There’s a new web service called dipity that creates timelines of your events. You can see a quick timeline I created below using the services (blog, Flickr, Yelp, etc) that I commonly use. It’s a nice visual way to see what someone has been doing. It offers Twitter integration as well, but I found that it cluttered up the timeline.


I think it has potential, but there are other things I’d like for it to do.

For instance, I think it would make a great “Archive” page for your blog. However, it only imports blog posts via RSS feed. Meaning it will show the most recent posts only. I tried to create a custom RSS page and use that, but it would bomb out at more than 20 results.

So go try dipity and see what you think. I’ll keep watching to see if you can import older content.

Isotope was designed for moments like this one

I’ve never been to Isotope Comics in SF, but I’ve heard about it from many different places. Owner James Sime has created a shop that caters to comic fans and promotes a community, not a run in, get your books and leave type shop.

Just look at the amount of light in this photo. Have you even seen that much light in your average comic shop?

The reason this photo is the best and proves that Isotope is tops. Parent and kid reading a comic together in the shop. That’s perfect.

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Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day 2008, so head on over to your local comic shop and pick up the free books. Try something you’ve never tried before. Take you kid(s) and get them something to read. Most shops should have the following books:

Dark Horse Free Comic - Hellboy Archie Comics - Jughead - Free Comic Bongo Comics Free-For-All
All Star Superman - Free Comic Book Day Dynamite Entertainment - Project Superpowers 0 IDW Transformers Animated
Image-Top Cow - Broken Trinity Virgin Comics - The Stranded #1
Viz - Shonen Jump Sampler  X-Men

The great thing is that more and more publishers are beginning to offer new content (or #1 issues) in the free books, rather than reprinting old material. That not only entices existing readers to try new books, it makes a perfect starting place for all new readers.

There are several more books that retailers could order at a heavily discounted price. These Silver Level books are secondary offerings by the big publishers or books by smaller publishers that can’t afford to cover the publishing cost. I hope our local shop has:

APE ENTERTAINMENT'S CARTOON-APALOOZA #1 DC Tiny Titans Gemstone - EC Comics SamplerMarvel Adventures - Spider-Man, Iron Man, and HulkRed5 - Atomic Robo and Friends
Top Shelf - Owly and Friends TwoMorrows - Comics Go Hollywood Wildcard - Gumby Coloring Comic

For more information (and previews) of all these books — and more — visit the Free Comic Book Day site. Be sure to get out there, get some free reading material and enjoy.