Bands On A Budget & Ben Franklin

2009-03-19 20:00:00 -0400

We’re a pretty diverse bunch here, so once in a while I like to drop some info and links to various things we’re involved in.

Bret, who recently joined our team, has a really cool project called Bands On A Budget. I’ve been in a number of musical projects in the last.. uhm… 15 years I guess? And while I love the
whole DIY thing, I have songs to write and shows to book, so I don’t have time to go silk-screening anything, really. For my last band we needed good and cheap t-shirts and stickers on the quick, and we kept going back to BoaB because the orders were always correct, the work was always good (the silk screening of our t-shirts was fantastic).

I’ll definitely be going through them to get merch done up for my next project. The new band is called Ben Franklin. In the words of Scott Pilgrim, we’re totally not sucky, and we’ll be recording our first proper record in the beginning of May.


2009-03-15 20:00:00 -0400

I’m still keeping an eye on the development of Papernet-like things, and my friend Warren posted a link to an interesting article this morning about the shrinking newspaper/print business and “nichepapers”, which includes this neat little quote:

“When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”

Quite a different perspective that people have these days.

Using SoS for blog comments/discussion

2009-03-11 20:00:00 -0400

I like Zed’s idea of using Son of Sam for blog comments/e-mail discussion, it’s a really great idea. It’s perfect for sites with high comment rates that need to filter down noise in a discussion and foster some real thought churning. It may give the impetus for actual discussion instead of the common sounding off of anonymous trolls.

Zed’s really into rules (is this blog post even 500 words?), which makes perfect sense for high traffic sites, but a little less restriction on the length of time that a discussion can last and that a user can stay subscribed, it’d be really useful for folks like us who have a blog that does get comments but doesn’t have quite such a need for policing them and keeping the discussion on track.

An interesting marriage between the forum and the mailing list! Too bad the Son of Sam code isn’t up anymore, I’d be looking at it right now (despite my utter and complete aversion to Python). I even checked, I’m so curious.

It's TV Time

2009-03-11 20:00:00 -0400

Hampton has a TV show, apparently! Looking forward to it.

Hack the planet! Someone should totally do Hack the Planet. In face paint. Gotta be authentic.

Some bug fixes for Tempo

2009-03-10 20:00:00 -0400

We haven’t forgotten about our time tracker in the midst of all this excitement about Strip! We just pushed a small update to fix a couple of outstanding issues.

The Prototype-based Autocompleter we were using on text entry and tag entry had to go, we’re giving the jQuery version a shot now. The old one was driving us crazy, and it really bothered a few users who took us to task. The fix is a bit over-due, but it’s quite snappy now. If you find the new version to be buggy or have any suggested tweaks, do let us know.

Canceled accounts can no longer log in! (doh) Account cancellations happen some times, and we provide a self-cancel service in Tempo. It really does terminate your account, inactivating your projects and making sure that you no longer get billed. However, a small bug was still allowing users with canceled accounts to log back in to the system. This has been fixed. As always, if you want to reactivate your account with us, let us know, we’ll always be glad to have you back!

Looks like in the process we ended up with a small bug in the bookmarklet that whacks the layout just a bit due to a javascript error. I’ve got a fix ready and we’re hoping to move that out shortly!

Thanks for being patient and for using Tempo.

Update: We will be briefly interrupting service on Tempo today at Noon, EDT to get that bug fix out.