads. I like when advertising does what it's supposed to do, and I hate when it needs a dancing lady with the words "YO, UPGRADE YOUR MORTGAGE, YO" to do it.

I will never install an ad blocker because I know it directly harms these small and medium publishers who are trying to make a living. I won't give up on advertising simply because it offends me—just the opposite: because it offends me I want to fix it.

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Haven't culled my links in a while, here are some good ones:

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Someone recently asked me for advice on publishing a weblog. The same old question everyone wants to know the answer to: how can I get the stellar $100k a month, smoke a cigar made of cash people have stuck in their sweaty trousers, traffic?

Considering I just consulted Alexa and my site ranks 831,629 (note: that's not two numbers, 831 and 629, that's one WHOLE number! I know...I was surprised too) I am probably not an authority.

My guess as to why they asked me has more to do with where I work and who I know.

So my advice was based purely on my observations of people who know what the hell they're doing:

  1. Publish often.
  2. Write about stuff you like but have some focus. Be yourself. Find your voice. Yadda.
  3. Link like a motherfucker.
  4. Open comments when appropriate. Or, never open comments forcing people to publish responses on their own site.

I've never paid attention to my stats. Just this past weekend I spent some time refreshing after DaringFireball linked me. So I decided I should test out my theory about traffic starting today.

In one month if I'm not ranked better than 800,000...well...I'm gonna buy a text ad.

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Red Sweater Software just released a 2.0 of MarsEdit. It's easily one of my favorite apps on the Mac. If you contribute to a blog or several blogs and want a unified, client-side editor you need to get MarsEdit.

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