Jul 01

Daily Update #7: Webcam Field Trip!

Today was the first Daily Update field trip! My backyard hosted the show and added some color to the backdrop!

Two New Freelance Posts:
I’m Sure Glad They Were Wrong: Future Fashions from the Past
Scientists Develop Incredible “X-Ray Vision” Microscope

Currently Reading:
The Diamond Age
Quicksilver

Any suggestions for webcam software?

Jun 24

Recent Antics: Pirates Tweeting for Dogs

The last few weeks or so have been all over the place!  Here are some nifty things I’ve been up to recently:

  • My Twitter follower count went over 500 for the first time! Half way to 1000, right?
  • I went up to Beltsville, MD (north of College Park) and had an epic pirate party with my new roommates and a bunch of other grad students. I was going to take video and pictures but there was never a really good time to do it.  This picture will have to console you [taken by Sergey Sulima]:
  • Pirate Jimmy

  • Following the party train…I’ve been to two clubs in Richmond so far and might wind up going to 3 before the summer is over.  Basically I’ve done more partying this summer than I did my entire time as an undergrad.
  • Twitter Dog triumphs! Since two of my future roommates were already on Twitter (@deutschbagette and @punkpostmodern), we decided to create a Twitter account for Eva the German Shepherd (now @evabrowndog) who lives there in hopes that roommate #3 might feel more pressure to tweet.  Happily, we suceeded (@jbriank)!

On top of all the awesome things above, I’ve just gotten all my new tech toys at once.  My laptop, wireless printer, and iPhone 3GS are all in my hot little hands now and I can feel the power all around me!  Suddenly page are loading at a reasonable speed and my calls are audible (my old iPhone’s speaker was dying)!  The best part about this new laptop is the built-in webcam and mic, which I plan to use in posting daily updates (or at least semi-daily) to the web.

That’s about it for me.  Hope the week goes well for you!

Jun 08

A Cool Way to Follow #WWDC

twfallOne of my favorite new Twitter webapps, Twitterfall, has just announced a special version of their site just for following #WWDC.

If you haven’t tried it out yet, Twitterfall lets you see the top trending Twitter topics (say that 5 times fast) and set up a live stream of all the people discussing that topic on the public timeline.  When you interact with any of the tweets in the stream (very easy as Twitterfall has API integration), Twitterfall pauses the “waterfall of tweets” and buffers any new ones.  For the powertweeter, Twitterfall is a must!

WWDCFall

The special WWDC edition has two modes: public tweets and “live tweets.”  The first option is essentially the normal mode set to display all WWDC tweets (though it looks like they’re doing something to keep it from becoming too hardcore.  The second one will only show tweets from a short list of users that represent people tweeting live from inside the conference itself.

While the liveblogs are a pretty reliable way to keep on top of things, if you really want to get your WWDC news as fast as humanly possible, give WWDCFall a try!

Oh and if you’d like to hear my thoughts on WWDC as well, you can follow my tweets too!