Parents are Honored for Social Justice Efforts

I rarely bring up family issues here as I often assume they’d rather not be sullied by association. However, my parents recently received an award which I believe is worth mentioning. For those that don’t know, my dad is a Lutheran minister in Omaha, Nebraska (“Hometown of Heroes,” as I’m known to call it). As […]

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Capturing Important Metadata Should Be Easy

Somehow, I managed to open a debate recently with esteemed colleague and Flash/Flex w√ľnderkind Zach Graves about which was the better flash memory card for digital cameras: the Eye-fi Explore 2GB card (mine) or the Kingston one-trick-pony 8GB card (Zach’s). I argued (very convincingly) that uploading photos and geotagging them were for suckers. They are […]

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Application Autodiscovery

Chances are, when you’re out and about surfing the Web, you’re bumping into semantically-enhanced content.* In some cases, you see the benefits; in others, your experience doesn’t change. This fact is one of the great side effects of the Semantic Web movement: if you participate in enhancing your content, none of your users suffer, and […]

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Laaker’s Photography Now Wrapped in Hardcover

(Mountain View, CA) – Micah Laaker’s photographic enterprises are now featured in “Stockton: Renewed, Revitalized, Redefined“, a hardcover coffee table book illustrating the history and revivification of Stockton, California. The book features two of Laaker’s photographs from a recent visit to Stockton: Bank of Stockton building Fox Theater Marquee These two photographs by Laaker were […]

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Browsing others’ brains

Folks who know me know I’m a fan of Google Reader; to date, I haven’t found a better consumption experience for reading and responding to all types of content that I’m interested in. Not only does it have a lightweight interface, it provides a social lens to see what my friends and colleagues find interesting […]

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Pontificating on Pizza

(Mountain View, CA) – Last month, privacy buffs, futurists, and Internet meme-followers were finally given a behind-the-scenes view of the creation of the ACLU’s Pizza Surveillance video. The Sceptical Futuryst, a blog sketching out the ideas and impacts possible in future scenarios, ran an interview with video director Micah Laaker entitled “Surveillance Supreme.” The interview […]

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Social Setup for the Apple TV

My former colleague, Mike Speiser (who’s now over at Sutter Hill Ventures), recently suggested his vision of where Apple TV should be heading. With the rumored Apple TV-minus-the-box-plus-the-TV unit days from being announced, I wanted to add one more set of thoughts to his before any such unveiling. Mike was one of the folks behind […]

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Apple TV as an Extension of the iPhone Platform

The Apple TV and the iPhone will (at some point) converge as a single development platform to complement the Mac computer platform. Or so my theory goes. Why is that? Apple dropped the Apple TV on consumers in January 2007 as a “hobby.” Since then, it has released several software updates, including a major on-demand […]

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Required Software for Mac Users

Last year, I posted a list of my favorite Mac software I used and recommended to others. 18 months have passed, and its time to provide an update for folks. Inquisitor Download Inquisitor | Previous recommendation that must be recommended again Aside from far-faster page-loading performance, Inquisitor makes Safari the one-and-only browser choice on the […]

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Amazon’s Universal Wish List

Amazon apparently rolled out a quiet, but important, feature in the past couple of weeks: the Universal Wish List. By “universal,” Amazon’s simply referring to its ability to snag non-Amazon products and track them alongside its own inventory in its existing Wish List system. I’ve been trying to get my extended family to use Amazon’s […]

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7 Missing Features from the WordPress for iPhone App

The Wednesday morning before last, I was excited to see that WordPress released an official iPhone application to the world. I instantly downloaded it, and added several of my WordPress blogs to the app. Aside from the annoying Twitter Tools glitch (which sent an empty tweet on blog setup), I was surprised to see some […]

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Sweet T’s Falling Star

I’m not sure how I initially found the news, but when I saw the headline (I Ain’t Got Nothing Against Ice T Or Nobody For That Matter But I Gotta Ride With Soulja Boy..) on Kanye West’s blog, I had to click. And, I had to click for two reasons. First, why would Kanye be […]

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Nobody Wants to Hear How Lloyd Does It

Nobody Wants to Hear Lloyd, originally uploaded by mlaaker. Shortly before I left the halls of Island Def Jam to come to Yahoo!, the company began promoting little-known Atlanta artist Lloyd on their Murder Inc. sub-label. After one spin, I smelled a stinker, and said so. “No, no, no. Lloyd’s gonna be hot,” I heard. […]

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Review: O’Reilly’s new ‘graphic novel’ dubbed Hackerteen

I recently offered to pre-screen O’Reilly’s first graphic novel, “Hackerteen: Volume 1: Internet Blackout,” under the caveat that I’d post a review afterwards. Quick review: I wish I hadn’t committed to write this review. I find Internet Blackout to be offensive to those who enjoy comics, the Internet, and learning. Full review: I’m a fan […]

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In Defense of the Animal Cracker

The “animal cracker” is an often misunderstood delight, deserving of detail and defense in an era of mislabeling and generalizations. According to Wikipedia’s definition of “animal cracker,” they are “crackers in the shapes of animals… They are like crackers due to the way they are made, with layered dough, however the use of sweetened dough […]

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