31 May 2009

Will Google Wave Change the World?

C'mon. Don't you know the answer?
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Because I don't. But it looks pretty sweet...and I can't wait to try it out.
Note: Make sure that you watch the video @ the bottom where the developers demo the system. It's absolutely amazing what they can do with it.

What is Google Wave? Imagine if your Gmail worked like Facebook..where you can integrate comments and IM messaging into your conversations...so it actually feels like a conversation.
Makes sense, right? What if I told you it was all in real time...with instant updates that everyone can see...right down to your typing it in.
Confused? I understand. It's a lot to digest...but it really works that way. Again...only the tip o the iceberg...and it's all amazing.

This guy explains its potential impact much better than I ever could. Also, here's where I first heard about it.
I also love the way Tim O'Reilly describes it in his post title: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?

That came from Lars Rasmussen, one of the masterminds behind this groundbreaking project that many are calling the intro to Web 3.0.

Here's what Lars also has to say about his mission with brother Jens for the project:
We were excited to join Google and help create what would become Google Maps. But we also started thinking about what might come next for us after maps.

As always, Jens came up with the answer: communication. He pointed out that two of the most spectacular successes in digital communication, email and instant messaging, were originally designed in the '60s to imitate analog formats — email mimicked snail mail, and IM mimicked phone calls. Since then, so many different forms of communication had been invented — blogs, wikis, collaborative documents, etc. — and computers and networks had dramatically improved. So Jens proposed a new communications model that presumed all these advances as a starting point....

We started with a set of tough questions:

  • Why do we have to live with divides between different types of communication — email versus chat, or conversations versus documents?
  • Could a single communications model span all or most of the systems in use on the web today, in one smooth continuum? How simple could we make it?
  • What if we tried designing a communications system that took advantage of computers' current abilities, rather than imitating non-electronic forms?
With that in mind...
Here is the Google Wave Developer Preview led by Lars @ Google I/O 2009:


28 May 2009

I'm the Computer Man

Did you ever need proof that Mac is the best computer out there?

Let the Computer Man show you how:

Best Computer Commercial EVER!

I'm the Computer Man! Bop-Bee-Bah-Bitta-Bop!

Found via BuzzFeed

27 May 2009

Google Reader Explained

I had a friend ask on twitter, "What is Google Reader?"

Oh, La La. So young.
I'm not sure if Google Reader would be beneficial to you dear reader...but it's a godsend for me. Basically, it's a souped up version of the old RSS (Real Simple Syndication) Reader...a quick one stop shop for all your favorite web content to come to you...not the other way around.

Cut down on your time surfing...and stop doing all the legwork. Let Google work for you...and bring it home. Plus...you can keep up with what your friends are reading on their Google Readers...if they're cool enough to share...like me.

The best way to explain this fantastic little tool: Our good friends over @ Common Craft.

Happy Surfing!

Run Lola Run

Poor little Lola. She's such an adorable kitten..but her hind legs won't work..b/c of a birth defect.

Despite her handicap..she's learned a new skill that is so awesome...you've gotta see it to believe it.


Lola The Kitten - The most popular videos are a click away

26 May 2009

Vibram Five Finger Shoes


Tim Ferriss on Vibram Shoes from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

I can't decide if these shoes are rad or lame. Leaning towards rad...just for the ergonomic properties.

That said, I won't be buying a pair...but at $85 bucks for the ones he has on...not a bad price point for these one of a kind shoes. FYI...the all-black ones are pretty badass looking.

Plus, speaking as a former shoe salesman, Vibram is the shit when it comes to soles...amazing products. I always resole my shoes w/ Vibram...when they wear out.

25 May 2009

Red Wing Nicknames

I loved this video when I saw it on Winging It In Motown.

Great story by the Free Press on the nicknames earned by teammates and how they get them. Some good fun-lovin' stuff to check out.

For a rundown of all the Red Wing nicknames...check em out here.


15 May 2009

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

YouTube is great...you can find anything you need...anytime. Check out my channel here.

Now...there's a few more reasons to love the world's most popular video website.

Here are 10 tricks you can embed in the URL coding to make YouTube work better for you.

Great stuff! Please to Enjoy.


13 May 2009

Wilco Streaming New Album

One of my favorite bands is streaming their entire album right here on their website.

Here is the new album cover -- Thx to Pitchfork.

Very cool...not that I expected any less. Per the usual, the album is a slow burn...so you have to stick with it. They're notorious for challenging their audience. Patience is rewarded.

Give it a listen...and see if you like it.

Stream Wilco Album


Green Day / "Know Your Enemy"

I wasn't going to post this video...but, it's proven so elusive...I feel compelled to do so.

Hence, the moving pictures you see below. Enjoy the Green Day goodness. Want to see them on tour? They're doing 3 dates in Florida in August.

11 May 2009

No More Trouble - Playing For Change

Amazing new video from Playing for Change.

Cover of War's No More Trouble with Bono, the late Bob Marley, and musicians around the world.

Inspiring. Gorgeous. Such a creative expression of a wonderful concept.

We don't need no more trouble...

Playing For Change | "War/No More Trouble" - Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Google's New Ad For "Chrome"

Have you seen Google's new ad for Chrome?

It's pretty cool...and there's a reason for that. It wasn't made to be an ad.

This post does a great job of explaining how Google Backs Into Being a Brand Advertiser on TV.

By the way, I love Google Chrome.
So fast...so clean. Enough to pry me away from Firefox? Not yet...but, I can be tempted.


08 May 2009

The Ultimate Star Trek Bachelor Pad (PICS)

A Star Trek fan in Leicestershire has created the ultimate bachelor pad.

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04 May 2009

Tan Line FAIL

fail owned pwned pictures
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03 May 2009

Facebook Manners & You

Do you have good Facebook manners? This educational film will be a real eye opener. Timmy and Alice are a little green when it comes to this Facebook thing:
That Timmy is a real wet blanket..and a Communist!

01 May 2009

Car Merge FAIL

Perfect example of how a picture says it all. Just happened in Punta Gorda, FL this morning. Both drivers walked away without injuries. Story here: http://ow.ly/4Ia4

Create an About Me page // Get a Free Gift

If you're in the business of making friends and influencing people, you know how important it is to have your business cards on you at all times.

What about a business card for your personal brand identity? Have you thought about that?

Neither did I. Moreover, I'm involved in a plethora of social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, you name it...I'm on it.) So, when I discovered that I could make an catch all landing page for all my networks with my Google profile, it was a no-brainer. Now, I have somewhere I can point to if visitors of my sites want to learn more about me.

Using Gmail as my primary email service didn't hurt either.

The best part: By creating my Google profile, I could also sign up for a pretty cool gift: 25 Google Profile "business" cards for FREE. No strings attached. Needless to say...I'm a sucker for all things geek chic.

Does it get any geekier than this?

OK, I'm admit. It's pretty geeky..but it's cool, too.

Anyway, I've 25 of these bad boys headed to my house in the next week...and you can, too.

Here's how:
  1. Create a Google profile. It's simple to do..and if you're always using any of their limitless services (Gmail, iGoogle, Reader, etc) the profile thing is even easier.
  2. When you're done, you'll see a link at the top of your profile page asking if you want Google cards for FREE. Click on that puppy.
  3. Follow the simple instructions. All you are required to do is create an account on iPrint.com.
  4. That's it. The cards ship to your address in 12 business days. Cool, huh?
Hope this post was helpful. Leave me a comment if you give it a try...we can be Google buddies (OK..that was lame.)

Also, don't forget to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook and Friendfeed.
Look forward to sharing with you guys.