December 16, 2005

Holiday travelling makes me hurt

Posted in Me at 11:19 am by mj

In 2002, I caught the terrible stomache virus that was going around, and ended up spending Christmas night vomiting.

In 2003, my wife and I both had the flu, and ended up staying in through Christmas.

In 2004, I had an upper respiratory infection, and spent the first week and a half in bed.

This year, I felt great getting on the plane. I was already on antibiotics from a respiratory infection the previous week. I was taking herbs to keep my throat and sinuses clear. I took the day off work to reduce stress. I intentionally did not wear my contacts, since plane air always dries them out and gives me a headache.

I took a single, short nap around 3:30am, using my wife’s arm/shoulder as a pillow (yes, I realize it’s supposed to be the other way around)…

We’re not sure if I was positioned incorrectly on the seam of her shirt, or if it was the chemicals from her hair (she’d just had her hair styled), but the result is: when I woke up at 5am, my left eyebrow/forehead was obviously, massively swollen and bruised, and I had the worst headache I can remember experiencing.

Two days later, I am still popping Tylenol.

Once were the days I looked forward to going home for Christmas…

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December 10, 2005

Webshots and Flickr: A (Possibly) More Thorough Analysis

Posted in Community, Software at 2:52 pm by mj

I am way late on this, but here we go. I’ll try not to say anything that can get me in trouble at work, but since I’m so late, who’s going to read this? (For those few reading who don’t know me, I’ve been an engineer at Webshots for over 3 years. I’m hardly unbiased, but I’m not blind, either. Not yet, anyway. End of full disclosure.)

On November 25, Eirik Solheim posted a graph of the Alexa numbers comparing Flickr and Webshots. The same day, Thomas Hawk amplified the message with a bit more analysis. Before we go into any analysis, let’s look at the graph in question.

Webshots vs Flickr Alexa numbers

This graph shows two things: first, that, since December 2004, Flickr has gone from virtually no reach, to approximately 0.4%, as measured by Alexa; and second, in the same time period with the same measurements, Webshots has gone from 0.8-1.0% to just under 0.4%. The conclusion? That Flickr’s “Web2.0-ness” has cut Webshots’ reach in half.

But that’s not the whole story. It’s part of the story, certainly, but there are at least three other factors at work.
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I need to go into business for myself…

Posted in Me at 12:08 pm by mj

…so that I’ll have more free time. Or at least I’ll have more control.

I have a ton of things I’ve been meaning to write about and/or investigate, but I’ve had no spare time to do any of it. Well, with only one more business day before my 21-day vacation, maybe I will soon have some time. Uh, yeah.

Anyway, I missed my three month assessment, so I’ll just do a combined three and fourth month assessment in January.

So far, I pretty much suck at blogging.

I am happy with how our Christmas lights turned out this year, though. It really looks good from BART. If I were a better blogger, I’d link to a photo set.