March 2006

Theme Music for "FOX News Alert"

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2006


A recent screen capture from FOX News. Moussaoui looks like he’s enjoying his latte.

FOX News alerts are missing only a couple of things, otherwise they’d be perfect:

  • The words START FREAKING OUT NOW in bold red letters, flashed at the appropriate time
  • A decent theme song

Luckily for us, we now have the theme song: FOX News Alert, performed by artists unknown [3.0MB MP3]. Enjoy!

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A Scene from MTV Canada’s Green Room

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2006

This weekend, I’ll post more about my appearance on MTV Live last night, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of me enjoying the free rock star snacks in the MTV green room

Joey with snacks in a comfy chair in MTV Canada's green room.

“Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta,” as the song goes, so I’ll celebrate by sharing the song: here’s the Geto Boys’ Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta [7.1 MB MP3], which you may recognize from the Office Space soundtrack. Enjoy!.

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Daylight Saving Time Starts This Sunday…

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2006

…which means that the waking-up experience on Monday morning’s gonna feel like this:

Penguin with cymbals sneaking up on a sleeping polar bear.

Bonus reading: Infoplease’s page on Daylight Saving Time.

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GTABloggers Gathering Tonight at Pauper’s Pub!

by Joey deVilla on March 30, 2006

GTABloggers logoImmediately after my appearance on MTV Live, I’m going to go to the Greater Toronto Area Bloggers’ Get-Together, which starts tonight at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Paupers Pub (539 Bloor Street West, about a block east of Bathurst).

There’ll be a special guest tonight: Matt “Photomatt” Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, who’s here in Accordion City for the iSummit 2006 conference.

This’ll be the first official GTABloggers gathering in a while, and I’m looking forward to having some drinks and convo with my fellow local bloggers. If you can make it, c’mon down! We’ll be the table with the accordion.

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As Seen on MTV Canada

by Joey deVilla on March 30, 2006

Red accordion and MTV logo.Yesterday, I got a phone call from Toni Thomas, Talent Coordinator for MTV Live, the flagship talk show for the newly-launched MTV Canada. She told me that she’d been referred to me by Shelley “Burningbird” Powers and asked if I would like to appear on the show and talk about blogs. Seeing as Tucows pays me to talk about tech and that I rather enjoy the whole appearing-on-TV thing, I said that I’d love to show up at their studios — the old Masonic Temple, a.k.a. “The Concert Hall” for those of you of a certain age like me — and talk about the strange hobby in which I’ve been partaking for the past four and a half years.

This morning, I got email from Toni asking me if I could bring the accordion and what songs I could play so that they could get about the business of clearing the rights. I emailed her back a list of the songs which I can play even when three sheets to the wind. Those of you who know me well have probably already guessed the songs on the list. I wonder which one they’ll pick.

A little talking about blogs, a little playing the ol’ squeezebox, all on a new TV channel that’s getting a fair bit of fanfare. Business, pleasure and shameless self-promotion. What could be better?

My thanks to Shelley Powers for the referral!

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Parking Here? Fuggedaboutit!

by Joey deVilla on March 29, 2006

The “No Parking” signs in New York City are pretty cool — they certainly convey the attitude for which the city is famous:

Assortment of NYC parking signs.

Of course, what would be much cooler would be if they had these signs…

Remixed NYC parking sign that reads: 'Hey MOOK -- go back to JERSEY.'

As a special bonus, here’s a musical biscuit for you: Nina Hagen’s New York, New York [4.8MB MP3]. This was on fairly heavy rotation on my walkman back in high school.

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Manager 2.0 (or: Why I Love My Job)

by Joey deVilla on March 28, 2006

If you don’t work in the internet industry, you might be wondering what I’m talking about when I refer to “Web 2.0″. It’s a bit of a problematic term, as its definition is rather amorphous: ask a dozen different people in my industry what it means and you’ll likely get a dozen different answers. That being said, in those dozen answers, I’d be willing to bet that there would be one underlying commonality: that it’s more people-centric.

(For some good layperson-friendly articles about “Web 2.0″, I suggest checking out the cover story of this week’s Newsweek, Publish’s article on Web 2.0 and computer book uber-publisher Tim O’Reilly’s piece, What is Web 2.0?)

One of the side effects of Web 2.0 is the joke of adding “2.0″ to all sorts of things. I myself have referred to married life as “Life 2.0″ and at geek gatherings I’ve excused myself to use the bathroom, claiming “I have to go do number 2.0″. What can I say, sometimes I’m easily amused.

Over at Kathy Sierra’s blog, Creating Passionate Users, there’s an entry that talks about Manager 2.0, which talks about two different types of management — the “1.0″ version and the “2.0″ version. If it seems familiar to you, it should — as Kathy herself points out, Tom Peters has been talking about this for years, and I can direct you to something of the same vintage: Theory X and Theory Y.

My line of work — I’ve been doing the “developer relations” thing since 2000 — is one of those jobs that didn’t even exist in a formal sense when I was in high school (when $3000 got you a 64K Apple ][ system with 143K disk drives). It is often changing to meet the demands of an industry that was in its infancy ten years ago, in a larger field whose basic definitions — computable, computer — aren’t even 100 years old (they were defined formally in the 1930s). It requires a “flatter”, more participatory office structure than most of our parents were used to, and perhaps even our generation, depending on where one works. I tend to thrive in systems where I’m given the authority and autonomy to shine, which is why I’m rather fond of the company for whom I work — Tucows, the position I hold: Technical Community Development Coordinator and the “Manager 2.0″ treatment I’m given.

What is “Manager 2.0″? Here’s a chart:

'Creating Passionate Users' chart comparing 'Manager 1.0' versus 'Manager 2.0'.

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