Wow. Yahoo!Music!video is just like a really blurry MTV, except you are forced to watch a commercial between every music video. Is the internet revolutionary or what?
元:Wikipedia gets it, has no money, Amazon flush with ca$h, not so sure
Wikipedia is probably scaring the bejesus out of a fair number of big publishing companies. Wikipedia, which is an online encyclopedia authored cooperatively by anyone that wants to, is a perfect example of a true hypertext system supporting both publishing and annotation.
Amazon, another big IPO company, has tons of content, but supports only a very limited hypertext model. Oh, they love inbound links over there, but are loathe to reciprocate. And the web is that much poorer for it. My Amazon.com reviews could be information-packed nexus hubs for bringing diverse web pages closer together. Instead, all hypertext content is inferred and finding it on the web is left as an exercise to the reader, usually with Google. My friend Joe King, who is something of a pragmatic idealist, recently went to Amazon.com to head up their blog-oriented efforts. If he succeeds, Amazon will be a great citizen in the blogosphere.
It would be sobering to both Amazon.com and Google.com if they were to pay a per-page microcontent fee to Ted Nelson, who arguably first clearly envisioned the document architecture that these companies utilize. Google, especially, through AdSense and AdWords, and the fact that their scraped content is merely 'transcluded' content from other web sites, is biting hard on Nelson's hypertext universe. In Nelson's model of transclusion, he envisioned Google paying a micro-content fee for the scraped, transcluded content authored by the greater universe of human beings.
Brewster Kahle, with his Archive-the-web project also happens to be the designer of WAIS (see previous post). He definitely gets it.
元:Google have IPO, will do anything it likes.
Google: we can scrape your site, but you can't scrape ours.
Google's entire business model is based on 'site-scraping', which essentially means it has a bunch of computers which go out and read web pages and automatically index them for later searching and retrieval. There isn't anything particularly innovative about what they are doing. They even have an information-police department which goes around looking for sites to ban and filter. A9.com is doing a lot of things better. And WAIS, the original internet search engine, worked in a distributed (ie. cooperative model), in which everyone shared the search burden and shared their results with each other.
Apparently, google's internal corporate motto is "don't be evil", a veiled reference to Micro$oft. Compared to WAIS, google is the hellspawn of satan. But like everything in our world, goog is a necessary evil. Would you rather have billg filtering your search results? I thought not.
元:The Future of Athletics is the X-Games
My personal view is that our future children are going to be dreaming not about basketball and hockey, but rather about the solo sports popularized by the X-games. Even though the X-games sports have been percolating for at least 20 years, I think the next 100 years will belong to those sports. As such, they are the most interesting thing on my radar. If you look around the US, there are an increasing number of municipalities which are building and maintaining top-notch skate parks as part of their city parks and rec. Contrast this to 20 years ago when skateboarding was considered to be a nuisance.
I was noticing some mechanical noise on my bicycle and took it in for a tune-up. I also decided it would be good to have a backup bike just in case. It's amazing how changing riding geometry (arrangement of limbs, weight distribution etc) can completely change the workout experience of biking. This reminds me of getting started with computers, really the first step in the journey of 1000mi to California: my first job was a dishwasher (two summers), and I used to ride my BMX bike about 5mi in each direction to work and back. The first summer I made enough to buy a computer (Commodore 64). The second summer I made enough to buy a motorcycle (Yamaha Enduro 125), and the third summer I worked in construction and made enough to go to college. My first electric guitar is in there somewhere as well.
Since arriving in Long Beach, increasingly the future I see in meditation is in Orange County. I suppose that means that Digigami may one day be located in Irvine. The Japanese distributors of my first product, RoboHelp, are headquartered in Irvine. I haven't seen them in awhile, but I drove/rode the Amtrack up to see them a couple of times when I lived in San Diego.
It could be that I am about to turn nocturnal, because I had trouble sleeping last night and ended up spending the whole night watching a TV show (on DVD) about orange county.
Whatever the future holds, I am (totally!) up for it. Some people might look at me and see someone who is good with computers. But in reality, I am just a person who is good at "following one's heart". And following same has taken me on quite a journey - all the way to southern California. Generally, once you get good at following your heart, you eventually cross paths with someone else who is doing the same, someone you never would have met by seeking or by thinking or by trying...perhaps only by dreaming or holding truth in your heart, no matter what.