Ted Rheingold on the end of Yahoo! Pets. Ted is the founder of Dogster and Catster and is really passionate about the subject. Yahoo was not.


I had this idea almost 4 years ago and since my New Year's resolution is build it or let the domain expire, I went ahead and built it on Google App Engine with CherryPy because they both make making things fun.

Basically I wanted a way to have some lists handy that I usually end up converting to some other format, this is that. I'm going to be rich.

Way more than you probably care to read about the new Whitehouse.gov site. Like, Aaron Boodman's site has a hidden link on the front page and they're using image sprites to lighten the load.

Way more than you probably care, but oh I do. Yes I do.

Set The Jolly Roger On Fire

I had forgotten David had posted a wish for a Tetris variation he called Montris. Someone actually produced a proof-of-concept for him.

Here is my wish for a Tetris variation: I call it Slowtris and the only difference between an actual game of Tetris and Slowtris is the pieces don't fall. The fun in the game is just figuring out where to put things.

Well it sounds fun to me.

Wimp.com is a font of good videos. Start wherever you like and just go forwards or backwards. Here's a bridge gettin' blow'd up, here's the most insane Rube Goldberg device I've ever seen, a spin kick. Go left or go right, there are tons of good videos.

I've enjoyed watching my friend at work unravel a cookie recipe mystery over the past couple of weeks. He just posted the full story to his weblog.

He also brought in a batch which are VERY GOOD COOKIES. You should totally make some.

Giant Bomb, a gaming news (and more) site, just released an API to their content. Giant Bomb API Now Available. I haven't had time to pick through it but it seems to be pretty extensive if you're building an application that needs a game database.

I love this piece of marketing from Burger King: Whopper Sacrifice. You use the Facebook App to "sacrifice" 10 friends by un-friending them, and you then get a coupon for a free Whopper. Those friends receive messages stating they were unfriended by their former friend and a chance to install the app and get a burger for themselves.

People I know who are using it are dumping friends for the burger but will likely re-friend them later which is just perfect. Good stuff.

Whopper Sacrifice Website

Work related post ahead.

Nice to see one of my favorite co-workers at FM talking about something our engineering team believes so strongly in.

It is not easy explaining these principles to people who want to see a detailed six month GANTT chart that takes six weeks to create and six days to undo. If you spend six weeks actually doing the work, you'll be six weeks closer to the goal and six weeks wiser.

The dude with a GANTT chart just has a GANTT chart.

One of our investors has a great analogy about choosing between being a bus or a heat-seeking missile. The bus has a route, a destination, and an itinerary that it must stick to. The heat-seeking missile is built to adjust. You fire it in the general direction then iterate and evaluate as you move forward. Hit the thing that's hot, even if it moves (and it will move).

I'll leave you with a Winer-ism I like a lot from 1995 called We Make Shitty Software…With Bugs! It's just the first four paragraphs (pre-permalink era?) so don't worry about seeing the phrase "Indigo Girls" on that page.