Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

Google TechTalks On Your AppleTV

So, you've got your AppleTV setup and are jonsing for some content. You've added a bunch of mildly interesting video podcasts, but are looking for some more long form content?

Well, a podcast is just an rss feed with enclosures, yes?

And Google Video supports RSS feeds, yes?

And in iTunes you can add any arbitrary RSS feed!

Tie these facts together and you can tailor your own feed of interesting videos! As an example, lets try generating a feed of all Google TechTalks.

  • Go to the advanced search page on Google Video
  • The author for all Google TechTalks is “Google engEDU”, so enter user:“Google engEDU” in the “with all of the words” text box.
  • In the sort results by dropdown, select “date”.
  • In the results per page dropdown, select “100”.
  • Now select “Google Search” and get the results.

Cool, now we have a page of results, and the URL is something like http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=user%3A%22Google+engEDU%22&so=1&num=100.

Add &output=rss to the end, and you'll get a URL for the RSS feed. Copy that and head over to iTunes.

In iTunes, select “Advanced” and “Subscribe to podcast…”, enter the URL of the RSS feed in the box and voila! You've subscribed to a feed of Google TechTalk videos. Anytime a new one is published, you'll get the new one too as the search is live!

For added coolness, if you've got an AppleTV and it's syncing your podcasts, all these videos are also available in your living room…

Right now I'm sat on the couch watching last week's TechTalk by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders, talking about Inbox Zero

Six Years

Happy Anniversary, my love.

Now, can I buy that iPhone?

Offer Letter

Now that is an offer letter that I'd like to see.

Man, life certainly if different for other folks.

Dear Peter,

Congratulations! Please accept our offer to become part of EA's rich game making history and future.

I am pleased to offer you a regular full-time position with Electronic Arts as President, EA Sports commencing on a mutually agreeable date at a base salary of $45,833.33 per month or $550,000 annualized, minus applicable deductions. You will be reporting directly to me.

Read on for the fun times of an ex-msft exec.


The house is almost on the market. Yesterday we were supposed to have cleaners and window cleaners come round. Well, the cleaners sucked and the window cleaner bailed.

But we're getting there.

The house is now staged - just a few minor prep things to go. Anyhow, in preparation for the “official” photographer also sucking, I took a bunch of shots for the MLS listing, brochures, etc…

Moving House Cheat Sheet

As we've moved into the new house and have contractors about to finish up on the old place before it goes on the market, I thought I'd give all you “moving house wannabes” a glimpse at my mindmap cheatsheet.

It's a gem, I promise you.

Spam? I Dunno…

I check my comments for spam pretty often, usually daily. Part of the problem I have is that sometimes I have no idea what the comment says, because it's in a language I don't understand.

As an example, I'm staring at the comment below, trying to decide if it's spam or not. Some of the words relate to the post that it's commenting on, but, well, I dunno.

Now, I'm taking a risk here, because I have no idea what this says. Here goes:

tu landscape es una mierda por favor putos de mierda vayanse con su landscaoe bien a la mierda

Google translate says:

your landscape is an excrement excrement well please putos vayanse with his landscaoe to the excrement

To put it mildly, this doesn't sound like a complimentary comment, but is it spam?


Update: I had a friend translate it. It's not spam, but it's not pleasant. Obviously, the person that wrote it understood the post but then chose to reply in a different language.

Hmmm. Thoughts. Obviously this is an english language blog. Should I expect people to comment in english?

Or maybe I'm just being trolled.

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