Guess again: The #1 video sharing site is Yahoo Video, followed by MySpace Videos, with YouTube in the #3 spot. That’s according to numbers from MediaMetrix published by Erick Schonfeld.
Of course, with 16.1 million monthly visitors to Yahoo’s 21.1 million, YouTube is not far behind at all — and it’s got famously fast growth.
On the other hand, Yahoo has, shall we say, a bit more mature of a business model. And has anyone else noticed slowdowns and sluggishness on YouTube? If they’re really pushing 200TB/day (or perhaps the more realistic 2.4TB/day) it would not be surprising to see that they were filling up their pipes occasionally.
They came for the small, icy planets, and I said nothing, because I was not a small, icy planet… Pluto is a Planet Protest
“If an unsafe building collapsed and killed 1,000 people, we wouldn’t blame the building’s manager, or its maintenance crew, or the rescue squad… We would blame the architects.” Army Corps of Engineers is the real culprit behind Katrina | Grist Magazine
Recording phone interviews is relatively simple: Get an $18 mini recorder control from Radio Shack and plug one end into your phone, the other end into your tape recorder. But what if you’re doing the interview on Skype? Hot Recorder ($15) seems like a slick solution, and it works, up to a point. You install the software, start it up, and press the record button once you’re in a Skype call. HotRecorder saves calls in a proprietary audio format but a separate utility (included) lets you convert them into WAV or MP3 files. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work perfectly: In a 40-minute conversation I recorded, the two sides of the conversation were out of sync, so my questions started about 4 seconds before the other guy finished talking, and then there was 4 seconds of silence before the guy started answering. That would be OK if it were just for my notes, but for a podcast or similar uses, the recording was unpublishable. Use with caution.
I loved Gopher so much I included a map of gopherspace in my 1994 book, The Traveler’s Guide to the Information Highway (long since out of print). Nice to see this retrospective: Six Apart – Digging up info on Gopher
The WSJ discovers that the library is a great place for business info. (Especially true of the gorgeous brand-new library we have in San Mateo.) WSJ.com – Big help for small businesses at the library
“You can’t teach a human,” said Bill in our last lesson. “… You can tell them, you can show them, you can warn them, but in the end all you’re doing is putting the information in front of them so they can figure it out for themselves.” Dervala.net: Practice
The Haiku Apprentice, by Abigail Friedman (Stone Bridge Press, $15), is both a gentle introduction to the art of haiku and a charming travelogue. The author was a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Japan, when she stumbled upon a haiku-writing group. The book describes how she was welcomed into the group and, through it, learned to write and to love haiku–an art that is simultaneously easy to learn, wildly popular (in Japan anyhow, and to a lesser extent elsewhere), and yet contains enough subtlety and depth to reward decades of study. This book is infused with humor and with thoughtful observations and personal reflections, making it less pretentious and more accessible than most, even when it is discussing the subtleties of Japanese word play and haiku construction. It’s an excellent, companionable guide to haiku and the culture from which it springs.
Learn to give anti-global-warming presentations just like Al Gore does in An Inconvenient Truth. You could actually make a difference this way: The Climate Project
Two weeks into her Spanish-language immersion kindergarten class, Clara already knows at least three songs, ten separate color words, how to say she needs to go to the bathroom, how to count to thirteen, and the days of the week. Her pronunciation, while still quirky, already has more in common with a native speaker than you’d think: For instance, she says “d” in the Spanish way, with the tongue far forward between the teeth. And she’s been teaching us the songs, and saying “Un applauso!” when we get them right — after which everybody claps, once.
It’s amazing to me how quickly her young mind is able to absorb this language. Sure, we all learn a language more quickly when we’re constantly surrounded by it — and by people who are attentively helping us to learn it. But there’s something about the speed with which a five-year-old can pick up a language that is astonishing to me.
Ordinarily I hate Bush’s turns of phrase, but in this case, I think “Islamic fascists” is probably just about accurate. First time I’ve seen that phrase used… SFGate: Thwarted plot involved 10 jets