Artificial Post

This isn’t really a blog post. OK, maybe it is, but it shouldn’t be considered a real blog post. Why? Because it is being written without any intentions whatsoever.

Now, I hear you saying that a lot of blog posts start out that way, but this one will try and stay true to this idea. There will be very little point to actually reading this post because there will be no new information that will be conveyed through it.

Is this an attempt at being existential? Ha! Nice try. Attempting to be something would be giving a purpose, an intent, to this post. Since there is none, I can assure you this is not a case of being existential.

By the previous paragraph’s logic, I shouldn’t have to answer any other questions trying to deduce a purpose or intent in this post. Even a good question such as “are you just trying to waste my or your time?” doesn’t muster a need for a response.

You, dear reader, are losing precious time and resources by reading this post (certainly reading this far!) and trying to get something of value out of it. There is no value, no content, no purpose.

There is no ‘why’ to this post. This post doesn’t just exist either, which seems to be in opposition to the nature of this post. ‘This post just is‘ violates the nature of the content. So what the hell is going on?

You have been BlogWhacked (TM). You will never get the time you have spent reading this back. It’s OK, I won’t get the time back that I spent writing it. So we’re both screwed.

P.S. – You have been BlogWhacked does not imply that the post was designed to BlogWhack you. It just so happens that it does.

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Artificial Politics

Obama may have, just might have, sealed the deal last night with a decisive win in North Carolina and an extremely narrow loss in Indiana.

Clinton should start working on her new message: Republicans are bad!

Read on DailyKos: Bill Clinton as a Supreme? Don’t want to waste the time googling it, but has there ever been a disbarred lawyer on the Supreme Court?

Also from DailyKos: Hillary as Senate Majority Leader. There isn’t a consolation prize for tearing your party in half, attacking the presumptive nominee of your party, and acting like a pit-bull from the other side of the aisle. Wait, maybe there should be. The prize should be a demotion!

Oil keeps on rising. The sky is blue. Things cost more than they did yesterday.

John McCain is old. Film at 11.

John King of CNN is now the RainMan of Elections. Lake County, IN, is 8% of the population, definitely 8%.

People are afraid of change, afraid of necessary corrections. Problem is that necessary change makes us better people. Time to step up to the plate.

This post brought to you by the letters A, I, and Reverend Jeremiah Wright (hey, he’s desperate, we’re cheap, match made in Heave^^^ll)

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.

FlickrFan

Started using Dave Winer’s new FlickrFan last night. Here are my impressions:

– Killer result. Absolutely an incredible way to display interesting and relevant images from around the world, both your own internal world and the rest of the world.

– Horrible delivery vessel. Using the OPML editor as the engine is like taking a 737 across town for your commute. I understand that Dave only wants to program in his environment, but the simplicity of the result is completely betrayed by the complexity of the implementation.

– It would be super cool to have captions explaining the pictures if available. I’m a huge Packers fan and there is a picture of Brett Favre in my stream, but I wasn’t able to find the caption anywhere. It doesn’t show up in my event log. Why is there a picture of one of the greatest quarterbacks on AP? Dunno.

– Not related to FlickrFan itself, but I was unaware that the ‘Pictures’ screensaver on Mac OSX displays a different picture for each display. A very pleasant surprise when you have 3 monitors hooked up.

I understand that this is very much a ‘1.0’ release. A ‘Proof of Concept.’ As Fred Brooks says in
The Mythical Man Month
, plan to throw one away. This version needs to be thrown away and refined into the killer app that it is screaming to become.

(All the above is said with the greatest respect for what Dave has done for all of us on the web)

Bleak Thoughts

Watched Michael Moore’s ‘SiCKO’ yesterday. Really amazing documentary/movie. Makes you realize that we’ve been getting screwed with our pants on.

My favorite idea was the need to switch from ‘Me to We’

Can this even happen? Probably not. Makes me really worry about our future as a nation and a civilization. How much longer can we sustain our current value systems before we crumble under their weight?

2008 might not be a good year. I hope it is, but sometimes it’s hard to be optimistic. Maybe we should move to France…

I’ve been actively reading, learning, and observing as much as I can about our current social climate, both here and abroad. Too much of it is based on highly irrational thinking and elitist attitudes. History has shown us that any ‘progress’ made under these terms is extremely lethal to society.

People die due to irrational thinking. The amount of people depends on the technology available, and since technology is always progressing this current wave we seem to be in will just get deadlier.

People revolt due to elitist attitudes. The greater the divide between the ‘higher-ups’ and those on the bottom the greater possibility of a revolt. The rich are getting richer faster and the poor are becoming more numerous faster. And that’s just here in the US.

Too much change is needed to fix these two problems. Very depressing.

My prediction for 2008 is that things will only get worse. We need a miracle for things to get better. A real, bonafide miracle.

The Open Web

Open Web Creed:

I promise to make my site/and or service fully accessible to anyone who wants to use it.

I promise to have a way for you to make money using my site/and or service.

Amen

This is the way that the Open Web will work.

Web 3.0 will only disappoint

Web 3.0 huh? That’s the best that the tech-elite can come up with? Bleh. Anyone who uses the phrase “Web 3.0” is bound to not understand the ‘next phase’ if it hits them in the forehead. They prove their obsolescence by claiming they know what is coming next based on what has come before.

If we assume that technology grows linearly then we can try and predict Web 3.0. But technology doesn’t grow linearly, it grows exponentially. That’s why there won’t be a Web 3.0.

The next version of the Web NEEDS to be Web Cubed. Web^3. The Web to the third power.

The next step needs to be revolutionary, not evolutionary.