Ugg. That's quite enough of that. So much whinging! Unsubscribing from even the rss feed ...
A smattering of Yet Another (anti-)Social Network, Getting Things Done, Anti-social behaviour orders, and the ilk.
We occupy a foreign land that doesn't want us, while at home our civil liberties are discounted.
We are told that it's better not to know what our government is doing in our name, for security purposes. Meanwhile, our government is becoming omnipresent, spying on us whenever it deems it necessary.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."
West Virginia’s senior Democratic senator, Robert Byrd: "The President claims a boundless authority through the resolution that authorized the war on those who perpetrated the September 11th attacks. But that resolution does not give the President unchecked power to spy on our own people. That resolution does not give the Administration the power to create covert prisons for secret prisoners. That resolution does not authorize the torture of prisoners to extract information from them. That resolution does not authorize running black-hole secret prisons in foreign countries to get around U.S. law. That resolution does not give the President the powers reserved only for kings and potentates."
Jane Smiley: A Ten-Step Program: "I began considering the possibility that what we see around us might indeed constitute success, as far as the Bushies are concerned, when I read in a post by Karen Kwiatkowski that three witnesses had confirmed that Bush referred to the Constitution as a “just a god damned piece of paper.”
Let’s take a look at the “mistakes” the Bush administration is said to have made, and, instead, ask ourselves if they are actually realized intentions"
Effort: A +
Community Spirit: F
Critical Thinking: F
Someone needs to be kept after school and made to write “I will not use 2257 laws for my own site administration tactics” on the chalkboard at least 100 times. Or else I get out the real paddle."
Guess embedded YouTube videos were popular. Why not block the service and suggest replacements? Sheesh. Adrants sez: "MySpace came out of nowhere as the single most popular place to go for...well...anything. It can disappear just as quickly and be replaced by another."
Bloglines rocks. Since I started collapsing more feeds and using the Hotkeys I can plow right though my whole feed (clipping on the way). Firefox 1.5 seems to has hosed clipping and I did loose some related extensions, until I downgraded, upgraded, and didn't check for updates to extensions.
And I'm awaiting Bloglines 3.0 "Bloglines switched it's user-agent from 'Bloglines 2.1' to 'Bloglines 3.0-rho' on Tuesday afternoon. ... there could be some big changes coming in near future."
This is indefinite dictatorial power. And I don't use that term lightly; the very definition of a dictatorship is a system that puts a ruler above the law.
Laws are what give us security against the actions of the majority and the powerful. If we discard our constitutional protections against tyranny in an attempt to protect us from terrorism, we're all less safe as a result."
SFist: Big Changes at Tribe.net:
"The very definition of a 'chilling effect' on free speech is when legislation or enforcement of new laws are so potentially onerous that people and organization self-censor out of fear and potential liability."
"The exodus is already being planned, according to moderator scuttlebutt, and it sounds to be big enough that even Tribe's dense management will feel the breeze; which is sure to make their parent company, Knight-Ridder, wince. If Knight-Ridder thought Tribe was a money drain before, after December 20th, when all those moderators with all those Tribe members hit the delete key and move on, it's going to feel like a broken dam."
Brian a Tribe employee, said:
"Perhaps it is best to say that we are a technology company with a cultural component, and not a culture company with a technological component. "
I read feeds from tribe, but, poke my head in seldom anymores ...
"This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced."
"It's un-American, and it's unacceptable. Americans need a President who will keep them safe and enforce the law, we don't need a big brother. Americans know we don’t have to sacrifice our basic liberties in order to fight the terrorists. Together, America can do better."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”"
and even a A United Coalition of Blogs for the Impeachment of George W. Bush"
Eeep! Their out of the closet. Just in time for Santarchy!
43 People looks great, is fun to poke at, and brought over plenty of goodness from 43things/places. Cheer this!
Wow, I got quite the care package from the Primary Tentacle! A selection of stickers (I'm used to seeing the green, but, the purple is mighty tempting) and some postcards. Now I have to stalk some prime real estate ...
Tags: laughing squid, stickers
"Next-generation infoware ... because both of them let you quit
Syndicated news (and blogs) succeed because they only trade in meta-data and thus are fully shareable; it matters not one iota to anyone if you read that BBC story off a weblog sidebar, inline on a portal page or on the actual BBC.
picking up my signal across a network of enthusiastic relays each aggregating, reformating and rebundling in their bid for your membership attention." - TeledyN
"But I'd love to see competition based on the value that's wrapped around the portable data we choose to mesh with infoware services, rather than on data lock-in." - Jon Udell: Next-generation infoware
The modules allow one to pull in rss feeds, so you could create a public
Digital Lifestyle Aggregator of sorts ... Livejournal posts of what they had for lunch seems to be popular. I have seen a few people put the rss output from a tribe into their public profile, mixing metaphors nicely. Ironically, tribe itself is not producing rss feeds for the in-profile blogs making the place smell of walled garden. In spite of former Tribe CEO Mark Pincus arguing for interoperability and open standards to allow users to interact with members of different networks without having to join those networks. Add the injury of no discussion post edits (every word is sacred) and no html markup we've got a near miss. Heck, even Friendster has Typepad blogs bolted on.
I've shifted most of my community reading to rss since discussion threads load like slow snot and now that people can put all sorts of interesting content on their profile page those often load even slower.
For some occasional under the hood data, check the Briatribe.
Humm, sort of a call to arms/request for widgets? More than a blog or del.icio.us pool, but, not quite the walled garden of a SN? We're already lousy with blogs, wikis, (anti-)social networks, source control repositories, search engines, and clipping and tagging services. No need to build a place for the widgets, just center of linking, tagging, and annotation. Color me interested.
However, we do need a SN just for invites to betas of SNs ...
"'Under the terms of the deal, New Times will pay Clear Channel a sum in the high six figures for naming rights to the Warfield Theatre, which for the next three years will become the SF Weekly Warfield', BGP representatives said. In exchange, Clear Channel will spend so much money on advertising in the Weekly and Express that there will be little or no money left for competing print media." - San Francisco Bay Guardian News
Thankfully, Dog Bites throws the Guardian a bone.
The Onion weekly in SF has good event listings and a newsletter. Dunno why you can't get to any of it online .... A new occasional paper, The East Bay Daily News which doesn't seem to have any news in it.
Rojo has both shared and recomended links. But they're only good for other people using rojo. No rss feeds outbound that I've located.
People turned to the Londonist for news (which is more known for snark and event notices), so, they started to provide it.
One of my most treasured news sources remains Cagle.
Orkut is certainly the most anti-social of anti-social networks. Profiles are not visible without logging in, there are no rss feeds in or out, and they seldom even bother to post any news (much less server status reports).
Wow! Massively incoherent. Citizen Journalists everywhere weep. Honor Tags is an idea introduced by Grass Roots Media (Dan Gillmor, Michael Goff and Jay Campbell) to put some really ugly self-tags on things that should be obvious by reputation at best or used to fib at worse.
I'd have to go HonorTagUnTag "I hate your tags. I'd rather not say anything and my work doesn't fit your categories." on everything.
Technorati Tags: aggregator,
'But he is no friend of democracy. He's no friend of freedom. He is a person who is very much supportive of the current ayatollahs, who are telling the people of that country how to live their lives."
Oh no, in a civilized country the freedom fighters would never ally with the religious right and tell people how to live their lives. Throwing black kettles in glass houses after the horses have bolted, and all like that. Democracy good! (may not be valid in all countries).
There is a short stack of live reblogs to read from. Clippings.reblog says "I was using an RSS reader called NetNewsWire which has a weblog interface and allowed me to post items of interest directly to this site. However I have recently started using reBlog by eyebeam which provides a web interface for RSS aggregation filtering and publishing via moveabletype. Reblog is a more efficient method that allows for better attribution of sources."
Apparently "the combination of organic electronic backplanes and electrophoretic frontplanes could produce truly rollable, albeit monochrome, displays in the not-too-distant future." "this year you'll see real product prototypes. Then you'll see real products in volume within two years."
Of couse, that ment biting the S2 bullet which has lead me in many circles this morning ...
I had no idea that personal-area networks would be colored ...
Tim O'Reilly: O'Reilly Media.
A pleasant surprise. I wonder if it was more for conferences than the stack of books at every geek's desk?
Mark Fletcher: Bloglines (acquired by AskJeeves).
Excellent! One of my favorite drugs, even if one of my goals is to stop reading bloglines every 5 minutes
Jonathan Abrams: Friendster. Tom Anderson, Chris DeWolfe: MySpace. Paul Martino, Mark Pincus: Tribe.net.
YASN! Tribe ate my head for quite some cycles, now it's been relegated to rss mostly.
Joshua Schachter: Del.icio.us. Stewart Butterfield, Caterina Fake: Flickr (acquired by Yahoo!).
The usual suspects
N. Z. Bear: The Truth Laid Bear
Oh! There's a surprise. The new release is quite nice. Guess I'll have to poke around there a bit ...
"[Messages page] works more like a message board than like e-mail. The main difference between Multiply and other message boards is that Multiply includes all the discussions going in throughout your network, as opposed to being focused on one specific topic. At any time, you can "adjust" the messages page to show you less, or more, of what's going on in your network."
Looks like you could read all of your groups and friends via this. Subscribe to a thread via email is a really nice option. Now, if they only had rss for these!
A partial solution to keeping track of my friends many personas. I'm resisting cutting a private page per person ...
Now, about that Identity consolidation ... "A user with an XFN Friendly blog, blogroll, or web site, can use that site as a nexus for linking together all these otherwise disparate and isolated social networking sites"
The Technorati Party floated by, so I spent some time poking around. Friends! You can add anyone (nonreciprocal) and then see their events on your 'home page'. And a rss feed for My Friends' Events, natch.
They've certainly got the rss slices down. My Friend's Events is nice. Not many events, though. I was wondering why the tag rss feeds were so quiet ...
We've added support for related tags, and our wonderful users created a MovableType plugin and API clients for Python, Java, and Ruby.
Left work late. Caught every red light on the way, which meant that I klunked into limbo on the way. It was a gaggle of Geeks with beer (well, Gordon Biersch, anyways) bellowing above musack. The highlight for me was stickers. I even saw someone peeling the top of their laptop to center a new acquisition. Now I'm on a quest for a Laughing Squid sticker (how have I overlooked them all this time?)
Kevin Marks from Technorati couldn't be heard above the drunks (no, the other drunks). So, the cats were herded outside and we ended up on some steps facing the water. Short informal talks followed. I think that more pictures were taken than words spoken.
Technorati: tags visible, protocol independent.
Flickr: interestingness, tag decay, timeliness vs quality.
Some Uniform chased us off yelling 'Earthquake, Earthquake, GollyZilla' and we scattered. Guess it was really Tsunami Tuesday. Some nice folks herded a few of us to their loft where people were pleasingly antisocial behind their tech. I certainly heard more Gnomedex than Supernova.
Oh! Learned new word and have new feed
Wharton West Workshop Day, June 20. The two tracks on Connected Platforms and
Decentralized Commerce look excellent.
2-day Main Conference, June 21-2
West’s movie ranks right up there with Dead/Alive, Evil Dead 2, Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, Bad Taste and Shaun of the Dead. We’re not kidding, this movie kicks ass – you will not be disappointed. Get your tickets early and look to the skies."
June 10, 10:30 / Roxie
Funny, I've been getting Orkut invite requests from all over creation. This blog, Tribe, 43things, ... And, as always, it was only just functional and took a couple of days to get the invites out. I don't see why they even leave it up in such a crippled state. Social Euthanasia Network!
And I got friended by a Brazillian Kutcher fan ...
From: Mailer Daemon Angel
procmail: Refused to save
550 5.1.1 .... User exhausted
Best autoresponse ever.
What is it with stupid headshot rules? Reezle rejected my fist and hand-over-face. Yahoo spazed about them when they first released too.
OpenID is maturing quickly and there are already a couple of little applications which can accept OpenID logins. LiveJournal is already providing an identity server so that LiveJournal users can log in to other OpenID sites. The next step is to make LiveJournal be what we've been calling a consumer of OpenID, meaning that external users can log in here.
lj_dev: OpenID on LiveJournal
And Tuco is a fine persona!
Watchlists for tags, Tag aggragators, Notifiers to email or IM accounts, bookmarklet, and an API. That's quite an Alpha!
"Holy Technicolor Spew, Batman! What did I just put in my mouth?"
A Rat-Fink soda? Cough Syrup? Zima? Yuck!
Budweister sez that it's a 'great mixture of beer and new flavors'. I think that Cruft nailed it as 'something akin to beer with a Flintstone's vitamin ground up in it.' It's practically one of those dreaded wine coolers. Heck, it probably mixes well with Kool-Aid
Buh? I was looking at some fallow feeds when I noticed someone else subscribed to a goofy word search. My feeds have been slurped by shieon! Looks like they tossed 5+ peoples ompl files together ...
Well, I just reaped though their blogroll, which was mighty disorienting, and ended up at 376/785 feeds. A couple of good bay area blogs (some SFists, even) and a stack of publishing/pop culture blogs.
Now, whatever was it that I sat down to do?
The vets have been out the last couple of days. I'm glad to see that their little collection cans have been filled to bursting. Now I have quite the collection of Buddy Poppies from the years that I've worked downtown ...
Wow! Clean interface. Drag and drop modules. Gmail preview. Yum.
113 people del.icio.us'ed it before I did. Busy bees.
Whoa, a John von Neumann stamp. Now, whatever can I stick it to? Heck, I should just use them like stickers and put them on my tech.
Amazing how much cruft one gains poking around. This is one of my 'must' extensions.
and these aren't all at Konocti Harbor, either!
I'm sure that you can uncover more horror at The List
Fun use of a blog.
Oh! Simple and brilliant.
Off with their email! Unsubscribed from two email only sources ...
ISN: InfoSec News
"InfoSec News is a privately run, medium traffic list that caters to the distribution of information security news articles."
Disclaimer: We will unsubscribe any e-mails that send vacation messages, "full mailbox" errors, or qualities of a vanity forward. Please don't come crying to us if you can't subscribe to or unsubscribe from the list on your own.
Humm, supposedly there are slides somewheres.
Messy menus and lots and lots of options well hidden. I'm still looking for that 'favorite quote' box that I saw once. I sent out a stack of invites and will be able to try more bells and whistles once I have a few more friends to social.
I did find list of Yahoo! Employees, though., which is probably where most of the invites flowed from.
I really wish that I had one of Tribe's new user profiles to try the two out side-by-side ...
"We are the only online networking application to incorporate a reputation system. Our multi-directional approach creates a dynamic, self-regulating environment, with Advocates rating Seekers, Seekers rating Advocates and Contacts rating Advocates. Members police their own environment, reducing the tendency for unwelcome activity."
Funny, they're supporting Firefox, but, pages load soooo slow (multiple platforms, most recent stable browser) that it's hardly worth reading the noise. Even tabbed browsing won't help when the whole browser locks up while trying to render. And, yes, I've tweeked the multi-thread options.
the ability to look narrow local business reviews by their network"
There goes Tuesday March 29th!
I'm finding trackbacks but no one running with the idea. It seems like a fine Firefox extension ...
Finally! and Yay!
Whoa. Not quite ready for use, but, quite the proof of concept.
"offline, no one knows you are a talented photographer, that you want
to learn Italian, that you discover great links or know some great people"
- Josh Petersen
Thoughts on Flickr and Yahoo (by Jeremy Zawodny): "There are many parts of Yahoo that will be Flickrized in the coming months. And with more resources available, Flickr itself will be able to grow like never before."
"does one thing and does it well"
"makes extensive and intuitive use of RSS"
The story unfolds at Flickr: FlickrCentral
Have no life and get your game on and pretend that you have a life!
Wikipedia is the perfect platform on which to bring everything under the sun together. ... Every person, place, thing, and event would be assigned a unique ID"
Frightening! (in a fun sort of way)
the fairy-tale promise of wrangling all the crap in your life
- Merlin Mann
If you've got four people going to a concert, before the key is
turned in the ignition, everyone holds the ticket to their
foreheads and verifies that everyone else has a ticket. There's
something satisfying about making it hard to screw up -- it's
like clipping mittens to your sleeves.
- Merlin Mann
Why keyboard shortcuts?
Obvious to geeks. It all comes back to
Apple R&D shows
that keyboarding is only perceived as faster, while using the
mouse is actually faster.
Power users are delusional.
- Danny O'Brien
Technically Inexperienced People (TIPpies) are
NEVER in a flow state. If you try to help people who are battling
their computers, they're never concentrating on their task, never
in flow. The trick is to stay in your chosen app and not make the
- Alice Taylor
"We want OpenSearch to do for search what RSS has done for content."
Soap on a rope!
The question for all of us is, how can you have interaction without information cascades, without losing the independence that's such a key factor in group intelligence? First one: the best thing to do is to keep your ties loose. You're better off, and the group is better off, if the ties are looser, because loose ties minimize the influence of those around you. Second, keep yourself exposed to as much information as possible. Injecting some level of randomnesss into the system is a good thing.
The long tail -- Chris Anderson's name for the 95% of media that
isn't top sellers, but which, in aggregate, accounts for more
than half the money on the table for media vendors -- is the tail
of bottom-feeders and improbable denizens of the ocean's thermal
vents. We're unexpected guests at the dinner table and we have
the nerve to demand a full helping."
Ah, greasemonkey does this well with a whole stack of contributed scripts.
if you havent written about sex, religion, and politics in a week youre probably playing it too safe, which means you probably fucked up on #5, in which case start a second blog and keep your big mouth shut about it this time.
remember: nobody cares which N*Sync member you are, what State you are, which Party of Five kid you are, or which Weezer song you are. the second you put one of those things on your blog you need to delete your blog and try out for the marching band. similarilly, nobody gives a shit what the weather is like in your town, nobody wants you to change their cursor into a butterfly, nobody wants to vote on whether your blog is hot or not, and nobody gives a rat ass what song youre listening to. write something Real for you, about you, every day."
Funny, guess that means that we should delete LiveJournal, en masse?
Yahoo blogs teaser!
Marc's Voice: "Now imagine that Yahoo - in addition to hosuing all this end-user content - ALSO enabled folks ot easily contribute it to shared, public servers? "
Charlene Li's Blog: "Be able to see reviews from people within your social network."
"The beta will start on March 29th."
Now that's just odd.
Lovely name! A web-based RSS reader ...
RSS Kills! News at Eleven!
My browser startup has been about:mozilla for many years ...
what we want to do is create structure (in the form of XML) around each of these types of entries, to organize the data inside and to let machine readers - other programs, sites, and aggregators - better understand the content."
Whoa! Just so. Also, All Consuming
Double Silly Tagging!
Sticky Silver-Bullets all around!
Nice website, looks like they have several clues.
powerful Firefox extension coming to a browser near you!
"To address the censorship charge that was thrown about head-on: we do not censor people's blogs, and we take the censorship allegation extremely seriously. I actively encourage our employees to blog, and to express their opinions. However, ..."
"I failed to comprehend the effects of my actions on Technorati" - Niall Kennedy
Whoa. Technorati - the new old-school medium.
Update: a disclamer was added and the pix Some blogger blabbed...
Humm, I haven't found more than a way to get a search box, but, seeing counts and tags for a url is great.
Guys? Welcome to the Internet."
Sheesh, I popped into LJ to post and there were all of these shrill warnings about Frienditto (which looks like it's melting).
Oh, dear, more terms as obtuse as folksonomy ...
As facilitating as a train wreck, now with graphs!