My Impassioned Plea For Radiohead Tickets

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

This is an email I sent to Steve Martin of Nasty Little Man, the PR agency that represents Radiohead.  You can find them on Twitter here and please help me complete my mission!

My name is Stuart Tracte, and I might just be the world’s biggest Radiohead fan. I know they are playing the Roseland next week, and the anxiety of getting a ticket is killing me. The fact that I cannot control my own fate on this makes me uncomfortably anxious. I did a bit of research and found out that you and your agency handle the PR for Radiohead. To cut to the chase, here’s my plea.

I’m a lifelong musician, and was of course familiar with Creep, High & Dry & Fake Plastic Trees, but when I heard Karma Police on the radio in 1997, I knew I had discovered something that would change my life forever. OK Computer was a turning point in my appreciation for music. The messages on that album were cryptic and meaningful all at once. The sounds reminded me of Pink Floyd, but smarter, more modern, and with an edge that tickled me in ways I’d never been tickled before. I bought this album, fell in love, and then went backwards through the rest of the Radiohead catalog. Read more…

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Brief thoughts on +1

March 30th, 2011 4 comments

In my humble opinion, this is Google’s social strategy in a nutshell. The web at large has been waiting for Google to launch its own Facebook competitor. Google buzz certainly was not it. For now, +1 only exists in search results. We have been hearing that Google had plans of using social data to add weight to its search results. This is how they are going to execute that. In search, you can +1 any result. Once Google allows content producers to embed a +1 button on all content on a site, that is when the game truly changes. Imagine if you will, four (or even 40) sites that are the results of the same search terms. If one of those sites has more +1’s than any other comparable site, you’ll see it at the top of the search results. Simple. Social. Google. Oooh. Did I just craft a tagline?

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Jeff Pulver’s Opening Remarks at #140conf NYC Meetup Oct 21, 2009

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

Jeff never ceases to inspire.

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Jailbreak 101 Episode 9 – Stwo’s Soapbox

October 6th, 2009 No comments

It’s been a slow few weeks for us Jailbreakers, especially those of us who own PCs.  If you own a mac, you’re probably thinking I have no idea what I’m talking about, but then again, you probably say that about ALL Windows users.  I took this opportunity to talk about something that really upsets me about the Jailbreak community.  Listen and learn….  remember… always go to the source… give credit where credit is due.

Always check the dev-team blog first.  They are the official developers of the Pwnage Tool, redsn0w, and other tools.

Please follow @iPhone_dev and if you’ve jailbroken your phone, send them a thank you via Twitter.

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By the way… please excuse my terrible editing.  I recorded and edited this at 5am.  The part you cannot hear says “There is a black cloud hanging over the Jailbreak community.  This cloud is named quickpwn.com”

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Beer Diplomacy – Episode 1 – Hello America!

September 13th, 2009 No comments

I have wanted to do a show about politics for quite some time now. The problem with that is, very few people can have a political discussion without getting all riled up. I have been involved in a few of these myself. People take their political views to heart. I know I do.  Yet, I believe that no matter how uncomfortable it may be for some to have these types of discussions, it is vital for people to take part in politics. Read more…

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Jailbreak 101 Episode 8 – 3G Unrestrictor

September 9th, 2009 No comments

Ever wonder why you can’t download files larger than 10MB from the appStore or iTunes while on 3G or EDGE? Me too. Does it piss you off that you can only use Skype for the iPhone while on a wi-fi connection? Me too. It makes me wonder why I have a computer in my pocket that cannot use the cellular network I pay for to perform data-intensive activites. Don’t get me started on tethering.

Thanks to 3G Unrestrictor, all of the above mentioned problems (except tethering, grrrr) can easily be solved. 3G Unrestrictor simply fools your device into thinking it is on wi-fi when it isn’t. Try it. You can thank me later.

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Jailbreak 101 Episode 7 – PrivaCy

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Recently, it has come to the attention of the iPhone dev-team that there are apps that are collecting usage data and location without your knowledge on your iPhone.  Fortunately for those of us with jailbroken devices, we can take measures to protect ourselves.

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The Light At The End Of A Dark Tunnel Named Unemployment

August 27th, 2009 8 comments

Now, that I am no longer unemployed, I feel much more comfortable sharing the details of being unemployed. I have always prided myself on being a hard working, dedicated, and passionate employee of whatever company I have worked for. Thanks to an awful economy, I was laid off from my job in February.
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Managing Twitter Traffic While Mobile

August 22nd, 2009 6 comments

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Managing your Twitter traffic can be near impossible, especially if you follow a lot of people. Through trial and error I have gone from being insanely overwhelmed and not being able to keep track of many conversations or streams of my favorite people, to somewhat having a handle on specific tweeters and conversations. This problem is twofold; it occurs when you are on a computer as well as when you are mobile (I consider mobile to be any time you are not in front of a computer). Believe it or not, I have discovered ways to make Twitter more easily manageable while mobile. I’m still having issues when in front of a computer, but have definitely improved things. Read more…

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Jailbreak 101 Episode 6 – Backgrounder

August 19th, 2009 No comments

In this segment, I discuss an app that brings you as close as possible to multitasking on your device.  While backgrounder is in no way perfect, it can and does a decent amount of background processing on your phone. It’s only real limitation is the small amount of RAM on your device.

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