My weekend

(I'm not really juggling, but Nick is a cunning photographer). Part of living in San Francisco is fulfilling a social obligation to occasionally do ridiculous things in costume so as to entertain other San Franciscans. So today we had a fine old-fashioned tea party in Dolores park, in various variations on the theme of formal wear. There was tea (by Oracle Greg), cucumber sandwiches (by Opera Greg), a wicker hamper full of china (purchased collectively from various thrift stores in the preceding weekends), and classical music (provided by iPods, my inMotion and a lot of D-size batteries). There was also a cane, which, combined with formal wear and a hat, predictably led (if you're me) to dancing: yes folks, San Francisco is managing to make me even more gay. Of course, this being San Francisco, we were not the only ones involved in impromptu public performance in the park on Sunday, so when a marching band showed up and started playing a bunch of quite catchy tunes, there was general merriment...
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Joost Beta

So you may have heard of Joost, supposedly the future of (legal) television broadcasting over the Internet. It's from the guys who brought as KaZaA and Skype, so it's worth paying attention when they come up with a new product. So I signed up for the beta, and got in today. You can go and read my screenshot review on Flickr, or you can just read my conclusion, right now. Basically: not ready for prime time, but it has some serious potential. There are a few questionable interface decisions, but in general it's slick and intuitive. Where it really falls down at the moment is reliability of playback: the content, once it's cached, is high-quality and smooth, but the download process is not nearly fast enough, and so content frequently halts, doing so so frequently that watching most content is unbearable. Is this the future of television? Well, maybe, but probably not. It's interesting that they've got MTV and Warner Brothers on board, plus some major advertisers: this is a platform that the big guys...
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This weekend was brought to you by...

The letters F and B For Frigid Bitch, Matt's anti-Burning Man gathering, where there was much drinking and snark, on Friday night. The number 11 That being roughly the amount that I won at the end of E's mainly-lesbian poker night on Saturday. I was most entertained. The Easter Bunny It turns out, unsurprisingly really, that San Francisco's idea of Easter Sunday is to get a bunch of drag queens, hundreds of gay men, assorted local eccentrics and performers and have a hunky Jesus competition in the park, if possible while dressed in a bunny suit or at least in a really stylish hat, all overseen by drag nuns. I really like living here.
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My blogger code

B9 d+ t++ k- s u f- i-- o x+ e+ l- c-- Get your own (via Kottke, whom I envy for his "u=" status).
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No more Don't Be Evil™

It's official, folks. The Don't Be Evil party is over. Google has spent $3.1 billion -- in cash -- for DoubleClick, the inventor of all manner of the world's most annoying advertising. The equation is simple. DoubleClick are evil. DoubleClick are Google. Therefore, Google are evil. Why are they evil? Internet advertising server DoubleClick is tracking the online activity of users, recording their names, purchases, and addresses, reports USA Today. DoubleClick is combining the data it accumulates on Web user activity with a direct marketing database of 90 million households maintained by Abacus Direct, which DoubleClick acquired last year. Privacy International's David Banisar says the move threatens online anonymity, while consumer advocates say they will complain to the FCC. Junkbusters' Jason Catlett says, "For four years [DoubleClick] has said [the services] don't identify you personally, and now they're admitting they are going to identify you." DoubleClick says the practice allows ads to...
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Nerding Man

So on Friday, on the advice of LJ, I went to Yuri's Night, Bay Area Chapter. The night bills itself as "A science and sounds expo" in honour of the anniversary of the flight of the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin. And there were a fair number of geeky exhibits and speeches and things, but the event starts at 7pm and goes on until 7am the next day, and by about half-way through the whole thing is just a rave. Many of the participants are also participants in the acclaimed Burning Man, such as the Laughing Squid folks, who have some great pictures of the night. It was a pretty awesome event, especially surreal because the whole thing was held on what was very obviously a military installation run by NASA; not exactly the venue you expect to be associated with, for instance, a stall selling vegan-organic-wheat-free-raw "piazzas" (pizza shaped, but not baked... and not very nice). My accomplice for the event was Nick, and we ended up spending quite a lot of time in the licensing dome run by...
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America: currently holding a 50% off sale!

There's never been a better time to come visit me, folks.
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I saw Orion

(It's been an awfully long time since I posted something like this... please indulge me.) I saw Orion as I walked tonight Above the streets of San Francisco He was standing in the sky Watching taxis passing by The sky is bigger here And so the dreams are bigger too With a land that's big and empty It seems there's always more to do It's like a city full of children With no adults to spoil the fun And our toys keep getting bigger I hope we don't hurt anyone I saw Orion in the city sky As the party spilled out of the bar So familiar yet so strange While an old man begged for pocket change No, the streets aren't paved with gold But they're not paved with broken dreams They're paved with cold grey concrete But there's grass growing in the seams And the streets are full of theatre And other naked cries for validation As we insert yet more of the surreal Into this our pretty plastic nation I saw Orion shining carelessly And he will still shine on tomorrow For he was...
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A Survey Apart

The well-respected A List Apart is carrying out a survey of the web development profession to get some visibility of this fragmented and little-understood field. If your job involves any web work, you should take this survey. Update: (And if you're in a survey-taking mood, you might want to take this one) Further update: Thanks for your votes, but the survey from the AFA is actually fraudulent -- it always lists the same bogus results: If a corporation supports the homosexual agenda, you would: Be more likely to do business with that company. 6,238 Be less likely to do business with that company. 188,722 It would not affect my buying decision. 3,946 The best thing you can do is post about their fraud to your own blog and hope to embarrass them into taking it down. If they're so righteous, why don't they have the courage of their convictions to show the results of a real poll?
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