Blog posts tagged "sanfran"

SF Techsession, Vast, April 1, and Verticals

April 1st, 2006

SF Techsession 2: Communities and Interaction was a vast improvement over the previous one. Better presenters, better products, better questions, better venue, better food, better open bar.

I confess that I was mildly disturbed that I was able to make it two instances of a monthly even in SF given that I love 3000 miles away, but I can’t imagine there is a third topic as close to my heart as community or calendaring.

Vast on April 1st

Apropos, one of the participant, Vast, the “vertical search platform” has the only funny April Fool’s gag I’ve seen. (I’m not a fan of the holiday) They announced their Credit Cards vertical search today, and its a nicely done implementation. (Vast’s trademark low budget web design adds credibility to the whole gag)

Vast is making noise by “giving it all away”, they’re catchy “Steal this Site” link at the bottom of each page captures the imagination. Except they aren’t giving me the one thing that would be most valuable for both of us. I want to build vertical of data I care about, and Vast wants to learn about new segments, talk about an architecture of participation waiting to happen.

My take away was an idea with the same sense of inevitability that Epinions had, and I worried about similar deep conceptual flaws.

Home Rolled Verticals and Blogs

Speaking of which why aren’t any of the blog search engines distinguishing themselves by providing a search platform ala Amazon’s Alexa Web Information Service? While its relatively challenging to figure out how do something cool with Alexa’s raw index (hence the need for DIY interface to Vast), everybody seems to have a story about what they would do if could convincing crawl the blog/conversation space.

The Others

Skobee is a slick and simple as it seems, built by ex-PlumTree’ers (the folks who also built O’Reilly’s Connection. Also presenting Songbird, and Mozes

Thoughts from the Adaptive Path 5th Anniversary

March 3rd, 2006

“If there isn’t a chocolate fountain, it’s not my revolution”

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In San Francisco

February 17th, 2006

I’ll be in SF next week (Feb 21st – 24th), and a couple of days the following week. I’ll be at Groupware SF Tech Session, but won’t be at Mashup Camp(have fun all!) So if we’ve been meaning to catch up, next week looks good.

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SF Shaped the Web?

June 8th, 2005

Matt Webb has a fascinating observation that the dot com boom was shaped fundamentally by the physical reality of SF

Visiting San Francisco for the first time in 2001, it all snapped into place. Here was a city cross-hatched by freeways that each felt just a little too dangerous to walk under. Coupled with a lack of decent public transportation, it meant there were loads of communities slightly too small to support really big stores or specialist shops. I was seeing, in short, a city in which home delivery made a ton of sense: pet supplies, groceries, late night snacks…

I don’t know if its true, but its a neat idea. Someone get Mike Davis on the case!

It is also kind of funny because I think of San Francisco as small, approachable city, that is relatively easy to get around, or to get from one side to the other. (Bay to Breakers anyone?) At least compared to other American cities.

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Travel Plans

April 27th, 2005

Will be in Santa Cruz this weekend visiting the folks, and then in San Francisco, Mon (May2) – Thurs (May5) hanging out at the Odeo office. A lot of my time is already spoken for, but I always look forward to meeting up with friends and acquaintances (past, future, present, or virtual) when and where possible.

(note: this entry was almost titled “Have PickAxe Will Travel”)

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Where in the Country?

December 4th, 2004

Still in procrastination mode. Sorry to anyone who subscribes to this feed for substance. (anyone?)

Found an online survey Find Your Spot, which purports to recommend where in the US you might like to live. I found the results interesting.

In order: Little Rock (??), Portland, Baltimore (??), Honolulu (does everyone get that?), DC, Providence, Eugene, Santa Cruz, New Haven, Boston, Corvallis, Hartford, Ventura (??), San Francisco, Baton Rouge (??), New Orleans (totally ignored my comments on humidity), Fayetteville, Charleston, Sacramento (no thank you!), Santa Barbara, Salem (OR), Frederick (MD), Worcester

Little Rock? As the #1 place I should move? I have my doubts.

I’m surprised by how many Southern cities were on the list since I’ve never considered living in the South and I’ve thought about living all over the world. I wonder if the problem is me or the website? Also tended to skew towards smaller cities then I would have expected.

Interestingly I’ve either lived in, been to, or grew up in almost every city on the list. (and frankly I’m a little surprised Seattle didn’t make the cut)

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In the Bay Area Next Week

June 24th, 2004

I’m going to be in San Francisco next week (Mon-Fri) working out of the San Francisco office, and hanging out with Aspiration Tech and some of the smartest folks working in online advocacy. I’m hoping it will be a “CodeCon” version of Planetworks.

Days are mostly spoken for (and weekend I’ll be hanging out with the fam in Santa Cruz), but if anyone wants to grab coffee/dinner next week, drop a line.

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SF vs NYC

April 6th, 2004

The Chronicle has its Top 100 Bay Area restaurants (via stacey), while the NYTimes has A Quick Guide to the Best Restaurants in New York (via kottke, also with reviews). For me all the differences between the two cities lay there exposed. I’ll admit I’m less familiar with the NYC options, but of the handful of places I’ve eaten on the NYTimes list they were across the board atmospheric, appearance driven, et très cher. And I have to question their idea of what “moderately” priced means, as I’ve seen $40 entrees at at least one of their “moderately” priced options.

The Chron on the other hand doesn’t condescend to pre-judge the options for you, beyond inclusion in the list.(granted the Times is presenting a much longer list, which only reinforces my other complaints) There are options which you could only describe as “cheap eats”. There are several phenomenal options for vegetarians, (a concept which really hasn’t penetrated NY’s restaurant establishment yet, probably at least partially due to the lack of decent produce available in the city) and much greater diversity of cuisines.

Its not that SF lacks the frouffy(sp?) options, French Laundry for example is pretentious enough for either coast, its just that the Chron seems to be less enthralled with decor, fame, and cash, and more interested in the food.

Lastly, the Chron figured out that they should link to their own reviews, while the NYTimes needed a helping hand.

In other news, my weekend in New York was lovely thank you, I didn’t leave Sunnyside which is just the way I like it.

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