Category Archives: work

Video SEO Sitemap Standards and Documentation get a Refresh from Google and Partners

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me more excited than video SEO! (Well, at least it’s a close second after racing cars, driving taxis, and public transportation, but none of those pay the bills at the moment.)┬áBy the … Continue reading

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The sky is not falling

I am writing to share some reactions to Claire Cain Miller’s piece in the New York Times, “Silicon Valley Booms but Worries About a New Bust.” I met Claire at the Founder Showcase event she mentions in her article and … Continue reading

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Python Multithreaded S3 Bucket-to-Bucket Copy (on Amazon Web Services)

For both backup and staging purposes, we regularly need to backup an entire S3 bucket to another bucket. AWS has no built-in function to do this, nor does the boto Python library. We started off with a simple for key … Continue reading

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Take Me to Chinatown

I drove Thursday this week, a day after the SF Giant’s World Series Parade attracted record crowds. The morning was spent driving to and from the airport — I had 4 trips to SFO before noon. In the afternoon I … Continue reading

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Avenue Street

I answered a lot of phone calls last night at the taxi company. Around 3am a girl called demanding a cab at “320 Avenue.” That didn’t make any sense. “320 Avenue? That doesn’t make any sense. What’s the street name?” … Continue reading

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Fetch OAuth Authenticated YouTube API Version 2.0 Requests with GData-Python-Client, Including Insight

We’ve been using Google’s GData-Python-Client library to connect our VidCaster client accounts to YouTube, which allows for neat operations like importing* and exporting of video. A key component of VidCaster is to provide simple aggregated video analytics to our users, … Continue reading

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Driving April 22

It’s time to try this blogging thing again. Yesterday I drove a normal “extra” day shift from 7a-5p. Some notes: I drove my favorite taxicab: the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Ample space, great handling, adequate (but not stellar) gas mileage, smooth … Continue reading

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Cabbies face financial burden from impending Yellow Cab contract changes

I’m still new at this whole ‘reporting’ thing. This was my attempt at figuring out what was going on with Yellow’s contract change. It’s rather long, and it’s rather boring unless you’re involved with the industry, but my goal was … Continue reading

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Belated driving summary

Here’s a summary of my cab shifts from last weekend. I picked up an older guy from the Kaiser. I’d guess he was 60+. I have a hard time judging ages, especially those +/-5 years from mine. He was heading … Continue reading

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