It’s Save The Last Dance Friday up here.
While I’ve been on vacation from the blogosphere, here are some quick hits:
* CNN.com re-designed over this past weekend. There are many fine touches, but I continue to be blown away by how low of a priority video is to big news sites. While the new CNN.com places video above the fold, they’re only small, motionless links to recent stories. They are a major cable news outlet: Where’s the huge, auto-starting video player? The live stream? The special features? The popular videos?
* I updated my own site to display my most recent Flickr photo, as well as a collage of my recent links and Google Reader shared items. Visit the site in your web browser (not via RSS) and look on the sidebar to see the changes.
* Call me prescient but I’ve noticed a major tectonic shift towards Facebook over the past few weeks. It wasn’t all the blogosphere buzz that sealed it for me- rather, my most MySpace-ardent friend recently made the non-ironic jump to Facebook. That’s evidence.
* Retail heads-up: BabyUniverse.com has recently messed around two of my friends. In both cases, the friends ordered car seats, had their credit cards charged, and then were told there would be a long delay for their products to arrive. Then in each case, the friend contacted their credit card issuer, who contacted BabyUniverse. In both cases, BabyUniverse immediately relented and sent out the car seats, despite previously claiming they were out of stock. Buyer beware?
* A quote that appeared on my Google homepage quotes widget:
“No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.”
* Former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke is retiring from baseball at age 34. Foulke said some dumb things during his tenure in Boston, but also earned 34 saves in 2004 as well as the final out in the World Series. Thanks, Keith!
* Speaking of RSS, I’m now offering a meta feed of all my feeds– my blog, podcast, links, videos, and shared Google Reader items, all in one big stream. In addition, I’ve got an OPML file of all my RSS feeds if you like it that way.
* It looks like 2007 will really be the year for OpenID, a public, de-centralized indentity system for the web. The format has earned adoption from a number of big players in recent weeks, including Microsoft, AOL, and popular social news site Digg.
NECN is pretty good about putting up video of their segments; if they have some of Lance I’ll link it later on.
UPDATE: Lance did a great job. As my TiVo was occupied, I took some grainy video with my digital camera and posted it on YouTube:
I have now been an eBay member for 7 years.
Ascent Amnesia: When somebody rising to power suddenly forgets that power is cyclical.
The second annual shot of our house on Thanksgiving eve, immediately after the Xmas lighting ceremony for 2006. Unlike last year, it’s not snowing, but we still have much to be thankful for. Here’s to your own traditions, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, wherever you are.