13 more days and counting

And the HTC Hero from Sprint will be mine. I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of making a Blackberry to Android transition, but the pros are winning for now. Also, the Blackberry selection on Sprint is underwhelming. The Curve 8330 is an outdated device which they still sell at BOGO, and just RECENTLY started offering the Curve with Trackpad. Had a chace to test-drive the Tour and it just felt like a bigger Curve with botchy trackball. God knows if I were a T-Mobile customer I would have bought a Blackberry Storm ages ago, but nothing is making me leave Sprint, not for now.

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Screen: January

This month’s screenshot (and the first of 2010) highlighting my latest obsession: hulu desktop.

And a little peek at what I’m watching right now. I hookep up the pc to my HDTV (DVI-D to HDMI cable cost me close to $4 on eBay directly from the factory in Hong Kong) and am currently hulu-ing my evenings away. I’ll just edit my queue daily and just click play when I come back from work. Small problem is hulu is not available outside the US, and since PR is PHYSICALLY outside the US the geotagging sets me international sometimes and won’t pkay the video, but it’s nothing a little refreshing won’t fix.

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Music: December 25th

Oh, hey, MERRY XMAS DEAR READERS!

I decided to give myself the gift of music and thanks to Pandora (http://pandora.com/people/jamrendon) I’ve discovered some nice bands through the Sigur Ros StationI created.

I am in love...

Funny they (or rather Adam Young) reminds me a lot of The Postal Service, but without the sad memories attached to it 😉

Hooked by: Hello Seattle

Faves: Fuzzy Blue Lights, West Coast Friendship

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Conversaciones: Island Finance

Mr A: Donde en Cantera usted vive?

Mrs B: Detras de la Iglesia en la Planura

Mr A: Eso esta bien caliente verdad?

Mrs B: No no, si alli el que roba lo botan o lo matan. Yo vivo tranquila con las puertas abiertas.

That post

Postal Service: Nothing Better

Will someone please call a surgeon
Who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart
That you’re deserting for better company?
I can’t accept that it’s over…
And I will block the door like a goalie tending the net
In the third quarter of a tied-game rivalry

So just say how to make it right
And i swear I’ll do my best to comply

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together

I feel I must interject here you’re getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember.
I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.
I’ve prepared a lecture on why i have to leave

So please back away and let me go
I can’t my darling i love you so…

Oh, oh

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together
Don’t you feed me lines about some idealistic future
Your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures

I know that I have made mistakes and i swear
I’ll never wrong you again
You’ve got a lure i can’t deny,
But you’ve had your chance so say goodbye
Say goodbye

I hate to admit it but this P.S. reminds me too much of you

and us

these were our songs, and it makes me miss you and I cry

but then I tell myself:

“I feel I must interject here you’re getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember.
I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.”

and come realize what I miss are the good memories, that I’ve blocked the bad ones,

like how alone I was while being with you.

The mind plays tricks with time and memories, and makes up things that were never there.

Postsecret Sundays

I used to have a tradition of reading Postsecret.com every Sunday, but I haven’t in a while. I started again. This one killed me.

I still have the blank postcard with mine hidden somewhere, I should mail it soon.

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RP @Matt: MicroBlogging vs Mega Blogging

Since he made up “Mega Blogging” I made up “Re-Post” from the “Retweet” function on tweeter. From ma.tt’s blog.

MICRO-BLOGGING VS MEGA-BLOGGING

I don’t think “mega-blogging” is actually a thing, I just made it up to make the title sound more dramatic. But if mega-blogging were a thing, you would do it with WordPress. Micro-blogging is a thing, ash a lot of people do it with Twitter.

TechCrunch drops in this fray with an article comparing the comScore numbers of WordPress.com and Twitter.com, which show an accelerating growth for WP.com and flattening for Twitter. I’ll talk about the data itself later, but first wanted to point out a point many overlook when trying to create a battle between the mediums.

New forms of social media, including micro-blogging, are complementary to blogging.

One of the many uses of Twitter is to link to and promote your blog posts. (And other people’s blog posts.) As we grow, so do they, and vice versa. I blog when I have something longer to say, like this. I tweet when it’s the lowest friction way to talk to my friends, or get distribution for something longer I did somewhere else.

It’s not really a “versus,” it’s an “and.”

Whether the Twitter team intended it or not, they’ve built a killer and highly addictive reader platform with dozens of interesting UIs on top of it.

Features like WP.mepost by emailTwitter publicizeRSS CloudP2email subscriptions, and more stuff in the cooker is trying to tie these things together more because people who do one are highly likely to do another.

As for the accuracy of underlying comScore data I would say they probably are precise but not accurate, meaning that whatever flaws they have in collection now, for example for WP.com they don’t count the custom domains or RSS readers and for Twitter they don’t count API usage or desktop clients, they’re at least self-consistent in how they do things over time. Some months they show us flat our internal stats showed growth, and vice versa. Ultimately it’s not worth anyone outside of comScore arguing how they collect their data, it’s better just to use it as one reference point alongside Quantcast (my fav), Alexa, Google Trends, Nielsen…

How tweets get imported into a blog is still an open question for me. I’ve seen lots of ways people have attempted it but when a blog becomes an activity stream it becomes a weak version of all the things it aggregates, less than the sum of its parts, because of the loss of context.