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Birdhouse — A notepad for Twitter

Birdhouse, co-created by Adam Lisagor of You Look Nice Today, is a great example of an application made for a niche audience, with the application’s authors being a part of that niche.

Birdhouse is for twitter writing what MarsEdit is to blog writing.

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Hacker-Troll “Weev” Taking Credit For the #amazonfail Controversy

I don’t know if I buy it, but it makes about as much sense as Amazon being suddenly homophobic.

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The LA Times on Amazon’s “De-Ranking” of Books Deemed Too Adult

This is quickly turning into a PR coup for Amazon. The gist of this is that most of the books labeled as “adult” and made hard to find on Amazon’s site are lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual-themed, or even just LGBT-friendly. This is extremely bad form on the part of Amazon, as not showing up on best-seller lists or search pages can cripple the sales of a book. One of the books affected is “Unfriendly Fire” by Nathaniel Frank, which now doesn’t show up on bestseller lists on Amazon.com despite it’s selling of more copies than the entire Twilight series.

The #amazonfail tag on Twitter is spreading very quickly in response to this, and I encourage the use of it.

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The Old Rickrolling

Apparently, the co-writer of “Never Gonna Give You Up” has made a total of about 16 dollars from YouTube views of the song’s video. The article doesn’t say how much he’s made from other revenue streams. I find it impossible to believe that the Rickroll meme didn’t make him plenty of money from things like increased radio play, sales on iTunes, and so forth.

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Good HTTP citizenship for DiggBar protesters

Aristotle Pagaltzis suggests some changes to John (and my) implementation of the DiggBar block.

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Introducing Diggbarred, a WordPress Plugin for Blocking the DiggBar

As a big fan of telling people when they’re Doing It Wrong, I’m happy to announce Diggbarred. Diggbarred is a new plugin from myself and Shawn Medero, using John Gruber’s original blocking code in an easy-to-activate form. You can fork, modify, or otherwise mutilate the code on Github.

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How to Block the DiggBar

John Gruber has a decent solution for blocking the DiggBar on his site, Daring Fireball, if you’d like to completely block all Digg traffic.

I’m going to whip up a WordPress Plugin for this today.

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The Associated Press Follies Continue With YouTube

The AP threatens an AP affiliate for embedding videos from the AP’s own YouTube account. It’s like watching a drunk vomit on himself.

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Popular URL Shortener tr.im Is Down

Thousand of Twitter links are now broken, and nobody knows for how long. This is exactly the kind of thing I talked about earlier this week, and I hope it will spur adoption of short_url auto-discovery, even though I’m not crazy about the name.

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Fair Use for Fair People

Anil Dash on the AllThingsD kerfuffle:

The Associated Press announcement addresses pricing, licensing, and legal threats. There is no statement made about the credibility of the information being published through these online channels, nor whether the act of aggregating and disseminating news this way has an impact on its accuracy or accountability.

I agree, entirely. What is at issue here is the attitude. My favorite writers right now (such as John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Andy Baio) are my favorites precisely because they care about one thing: creditability. They want their opinions and ideas to be credible not due to their stature as people, but due to the strength of their ideas and words themselves. This matters.

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Did The Cubs Win Today?

My single-serving site, didthecubswintoday.com, is covering the Chicago Cubs 2009 season with all-new guts. Game results are not easily tweetable, and navigation has been much improved.

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Teaser Trailer for Mike Judge’s New Film: “Extract”

General release on September 4th. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. Let’s hope it doesn’t get stuck in Movie Hell like Idiocracy.

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Roger Ebert on Bill O’Reilly and Squeaky the Chicago Mouse

“Raise the bridge! I have an erection!”

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Doc Hammer fills in for Dana Snyder On Snyde-Cast

Ken Plume and Doc Hammer bullshitting for 80 minutes is far more entertaining than you might think.

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Amazon.com Now Selling Xbox Live Arcade Games

This is a pretty big deal. Amazon selling download codes for XBLA games is a good step for retailers getting in on the downloadable action, which will get more exposure to download-only games, which will get everybody paid more. I hope.

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I Just Saw You, What Are You Talking About?

One of my favorite clips from Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

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“As long as there are people at this company who want to make SCUMM games, we’ll make them.”

Tim Schafer’s advice regarding wether you should care about game sales figures: If you don’t have money on the line, don’t sweat it.

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Blockbuster Is Circling The Drain

In a letter to the SEC, Blockbuster expressed “substantial doubt” about its “ability to continue.”

Meanwhile, Netflix’s stock has doubled in the last 6 months.

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Atheism Bus Ad Meets Cthulhu

I see your science and raise you existential terror.