August 2006

My Apartment Map
Combines apartment listings with Google Maps to form a completely new way to find apartments – by location!

I just wish it had more locations but perhaps it will take off like Craigslist did and then there will be tons! :o)

From site- is a Web 2.0 application that uses Google Maps and Craigslist to create a unique way to find apartments. Several times a day apartments are downloaded, archived and then plotted onto a map. The apartments are group by greater metropolitan areas and can then be broken down into a specific suburb of that city.

I was transfixed…fascinating! I felt like this could work in a baby einstein movie. Have you ever watched one? They mesmerize me…

“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”

In case you couldn’t tell :o) I spend most of my “free time” searching the web. I fully admit I should be doing other things like working on my thesis (thank you Amanda et al I know, I know) but instead I search the web. I have also stated, in public that it is an addiction. There are times when I debate if I should blog a video I have seen or a new site that I think is helpful or funny or even just memorable. I’ve been collecting a few but when I throw the cards up on the ceiling these two stick. So I give you a Dance, Monkeys, Dance and Old Grandma Hardcore – Video 15:

Dance, Monkeys, Dance
Let’s bring it down to basics, we are all really just animals, monkeys to be exact.

Old Grandma Hardcore – Video 15
Game on!

How google maps got him out of a traffic ticket
I know everyone is used to “yahoo maps” or better yet, “mapquest” but I assure you that neither of these are up to par (yet) to what Google Maps has to offer. You can get there by simply going to, you guessed it, Click on “Maps” and have at it. You can also download Google earth where you can plot your life path from your very first neighborhood to now. If so tech inclined, you can go even farther by posting this map to one of your many life websites. Google Earth

While I’m on that subject. I have decided to start a little project I’m calling “fragmented self.” Surprisingly, this website name is still available. I would like to bring all of these fun and fabulous web communities that I am a part of back into one central place. The web decentralized the control of my media messages (and thus my free time and almost every waking moment) into fragments for easy consumption,, development and grouping. My love of online video allows me to pick and choose what I want to see AND when I want to see it. I’m a part of the youtube community. I’m also an (active) part of many other communities such as i-am-bored, google, yahoo, zoom, myspace and friendster, etc…and I have the 300 junk e-mails a day to prove it. Although the junk mail never ends, there are some redeeming qualities to all of these segments and that is what I want to hi-light. Bringing everything back in under my control and not just fragmenting myself but being able to put me back together again. Maybe it’s just me holding on to the old but I’m just not prone to multiple personalities.

At any rate, this has become a little too long winded for a blog. I’ll cut it here with this – “The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.” ” ~M. McLuhan

Enjoy an excerpt- Morris Brown!

Hello everyone!
I recently checked the Google labs to see what’s cooking and found that Google has seen the way of the future. For all of you beginning web design people…close your ears, er eyes. For all the vet design people out there, shrug it off…it’s not like everyone creating a site with the Page Creator can add much interactivity and hand made personalization …….yet.

For everyone else who wants to create a web page but thinks they need to know a bunch of HTML….read on! No HTML needed!

In Beta
Google Page Creator!

Also Google Sets!
List some items and Google will tell you some more! I tried books of the Bible to see what it does.

Disclaimer – You need a gmail account and a cell phone with text messaging. I have neither one…yes, I know I live in the Stone Age because my phone doesn’t accept text messages. As such, I have not tested it out but it looks pretty good. I refuse to get a gmail account….it’s too spooky and invasive to me…but that’s just me :o) Plenty of people have them and use gmail every day. You needed a junk mail account anyways, right?!¬† Perhaps I’ll open one just to use as a junk mail¬† account and test it out. :o)

You know, as I was looking at some of my blog comments I noticed that I have been posting a lot of videos. The age of viral videos is here and in full force. This is rather exciting, I can visualize the process. I remember a few years ago the discussion of what to do with video and how to optimize it on the web was just taking place. Just this morning, while listening to MJ, one of his crew commented that YouTube was his new best friend and MJ commented how he was watching a lot of web videos to prepare for his show.

Now this was radio. Radio is taking its stories from online video and television. As I am a student of mass communication, I start to see some connections. I see an integration taking place sometime in my lifetime. If anyone hasn’t seen the new helio it is one example of the integration. I just want to see this phone have a document previewer, a calendar management system, auto email and radio all in one small, light package also. How do men do it? Man purses are going to HAVE to become vogue. Or will it be briefcases and backpacks…or worse yet, will the purse carrying person (who is always me!) have to end up carrying everything? I don’t think video is going to kill or eliminate any other medium. Instead I see it all converging into a one stop shop of many nodes and nodules. Anyway, that’s my 2…

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