Thursday, April 28, 2005


Nokia Phones Mark New Era of Differentiation (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The line of new Nokia (NYSE: NOK) mobile phone handsets announced Wednesday seems to have something for everyone -- music, high-resolution digital photography, and, of course, the ability to make calls.

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over'Spyware'(AP)
AP - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer Thursday, blaming it for secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.

Bahrain Site Registration Sparks Protests (AP)
AP - All Web sites operating in Bahrain must register with the country's Information Ministry under a new government mandate that has provoked protests from an international watchdog for press freedom.

European Digital Library Is Proposed (AP)
AP - Six European leaders jointly proposed Thursday that works contained in European libraries be made accessible online, in what they called a"European digital library."

Popularity Of iPods, Other Gadgets Is Sweet Music To Chipmaker (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Every computer, server, PlayStation and iPod has a hard drive.

EBay Execs Who Got IPO Shares to Pay$3 Million (Reuters)
Reuters - EBay Inc. said on Thursday itschief executive and two early leaders will pay$3 million tosettle a shareholder lawsuit alleging they received shares inhot stock offerings from their investment bankers.

Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas
Scientists are reporting that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter.
By KENNETH CHANG

Remember Where You Looked (Even if You Didn't Find It)
Yahoo added several features to its search capability this week, including an archive of previous searches and the ability to share these search histories with others.
By ANDREW ZIPERN

European Antitrust Official Chastises Microsoft's Chief
Europe's top antitrust official told Microsoft's chief executive that the company must comply with Europe's antitrust ruling"urgently and in full."
By PAUL MELLER

Microsoft Weighs Reversal on Gay Rights, Gates Says
The founder of Microsoft has indicated he may reconsider his company's decision not to support a Washington State gay rights bill.
By SARAH KERSHAW

Apple Supported in Online Publishing Dispute
Apple gained the support of Intel and Genentech in its effort to make online publishers disclose their sources of confidential information about new Apple products.
By BLOOMBERG NEWS

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

Wireless Net Connections for the Roaming Laptop
Operating on different standards from Wi-Fi, the broadband services require special modems that plug into a laptop computer's PC card slots.
By IVAN BERGER

All-Podcast, All-the-Time Radio
A San Francisco radio station is going to start airing nothing but user-submitted podcasts beginning on May 16. The station, which calls itselfKYOU Open Source Radio, will broadcast on 1550-AM/San Francisco and the Internet.

Submitted podcasts must be 60 megabytes or less in size and can be in any format. The categories on thesubmission formdemonstrate how strange this is likely to be -- traditional fare like news, sports and politics is mixed with over-the-road trucking, sex and wiffleball.

This could be one of the great wheels-off radio experiments of all-time -- at least until earnest liberal San Franciscans fill it with local community news, activism and independent music.

The station sounds like a good opportunity for Jacksonville webloggerTodd Smith, who devotes his site toAmericana musicand has a Saturday morning show about the music on alocal college station.

Extended Pings in Weblog Pinger
Dave Winer addedRSS supportto Weblogs.Com this morning, making it possible to send an extended ping message to the service that includes the address of a site's RSS feed.

This will make it easier for services that are built atop Weblogs.Com, such asTechnoratiandGigaDial, to incorporate RSS feeds.

I haveextended my pingerto support this new feature.

Weblog-Pinger, an open source class library for PHP, can send update notification pings over five XML-RPC services that monitor new weblog content.

Virgin Mary of the Viaduct
I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with theVirgin Mary viaduct, the Chicago highway underpass that has alife-size water stainresembling the mother of God. They wanted advice on setting up a web site.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that all religious iconography that develops naturally upon either surfaces or food should have its own site. This is exactly the kind of thing for which the Internet was invented.

Because of the visual nature of the underpass and the community that has developed, the ideal place for its web presence isFlickr.

Flickr's a terrific photo-sharing community that was recently purchased by Yahoo for 5.2 bajillion dollars. You can create an account for free, upload your photos for public viewing, and add tags that describe the subject of the shots.

Every time I find myself on Flickr, I get lost in the photos, most recently in the work of Justin Hankins. His pictures of theBridge of Lions,Night of Lights celebration, andIntercoastal Waterwayare some of the best shots I've seen of St. Augustine.

Flickr photos can be grouped into sets and viewed as slideshows. Somebody should hire Robin Jean, the photographer doing thisRockstars set, to take column mugshots for newspapers.

People of Poland: Nie Rozumie
The pope has to be multilingual -- upon his selection, Pope John Paul II wowed the crowd at St. Peter's Square by addressing them in fluent Italian.

Apparently, popesquatters have to be multilingual too. My weblog has been overrun by discussions in Polish. I don't know what they are saying, but I've been told that it's bad. I can handle that, as long as you lay off mymatka.

I've created this weblog entry as a place to hold all of the comments in languages I do not understand (i.e. everything but English and a littleEsperanto).

To my new friends in Poland, I've looked over aphrasebookto cross the language barrier as best I can:

Kocham cie. Kochasz mnie? Sto lat niech zyje nam!

If someone could translate"buy my books"into Polish, I would appreciate it.

Update:kup moje ksiazki!

Supporting Modest Needs
A funny thing happened today:Modest Needsreceived more than five times the normal donations from people coming fromBenedictXVI.Com.

I'd like to think it has something to do with my understated good looks, which were revealed to me in an e-mail from aToday Showviewer this morning. But I suspect that people are simply gratified that I am not a pornographer.

I will never be a pornographer, so please keep helping Modest Needs.

I sent an e-mail to Pope Benedict XVI'snew e-mail addresstoday asking if the church wants the domain. I am concerned that my"Subject: Free Domains"email might not get through the Holy See's spam filters.

While I am waiting to hear from the Vatican (which has to be the strangest phrase I have ever written in my life), I am donating the pope domains and my site's ad revenue from this crazy week toModest Needs. I'm working together with founder Keith Taylor to host them. His unique one-emergency, one-family-at-a-time charity has helped1,500 individuals and familiessince its launch in 2002.

Thanks, everyone. And to answer the questions from Tina in Fort Myers, Florida: 1. Clubman Art-Rim glasses. 2. Yes that is my real hair. 3. No I will not send you a lock of it because it would be a great color for your guest bedroom.

I've Been X'ed
I did an interview yesterday withAVNOnline, believing the"AV"stood for audiovisual, like theA.V. Clubentertainment site published byThe Onion.

I liked the final piece, although I thought it was odd for the reporter to quote another papal domain registrant talking about"nipples and snatch."That kind of talk hasn't appeared much in the media since the end of the Clinton administration.

When I showed the story to my wife, she noticed that the ads around the piece were forX-rated sites and products(warning: link advertises X-rated sites and products).

As it turns out, AVN stands forAdult Video News, theleading trade publicationof the adult entertainment industry.

You Heard It Here First
Without interviewing me, Jacksonville TV newscastFirst Coast Newsreported Thursdaythat I was selling the domain:

While the World Wide Web might not be a priority for Pope Benedict XVI, one local man hopes someone will think it's worth some cash to him. Roger [sic] Cadenhead of St. Augustine registered the domain nameBenedictXVI.comalong with other potential choices before the Pope selected his name. Cadenhead wants to sell it to the highest bidder.

This was news to me. I had been telling all reporters the exact opposite, as the original story in Tuesday'sWashington Postattests:

Reached on his cell phone, Cadenhead said he hasn't made any decisions about what he'll do with the domain, but he vowed he wouldn't be pawning it off to the highest bidder.

"I never really registered it with the intent of making money, and I think to crassly auction it would be a sin of some kind. ..."

Five hours before the newscast, BenedictXVI.Com wasdonated to the charity Modest Needswhile we wait to hear from the Vatican, as I wrote on my weblog.

A First Coast News producer e-mailed me for an interview at noon, but I was unable to call him back -- I haddisconnected my phonebecause I couldn't say no to female TV producers.

Interestingly enough, I can see exactly what the station read on my web server, because the office computer the producer used to e-mail me requested several web pages Thursday, including these:

  • 9:58 a.m.: Thefirst papal weblog entry, which stated"I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains"
  • 10:09 a.m.: TheWorkbenchhome page, where thetop entrystated"my goal was to keep it away from pornographers"
  • 12:24 p.m.: The BenedictXVI.Com home page, which at the time displayedthis page, where I explained that I"registered benedictxvi.com to prevent a pornographer or online casino from getting it"
  • 12:24 p.m.: Myfavorite photofrom my10th wedding anniversary cruise
  • 1:17 p.m. and 2:04 p.m.: The same BenedictXVI.Com home page

All told, that First Coast News computer made 115 web page requests before the newscast, also checking out mybio,books, and thetelevision categoryof my weblog.

I don't know how thestationcould have reported something false that contradicted several pages they viewed on my server and so much other press coverage. My only consolation is that the story wasn't delivered by Donna Hicken.

Master of My Domain
The owners of other Pope Benedict XVI domains are taunting me.

Jacopo Di Trani, an Italian who gotBenedict16.Com, has declared that pornographers and online casinos are welcome to buy it from him:

The first time i didn't believed Cadenhead when he said"i'll never give my domain to gamble/porn site developers"!

He's a very kind guy, but, first of all, his hair CAN'T be real, and, second, although i have respect for his decision to give for free his very valuable domain (with a billion of christians in the world), it doesn't change my opinion about the human nature and i'll never do something like that with this domain!

The owner of PopeBenedictXVI.Com, who received a $150,000 bid on EBay that turned out to be a hoax, had a question-and-answer page up where he posted this:

I'll be keeping every red cent of this dough, thinking about blowing it on horse races. ... the person that you saw on tv is the owner ofbenedictxvi.comand not me, you will just have to take my word on the fact that I'm much younger and sexier than that guy, I've got more hair too.

I know in a higher sense I did the right thing by donating the domains toModest Needs, a great charity that continues to getrecord traffic, but if my gesture turns out to have an actual market value of six figures, I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up in a ball eatingChunky Monkeydirectly out of the container.

Update: A discussion onReal Time with Bill Maher:

Joe Scarborough: I think there's going to be a porn site."BenedictXVI.com."

Sen Alan Simpson: [overlapping] John Waters would love it.

Scarborough: [overlapping] In fact, go to it.

Insert Charlie Brown"Auuuugh!"here.

Fame or Something Like It
I wasn't prepared to be famous for 24 hours, but now that myweblog traffichas subsided to normal levels, I can relate some of the experience. The rest has to be filtered through therapy first.

For anyone wondering how I became a television personality as well-known for a day as theVirgin Mary grilled cheese, my friendMatt Haugheyhas digitized the interview on theToday Showwhere I talk aboutBenedictXVI.Com.

After theToday Show, I began receiving calls from TV producers. Almost to a person, they were fast-talking, Type A females who sounded likeAngelina JolieonLife or Something Like Itbefore she learned you don't have to become Stockard Channing to be truly happy. One even berated her assistant while talking to me, effortlessly switching the tone of her voice from sweet to"that better be a double shot espresso or you're on the next bus to Topeka."

These women are relentless; they will not take no for an answer. My friendJonathan Bournehas produced several talk shows, and he said I could have gotten some free swag from the programs by playing hard to get.

I caved too quickly for even a singlecoffee mug-- one flattering remark about my hair and I was asking where to show up. I had to disconnect my phone that afternoon, afraid of what else I'd agree to do.

I've saved avoicemail messagefrom Maryam Ayromlou, the MSNBC producer who asked me to appear onCountdown with Keith Olbermann.

This isn't the recording of Ayromlou I wish I had. I love Olbermann's show, but a few hours after agreeing to be on it, I called her to chicken out.

"I've spent money,"Ayromlou responded, referring to the en-route Orlando TV crew and a conference room booking for the remote. In the nicest way possible, over a several-minute call, she gave me the impression that if I backed out, there would be no place on Earth I could hide from her. I've never been more frightened of a person in my life.

I appeared onCountdownas planned.

Holy See, Holy Do
I'm getting a lot of comments like this one by Concerned Canadian:

I think it would be in your best interest to use this site to better humanity. Use it to donate to some sort of Catholic charity, or use it to write about the history of the Catholic church. Cashing in on it would be very typical, and if you have any personality at all, you won't want your 15 minutes of Internet media fame to be seen as typical.

I haven't decided what to do with thebenedictxvi.comdomain -- my goal was to keep it away from pornographers, not grab a domain for some kind of papal superstore.

But now that my weblog has 120,000 new readers, just counting yesterday, I'm using the opportunity to promoteModestNeeds.org, an organization that's like a charitable eBay: They match up donors with people who have short-term, under-$1,000 emergencies (such as repairs to the family's only car), helping them get out of the crisis.

SmartMobsdescribes how the charity got started in 2002:

The founderKeith Taylorbegan Modest Needs by giving 10 percent of his $350 a month earnings as a way to return a no-strings kindness paid to him when he most needed it. He told me,"Those who need help can always ask for it at Modest Needs, absolutely for free. How much money we raise matters less -- to me, anyway -- than simply providing a vehicle for human kindness."

Here's thelatest donation-to-expenses reporton Modest Needs from GuideStar and the charity'sfull financial statistics, for people who want to research the group before contributing.


Apple Chief Strikes Back Over Biography
Apple Computer has retaliated against the publisher of an unauthorized biography about Steven Jobs by removing other books sold by the publisher from Apple stores.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amazon's Net Income Falls Despite a 24%Revenue Rise
Amazon.com said that its net income fell in the first quarter, as costs from technology investments and shipping promotions offset higher sales.
By LAURIE J. FLYNN

Microsoft Earnings Meet Expectations Despite Modest Sales
Microsoft reported that its quarterly sales increased a modest 5 percent, pointing to slowing growth in its desktop software business.
By STEVE LOHR

New York Sues a Marketer On Use of Internet Spyware
The New York attorney general accused a California company of clogging computers across the nation with secretly installed spyware and adware.
By AL BAKER

Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas
Scientists are reporting that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter.
By KENNETH CHANG

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

pipe cometh
OK, the floodgates are about to open up on the server, throughput anddownloads should start to work for everyone in the next few hours.

Tiesto and Creative
The world's most popular (and dutch) DJ, Tiesto and Creative Labs have joined forces to sell a Tiestobrandedmp3 player.

PR speak translator Adobe acq. Macromedia
TranslationFrom PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe‚sŒFAQ‚ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia

Forbes article on podcasting
Forbes:"Podcasting the night away"

CastBlaster Beta Testers Wanted

It's timeto open up beta testing of the CastBlaster podcast recording tool to a wideraudience.

Inorder to stomp on as many bugs as possible we need a wide variety of machines,soundcards and users. In order to make a valuable selection of beta testers, weneed information about the machines it will run on. This beta is for WindowsXPusers only.


Please download[closed]this small application, run it and follow theinstructions on your screen. It does a scan of yoursoundcard and outputs the results to your screen with a button to send it in an email to our development team.


In this phase of our beta, testers will be selected based on their mixer output.Once we have this step done, we can move to a public beta!



In The Apple again
Goodmorning from New York! It's early thursday and the next 2 days arebooked solid (that's a good thing). Part of the schedue is thestrategy'castRon and I have been working on. It will be online tonite, in your mp3 player tomorrow.

Time to make some damn announcements.


Cinema Owners Seek to Curb Phone Rage (AP)
AP - New Zealand cinema owners may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls, text messaging— and cell phone rage among patrons, they said Friday.

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

European Digital Library Is Proposed (AP)
AP - Six European leaders jointly proposed Thursday that works contained in European libraries be made accessible online, in what they called a"European digital library."

Popularity Of iPods, Other Gadgets Is Sweet Music To Chipmaker (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Every computer, server, PlayStation and iPod has a hard drive.

Microsoft not glowing over LAMP (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft officials are undaunted by the popular LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Perl/Python/PHP) application stack that serves as an open source rival to the Microsoft .Net platform.

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over'Spyware'(AP)
AP - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer Thursday, blaming it for secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.










Xbox Chief Wants More Casual Games (PC World)
PC World - Microsoft exec talks about the future of gaming, but won't discuss the upcoming Xbox.

Novell Pushes Linux into China (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) has signed a cooperation agreement with China Standard Software Company (CS2C), the leading Linux firm in China.

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

About the Oceans, He Says Firmly, Attention Must Be Paid
Dr. Jeremy Jackson is telling everyone around about a world slipping into ecological degradation.
By CORNELIA DEAN










All-Podcast, All-the-Time Radio
A San Francisco radio station is going to start airing nothing but user-submitted podcasts beginning on May 16. The station, which calls itselfKYOU Open Source Radio, will broadcast on 1550-AM/San Francisco and the Internet.

Submitted podcasts must be 60 megabytes or less in size and can be in any format. The categories on thesubmission formdemonstrate how strange this is likely to be -- traditional fare like news, sports and politics is mixed with over-the-road trucking, sex and wiffleball.

This could be one of the great wheels-off radio experiments of all-time -- at least until earnest liberal San Franciscans fill it with local community news, activism and independent music.

The station sounds like a good opportunity for Jacksonville webloggerTodd Smith, who devotes his site toAmericana musicand has a Saturday morning show about the music on alocal college station.

Virgin Mary of the Viaduct
I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with theVirgin Mary viaduct, the Chicago highway underpass that has alife-size water stainresembling the mother of God. They wanted advice on setting up a web site.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that all religious iconography that develops naturally upon either surfaces or food should have its own site. This is exactly the kind of thing for which the Internet was invented.

Because of the visual nature of the underpass and the community that has developed, the ideal place for its web presence isFlickr.

Flickr's a terrific photo-sharing community that was recently purchased by Yahoo for 5.2 bajillion dollars. You can create an account for free, upload your photos for public viewing, and add tags that describe the subject of the shots.

Every time I find myself on Flickr, I get lost in the photos, most recently in the work of Justin Hankins. His pictures of theBridge of Lions,Night of Lights celebration, andIntercoastal Waterwayare some of the best shots I've seen of St. Augustine.

Flickr photos can be grouped into sets and viewed as slideshows. Somebody should hire Robin Jean, the photographer doing thisRockstars set, to take column mugshots for newspapers.

Habemus Domini!

"A spokesperson for the US Conference of Bishops declined to speculate on whether the Vatican would ask Cadenhead to transfer ownership of BenedictXVI.com and the other potential papal name addresses he controls. Messages left with the Vatican's embassy in Washington were not returned."

When I registered six domain names at the end of a 14-hour writing day earlier this month, I didn't realize that my actions would reach all the way up to theVatican. I figured that some idiot was going to do it, so the idiot might as well be me.

I've received an offer from a gambling site. I'm pretty sure that's a bad idea, ecclesiastically speaking, but I should contactBill Bennettto make sure.

Thinking out loud, I'm trying to figure out what I might ask for, should Pope Benedict's people get with my people (a hastily convened College of Cardinals that includes my grandmother Rita and my in-laws, fellow Catholics whose commitment to our faith was demonstrated by their nine children).

Here are some things I would like. Please do not call them demands:

  • I. Three days, two nights at the Vatican hotel they built for the conclave.
  • II. One of those hats.
  • III. Complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987.
  • IV. A back-cover blurb from the Pope for the next edition ofMovable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition. But only if he uses the book to create his own weblog.
  • V. World peace.


Master of My Domain
The owners of other Pope Benedict XVI domains are taunting me.

Jacopo Di Trani, an Italian who gotBenedict16.Com, has declared that pornographers and online casinos are welcome to buy it from him:

The first time i didn't believed Cadenhead when he said"i'll never give my domain to gamble/porn site developers"!

He's a very kind guy, but, first of all, his hair CAN'T be real, and, second, although i have respect for his decision to give for free his very valuable domain (with a billion of christians in the world), it doesn't change my opinion about the human nature and i'll never do something like that with this domain!

The owner of PopeBenedictXVI.Com, who received a $150,000 bid on EBay that turned out to be a hoax, had a question-and-answer page up where he posted this:

I'll be keeping every red cent of this dough, thinking about blowing it on horse races. ... the person that you saw on tv is the owner ofbenedictxvi.comand not me, you will just have to take my word on the fact that I'm much younger and sexier than that guy, I've got more hair too.

I know in a higher sense I did the right thing by donating the domains toModest Needs, a great charity that continues to getrecord traffic, but if my gesture turns out to have an actual market value of six figures, I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up in a ball eatingChunky Monkeydirectly out of the container.

Update: A discussion onReal Time with Bill Maher:

Joe Scarborough: I think there's going to be a porn site."BenedictXVI.com."

Sen Alan Simpson: [overlapping] John Waters would love it.

Scarborough: [overlapping] In fact, go to it.

Insert Charlie Brown"Auuuugh!"here.

A Pope is a Pope is a Pope
The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church will lock themselves into the Sistine Chapel in around 15 minutes and stay there until they'vechosen a new pope.

When a candidate receives at least 77 votes, a two-thirds majority of cardinals, he'll be asked,"do you accept your canonical election as supreme pontiff?"If he replies"accepto,"he becomes the pope and can immediately choose a new name.

As I understand the process, he can select anything -- Pope P. Diddy I, Pope Atrios I, and Pope Jurassic Park IV are not out of the question -- or simply keep his own first name. But for 15 centuries the new pope, like rappers, bloggers, and actors, has adopted a nom de pontiff.

In most cases, the name is chosen to give props to a past pope, as John Paul II did for John Paul I.

My money's on one of these six names:

  • Benedict XVI
  • Clement XV
  • Innocent XIV
  • Leo XIV
  • Paul VII
  • Pius XIII

I mean this literally. I registered all six of these as dot-com domain names earlier this month, which I feared was tacky -- to say nothing of soul-imperiling -- until I read about thevacant papal see stamp. Clearly I'm not the only baptized Catholic who gets geeked about this process.

I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains, but I couldn't resist the chance to have some skin in the game. Someone else already hasJohnPaulIII.ComandJohnXXIV.Com, but otherwise I put a chip down on every name of the past three centuries.

A Hungarian web sitecaught medoing this, accusing me oflegöbb spekuláns a pápa.

I don't expect we'll get another John Paul -- the Italian saying"always follow a fat pope with a skinny pope"refers to cardinals' desire not to go too far in one direction. But I'm concerned about John.

The Irish betting sitePaddy Powerhas Benedict as a 3-to-1 favorite, trailed by John Paul at 4-to-1, Pius at 6-to-1, and Peter at 8-to-1.

The last choice would lend itself to rapturous excitement among end-times believers -- there's along beliefthat the last pope will call himself Peter II.

Update: A fewnews reportssuggest that I might have popesquattedBenedictXVI.Comto sell it to pornographers. For the love of God, people, that's not going to happen. I will be running any plans I have for this domain by my own Catholic doctrinal enforcer, my never-miss-a-Sunday grandmother Rita.

Update to the Update:Florida Man Secured BenedictXVI.com Weeks Ago,Washington Post

Update III:Habemus Domini!

Brian Buck, 1971-2005

For the last several years, I've readBrian Buck's weblogand marvelled at the energy and optimism he mustered during a fight with osteosarcoma that began nearly five years ago.

Buck died April 7 at age 33.

His whole site's worth a read, but here are a few of my favorite entries:

  • Aug. 5, 2004:"I'm a sucker for that Dylan-esque sound with the sky high organs and the lyrics about driving and dreaming about some girl."
  • Jan. 9, 2004:"I took this photo about an hour after the fog had lifted from the valley."
  • Jan. 8, 2004:"This was one of those beautiful April snowstorms."
  • Feb. 23, 2003:"I am still learning the language of mourning."
  • Sept. 18, 2002:"It is scary, some might say stupid, to let it all hang out and tell the world about your vulnerabilities."
  • June 10, 2002:"What I was really fighting for was a return to normalcy."

He wrote often about his illness, both in personal andpragmaticterms. Advice from aJanuary 22, 2003 entryin particular ought to be shared, as people spread this sad news:

Dave:"$400 a month-- I asked what it would cost if I didn't have insurance. $400 per month. And that's just one drug."

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chemotherapy can cost up to, and sometimes even over, $25,000 a week.

If you don't have good private health insurance, you are not going to be seen by anyone but the complete bottom of the barrel MDs. And this won't be at a nice facility, it will be at the shitty hospital in town, you know, the one on the 5 o'clock news where people die all the time of simple, treatable diseases like bronchitis.

My friend's husband died of lymphoma because the crappy HMO he was being"treated"in completly screwed up. They claimed to not know what was wrong with him. When he finally paid out of his own pocket to see a doctor at Sloan Kettering, he was Stage IV, it was too late, and he died.

Then factor in you are not working. If you do not have disability pay, forget about getting paid for a long, long time.

If you are the main earner in the house, count on being financially ruined without a disability policy. Count on cutting corners on your treatment since you don't have any more money and are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

This is scary as hell! Trust me, I was a figure of health before I was diagnosed with bone cancer: never got sick, had a decent weight, exercised semi-regularly, ate healthy, and I was only 29 years old in the prime of my life. And like Dave, before any of this happened to me, I was completely clueless.

Fact is, cancer and most diseases do not discriminate. Rich, poor, black, white, fat, skinny, healthy, sickly -- it does not matter and it could happen to anybody, anytime.

It was never my intention to get cancer. But here I am. And so far I have been extremely lucky to have excellent health and disability coverage. I am 100 percent sure that I would be dead already if I had worse insurance.

If you don't believe me, and want to research this further, begin reading withthis Google search. It will open your eyes.



Nokia Phones Mark New Era of Differentiation (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The line of new Nokia (NYSE: NOK) mobile phone handsets announced Wednesday seems to have something for everyone -- music, high-resolution digital photography, and, of course, the ability to make calls.

European Digital Library Is Proposed (AP)
AP - Six European leaders jointly proposed Thursday that works contained in European libraries be made accessible online, in what they called a"European digital library."

Apple's Tiger Begins To Prowl, Set for Release Friday (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) has kicked its flagship operating system into a higher gear, temporarily stealing the thunder from arch-rival Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) by unleashing Tiger with some 200 enhancements to the Mac platform that already has a strong, cult-like following.

Survey: TV for Mobile Phones Set to Reach Masses (Reuters)
Reuters - About 125 million consumers will bewatching television on their mobile phone in five years fromnow, a new survey found on Thursday.

Xbox Chief Wants More Casual Games (PC World)
PC World - Microsoft exec talks about the future of gaming, but won't discuss the upcoming Xbox.

IBM, Cisco Partner on Speech-Recognition Applications (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) will put their heads together in developing speech-enabled applications for business contact centers, with a focus on improving customer relations.

Novell Pushes Linux into China (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) has signed a cooperation agreement with China Standard Software Company (CS2C), the leading Linux firm in China.

New Rhapsody Service Aligns with Real Users (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - RealNetworks'(Nasdaq: RNWK) new three-tiered Rhapsody music service offers free music as well as unlimited song downloads to subscribers. The company says it fashioned the deal with an online partnership with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and underwriting from Chrysler.

Bahrain Site Registration Sparks Protests (AP)
AP - All Web sites operating in Bahrain must register with the country's Information Ministry under a new government mandate that has provoked protests from an international watchdog for press freedom.

Supporting Modest Needs
A funny thing happened today:Modest Needsreceived more than five times the normal donations from people coming fromBenedictXVI.Com.

I'd like to think it has something to do with my understated good looks, which were revealed to me in an e-mail from aToday Showviewer this morning. But I suspect that people are simply gratified that I am not a pornographer.

I will never be a pornographer, so please keep helping Modest Needs.

I sent an e-mail to Pope Benedict XVI'snew e-mail addresstoday asking if the church wants the domain. I am concerned that my"Subject: Free Domains"email might not get through the Holy See's spam filters.

While I am waiting to hear from the Vatican (which has to be the strangest phrase I have ever written in my life), I am donating the pope domains and my site's ad revenue from this crazy week toModest Needs. I'm working together with founder Keith Taylor to host them. His unique one-emergency, one-family-at-a-time charity has helped1,500 individuals and familiessince its launch in 2002.

Thanks, everyone. And to answer the questions from Tina in Fort Myers, Florida: 1. Clubman Art-Rim glasses. 2. Yes that is my real hair. 3. No I will not send you a lock of it because it would be a great color for your guest bedroom.

To Dream the Impossible Dream
Lifetime to-do list:

  1. Writehands-on tutorialfor beginning Java programmers who want to teach self language in no more than 21 days
  2. Successfully predict next pope's name
  3. End TV news segment with segueway back to anchors
  4. Be insulted in no less than five languages by total strangers
  5. Do more to helpworthy charity
  6. Become a professionally ranked tennis player.

My uncle Paul wanted to become John McEnroe as a teen, and we've disagreed for years over whether I could become ranked if I devoted myself to tennis instead of web surfing and fatty foods.

I figured if the rankings went low enough -- the ATP Tourgoes to 1307-- I might have a shot.

Paul thinks I'm an idiot, but I haven't given up the dream. At the very least, I might draw a match somewhere against a ranked pro who had to withdraw due to injury or illness.

Nestor Bricenowatch your back!

People of Poland: Nie Rozumie
The pope has to be multilingual -- upon his selection, Pope John Paul II wowed the crowd at St. Peter's Square by addressing them in fluent Italian.

Apparently, popesquatters have to be multilingual too. My weblog has been overrun by discussions in Polish. I don't know what they are saying, but I've been told that it's bad. I can handle that, as long as you lay off mymatka.

I've created this weblog entry as a place to hold all of the comments in languages I do not understand (i.e. everything but English and a littleEsperanto).

To my new friends in Poland, I've looked over aphrasebookto cross the language barrier as best I can:

Kocham cie. Kochasz mnie? Sto lat niech zyje nam!

If someone could translate"buy my books"into Polish, I would appreciate it.

Update:kup moje ksiazki!









server overload
Looks like I underestimated the bandwidth currently needed for my podcast!Unbelievable amounts of requests result in poor performance. We'll upgrade the pipe this afternoon. Your patience is appreciated :)

CastBlaster Beta Testers Wanted

It's timeto open up beta testing of the CastBlaster podcast recording tool to a wideraudience.

Inorder to stomp on as many bugs as possible we need a wide variety of machines,soundcards and users. In order to make a valuable selection of beta testers, weneed information about the machines it will run on. This beta is for WindowsXPusers only.


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Microsoft Podcast
As far as I know, this is the first'official'Microsoftpodcast.Welcome!

Update: It appears this is a video podcast with wmv files, don't know how many ipodders will understand the feed...


HP Servers to Boast Smaller Drives (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Hewlett-Packard claims the 2.5-inch 10,000-rpm hard drives will increase performance and server density and improve energy consumption and heat generation.

Review: Mac Os X Steps Ahead of Windows (AP)
AP - Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

Alcatel Earnings Held Back by Weak Dollar (AP)
AP - French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel SA said the weak dollar and declining sales to cell-phone networks weighed on sales growth in the first quarter.

CompUSA to have Tiger release promotion (MacCentral)
MacCentral - Apple’s own retail stores aren’t the only places that will celebrate Mac OS X v10.4“Tiger’s” release on Friday, April 29th. Major computer reseller CompUSA announced Thursday plans to have a Tiger Unleashed event at its stores as well. The festivities run from 6 to 10 PM local time on Friday, April 29th, at CompUSA stores nationwide.

Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format (AP)
AP - Infinity Broadcasting Corp., a terrestrial radio company whose business model is being challenged by the iPod phenomenon, is borrowing a page from its rival's playbook.

CIOs, CTO give thumbs-up to software as a service (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. - CIOs and a CTO serving on an IT issues panel at the Software 2005 conference here on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up to software as a service, open source, and collaboration technology.

Wal-Mart Unveils Customized Music CDs (AP)
AP - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is now offering customized music CDs for its online customers. The world's largest retailer launched the new service Tuesday.










CIOs, CTO give thumbs-up to software as a service (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. - CIOs and a CTO serving on an IT issues panel at the Software 2005 conference here on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up to software as a service, open source, and collaboration technology.

Bahrain Site Registration Sparks Protests (AP)
AP - All Web sites operating in Bahrain must register with the country's Information Ministry under a new government mandate that has provoked protests from an international watchdog for press freedom.

Review: Mac Os X Steps Ahead of Windows (AP)
AP - Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

High-Tech Giants Push for Digital-TV (AP)
AP - A group of U.S. high-tech heavyweights on Wednesday urged Congress to set a firm date for the transition to digital signals for television broadcasts, saying it's critical for innovation and jobs.

Bharti net profit more than doubles on growing phone use in India (AFP)
AFP - India's largest private phone company, Bharti Televentures, said net profit more than doubled to 14.4 billion rupees (335 million dollars) in the year to March as mobile and Internet subscribers rose sharply.

Nokia cell phone the first of its kind (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Want to talk - and rock? Wednesday, No. 1 cell phone manufacturer Nokia set its sights on dethroning Apple's iconic iPod music device with the cellular industry's first 4-gigabyte hard drive handset.

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CBS Evening News Podcast
Originally taped in January, the CBS Evening Newspieceon podcasting finally ran last night. GoBiddies!!

Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005


Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the podcast
  • CastBlasterBeta
  • Mashup: HitMaker - Feels like the first time vs. Foreigner
  • Podcast snippet: Marlaina By Ear
  • Promo: The Technoblog Audio Feed
  • Open access podcasts via sattellite
  • Out of Print Music: The Incredible Bongo Band
  • Promo: Source Code Mini
  • Podsafe Music: This and That Podcast - Podcast Star
  • Promo: Schlaflos in Munchen (Sleepless in Munich)
  • Mashup: Four Tops meet Weird Al - eBay I need your lovin'
  • Feedback:
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Daily Source Code for April 21st 2005

Daily Source Code for April 21st 2005


A day in the life sound seeing tour from yesterday. Lots of flying!



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Pictureshere<s>to be posted in about an hour (flickr isn't behaving)</s>

paparazzi
The neighbors called at 8 this morning to warn us that a paparazzo was postingoutsidethe cottage with a telephoto setup. Well, two can play that game :)

tower cast
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Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005



Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford, UK
  • Directlinkto the show
  • More on Blindcasters and the CastBlaster api
  • Ad: Paris Hilton Podcast
  • CBS Evening news on podcasting
  • Podsafe: Lascivious Biddies - Hell of a boy
  • Promo: The Cubicle Escape Pod
  • Paparazzi results in the gossiprags
  • Promo: The Johnee Bee Show
  • Send Promos to:
    • adam@curry.com
    • Subject: DSC PROMO [your podcast]
  • Promo + Podsafe Mother's Day Tune: Dagnabbit!
  • Promo: FML Jukebox Podcast
  • Community podcasting
  • Hit Test #35
  • Promo: I Hate Radio




pipe cometh
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A Pope is a Pope is a Pope
The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church will lock themselves into the Sistine Chapel in around 15 minutes and stay there until they'vechosen a new pope.

When a candidate receives at least 77 votes, a two-thirds majority of cardinals, he'll be asked,"do you accept your canonical election as supreme pontiff?"If he replies"accepto,"he becomes the pope and can immediately choose a new name.

As I understand the process, he can select anything -- Pope P. Diddy I, Pope Atrios I, and Pope Jurassic Park IV are not out of the question -- or simply keep his own first name. But for 15 centuries the new pope, like rappers, bloggers, and actors, has adopted a nom de pontiff.

In most cases, the name is chosen to give props to a past pope, as John Paul II did for John Paul I.

My money's on one of these six names:

  • Benedict XVI
  • Clement XV
  • Innocent XIV
  • Leo XIV
  • Paul VII
  • Pius XIII

I mean this literally. I registered all six of these as dot-com domain names earlier this month, which I feared was tacky -- to say nothing of soul-imperiling -- until I read about thevacant papal see stamp. Clearly I'm not the only baptized Catholic who gets geeked about this process.

I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains, but I couldn't resist the chance to have some skin in the game. Someone else already hasJohnPaulIII.ComandJohnXXIV.Com, but otherwise I put a chip down on every name of the past three centuries.

A Hungarian web sitecaught medoing this, accusing me oflegöbb spekuláns a pápa.

I don't expect we'll get another John Paul -- the Italian saying"always follow a fat pope with a skinny pope"refers to cardinals' desire not to go too far in one direction. But I'm concerned about John.

The Irish betting sitePaddy Powerhas Benedict as a 3-to-1 favorite, trailed by John Paul at 4-to-1, Pius at 6-to-1, and Peter at 8-to-1.

The last choice would lend itself to rapturous excitement among end-times believers -- there's along beliefthat the last pope will call himself Peter II.

Update: A fewnews reportssuggest that I might have popesquattedBenedictXVI.Comto sell it to pornographers. For the love of God, people, that's not going to happen. I will be running any plans I have for this domain by my own Catholic doctrinal enforcer, my never-miss-a-Sunday grandmother Rita.

Update to the Update:Florida Man Secured BenedictXVI.com Weeks Ago,Washington Post

Update III:Habemus Domini!

Master of My Domain
The owners of other Pope Benedict XVI domains are taunting me.

Jacopo Di Trani, an Italian who gotBenedict16.Com, has declared that pornographers and online casinos are welcome to buy it from him:

The first time i didn't believed Cadenhead when he said"i'll never give my domain to gamble/porn site developers"!

He's a very kind guy, but, first of all, his hair CAN'T be real, and, second, although i have respect for his decision to give for free his very valuable domain (with a billion of christians in the world), it doesn't change my opinion about the human nature and i'll never do something like that with this domain!

The owner of PopeBenedictXVI.Com, who received a $150,000 bid on EBay that turned out to be a hoax, had a question-and-answer page up where he posted this:

I'll be keeping every red cent of this dough, thinking about blowing it on horse races. ... the person that you saw on tv is the owner ofbenedictxvi.comand not me, you will just have to take my word on the fact that I'm much younger and sexier than that guy, I've got more hair too.

I know in a higher sense I did the right thing by donating the domains toModest Needs, a great charity that continues to getrecord traffic, but if my gesture turns out to have an actual market value of six figures, I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up in a ball eatingChunky Monkeydirectly out of the container.

Update: A discussion onReal Time with Bill Maher:

Joe Scarborough: I think there's going to be a porn site."BenedictXVI.com."

Sen Alan Simpson: [overlapping] John Waters would love it.

Scarborough: [overlapping] In fact, go to it.

Insert Charlie Brown"Auuuugh!"here.

Supporting Modest Needs
A funny thing happened today:Modest Needsreceived more than five times the normal donations from people coming fromBenedictXVI.Com.

I'd like to think it has something to do with my understated good looks, which were revealed to me in an e-mail from aToday Showviewer this morning. But I suspect that people are simply gratified that I am not a pornographer.

I will never be a pornographer, so please keep helping Modest Needs.

I sent an e-mail to Pope Benedict XVI'snew e-mail addresstoday asking if the church wants the domain. I am concerned that my"Subject: Free Domains"email might not get through the Holy See's spam filters.

While I am waiting to hear from the Vatican (which has to be the strangest phrase I have ever written in my life), I am donating the pope domains and my site's ad revenue from this crazy week toModest Needs. I'm working together with founder Keith Taylor to host them. His unique one-emergency, one-family-at-a-time charity has helped1,500 individuals and familiessince its launch in 2002.

Thanks, everyone. And to answer the questions from Tina in Fort Myers, Florida: 1. Clubman Art-Rim glasses. 2. Yes that is my real hair. 3. No I will not send you a lock of it because it would be a great color for your guest bedroom.

Fame or Something Like It
I wasn't prepared to be famous for 24 hours, but now that myweblog traffichas subsided to normal levels, I can relate some of the experience. The rest has to be filtered through therapy first.

For anyone wondering how I became a television personality as well-known for a day as theVirgin Mary grilled cheese, my friendMatt Haugheyhas digitized the interview on theToday Showwhere I talk aboutBenedictXVI.Com.

After theToday Show, I began receiving calls from TV producers. Almost to a person, they were fast-talking, Type A females who sounded likeAngelina JolieonLife or Something Like Itbefore she learned you don't have to become Stockard Channing to be truly happy. One even berated her assistant while talking to me, effortlessly switching the tone of her voice from sweet to"that better be a double shot espresso or you're on the next bus to Topeka."

These women are relentless; they will not take no for an answer. My friendJonathan Bournehas produced several talk shows, and he said I could have gotten some free swag from the programs by playing hard to get.

I caved too quickly for even a singlecoffee mug-- one flattering remark about my hair and I was asking where to show up. I had to disconnect my phone that afternoon, afraid of what else I'd agree to do.

I've saved avoicemail messagefrom Maryam Ayromlou, the MSNBC producer who asked me to appear onCountdown with Keith Olbermann.

This isn't the recording of Ayromlou I wish I had. I love Olbermann's show, but a few hours after agreeing to be on it, I called her to chicken out.

"I've spent money,"Ayromlou responded, referring to the en-route Orlando TV crew and a conference room booking for the remote. In the nicest way possible, over a several-minute call, she gave me the impression that if I backed out, there would be no place on Earth I could hide from her. I've never been more frightened of a person in my life.

I appeared onCountdownas planned.


David Raynes has releasedWorkflow, a plug-in for Movable Typethat adds fine-grained editing capabilities to weblog authors. As Anil Dashexplains:

Workflow lets you limit control of publshing rights to certain authors in your Movable Type installation, allowing other people on the system to act as editors and review entries before they're published. Administrators can control who has rights to any of these levels of permissions. Plus, authors can transfer ownership of a post to other authors and they'll be notified by email when the transfer happens.

The most remarkable thing about this release, which is supported by a free personal license and$250 commercial license, is that the Workflow plug-in can be extended with plug-ins.

I'm skeptical that third-party developers can be profitable creating add-ons to weblog software, even a product as popular as Movable Type. As the author of books onRadio UserLandandMovable Type, I'm finding it difficult when the pool of potential customers is limited to a single weblog tool, though I greatly enjoyed writing the books.

But I'd love to be proven wrong.

You Heard It Here First
Without interviewing me, Jacksonville TV newscastFirst Coast Newsreported Thursdaythat I was selling the domain:

While the World Wide Web might not be a priority for Pope Benedict XVI, one local man hopes someone will think it's worth some cash to him. Roger [sic] Cadenhead of St. Augustine registered the domain nameBenedictXVI.comalong with other potential choices before the Pope selected his name. Cadenhead wants to sell it to the highest bidder.

This was news to me. I had been telling all reporters the exact opposite, as the original story in Tuesday'sWashington Postattests:

Reached on his cell phone, Cadenhead said he hasn't made any decisions about what he'll do with the domain, but he vowed he wouldn't be pawning it off to the highest bidder.

"I never really registered it with the intent of making money, and I think to crassly auction it would be a sin of some kind. ..."

Five hours before the newscast, BenedictXVI.Com wasdonated to the charity Modest Needswhile we wait to hear from the Vatican, as I wrote on my weblog.

A First Coast News producer e-mailed me for an interview at noon, but I was unable to call him back -- I haddisconnected my phonebecause I couldn't say no to female TV producers.

Interestingly enough, I can see exactly what the station read on my web server, because the office computer the producer used to e-mail me requested several web pages Thursday, including these:

  • 9:58 a.m.: Thefirst papal weblog entry, which stated"I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains"
  • 10:09 a.m.: TheWorkbenchhome page, where thetop entrystated"my goal was to keep it away from pornographers"
  • 12:24 p.m.: The BenedictXVI.Com home page, which at the time displayedthis page, where I explained that I"registered benedictxvi.com to prevent a pornographer or online casino from getting it"
  • 12:24 p.m.: Myfavorite photofrom my10th wedding anniversary cruise
  • 1:17 p.m. and 2:04 p.m.: The same BenedictXVI.Com home page

All told, that First Coast News computer made 115 web page requests before the newscast, also checking out mybio,books, and thetelevision categoryof my weblog.

I don't know how thestationcould have reported something false that contradicted several pages they viewed on my server and so much other press coverage. My only consolation is that the story wasn't delivered by Donna Hicken.

People of Poland: Nie Rozumie
The pope has to be multilingual -- upon his selection, Pope John Paul II wowed the crowd at St. Peter's Square by addressing them in fluent Italian.

Apparently, popesquatters have to be multilingual too. My weblog has been overrun by discussions in Polish. I don't know what they are saying, but I've been told that it's bad. I can handle that, as long as you lay off mymatka.

I've created this weblog entry as a place to hold all of the comments in languages I do not understand (i.e. everything but English and a littleEsperanto).

To my new friends in Poland, I've looked over aphrasebookto cross the language barrier as best I can:

Kocham cie. Kochasz mnie? Sto lat niech zyje nam!

If someone could translate"buy my books"into Polish, I would appreciate it.

Update:kup moje ksiazki!

Holy See, Holy Do
I'm getting a lot of comments like this one by Concerned Canadian:

I think it would be in your best interest to use this site to better humanity. Use it to donate to some sort of Catholic charity, or use it to write about the history of the Catholic church. Cashing in on it would be very typical, and if you have any personality at all, you won't want your 15 minutes of Internet media fame to be seen as typical.

I haven't decided what to do with thebenedictxvi.comdomain -- my goal was to keep it away from pornographers, not grab a domain for some kind of papal superstore.

But now that my weblog has 120,000 new readers, just counting yesterday, I'm using the opportunity to promoteModestNeeds.org, an organization that's like a charitable eBay: They match up donors with people who have short-term, under-$1,000 emergencies (such as repairs to the family's only car), helping them get out of the crisis.

SmartMobsdescribes how the charity got started in 2002:

The founderKeith Taylorbegan Modest Needs by giving 10 percent of his $350 a month earnings as a way to return a no-strings kindness paid to him when he most needed it. He told me,"Those who need help can always ask for it at Modest Needs, absolutely for free. How much money we raise matters less -- to me, anyway -- than simply providing a vehicle for human kindness."

Here's thelatest donation-to-expenses reporton Modest Needs from GuideStar and the charity'sfull financial statistics, for people who want to research the group before contributing.

Virgin Mary of the Viaduct
I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with theVirgin Mary viaduct, the Chicago highway underpass that has alife-size water stainresembling the mother of God. They wanted advice on setting up a web site.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that all religious iconography that develops naturally upon either surfaces or food should have its own site. This is exactly the kind of thing for which the Internet was invented.

Because of the visual nature of the underpass and the community that has developed, the ideal place for its web presence isFlickr.

Flickr's a terrific photo-sharing community that was recently purchased by Yahoo for 5.2 bajillion dollars. You can create an account for free, upload your photos for public viewing, and add tags that describe the subject of the shots.

Every time I find myself on Flickr, I get lost in the photos, most recently in the work of Justin Hankins. His pictures of theBridge of Lions,Night of Lights celebration, andIntercoastal Waterwayare some of the best shots I've seen of St. Augustine.

Flickr photos can be grouped into sets and viewed as slideshows. Somebody should hire Robin Jean, the photographer doing thisRockstars set, to take column mugshots for newspapers.

Habemus Domini!

"A spokesperson for the US Conference of Bishops declined to speculate on whether the Vatican would ask Cadenhead to transfer ownership of BenedictXVI.com and the other potential papal name addresses he controls. Messages left with the Vatican's embassy in Washington were not returned."

When I registered six domain names at the end of a 14-hour writing day earlier this month, I didn't realize that my actions would reach all the way up to theVatican. I figured that some idiot was going to do it, so the idiot might as well be me.

I've received an offer from a gambling site. I'm pretty sure that's a bad idea, ecclesiastically speaking, but I should contactBill Bennettto make sure.

Thinking out loud, I'm trying to figure out what I might ask for, should Pope Benedict's people get with my people (a hastily convened College of Cardinals that includes my grandmother Rita and my in-laws, fellow Catholics whose commitment to our faith was demonstrated by their nine children).

Here are some things I would like. Please do not call them demands:

  • I. Three days, two nights at the Vatican hotel they built for the conclave.
  • II. One of those hats.
  • III. Complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987.
  • IV. A back-cover blurb from the Pope for the next edition ofMovable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition. But only if he uses the book to create his own weblog.
  • V. World peace.


Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005


Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the podcast
  • CastBlasterBeta
  • Mashup: HitMaker - Feels like the first time vs. Foreigner
  • Podcast snippet: Marlaina By Ear
  • Promo: The Technoblog Audio Feed
  • Open access podcasts via sattellite
  • Out of Print Music: The Incredible Bongo Band
  • Promo: Source Code Mini
  • Podsafe Music: This and That Podcast - Podcast Star
  • Promo: Schlaflos in Munchen (Sleepless in Munich)
  • Mashup: Four Tops meet Weird Al - eBay I need your lovin'
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Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005
Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005

Shownotes
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the mp3
  • Bitching aboutEasynet'sperformance
  • WiFi, what will it bring to our cities?
  • Upcoming travel to the US
    • Shall we plan a meetup?
  • Ugg boots
  • Promo: The Simian Syndicate
  • Steely Dan - Reelin'in the years
    • As purchased from the iTunes Music store
  • Remember when sounds was clear, before mp3's?
  • Blindcasters
  • Promo: Southern Sports Week
  • I like the new in-line shownotes
  • New server and network instead of dot-mac today.
    • Please provide feedback if the download has problems
    • or if your ipodder didn't download the show
  • Promo: Small World Podcast
  • Kobe Beef Podcast
  • Podsafe Music: Berman - No one understands
    • Site
    • Directlinkto this song
    • Referred by C.C. Chapman of the Accident HashPodcast
  • Promo: Florn.net Podcast
  • Promo:ArthritisCentralNews and Views