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August 31, 2005

links for 2005-08-31

New Mastersounds playing next week (tags: Music going_out london)...

International Blog Day 2005

Spurred on by Euan, Rebecca and the general idea of International Blog Day [which is basically about putting some birds less of a feather on each of our radars], here are some selected reads very different from the mine from...

August 30, 2005

The most wonderful organ

I used to think the brain was the most wonderful organ in the body. Then I realized who was telling me this.[thanks to Johnnie, Chris but ultimately Emo Philips]...

Anjo, ontologies and weblogs

Anjo is cooking up a feast over at his blog :) He's looking at ways of deriving ontologies from weblogs, with some fascinating results so far. Another add-on might be looking at how to kickstart ontologies from del.icio.us and similar...

Events: wikis, blogs, podcasts and a diagram for how they might fit together

Looks like we might be starting to experiment with some more un-conference-y approaches here at Templeton. Wey hey! Was chatting with a colleague here at Templeton, and trying to explain the relationship between blogs, wikis, events etc and drew the...

The importance of openness

RSS may well be the glue that keeps much of social computing from coming unstuck, but open, personal gumpf might well be the glue for communities. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle has a humble theory that makes a...

Personal tagging

"Oh, Lazyweb, I am curious to know: Has anyone come up with a tagging tool for personal use?" - asks JackAnd he gets the "use a Mac" response, which is fine, but kind of a costly solution. Anyway, there's a...

August 26, 2005

links for 2005-08-26

Open Source Usability: The birth of a movement via Blackbelt Jones (tags: opensource usability)...

Off to Cornwall

Hope everyone (in the UK) has a good bank holiday - off to Sennen for crab, wine, reading, walks, and absolutely no surfing....

August 25, 2005

links for 2005-08-25

How to build a snippet manager from the guys who did that work on semantic blogging (tags: HP blog semanticweb) The Kanisza Virus Seeing triangles that aren't there (tags: brains) BlogBridge Nice aggregator, with some clever tag related stuff...

Signs of the times

I love this! A recent article from Wired called Roads Gone Wild talks about a Dutch gent called Monderman. Worth reading the article in full but some selected quotes: "The trouble with traffic engineers is that when there's a problem...

Events becoming cheaper to host than attend

Ross Mayfield makes a simple, but blindingly good pointIt's becoming cheaper to host your own event than attend one... Think about this for a minute, even if you are not in the conference business, and expect an explosion in events...

August 24, 2005

Skype and Google and Bottoms

With genius timing: I install natty little button via Jyve/Skype on my blog; I read that Google is gunning for Skype, and I sit on my skype headset thingy and break it....

August 23, 2005

links for 2005-08-23

microformats | About microformats Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler...

Folders and keywords

Catching up with various feeds, I came across Tom Coates' interesting comments about what he sees to be two tagging cultures: those who tag and think of it as a keyword, and those who tag and think of it as...

Where there's muck there's brass

Lordy lordy. Crap goes stylish. [thanks to Robin for the laugh]...

Gossip Columnists

Here's an idea: pick a startup. An unfunded one. Get to know them. And blog about that. Google doesn't need your speculation. And there are far more interesting things that small teams are doing.Otherwise, as Peter Caputa over at PC4media...

August 22, 2005

The Pragmatic Web - Part Deux

Last October, I wrote a short plea for the Pragmatic Web and ended it with a slightly sulky "I want never gets". I thought it was a little far fetched, given how much (and how unproven) there is yet to...

It's a small world ...

On Friday, at a surprise birthday for an old friend John Foster-Hill, I met Dan Dixon again. What a nice bloke! Anyway, had met him a couple of times before but never made the link that he was into social...

August 21, 2005

The Self Help Misnomer

Had it pointed out to me recently that "self help" books are a little disingenuous. The self bit is redundant - there is an author after all. Perhaps "help" books would be better. Perhaps it's a tiny nit-picking point....

Gridthinking.org

Looks like Martin Visser is doing some interesting work on grid thinking over at http://www.gridthinking.org - and there's a blog about it here....

August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...