Kellan blogs at xml

Mapnificent – New York

2/08/2011 @ 14:00 UTC

Kellan : Mapnificent – New York - How far I can get from my house, in 20 minutes, on public transportation. Nicely done. (via swissmiss) [via#

Sci-Fi Hi-Fi — Twitter, Instagram, and the Journalistic Impulse

1/08/2011 @ 03:00 UTC

Kellan : Sci-Fi Hi-Fi — Twitter, Instagram, and the Journalistic Impulse - “I’ve never been one to keep a journal (much to my chagrin as an inveterate collector of fancy stationery), but, silly as it may sound, Twitter made me feel like a field correspondent—our man on the Rio Grande—and thus encouraged me to think l #

Long form tweet: Anti-Social SxSW

10/03/2011 @ 15:00 UTC

Kellan : Long form tweet: Anti-Social SxSW - I posit this is going to be the year of the anti-social SxSW. Back in pre-history SxSWi was tiny, really small, negligible. You felt lucky to have simply found anyone else who cared about what you cared about. Moving into more modern times, it star

Andy Baio : Kellan predicts the year of the anti-social SXSW - software scoped to friends-only favors intimacy over serendipity

“The internet is too important to outsource “

7/03/2011 @ 01:00 UTC

Kellan : “The internet is too important to outsource “ - Found this post about why Borders, but not Barnes and Noble, is bankrupt. Failure to adequately address the internet sales channel and the subsequent ebook market. Specifically, the decision to outsource to To be fair, Borders.

Good work, not done by the humble

5/03/2011 @ 19:00 UTC

Kellan : Good work, not done by the humble - “Good work is not done by ‘humble’ men. It is one of the first duties of a professor, for example, in any subject, to exaggerate a little both the importance of his subject and his own importance in it. A man who is always asking ‘Is what I

Tip: Flickr standard photo response as slideshow

25/01/2011 @ 04:00 UTC

Kellan : Tip: Flickr standard photo response as slideshow - We’ve been doing a ton of hacking recently on our Taste Test experiment, which in turn reminds me a lot of an ill-fated Flickr project, “Top Explorers”. (to anyone who still has Flickr SVN access the code should still be there) Computers

Simon Willison : Tip: Flickr standard photo response as slideshow - Tip: Flickr standard photo response as slideshow. Neat trick—you can construct a URL to Flickr’s slideshow widget that includes the results of any API method, including the all-powerful It’s a shame you can’t embed the resu

ville, noun

23/01/2011 @ 16:00 UTC

Kellan : ville, noun - A small post-geographic organizational unit, roughly analogous to a 20th century nuclear family, as distinct from a guild or tribe. Coined in the early Zynga upload arcologies to describe 4-6 members running a shared synapse net aka someone who would hel


21/01/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

Kellan : Sub-optimization - Recently was given an axiom which turns out to be folks engineering wisdom, namely: Optimizing a system requires sub-optimizing the subsystems. Conversely optimizing a subsystem sub-optimizes the global system. Chewing on that as it relates to tech

There’s a feed for that

19/01/2011 @ 16:00 UTC

Kellan : There’s a feed for that - tl;dr photosnearme I recently was added to a “People like John Resig” Twitter list. I am nothing like John Resig. In particular I suck at Javascript. However, given the annoyance of properly constructing a Flickr geo feed URL (admitted data and doing the right thing

6/01/2011 @ 03:00 UTC

Kellan : data and doing the right thing - (“Caffeinated and Unstrung”) was a moderately successful community collaboration I built and ran to catalog good coffee shops to work out of, originally and most successfully in Seattle, then spread to Vancouver, Portland, Chicago,

You and …

13/11/2010 @ 14:00 UTC

Kellan : You and … - The “You and X” pages are my favorite Facebook feature I’ve seen in a long time. (I’ll admit I’m a pretty limited user of “the Book” so the bar is low, though a new feature we launched adminonly yesterday on Ets

Project Idea: (working title)

12/11/2010 @ 06:00 UTC

Kellan : Project Idea: (working title) - There are a number of new sites (as well as a number of sites from the last few generations of start ups, some ideas keep getting re-invented) that purport to be my online identity because they aggregate and/or link to the various online externalizations.

Dinosaur Development

27/09/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

Kellan : Dinosaur Development - A friend recently described the going off and working on software for $N days/weeks/months and coming back with a finished projects as “being a dinosaur”. The classic, anti-social highly focused development process as totally maladapted to o

Facebook Engineering: Typeahead Search Tech Talks

26/09/2010 @ 15:00 UTC

Kellan : Facebook Engineering: Typeahead Search Tech Talks - I’ve referred to this video a few times recently, thought I should probably link it from somewhere. Great talk on developing the Facebook search box, with it’s strong blend of navigational insight and personalization. Bonus points for “ #

Blogging like 2004

26/09/2010 @ 14:00 UTC

Kellan : Blogging like 2004 - Forgive me, this is a purely self indulgent post written mostly for some future me. Dan has a post on blogging like it’s 2004. I quickly skimmed back over the archives to see what blogging like 2004 would mean for me. Short answer, “A lot o

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : - .bbpBox{background:url( #026BFA;padding:20px;}p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border

Siren Noise

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Siren Noise - Google’s doodle today is a fully functioning Pac-Man implementation, complete with sounds. Folks around the web are wondering why their web browser, or their photo sharing site are making weird siren noises. Reminds me of the time we changed the F

Henry Blodget: “Facebook’s Approach To Innovation Is The Secret To Its Success”

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Henry Blodget: “Facebook’s Approach To Innovation Is The Secret To Its Success” - Blodget gets the headline right, and nearly everything else wrong. I’m really surprised we aren’t seeing more people writing and talking about what I see as Facebook’s #

Broad Cove

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Broad Cove - Jasmine posted some photos of Broad Cove from our recent road trip. Broad Cove was founded in 1757 by Martin Teel her n-th great grandfather though the original family land grant was near Petite Rivière, they moved down to the area that became Broad Cov #

Cow Clicker

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Cow Clicker - “You get a cow. You can click on it. In six hours, you can click it again. Clicking earns you clicks. You can buy custom “premium” cows through micropayments (the Cow Clicker currency is called “mooney”), and you can buy

Fred’s wrong (or quoted out of context)

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Fred’s wrong (or quoted out of context) - [Twitter breaks] because “it wasn’t built right — Twitter was built kind of as a hack and they didn’t really architect it to scale and they’ve never been able to catch up.” – Fred Wilson This is wrong. Twitter wasn’t built

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : - WeatherNear.Me is a prototype that got built as part of a larger weather based project Jasmine and I were working on. It’s a “single serving site” that displays the weather near you. I had hoped to knock out a v2 with a bunch of new

Worse then soggy

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Worse then soggy - Someone should pry Amazon open to start licensing the Kindle so an ecosystem of readers can bloom. You’ll notice the below image is patently false, looking over this limited range of reading options presented as a plethora there is a key accessibil

Alan Levine: Adopt My Code, Please?

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Alan Levine: Adopt My Code, Please? - Alan is looking for someone to take over Feed2JS. #

Status Update

21/09/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

Kellan : Status Update - One month ago I stepped back from Flickr after 4+ intense, amazing years. 31 Days Since then, I had my first chance to cheer enthusiastically from the sidelines with the launch of the very long time coming new Photo page beta. I attended my fi