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"American Radio Waves" by Andy Kane

Here's a new book by Andy Kane called, "American Radio Waves". It will be serialized in plain text over at his website, but I just wanted to post it here as a PDF and make it available for download: American Radio Waves. Also see a new gallery over there of all the paintings in his Encaustic show over at Unfound Art Chicago.

Vote for Me at The Nine

So today my Wide Right Turn site is featured on Yahoo's The Nine. If you came from there, please see these two things: Derivative Works Art Manifesto and Open Source Emergency Response and lemme know what you think.

Amazon aStore Update

Amazon released an update to their aStore which allows for lots more customization of categories and subcategories. The overall result is that it makes users feel more like it's "your" store and you get more search engine bump. Here's what they have to say:

  • For those of you linking from your website to your aStore rather than embedding it, we have added the capability to put a link back to your website in the store navigation.
  • Advanced users can now remove both the header and category navigation when embedding the aStore within existing websites.
  • The custom product description length has been extended, allowing you to say more about the products you recommend to your customers.
  • Product detail pages now display a "crossed-out" list price followed by the Amazon.com price.
  • The page title in the browser now displays the name of the aStore combined with the category name or product name, making aStore more search-engine friendly.

Launch: Andy Kane Art

Today I launched a new website for a friend and a great artist, Andy Kane Art. It's just our first day-- more images to come, but it has some good stuff in there already. Here are details:


"16 Straight" T-Shirt Is A Bad Idea

So Coudal Partners is selling a T-Shirt at http://www.sixteenstraight.com/.

From my days of youth in Pittsburgh through the 90s of Jordan to the parade on LaSalle Street last Fall, if there's one thing I've learned as a good-karma fan of a 13 championship teams, it's this: keep your mouth shut until the last game is won.


Jimmy Carter Graffiti in Logan Square

Jimmy Carter Graffiti, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

Seems to be everywhere.

Derivative Works for Online Video: GreedTube Comes Close

So I've been loooking for YouTube to reasonably compensate people who submit content to their site and generate ad revenue. GreedTube comes close:

GreedTube - Submit Videos and Make Money!

Have you ever wanted to make money from the videos find on Youtube? Now you can! Greedtube shares fifty percent of all the ad revenue made on the videos you submit!
Only problem is that they should just cover "videos you made" instead of "videos find on Youtube". If they did, it'd be all over.

Launch: Fabrile Gallery Webstore

Last month I helped launch an e-commerce website for my client Fabrile Gallery, the purveyor of great Art Glass, Designer Crafts, Fantasy figures and fairies by Amy Brown and Cicely Mary Barker and other artists.

We based the store on the Yahoo! Store, and I highly recommend it if you want a non-technical person to maintain the store after launch. Here is a genericized version of the documentation I created for a client for whom I implemented a Yahoo! Store. I call it "Yahoo Store: The Missing Manual".

YahoostoremanualYahoo! Store is really easy to use and maintain once it is all setup, but there a paucity of good documentation on how to use the Store Editor. This is some plain-language translation of that process. The client used a Macintosh to maintain the store, used FileMaker Pro for their database, and so this document is focused on those technologies. Still, it should be useful to anyone who looked at the Store Editor and wondered what the heck all those buttons do.

The design of the store was completely controlled by the client. After I trained him on the system, he went hog wild in choosing his own look & feel, putting the real power in the hands of the person who actually runs the business.


Tower Records Fall Down Go Boom

Firecracker So it seems that Tower Records is pretty much over. In the early-mid 90s I dealt with Tower Records alot in the context of selling them my books and starting the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards along with my book distributor, Koen Books. Tower was just getting into selling books in a big way and Koen was looking for a way to make a splash at the Book Expo America, which at the time was held in Chicago every June. I booked the club (Crobar) and handled most of the on-the-ground details, since everyone else was on the coasts. I got to work with Henry Rollins and meet Suzie Bright, so it was an overall cool experience for a few years until 1999, when it was held in Los Angeles.

The ballots for the awards were at the cash register for every Tower Records store. I had everyone I knew go into Tower and nominate Memo To All Employees for the poetry award. When the awards committee counted the ballots, I won by a landslide. The awards committee thought it wouldn't look good if a founder of the group won the first award. It was easy for them to set aside the fact that the books that they had promoted did win. Bottom line is that I was too cracker/ apple-pie-looking. A book called "In Defense of Mumia" won.

Fixed awards contests. Very alternative. This experience, along with other observations, helped me write my next book, Economics. God bless us all.

Google Reader Beats Bloglines: The King is Finally Dethroned

So I was going to write a post about how Google Reader, after three years, finally convinced me to move from Bloglines for my RSS reader.

I went through Rojo, but got annoyed with the inelegant way it handles sources with tons of posts, NYT Reader, which I like but just never bought into the idea of it controlling all my feeds (they're a maker of content, not a distributor of it), and even Microsoft Max, which has a great desktop future but just isn't where I'm going to trust my subscriptions right now. I've been around the aggregator block and no one ever convinced me to leave my old standby, Bloglines of Ask.com.

But I don't need to write that post. Gina Trapani already wrote it over at Lifehacker. You've got to hand it to Google-- their first take on Reader stunk, but then they got it right. All hail.


Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.


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