Open Source Everything




Originally uploaded by Glitch010101.

The thunderbird team is rolling out the update via the new patch system right now. I love seeing this little popup!


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What is Barcamp

BarcampBoston is coming up, and one of the members of an email group I'm on wasn't quite sure what to make of it. The following was my response. I think it sums up barcamp fairly well from a personal perspective, so I'm reposting it here.

Barcamp is, simply put, an
unconference. No vendors, no high level keynote speakers, no preset

People get together in a space (which is often loaned by a local
business) and talk about things they want to talk about. You're very
much encouraged to present if you go. Attendees are also enlisted to
run all the tech, bring wifi nodes and projectors, and do just about
everything (including developing the presentation tracks) themselves.
It ends up working surprisingly well.

Oh yeah, and it's free.

At BarcampNYC, I heard presentations from people who were actually
excited about what they were doing. I chatted with Andrew Baron of
Rocketboom and got inspired. I gave
a well-attended talk with John Resig on "gaming social networks" and using myspace for
promotions. I met and began working relationships and friendships with  Amit Gupta, Chris Messina, and Tara Hunt. I connected with
bloggers, podcasters, coders, and "web 2.0" business people.

At BarcampAustin, I chatted with Matt
from wordpress and sat next to Doc Searls for hours as we attended
the same talks. I heard about the municipal wifi network Austin is
building and the business and technological opportunities there. I talked endlessly with
folks about the potential of IPTV and why 100mbps to the home might not
be enough. I heard the beginnings of Tara's Pinko Marketing and how
she's using and building upon the cluetrain to promote Riya. I learned more and interacted more in
the 1 day at BarcampAustin than I did at the whole of the much bigger
and more expensive SXSW.

People don't just present, chat, and connect at barcamp. Sometimes they
just sit right down and code. Mashups and new projects have resulted.
It's an incredible event that's spreading across the globe like
wildfire. You don't need a massive convention to convey and consume
good ideas... We don't need a "convention industry." We don't need to
fly all over creation to meet the movers and shakers - we've got plenty
in our own backyards. We just need to start getting together.

That's what barcamp is about.


Meteor Shower This Weekend

constellation artwork
Meteor shower location

Well, it's not going to be quite as warm this weekend as it was yesterday (75 here in NYC), but there's another reason to enjoy the fresh spring air.


METEOR ALERT: Earth is now entering the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and this will cause the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 22nd, producing about 10 meteors per hour--modest, but pretty. The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Saturday morning. Go to a dark site away from city lights, if possible. [full story]

The Moon will also encounter the comet's tail on April 22nd, which raises an interesting possibility: Amateur astronomers may be able to see flashes of light on the Moon when comet debris hits the lunar surface and explodes. All that's required is a backyard telescope and lots of patience.

Tonight, load Stellarium onto your laptop so you know what you're looking at and head our to a field or street away from the city lights, and look up between the constellations Cygnus and Hercules, right near Vega. You should be treated to a plethora of "falling stars".


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Happy Tax Day

Tax Day, New York City

Originally uploaded by Amit Gupta.

Taxes are due by Midnight tonight - which means that the annual scramble to get them done and postmarked begins around, oh, I don't know, 10pm?

Luckily, Sara and I finally got ours polished off a few days a go, but college-style procrastination certainly takes hold of few New Yorkers each year.

The giant US post office on 34th and 8th is open till' midnight, and as you can see in Amit's photo to the right from last year, it becomes a mob scene of tired New Yorkers, all waiting to turn in their homework.

Considering it took 30 minutes to get an express label from the slowpokes there a week ago, I don't envy those waiting there tonight, but it does sound a lot like a convention: lots of people doing the same thing you are, standing around and chatting.

Except, instead of Star Wars or Comics, it's taxes.

(P.S. while you're having a look at Amit's photos from last year's tax melee, be sure to check out his and Kara's awesome review of tiny and ingenious tripods over on PhotoJojo)


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Felt Up is almost ready!

Felt Up, our collaborative puppet sketch comedy video podcast, is getting very close! The footage is with our editor, and I've just put up a short teaser trailer on the blog.

Check it out if you haven't already!


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