Wednesday, July 23, 2008

21, MIT, Kate Bosworth, Torrent, aXXo

21 just came out of DVD, and I saw it for the first time. Pretty fun. Among other things, 21 features Kate Bosworth as a hot chick from MIT who changes her name ;)

In addition to DVD, 21 may or may not also be available, here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Apes & Androids - Siren08 Afterparty

By lucky coincidence - I went to this Apes & Androids concert and it kicked ass.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Johnossi - All They Ever Wanted - New Album

Johnossi has a new album coming out in Sweden called All They Ever Wanted. The first 2 songs (18 Karat Gold, and Party With My Pain) on the myspace player are insane - Johnossi will get huge with this album - huge - swear to god!

18 Karat Gold

Party With My Pain

It Is Keyword Time Again

Here are some of the most recent keywords that Mattishness readers come in through:

20 seconds of joy dvd
how to visit cuba
italian postal bonds
positronic seattle
tsa spot
viral loop

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A little bit too nice

Seattle Startup: Gathering 6/17 @ Owl and Thistle

Savan & I & other startup friends are meeting this Thursday at 6pm at Owl & Thistle in Pioneer Square to talk shop - hope you can join us.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New blist tagcloud

blist now has a tag cloud on the dashboard to help you visualize what's going on in the community better. For the moment you'll need to be logged in to see/use it.

Click here to check it out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ahmed Rashid - Descent Into Chaos

I'm currently reading Ahmed Rashid's new book Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Crawlable SWF Questions

My top three unanswered questions about Googlebot crawling through SWFs on the blist blog.

Seattle Startups: RIPL Resurfaces

I wrote about RIPL back in April 2007 - since then they've been very quiet - as is common, they have been doing a certain amount of poking around trying to find the right business model, team, technology, and marketing strategy. Well, today RIPL resurfaced for me - just a little with this email. Watching with interest.

Was ist das Blinkenlights?

Was ist das Blinkenlights?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Adobe Flash SEO & Monkey Magic

Yelp API,, Quantcast

Yelp is doing well, but not as well as would have you believe. In fact, this might be the single biggest fail I have observed. In most cases, Compete tends to quite accurate - and a good way to estimate traffic to third party websites - but in the case of Yelp, they are wildly off. Quantcast, Alexa, and various anecdotal sources peg Yelp traffic at a healthy ~3.5M monthly uniques - nowhere close to the ~15M shown by Compete. Compete uses a mixture of data from toolbars, panels, and ISP log samples to compute their traffic estimates. Yelp has an API - what Compete seems to have managed to do is pull their ISP data sample from directly between Yelp and a large consumer of the Yelp API. 'ISP data' always sounds very robust compared to an audience panel or toolbar data - but it's important to remember that it's only a sample - not a 'full set' of ISP data - and is just as susceptible to sample bias as data collected any other way.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bill Gurley: 15 Portfolio Companies >$50M Revenue

Nice for thing for a VC to be able to say:

"The Benchmark portfolio current has over 15 companies north of $50MM in revenues, and they are all private. This would have never happened in 1995 (even pre-bubble) where most of these companies would ALREADY BE public."
-Bill Gurley

Yahoo Mail Forwarding - Premium Features - What Not To Do

This is what you shouldn't hold back as a paid, premium feature when Gmail makes forwarding so easy for free.

In related news:

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Iran Article Day

I am planning on reading these two articles on Iran tonight:

Seymour Hersh, in the New Yorker

Thomas Powers, in the New York Review of Books