Chris Ritke is thinking and writing...

...about this and that and some other things...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

media does not converge

Medianipple is right on the mark with this post!
One false media theory is that of convergence. Media does not converge – it mutates into ever more varieties. Old media does not die, it moves over to make room for more.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Woah - Is this cool or what?

Just found this at Techie Diva:

Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment.

See it here.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Cool - just got an invite to try out the new EC2 beta from Amazon:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

I've got to try this out. Sure sounds promising!

And: I've already been able to access Amazon's S3 - it really seems to work like a charm. If EC2 is as good as S3 - well, then I'm a happy guy!

EC2 and S3 - don't you just love those acronyms!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Don't Download This Song

Weird Al really did it this time.
You don't want to mess with the RI-double-A They'll sue you if you burn that CDR It doesn't matter if you're a grandma Or a seven year old girl They'll treat you like the evil hard-bitten criminal you are...

Free Josh Wolf

I'm heading over to the House of Shields on Thursday to help out Josh who's been in Jail for not handing over video footage to a federal grand jury.

Just got an email from my friend Thomas in Paris - he's put together a totally cool podcast site called Radiopodcast - there are tons of shows from all walks of life - too bad my French has gotten sooooo rusty that I can only understand half of what they're talking about. But one thing's for sure: the shows are really well produced - so check it out if you speak French and want to get into some of the coolest French podcasting action!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I'm at the Hat Factory

Yeah! I just became an anchor at the Hat Factory - a totally cool place in the city (San Francisco, that is) where I can hang out and try to get some work done. That's not all that different from working at home where I'm trying hard pretty much all the time. EXCEPT for the fact that I get to sit next to the coolest people like Ryanne, Lorelei, Jay, Schlomo, Neil and other people I haven't actually met yet.

Check out this video of the place: I bet you'll want to work there too!

Tour The Hat Factory!

This is why I don't need a TV

Because there's cool stuff like this on the web.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

HOWTO Screencast

1. Think about what you want to do.
2. Write it down.
3. Practice many times.
4. Revise so that it makes sense.
5. Take the dog for a long, long walk. Or drive into town and buy a rib roast.
6. Try a final take.
7. Find a mistake.
8. Go to step 5. Or better yet, go to step 4.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT try to do a final take right after finding a mistake in one you just did. It will not work. Trust me.

Oh - almost forgot: you might want to have a glass of wine before 6. - but then don't drive into town for the rib roast.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

What's it like at Revver?

Check out this video over at Vaspers The Grate!

I love it.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Constant innovation is perpetual disruption

Wow - this is awesome:

Innovation is disruption; constant innovation is perpetual disruption. This seems to be the goal of a well-made network: to sustain a perpetual disequilibrium. A few economists studying the new economy (among them Paul Romer and Brian Arthur) have come to similar conclusions. Their work suggests that robust growth sustains itself by poising on the edge of constant chaos. "If I have had a constant purpose it is to show that transformation, change, and messiness are natural in the economy," writes Arthur.

Read it all here.