June 24, 2005

EVDB API launched

Really stoked to announce that EVDB's web services API is now live!

Go play with it at api.evdb.com.

Let us know what stuff you build with it!

Posted by brian at 05:29 PM | Comments (2)

June 21, 2005

Among the Open Mediarati

Got an email just now telling me I'm on some "honorable mention" list, an addendum to the 100 people who made the "AO Technorati Open Media 100" list.

Here's the announcement. Scroll down to see the 50 Honorable Mentions. While I'm not a fan of these types of lists, I'm certainly honored that EVDB's mentioned among the folks in the honorable mention list.

EVDB is all about open media and open event sharing, and it's exciting to see that it's starting to get recognized.

Posted by brian at 04:00 PM | Comments (1)

June 16, 2005

The Enternet - all babble, all the time

I was doing a search at Technorati and came across a link that seemed promising. Clicked on the link, and thought, cool, a paragraph written about what I was looking for. But then I started reading the paragraph and realized I'd been had.

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The word that stood out amidst all this randomness was enternet. So I did a search for "enternet" on Technorati. Hmm. Sure seem to be an awful lot of randomly-generated bot-blogs indexed at Technorati.

How many of the 10 million blogs are bogus, I wonder? 10,400+ postings indexed at Technorati contain "enternet". I suspect 99% are bot-generated random link farms. What other "enternet"-type giveaway words are there out there?

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June 05, 2005

AllMusic to site visitors: go away

I rarely ever go to the allmusic.com site since they ruined it a while back, but I was curious about two bands I've never really listened to and wanted some background information. So I went, I surfed, I read one album review, I read another, and then after clicking through twelve pages over the course of ten minutes, saw a blank page with this stern message:

Through traffic monitoring of our websites we have identified your IP address accessing allmusic.com at a rate and speed inconsistent with the noncommercial and personal use permitted by our site's Terms of Service. As a result, further access to allmusic.com has been denied. Because IP addresses can be shared by numerous users, your access may be being denied based on the aggregate use of your IP address rather than your own individual use. To ensure that this is not the case, simply create your own individual user account by becoming a Registered Member of allmusic. [Click on the “Register” button in the upper right hand corner of the home page.] Once you’ve become a Registered Member and are logged in, you will once again have full access to allmusic, and will continue to have access, as long as your usage remains consistent with our Terms of Service. If you are already a Registered Member of allmusic, simply ensure that you are logged in when you use the site. Thank you.

Just checked my browser history. Twelve pages. Ten minutes. THAT qualifies as "a rate and a speed inconsistent with the noncommercial and personal use permitted by our site's Terms of Service"? I should add that I'm using a static IP address, but one that's going through Time Warner RoadRunner. Did they just ban all RoadRunner users? Looking forward to Wikipedia and MusicBrainz rendering allmusic.com obsolete.

Posted by brian at 09:21 AM | Comments (1)

June 04, 2005

Wipeout

I am pretty sure I saw this car fly by one day on the way home from work a few weeks ago. I was heading into La Jolla when a silver Porsche Carrera GT (amazing how low and wide these cars are) came up from behind on the 52 freeway and weaved through traffic and then flew by at at least 120 miles per hour, over the hill that is La Jolla Parkway and down the hill towards the intersections below. The car was going so fast I wondered how would the driver ever stop if he had to?

I wonder if this was the same car. News circulating that this car crashed doing over 100 mph at a Southern California racetrack -- driver and passenger both dead. Another story here. One of the victims was Internet marketing whiz Corey Rudl. Both lived in La Jolla. Discussion of the incident going on here.

Reminds me of the Enterprise Partners Forward Ventures VC guy who a few years ago wiped out and bought it in a Ferrari (along with his unlucky passenger) going way too fast through the canyons of Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.

I think this latest Porsche is the same $450,000.00 model that Dick Hardt of SXIP has. Be careful out there!

Posted by brian at 04:09 PM | Comments (4)
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