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It seems as though every day I find something completely worthy of devouring my time on the web. Today I have re-discovered twitter, something I saw when it first came out and almost immediately discarded it as stupid. Now I must admit that I was wrong, and twitter is awesome. I can’t yet explain what it is coherently, mainly because it is so many things at once. Here is a screen shot of one of my first experiments.
As you can see, that is me, and i’m also the 6th post down on twitters front page. Exciting indeed. One can only expect to stay on the front page for about 10 seconds before more updates push you off into the archives. My page is twitter.com/destroyer.
So back into focus: Why I Love The Web; because it is the communications tool. Twitter is an example of how any idea is capable of being produced. All that is needed is an imagination. Since I wrote off twitter as stupid prematurely I decided to go back and visit clipmarks as well. This was something which I thought was cool, and intriguing, but nonetheless I deleted the firefox extension because I thought I would never use it. Well I just reinstalled it, and i’m going to be using it alot I think. Also, I think it’s time to buy my own space on the web. I have too many ideas waiting to be published to not have a space to publish them. This is definitely in the works. All I have to do now is figure out how to install everything!
- You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.
Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 – 1966), “Unkempt Thoughts”
Made possible by drgs, the picture wouldn’t fit in the blog cause the template is too narrow.
For Harvard to offer a degree program like the Harvard Extension school is like if the Capital Grill implemented a Dollar Menu. Paying for Suffolk University is like buying a dinner at Chili’s and getting a square burger from Wendy’s. The decision to go back to Harvard is as easy as that.
A Blogject if you will:
“We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary.” via
The ball’s purpose is to connect people to eachother in a way that has never been done before. This has many consequences, the one I would like to see is an improved understanding of each-other (you know, humans). The ball is powered by kinetic energy like a watch, it gets charged by movement. The ball is a usb dongle, a gps locator, a large flash drive, a bluetooth device, a video camera, an instruction manual, a wireless hotspot, and most importantly it is a social networking object. This ball is not meant to stay in one place for a sustained amount of time, it is designed to keep moving (hence kinetic energy power source). The ball itself is only fifty percent of the idea, the backend is what makes the object dynamic. A website will be built around the object so that any video recorded will be uploaded, tagged, shared, and commented on by anyone with an internet connection. Bear with me while I flesh out the possible uses for this device. Imagine the first day a blogject is launched into the environment: the first batch will be a hundred balls all originating from the same place. After twelve hours the balls will have been scattered throughout the state of Massachusetts, after the first day the balls will be all over the United States, the first week all over the world. Instructions included in the ball (in many languages) will direct the user to record a message and pass the ball on to a stranger. Fed Ex it, kick it, and espescially throw it to anyone and everyone. Each ball will have its own dedicated page on the website. This will contain a map of its location in real time, a map showing the history of where the ball has traveled, video messages in descending order, battery status, guestbook signatures, RSS feeds, and probably many more features. Imagine a US civilian sending a blogject to an Iraqi insurgent, this is really the only way a conversation could precipitate between these two people. Individuals will be able to sponsor balls and even set rules for some of the balls. If the ball gets lost then it will be designed not to harm the environment – it is recyclable. If nothing else it can be used as a ball to play with. If the ball gets broken there will be a code in each ball, the person who finds it will call a number and read the code to the operator, the operator will send the user money and the user will send us the ball back for repairs. This is all for now, hopefully this is only the first step of many.
Destroyer: Let me give you a hint at what tools today’s humans can use to bring out their inner artists: Flickr, Youtube, metafilter music, podcasting, vidcasting, the vast amount of blogging software, flash applications, photoshop, pro-tools, dreamweaver, and the list goes on. AND Once people accumulate more digital camera’s and video recording devices and learn how to produce the final product that they have envisioned much more easily we will start seeing a huge amount of incredibly diverse and groundbreaking media.
NYT: A successful artist needed not only creativity and skill, but also access to the tools of production — studios, recorders, cameras — and outlets for mass distribution. AND The promise of all the self-expression online is that genius will reach the public with fewer obstacles, bypassing the entrenched media.
Now the big question is: do I think this is a coincidence? And the resoundingly obvious answer is: Of course, nobody reads this blog besides my sister (and she hasn’t been here for a couple months). This does indicate that I am ahead of the curve, I wrote that blog article in July but it was based on ideas I had been saving in my head for about a year. So lets say that I am a good solid year (maybe longer) ahead of the New York Times on this issue. I know this doesn’t say very much since print medias coverage of the online realm is what I like to call reluctant journalism. It’s necessary because its too huge to be ignored, yet at the same time its diverting eyeballs away from your own product. “Hey we’re the New York Times and this user generated content meme that’s been floating around is kicking our ass! Lets talk about it / thank god we got that article out of the way, hopefully nobody actually read it, they’ll be too busy blogging and making their own articles on those newfangled blog mechanisms.” /end cynicism. What is exciting is that halfway through this article I started to think that I had previously thought these same thoughts, and then I remembered that of course I had and I even blogged about it, so this has been the most rewarding thing about blogging so far because without the record of me blogging about this I might have just assumed that the NYT came up with these ideas. It’s a good feeling. Also don’t forget about my other run in with the NY Times.
Edit: Ten minutes after writing this I stumbled upon this article in the Huffington post where they rip the NYTimes for being late to the game : “Yet this site, which has not yet “broken” in the mainstream press (cue NYT in about two weeks)”. Talking about PhilTube’s “I’m blogging” video (see my about page, bottom, press play) Nothing like immediate validation.
This guy says that “I’m far more capable, energetic, optimistic and eager to change the world at 59 than I ever was at any earlier age.” For me this is great news, and kind of comforting. Whatever optimism I have right now might not ware off, and apathy could be something that never sets in.
About a year ago I read a quote on future hi that definitely had a huge impact on the way I see things now. The quote was “Today a young man on acid realized that all of matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.” This is unequivocally the most brilliant rationalization of life that i’ve come across. It’s from Bill Hick’s, a now dead stand up comedian. Watch all of his shit on youtube, and read all of his best quotes from wikiquote if you feel like being simultaneously entertained and educated. Somehow it took until now to know who this guy was.