Posts filed under "Elsewhere"

April 14, 2011

We’re at it again and we’re hiring…

Chip has created the Nth generation of his massive-scale real-time server architecture (the spiritual descendent of Habitat) and we think the time is right for mobile/social games to go multiplayer! So we’ve gotten the band back together, and you can join us!

FUDCorp Job Openings

Real-Time Game Server Programmer, SF Bay Area

About us: a still-stealth start-up with a groundbreaking mobile/gaming platform that will reshape social games/apps. Get in on the ground floor with world-class founders and established technology. If you know us, you what we’ve built since the earliest days of online play.

Your role:

  • Writing server-side Java code for an original massively multiplayer mobile online game
  • Writing/maintaining testing frameworks (mostly in JavaScript for Node.js) for rapid development and massive scale performance evaluation
  • This is a contract position, with potential to join our full-time team

Job Requirements:

  • Immediate Availability. Our recent successes (partners and funding) means we need more help immediately!
  • San Francisco Bay Area. With live meetings at least weekly, increasing over time.
  • Minimum 3 years as a professional Java programmer working on client-server applications in a small, decentralized team.
  • Strong Linux/Unix skills: shell scripting, command line tools, server administration, etc.
  • Big plus: server-side JavaScript/ECMAScript skills, especially with Node.js
  • Big plus: experience with Amazon EC2, and optimizing server features for automatic deployment
  • Big plus: previous work with implementing social games, such as taxonomies, economies, abuse mitigation, and social issues
  • Big plus: experience with iPhone or Android app development

Please send resume and contact info to

October 11, 2009

Crossing the streams

A lot of you who know me from the virtual worlds/online games/social media communities may not be aware that one of my other major avocations is photography. In particular, for the past several years I’ve been engaged in an extended project to photographically document the current state of the former Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) Coast Line from San Francisco to the outskirts of Los Angeles. At this point I’ve accumulated something like 30,000 pictures, but until now they’ve just been piling up on my file server. However, a number of friends who have been following this particular adventure have begun nagging me to stop telling stories and produce some output already. Embracing the concept that Productive People Ship, I’ve started a photoblog, Unexpected Image, to show off this and my other photo work. If you’re the sort of person who likes this sort of thing, I hope this is the sort of thing you’ll like.

Off topic I know, but I justify posting about it here ’cause Randy is implicated in the story of how the photoblog got its name, which you can read about on the About page.

August 12, 2009

Introducing Reputation Wednesdays at BuildingReputation.Com

Reputation Wednesday is an ongoing series of essays about reputation-related matters being posted over at which Randy co-authors. This week’s essay is entitled Ratings Bias Effects. This will likely be the only cross-posting, so be sure to subscribe! :-)

December 18, 2008

Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems

I’d like to to announce that I, Randy, am co-authoring a book with Bryce Glass for Yahoo!Press/O’Reilly entitled: Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems.

We’re starting a blog and wiki to document and share the process as well as the content. The blog is available at and the wiki will be up in the new year. We expect to post quite often as we pound out the chapters of our book, so be sure to get yer RSS feed ASAP.

November 12, 2008

Lileks on Toontown

The invaluable James Lileks weighs in on Toontown.

January 9, 2008

Deathspank: Monkey Island meets Diablo

Ron Gilbert a friend and game designer extraordinaire has returned to his rightful place as the lead for DeathSpank, an episodic adventure for HotHead games.

Congratulations Ron! As soon as it comes out I’ll finally have a reason to upgrade my home machine.

Can’t wait.

March 29, 2005

Yahoo! 360 Invitation Only Beta

Yahoo! 360° has entered an invite-only beta and you can read my description of what makes it special on the Yahoo! Searchblog.

I’ve already sent out a few invititations, but I’m sure I’ve missed a few of my friends out there who are interested. I’ve got a limited number of invitations, so I’m distributing them only to folks I actually know (in person) and/or are related to. That means you have my email already – just drop me a line.

[I’m wondering if/when the invites will show up for sale on eBay…]

Into the breach!

March 20, 2005

Another Reason Randy Has Been Busy

I’m been championing Yahoo’s just announced aquisition of Flickr.

Flickr + 360?
Flickr + Search?
Flickr + Groups?

Use your imagination…

Things are getting a lot more interesting for communities at Yahoo.

March 15, 2005

Announcing Yahoo! 360°

Since we are both too busy to keep this blog up-to-date, I figured I’d share what it is that I’m doing that would keep so occupied that I can’t keep up with the much needed ranting about virtual worlds, avatars, secondary markets, security and the like…

Announcing: Yahoo! 360°
Press Release

As it hit the wires in the wee hours of 3/16/05:
WSJ:Yahoo Plans Service to Let Users Create Blogs and Share Content
Charlene Li: (Forrester) Yahoo! announces blogging and social networking betas
AP:Yahoo Tests Blend of Blogging, Networking

Early bloggers are intrigued:
Marc Canter
Micro Persuasion (Steve Rubel)
SearchEngineJournal (Greg Sterling)
and hundreds more.

The invitations start at the end of the month…