A former ArsDigita colleague writes to tell me of the ia summit 2005 information architecture summit: “It’s relatively low cost, international, and has a good preconference program”.

Hazards of podcast consumption

So I’m sitting on the bus listening to another one of those “name that tune” segments on Daily Source Code. They’re so much fun! On comes a tune that I recognize, and I blurt out “Can’t Explain!”, trying to get it before Adam does. The guy sitting next to me turns his head and looks at me. “Oh, see, uh, I’m listening to this music trivia game.”

Take a little trip down memory lane at Virtual Apple. They have an emulator that lets you play your favorite 80s games, with sound and your very own reboot switch, from the comfort of your browser. I seem to remember logging a great many hours with Castle Wolfenstein and Cannonball Blitz. Gawd I wish I still had a copy of all those BASIC programs I wrote when I was 12. [via]

A really big snow

snow piled up against my patio door from the blizzard of '05
As you may have seen or read, Boston and much of the American Northeast got dumped on yesterday. At 8:45am this morning the snow is still falling, or rather blowing sideways under the force of strong wind gusts. We managed to get all our weekend shopping done yesterday before the storm hit, and are content to hole ourselves in for the day. They’re saying the snow will continue on through the day. I wouldn’t be surprised if much of Boston is be closed tomorrow for cleaning up. Happily, my broadband connection is doing just fine. Here are a couple of pictures from a few minutes ago, showing: snow piled up against my patio door, and the back yard.

This is a public service announcement. My friend and entrepreneur extraordinaire Scott Johnson tells me that the Feedster search engine will be down from 6pm Eastern tonight until 6am tomorrow morning. During that time Scott and I will compete in a wild cross-country race against eccentric entrants that will do anything to win, including low-down, dirty tricks. Just kidding about that second part.