2.15.2009

Converting the Stimulus Bill to HTML

I'm in the process of converting the Stimulus Bill to HTML, first delivered as a document generated in Word, printed, then scanned as a PDF. Terrible. It's semi-searchable, but there's tons of cruft in the text version. I am also contributing my work to the StimulusWiki, which is a far better way of parsing this information.

Here's the page. I'll be updating it over time, and probably adding things to make it easier to read etc.

8.28.2008

88 out of 100 ain't bad

From The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


Here's the list of things I haven't eaten yet:

2. Nettle tea
6. Black pudding
16. Epoisses
(may have had this -- not sure)
46. Fugu
59. Poutine
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
68. Haggis
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
89. Horse
(probably have eaten this but not knowingly)
93. Rose harissa (though I have had harissa, just not with roses)

8.04.2008

5 Things I Miss About Japan



  1. Moist towelettes, steaming hot or deliciously cool, given to you by your server at any restaurant (from high-end more-French-than-French restaurant to humble ramen joint) to wash your face and hands before eating.
  2. Common cleanliness. Barely a stray piece of paper litters the Tokyo Underground, even with all public trashcans removed after the Aum ricin attacks. People are expected to keep their trash and dispose of it in private. You get the distinct impression that even the thought of littering will be met by psychic flogging by thousands of passers-by.
  3. Common courtesy. Sadly, from an American perspective, the Japanese are uncommonly courteous. The bowing might seem to us as somehow forced or strange, but I would bet that 80-90% of the time, when Japanese bow it is earnest. And even if it isn't completely so, it is impossible to execute the movement without feeling some form of humility. I would argue that this is of considerable social value in that it generally elevates the level of discourse. By contrast, here in America, we cling to our guns and bow to no one.
  4. Pushbutton toilets, a sure sign of advanced civilization.
  5. Perfection of Craft, in all things. Something as mundane as wrapping a simple purchase at the grocery store with careful, neat folds of some elegant tissue, speaks to an appreciation for the ephemeral quality of beauty (for which I am sure there is a word in Japanese).

2.25.2008

unpatriotic


unpatriotic
Originally uploaded by tmonkey
The GOP grasp yet again at straws...

9.19.2007

9.13.2007

Attention is the new Pageview

http://blog.compete.com/2007/02/05/compete-attention-200/

Compete.com is making the first real attempt to establish "Attention" as a metric to measure engagement, displacing the unreliable "pageview". This is their "Compete Attention 200".

I've tried to highlight very quickly the sites I recognized and categorize them by type.

Social Networking
Dating
Virtual Environment

I would argue this is finally the TRUE picture of the competitive landscape, closer than any pageview based metric might have painted, and the good news is that, at least one of the sites I work for is the powerhouse we thought it was. I was actually surprised at just how strong it stacks up to the competition.

In terms of Social Networking Sites, Blackplanet is 4th at #55! after Myspace, Facebook, and Bebo, the usual suspects. Hi5, Tagged, and Friendster are eating our dust.

Some surprises:
blackpeoplemeet is at #176, and asiantown is at #188.
adultfriendfinder is huge at #19.
runescape leads the Virtual Environment category, proving SecondLife to be possibly way overhyped. Gaiaonline is also a major player in the virtual space. We need to learn from these guys.

And what is going on with fanfiction.net and literotica.com? Transmedia at work.

Compete Attention 200™
Attention
Rank

Site
Attention
Share™
1
myspace.com
11.9%
2
yahoo.com
8.5%
3
msn.com
3.7%
4
ebay.com
3.7%
5
google.com
2.1%
6
aol.com
1.7%
7
pogo.com
1.6%
8
facebook.com
0.97%
9
amazon.com
0.67%
10
craigslist.com
0.64%
11
go.com
0.59%
12
youtube.com
0.56%
13
live.com
0.49%
14
bankofamerica.com
0.37%
15
wikipedia.org
0.35%
16
walmart.com
0.34%
17
mapquest.com
0.29%
18
neopets.com
0.25%
19
adultfriendfinder.com
0.24%
20
aim.com
0.24%
21
runescape.com
0.24%
22
comcast.net
0.23%
23
microsoft.com
0.21%
24
photobucket.com
0.21%
25
sportsline.com
0.21%
26
paypal.com
0.20%
27
cnn.com
0.20%
28
target.com
0.19%
29
gaiaonline.com
0.18%
30
apple.com
0.18%
31
match.com
0.18%
32
wellsfargo.com
0.17%
33
chase.com
0.16%
34
fanfiction.net
0.15%
35
bestbuy.com
0.15%
36
bebo.com
0.15%
37
nfl.com
0.15%
38
wildtangent.com
0.15%
39
iwon.com
0.14%
40
overstock.com
0.14%
41
ask.com
0.13%
42
netflix.com
0.13%
43
careerbuilder.com
0.13%
44
about.com
0.12%
45
dell.com
0.12%
46
monster.com
0.12%
47
jcpenney.com
0.12%
48
literotica.com
0.11%
49
imdb.com
0.11%
50
usatoday.com
0.11%
51
weather.com
0.11%
52
foodnetwork.com
0.11%
53
circuitcity.com
0.11%
54
toysrus.com
0.10%
55
blackplanet.com
0.10%
56
cingular.com
0.099%
57
foxsports.com
0.099%
58
cartoonnetwork.com
0.098%
59
qvc.com
0.097%
60
blogger.com
0.095%
61
excite.com
0.095%
62
citibank.com
0.095%
63
millsberry.com
0.091%
64
xanga.com
0.089%
65
autotrader.com
0.089%
66
realtor.com
0.088%
67
singlesnet.com
0.087%
68
verizonwireless.com
0.085%
69
smashits.com
0.085%
70
sears.com
0.084%
71
capitalone.com
0.082%
72
expedia.com
0.082%
73
plentyoffish.com
0.081%
74
eprize.net
0.081%
75
bellsouth.net
0.080%
76
americangreetings.com
0.080%
77
earthlink.net
0.079%
78
fidelity.com
0.079%
79
livejournal.com
0.078%
80
ancestry.com
0.077%
81
universalnightlife.com
0.076%
82
wachovia.com
0.076%
83
nytimes.com
0.076%
84
everythinggirl.com
0.076%
85
worldwinner.com
0.075%
86
meandmytravel.com
0.075%
87
windowsmedia.com
0.072%
88
eharmony.com
0.072%
89
nick.com
0.072%
90
wamu.com
0.071%
91
pbskids.org
0.071%
92
nextag.com
0.071%
93
victoriassecret.com
0.067%
94
myway.com
0.066%
95
hi5.com
0.066%
96
starware.com
0.064%
97
univision.com
0.063%
98
adobe.com
0.063%
99
gamehouse.com
0.062%
100
youravon.com
0.062%
101
tagged.com
0.062%
102
hsn.com
0.061%
103
travelocity.com
0.061%
104
usps.com
0.060%
105
miniclip.com
0.060%
106
ups.com
0.060%
107
reference.com
0.060%
108
wwe.com
0.059%
109
usbank.com
0.059%
110
lycos.com
0.059%
111
bbc.co.uk
0.059%
112
southwest.com
0.058%
113
kohls.com
0.058%
114
nickjr.com
0.058%
115
classmates.com
0.058%
116
gamefaqs.com
0.058%
117
mcafee.com
0.057%
118
addictinggames.com
0.057%
119
webmd.com
0.057%
120
mywebsearch.com
0.057%
121
t-mobile.com
0.056%
122
foxnews.com
0.056%
123
hp.com
0.055%
124
whitepages.com
0.055%
125
hotfreelayouts.com
0.055%
126
true.com
0.054%
127
bigfishgames.com
0.053%
128
macys.com
0.053%
129
blockbuster.com
0.053%
130
ticketmaster.com
0.052%
131
manhunt.net
0.051%
132
mlb.com
0.051%
133
overture.com
0.051%
134
pch.com
0.051%
135
marketwatch.com
0.051%
136
deviantart.com
0.050%
137
nba.com
0.050%
138
popcap.com
0.049%
139
clubpenguin.com
0.049%
140
orbitz.com
0.048%
141
oldnavy.com
0.048%
142
att.net
0.048%
143
cox.net
0.048%
144
ign.com
0.048%
145
kodakgallery.com
0.047%
146
userplane.com
0.047%
147
scout.com
0.047%
148
stardoll.com
0.046%
149
mypoints.com
0.046%
150
shoplocal.com
0.046%
151
cabelas.com
0.046%
152
nbc.com
0.045%
153
sprintpcs.com
0.045%
154
rivals.com
0.045%
155
americanexpress.com
0.045%
156
weatherbug.com
0.044%
157
netteller.com
0.044%
158
voyeurweb.com
0.044%
159
adam4adam.com
0.044%
160
flickr.com
0.044%
161
funbrain.com
0.043%
162
phoenix.edu
0.043%
163
hornymatches.com
0.043%
164
rr.com
0.043%
165
real.com
0.043%
166
allrecipes.com
0.043%
167
ezboard.com
0.043%
168
xnxx.com
0.043%
169
kbb.com
0.043%
170
webshots.com
0.042%
171
discovercard.com
0.042%
172
download.com
0.042%
173
alt.com
0.042%
174
hallmark.com
0.041%
175
ca.gov
0.041%
176
blackpeoplemeet.com
0.041%
177
aa.com
0.041%
178
icoke.com
0.040%
179
barnesandnoble.com
0.040%
180
llbean.com
0.040%
181
verizon.net
0.039%
182
invisionfree.com
0.039%
183
scottrade.com
0.039%
184
walgreens.com
0.039%
185
lowes.com
0.039%
186
directv.com
0.039%
187
liveperson.net
0.038%
188
asiantown.net
0.038%
189
friendster.com
0.037%
190
geocities.com
0.037%
191
macromedia.com
0.037%
192
babycenter.com
0.037%
193
cars.com
0.037%
194
verizon.com
0.036%
195
ameritrade.com
0.036%
196
gamespot.com
0.036%
197
legacy.com
0.036%
198
gottahavetickets.com
0.036%
199
bmgmusic.com
0.036%
200
fedex.com
0.036%