Friday, August 28, 2009
Follow-up Thoughts on Gnomedex 9


The following is my random some-what delayed thoughts after attending Gnomedex 9 in Seattle. I attended on my own dime so these thoughts begin and end with little ole me.I wasn't bored, I just had too much negative space!

This is my second Gnomedex, the first being in 2006. Having missed the last two, I put Gnomedex 9 on my schedule as soon as possible so as to avoid missing it. Last year was bittersweet: as my Sweetie and I pulled our luggage behind us on the way to the Victoria Clipper for a wonderful getaway weekend, we passed by the Chris Pirillo signs to Gnomedex 8.

It was a great trip to Victoria (hi, Sweetie!) but I sure missed Gnomedex.

Gnomedex 9 was pretty different than 6. Blogging and "New Media" of course were big during Gnomdex 6 as was the emergence of Firefox and the burgeoning Mac laptop community. Since then, we've had three big things:

This year: no Blake Ross. No Crazy Uncles. The replacement? The social media crowd. The lovers of Facebook, Twitter, and the devices that let them Tweet and share and experience like crazy. In the end, I felt that the crowd - a very engaged, smart crowd - was more about leveraging technology than the creation of the technology. More on that at the end.

Some interesting answers from the crowd:

The presentations were all Mac laptop driven and the Macs demonstrated while they certainly aren't perfect (power and battery lifetime, odd Keynote playback issues) the users are willing to forgive them for being rascals.

Surface. Microsoft Surface was a *hit* with the audience. Who ever came up with the idea to bring Surface to the conference deserves a big bear hug. It was also a hit to ensure there was digital ink on the back of the conference card such that you could slap your registration card down on the table and have it pop up UI, like to bring up your digital business card which other people could drag to the sphere around their conference card and "add" to their contacts. Ba-rill-yant. People loved that, and they also loved the background flickr / Twitter #gnomedex feed that people could grab, examine, and then let flow back into the river of pictures and tweets. The pictures you could add to your card by dragging them over to your card's sphere, but not the tweets. You should be able to add the tweets - that would be sweet.

But anyway, for the Gnomedex crowd (given the usage of flickr and Twitter) it was the exact right social combination.

People enjoyed bringing up the different applications for Surface, too. It's as if Microsoft got an Apple-quality product out first, so it's quite the curiosity and something delightfully foreign to the attendees.

Now let's hope that they remember to log-in and get their contacts and pictures off of their card later. Because it's doubtful most will run into a Surface again anytime soon. (Hmm, just visited my card site. Okay, I have ideas on how to make this all a bit better.)

Microsoft Bing was there, and, well, didn't get as much love as Surface. On day one only ten people turned in their vote for the Bing contest / raffle. They should have held that raffle (darn it) because I was one of them! Ah, well. Chris had to stick it to the crowd several times to vote, probably saying something about the attendees, too, and their loyalty (heck, even our MSNBC guy, Jim Ray, during his presentation said something along the line of "I definitely recommend you use Google and not our stuff"). Probably if they had spent 10 minutes actually showing people the contenders live (oh, that might have taken a PC) then the attendees would have jumped in to vote.

Presentations. This year the presentations seemed like a mini-TED. Some science, some perspective, personal stories, and a general sense of high aspiration with some inspiration. So a mini-TED… with F-bombs. Maybe the real TED has F-bombs, I don't know, but I do hope this year's was the F-bomb peak for Gnomedex's lifetime. I have a couple of quick notes about the various presentations here:


There's also a CNN summary of the conference here: .

For me, the most touching was "My Cancer is Social" by Drew Olanoff (hey, I just received my yellow #BlameDrewsCancer shirt!). It was a tale with two takes on dealing with cancer: a private "I'm going to deal with this on my own" take, and a public "get everyone to blame their woes on my cancer" take. It also showed what is meant by leveraging social media in an open, real, short-term way. Entropy will ensue. What will the longterm impact be?

The talk which proved a twitter-backchannel stream can be brutal was Christine's "Life Extension for Geeks" talk. How can presenters get some sense of the mood of the room via social media while they are presenting? Will they need an assistant texting them real-time suggestions?

The twitter-backchannel stream was also a bit brutal for Firas Khatib's presentation on the protein folding game, Hey, I've known about those scary-ass prions for quite some time and this stuff is cool, so I was into it. But I'm an engineer geek, not a social media geek tech lover. A lot of tweets were "I don't get it" and Chris Pirillo, seeing the audience struggle, came to the rescue to help redirect the talk to the basics of, well, why one should care: "Because you'll help cure diseases." Ah. It probably would have been good to start there, even to scare the bejeezus out of people talking about prions a bit more.

The best pulling together past obscurities goes to Chris Brogan for the "Rise of the Trust Agents" talk. I say it that way because part of his talk demonstrated how attention is needed to build anysort of leverage in the social media world, and how quickly it can dissolve. I've, uh, given grief to the concept of attention before and how it was the Next Big Thing (a few years ago) but now it certainly makes sense: in a world constantly filling with a flow of bite size content, it takes something special to achieve the attention of an audience; those with that attention must built reputation and trust to keep it and to build on it.

Bre's MakerBot (1.0?) was cool -- I think when they make the designs mashable so that people can add their own logos to the stuff they make (plus make it come out smooth) then they'll really get interest going. I think Dave Winer made a comment back in 2006 about everyday folk being able to create their own stuff. Anyway, if I was a kid and I had a MakerBot and some 3D design software: I would be fabricating monsters All Day Long.

Conversations: the connections and conversations at Gnomedex is just as big as the presentations. Three parties to two days of presentations. I enjoyed chatting with Kathy Gil and learning about her UW class' twitter book coming out soon. . I also had some endlessly fascinating conversations about health care policies and how best to manage the complex political and corporate forces swaying it (administration to administration, to boot). Then of course the techie stuff, Canon vs. Nikon (no contest), chatting with fellow 'softies, wishing I could hear better in noisy bars, learning about Austin (lots of former DC folks), hearing how iPhone development was like, and hearing lots of perspective from frequent Gnomedexers on how it has evolved over the years.

The conversation I brought up a few times had to deal with "where do digital memories go?" Specifically, we, our friends and people we respect are creating memories we'd one day would like to reflect on. Is it all just tears in rain, to quote one Roy Batty? If five years from now I want to think about the good times at the Gnomedex's I've been to, how successful am I going to be conjuring up the tweets, perhaps weighting the ones most often retweeted or linking to the same resultant URL? How will I pull the hash tags together into some related interesting thoughts auto-organized for me to enjoy and easily explore? People who were my friends then and who are my friends now: what did they share?

Sure, there's a lot of noise. But there's a lot of beautiful signal in there, too, waiting to be enjoyed again and allowing us to tumble through a treasure of related memories. Again and again.

Spam = Success: twitter is a success. How do I know? The spammers are freaking all over it. As soon as the #gnomedex hash tag became a trending topic, the spammers and their tools went to work and we started seeing random tweets for grocery gift cards and movies. And "hi theres" from alluring young women who, yes, are probably some large dude in his parents basement.

Build the Future: The software developer quotient was lower than I expected, evidenced by Amazon recruiting struggle to award Code Ninjas for folks who could solve their code puzzles. I think they realized it's not an ideal recruiting venue (maybe that will change in the future). Ah, well, I got my little ninja dude; now I have to find an interesting place to take his picture… ooo, Mr. Ninja needs to go visit RedHook!

Looking forward, I'd like to see some of the tech creators some back and talk and engage with the Gnomedex crowd and have that public conversation. In order for the next round of technology to emerge, you need to see the current problems and pain points. And opportunities. As I wrote above, I see people creating a bunch of throw-away memories. Where goes your tweets? If five years from now you have a quiet moment to reminisce about this summer, would there be some set of memories jogged up to the surface if you had your tweet stream there, weighted by the re-tweets and hash-tags and shared tags and tweets with your friends and followers of the time? A lot of it might be throw-away and transient, but some not. Some might make you smile. Or cry. Like a good memory should.

That's my takeaway, as a developer, having attended this year's Gnomedex. There's a lot of content out there, and I want the lifestreams important to me to stay close, not only for today and tomorrow, but for all of my tomorrows.

I hope to you see you at Gnomdex 10!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Fix: Can't open WMV video files from IE8 / Internet Explorer


If you find yourself strangely unable to open video files, like WMV (Windows Media video) from a web page, you might need to implement the fix in KB974538.

What happened for me on my Vista laptop is that I decided to click on a video review for the new Xbox 360 Batman game (please don't judge me). And as a result, I got an IE8 error page with the message "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" and then a little "What you can try: [Diagnose Connection Problems]".

I had opened plenty of WMV files recently. What changed? Oh, I had recently installed the latest version of Windows Live so that I could enjoy the wonderful new Windows Live Movie Maker. All sorts of great and good changes happened in that update. Including, however, an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny break in video type registration.

So I went to KB974538, Video Files do not play back as expected in Windows Internet Explorer and other applications after installing, upgrading or uninstalling Windows Live Photo Gallery. There's a little snippet of registry goo between those dashed lines that you need to save as fix.reg and then double click and apply.

Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, it's all working again. Nice.

I hope this helps anyone else that runs into the situation.

Saturday, August 22, 2009
Random Notes from the Second Day of Gnomedex 09


Follow-up from yesterday: slides of Drew's "My Cancer is Social" from Day 1 (Random Notes from the First Day of Gnomedex 09):

Chris kick-off: - augmented reality - download and printer paper template and then you can download google earth models and play around with moving them. Coverage yesterday: King5. Geek centric time-wasters. Social media focused. . Mark Glasser:

#1 A Twitter Top-Ten List (with Humor!) - Frank Eliason

Comcast cares. - When phone volumes in customer care spikes, the first thing the look for is what's happening on Twitter that might be related to the phone call spike.

Top ten:

#2 Hacker Journalists - Mark Glaser and Jim Ray

A brief history... and a live specimen. MarkGlasser@mediatwit, JimRay@jimray. Challenge:

  1. Check out the projects
  2. Come up with your own project
  3. Must combine mashup - inform public. Maps + Multimedia.
  4. Just an outline, an idea
  5. Winning ideas features on PBS MediaShift.

Patron saint: Adrian Holovaty. - picked up crime data, pull it in, and show in maps. Journalist's job: gather info, distill info, present info. Next project: for news around the block. - truth scorecard on politician statements. Won a Pulitzer for the truth-o-meter.

Located media: see a cell phone number marked for a site: call that number and get some history. Example: Bronx Rhymes.

Jim Ray at Anthropology storytelling + compsci @ UNC. Flickr stream. Degree: multimedia story telling. MSNBC just purchased EveryBlock. What is MSNBC really buying if the code is already open sourced? Adrian did Django.

Reviewing various projects: Political Maps, Hurricane Data. Hurricane Tracker.

Snark market: post on the article that you get and parts you don't get. Too much background information / historical context.

Twitter and tapping into the zeitgeist. Info / twitpics.

Traditional software development process (feature based) just didn't work very well. Need to start at the Universities to get new journos up to speed on leveraging technology. Need to graduate more people who have the skills and think different so that they can be hacker journos.

#3 Nerd Craft: A Field Guide - Beth Goza

Nicely constructed presentation! Ansley Bleu: Bleu Arts: Princess Liea Star Wars "hat". Stitch Wars. Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Strings. Television. Stephanie Bryant - mortaine on Ravelry - comic panels (handknit heroes). Lifesize knitted Ferrari.

#4 Building Influence Online - Micah Baldwin

Micah started Follow Fridays on Twitter. Measuring Online Influence. The art and science of being awesome. Ignite Micah (Mee-haw). Whats Awesome about Influence? "Who is the #1 douchebag" on Google. "Why do I care about awesome" - Started Follow Fridays on Jan 16th. Would this become spammy. Nah. In the end. Yeah.

  1. Define influence
  2. Identify components of influence
  3. Provide a formula for influence

Influence: implicit or explicit effect on one thing (or person) on one thing (or person). Components:

  1. Trust: person A will always act as person B expects them to act. "Random trust equation" - expectations.
  2. Branding: is designed to create expectations about you and your actions. Be you. Personal brand shouldn't be influenced by corporate brand.
  3. Expertise: knowledge is gained, expertise is given.

Influence = Reach (Brand * Expertise * Trust)

How to build online influence (become more awesome).

  1. Write like on one is reading.
  2. Write when you want to write.
  3. The moment you think "that would be a good blog post," you become a blogger.

Become involved (#BlameDrewsCancer). Best part of community is feedback. Listen and learn about the things you need to change, evaluate, and change.

Content discovery and filtering: be a human filter; if you have trust, you can aggregate knowledge on your blog.

"Install Lijiit" my slides are at sorry I didnt get them up before! #gnomedex -

#5 20,000,000 vs 20: Audience vs. Impact - Jay Grandin & Leah Nelson

"We're not geeks, but we're trying really, really hard to be."

Storytellers. JayGrandin; AntLeah; GiantAntMedia; BongoFilm. Fart jokes ending up helping in Tanzania to record a hip-hop album. (no sound - pesky Macs.)

Qualifications: viral vidoes: "How to shower: Women vs. Men" ==> Myspace; next YouTube "How to conceal a fart" Viral potential: Farting, Being Naked, really viral: Farting while Naked "A Date with a Giant Penis" YouTube video. Waiting on MySpace deal for content creator. Connected with MySpace friends to have places to stay / crash at around Europe. Finding: f#ck viral. Content viewership took a nose dive when starting to create videos important to Jay & Leah. Engagement, however, increased.

Created "Urban Project" and raised $8k. Tanzania. <-- final film on the Tanzania hip-hoppers. Playing trailer.

#6 TBD Improv Show and Tell Time

... - international. Find coupons. ... Q: how many people have iPhones? A: 85% of the room. ... - women's stories in developing countries. ... Interesting app in crowd built maps: Waze has user generated maps, but if you're the first person to drive through a street, it goes into a pac-man kind of mode to help map the street and you get points. ... PocketMeter / Sonar Radar - uses ecolocation by emitting a sound and determining how far way something is ... using Social Media to assist with mental wellbeing ... app - records short audio clips / RSS wrapped podcasts (smooth) ... "Digital Ocean: sampling the sea" ... - wanted to know what people were eating for dinner. Wants to track the tweetcloud trend automatically. ... - meant for pre-readers ... - downloadable browser for kid-friendly sights for safe browsing ... + South Africa. Huge amount of mobile phone adoption. ... - can type in chords and such and have generated MIDI and a nice scroll. ... to make a skittles site for yourself. ... Sweetcron - lifestream and pulls all your data into one sight to build your lifestreaming site. ... - website w/ mobile CSS. Tells you how far away your bus is, in minutes. ... Buzz: oops, flashing screen ... Android Tricorder app. LCARS system. ... - add graffiti overlay for other people's website ... Snag-It for screen grabs (and for really embarrassing positions with Chris - flickr must) ... ... - ask to have a Facebook app to join the registry and order a kit ... - inspirational video ... ... Kathy Gil (UW broadcasting) Skitch for Mac - screen capture & productivity tool ... ... - Drupal dev site ... Derek Miller flickr mimiandpapa user. Took picture of sun - sunspot and Mercury. Next: apod space station going across sun.; ... ... Josh again: auto stitch for creating pano; Pocket Universe - move around and it shows the sky and labels what you're looking at; Geocaching

People are showing off either web sites or iPhone apps.

#7 Amazon, Affiliates & Taxes - Angel Djambazov

Amazon tax and affiliates - oops, Chris' Mac seems to want to auto-advance the slides for some unknowable reason. PC to the rescue. - Tax law and affiliate tax. is a large target for taxation. "The Case of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota" - 1992.

#8 A Conversation about Social Change through Social Media - Mark Horvath

The face and voice of homelessness - Invisible People: @hardlynormal - - "I have two gifts: I'm loud and I'm pushy." Traveling around the company giving a voice to homelessness. Was a TV executive. Syndication end. Homeless. Lived on Hollywood Boulevard. Average homeless person is nine years old. TwitPic'd pictures of a toddler Alexandria - two pictures, many blogs written about her quickly. Just in Atlanta: video of Angela.

"Authenticity is replacing production values" when it comes to videos being shared.

How did Angela get that way? "Beth's story."

"We have a perfect storm coming."

Power of social media - needed shoes for kids - put it online and immediately had 50 pairs of shoes. Joseph: had maggots in his legs. James: at Nickelsville in Seattle; trying to build a kitchen area."This is a community." Came to Seattle looking for work, with Alaska for processing. Nickelsville: beautiful community. Brings James up on stage.

Mark: foreclosure ruined his credit score and now can't get an apartment. Does giving money do more harm? Question Mark has been waiting for. I give money sometimes - you'll know in yourself. "I've been conned before." Atlanta: homeless was aggressive. The reason they are aggressive is because they are not getting food or anything. Not a good thing: donating left over food.

James: "It's not handouts. It's opportunity." Two parent families are the growing portion of homelessness and they are worried about their kids being taken away, so they are not allowing themselves to be counted. - recent article about Stree Papers (like Real Change).

#9 Prosthetic Culture - Amber Case - cyborg anthropologist. (Robot()()Cop) Aimee Mullins - prosthetic legs. Objects are also prosthetic. Phones: ears. Laptops: fingers. Study how tech augments our ability to live. Where do machines begin and humans end. When do we start to become non-human. Space is very similar to...the "Information Society" - We are all cyborgs. Graph of internet domain-based graph. Looks like a universe. "Civilization and its Discontents" by Freud. Omit unnecessary cyborgs (poor clippy).

Picking items off of supermarket shelves vs. off the trees - hunter & gathering in store. - wtf?

Magical cellphones. Apple store: best reseller of prosthetics. Looks like a museum. We shed our prosthetics like trilobites shed their body parts for regrowth.

Term: telenoia. Anxiety in the face of increasing integration of technology. "Facebook is one of the best spreadsheet ever to come out." - playing a giant game of spreadsheet - updating columns. Basically database animals. We've become famous machines.

Steve Mann - wearable computing / MIT. 1980, 1985, 1991, 1995, 1998 - all just in his glasses. Eyetap Glasses. - installs on nokia phone.

TED: Pattie Maeas demos sixth sense.

#10 A look back at Gnomedex 9.0 - Kris Krüg

Kris has a video on YouTube on digital photography. Gnomedex 9 Awards Ceremony. @kk on twitter. Photos online.

Very early bird price of $299 at Gnomedex 2010 Aug 19th 2010. Bell Harbor, Seattle.

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Friday, August 21, 2009
Random Notes from the First Day of Gnomedex 09


Eric's super condensed Gnomedex notes for Day One of Gnomedex 09. (FYI: notes from the second day: Random Notes from the Second Day of Gnomedex 09).

Chris kick-off: Last year's hit: Marc Canter's presentation.


#1 Art of the Interview - Warren Etheredge

The Warren Report. 1,500 Interviews - art of the interview. Print, radio, etc.

  1. Need to listen.
  2. Bring no questions to interview.
  3. Win their trust.

Earn their respect.

"No offense to Texans here today. But you are idiots."

(Warren's recent tweet follow-up: @thewarrenreport I don't think all Texans are idiots, just the UT rube who thought HOTEL RWANDA was a sequel to A FISH CALLED RWANDA.)

Ask something that throws them. Jumping off point for the person. No notes. No clipboard. Don't be - James Lipton ?

"I'm sorry to turn a room off with aspeugers."

Get their attention. Pay attention.

Win their trust.

Earn their respect.

Charlie Kaufman interview: do different. Little he'd do different.

#2 Rise of the Trust Agents - Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan

Attention wars and the rise of the Trust Agent.

Make your own game - standing out.

One of us - belonging.

Archimedes effect - leverage.

Agent zero - developing access.

Human artist - developing understanding.

Build an army - developing mass.

"The Attention Wars"

Competition with everything in the world, not just your niche.

Q: How many people w/ ADD does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Let's ride bikes!

Awareness, reputation, trust.

Post that: goes from empathy to entropy real fast.

Trust = social capital

Sc + web = links, traffic, social proof, a big f'n network.

Lifestyle design, make your own game. 3 levels to any game. Playing. Hacking. Programming.

Find your value differentiation.

Create a new word for yourself.

Learn the systems - attuned / distorted.

One of us.

Blue Sky Factory. Email marketing. Trust him. @gregcangialosi

Reaction to bad photos: "It's an iPhone. Can someone tell Apple to make a camera."

First 140 conference. If you can be at the beginning of a group. Weezer. Insider. "I've got twelve sided die." Insider language.

Find the agent zero

Seek frictionless distrubtion

Be everywhere and create/maintain bonds

All knowledge is vocabulary


"Worst ever picture of Mike Arrington"

Leverage: take the good things you've done and leverage to the next level.

BillG: malaria mosquitos

Archimedes effect:

Build offyour previous success

Never start from nothing

Its all chips: winning the game is table stakes for the next game

Agent zero: Chris Pirillo - great example of connecting people.

Be the priest; build the church

Be the relationship before the sale

You live or die by your database

Be part of everyone's 150

Human artist

Signals misunderstood on the web.

Connect people constantly

Share instead of horde

Practice simple touchpoints of loyalty

Self aware vs. self involved

Build armies

Give your ideas handles

Teach them to fish

Bring your own dialtone

Re-act with voting by our feet: "We unfollow the hot messes."

#3 Active Skepticism Online - Phil Plait

Phil Plait - Skepticism Online - bad astronomy blog.


What is skepticism - demanding and examining evidence. Be willing to drop and idea if it's wrong.

Optical illusions.


Bart Sibrel - moon landing. Buzz Aldrin. Search.

Why important?

It sucks to be fooled.

You can lose your money.

You can lose your life.

Grassroots Skepticism: stop (Sylvia Browne),, what's the, skeptic's dictionary, teen skepchick, skepticamp, young australian skeptics.

Overwhelmed by nonsense. (deep, growl-sigh): "Mating call of skeptics."

#4 Life Extension for Geeks - Christine Peterson

Christine coined phrase "Open Source"

Life extension vs. health extension.

Health ^ 2.

"They're made out of meat." - short story / YouTube.

Things start to go wrong with our meat.

Fragile grey pudding. Can't backup.

SENS Foundation.

Kronos science lab

BUCK institute.

Right now: apply available anti-aging methods.

Money & time.

Is your Dr. your friend for extension? Probably not. They are most likely in reactive medicine.

Good news: lots of things can help. Some can be fun.

Meditation: who in your life is toxic?

In 3 months, just through life extension, you can turn on & off gene markers. Baroo? - Dermal Display on YouTube.

Life extension is a biology experiment. Get a baseline. Kronos: for non-trival amount of $ you can get extensive analysis. Chrono-age vs. physiological age (aka Real Age). Oh, and get your insurance setup before you find out anything bad.

Supplements. What's appropriate to take? Most people take pills indiscremently.

Calorie restrictions. Don't teach your body that there's a famine - it will hoard all the weight it can if you ever go up again.

TA-65 - slightly refined supplement. Claim is that telomeres will stop shortening / lengthen them.

$$$ mucho money per year.

Inflammaging: Chris has weight loss tips. Make a DVD.; weight loss for geeks.

#5 Personal Manufacturing: The Robots that Sharing Built - Bre Pettis

3d Printer - MakerBot.

Personal Computing ==> now ==> Personal Fabrication

Download or design things.

Download and "print"

Builds it up layer by layer.

Machine is being used to make more MakerBots.

"Egg Pants" video. DesignGlut - incredibly young ladies doing 3d product design.

Thingiverse - place to upload design files. -ooo, they have a companion cube!

Sharing and Fear. "Everything I do I share on the Internet."

"But, if I give it away, <<fill in the fear>>"

Collaboration magic with shared object files: Walt Disney's head + (a brain egg cup design)

Intern projects: ==> NYCResistor is where Bre met-up. Share ideas / experience.

Eastside hackerspace:

#6 FoldIt - Firas Khatib

Firas Khatib

Free, online protein folder video game.

Protein folding is important especially when you consider something like prion disease.

Rosetta looks for the low energy native state of a protein and cheats by knowing low energy states o ffragments and attempt to chain the low know states into the given larger chain.

Rosetta@home has 1.3m users for distribution problem solving (ala Seti@home)

(Tweets showing that this is beyond people's background / interest; the Social Media audience effect.)

(Chris Pirillo to the rescue to put talk into context: playing the game can cure diseases.)

Alex Cho - parody of "I'm on a Boat" from SNL

Q: what about undermining SETI@home, StarDust@home, Folding@home; A: tough question. Yeah. They don't have a video game!

#7 Todd Friesen


Search engine spammer. Not an email spammer. Being #1 for viagra and stuff like that.



Sites Positioned Above Mine

SEO for Nike, etc.

Search engine "Golden Triangle" for search result pages.

Bottom of the page is better than the middle of the page, if you're not on the top.

RSS = Really Simple Stealing

Hired guys to write bots to scrape content before RSS. Then along came RSS. Splogs. Spam blogs.

Big right now: forum profiles.

Comment spam. Point in time that blogs had all sorts of authority. Use a bunch of proxy IDs to have 100,000 links back to sites the next morning. Guestbook spamming. Biker Guestbook spamming: great email.

Cross Site Scripting - search term just pure HTML and it is replicated in the search results page as in-place HTML.

Real time search - next frontier (e.g., twitter "buy viagra").

Figure half of twitter aren't even real people.

(Hallway break time -- ooo, I am now the honored owner of an Amazon Traveling Ninja Coder who, like that well-traveled gnome, is ready to have his photos taken in interesting places)

#8 Best of Ignite! - hosted by Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest w/ O'Reilly - Ignite

"Enlighten us, but make it quick."

Wish I was a little bit taller.

"My friend Elan wish he was taller" bug in product studio.

"Platform" issue; has shipped like this before.

Byron - Bike Hugger's Guide to Bike Culture


"Plain clothes"



"Fixie Hipsters"

"Shop Monkeys"








Betsy - Social Media Guru.

Leave a trail.

Jay Cross - on time.

Book: "The Time Paradox"

Scotto More - a digital fairy tale

Filmed for Ignite Seattle

Nov 3rd King Cat Theater.

#9 My Cancer is Social - Drew Olanoff

My Cancer is Social

Opera 9 release in Seattle.

Job at; left for - flying monkeys!

Even @lancearmstrong can blame Drew's cancer (broken collarbone)

YouTube clip of Jon Bon Jovi blaming the AFL season on Drew's Cancer.

Wyclef Jean blaming ear-ache on Drew's Cancer.

Making the cancer something tangible.

(hugs and not a dry eye in the house)

#10 Wrap-up

The Order of the Phez

Giveaway time.

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