Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… John Battelle: “Inthe Web 2.0 world, it matter less that you have a major media company behind you, whatmatters is if your voice and point of view are considered valuable by your audience.”PaidContent.org:Weekend Readings on Web 2.0 – hey Rafat, since you hate the term ‘Web 2.0’, I’mavailable to do this feature for you if you like 😉 Seriously…TomForemski meets Doc Searls: “Doc is right, blogging should be easy. It should be aseasy as writing an email to a colleague or buddy. It’s not easy breaking stories, writingnews, interviews, analysis and features–the type of journalism that we also have onSiliconValleyWatcher-but the blogging part, like this entry, should be easy.”ChrisNolan: The Stand Alone Journalist is Here…del.icio.us analysis:Feedback, Motivation & Sociality in an Online Tagging Service, by Ericka MenchenFascinating stats fromtopix.net: “Topix.net has 187k subs total on My Yahoo, compared with 7k on Bloglines.My Yahoo is *huge* in rss.” Susan Mernitwas the one who got the ball rolling on this and shecomments “Larger implications of feed packaging and redistribution continue to beinteresting…both from an ad perspective (think of the revenue these feeds could carryand who gets the $$) and from a licensing/permissions perspective.”Yahoo is cut down as Google soars – Marketwatch turns the tables on Yahoo and waxeslyrical about Google’s finances.Steve Outing: New Kingpin of Online News?: “Thanks to blogs, aggregators, RSS feeds,and other options, fewer and fewer readers are entering news sites through home pages. Soit’s time to adjust.”Josh Porterhas feedback for Rojo, the new(ish) RSS Reader on the block.AdaptivePath: It’s a Whole New Internet – this is why I want Josh and I’s Digital Web articleto be published asap… we finished it a week or so ago and it’s due out 4 May.Team RSS – can I haveone of those badges? 🙂David Weinberger:“In the ninety seconds MSNBC gives over to blogging, they want to pair A-Listers into ahe-said/she-said report on a Major Topic.” – so David quit. Good on ya mate.Daring Fireball:Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe’s‘FAQ’ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Location#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Corndog megaband Blink-182 is the latest popular culture phenom to hop aboard the social web gimmick train, partnering with geodata provider SimpleGeo and cloud music service SoundCloud to serve up new music in a cool experience. As promotion for the band’s forthcoming next album, a new microsite called Neighborhoods.Blink182 now allows fans to listen to previews of the music and chat along with other people in the same offline neighborhood they are in. SimpleGeo helps determine the name of the neighborhood that matches your physical location and SoundCloud serves up the music.The Next Web’s Drew Olanoff says “it’s a similar listening and chat experience to what you’d find on Turntable.fm” and while I can see why he’d say that, it doesn’t feel that cool to me. It’s one band, listeners are unable to listen to the full songs Update: apparently I was wrong about that and songs are available in full, there’s no creative control on the part of DJs. But yes, you can listen together with people near you. Geographic proximity could be a cool addition to Turntable.fm, in fact.When it comes to music, plus location plus technology, Arcade Fire’s HTML5 collaboration with Google Chrome last Summer was much cooler.What Blink-182 has done has interesting potential though and is worth a brief look. I think it falls short of creating the kind of experience that visitors will feel compelled to share with friends though. I like the idea of listening to music with people near me, but not this music and not short clips like this.Below, poor Google Chrome got my location very, very wrong. I’m a long way from LA. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Laurin Talese at Sittin’ In at The Kimmel Center(P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°) Last Wednesday, Laurin Talese commanded the attention of the monthly series, Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. An initiative of bassist Anthony Tidd, one Wednesday out of each month, music lovers come together to see a main music act as well as experience Philadelphia’s finest musicians. Kicking off the night was DJ Phsh spinning tunes both old and new and with a twist. He kept the vibe going as attendees waited to hear the styling of Talese. Laurin Talese is an Ohio native that made her way to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts to study vocal performance. Fast forward to 2013, she has toured the world and also solidified a partnership with world renowned bassist and musical director Adam Blackstone. Talese will soon release an EP under the BASSic Black Entertainment moniker. Talese was absolutely breathtaking as she took the stage in an all white dress and golden stilettos. She wasted no time jumping into song, giving a brief synopsis of her mindset while writing each song. She explained that she loves writing about the ups and downs of love that she has experienced. Talese started out with her newest release “Winter” featuring GRAMMY-nominated pianist and producer, Robert Glasper, which was written with pianist Eric Wortham. Her Jazz set featured mostly original music of Talese’s both old and new. And Talese shocked the crowd when she invited special guest Vivian Green up to do a cover of ”Kissing a Fool” originally written and performed by George Michael. Green was very well received by the crowd and the chemistry of their two voices was enough to make you melt. The band backing Talese was nothing short of all-star with Eric Wortham on piano, Anwar Marshall on drums, Wayne Moore on bass, Stephen Tirpak on trombone, Josh Lawrence on trumpet, and Ben O’ Neill as well as Anthony DeCarlo on guitar. Following a standing ovation by the crowd, Tidd invited all the attendees to stay for the remainder of the evening where musicians would actually sit in and jam the night away. You can take a listen to “Winter” below.
Earlier this year, Intel IT started conducting a series of Cloud Aware “Code-a-Thon’s”. These were created in response to a skills gap around applications that were being written in a traditional way and ones that needed to be developed to take advantage of the cloud. This event is an inventive way to bring application developers together, introduce them to concepts of programming applications for the cloud and think in new ways. The intent is to have developers experiment with the cloud and be immersed for an entire day. In this podcast we talk to Cathy Spence, an Enterprise Architect in Intel IT. Spence tells us how the Code-a-Thon came about and what it takes to create an app for cloud. We’ll also hear from participants in a recently held Code-a-Thon at Intel’s Santa Clara headquarters.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State was missing some sideline flair on Saturday against the Horns. And no, Mike Gundy didn’t cut his mullet. The always animated Glenn Spencer, who coordinates Oklahoma State’s defense, moved from the sideline to the booth for the Longhorns for the first time this season. A move that was made by Mike Gundy after the Cowboy defense was gashed a week ago in Waco to the tune of 387 yards through the air and nine plays of more than 30 yards.“With the style of play that we see in this league,it’s much easier to get a feel for what the offense is doing if you look down and see it,” Gundy said after the Cowboys win on Saturday.Through the first half on Saturday, though, it was Spencer with an aerial view of his defense giving up a number of big plays that gave up 25 points at the half.Perhaps the biggest benefit from his birds eye view was his ability to see things unfold from a high-level perspective. If so, it certainly worked. Oklahoma State’s defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just 6 second half points.“It’s a lot more calm,” Spencer said of his new view in the box. “There are advantages and disadvantages to both and an argument for either. Last week (at Baylor) with so much going with personnel, Coach (Gundy) said let’s get you up there and see if you can see better and you can. You can see things better. I have to have confidence in my guys on the sideline thought, for the emotional part. They have to keep the juice up.”Although Spencer’s exuberant personality will surely be missed, the move to the box could be a permanent one if the results continue.On if the move was permanent for him, Spencer thinks it likely will be. “If I had to guess, we’re 1-0 right now so yes. Coach (Gundy) is right, it was his idea because a couple times last week I was bumping into people and it was chaotic. But, you give up something for more advantages.”
Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Who has been the most surprisingly good player for OSU this season?Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Cole Walterscheid and Devante Averette. No one knew who Walterscheid was before this season and he has exploded onto the scene. And Averette was primarily a special teams guy but has really played well at LB.Carson Cunningham (Podcasting): Chris Lacy. He’s really making up for the loss of Ateman. Never heard him talk.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): I think it has to be Justice Hill. Our running game has improved from last year. We can chalk that up to a freshman running back. We expected the RBs to be better this year, but I wouldn’t have thought it was because of Hill. It’s surprising but even more exciting.Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): A second for Justice Hill. I can’t believe a true freshman 3-star has completely changed the running game. Where would our offense be without him?Porter: I’m going Matt Ammendola. OSU’s touchback percentage has risen from 23 percent to 30 percent and OSU already has more than half as many touchbacks this season as last. He’s three yards better than Benny G. on kickoffs this year which you know Gundy loves.Caleb Deck (Intern): I agree with Lacy, also Jhajuan Seales has surprised me. I mean, we’ve had high hopes for Seales in the past, but he has struggled to live up to it. He was a 2-star coming out of high school I believe and he showed flashes his freshman year but his off-field issues have hampered him and I have been down on his potential. He already has as many catches and TDs as his entire season last year and only 40 less yards, which he will probably surpass by halftime next game.Kyle Boone (Head of Recruiting): I like Justice Hill. I was riding the train 11 months ago. I had a feeling he was going to be a good player, but I really didn’t expect him to take over the No. 1 spot like he has. He’s by far OSU’s best option at tailback, and like Carson mentioned, he’s the elixir of the running game. It’s pretty amazing.Carson: Why did Gundy hold kick-off tryouts with Ammendola standing on the sideline? He’s been impressive. He must’ve heard him talk.Aldrich: He must have overslept his 8:30 org. chemistry class and word got around.Porter: Been there! We won’t do specific players for this next question, but what position has been surprisingly bad?Aldrich: Cornerbacks, no hesitation. Just abysmal.Fleming: Secondary. By far the worst in my opinion.Caleb: Definitely corners. Big plays have been killer and I don’t think that reflects on the safeties as heavily as it does on cornerbacks.Fleming: Safeties have been pretty good, but yeah corners are not very good. And they play off almost too often. Frequently Gave UT easy yards on curl attachments.Boone: The cornerbacks specifically. They’ve been undisciplined but also has a lot to do with the coverages they’ve been assigned. OSU provided more safety help last game which limited the big plays, somewhat. Still, the cornerbacks have been a little less productive than what we’ve come to expect.Porter: I have been mildly frustrated with the linebackers at times because it often feels like the middle of the field is wide open. However, that might be a scheme issue. It’s corners for me as well. OSU is No. 123 in the nation in long pass plays (30+ yards) given up. Only Florida State (!!!!!!) and Rice are worse.Boone: Caleb: Yeah, linebackers have confused me this year. It has seemed a bit porous at times but I think it’s scheme as opposed to talent. Each guy has been productive and impressive individually, just seems to be off as a whole .Southwell: I understand that the Big 12 is going to have good quarterbacks, and they’re going to score a lot of points. But I’d love to see the DBs challenge that more than what we’ve seen. It can be done.Porter: Lastly, who ends up with a better overall career between Joe Randle and Justice Hill?Boone: Porter: ?Southwell: Justice Hill is off to a great start. If he stays all four years, then it’s game over.Aldrich: 40 TDs for Randle his Soph/Junior years is pretty tough to beat. But if he stays all four years.. #JusticeForAllFleming: Yeah if he is a four-year guy he’ll leave as one of the best in recent memory. Plus with the backs they’re getting next year they’ll have one of the best RB position groups in the conference.Carson: *searches for gavel emoji* Randle only played three years but was incredibly productive. Long ways to go but Hill’s off to a fantastic start.Caleb: I love Hill but I think the amazing incoming talent could become an issue for his stat line. He may end up splitting time with Brown, Hubbard, King and who knows who else could be coming in that time (Kyle B. probably knows….). I definitely think he has the talent to do it, but he could end up sharing more than Randle had to.Carson: Randle was a really good receiver, too. Gundy said he had the best hands on the team as a freshman. Nearly 1,000 career receiving yards. Motion to call Justice “The Gavel.”Boone: Second. ✌️Porter: That’s pretty strong.Southwell: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It’s never too early to take a peak at what the scouts and pundits have to say about NFL prospects. Even if it isn’t until April, lists are already being made about where prospects may be slotted in the 2017 NFL draft. And as it stands now, CBS Sports thinks highly of Oklahoma State’s signal caller Mason Rudolph.CBS Sports has him as the No. 5 QB to be taken off the board in next year’s draft, behind Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Brad Kaaya, and Chad Kelly.One issue, however, is the place he is slotted. Although he is the No. 5 quarterback on the draft board for CBS, he is the No. 71 overall prospect, which would make him a mid-third round pick.The other quarterbacks are considerably higher on the board and are all projected first rounders. Watson (No. 1), Kizer (No. 4), Kaaya (No. 16), and Kelly (No. 32), are all very good prospects considered by many to be the upper echelon.Here’s what CBS Sports said about his strengths and weaknesses as a prospect:A durable, well-built prospect, Rudolph fits the mold of a prototypical NFL pocket passer with his size and arm strength. He generates easy velocity with a simple stroke and understands trajectory and touch, delivering a very catchable ball for his receivers. Rudolph tosses an accurate deep ball, whether he is dropping the ball in the bucket or firing a strike on a downfield post. His production is inflated due to the Oklahoma State offense, but it also showcases his confidence to test deep routes and distribute the ball all over the field.While his arm strength is above average, Rudolph needs to show better follow-through on his delivery and finish with his hips. In the Cowboys’ offense, he isn’t consistently asked to move from 1-to-2-to-3 in his progressions, often locking onto his initial target and staring through him with laser focus. Rudolph also needs to improve his anticipation to throw receivers open instead of waiting for them to come open before delivering the ball. He isn’t a poor athlete, but struggles to feel the pressure, shuffle his feet and reset as his tape doesn’t show many second–chance throws.Even with Rudolph a third round pick, he appears to be in a second tier of quarterbacks if he were to put his name in the draft for next year. Not surprisingly, there’s a pretty big paycheck discrepancy between first and third round draft picks. It’s still very early to really speculate, but Rudolph, at least at this point in time, could make himself a lot of money if he were to return for a senior year to improve his draft stock. But that’s a decision he’ll likely make after the season, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him strapping up the orange and black for one more year if his stock doesn’t improve considerably throughout this season.H/T @TravisB06052015/twitter
201333181.15T410-3 We can see a direct correlation between turnover margin and wins and losses. In fact, during Spencer’s time in office, OSU is 24-3 (!) in games in which they won the turnover battle.So what about that 2014 season? Did the Cowboys’ worst year in seven fall squarely on Spencer’s shoulders? Not exactly. The Cowboys graduated 17 defenders the season before, including Justin Gilbert, Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis. Those three accounted for 14 of OSU’s 21 interceptions in 2013.More importantly, OSU lost its starting quarterback in the second game of the season and was starting from scratch in terms of offensive line depth. If your offense can’t exceed three consecutive snaps before trotting back to the sideline, your defense is going to get stretched thin and become ineffective — especially when you’re they’re trying to slow down the Bryce Pettys and Trevone Bokins of the world.One thing this 2017 defense has in common with 2013 — the team it should hope to emulate — is that they’ve got the most seniors on defense since Spencer took over. His opportunistic 2013 squad had 13. He had eight in 2014. Followed by nine and eight in 2015 and 2016. But Spencer will embrace 14 of his guys on senior night 2017.Mike Gundy has built this program into a perennial Big 12 contender and they’re stacked at several positions moving forward. But record-setting quarterback-wide receiver duos don’t come along every year. And let’s not ignore the coaching change due south on I-35. One of these years, Texas might prove their preseason hype-mongers right? Tom Herman will have something to say about that now that he’s taken over.The Cowboys enter this fall with a fully installed second defensive scheme, as well. They’ve had all offseason to learn the three-man front they found some success with down the stretch in 2016. They’ve also made some position changes that may help, as well.Let’s hope Spencer’s 2017 defense can “take it back” like his 2013 group did. The Cowboys will need it they want to live up to some gaudy expectations. YearTOs GainedTOs LostMarginNational RankRecord 201528151.00T410-3 The headline probably won’t shock many of you. Oklahoma State’s defenders have been touting their “We’re Takin’ It Back” mantra for years. And it’s been a huge part of their defensive identity.So when CoachingSearch.com complied a list of college football’s top-20 defensive playcallers at forcing turnovers, Spencer was predictably included. The list ranks the best among FBS teams by average takeaways from 2013 to now.Coincidentally, that time frame corresponds with Spencer’s tenure as lead man on defense. He lands at No. 7 on the list with his teams averaging 1.92 takeaways per game. The Cowboys hold a record of 37-15 during that time. That’s just behind the likes of Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett and ahead of defensive coordinators like Brent Venables and Manny Diaz.AdChoices广告Winning the turnover battle goes a long way towards winning a game, no matter who you are. But when you field some of the explosive offenses Spencer’s crew has faced on the practice field, you want to get them as many extra possessions as possible.This defense is going to pitch very few shutouts. We know that. They’re going to give up some yards and some points. But when they dispossess other teams and defend the red zone well, this style of defense can be very effective.Here’s a breakdown of Spencer’s defenses when it comes to turnover margin. 20141422-0.621117-6 201625140.85T1010-3 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Most of the attention surrounding Oklahoma State’s defense has been pointed at its inexperience at cornerback and the move of Ramon Richards from corner to safety — and how that somehow won’t exacerbate the situation.There’s one position on defense that isn’t getting much press but it might be one of the best Oklahoma State has on that side of the ball. We’re talking about Star linebacker.Mason Rudolph talked about two of its headliners after practice on Wednesday.“Kenneth [Edison-McGruder] has added some weight and he’s a very physical guy. Both him and Calvin [Bundage] love contact,” Rudolph said.AdChoices广告The duo make up 1A and 1B on Glenn Spencer’s depth chart for the Star LB — a hybrid linebacker/defensive back who supports the run, can cover a slot receiver/tight end and can blitz when the situation calls for it. It’s something of a tweener position but offers crucial versatility to a defense that plans to run both three-down and four-down schemes.OSU has used the position for years with guys like Josh Furman and Jordan Burton being impact players for the Cowboys from the Star role.A position changeWhen Mike Gundy made headlines before spring camp announcing that Ramon Richards was moved to safety full-time, the move of Edison-McGruder from safety to linebacker fell between the cracks for most.“We used Kenneth Edison-McGruder at linebacker during the bowl game,” said Gundy. “He’s developed a little bit and gotten a little bit thicker. He’s at a position where he can cover the No. 2 receiver and support the run some. If we can develop him in that position, it should help our defense.”Kenneth Edison-McGruder getting his Jordan Sterns on early. pic.twitter.com/7sLrUGsAS9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016 Tempered EnthusiasmKyle Porter and Kyle Boone caught up with Glenn Spencer during OSU’s golf media day and asked him about Bundage, his highly-recruited rookie who came into 2016 with a bang. Spencer made sure to temper any excitement citing some inconsistencies inherent to a true freshman season. But he eventually conceded. “But he [Bundage] hasn’t gotten close to the type [of player] he can be, which is encouraging,” Spencer said.He also made sure to mention McGruder, the projected starter at Star linebacker this fall.“You can’t talk about Calvin [Bundage] without talking about [Kenneth Edison-] McGruder,” said Spencer, ” because McGruder moving from the safety to that position, that has made that position probably one of the best on the team because I’ve got 1A and 1B there.“Both of those guys are going to play a lot and if I’m smart I’ll probably have a package where I get them both on the field at the same time.”Spencer, never the one to over-inflate a player’s ego, still couldn’t help but continue. “You see it. Collision speed. Contact speed.”“They’re always around the ball and they kind of bring that defensive chip and swag that we have and we bring to the table,” said Rudolph. “They do a great job and they are always keeping the offense on its heels.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
World Cup Neymar returns to Brazil training ahead of World Cup clash with Costa Rica Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:15 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buda Mendes World Cup Brazil Neymar With Friday’s meeting against Costa Rica approaching, the Selecao star man was back in training on Wednesday Neymar has returned to training with Brazil after limping out of Tuesday’s session with an ankle injury.The Brazil star missed Monday’s training, the day after he was fouled 10 times during a 1-1 Group E draw with Switzerland.Although the Paris Saint-Germain forward emerged for Tuesday’s workout, he only lasted a few minutes before limping off the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Team-mate Philippe Coutinho, who scored Brazil’s stunning goal against Switzerland, confirmed Neymar felt pain in his ankle but played down the injury.And Neymar was fit enough to take part in Wednesday’s session, with Brazil preparing for their next World Cup clash against Costa Rica on Friday.Se liga no @neymarjr treinando nesta quarta-feira, em Sochi! Preparação continua para a segunda rodada da Copa do Mundo. #GigantesPorNatureza #Copa2018 pic.twitter.com/Of8qJrnf5C— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) 20 June 2018″He’s working on his training this Wednesday in Sochi!” the Brazilian Football Confederation posted on Twitter, with a video of Neymar in action.”Preparation continues for the second game of the World Cup.”After taking on Costa Rica, Brazil will complete Group E by facing Serbia in Moscow.