What a crap blogger I am eh?
It’s been 10 days since my last blog-a-boo. Oh well, that’s what happens when you have kids. Time management is critical and sleep is now a major focus of every day. It’s amazing how little you actually need to function. I say function but then again, was I ever really firing on all cylinders to begin with? Who knows.
Hopefully in another few months Ethan’s stomach will grow to the point where he can ingest enough food to sustain him through the night. That’s my engineer’s view of how to determine when a baby will sleep. In the meantime we’re feeding every couple of hours and the little mite has gained an amazing 2lbs already. Way-to-go champ!
Now, on to some news.
Seems my forays into the world of mashups, ajax, web services and remixes has attracted some attention. What started as some idle curiosity as to how best to integrate web services and xml has produced some interesting experiments: Taglines, Zuggest, Zollage, Baebo to name a few. Just when you thought the party was over, the mainstream media has taken hold.
David Berlind and Doug Gold have announced the first Mashup Conference or Un-conference in San Fran this year, read all about it here: http://mashupcamp.com/. The notion of an un-conference is quite unique and echos the underground nature of mashups themselves quite appropriately. Let’s hope they get some funding though, who wants a conference without swag right?
David and Doug asked me to go and I’d love to attend but it’s just too hectic right now on the home front. Family comes first. Combined with Ethan, I’ve taken on one other project which will likely keep me up nights long after Ethan’s sleeping through them. More on that once it’s confirmed.
I’d imagine my buddy Jeff Barr of Amazon will attend and Robert Hof of Business Week also. Should be a great networking opportunity.
I’d also be very interested in any discussions on how to monetize mashups. Perhaps they’ll capture session notes and publish on the wiki. We’ll see.
It’s surprising how many folks I’ve consistently exchanged emails with but never met in person. Hoping to rectify that in the coming year.
Lastly, Baebo has had both good and bad reactions. People like the functionality but are violently repulsed by my crappy user interface design. Some have been quite vociferous about it. Oh well. So I’m in the process of re-designing the UE.
The 2nd thing about it is that it’s been so popular that I’ve already used up the monthly limit of API calls for EBAY. That SUCKS because the whole point is to query multiple sites at the same time. Yahoo, Amazon, Google, Youtube and Technorati continue to work but if you’re wondering why searching EBAY returns no results, that’s why.