Monday, May 16, 2005

Wired: "Inventive web developers are taking Google's online map service to a new level, layering in house sales and apartment rentals, real-time traffic stats and Flickr photo tags." [Scripting News]
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IT Conversations is a set of interviews and recordings featuring well-known technologists on today's hot topics. The shows are often hosted by Doug Kaye from RDS Strategies. It's good stuff. Here are just a few of the featured personalities:

  • Steve McConnell
  • Jon Udell
  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Rasmus Lerdorf

I also enjoy .NET Rocks, which is syndicated (but not officially endorsed) by Microsoft Corporation.

My one complaint is that the interviews are not edited for language. I would certainly appreciate the occasional <bleep> over the F-word (with Adam Curry for example on IT Conversations) and the S-word.

I'm all for free speech. And I can understand the want to reproduce content in its truest, rawest form. But still, if you want to pretend that you're on par with real broadcast journalism, a little more professionalism is warranted.

Sure, the Internet allows more freedom of expression than other media. That is to be appreciated in some ways, but in other ways it can be detrimental.

Here's my F-list (those who have used the F-word or some other vulgarity in print or in podcast):

  • Dave Winer
  • Adam Curry
  • Stephen Dulaney (I didn't hear him say it, but he syndicated audio content with it in his "Daily Audio Browse")
    I did, however, enjoy his podcast about SXSW with the bluegrass music samples.
    Update: Stephen picked up on my rant, and, to my surprise, he mentioned it on his podcast. It's always scary when someone picks up on your criticism. But then, that's another reason why this medium is so great.
  • Mark Miller via .NET Rocks
  • Rory Blythe via .NET Rocks (not the F-word, but he did call Mark Miller a d***-less ignoramous)
  • and, surprisingly? (or not), Dick Cheney, here and here.

    Dave Winer complained about people questioning his professionalism and responded with this graphic from Mike Donnelan "demonstrating it."

    I won't pretend that I have never used those words. I have. But I make a point of keeping them to myself, rather than, as some Christians are accused of, "forcing my views [or language] upon someone else."

    I have a hard time enjoying content from the above list because of the reason I mentioned. Yes, I know--if I don't like it, I can always go away. I will keep that option open.

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