Thursday, August 22, 2002

Is something interesting about to happen?

Is something interesting about to happen? Sifry writes some more about the merging of IM and blogging. Yesterday he had a concrete example. And all of this brings me back to some very old from the annals of the JOHO about blog threads. I think some of Sifry's ideas could go along way to the realization of a blog threading environment. So if you get IMs when things get posted, are able to reply via IM, the real key would be to tag such exchanges with some kind of thread id so the entire conversation can be captured and displayed.


I'm not really sure what to make of this. Here is a snippet:
We're told the old-school imperialists were racists, that they thought of the wogs as inferior. But, if so, they at least considered them capable of improvement. The multiculturalists are just as racist. The only difference is that they think the wogs can never reform: Good heavens, you can't expect a Muslim in Norway not to go about raping the womenfolk! Much better just to get used to it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Iraqi Militants Stiffed Again?

I hope these guys weren't expecting U.S. air support. It looks as though the Berlin cops had no trouble with them. Things just get weirder every day.

information wave technologies::news::august 19, 2002

I wonder if this is what Lawrence Lessig was talking about when he was trying to spur the technical community into action? Looks like the geeks are starting to shoot back. Thank God.

When is Ginger not really Ginger?

ZDNet ran this piece on how the famous Dean Kamen "It" a.k.a Ginger is actually not the Segway Human Transport. So if Segway isn't Ginger what is "It"? Given that Kamen has more than a few patent filings maybe there are some clues buried there. He did manage to patent some kind of strange sealed steam engine last year. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, August 19, 2002

Is it GODZILLA? - Quizilla

Send Toho a message. I love Godzilla but I don't love his lawyers.

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Friday, August 16, 2002 | get your war on | page thirteen

Hey people get your war on. It's funny how this strip definitly mirrors the absurd reality of the "War on Terror".

Thursday, August 15, 2002

The Other Side of High Tech Activism

Earlier I blogged a bit about Declan McCullagh's article on how geeks are unsuited to be activists and should get back to their editors and compilers to do what they do best. Well today I listened to Lawrence Lessig's free_culture talk. I highly recommend this flash presentation to everyone. It's important. For now suffice it to say that my opinion has not really changed on how best to act but maybe the tech community needs to get off its collective keester and do something, anything, or our freedoms and our culture will be take over by the RIAA and MPAA.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Gizmodo -- the gadgets weblog

How cool. Gizmodo is a gadget blog. Just what I need another outlet for my technofetishism.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

I Code and I Vote!

In his recent article, Geeks in government: A good idea? - Tech News -, Declan McCullagh exposes some grim truths. First geeks should stop politicking and write code that disrupts the status quo (think Napster, Gnutella, Anonyomizer, PGP, etc). Second geek lobbies are ill suited to politics because they are blunt, direct, and lack the finesse required for success. I have to admit that after seeing the headline of the article I was nearly outraged that anyone would suggest that geeks should drop all this political "hacktivism" but I think McCullagh is on to something. If Phil Zimmerman was politically active prior to writing PGP then it's quite possible strong encryption would have never made it into the hands of the masses. Or if Shawn Fanning was busy engaging the trolls at the RIAA in dialog on the future of the music industry Napster may never have been born. So maybe there is a third way. Do what we do best and vote with our tech savvy. Politicians will listen to people who give them money and people who give them votes. Start at the local level. Make sure your municipality is using technology wisely. Better yet make sure money they are taking from your wallet for technology gets spent wisely. Remember you have the power of the vote. You don't always have to vote for lower taxes.

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Movies on the Brain

I love going to the movies. I'd almost rather go to the theater and see a bad movie than stay home and rent a decent one. I'm not really sure what it is about going to the theater. It probably stems from my childhood. I grew up in rural Southern New Jersey. While there were plenty of outdoor activities to keep a kid busy during the spring and summer, the fall and winter months we devoid of such diversions. That's when we'd hit the movies. It was like something out of "American Grafitti". My friends and I would cruise up and down the main drag of our town, along with all the other teens in town, in our souped up cars, see a movie, cruise, and then end up at the local Pizza Hut. (We didn't have a proper diner down there.) The quality of the films I watched as a kid varied. Remember this is Southern New Jersey were talking about here. So I grew up on a steady diet of Action/Sci-Fi/Horror low and high budget films. Philadelphia was always close so it wasn't all "Motel Hell" and "Halloween". I didn't have access to high minded cinema until VCRs became popular and we could rent foreign and other classic films. However, even when we could get things on VHS, this constant diet of movies has kind of conditioned me so that if I go too long without going to an actual theater I go through withdrawal. I think it works like human sexual habits. Do it a lot when your a kid and you kind of expect the same frequency.

Wednesday, August 07, 2002


I recently saw "Signs" and I must say I was very impressed. M. Knight Shyamalan is a master craftsman. This was a great movie. The tension the film generated was like a physical presence in the theater. I haven't experienced anything like it in a while. Maybe "Silence of the Lambs". People these days are comparing Shyamalan to Spielberg but I think that's inaccurate nor complementary. He's more like Rod Serling. Signs was like a classic "Twilight Zone" episode. Masterful, scary, and thought provoking.

Pro, the Way to Go.

Ok I've gone Pro. Can't you tell?