I knew that the anniversary of my first post on axodys.com had to be
coming up, but I hadn’t gotten around to checking my archives until today.
Turns out that January 24 is in fact its birthday.
This site got its start as a place for me to play around with html and
the web at my very own domain. But it’s been a blog from the beginning,
and I realized this pretty quickly. While
I linked to various interesting sites from the first post on, I also treated
my blog a lot more like an open journal than I do now.
Thinking back I’m impressed that I stuck with it at all considering how
crude the process was. I updated everything manually at first, then
eventually burned out on the process. Eventually Blogger came out and by
late October of 1999 I was able to use their groundbreaking system to handle my
Since that first couple years my posting frequency gradually waned which seems strange when you consider how much blogging and news gathering technology has improved in that span. But despite my tendencies towards consumption rather than blogging productivity, I’ve never abandoned the site and don’t expect to any time soon. I don’t have any concrete plans for more writing this year or the next, but I expect the blog will carry on much like it always has– one post at a time.
Joel Spolsky: Killing patents with Ask Patents
My dream is that when big companies hear about how friggin’ easy it is to block a patent application, they’ll use Ask Patents to start messing with their competitors. How cool would it be if Apple, Samsung, Oracle and Google got into a Mexican Standoff on Ask Patents? If each of those companies had three or four engineers dedicating a few hours every day to picking off their competitors’ applications, the number of granted patents to those companies would grind to a halt. Wouldn’t that be something!
Along those lines, companies should start giving rewards for contributing to a blocked patent application.
In a somewhat surprising turn of events Glenn Fleishman just bought The Magazine from Marco “The Golden Goose” Arment.
Thus Mr. Arment, in effect, built and incubated the publication, and your faithful editor — as of June 1, editor and publisher — is the beneficiary of that work, which I shall cherish and shepherd. Marco will be an advisor, and I will listen to him, as we all might. Marco has made a variety of interesting decisions in his life that have given him both personal fulfillment and personal success. He’s not telling me yet what he’s working on next, and I can’t wait to see it unveiled before Marissa Mayer buys it and removes its vowels.1
Can’t wait to see where Glenn takes The Magazine and what Marco comes up with next.
Marco Arment’s perspective on the Tumblr to Yahoo deal.
I’ve been looking forward to Marco’s take on things since the Tumblr to Yahoo acquisition news came out and I was not disappointed. A great candid and humble look back on his time at Tumblr. Now hopefully John and Casey can get him to discuss things a little further on this week’s Accidental Tech Podcast too.
Jerry Brewer on David Stern’s Seattle Suckerpunch:
At the end of another heartbreaking NBA result, David Stern taunted us.
“This is going to be short for me,” he told reporters in Dallas on Wednesday. “I have a game to get to in Oklahoma City.”