Archive for March 2006

I’ve Been Out Walkin’

I've Been Out Walkin'



Up Stairs

Up Stairs

Self Portrait on Market Street

Self Portrait on Market Street

Caterina Fake, Interviewed on GETV

Geek Entertainment TV � Caterina Fake knows the canine secret to web 2.0 First they interviewed Stewart and now it’s Caterina’s turn. Learn about her take on conference food, the importance of chihuahuas to Web 2.0, how she’s treated now that she’s a celebrity by her family and much, much more!

Thanks, Boing Boing!


Anti Meme Memes in My RSS Reader

Memes – Doing the Wave in the Blogosphere – Blog Maverick – _: Today I was reading my RSS reader NewGator and I came across yet another anti meme meme. My goodness, these anti meme meme things are popping up everywhere. It’s like the equivalent of doing the wave.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you are lucky, but you can check out Mark Cuban’s blog post on it today here.

It seems like every other day my RSS is filling up with these anti meme memes. Anti memes come in all shapes and sizes. The anti 4 Things meme is what is getting waved around the most now.

Can we all just agree that anti meme memes are pretty damn stupid. I mean first we waste time with the original meme and then we waste more time with the anti meme meme and even more time going back to the anti meme meme meme. And so on. RSS readers everywhere are being flooded, the kids are all confused and damnit no one is doing the wave anymore.

If you want to fillup a page on myspace or tagworld, anti meme meme away. But my goodness, real bloggers are writing anti meme memes? RSS feeds around the world are getting headlines with dumbass anti meme meme responses. Is this because of Bloggers Cramp? I mean come on now, what are we going to be doing next, filling up RSS readers with random words like brrreeeport?

The Anti 4 things Meme is but the latest Anti Meme floating around. We’ve also had the Friday Anti Meme, The Brother Kenya’s Paradigm Anti Meme Meme, the Where Meme’s Go to Die Meme, and so on and so on. I mean, come on, do we really need to put up with all this anti meme meme stuff. Can’t the anti meme meme just die so that we can get back to blogging about more serious matters like basketball?

What are you four favorite anti meme meme’s? Let us know. Post this anti meme meme on your blog and share your four favorite anti meme memes. For this anti meme meme I’m tagging, Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Jeff Jarvis and Mark Cuban.

Why is everybody wasting all this time with anti meme memes when we could be doing more productive things, like, well, ummmm… hey, anyone up for a game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?

P.S. Hugs and kisses Mark!

Jupitermedia Announces Sale Of Its Jupiter Research Division

Jupitermedia Announces Sale Of Its Jupiter Research Division: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance
“The sale of JupiterResearch closes an exciting and successful chapter for Jupitermedia. During our nearly four years of ownership, we were able to revitalize this important business through the combined efforts of the JupiterResearch team and our operating acumen,” stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of Jupitermedia Corporation. “The sale of the JupiterResearch business is further evidence of Jupitermedia’s strategy to be primarily focused on our rapidly growing digital asset collections. The funds received will continue to strengthen our balance sheet and allow us to have greater buying power for more acquisitions for our Jupiterimages division,” added Meckler.”

JupiterResearch was sold to Kagan Research LLC and will become JupiterKagen Inc. JupiterResearch Analyst David Schatsky will be President of the new concern with Kagan while Tim Baskerville, Kagan’s former President will be CEO. Schatsky posts on the change here.

Back over at Jupitermedia, expect, as quoted, Alan Meckler to continue to lead a team that aggressively builds out a huge image business. This merger is probably a really good thing for that. Meckler had seemed to be focusing more and more of his company’s attention on the stock photography business anyways and this is where the focus of the company seemed to be headed. By spinning off the research arm this will allow the company to focus even more precisely on this lucrative market.

With micropayment stock sites popping up and threatening the dominance owned by Getty and Corbis for so long, as well as many new and exciting companies popping up to fill a void in the royalty free market, Jupiterimages has been innovatively expanding in this evolving marketplace. While expanding they have also been assembling one of the largest libraries of images in the world. My guess is that although JupiterResearch is a fine business (and was a great investment having bought it for only $250,000 and sold it for over $10 million) that Meckler and team see more upside potential ultimately in the disruption that is presently taking place in the stock and image world. Very interesting indeed.

Meckler hasn’t posted on the change yet, but watch his blog for more of what this might mean for Jupiterimages.

Update: More from Meckler on his blog.

Mr. Chalk’s in Town

, originally uploaded by * cate *.

*cate* just posted that the incorrigible Mr. Chalk’s in town. Looks like folks are getting together tonight in San Francisco at The Owl Tree in the tenderloin.

From *cate*

7:30. the owl tree.
deep in the heart of the loin.
601 post street.

mr.chalk’s in town. he had a bad experience at the waffle house once. i fondly dedicate this to him, in the hope that he gives it another chance.

If you want to hang out with some other Flickr people tonight feel free to drop by. I’ll be there but may be a bit late as I’ve got to get the kiddies in bed first.

More on the New Search Betas from Microsoft and Google

TechCrunch � Google v. Microsoft: New Search Interfaces Michael Arrington is out with a post on Google and Microsoft’s new interfaces that they are both testing out. Google has some new ho hum green bars that would appear to indicate how much content is available in images, groups, news, froogle, local, etc. and Windows live has some coolish looking ajaxy type eye candy going for their image search.

Arrington kind of pans both services saying: “In my opinion, both are lacking but for very different reasons. After testing each, Google’s new interface doesn’t seem to actually do much of anything, and, while inspired, is very poor in actual performance, mostly speed.”

What Arrington of course has neglected to compare to Google and Microsoft on image search though is the vast superiority that Yahoo! has over both Microsoft and Google today in the image search world through a little known (I jest) app called Flickr.

Windows Live Image Search
Windows Live Image Search Beta — all ajazzyjaxy like.

I do like what Microsoft has done with image search on the main page all sexy like and ajax and all. The images load as you scroll down the page and as you hover over them they enlarge. Very slick. I agree with Arrington that it’s a little too slow — but the bigger problem is that the search results are friggin’ lame. Who cares how good your layout looks if you can’t address the bigger question of relevancy. Remember folks, content is king. Let’s take a look at an image search for “San Francisco” for the new Windows live.

First off below is what Windows Live thinks is the most relevant image of San Francisco. Ok, so I get it, yeah it’s Fishermen’s Wharf, all sanfranciscy like and all. But the photo is lame. It’s a poorly composed, low res image that links to some travel hype site (obviously good at doing their SEO homework) pitching a bus tour. Lame.

Microsoft Image Search Top Result for San Francisco

Image number one returned for the search query “San Francisco” on Windows Live Image Search.

Ok, let’s look at some more images from the top 40 results for San Francisco. All of the images below should *not* be on the first page result search results for images for San Francisco. Below, we have some weird shot of a helicopter training exercise that appears twice on the first page results for some reason, some aerial shot that means nothing, a bad graphic (complete with IGJS logo) of the floor plan of the Cow Palace and two tiny photos (one of the airport Radison, yum and one of some cheesy stock photo thing with a man and a woman at a desk).

Windows Live, Selections from the first 40 images in an image search query for the term San Francisco
First page results for the image search term “San Francisco” on Windows Live.

Now, instead let’s look at the top search result rated by interestingness over at Yahoo (er, Flickr) for the search term San Francisco.

Toy Houses
Yahoo (er Flickr’s) number one search result for the term San Francisco

Ok, I’m biased as it’s my image, but it’s far, far better than what Microsoft gave us. And instead of all of the crappy first page image results from Windows Live, instead you get the beautiful shots below when searching for San Francisco on Yahoo! (er Flickr).

Flickr, Selections from the first 40 images in an image search query for San Francisco
From the first 40 images of images done under a search for “San Francisco” ranked by interestingness on Flickr. Note the above images, bridge and fog, by John Curly, Golden Gate Bridge by wmchu, flourescent sunshine, by SFBuckaroo, geometry of death II, by Deborah Lattimore, Timber Brune by coba and I would be remiss of course without including another front page one of mine, Kiss (the streets of San Francisco at their finest with love 2.0 couple Tara Hunt and Chris Messina).

Now in fairness, the images I selected from Yahoo (er Flickr) are pretty good and the images I selected from first page results from Windows Live were pretty cheesy, but answer me this, which set of images make you want to come visit San Francisco more?

It’s also worth noting that with the Yahoo (er Flickr) search results, not only are the results largely adversiting free, but all of the images are elegantly displayed on simple easy to navigate pages and include high res versions that you can download yourself.

Flickr, like Windows Live and Google’s newfangeled e-orama-meter thingy, is also in beta. Like Windows Live, it also relies heavily on all things ajax, but… with *much better relevancy*. It should only be a matter of time before Yahoo! finally integrates Flickr photos more heavily into Yahoo! Image Search and more than any little eye candy tweaks this will make all the difference in the world. What Google took from Yahoo in terms of web search relevancy, Yahoo can (at least with Flickr) take back in image search relevancy.

If I were Google and Microsoft right now I’d be thinking about where I could find about 2 million or so users to rank my pictures on the cheap rather than wasting time on all this other stuff.