Speaking Jose…

Cool Web Site – Perspctv Charts
August 27, 2008, 2:21 am
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Got a cool website today from Buzz Feed, www.perspctv.com . I would describe it as a political data aggregator site, it does a great job of collecting and displaying both quantitative and qualitative data from across the net. The nice part is how the hard data from CNN, Google and Alexa (among other sources) is presented, mainly in nice graphical pie charts and also in a historical manner (under the timelines tag). Additionally, the site has streams from Twitter, Blogs and News sites that update frequently. Overall it’s a clean efficient design and I would like to see if someone can setup a similar format for other head to head matchups (example: American Idol, the Olympics, sports playoffs). Below is their widget, which shows how well the site shows hard number data in a graphical manner.

[clearspring_widget title=”Perspctv Charts” wid=”4880189694e0a4ff” pid=”48b4ba14f88b39cd” width=”300″ height=”270″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”]


Trying out WordPress iPhone Application
July 22, 2008, 3:54 pm
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Just trying the wordpress iPhone application by writing a post while at the office. If this works well I may use this while on the road this weekend in Philadelphia. The picture is of a coffee mug to see how the picture part of the application works.


Quick Update – FeedBurner
July 3, 2008, 12:37 am
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Just a quick update to let you know I have added a FeedBurner widget on the sidebar to the left. When you click on the link it will help you link up my blog to your favorite new reader, so that you can get an update whenever I update my blog.

Not that Jose Alvarez I – The Bike Wholesaler
July 1, 2008, 9:51 pm
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Jose Alvarez is a common name in Latin and Hispanic cultures, not John Smith common, but the next time you’re in Mexico try counting the number of Jose Alvarez’s in the local phone book.  A couple of months ago I got a call from a friend asking if I was the Jose Alvarez that had filmed some video of a gnome running around (See the story from the UK paper the Sun here). Of course it wasnt me, but I started to wonder what else were Jose Alvarez’s doing out in the world, so I created a Google News search string and every day or so I get a little digest of my Jose Alvarez news. This series of post is to both help show that I am not the Jose Alvarez in these stories, but also to bring some more attention to Jose Alvarezs in general.

This posts subject is … Jose Alvarez, the bike wholesaler located in France. Unfortunately they have hit some hard times as of late and have gone into receivership. The story from Bike Europe goes into further details. To see the website and learn more about the Jose Alvarez company, follow this link (in french) or the English-translated version. A picture of Jose is below, I am guessing he is the one on the left, the site was unclear as to who was who.

Jose Alvarez Picture from website

Cool Website – Wordle
June 25, 2008, 2:01 am
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I spent yesterday evening playing with the Wordle website, which lets you input text or link to your del.icio.us tags and turn them into very cool word cloud graphics.  The frequency of words or tags determines the size in the cloud, and the website lets you pick how the words are oriented, the font and the colors. I ended up putting in the lyrics to The Victors , the University of Michigan’s fight song. The result is now my new desktop on my laptop and is posted below. (click to see the whole image)