Clay Shirky: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

I just want to say that this piece is the first one about the print industry’s problems to make any sense to me.“When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”Technorati Tags: ,

Crisis of Credit Visualized

A lot of my friends have really liked this video, so I thought I’d mention it here, the Crisis of Credit Visualized (pointed out on Daring Fireball)
The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.Technorati Tags:

Nepal photo from Flickr: light show from renjo la

light show from renjo la
Originally uploaded by sikari kukur I haven’t posted in a while due to busy-ness. I did run across this photo of Makalu mountain that is just beautiful.Technorati Tags:

Picasa for the Mac

Google has announced in a couple of places that they’ve released a beta of Picasa for the Mac (or in their terms, it’s “in Google Labs”). I’ve downloaded it, and hope to try it out once I have some real time. What I’d really like to see is how well it works with iPhoto. Given how iPhoto and iTunes (among others) integrate with the Mac, that’s really important if something like Picasa is going to survive on the Mac. Once I try it out, I’ll post something here.So, uh, why care? Despite how nice iPhoto generally is, Picasa on the PC is actually a nicer program. In fact, it’s one of very few Windows-only programs I actually enjoy using, and even want to have ported over.Technorati Tags: , ,

Google Mobile App Easter Egg

I thought this was a joke, but after a little bit of searching around, I managed to find the “Bells and Whistles” option. Don’t believe me? Check out the image.Technorati Tags: ,

PHP Markdown Extra + PHP SmartyPants Typographer Text Filter for MarsEdit

This happened over a month ago, but a really nice thing to come along was the release of “PHP Markdown Extra + PHP SmartyPants Typographer Text Filter for MarsEdit.” I still use MarsEdit 1.2.1, well, because I don’t really post enough to justify getting an update. That means some of how this works might be different. But, basically, after you put the folder in~/Library/Application Support/MarsEdit/TextFilters there is a formatting option to pick the new Markdown and SmartyPants filter. This means that the preview will now be run with a PHP version of SmartyPants, and the enhanced version of PHP Markdown.1Blogger doesn’t use Markdown, or SmartyPants, so it has to be converted before being sent. For this, I’ve been using “Translate Markdown to HTML,” from Drew Thaler.2 This has been updated to 1.0.3, which I am guessing probably makes the change even easier. In order to get this to work with my newer Markdown and SmartyPants, I changed two lines.The first line, near the top, sets the va…

Comics without the newspaper

I happen to love newspaper comics, but over the years I’ve either not gotten a newspaper, or not gotten a newspaper carrying all the comics I’d like to read. I know I’m not alone in loving comics; just take a look at Comics Curmudgeon. The people who both read and post comments there clearly love comics, which is half of what makes it fun. Add in to it with some of the cartoonists clearly joining in with the joke, and really its a lot of fun.The lack of print has made things difficult in the past, but I have tended to get by. The general solution most people use is to go to the online sites of newspapers carrying the comic of their choice, in particular, one that also puts it up online. The more industrious of us use things like the Perl tool dailystrips. Basically, you tell it the pattern for finding a comic of a particular date, and it scrapes the website for that comic. This works, but has some hangups. Most importantly, it means the newspaper is not getting any money for the ads t…