Helsinki Pics

We were in town for the excellent FrozenRails conference.



Iceland Volcano: 1) Satellite Imagery; 2) Eruption Video

This morning’s diversion (the creation of this video) started with me pondering the question: “Might Eyjafjallajokull’s ash cloud jeopardize the warm weather we’re starving for after a long winter in Europe?”

Based on this article, it sounds like the current plume isn’t big enough to have much of a global impact.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that northern Europe will likely suffer some ill effects, even if the volcano is done erupting (last time the eruptions went on for over a year).

Bido vs. Sedo (Domain Names)

2010-5-5 Update: Bido ran out of runway and put itself on the auction block today (details here).

Since discovering and testing Bido over the past few months, I’ve decided that it’s the best way to quickly and easily trim down my domain name portfolio, especially sub-$500 domain names (that’s because Bido has no minimum commission, whereas Sedo has a $50 minimum).

While Bido is still young, with it’s share of little bugs, it’s developers are rapidly iterating and improving the site, which is one reason why it’s growing so fast, taking market share from the larger players, such as Sedo. They’re also friendly and helpful and will respond rapidly and personally should you have any questions, comments, etc.

How Bido works

  1. Sellers submit domain names for consideration by the community.
  2. The community votes to send names to auction.
  3. Bido runs the auctions and provides the escrow service for the Buyers and Sellers.

That’s basically it (there are more advanced features to explore later).  To reward the community for participating in the selection process, Bido has created an innovative system that works like this: Every time an item you voted for sells, you get a percentage of the sale price. The earliest voters earn the most, and you can earn up to 0.77% of the sale price.

Snow on You Crazy Diamond

Just messing around on this beautiful, snowy day here in Sweden. The weather, music, and mood all came together. Plus a new tripod (thanks, Hugo).

Click that first picture or here to see the snow falling outside our window. I’m glad I decided to stop to smell the flowers (thanks, Cici), and to watch, listen, and feel the snow and wind, and to hear, for the first time, a new rendition of an all-time favorite song. That’s what sealed the deal, the Floyd cover (thanks, Christy).

More pics after the jump.  The first one (below) is from Monday (2/22), the second one is from Thursday (2/25) and the third one is from Tuesday (2/23). The tulip pics and video (above) are from Saturday (2/20). The video cover shot is from Sunday (2/21).


Status Report / Update

Things might be pretty quite around here for a while (at least). Why, because I’m super busy with various projects and using Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed more than this blog .

I’ve also started experimenting with, which I like better than for hosted blogs. Here’s the first real post on Bootstrappy: “Bootstrap or Die: Lessons Learned From a Web Startup’s Murder/Suicide” (that’s the post that the chart above belongs to).


Animated Google Map Overlaid With Geotagged Photos

(click to view the animated google map / photo slideshow)

Here’s how to geotag your pics and make an animated map of your own:

  1. Get a GPS tracker (or other device) and learn how to use it.  I have, and like, the Columbus V-900 GPS Data Logger.  Here it is on and here are some review links from Google. I especially found this review, and it’s comments, helpful and interesting.
  2. Take pictures with your digital camera. Make sure the clock on your camera is set accurately (as close as you can get to the exact correct time). And, make sure the camera and the format is compatible with your software (just use JPG format and you should be fine).
  3. Upload your GPS log file and pictures to your computer.
  4. Use the software that came with your device (or other software) to geotag your pics.  The software matches your pics to your data points using the time (that’s why you need to make sure your camera clock is set as accurately as possible).
  5. Upload everything to or one of the other free sites (there are others, right?).

That’s it. Use the documentation that came with your GPS, Google, and trial-and-error to perfect your workflow. Cheers!

Multimedia Graphic & Article (US Debt)

It’s been like watching a slow motion train wreak build momentum these past eight years. And now we’re past the event horizon. Click the graphic and read the article for details. Also see Krugman’s 2009-11-22 article: “The Phantom Menace” and this time-lapse map showing the unemployment rate from January 2007 to September 2009.

Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government
By Edmund L. Andrews
NY Times

WASHINGTON — The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.’s on terms that seem too good to be true. But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer. Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed.