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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!

screenshot (click to make bigger):

hope this blows up.

Today in Tuesday’s Science Times, Natalie Angier discusses the why the element of surprise is so important in evolution. She wraps up her article with this:

“The combined modularity and bounciness of body parts suggest that life is spring-loaded for change, for outrageous commixtures, the wildest fusion cuisine. And who knows whether our organismic suppleness, our deep evolvability, isn’t related to our mental thirst for the new, and our hope that behind the door lies the best surprise yet?”

To me, this is music to my ears. Evolution can explain why we/I, am so interested in technology and the future. It is hardwired into my genetic makeup. So the next time I feel the need to buy a new HDTV I am going to justify my purchase with the notion that I simply can not resist my thirst for the new. Booya.

Existential angst:

It just seemed possible for a moment that since snowflakes, raindrops, and weather in general are completely different in each new iteration of itself that this is what is responsible for life. Life is anything that variates from the original. Humans are just variations of earlier variations of the same material. Movement is responsible for variations, and the big bang is responsible for movement. What is responsible for the big bang?

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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.

Required reading for better understanding of how this product will work: Spime, Plato’s Cave.

I think that when I get depressed it’s only a symptom of existential angst.  Yet I also think that both depression and existential angst are symptomatic of existential curiousity: the more you know the more you know you don’t know etc.

If the newspapers are worried then here should be their main reason why:  Although their news coverage could remain unrivaled the other parts of their paper are easily replaced by blog posts.  In fact the web is starting to remind me of many of the newspapers media and local sections except the depth and niche coverage of blogs makes newspapers almost irrelevent.  The authors publish their articles as blog posts which gives them an equal chance of being identified as any other blog post.  These sections sell newspapers most likely more than people who just read the news.

Newton’s Apple was a TV show aired on PBS that I watched frequently.  I had forgotten about the show completely before I was reminded by kottke (I think?).  Being the loser I am I read the wikipedia entry on the show.  Newton’s apple refers to the apple which fell from a tree and hit Newton on the head which prompted him to figure out gravity.  When I read this I immediately thought that this type of “knock some truth into you” type of learning is exactly what is missing in our current world.  Religious people need to be hit in the head with the bible.  Drunks need to be hit in the head with a bottle of booze.  Enron types need to be run over, shot, and thrown into the atlantic… they don’t need to learn a lesson.  I need to go to bed.

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