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Four Things
Just a thought from 25 January 2006 about .

I blame Storey.

Four jobs I've had

  1. Collator. I assembled books made from Xeroxed copies by walking around a table picking up pages one by one, and then passing the stacks on to the binder. I always wanted to be the binder.
  2. Tape duplicator. Put the master tape in one spot. Put a dozen blanks in the other spots. Hit go. Flip them all over 10 minutes later. Repeat.
  3. Pizza cook. Remind me to tell you the story about going horse riding wearing the same sneakers I wore at work. Horses love red sauce.
  4. Driver. When my best friend's dad became so incapacitated with MS he couldn't drive anymore, I drove him around in his van listening to his stories. I learned more from this job than just about any other.

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Bring on the Ego Charting!
Just a thought from 17 January 2006 about , , , .

We released some cool new stuff over at Technorati last night. We now have interactive charty goodness for any keyword search, and we're handing out the code to blog the graphs. For example, here's the last three months of the word, oh, I dunno, how about ... "Powazek".

Technorati Chart

And with that, Technorati ushers in the age of the Ego Chart. Give it a try! You know you want to.

"It's So Big!"
Just a thought from 12 January 2006 about , , , , .

I have to say, hearing my wife come into the living room and say, "Oh my God, it's so big," gives me a certain manly geek pride I've never quite felt before.

She also told me it was well hung.

Flickr: Phase One of Home Beautification Project Complete!

10 Notes for the Paris hotel/casino in Las Vegas
Just a thought from 9 January 2006 about , .

  1. We really appreciated the attempted Parisian accent supplied by the counter staff, but for that real Paris feeling you should ask them to speak only French and act as if they're doing the guests a favor by being there at all. We recommend hiring out of Los Angeles.
  2. The copious smoking among the guests of the hotel was a nice match with Paris, but your air purifiers are much too robust. Let the smoke really seep in. You should also consider just pumping it into the rooms.
  3. The guests we observed were wearing the requisite amount of perfume and cologne, but were completely underdressed and overweight. To really get that Parisian feeling, please be more choosy in your clientele.
  4. You should consider posting some backpackers around the edges of the casino, reeking of pot and asking for change. Bonus points for the "smelly backpacker" slot machine, in which, if you match three trash cans, you win a free dinner at another casino.
  5. Teach the fuckers in the restaurants how to make a decent espresso. Seriously.
  6. New riot-themed betting games would lend the casino a contemporary flair. Just a suggestion.
  7. The hotel rooms were much too big. Try cutting each room in half and making both rooms share the one existing bathroom.
  8. We know Vegas is a 24/7 kind of town, but for that real Paris feeling, consider shutting down the stores at odd hours. You wouldn't want the consumers to think the stores were there for them.
  9. Sprinkle dog shit throughout the internal sidewalks. Don't worry, someone else will pick it up.
  10. More escargot!

Vive la Paris!

My Flickr Top 20
Just a thought from 5 January 2006 about , , , , .

I try to be an intellectual. I try to an artist. But it turns out people just come around for the little dog photos.

20 Most Favorited Photos

This is a mosaic of the top 20 photos from my Flickr photostream, as picked by my fellow Flickrinos hitting that "favorite" button. Important stats:

10 little dogs
2 of my beautiful wife
2 zombies
1 famous bicyclist
1 unknown accordionist
1 favorite moment from our wedding (taken by the marvelous Katy Raddatz)
0 big dogs

The audience has spoken. More little dogs in 2006!

JPGs in the Wild
Just a thought from 4 January 2006 about , , .

JPG Magazine Issue 4 has been out for a couple weeks now, and the contributors are just starting to get their copies in the mail. This week, two of them took their copies out into the wild and photographed their subjects again with the magazine. And, honestly, it's shit like this that makes this project so much fun.

thank you, JPG
By Deborah Lattimore

thanks jpg magazine.
By Dockmaster

Wanna play? Submit to Issue 5 now! Also new in JPG, the Year One Box Set is on sale now. Rock!

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page shows thoughts from January 2006, including:

Four Things
25 January 2006

Bring on the Ego Charting!
17 January 2006

"It's So Big!"
12 January 2006

10 Notes for the Paris hotel/casino in Las Vegas
9 January 2006

My Flickr Top 20
5 January 2006

JPGs in the Wild
4 January 2006

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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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Four Things  25 January 2006

Bring on the Ego Charting!  17 January 2006

"It's So Big!"  12 January 2006

10 Notes for the Paris hotel/casino in Las Vegas  9 January 2006

My Flickr Top 20  5 January 2006

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