Floggings Will Continue Until All My Stuff is Sold

My For Sale page has had a bunch of additional stuff added to it.

Additionally, I have trademe auctions running at the moment for Lego, my darkroom gear and a chest of drawers.

That was all (:

Oh! And I will be flying from New Zealand to Canada on April 11th. And through the magic of the international dateline, I’ll arrive six hours before I left. It’s just like magic.

Broken Social Scene

Stampy! Broken Social Scene I went and saw Broken Social Scene perform last night with opening band Cassette at the San Francisco Bathhouse. Which mostly reminds me that I should retrospectively blog about the other shows that I’ve been going to of late. Perhaps later (:

But yeah! Cassette is now an ostensibly local Wellington band; and they were really good, which is always a bonus. I tend to find that the local opening acts for overseas performers are a little.. lacklustre. It’s always nice to be surprised.

Broken Social Scene was fantastic, also (: Often times I judge how good a concert was by how sweaty, filthy and disgusting I feel at the end. There was much with the jumping about and such.

Next concert on my agenda: Okkervil River on March 5.

p.s. For Matt. If you swing by…

Embedded Tag Thing and Tag Managing Thing Updates

Both Embedded Tag Thing and Tag Managing Thing have had little updates.

Embedded Tag Thing is now less retarded – it shouldn’t be adding empty tags any more; and if you delete a tag from underneath it, it will display the tag as plain text instead of being broken. Sorry it took so long for me to upload it. Oops.

Tag Managing Thing now has a little button that will remove all of the terms from the current taxonomy which aren’t in use. This is handy if you’ve had Embedded Tag Thing issues.

Webstock: Day 2

Lessee. Day two. I kicked day two off by going to the Breakfast with yr web idols event. Which involved getting up unreasonably early. But that’s fine (: I ended up sitting next to Jason Santa Maria (and Mike!); and there were bloody marys, chatterings, eatings and so forth.

Of the speakers, Tom Coates was fantastic to listen to. Roughly, websites don’t have to be the main “product”, and that the product should spread as far as networks allow it; and that producing collections of data and making it available lets all sorts of good stuff happen. Where data is available, and in a combinable form, you can create new forms of data which are more useful than the individual data items. Meta data for objects is also really useful – when there are a lot of objects, being able to discover things is hard. Being able to use relevant criteria to guide discovery is a good and helpful thing.

Damian Conway was hilarious to watch. He made lots of good points about the little changes that can be made to make it easier for ordinary people to use websites. Although it was framed as making it hard for mere mortals to use the internet (:

Kathy Sierra had lots of really great things to say in the area of how to try and make happier users (They’re concerned with performing tasks, not using tools; so should be supported in that. Which is to say that they don’t want to use Product X, they want to do the task that Product X allows them to do). There was a brief moment in her talk where I was extremely self-conscious, though – she talked about predators and prey, and how predators have forward facing eyes vs. sideways facing eyes of prey; on to thinking of audiences as bunny rabbits (I had been wearing bunny ears all day). For the record, I had no idea she was going to say anything along those lines d: (and if I had, I would have been waay less likely to be wearing bunny ears).

Post talks, there was much with the drinking and eating and drinking and drinking. Wandering home, it was kinda disappointing to think that there wasn’t going to be more again today.

Webstock: Day 1

I’m at Webstock today and tomorrow. Although more was at Webstock, since it is now evening.

There have been great goodies!

Robot (The lovely folks at Verb were giving out robots.)

Badge of Awesome (The lovely folks as DNA were giving out badges.)

There have also been great talks!

I particularly enjoyed a talk by Peter Morville on ambient findability, since it kind-of rubs up against some of the stuff that I’ve been playing with as far as visualising tags goes (I’ve been playing with using a combination of categories and tags for search, and also using something resembling a cross-referenced book index to try and better express a collection of tags than a tag cloud manages to do. I should really make another post on that…)

Cal Henderson also did a great talk relating to the kinds of tools to use for building software which will no doubt produce a flurry of activity next week.

And Kelly Goto did a fantastic talk on the nature of being stuck or unstuck.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring!The schedule knows, I’m sure.

Pending New Home

In a couple of months time, if all goes according to plan, I am going to be heading to Canada for a year, through the NZ-Canada working holiday program.

This is very exciting, let me tell you.

Two important things!
Wellington People! I am selling a giant pile of DVDs, books, CDs, musical instruments, furniture and homewares. If you’re in Wellington City, you should buy my lovely things.

Toronto People! I plan on heading in your general direction, since it’s conveniently located for getting to all sorts of other places. Which is not to say that Toronto doesn’t also look fantastic for doing stuff (I’m looking at you, Toronto School of Circus Arts). If you’re looking for a programmer type around about May, you should let me know.