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You never know what’ll come out when you’re testing a text field.

Sometimes after looking at a UI for the 100th time and testing a text field at 1:30am, I get a little loopy. Tonight, instead of my usual semi-humorous blather that I type into the text field, this little bit of detective novel schlock came out. I typed the first line with my mind blank (usually at that point I type something inane like “mookiepoo” and copy and paste it over and over) and the rest just flowed out. It kinda makes me smile, so I figured I’d share.

“That’s just the way the cookie crumbles, jack.” And with that, the man was gone. The soft, wet slap of his footsteps on the rain soaked pavement faded away, and I was left holding her bloody corpse. Not your average Tuesday. By the time the police were through with me, I felt like a rag doll. They’d put me through the ringer, but my story was rock solid. Hell, I was the one who’d called them to the scene. I walked out of the precinct and was smacked in the face by a bright noon sun and the stink of San Francisco in summer. I hadn’t slept in 30 hours or so, so I figured it was time for some grub. “‘Nother rough night at the Station, huh Mac?” Maggie greeted me. She seemed to be saying that a lot lately. Her diner was tiny and the food was barely edible, but it’s hard to screw up potatoes and eggs. “Well, you know me, Maggie. I’ll have the usual” “I need two scrambled, all the way” “And Maggie, have ‘em go easy on the egg-shells this time, I’m trying to cut down” “Ha ha. You’re a regular riot, pal” Like I said, they’re hard to screw up, but not impossible.

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Help send Noneck Noel around the world

My good friend Noel is planning to spend the next 7 months seeing the world. He’s going to be bringing 2 important things with him. First, he’ll be bringing his love of all things open - open conferences, open-source software, etc, demonstrating how people can accomplish amazing things by helping each other. Second, he’ll be bringing his camera, and sharing the things that he sees and learns with the rest of us.

I don’t know if he’ll make it to everything he plans to, but I’m anxious to see where Noel’s journey takes him and watch as he goes. It’s only 11.11 to chip in, I’m doubling down on the luck of seven myself tonight
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Noel is planning a very unique trip around the world, open-source style. He calls the project “Luck of Seven,” and he’s preparing to depart on July 7th. That’s 07/07/07. He’s also trying to raise $7777.77 for the trip. Clearly, Noel’s got a thing for sevens. For seven months, he’ll traverse the seven continents, dive into the seven oceans, and attempt to visit the seven ancient wonders of the world. Using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), Noel will harness the collective knowledge of the globe and report weekly on seven topics relating to freedom and the organic component of digital communication.
If we all chip in, Noel’s going to make that trip and bring the world to us. Make a donation, spread the word, post about Noel in your own blog or at the very least, visit his site and show your support.
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Help us wish Derek K. Miller a Happy Birthday

Derek has recently been diagnosed with a very lethal cancer. I’ve been a fan of his music for a while and used it in quite a few podcasts - Derek’s an amazing example of someone who puts good work out there for others to use just for the joy of doing it. The podcasting community is rallying to send him some good wishes today.
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Over IM this morning with Sean McGaughey he pointed out the recently Derek Miller of The Penmachine Podcast has a birthday fast approching! He has also received some news that isn’t so Happy. You can read about it on his blog, he has been amazingly open and honest, but I feel this is not the time or place to get into that in great detail. Anyways in light of all that we want to put togeher a bunch of Happy Birthday and Well Wishes for Derek. We need two things, first is some audio. Say whatever you want, from as simple as “Happy Birthday” or more personal if you choose. Mark Blevis has steped up to take on the task of editing it all together, so send your audio to markblevis@gmail.com.
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Video from the first Facebook Developers Meetup - part 1

I took some video at the Facebook Developers Meetup in NYC that Amit set up Wednesday. It was a great event and not only did we have Dave Morin, Director of Platform for facebook live from WWDC via iChat, but Mark Zuckerberg also dropped by!

I’m looking forward to doing some serious hacking on the Facebook platform in the coming weeks. Parts 2 and 3 of this video featuring an app demo and Zuckerberg’s talk will be coming as soon as I can get them encoded.

Sorry for the video hiccups - I ran out of space while recording straight into iMovie and had to burn some stuff to DVD.


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Stream live with 2 hosts - from different locations!

This is awesome - Jeff Pulver and Chris Brogan were trying out blogtv.com yesterday, and I got a chance to briefly “co-host” with Jeff. You can see me in the smaller lefthand window there.

The blogTV folks are working really hard to make something great and are doing their best to get in touch with everyone who tries out the system.

I definitely love the interactivity of having two hosts from completely different places on at the same time. It’s extremely cool, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes from blogTV in the future.
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Eric’s other show - Clipiversity

At Clipmarks, we’ve started a daily video podcast called Clipiversity (short of for the Clipmarks University) featuring some of the stuff we learn on clipmarks.com each day. I figured I’d drop an episode here in to give you a sneak peek. If you like the show, click here to subscribe

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11 amazing clips on the first Friday edition of Clipiversity video. We cover everything from grandmas growing horns to dangerous bike helmets in this episode of the Clipmarks Clipiversity.

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You can also see all of the clips we talk about on clipiversity by following the user “Clipiversity” on clipmarks.com

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