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Andrew Anker
Half Moon Bay, California
Interests: hiking, blogging, bowling, baseball, drinking
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Today, we are thrilled to be a small part of the announcement along with our good friends at 29th Street Publishing. We’ll let their words speak for themselves — this is a great next step for internet media publishing and a nice move for Maura. We were very excited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Notes from the Engine Room
In June of 2012, Brad Whitaker and I started discussing the ideas that turned into Tugboat Yards’ business plan. Collectively he and I have spent many years building publishing systems in the media, blogging and social worlds and both of us understood that what used to be difficult — publishing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Notes from the Engine Room
In 2007, I wrote a short piece for Wired’s GeekDad blog. I had mentioned my use of Apache as a teaching tool to one of the editors and he thought it worthy of a piece for the then nascent site. It was fun and I got some good feedback at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Notes from the Engine Room
This camera gets a lot of lion traffic but this is the first time we’ve seen a side view — usually the cats are walking directly towards the camera. Our guess is this one is about six feet long and probably a male. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at
We moved the camera that took these shots about 50 feet west to get a better view of the clearing where we’ve seen a lot of deer and more than a few mountain lions. Today, we collected a series of shots from around 7pm last week that I was able to turn into a video of sorts. The mountain lion walks in, plops down, gets up, lies down again and then walks away. Our guess is that it’s a male about 30 inches tall or so (based on size comparisons to people in the same place) but we really have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at
Does the category include a follow up post with the answer or do I need to hunt this one down?
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I set up more cameras on our property in the woods a few months ago and over Christmas weekend caught more shots of our local mountain lions. Unfortunately they walked a bit too close to the camera so I didn’t get the best shots (I’ve since moved this particular camera to a better vantage point) but still these are by far the best mountain lion shots we’ve gotten yet. Best we can tell, this is a mother with two one-year or so old cubs. I’ve included a few shots from the series. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at
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Dec 2, 2011
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Aug 8, 2011
Sorry things have been a bit quiet here but I’ve been blogging a bit more over on American McCarver of late and a lot of the quick sports hit stuff that might have showed up here is over there. It’s a great blog, you should read it if you enjoy people funnier, smarter and more blog savvy than me. You can recognize their posts because they usually have about 10x more comments (or whatever Tumblr calls them) than mine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at
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Jun 30, 2011
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May 20, 2011
Marco Arment has a great piece about the whole Twitter xAuth/OAuth thing. This blog is hardly the place to describe the technical issues, but at a high level Twitter is making a change that is going to require a bunch of app developers to jump through hoops in a very short time frame. The app developers are pissed. But Marco (developer of Instapaper and Tumblr) plays the devil’s advocate: Twitter can do whatever they want. It’s the simple, brutal truth. Twitter must do what’s best for Twitter. They owe us nothing. It’s not a public good. It’s not a right.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2011 at
The last 10 years has seen the complete disassembly of all we know in media. Google — that great indexer in the cloud — turned integrated media sites into a collection of entries in its large content database. Remember the battles of yesterday to protect the home page? Companies actually tried to prevent a deep link to a single page inside a website, bypassing the almighty front page. Now rather than fighting it, media companies hire SEO experts to help grow their traffic and do everything they can to optimize around Google’s crawler. The social web has only exacerbated this... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at
Completely agree... I think the aggregator function is critically important, don't get me wrong. It's just the wrong metaphor to try to transition the magazine or newspaper model to an app model. I didn't mean to suggest that aggregation is dead, just transforming.
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I still don’t get content apps but I think I finally understand why. I was reminded recently of the early days of the internet when a number of companies were created to build online shopping malls. It was a classic situation of bringing the wrong metaphor online. In the physical world, a real estate company builds a big building, gets a lot of retailers to take space in that building and then people come in droves. But in the online world, aggregating the merchants didn’t add any value — the hard part was aggregating the consumers. These internet malls died... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at
As is no secret to people who know me or read this site (although I’m pretty sure those two cohorts overlap completely), I’m a huge fan of all forms of journalism. It pains me that the web is still trying to figure out how to be a good medium for much of the trade — we’ve spent so much time optimizing for Google that long-form writing (over 10,000 words) just hasn’t found a place. What works great in a magazine (this piece by Neal Stephenson from December 1996 is still my favorite Wired article ever) hasn’t really worked on the... Continue reading
Reblogged May 3, 2011 at
In start-ups as in life, expectations setting is the name of the game. Under promise, over deliver. I’ve said it before, one of the biggest advantages a start-up has is that no one expects anything from it, giving the team ample time to tweak until the product is right. It’s easier for a big company to overpay to buy something else that’s already working because it will never get the chance to iterate on its own out of the spotlight. I think this is the primary reason M&A has become R&D for Silicon Valley. And the worst thing a start-up... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at
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Apr 27, 2011
Friend of the show Narendra Rocherolle did a great interview with Jeff Probst published on TechCrunch yesterday, I highly recommend reading it. I’ve written a lot about my love of reality TV lately and Survivor is in many ways the grand daddy of the genre. Yes, there were other reality-based shows before but Survivor broke the genre wide open on major network television. It’s still a must watch show in our household and Jeff Probst has over the years become the main reason to watch. His development from moderator to provocateur has been a large part of the show’s on-going... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 25, 2011 at
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Apr 22, 2011
Two quick stories that nicely summarize how easy it is to understand what revenue models are going to work on the internet for media sites. First, the New York Post discusses how Condé Nast is increasingly making their iPad apps freer: “...the app traffic fell off dramatically with the second issue, even though Condé shaved $1 off the price for subsequent downloads. Wired reported tablet downloads averaged 27,369 for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2010, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. That translates into a little over a $100,000 per month. Clearly better to have it than not,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at
Very interesting article in the New York Times blogs section today (via Hacker News) about teaching math by breaking it down into smaller and smaller pieces. As most who know me are aware, we home schooled our children and I generally was the math teacher. Quite frankly, I was usually pretty bad at it and wish I had known about a lot of these techniques 15 years ago. However, if there’s one thing we did figure out early, it was that our children needed to attack everything with a sense of confidence. Once they had that, the learning part was... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 19, 2011 at