Going back to Cali…for the weekend

In case you were wondering…I’ll be in Los Angeles this weekend to assist my buddy Matt celebrate his birthday. We are having a house party. Email me if you want to stop by.

One thing about moving your life away from your ‘home’ is making new friends. I have always been a social person. If I meet you for the first time, I’m kinda shy and reserved, but if I am with my buddies and friends, I’m completely different. Being in Portland, I have only one close friend, my girlfriend Alison. Nothing wrong with that, she’s the reason I moved here. But being the social butterfly, I have found it difficult to make new, close friends. If you have any ideas about making friends in a new city, please let me know.

KCRW Music Mine app – passionate people sharing music

As a Los Angeles transplant, I miss KCRW programming. Listening online is good, but the new KCRW Music Mine app is so much better than live. Not only can you listen to a well curated list of music, you can listen to the various DJ’s most recent show. Unlike Pandora or Spotify, the ‘discovery’ is taken care of for you.

Back in the day, radio station people were interested in finding and sharing new music, sound, voice, and noise and using the radio waves to disseminate it. Slowly, it became less about discovery and more about profit (so is the cycle of business). Fast-forward to 2011. Most major cities have limited music variety on the radio. A rock station, hi-hop station, and pop station (sometimes all three in one). This mono-culture does very little for the small-brand, up-and-coming band/artist.

The power of KCRW and the KCRW Music Mine app is that it returns to the days of passionate people sharing music and noise. This is not a pop-star app, and it is not hipster, WTF was that noise maker app. It’s a perfect blend of both with a fantastic touch interface. Give Music Mine a spin (it’s free – duh).

And don’t forget to support KCRW and your local Public Radio Station.

Inside Google — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social | Epicenter | Wired.com

I am enjoying Google+ (plus) and I did not know about this SPARKS feature:

The second is called Sparks. In this feature, users type in subjects of personal interest — “sparks.” Then Google streams items about that subject. The content that Google pulls into your Sparks stream is different from the results you’d get if you put the same term into the search engine.

The entire article is nice and explains what Google is shooting for and how you can enjoy and utilize the elements within Google+.


Source: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/inside-google-plus-social/all/1

N.Y. town clerk resigns before same-sex marriage law goes into effect – CNN.com

SEE-YA! I think Gov. Cuomo is dead on, “When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws.”

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/13/new.york.same.sex.resignation/

Internet Security and your Password(s)

You know the Internet is a scary page (not really). There are always a lot of people ‘hacking’ at servers and sites on the Internet. Even more scary, the people/companies who are storing your personal information (Sony, WordPress, Citi, others) are saving information in insecure formats.

To say the least, this is annoying. So how can you protect yourself? First thing you should do is check if your email address has been or is being distributed via these hacked databases. The best place to check this is ‘Should I Change my Password?‘ If your address has been compromised, this site will tell you.

You should also update your password regardless. One of the best ways to create a password that is long and “random” is to use a Password Haystack. Using a haystack allows you create a long, easy to remember, and secure password.