Nice and short. Ten minutes. I want to do more talks that length, I think. It looks like I came across reasonably well, anyway!
I really think is worth talking about why we didn’t do a social network. Lots of services manage the social graph and Fire Eagle can be hybridised with all of them. Why would we make the effort?
As is probably obvious, I’m collating a number of the posts about Fire Eagle that have turned up in the last day or so. I really like Matt’s – it gets some of the weird out-there potential.
- Fire Eagle – Easily share your location online! Personalise lots of sites and services! We’ve just launched. I couldn’t be more excited about this. 10,000 invitation codes are out in public right now and we’re going to be announcing it formally on stage at ETech in an hour or so.
- Dopplr have announced integration with Fire Eagle which fills me with joy! It’s a pretty lightweight interaction right now, but they’re keen to think of things they could do with it.
- How Many Licks is my favourite looking Threadless t-shirt for a hell of a long time… Mmm. Realm of the mole-men.
- My little brother spotted “The greatest book in the world” I’m going to dig around for it. I need a book on Llamas, Weaving and Organic Chocolate.
- Roy Gould did an incredibly inspiring if totally short talk at TED about Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope Lovely video clip. Really fascinating. It’s like Google/Yahoo Maps, but for space. Stunning.
- The Huffington Post has a browseable data set for campaign donations… Particularly sexy as it allows you to search for different companies and see which way the people who work there tend to work. You can also search for individuals. This is the database journalism that Adrian talks about in action.
- The Onion has the US election result! Wonderful piece of satire that’s in fact so wonderful it’s barely funny at all. I should introduce this to the Open Rights Group people.
- Susan Kare, the woman who developed the original icons for the Mac, is currently producing tiny pixel gifts for Facebook… Honestly, I find this story sort of depressing. It seems like a waste.
- Garfield minus Garfield takes the original comic strips and removes the bloody cat… The consequence is a devastating commentary on modernity, mental dysfunction and collapse. Hysterical and terrifying!
- Totally obsessed with this Flickr photoset containing nothing but pictures of Polar bears… They’re so awesome. I’m going to go and favourite them all now.
- Dan Cederholm expresses his joy at having been invited to Webstock in New Zealand I have to say my experience was the same. What a wonderful country, what a lovely conference and thanks everyone (particularly Sue and Tash) for looking after Cal and me!
- The Industry Standard has relaunched as a prediction market and has a prediction on Fire Eagle I find this whole thing totally bizarre. This kind of madness doesn’t happen in the UK industry.
- Cowboys & Angels – just so I don’t forget – I have found a decent haircut in San Francisco Just in case you’re looking.
- A really good photo pool on Flickr details lots of Dieter Rams design work Dieter Rams is the guy that Jonathan Ive cites as one of his largest influences on Apple products.
- Fascinating article on the art of Hugh Ferriss who did bizarre and monstrous architectural illustrations and concept-work… He’s like the HR Giger of architecture. Insane, epic stuff.
- Canon’s launched the new Digital Rebel – XSi or 450D – and it looks pretty nice I was a bit disappointed to see no upgrade to the 5D. I don’t know that I could afford the 5D, but I wanted to see what it was going to be like before I decided to upgrade.
- The last remaining speaker of one of Alaska’s native languages has died… The most depressing thing about this story is that she has seven living children, none of whom learned how to speak it because it was considered wrong to speak anything but English.
- New clips from BSG Series Four are out, complete with insane spoiler action if that’s the kind of thing you’re into Don’t quite know how they’re going to resolve this one, but it definitely can’t wait to find out.
- The Oscar nominations are out with No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood leading the charge I have a sneaking suspicion that There Will Be Blood will end up being the film with the longest life, but No Country for Old Men astonished me. A truly extraordinary film. I hope it wins.