- Andy Baio (blogger)
Andy Baio (born
April 22, 1977) is an American technologist and blogger. He is the founder of Upcoming.org, and the author of the Waxy.org blog.
In 2003, Baio launched Upcoming.org, a collaborative event calendar. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9907E6DF1439F935A35752C1A9659C8B63 ONLINE DIARY - New York Times ] ] The site was acquired by
Yahoofor an undisclosed sum in 2005. [ [http://www.news.com/Yahoo-acquires-Upcoming.org/2100-1026_3-5889189.html Yahoo acquires Upcoming.org | CNET News.com ] ] In 2007, Baio announced his departure from Yahoo. [ [http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2007/11/12/daily10.html Upcoming.org creator leaving Yahoo - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal: ] ] [ [http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/11/upcomings-found.html Upcoming's Founder on Going From Giants to Startups (and Back Again) | Epicenter from Wired.com ] ] .
Baio writes mostly about technology and media on Waxy.org, and publishes a
sideblogknown as Waxy Links. Baio was one of the first bloggers to draw attention to the Star Wars Kid video, which depicted a teenager clumsily emulating martial arts moves for the camera. [ [http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2003/05/58881 'Star Wars Kid' Gets Bucks From Blogs ] ] [ [http://iron.wootest.net/2003/11/andy-baio/ under the iron ] ] He was the first to identify the youth and interview him. [ [http://waxy.org/archive/2003/05/13/finding_.shtml Finding the Star Wars Kid] ] In response to the negative attention the boy received, Baio later organized a fundraiser for him, raising $4,300 in a week. [ [http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2003/05/58881 'Star Wars Kid' Gets Bucks From Blogs ] ] [ [http://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2003-08-21-star-wars-kid_x.htm USATODAY.com - 'Star Wars Kid' becomes unwilling Internet star ] ]
When the parody cartoon
House of Cosbyswas taken down from its original site due to a cease and desist letter from Bill Cosby's attorney, Baio placed the videos on his own website. [ [http://www.waxy.org/archive/2005/11/12/house_of.shtml Waxy.org: House of Cosbys, Mirrored ] ] Baio later received a similar cease and desist letter but refused to comply, citing fair use and decrying what he termed "a special kind of discrimination against amateur creators on the Internet", since Cosby had often been parodied in the mainstream media. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/06/business/06cosby.html Cosby's Lawyers See No Flattery in an Imitation - New York Times ] ]
Baio has also written for Wired magazine [ [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.04/start.html?pg=20 Wired 15.04: START ] ] and was a staffer on
R. U. Sirius' online magazine GettingIt.com. [ [http://www.gettingit.com/author/77 Gettingit.com: Andrew Baio ] ]
* [http://waxy.org/ Waxy.org] main blog
* [http://waxy.org/links Waxy Links] links selected by Baio, each with a few words of commentary
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