No on 8! Google… you are so on my shit list!

Google Yes on 8 ads

California Proposition 8 seeks to revoke the rights of same-sex partners to get married. I am firmly against Prop 8! I believe in equal rights for everyone!

This morning I read this post on The Dieline, where Andrew Gibbs talks about how Google allowed “Yes on 8” ads to be displayed on his site for California Visitors. I immediately checked my site, and sure enough they were here too. Ironically, they were right next to my post about how Apple publicly condemned Prop 8… and I agreed with them. I immediately took Google ads off of my site.

It’s kind of a strange situation… Google has also publicly condemned Prop 8, but apparently they are still willing to take money to advertise the opposite view. I’m not exactly sure if I should be pissed at Google, or should I praise them for allowing Free Speech on a topic that they don’t agree with. One thing is for sure, I don’t want the ads on my site. I’m a little annoyed that an ad of this nature would be posted to my site without a little more consideration. I don’t put these ads in the same category as random product ads. Google ads will not be back on the site until these ads stop.

If you have a blog that runs Google ads, you may want to check out your site to see just what is appearing. You may need to have someone here in California look for you.

UPDATE: I didn’t realize this, but there is a filter for Adsense that allows you to remove any ads that link to a specific URL. Learn more here. I’m still going to leave the ads off, at least until after the election.

Apple Says No on Prop 8

In a fairly bold announcement, Apple today voiced its official opposition to Proposition 8. If You’re unfamiliar, Prop 8 seeks to revoke the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. Good for you, Apple!

“Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8″

WordCamp ’07


Are you going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 21-22? Are you a WordPress user? Then you may want to check out WordCamp 2007. Its a 2-day conference for WordPress users and developers.

I went last year and had a great time, and learned lots of new stuff. I’ll be going again this year.

Last year WordCamp was free, but this year they’re charging $25 per person, to help offset costs. Personally, I think it’s well worth it. You get 2 days of great information, a cool t-shirt, and free food. Where else can you get that for $25?

If you planning on going, I would sign up soon. The hall isn’t tremendously big, and as of this morning, 124 people have already signed up.

Melted Highway

collapsed 580 overpass

Early yesterday morning a 250-foot section of our highway melted and collapsed after a gasoline tanker truck rolled over and exploded. Fortunately it happened so early that there was virtually no one on the freeway. The driver of the truck was the only person injured.

Our local CBS station has the full story, including video coverage, on their site. There’s also a map available, with alternate routes listed.

We were so lucky this happened early Sunday morning. If it had happened during a busy part of the day, this would have been so much worse.

Mac Meet & Mingle

Mac Meet and Mingle

If you’re here in San Francisco, you may be interested in the Mac Podcaster Meetup, and Mac Mingle, both happening tonight (link).

Mac Podcaster Meetup is 6:00-7:00pm, at The Apple Store (map), and it’s open to the public… just show up. Mac Mingle is 8:00pm-midnight, at Jillians (map), but you have to have a Macworld badge to get in. Details on both events can be found here.

I’m going to try and make it to both tonight, so maybe I’ll see you there.

Macworld 2007

Macworld, San Francisco, 2007

Today is the official start of Macworld, San Francisco, 2007. Although, for most of us the real excitement starts tomorrow, with the keynote address, and opening of the exhibit floor.

I must say that I am surprised at Apple’s lack of decoration this year. In the main Moscone Hall (where the keynote will be), there’s just a single banner. It’s the same one they’ve been showing on their homepage since the 1st. Normally, they have at least 3 banners. I guess they really don’t want to give anything away this year. Or, they’re waiting until the last minute to hang the ‘real’ banners.

Anyway, what would Macworld be without predictions. I think we’re all expecting pretty big things this year. First, we have this banner that says ‘The first 30 years were just the beginning’, implying a big announcement this year, and we also have a keynote address that will be 2 hours long (9:00am – 11:00am pst tomorrow). Typically, they’re only an hour. Hopefully, they are going to announce some cool things, and we aren’t just hyping ourselves into inevitable disappointment.

I personally think we’re going to see a lot tomorrow. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of updates across all the products… but here’s some specific predictions:

Yes, I’m in the camp that says this year it’s actually going to happen. I personally hope it’s more along a PDA line, and not just an iPod phone. If they announce it, I’ll be first in line to get one. Anne Marie gave me an Apple gift card for Christmas specifically for that purpose. :)

I think we’ll see a new demo, with more specifics, and possibly get a release date, but it won’t be available this month.

I think there is a chance well see a new display, but not for the computer. The perfect companion to the ‘iTV’ would be a shiny new flat-screen, for the living room. It’s not that their current displays wouldn’t work, but the base is all wrong for your home entertainment center. I think Apple would make a display with a more invisible base (low and hidden).

Wide-screen iPod:
I’m on the fence about this one. I would like to see this come out, but I’m not sure if we’ll see it tomorrow.

Mac minis, iMacs, Macbooks, and Macbook Pros will see a slight bump in processor speed, but no significant changes will be made. I’m firmly in the ‘NO’ camp for the possibility of black Macbook Pros. I personally would buy one, but I think Apple wants to maintain a distinct visual difference between Macbooks and Macbook Pros.

The only significant update will be to the Mac Pro. I think we’ll see a new processor, and quite possibly a new design. The current box is left-over from the G5 Powermac, and I think Apple has been planning to change it.

We’ll probably see a new processor in the Xserve, but that’s not really a consumer product, so I don’t pay much attention to it.

Mac Tablet:
mmmmm… I doubt it, but anything is possible. Given that tablets have been around for years, and no one really seems to care, I doubt Apple would go in this direction just yet. Although, I could see them doing an ultra portable Mac (Macbook mini?). I personally would love to have a Mac that is smaller than a laptop, but bigger than a PDA, for travel.

We’ll see a new demo, but I wouldn’t look for OS 10.5 Leopard to hit store shelves until at least July.

I think it’s a given that we’ll see iLife ’07 and iWork ’07. I also have little doubt that iWork will finally see a spreadsheet application. I think the biggest update to iLife will be in the iWeb application. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of global media browser, kind of like ‘Bridge’ from the Adobe Creative Suite, for better media management.

I also think we’ll see updates to Final Cut Studio, but I have no specific predictions.

We’ll probably see updates to .Mac. I think they’re going to do to iCal what they did for Mail… make a complete online version of iCal, so you can truly access (and edit) your calendar from anywhere. I think a storage bump is in the cards too. We may see some specific features for the new iWeb as well.

There you have it! Those are my official predictions. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I would give anything to go to the keynote. :)

The Work of Sas Christian


I recently came across the work of Sas Christian. She does these hyper-realistic paintings that are unbelievable. I really like them. The image above is a giant 46″x36″ Oil on Canvas.

Sas has a show here in San Francisco that I want to check out. It’s at The Shooting Gallery from Oct. 14th through November 4th, 2006.

Sas also has a new book of her work that has just been published by 9mm Books. It’s on sale for 10% off ($36.96 USD) through the end of October.

found via Laughing Squid

Apple Sept. 12th Event: My Predictions

It's Show time

The Mac rumor mill is running in overdrive today. If you haven’t heard, Apple is having a special event next week (9/12). They sent an invitation to select members of the press with the above picture, and the words, “It’s Showtime”

The event is here in San Francisco, at the Yerba Bueana Center for the Arts. It starts at 10:00am. I live right across the street, but my invitation was obviously lost in the mail.

What will be announced at the event? Well, if you believe the rumors flying around today, you can expect to see major revisions to every product Apple makes, and several new products too.

I may be wrong, but this seems a little unlikely.

Personally, given the nature of the image above, I think an iTunes movie store is almost a sure thing (along with an updated version of iTunes). I’m also predicting an update to Front Row, that will be able to browse and download movies without launching iTunes. I also think it’s feasible that we’ll see an upgraded iPod, but I’m not convinced it will be that widescreen iPod that everyone wants. It may only be larger capacities. Apple probably recognizes that even 60GB can go fast when filling it with music and full length movies.

Anything beyond that is gravy. I personally am not going to be surprised if that is the extent of the announcements. Of course, they’ll stretch it out with the usual announcements about how many songs have been sold, how many iPods have been sold, etc…

I would love to be wrong about these predictions, but if you choose to buy in to all the rumors flying around today, don’t be too surprised when you walk away disappointed. Remember what happened at the ‘special event‘ earlier this year?

San Francisco PARK(ing) DAY

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September 21st, 2006 is PARK(ing) DAY, here in San Francisco.

“The challenge is up to you. REBAR, with support from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) wants you, the most creative minds in San Francisco, to create the most innovative PARK in a parking spot.

Please join us as we transform parking spots into PARK(ing) spaces: temporary public parks in areas that need open space – enlivening the streets and improving the quality of urban human habitat.

REBAR is seeking volunteers to help us a carry out a series of PARK(ing) installations throughout the city of San Francisco.”

Go check out the site for more information. Unfortunately We’ll be out of town, so I won’t be able to join in. But, I encourage all who are interested to contact the organizers to see how you can participate.

Found via Inhabitat

The Future of Web Apps

Future of Web Apps

If you live in San Francisco, and have an interest in web applications, you may want to attend the “Future of Web Apps” summit on September 13th & 14th, 2006.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to discover how the web’s most successful sites and applications were built, plus you’ll get expert practical advice from the best in the business on creating your own web app. Whether you’re a developer, business owner or entrepreneur, join us for this exclusive two-day audience with the biggest names in web development.”

They aren’t kidding about those names. Check out the list on the site. If it were free, I would go in a second. Although it’s not too expensive ($295 US), I can’t justify it, as I don’t make web apps. It would just be cool to hear what those people have to say about how they got started.