July 28, 2009
And then there was microblogging
Three things pushed me into microblogging.
Before I was pushed, my thinking was (and, to some degree, still is,) “OK, lots of people are using this, but I have a lot of distractions already, and I don’t see what I gain to balance that downside.” So I stayed out. (You’ll remember I did this once before.)
(Also notice that I’m using the phrase “microblogging” rather than “Twitter.” I’ll get there, I promise.)
The three things that pushed me over, roughly in chronological order, are these:
The “blog” that I’ve done for iaaf.org for three major events now is going to be more like a microblog this year; if some of the features they’ve discussed actually happen, I’ll be getting comments and questions directly through their CMS, and possibly also on a bridge to Twitter or another microblogging service like identi.ca. So I’m headed there anyway.
Our office network link went down, and my co-workers were tracking the scale of the outage and restoration of service using #verizonfail.
A said to me, “You know, you should try this…”
So, with reservations, I signed up.
To avoid this becoming too long, I have two more posts coming, which hopefully I will finish before Labor Day: what my reservations are (I still have them) and the technical system I’m in the process of setting up.
July 18, 2009
Small print: "Sign printed elsewhere"
Sign on the door of the University Drive post office in Amherst: “No bikes allowed in lobby. Please use rack provided.”
It should come as no surprise that there is no bike rack in sight.
July 15, 2009
And this was how the giant buoy got anchored in the tiny pond
This morning I was thinking it would be cool if there was a website showing conditions at Puffer’s Pond. Water temperature, air temperature, maybe a wind reading.
Then I figured you could probably hack together some kind of home weather station with a cell card and a buoy, and have it “phone in” its data on a regular basis—just check in hourly with a quick blip of data. Then you could build a website to store the data and show stuff like daily temperature curves, a trailing average of temperature at a given time of day over several days, air/water temperature gradient, and maybe start predicting swimming conditions based on current conditions and the weather forecast.
Then I realized what I really wanted was for GoMOOS to plant a buoy in Puffer’s. Is that so wrong?