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Middle Ages [it's all mine now?]

I was bought up in a small township in Eltham (Leslie Townsend Hope's also) in South London, now live in The-Garden-of-Kent aerial during the fifties Elvis was beginning to make a noise and ....in contempt of court

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Joy says there are no girl scouts : well this is the source of the above jpeg and the party animal Ana Marie Cox of Gawker's - Wonkette says at HotWired Vitual Communities: Is the Well dry? Are there good reasons to dial in to an online community? Or are they, as Ana Marie Cox believes, about as exciting as "a fractious PTA meeting?" Start the debate in Threads....and her reply..Many proponents of virtual communities see the growth of online forums like The Well and Echo as proof of J. C. R. Licklider's prediction: "Life will be happier for the online individual because the people with whom one interacts most strongly will be selected more by commonality of interests and goals than by accidents of proximity."

While I'd never argue about the relative "happiness" of online groups versus the gang at the corner bar, I do question the idea that increased happiness is, in fact, a worthwhile goal for a community. Gathering together on the basis of interests seems to me the worst kind of closed mindedness, a sure path to contentedness and stasis. Such coalitions will never have the vitality and accidental genius engendered by the random collision of souls at the corner bar.

I see the expansion of online forums as a kind of White Flight to the ideological and taste-preference suburbs. This is not to say that participants in those forums have suburban taste preferences, but that they are cementing themselves inside preplanned and somewhat sterile environs; the "conflicts" that arise in them have all the drama and risk of a fractious PTA meeting.

Still, what drives people away from "real" communities is not the physical or ideological riskiness of face-to-face interaction, but rather the risk one takes in believing worthwhile conversations can be had at all. Finding a good conversation among people with whom all you share is an "accident of proximity" is difficult - it requires hard work on behalf of both parties - whereas striking up a conversation with those who have already defined themselves like you is like sliding into a warm bath.

Now, warm baths are great, but I wouldn't want to live there.

So are we still victims of those circumstances : idea conjered via online.wsj.com and blogosphereradio made a valid source by Scobleizer Microsoft Geek..don't know an Apple Mac junkies other than Joy Larkin who is the bee's knees - yet?

On the date of CERN's fiftieth anniversary, 29 September 2004, the Organization's Host State authorities gave the Laboratory a gift of light. As night fell, twenty-four powerful floodlights blazed into the night sky from the eight access points to the future LHC. (View from Mourex, France)
The then second home of Tim Berners-lee founders book-detail about the founding of the World Wide Web
[like spake English, but now speaks in French now the theory: Italian is the motion, but German is, is the engine..could Japanese be IT] [then .net is IT but not the partical context]
(sick joke) regarding currancy exchange : suppose an American wants to change a billion dollars to lire does a billion dollars have -[NINE ZEROS]- and an English woman got like several lovely homes abroad which came to over 1,000,000,000,000 what could be an ammicable outcome..

Friday, October 15, 2004

Is that the first comment by stig the fastest driver in the west [of Drayton]

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Category: Video vis Still

first post eblogger

Axis has announced a HDTV sort of web cam that does a whole 1.3 meg pixel resolution at 12 frames per second and that's pretty immpressive because the current price of professional HDTV systems is a few thousand dollars here via Gizmodo This is still quite a ways away from the 30 frames per second required for smooth video, but given the resolution, I'm willing to cut Axis some slack.
But on the still image side Olympus is tearing up the press release bin today with the equivilent of a new computer package for the portable camera systems utilizing a whole 4 meg CCD and 40 gigerbyte hard drive..just imagine - that then there must be loads of people just wondering what that means here with links to other comments.
endgadget post/comments on an upgrade [the video demo is here]

Category: Scripting here via Biz Stone

here and are trying this out now
How to put a comment link into your page that is invisable to all except yourself
..plus a pop-up says this print with gogo tools whats on the web page..

Category: Weapons of Mass Destruction

The next very useful weapon on ant-i-matter posted by minutillo.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Category: Internet

Cory is giving a talk at The University of Edinburgh tonight on "Web 2.0 == AOL 1.0? How the Sinister Forces of Darkness are Conspiring in Smoke Filled Rooms to Make the Web Illegal, and You're Not Invited."

unfortunatly I have other commitments..

Category: Space

Maxime Faget founder engineer of NASA dies at 83 now he probably was superplan owner of Space Industries Inc.

biography and the Charles Murray account Race To The Moon

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Category: Artists

David Knowles woman on bed in serialist area very well captured does it show you a cold front..

Category: Space

A long and drawn out article in which Andrew Darlington interviews the Sky At Night presenter Sir Patrick Moore

Category: Signs

Came across Mark Hurst's Broken Signs by accident are well represented.
I might have wished I had something in 1999 shopping in Manhattan.
But what caught my attention was a Denver sign,
[sick joke : how many miles is it to Ware, in Herts] now we know

Category: Environs loci

The Govenment Agency does a flood map locator and as I live next to the River Medway there is always a chance that catastropy will ensue but since the new layout was put into place in the late seventies it has been manageable. However Norwich Union building is in place for flooding if we ever go that far.