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Saturday, July 30, 2005

More papercraft projects from Boing Boing

Cory Doctrow seems to find more and more of these papercraft projects and a seasoned crafter would find months of work/fun here. These are not your average "Tab A into Slot B" assemblies, but beautiful pieces of craft, if not art.

Yamaha adds rare animal menagerie to papercraft offerings

Cory Doctorow: Yamaha has increased its downloadable papercraft offerings to include dozens of "rare animals of the world" and "rare animals of Japan" as well as "the seasons" and the traditional highly detailed paper motorcycle models.


(via Paper Forest)

(Via Boing Boing.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Google (Hybrid) Maps

Like Sean over at blogging.la, I, too, have found this new map type from Google very useful. In planning a trip to San Pedro to meet some friends at their boat, I was able to say, "Hey, let's meet on the big lawn next to the parking lot" even though I had never been there before. Very cool!

If you haven't seen Google Earth (and have Windows PC) download it today for a fun time viewing satellite photos from all over the world.

Here is an example screen shot of the marina we visited...

Google Maps: Hybrid View

sean bonner: I've written before about how cool Google Maps is and how they've been adding features to make it even easier to get around - the newest of which is their Hybrid View. As you know you've previously been able to look up addresses on a map, and then switch to a satellite image of that area, well not there's an option which allows you to see the satellite imagery with street names overlaid (including one way street info). This is going to be incredibly useful.

(Via Blogging.LA.)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Off-street bike paths in LA

blogging.la links to an excellent site offering info and maps of off-street bike paths available in the LA area. Maybe as soon as this heat abates (maybe...January?) you can leave the car behind for a while and take a nice two-wheeled trip.

Where to get your Bikeage on sean bonner: I'm pretty sure this is new, or at least newish, or perhaps fairly new, at the least recently updated. LA Bike Paths is a map/collection of "Class I" bike paths around LA and north OC. "Class I" is a fancy-dancy way of saying "paved" I think. Anyway you can check out the paths, join a bike-riding-mailing-list or check out a grip of bike-links. It's biketastic!

(Via Blogging.LA.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Benvenuto a America!

Well, the Sicilian relatives have arrived (after a 3 hour delay) for their 3 week visit. This has been one cause of the lack of posts here. Hopefully, as we settle into their visit I can eek out a few more minutes each day to post some thoughts here. I have a lot of stuff marked for posting, but finding a free minute has been tough this week.

More to come!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Post-It Lamp

Proving again that you can do anything with leftover office supplies, there folks add Post-It notes to a cheap Ikea lamp and come up with something neat. Projects make me realize that I don't spend enough time just "playing" with things. I am too busy "doing" to come across these innovative ways of seeing commonplace things as something new. I've got to set aside some time for such things.
Make a Post-It lamp

MAKE Flickr photo pool member neonarcade says "i dressed up my old ikea lamp with some leftover post-it notes. just make sure you use a cool bulb, like a flourescent". He and the Elvis Post-It makers should do a project together. Link.

(Via MAKE: Blog.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bastille Day Celebrations in LA

la.foodblogging.com has a great round-up of events happening in Los Angeles for Bastille Day. Maybe its time to head out for a crepe and some French musique!

L.A.'s Bastille Day Bites

Bastille Day is on Thursday, and if a national holiday celebrating an open rebellion against rich, corrupt aristocracy doesn't sound like a good time to you, then go eat some freedom fries. But for those members of the third estate who enjoy good food and wine there are at least two local Fete de la Federation celebrations worth storming.

(Via la.foodblogging.)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Desert Sage Band at Peter Strauss Ranch

An on-site audioblog entry...

this is an audio post - click to play

Web: Desert Sage Band

Friday, July 08, 2005

What I am reading...

Waiting for Aphrodite by Sue Hubbell

Make your own luck by Peter Morgan Kash

Thursday, July 07, 2005

When sketching, Slow=Know

This is a nice, little treatise on how to approach sketching. Don't rush. Don't over analyze. Just do it!


Think less. Draw more.

When you draw a thing, see it just as that. Not a head, not perspective, not crosshatching, just pure observation as if you've never seen it before. The more preconceptions you bring to the drawing, the shittier it will be.

Clear your mind, and start drawing what you see. Start anywhere. I tend to start in the upper left hand corner because I am right handed. I move across observing, recording, until I get to the lower left hand corner. Then I am done. [Continued]

(Via Everyday Matters.)

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

LA Time Machines

This is a great post and great link to latimemachines.com, a nice collection of restaurants that take you back to a time when restaurants were individual, quirky and offered something beyond the food.

LA Time Machines

A website called LA Time Machines gives a glimpse at Los Angeles history via its restaurants. What makes a rastaurant a time machine? From the site:

Here are some tell tale signs of great time machines -- at least the bars and restaurants: Semicircular leather booths (usually red), a well worn wooden bar, free appetizers already on the table before you sit down, waiters with uniforms, old analog cash registers and no TVs to be found (my biggest pet peeve), coin machines in the bathroom, lots of wood in the interior, a dark ambiance, indirect lighting, an old jukebox, tropical drinks, thick and heavy coffee cups, an original neon sign out front, fresh baked rolls or sourdough bread, and so on. You know the kind of place I'm talking about.

Complete with pictures and descriptions, the restaurant page will whisk you away to a bygone era.

(Via la.foodblogging.)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

FeedBurner releases support for iTunes RSS extensions

The RSS feed service provider, FeedBurner, has released support for the new iTunes RSS Extensions. These extensions allow podcasters to control the artwork and information associated with their podcasts.

Web: FeedBurner: Support for iTunes is live

I am very impressed with the speed with which FeedBurner has rolled out new features and services, especially one as important as iTunes support.

If you are using FeedBurner to "podcast-enable" your feed, head over to the site and update your information today.

Podcast Alley iTunes Ready Feed - Not a good idea for podcast producers

Despite what has been stated "on-air" by Adam Curry in his show, The Daily Source Code, and what is written in the information screen associated with the Podcast Alley iTunes Ready Feed, there are a number of reasons why podcasters should be wary of submitting this feed to the iTunes Podcasting Directory.

Note: As far as I know, these issues would only effect those users using iTunes as their only podcasting client. Listeners using other directories and subscribing using other podcasting clients would not be effected UNLESS they subscribe directly to the PA iTunes ready feed. Still, as we have seen, the number of users that iTunes is bringing to the podcasting market is significant and could effects hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of potential listeners, depending on the popularity of the podcast.

  • First, once the Podcast Alley feed is submitted and accepted by the iTunes directory, the podcast producer no longer has control over the the FINAL content of their feed. At any time, Podcast Alley, or their partners, could do the following:

    • Remove/block content from your feed, based on issues with the content or competition with Podcast Alley partners and affiliates...or any other reason

    • Insert audio advertisements into your podcast feed
      These advertisements would be downloaded automatically by your listeners as if they originated from you, the podcast producer, but you would have no say over the quantity, quality or content of these ads and, presumably receive no remuneration.

    • Insert other advertising content into your feed via video, JPEG, PDF, FLASH or other format...including existing adware/spyware programs

    • Effect a total re-direction of your feed to a different podcast with similar content -- or publish an invalid or empty feed -- effectively stripping your podcast of all iTunes subscribers or sending them elsewhere.

  • Second, an iTunes Ready Feed (meaning one that includes Apple RSS Extensions for podcast information) is NOT required to be included in the iTunes Podcast Directory. While my podcast Career Opportunities, was included in the directory at launch, I submitted an new podcast that had not been included. This podcast has been included with appropriate title, feed and description information, even though it lack the iTunes RSS extensions.

    Additionally, if you are already using FeedBurner to podcast-enable your current RSS feed, they have already committed to inclusion of all necessary iTunes RSS fields in a timely manner. FeedBurner also has a stated policy of how your FeedBurner feed may be altered and recently released a policy statement and features that allow you to easily and readily "recover" your FeedBurner feed and point it back to the original source feed, should you
    ever desire.

  • Third, before adding the iTunes Ready feed feature to Podcast Alley, users were not notified, nor asked to agree to any extension of the Podcast Alley user agreement.

    As far as I know, there is no information regarding the appropriate use of these feeds, how Podcast Alley might alter your content or how they might effect the copyright of your content, whether your shows are released under Creative Commons or strict copyright guidelines. Without such information, it would be unwise to rely on the iTunes Ready Feed as your sole source of input into the iTunes directory as there is no information on how it might be altered or used.

All podcasters should beware of any service that can alter the FINAL look and operation of their podcast RSS feed. Read user agreements carefully to insure that it includes opt-out guarantees and actively prevents the service from retaining total control over your podcast feed. Losing ultimate control over your this feed could result in the co-opting of your content and/or your listeners.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

BluePower - The Voice of the Blues

My friends blues music site, BluePower.com, has been relaunched as a blog and podcast.

Stop by and get your blues fix today!