Restrictive Creativity

Work on my ‘Interactive Outliner’ system is coming along extremely well. I’ve run into a few hurdles here and there, but I’ve gotten through them by focusing on a few key ideas:

  • This is 1.0 – There are features that I want to put in, parts of the system that I want to redesign, more long term planning that I want to do. But that’s what version 2.0 is for. This version just needs to work and get out the door. Real artists ship.
  • Restrictions are good – It is extremely difficult to make something that does everything people would ever need. Damn near impossible. Decide what rational limits need to be and stick with them. If the restrictions are too much refer to the above point.
  • Constantly look for inconsistencies. – This project has its own mojo and it needs to permeate throughout the entire code base. Straying from said mojo is not only bad style but negative progress. Don’t cut corners just to get something done. Do it right the first time.
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Web Cubed: The final step in the transition from ‘them’ to ‘us’

I’ve been thinking about the issues Scoble has been running into. Indeed, all of us are just as vulnerable as he points out.

The information being added to Facebook, MySpace, etc. is our information. We, collectively, should have a say in who can see it and who can use it. We need to find a way to reroute around the people and companies who are trying to control our information.

This seems kind of similar to the Writers Strike. They are putting in a lot of effort (us), the studios are making a lot of money because of that effort (Facebook, etc.), and the writers just want their piece of the action (we want our information)

Decentralization is the name of the game. You try to control us and we will re-route around you. This could be the great theme of Web 3.0/Web Cubed.

We need to stand up and show these companies that we are sick and tired of them making all the money and not being completely open. We should have a grand ‘Facebook Cancellation Day’, maybe even this coming Monday. We would definitely be giving Facebook something ‘sharp’

We have routers for taking care of traffic, DNS servers for resolving names, HTTP for serving pages, RSS for publishing content, and a whole bunch of different silos for storing our most precious information. Something has got to change.

Have you been Facebooked?

Just like ‘Google’ has become a verb it is time for Facebook.

Facebooked – verb

  • the act of entering any amount of personal/business data and/or contacts into a company’s website without the possibility of getting the information back out.
  • looking at someone’s profile on Facebook.com (deprecated)

Example: Scoble got totally facebooked.

From the Department of Redundancy Department

In 2007 I spent all of my time writing code, doing research, and not really communicating with the outside world. Knowing that this is a bad thing, especially when you want to bring a communication-based product to market, I’ve decided to change that.

Communication is at the very core of everything. Not just the ‘Net, or business, or relationships. Those examples are just higher-level versions of communication. We can go all the way down to the atom and look at the Strong and Weak Nuclear Forces all the way up to Planets and Galaxies movements based on Gravity. They are different types of communication then we are used to, but there is still a level of interaction.

Communication is what makes our species so special, it’s why we are at the top of the evolutionary ladder. The level of communication between neurons and chemicals in our brains is what makes us such incredible animals. Communication is responsible for every technical achievment we have ever made.

Communication, communication, communication. It’s what makes our world go ’round.