Gatz hands the baton to Dickerson…

December 17, 2007

Scott and Chad crosspost and tell the tale: Scott’s story & Chad’s story. I’m honored to work with these guys. Two of the classiest individuals I’ve had the pleasure to know. Scott, you’ll be missed… and thanks for everything from the bottom of my heart.


Yahoo Plugin for WordPress

December 13, 2007

As reported by Battelle, we just launched the Yahoo Plugin for WordPress. This blog,, runs on WordPress.

The plugin is very cool. You simply author the post as you normally would. You click a ‘lil button that says “Review this Post”… and all kinds of valuable goodness auto-populates the post.

For instance if I name a place, say Ann Arbor, MI, that’ll be auto-detected and linked to…

If I mention a company, say Hewlett-Packard, then that too will generate goodness (I’ve opted for the badge at left…)

You can read more about it (and get it for yourself) here….

Open Data is Good for Democracy

December 12, 2007

I recently attended a fantastic, inspiring event… The Open Government Working Group hosted by OReilly Media in Sebastopol… I blogged about it on the Next* blog…

Relaunch of…

December 2, 2007

A couple weeks ago our team relaunched

Simply, it’s a place where we can show you some cool stuff happening at Yahoo. I shared more on the yodel blog.

William White and team just launched this very cool embeddable music player there. Timely too… Now instead of just linking to MP3s like I did in a previous post, listening to my old band is now just click away (or even less than a click if I’d selected autoplay…)

Go subscribe to next to keep apprised of what we’re up to over here…

The Fall: Tempo House from Perverted by Language

November 25, 2007

Visiting family back in Detroit, and staying with dear friend Bobji*. We spent the night trading music… I hooked him up with Sufjan Stevens, My Bloody Valentine, Ry Cooder, Fujiya & Miyagi, etc. He hooked me up with Spiritualized, LCD Soundsystem, old Tones on Tail, etc. So much fun.

As the hours got wee, we discovered this gem recently added to YouTube. The Fall’s Perverted by Language album is in my all-time top 10. I have numerous live / bootleg versions of most of the songs on the disc. What is so cool about this video is that it is the very performance recorded on PbL. I didn’t even know a video for this existed. I’ve listened to the audio so many times, every squeak and squawk, click and clack is burned in my brain. Watching Mark E. Smith and gang actually perform it… so cool!

I’ve been having a great trip home, including time today at the newly opened Detroit Institute of Arts. Awesome, more later on that I hope…

*Bobji was the singer for Spahn Ranch (I was the guitar player, Odell was the drummer and Hobey the bass player.) We were the Detroit based Spahn Ranch, not the industrial band of the same name (that had much wider acclaim and is what turns up if you use a search engine.) Anyway, someone on the net recently digitized our first (and only) album. Here’s a few songs from it: countdown & echos of the day. And here’s the cover!

They also made a MySpace page for us.

New Pipes release, iPhone support

October 23, 2007

As reported on the Pipes Blog, Jonathan and the Pipes team just pushed a new release with features both useful and cool. I’m especially thrilled about the iPhone support (having just gotten an iTouch, thanks Mr. Hornik!)

In keeping with the endless stream of jokes that name “pipes” inspires, Jonathan created what may turn out to be one of the most important and useful Pipe of all… The Restroom Locator… A tip of the hat to George Costanza, connaisseur of public restrooms… 😉

Mansur’s passing

October 21, 2007

Rashi’s father Mansur, the silver Weimaraner

Today Rashi’s father Mansur left this world. It was a profound event, and I’m still collecting all of my feelings about it. He was a special dog, a special being. He traveled the world and touched so many people. I’m so glad that Rashi got to have Mansur close by for the first two years of her life. She always went ballistic when he was around, kissing him to death. He was very patient, very tolerant of her…

Mansur, yours was a life well lived. We will miss you, and I’m glad a piece of you lives in our Rashi.

Brightcove v. Maven

October 15, 2007

The Boston Globe has an interesting article about Brightcove and Maven, or more specifically Jeremy Allaire v. Hilmi Ozguc. I know both of them a little bit, and have been following their respective companies for a while.

Both of them are really Virage 2.0, or at least the part of our business that we used to call VI (Virage Interactive) that Dave Girouard and Joe Hyrkin built in 1999. It’s cool seeing these companies get traction. If they can really get momentum around the video ad network then methinks the journalist underestimates the potential exit magnitude.

Breaking: Stewart playing with Sonnet, taking fewer meetings

October 2, 2007

Stewart responds to the Valleywag post:

Aaaaaaaactually, I’m going on paternity leave, not leaving Yahoo! (I took some of my leave in July and found that I rushed back a little early.) I am actually going to be changing more diapers and coaxing more burps for a while (thanks for getting that right – I do love her!) but have no plans to give up the paycheck just yet — and I even have an uncomfortable number of meetings planned for when I’m supposed to be out on leave 🙂