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2008/06/07
 03:37:28

Your video has exploded

Apparently I broke Animoto. Maybe it has something about the 8 videos with nearly a thousand photos sent their way the past 3 hours. Oops.

Screenshot: Animoto: Your video has 
exploded

Picking a different song seems to have let this one render. Now just to convert to a DVD for a loop at my sister's graduation open house...

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2008/05/29
 20:30:40

NWS Alerts -> Twitter

Some of you may remember a discussion on Twitter of StormSiren prompting an idea to take the National Weather Service alerts and feed them into Twitter. A month and a half later storms come along and I decide to finally look into it. The backend isn't clean but should be solid enough for now. I'm somewhat considering this a trial for this year.

I've currently set up three feeds for three counties near me. Given I need to generate a new alias for each one and go through the signup process I'm not excited about the work behind scaling it, but would possibly entertain requests for more Minnesota counties.

Enjoy, and let me know if you find them useful. As a warning to prevent future trouble, I can't guarantee that these will be reliable and working (both on my end, and because it's Twitter) - don't use them as your primary way of receiving alerts about bad weather.

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2008/05/12
 00:45:37

MinneBar 2008: State of the State: Technology in Minnesota

At MinneBar on May 10, a major event was a panel titled State of the State: Technology in Minnesota. The panel included Douglas Olson, Jamie Thinglestad, Michael Gorman, Robert Stephens, Dan Grigsby, and Matthew Dornquast. This is a recording of that session.

Download MP3

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2008/05/12
 00:45:32

MinneBar 2008: Screw You LAMP. Plus Virtualization

At MinneBar on May 10, Dan Grigsby presented a session titled Screw You LAMP. Plus Virtualization. This is a recording of that session.

Download MP3

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2008/05/12
 00:45:28

MinneBar 2008: Farmsourcing Rails

At MinneBar on May 10, Matt Bauer of Mosquito Mole Multiworks presented a session titled Farmsourcing Rails: or How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Enterprise. This is a recording of that session.

Download MP3

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2008/05/07
 23:38:22

MinneBar this Saturday

MinneBar logo

Somehow I've managed to not tell some people about this, so I'm going to attempt to cover my bases by posting it here. MinneBar 2008 is this Saturday at Coffman Union at UMN. For those who have never heard about it, it's an "unconference" where attendees present on their interests rather than pushing a corporate agenda. For more info, see the MinneBar site and the BarCamp site.

Surprisingly it came up today in conversation with a complete stranger, and we had a nice discussion about some of the philosophies behind it. Getting a bunch of tech people together, not caring about all the typical corporate limitations, but instead just sharing knowledge and talking tech. It seems every discussion just makes me look forward to it more. If you're at all interested and are not already committed to something else this Saturday, you should sign up and join us!

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2008/04/27
 16:14:00

Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky gave an interesting speech at Web 2.0 Expo 2008 last week. Depending on your preference, you can watch it or read it (or both). We're looking for the mouse.

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2008/04/21
 08:47:42

On Pets

This kind of pet would be fun.

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2008/04/19
 22:41:28

Curse Exchange

While it's not at all a new idea, the April 17th B.C. comic summarizes it well.

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2008/04/08
 00:06:20

Cheap GPS

My first thought on seeing Monday's XKCD was that would likely be an interesting twist on geocaching or location-based games.

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