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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I'm All a-Gushing w/ Love For You
& a Lil' Holiday Present for Me, too
Hey, happy holidays all! Thank you all so much for sharing such an amazing year with us here at the Isotope!
I really honestly can't think of a better year for my business. The shop has been perpetually hopping, we've been swamped with a ton of amazingly great press, reviewers on Yelp have literally brought tears to my eyes, and that trifecta of "Best of 2008" awards from The SF Guardian, The SF Weekly, and San Francisco Magazine certainly made our collective Isotopic hearts soar. I met a ton of new people this year that I think are really exciting additions to the Isotope community, and also have to raise my cocktail glass in honor of all the reoccurring Isotope lovelies who have made the last 7 and a half years the best years of my life. You really have made my wildest funnybook shop dreams come true far beyond what I could have ever hoped to ask for! I'll continue every day to try to let you all know how much that means to me.
So forgive my sappy gushing, and allow me to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for gifting your friends here at the Isotope a true "joyeux noel" that I will always give thanks for. I adore you all!
There is one thing that's been getting me down all year long though...
And that's the Isotope's home on the web. What the hell happened to it? I did a slightly gorgeous redesign last November, but to be frank, I was reaching just out of my range of HTML ability and I turned to some wrong folks for assistance getting it built. Then the blog software I had the Communique hosted on crapped the bed back in March, and even the simplest of updates became a several-hours-long hair-pulling process. Whoo-boy, let me tell you, it made for a pretty frustrating year! Now I can't even look at that sexy new site redesign without getting seriously depressed. Because both you and I know that it shouldn't really take a year (or even six months) to build a new website, should it? It's not like the damn thing was supposed to go to clean your house in the morning or make famous people think you're cool for the boots you wear or even give you some sexy Martin Emond makeover every time you looked at it. It's just a @%$#ing website!
(long, slow, relaxing breath)
Anyway... I have some new tricks up the sleeve that will ensure 2009 is a happy place on the web for me and for this website. And I think I'm potentially working with some really great people on it. But it's the holidays and they are busy with their own lives right now. And good lord am I just sick of waiting around for something to happen. If 2008 taught me anything it's that waiting patiently gets you nowhere.
So I've gone in with my chewing gum, duct tape, and random bicycle parts and fixed the old site by hand. Please don't look at the site's code, all of the electronic guts are hanging out and it's a real mess. But at least we have something that works! The random design breakage that popped up last week is gone, the blog is at long last updateable without giving me an ulcer or making me think of internet suicide, and that oh-so long-dead RSS feed is working once again. Cos, dammit, it's time. Yes, I agree, I hate this version of the Isotope website too. I won't be happy until I can put a bullet in the gun and put it down like Old Yeller once my new site is up. But until we arrive at that mythical day in that far-off land, I think it's high time that I start enjoying the internet and having fun with the Isotope site again.
Expect to see things much more enjoyable 'round here... starting now.
Here's to December!
Labels: thanks, web2.0
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Google Maps Upgrades The Isotope
And Blows My Freaking Mind!
As if the internet didn't provide enough tools already for folks coming in from out of town to help them (& would-be stalkers!) find the wonderful world of the Isotope, our friends at Google have just dropped a bomb on my brain with the unveiling of the latest Google Maps feature... Google Street View.
click to check out a street-level look @ the Isotope & our 'hood
You blow my freaking mind Google. If you're reading this and work for the company, I'd like to show my appreciation for everything you boys and girls do. So bring in your business card this week and I'll hook you up with free comics & cocktails!
And that goes for the folks at Tonight We Make Soap too, who pointed this new feature out to me. Thanks!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Plugging In with the Big Brains
The ever-changing landscape of the web has been studied, monetized, experiemnted with, and theorized upon by cutting edge business big brains since the dawn of the internet. And latest holy grail for these folks is what the cool kids are calling "Web 2.0." Don't worry, you won't have to go out and buy a new computer to access this new world of the web, Web2.0 is just a sexy way of describing those socially interactive virally-spreading websites (MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, LiveJournal, etc) that have been eating up all your free time recently.
What does this have to do with the Isotope, you might be asking? Imagine, if you will, a convergence of these tech taste makers into the Moscone Center for a week-long Oolong Island human think tank straight out of an issue of DC's 52 comic. That's exactly what the Web2Open and Web 2.0 Expo was.
And although your friends at the Isotope aren't exactly Will Magnuses, Web2Open organizers Tara Hunt and Chris Messina thought it might be interesting to put James Sime under the tech industry heat lamp hosting a seminar called "How I Use Web2.0 to Make My Offline Business Kick Ass." The best part? It was the day after he got back from judging the Eisners!
Apparently Sime at least has the hair to hang with these mad scientists of technology... because the talk was very well attended and apparently quite popular. Here's a excerpt from WebProNews.com's report on the event.
if it wasn't for Web 2.0 Expo trying a hybrid open source business model with Web2Open, I wouldn't have found it or a way to contribute. One person told me that a session by a guy who runs a comic book store was the best he saw in the event overall. Wouldn't it be interesting if it became a feeder for the big stage.
UPDATE: Who'da thunk? Looks like people enjoyed more than just the hair and the suit! The Yahoo Publisher Network Blog has another Web2.0 Expo report which features the talk pretty heavily, calling it "a real breath of fresh air." Sure they got the name wrong, but as long as folks got something out of it all (and spelled the shop's name right), we're happy!
Labels: culture, glory, San Francisco, web2.0