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Would you care to elaborate on this?

I think Pavlina is an odd guy, but I've found some of his advice to be quite helpful over the years.

I don't agree with everything he says, but I don't think he's a "crank" either.


See eg http://americanloons.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/1018-steve-erin... and http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Steve_Pavlina


Great work so far. The tool was very intuitive and easy to use.

My suggestion: once I've defined an API, let me apply it to multiple targets that I supply to you programatically.

The use case driving my suggestion: I'm an affiliate for a given eCommerce site. As an affiliate, I get a data feed of items available for sale on the site, but the feed only contains a limited amount of information. I'd like to make the data on my affiliate page richer with extra data that I scrape from a given product page that I get from the feed.

In this case, the page layout for all the various products for sale is exactly the same, but there are thousands of products.

So I'd like to be able to define my Kimono API once - lets call it CompanyX.com Product Page API - then use the feed from my affiliate partner to generate a list of target URLs that I feed to Kimono.

Bonus points: the list of products changes all the time. New products are added, some go away, etc. I'd need to be able to add/remove target URLs from my Kimono API individually as well as adding them in bulk.

Thanks for listening. Great work, again. I can't wait to see where you go with this.



Thanks a ton for the feedback. Getting data from multiple similarly structured URLs programmatically is something we're working on now. We love hearing about the use cases you want to use this for so we can make sure we build out the right features to make kimono useful for you.


If only there was a way to check and see if these links were generated by a widget and not actually part of the article's HTML.

Oh wait... there is!

Viewing the source from the "6 of the Most Enjoyable Theme Parks in the Nation" [1] article referenced in the parent article shows that the phrase "guaranteed best price on airfare" indeed is a straight link to Expedia.

[1] - http://www.cheaptravelblog.net/6-of-the-most-enjoyable-theme...

[2] - http://i.imgur.com/gGoo9jL.png


I agree. The landing page leaves much to be desired.

I've read over it a few times and I still have no idea what your service does or why I would want to use it.

Please consider revising your copy to focus on the benefits you're providing to me. What problems are you solving for me? Why is using GoodFilms going to make my life easier or better?

Good luck to you. Congrats on launching and I hope you do well with this.



This is the first I've heard of your service. It looks really cool.

I would find the image conversion particularly useful. Is it possible to upload a file and have it saved at multiple sizes? I couldn't see a way to do this in your API docs.... or else I'm just reading it wrong.

Congrats and keep up the great work.


We currently allow you to resize on the fly.

Preconfigured conversion is coming soon :D. Actually, feel free to ping me on olark (on the site) or liyan@filepicker.io as we're working on it right now and I'd be curious to talk to a customer about some details.


Please implement these as derived files in subdirectories. That is; keep the original as is, and allow chained processors in any order with user specified "handles". The handles are subdirectories but filenames are otherwise the same, except for the extensions that may be updated by the processor in a predictable way. So if a user uploads a TeX file, processors can be added for

    "preview"=PNG+Resize(200x400)  - /preview/random-file.png
    "pdf"=TeX-2-PDF(Bicubic=True)  - /pdf/random-file.pdf
Sorry for using a HN thread for this :) And I realize this is a lot of work. Your service looks very promising.


Things are never as fun as they were back in the good old days. :)


Congrats on the acquisition. You're quite prolific when it comes to churning out the various web apps you produce.

Could you give us some insight into how you come up with the ideas for your apps? What's your thought process for determining whether an idea is worth pursuing or not?

Congrats again. Your success has always been an inspiration to me and is very well deserved.


Every time an idea pops into my head, no matter how silly, I write it down. Then when I think of (or read) something cool that applies to one of my ideas, such as a clever way to market it, I write that down with it.

Do that long enough (I've been at it 15 years -- I'm 35 now) and you'll have pages of notes.

As for which ideas I pursue- the ones I think I can pull off. Simple web apps, for example, versus a plastic stencil-like guide for cutting the hair on the back of your neck (idea #178).

As for doing it solo vs raising money & hiring a big team -- again, whatever way it will have the most success (for the product, and for my happiness).


This is an even sillier question, but how exactly do you keep track of all your ideas? A special notebook? Spreadsheet? What have you found is the best way to keep track of all your ideas on the go, while never losing track of them, etc?



Evernote, these days. Which reminds me, I should save a backup right now.

Used to be a little spiral bound notebook that I was scared to death of losing.


- I use .txt files. - On work OneNote

Everything local and have backups, not in the cloud.


"Later on that evening, officers say they arrested Faith Clifton, a 19-year-old white female of San Francisco. Faith has been booked into San Francisco County Jail on possession of stolen property, methamphetamine and fraud charges."

That sounds like someone was arrested and charged to me.


I'm sure that she was. The question is, were those charges related to EJs apartment? EJ claims not. That the police made a statement that someone was charged for something, is most emphatically not a statement that someone was charged for the crimes committed against EJ.

That this over-one-month-old, ambiguous statement is the best that AirBNB has to offer, is pretty damning and leads me to believe EJ, not AirBNB. That AirBNB keeps sending it out lends credence to EJs belief that AirBNB doesn't give a shit and is just PR-ing the whole thing.

Either way, this "journalist" did nothing but reprint a PR blurb with zero fact checking or even awareness that there is another side to this story.


But it's unclear what her involvement in this is. Was she one of the perpetrators (and if there was more than one, as EJ suspects, where are the others?), or was she someone who received stolen property from them? Hard to say at this point...


Agreed. If that's not an example of YAGNI I don't know what is.


Please consider changing the background and font combination. The "DISCOVER HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH YOUR WEBSITE" is very difficult to read and the light gray on darker gray text on the left is almost just as bad.

I'm using the latest version of Chrome on Windows 7 if that helps.



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