Monthly Archives: March 2006

March Madness

I saw these interesting stats on SportsCenter tonight. One of the four people who picked the correct Final Four explains his picks. It turns out that he picked George Mason by mistake.My final four picks were: Texas, UCLA, U Conn, Villanova. Hey – one out of four ain’t bad.

March Madness

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Sirius crosses 4 million subscriber mark

Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday that they crossed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took them a little over 3 months to grow from 2 million (September 15th, 2005) to 3 million (December 27th, 2005). It took less than 3 months for Sirius to go from 3 million to 4 million (March 20th, 2006). If they keep up this growth rate, Sirius would end the year with over 7 million subscribers. Sirius’ stock is up significantly over the last week on this news. XM reached 6 million on January 4th, so they will need to announce something about passing 7 million in the next week or so to keep pace with Sirius. I’ll be updating my XM vs Sirius total subscribers graph when I get the latest numbers from XM.

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Rephotographing my neighborhood

Rephotographing my neighborhood in San Francisco. The photo on the left is from today. The one on the right is from 1953. That’s Twin Peaks in the background. The neighborhood in the foreground is called Miraloma Park. Best viewed at full size.Rephotographing my neighborhood

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Legion of Honor

Today at the Legion of Honor.Legion of Honor

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Battle on Wikipedia over Marina Girl definition

A couple of months ago, I posted something about a couple of funny definitions of the Marina Girl and Marina Guy on Wikipedia. Well, I was trying to show this to someone today and I saw that someone has taken the liberty of deleting the definitions. I checked out the Wikipedia change log for this entry and noticed that there has been quite a battle going on with people deleting the definitions and other people adding them back in. Come on people, can’t we just agree to keep the definitions in place? On a related note, as I was going through the change log I noticed a definition for the “Marina Child”:

If the denizens of the Marina do not fall into the category above (single), they are married and possess one child. The Marina child is less than 5 years of age and often responds to such names as “Cole”, “Spencer”, “Madison” or “Dakota”. Last names as first names or geographical locations to which either Marina parent has never been are currently all the rage. The Marina child can be found on any weekend morning being pushed or carried by either parent down Chestnut or Union Streets.

Photo by Flickr user Thomas Hawk

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Snow in San Francisco?

Technically I think this was hail, not snow, but it sure looked like snow! This photo was taken on Teresita Boulevard (near Mount Davidson) in San Francisco at about 7:15 pm on 3/10/2006. More photos here and more news / discussion about this here, here, and here.Snow in San Francisco???

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Matt Pond PA @ Slim’s SF 3/5/06

Matt Pond PA put on a great show last Sunday at Slim’s in San Francisco.Matt Pond PA @ Slim's SF

Matt Pond PA – So Much Trouble (MP3) (temporary link)

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Edgeio – one week after launch

By now, most people have heard about the recently launched Edgeio. If you’re not familiar with Edgeio, here’s a good overview written by TechCrunch guest blogger Nik Cubrilovic. You can also listen to an interview with TechCrunch co-founder Mike Arrington on the Like it Matters blog. I’d really like to see Edgeio succeed but I have some doubts about people’s willingness to clutter their blogs with classified listings. I’ve visited the Edgeio site a few times since they officially launched on Feb. 27 and so far I’m not seeing a huge volume of listings.

Today (March 5, 2006) for all of California I’m seeing: 28 For Sale listings, 3 Autos listings, 4 Wanted listings, 2 Housing listings, 522 Jobs listings, 5 Events listings, 41 Other listings, 192 Services listings, and 2 Podcasts listings.

I know that Edgeio has only been out of beta for a week or so but I was surprised to see such a low number of listings given the amount of buzz that they generated leading up to their launch. I have looked through the faq’s and I can’t help but think that there is too much technical jargon being thrown around – using XML-RPC to claim an RSS enabled web site, ping servers, trackbacks, clustered tagging, etc. In order to gain any kind of critical mass, I think Edgeio will need to make the process of posting items for sale A LOT SIMPLER. People are busy and they just don’t wany to invest a lot of time in figuring out how to post an item for sale. With their current set-up, Edgeio is restricting their selling community to people who have blogs or web sites, and that is just too limiting in my opinion.

In the Mike Arrington interview, he announced that Edgeio will be rolling out new tools that will make the selling process simpler (i.e. sellers will not need to have a blog or a web site). Once those tools are rolled out (in the next couple of weeks according to Arrington) maybe we’ll see the volume of listings go up. As I mentioned earlier, I’d really like to see this succeed because I like the “listings from the edge” concept and I think eBay and craigslist could use some healthy competition. So if you’re a blogger, go sell something on Edgeio!

3/6/2006 Update:

I found an interesting post on Data Mining about Edgeio. The author has been charting the number of listings over time. Included in the post is a detailed response from Edgeio co-founder/CEO Keith Teare. According to Mr. Teare, the number of listings will jump from time to time as larger publishers come on board and listings. He also mentions the upcoming features targeted to non-bloggers.

3/11/2006 Update:

Edgeio has just rolled out a new feature called “Instant Add”. More details on the Edgeio blog.

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Digg Effect

This is what it looks like when a low-traffic blog like mine ends up on the front page of This happened last Sunday evening with the iTunes sales graph. By Wednesday, the traffic was back to the usual numbers.

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Matt Pond PA, 3/5 at Slim’s

Matt Pond PA is playing in SF this weekend at Slim’s. Photo by flickr user chriswarren.

Matt Pond PA – Grave’s Disease (MP3) (temporary link)

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