LA Foodtrucks on Twitter. There are 60. Six. Zero. #lala

LA is spread out an all, but 60 Tweeting foodtrucks? SIXTY? Well. Ok. 61 including Kogi but they are on my sh*tlist. Anyway, first on my list to try is @grlldcheesetruk – I swear, I’ll chase them down if I have to since I’ve only heard good things about them. But most importantly, they have tater tots. TOTS, BABY!

Also, I don’t know about you but the sushi trucks scare the crap outta me. Sushi-go-rounds at sit downs are pretty scary, buffets are terrifying, so mobile sushi trucks? I really hope they have their health inspection certificates posted where everyone can see them cuz that sure as heck does NOT sound sanitary… If anyone has tried and tested any of these, please leave feedback in the comments! :)

Follow my LA food truck list by clicking on the photo or by clicking this.
ps: I think I found all the Tweeting trucks, but if I’m missing any, please let me know. :)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 2010 Annual Letter by @BillGates

This is my second annual letter. The focus of this year’s letter is innovation and how it can make the difference between a bleak future and a bright one.

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The foundation works on health in poor countries because we think it’s the best way to improve lives globally. In the United States, we believe the best way to improve lives is to improve public education. America’s education system has been fundamental to its success as a nation. But the way we prepare students has barely changed in 100 years. If we don’t start innovating in education to make it better and more accessible, we won’t fulfill our commitment to equal opportunity, and our competitiveness will fall behind that of other countries.

Hero. Bill Gates is my hero. And I do not throw ‘hero’ around lightly. I am so in love with is mind.

If I Had One Wish, I Wish for James Fallows to Live Forever and Ever.

At this moment, I am at the Newseum, in Washington, watching Sec. of State Hillary Clinton deliver a very tough and (so far) very tightly reasoned speech about what she presents as the next great global battle of ideas: ensuring that the Internet remain a tool of openness, opportunity, expression, and possibility rather than of one of control, surveillance, suppression, and division, plus terror and crime. Details and assessment some time later today, but I have the sense while listening that this is an event and a statement that will be studied and discussed for quite a while. From “Hillary Clinton’s “Internet freedom” speech” via theatlantic.com

James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years. He has written for the magazine on a wide range of topics, including national security policy, American politics, the development and impact of technology, economic trends and patterns, and U.S. relations with the Middle East, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Fallows grew up in Redlands, California and then attended Harvard, where he was president of the newspaper The Crimson. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 and then studied economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been an editor of The Washington Monthly and of Texas Monthly, and from 1977 to 1979 he served as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter. His first book, National Defense, won the American Book Award in 1981; he has written seven others. He has worked as a software designer at Microsoft and from 1996 to 1998 he was the editor of U.S. News & World Report.

The world needs more pure journalists like James Fallows. #respect

The Rise of the Newsocracy: All the News All the Time

The relevant point is that the company’s operations had long since been sensitive to public concerns, and it could move smoothly into a media spotlight with a clear understanding of its own objectives, and without fear that the world would end if it did not win all the points in the telecast. Such an approach, in my view, is far more sophisticated than conventional public relations.

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The media, after all, live on information, and “others” can influence the outcome by providing accurate material. It is a corollary, of course, that “others” have a right to keep at arm’s length media agents who have a record of distorting facts to fit preconceived notions of high drama.

Circa 1981.
Can’t get off The Atlantic. Thanks, Jim Norris.

YouTube Kicks Flash to the Curb; Rolls Out HTML5

This is huge and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy — especially for mobile. But I also despise Flash (and or Silverlight) on the desktop. I also wouldn’t mind if all animation completely dissipated from this planet.

I’m one of those people who always choose the HTML option on Flash sites. There is nothing worse than logging onto a site and being greeted with a super loud UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ. I hate how I have to search for volume control. Hate waiting for crap to load. HATE how it hogs so much memory. Hate all flippin’ animation unless it is clean. Like this: http://eatcreative.jp/

Whoops, didn’t mean to digress into a rant.

Anyway, so a big I TOLD YOU SO goes out to everyone who called me a nutjob when I said HTML5 will make Flash irrelevant. Though I am a little sad the star system went away. :(

Sarcasm punctuation mark aims to put an end to email confusion

“Anyone concerned that the irony of their email or text message might not be appreciated by its recipient can use the symbol to close their sentence, thereby avoiding awkward misunderstandings.

The symbol – a dot inside a single spiral line – can be installed onto any PC running Windows 7, XP or Vista, as well as Macs and Blackberry mobile devices.

Is it just me or does that mark (symbol?) resemble a California Roll? Blame my Japanese roots. ;)
via @leslie

2010: Be Social in Social Media or BUST

When I think of social media, megaphoning immediately pops into my head so that photo to the left, depicts exactly how I imagine social media to be.

Well, I am pleasantly surprised at how 2010 is starting out.

For example, the other day I came across a post from one of my favorite people in the whole entire world, Micah Baldwin, about how 2010 is the year of people. Micah is someone who gets along with anyone and everyone, so from the title of the post, I had no clue what he actually meant.

After reading his post, I understood — he’s interested in making meaningful connections with smaller numbers of folks, instead of spending five minutes with the bajillions of persons who tries to talk to him at conferences and such. I absolutely concur. Besides, aren’t quick convos what Twitter is for?

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What Does “omnivorous Google” Mean?

My head hurts.

A few weeks back, Marissa Mayer talked about how she believes a more intuitive (personalized) search is the future, and calls this future search engine,  ‘omnivorous.’ I do not know how or why Google chose the word omnivorous, but the first thing that popped in my head was a T-rex – yes, the very extinct dinosaur – crawling around the Internet, devouring everything it (Google) loves.  And no, I am not still drunk from New Year’s.

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The Unspoken Rules of the Internet

“When someone tells you to Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, RT something, you don’t ask questions. You just, do it.”

No one ever told me that’s what I was supposed to do…and apparently there are a lot more rules I am oblivious to. I’m one of those anomalies who started out backwards. Where most people in my circle have been blogging and socially networking since the start of the Internet, I just came out of nowhere. In June 2008, I only had a MySpace, Facebook, and randomly blogged on MySpace and Facebook. I found FriendFeed by accident, and it was over – I got addicted to social networking.

This blog started because of FriendFeed, I connected to a lot of people because of the people I met on FriendFeed, but really? I love technology and I love people. The Internet and sharing what I find on the Internet is my hobby. I blog because I have a lot to say. It’s really that simple.

Doing what I love to do for a living means monetizing. And once monies get involved, it’s a whooole ‘nother world. I understand only sharing finds on the Internet and interacting with people won’t get you paid (unless you’re Gizmodo or ICANHAZ.)

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