Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wheelers



I was riding up Bergen Street a few weeks ago when these appeared in the horizon. They weaved up and around in fluid, synchronous flocks, sometimes splitting up into groups, sometimes coming all together. That's when a fellow biker pulled up along side me and spontaneously began telling me about this old guy who stands up on his roof, waving his arms around.

"So he just stands up there and conducts the pigeons?"

"Yeah."

And it just gets better and better.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fair Syndication Consortium

We seem to have made some headway in solving this whole "newspapers and magazines are dying" debacle.

Editor & Publisher reports that over a 1,000 publishers -- including the NYT, Washington Post, Conde Nast, and even Gawker -- have band together to "track sites that swipe and re-use content from the original creators. The Consortium would then contact the site as well as the networks serving ads for compensation." So that means I'd owe E&P some money, eh? Or is this considered fair use? Actually, since the article doesn't disclose whether E&P's publisher joined, I'm assuming not.

Here's hoping it all works out smoothly.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bikes and Skinny Jeans








Urban Outfitters now has a portal linking their shoppers to custom-built Republic bikes. Though my instinct is to make some sarcastic comment (see "Ipecac" reference here), I actually think it's not repulsive. Bikes should be as mainstream as hipster fashion. That said, I'm much more into this and this.

Sunday, July 12, 2009