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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Abraham Lincoln. "If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee." [Quotes of the Day]
What do you think? []  links to this post    4:51:52 PM  
That's *my* data

James Snell nailed it - with pictures. Sorry I missed it back then.
Data Emergence, Self-hosted identities, Auto Discovery and the Future of Web Browsing.

What do you think? []  links to this post    4:13:04 PM  
'Google' is a transitive verb

Valdis Krebs: What's Your Google Number. Interesting piece on creative uses of Google - for reputation assessment, reference checking, etc. Google can tell a lot about you, including things you may not be aware of yourself! The best part of the article is under the heading "Associations".

Several months back I had two very similar inquiries about mapping supply networks. Putting each inquirer through Google, I found information about them individually. But putting both of them together through Google – “John Smith” AND “Jane Doe”[not their real names] – I found that they worked at the same large consulting firm, and that they had co-authored a white paper a while back. They knew each other, but had lost contact since both left the New York office over 5 years ago. Now they were working across the Atlantic from each other. How surprised they both were when I mentioned they should call each other about supply networks.

(via Stowe)

What do you think? []  links to this post    2:06:39 PM  
Project Mu FAQ

The Matrix-inspired alternate reality game has ended, and the puppet masters have posted a massive set of frequently asked questions (and answers).

I find the aggregate number of man-hours invested on both sides of the curtains in projects like these astounding...

Now, here's an idea: embed genuine open problems into such games, and let the hobbyist masses solve them collaboratively while under the impression that they're playing a game.

(via Bryan)

What do you think? []  links to this post    1:11:20 PM  
The Second Coming of Philip K. Dick

Nice Wired article on Philip K. Dick that highlights how, nearly half a century ago, he explored many of the ideas surrounding reality manufacturing and hacking that are becoming quite popular these days. It quotes his essay "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" that I blogged about last month.

At a time when most 20th-century science fiction writers seem hopelessly dated, Dick gives us a vision of the future that captures the feel of our time. He didn't really care about robots or space travel, though they sometimes turn up in his stories. He wrote about ordinary Joes caught in a web of corporate domination and ubiquitous electronic media, of memory implants and mood dispensers and counterfeit worlds. This strikes a nerve. "People cannot put their finger anymore on what is real and what is not real," observes Paul Verhoeven, the one-time Dutch mathematician who directed Total Recall. "What we find in Dick is an absence of truth and an ambiguous interpretation of reality. Dreams that turn out to be reality, reality that turns out to be a dream. This can only sell when people recognize it, and they can only recognize it when they see it in their own lives."

The piece ends with Dick's metaphysics in capsule form. I like.

What do you think? []  links to this post    11:44:33 AM 'Matrix,' other geek icons become philosophy-class fodder. Too bad they didn't mention the Centenary College guide.

This post also appears on the open channel thematrix

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:21:24 AM  
Traffic is heavy in Korea

Hmm. I knew Koreans were among the most wired people on the planet, but I wouldn't have guessed that about half of the top 20 websites were Korean. currently ranks third, right after Yahoo! and MSN. (According to's stats.)

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:39:22 AM  

If you're reading this in a browser (as about one-third of my readers appear to do), you might have noticed that I'm now syndicating content from the Many-to-Many weblog on social software in the right sidebar. As time goes by I'm probably going to rotate between blogs I like.

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:28:04 AM  
Better than coffee

Nowadays I often begin the day by loading up Alf Eaton's playlist (Real, WinAmp). 8 tracks' worth of undiscovered, diverse musical goodness, hand-picked by someone with a similar taste in music to mine, streamed directly to my headphones free of charge and without any waiting. What could put me in a better mood?

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:32:51 AM  

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