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June 29, 2011
- Best. Crowbar. Ever.
- I for one find it impossible to believe that David
Pogue is a shameless industry shill. No, wait, I don't mean
impossible at all.
- Why I was looking for the details of the NES Game Genie, I really
couldn't tell you. But here's how it
works, which is pretty much what I figured. I'm amused by the way
that they obfuscated the codes in order to keep people from figuring
them out. It would be fun to do something similar with URLs.
- Twitter recently released a guide called Twitter for Newsrooms.
And while the jokes practically write themselves (we should all take a
crack at it in the comments), what they've written is less a guide to
Twitter specifically, and more an introduction to "how people interact
on The Internets." It's all about leveraging scale, writing
feed-friendly copy, and linking out to other writers/sources. So while I
don't actually think it's bad advice for journalists who are newcomers
to the web, I wish it weren't identified so strongly with a single
brand--especially one that the Innovation Editors of the world are
already overhyping like crazy.
- If you're in the DC area tomorrow, Thursday the 30th, you should
come by the National Mall for the Smithsonian's Soul
Train music and dance event. The artistic directors of Urban
Artistry (the dance company I joined about six months back) will be
performing, and Questlove from the Roots will be on the ones and twos.
- That reminds me, by the way, of one of my favorite video clips from
this week: Talib Kweli on the Colbert Report.
The Soul Train show tomorrow is part of the Smithsonian's Folklife
Festival, and one of Kweli's points during his conversation with Colbert
is that hip-hop is folk music. As one of my friends once said,
even if you don't care for hip-hop, you have to remember that it not
only spoke to parts of America that were ignored by mainstream music,
but it was also something that ordinary people could do with nothing
more than a beat and a rhyme. Even though I haven't been listening to
the genre very long, that definition really resonates with me, and with
I started b-boying in the first place.