A clever and informative tale on the necessary components of a backup strategy. Also, a nice example of a non-invasive promotional strategy. I always appreciate a somewhat whimiscal approach to the sales process.
Damien Katz sold his house and is moving to Charlotte NC so he can build a cool piece of software. In this post, he considers learning how to juggle. His writing and his story (which I found because of a post on rewriting the Lotus Notes engine) induced me to dive into the archives and read forward. This is is pretty courageous, certainly by the standards of most people trying to make a living and make a life.
Musicplasma is cool to look at, and well designed (the zoom in/out is nicely done).
By using size as a way of expressing the importance (based on frequency) of an artist, the zoom out feature is more useful than, say, an outline. And unsurprisingly, the Beatles turn up on almost every map (just keep zooming out until you can see the whole universe of your search).
Business model appears to be "show people other music they might like, and get the Amazon affiliate revenue". The logical question is, why doesn't Apple do something like this for iTunes? And then you wonder why Amazon isn't in the iTunes (audio track download) business.
From A VC, and continued here, which points to a John Battelle post which talks a little more about the magic (the service uses Amazon data). That leads to Battelle's original Musicplasma post, which was prompted by Scoble (who posts so much that I occasionally miss cool stuff like this). How do these guys find the time?!
Actually, in looking at the Scoble post on Musicplasma, he doesn't really make me want to chase further. Battelle's inclusion of a screen shot really increases my desire to look at the site. This demonstrates one of the neat effects of the so-called blogosphere: if something is actually worth a look, chances are someone you read will blog about it in a way that gets you to take a look.
As Google PageRank demonstrated, and not unlike the neurons in your brain, it's possible for a network to vote on what's important.
There's a part of me that thinks this is pretty cool. It has a certain whimsical appeal, if you will.
Update: Adam points out that http://8675309.com redirects you somewhere (and http://www.8675309.com redirects you somewhere just a bit different). Interesting - I wonder who controls the 8675309.com domain (i.e. has zone authority for it), since that would be the party responsible for this bifurcation. Turns out (not surprisingly), the domain name is owned by 8675209, Inc., who has also trademarked it.