…is not the only thing that computers and submarines have in common:
“The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim” – Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
New required-reading for the revolution. The Hypergene collective, who a couple of years back authored the prescient, provocative and still-inspiring “Amazoning the news” whitepaper, have got themselves a blog.
Tagline: “News from the bottom-up: All about Participatory Journalism – how audiences are changing the future of news and information.”
Towards a toolkit for smartmobs. Geoblogging/swarming/referring-mining and other little mindbombs in this post:
“A strange little idea I had on the way home today: Movable Type on a Sharp Zaurus equipped with wireless ethernet? Or maybe Bloxsom if/when it has static publishing? Just use rsync to publish whenever the thing finds itself on a network, wireless or otherwise. Maybe that happens while you’re out Warwalking – better yet, maybe that wireless network detector you cobbled together autoblogs what it finds while in your pocket.
But, beyond that, I wonder what else having your blog in your pocket might give you?”
Lee has taken this and now outputs a little bar-graph measure of how readable each post on his blog is. Lovely!
One lazyweb idea:
Other thoughts on this as a feedback mechanism – how will this affect Lee’s writing? How could you marry this readability information with more subjective measures, such as reader-ratings, or frequency of posts (e.g. if you’re liveblogging from a conference, or taking notes live on a PDA as Lee often does, you might want to compensate)
Matt Webb had three weetabix this morning. He’s just posted a summation of stuff on ‘semantic/social substrate’ that’s been bubbling away inside him for a while.
“I’d like to see a grand conversation between the authors of publishing tools pinning down the properties weblogs need to fulfil their potential, and then building these in invisibly for the user. Because weblogs have yet to expand as much as they will, and when they do their course will be hard to change. The future has to be built now, in this microcosm, in this monobloc.”