Rock Block!

Every once in a while, iTunes seems to start playing two tracks from the same album in a row, even though I’ve got it on a global shuffle, going through 1600 tracks. It seems to happen periodically, and I wonder if somewhere in the darkest reaches of the iTunes codebase they’ve written a “Twofer Tuesday” routine to give me this kind of non-randomness once a week.

links for 2004-11-23

South by Eee Tech

The South by Southwest Interactive conference runs from March 11-15, in Austin, Texas. I’m giving a talk on community stuff one of those days. Etech runs from March 14-17, 2005 in San Diego, CA, though I’m guessing the first two days are just tutorials no one goes to. I’m giving a talk with Mike there as well.

So that’s basically Saturday through Friday of constant conference stimulation, with lots of drinking, in two different laid back cities. It’s going to be a long week.

Frontline

I love documentaries and one of my favorite shows on TV is the quasi-documentary/news show Frontline on PBS. It’s always been pretty good, with 2 or 3 standout shows every season, but a lot of fluff and repeats in between.

This year however, they have been absolutely on fire with great broadcasts week after week. They started with the Bush and Kerry history show, then Rumsfield’s War, then The Persuaders. I have this week’s special on Wal-Mart on TiVo but haven’t watched and next week they’re looking at the Secret History of the Credit Card.

They’re hitting the airwaves with one great investigative piece after another this season and I’m really amazed they’re keeping it up. They’re even offering streaming versions of most of their new programs right on their website. This is public television at its best: serving the public interest and even offering the public an easy way to watch the programs they missed, online.

I’m going to make my first PBS pledge in several years for this work.

links for 2004-11-20