Movable Type 3.2
May 13, 2010
The Most Incredibly Exciting Week Ever
Okay, that may be overstating things a little, but seriously, folks, there's a lot of exciting pop culture stuff going on in the next week or so. Here's a rundown of the things that interest me. (Notes: All times are Eastern. Here's an explanation of "upfronts".)
Thursday, May 13
Friday, May 14
Monday, May 17
Tuesday, May 18
Thursday, May 20
February 25, 2010
American Idol vs. Google Voice
As I've mentioned, Katie Stevens, a girl from my small hometown, is on American Idol this season. She has now made it to the top 24, which means that, on Tuesday night, I was trying to figure out how to actually vote on the darn thing for the first time ever. And I couldn't do it. I got a busy signal a few times, which seemed reasonable, but then it just kept ringing and ringing. I IMed a friend who's a regular Idol watcher. "Is it supposed to just ring? Is something supposed to HAPPEN?" Yes, he assure me, something was supposed to happen. I was supposed to hear a recording that thanked me for voting. This never, ever happened.
On a hunch, I turned off Google Voice (which I LOVE, except for now this one issue) for this one call and tried again. Success! I immediately got the recording I had been told I should get. So. It turns out that I am not too dumb to vote for American Idol after all, and I can assure you that that is a relief. If you're using Google Voice and are not sure how to turn it off for such purposes, here are some quick instructions:
1. Open the Voice app. (NOT the Dialer.)Now, when you go to your Dialer and enter a number, it will ask you whether to call with Google Voice or not. You can select no for these voting calls and yes for everything else.
February 11, 2010
Buzz "Following" Order
I understand why some people don't want Buzz to automatically display their contacts. The issue hadn't really occurred to me, because I have no anonymous sources and I don't think there's anyone I talk to who I wouldn't want my other contacts to know about. But I do understand why others are concerned.
Anyway, the part that seems weird to me is the common perception (has Google actually stated this? Not sure.) that the list of people you're following are in order by how much you e-mail or Google chat with them. This seems blatantly untrue. The person who is first on my list . . . well, actually, I was going to say that yes, over the whole time I've had Gmail, he's probably the non-listserv address I've e-mailed most, but he started using his current address not too long ago, so that's not even necessarily true. But it might be. So I'll give them a pass on that one.
But there are two people who I've talked to on Google Chat practically every day for years. Wouldn't you think they'd be at the top of the list? No, they're numbers 11 and 14. Someone else I've talked to practically every day for the past few weeks is even further down. Number 4 on the list is someone I e-mail maybe twice a week on average. So . . . I'm sure there is some sort of ordering going on here, but it's not what we think it is.
More on Buzz later today . . .