I am trying out the Google News Search Bar above. The idea is that you can set any search parameters you want. Mine currently does "Chicago" only, but you can set any terms. Let's see how it works out.
This is one of the finest, earliest examples of a Wesley Willis drawing I have ever seen. On auction now for the next 5 hours on eBay.
So a few weeks ago I saw this call for Basecamp customers to be interviewed for short on-site video vignettes demonstrating how people use Basecamp. I've been a Basecamp customer since it started, and I live in Chicago, so I replied.
Today the 37 Signals peeps came over to the Bullet Group offices (the place I'll be working at starting March 5) on West Huron and we recorded the interview. They're just as nice as their software makes them out to be.
Some key points from the video:
Onward and forward.
Despite falling to #3 convention city last year, Chicago is still the host to lots of out-of-towners with lanyards. In a few weeks we'll be host to the What's Next Boomer Business Summit from the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Summit highlights include topics like, "What do boomers want, buy, do, crave and need?" Ew.
I finally got around to using Yahoo! Pipes yesterday, where I created my combined feed from all my disparate content publishing sources. I got the inspiration from this Lifehacker post. The cool thing about it is that I was able to query all Gapers Block posts and then ferret out only the ones I've made and add them to the feed. This is just scratching the surface of what Pipes can do. Next up is to find a way to automatically store articles with anonymity because clauses.
UPDATE: added the source of the item to the title as described by Michelle Campoeto. Thanks!
So it's been about a month since I started writing for Gapers Block. I've really enjoyed it. It's something like peeing into the ocean in that there are no comments, I get no feedback as to what readers think of the post subject matter, and I never see any spin-off blog posts or conversations that flow from it.
What I like most is that I can gently, easily call out things I think are worth mentioning and know that it will reach a large, thoughtful audience. The thing I've always liked about Gapers Block since they started is that they link and get out of the way, and that's what I've tried to do. Some other rules of thumb that I try to abide by: