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Last chance

Last chance

OK, so I’m not Kottke and my surveys don’t attract hundreds of punters 🙁 But thank-you Rogers for linking to my survey. I’ll keep the survey going till tonight NZ time, when I’ll post my updated ‘About Me’ (with photo). Until then, click here to participate in the survey.

So come on then, what do I look like?

So come on then, what do I look like?

So far I’ve gotten two very interesting responses to my informal survey: what do I look like? This is a fascinating experiment, because even from just two responses I can see that people form a definite image in their mind’s eye of what a blogger looks like. What I’d really like is for an A-List blogger to give my little experiment some coverage…

Informal Survey: what do I look like?

Informal Survey: what do I look like?

I’m currently updating my ‘About Me’ page, so that it reflects my 2004 goals and themes that I’ll be exploring this year. I’ve got the draft sitting on my brand new Palm Tungsten T2, which Father Christmas bought me. Now I’m wondering whether to publish a photo of myself…if I can even find a decent one. I think it does help to put a face to…

Individualizing the Web

Individualizing the Web

Summary: I analyse a 1994 Personal Information Management program and compare its goals to what we want in in a similar tool in 2004. I discover the requirements are basically the same. The blogosphere is mostly a synchronous give-and-take of content. People largely comment on and link to things that other people are commenting on and…

XSLT, 2004 goals, and general blather

XSLT, 2004 goals, and general blather

Man it gets quiet in the blogosphere over xmas. I’ve had to resort to some real work to keep myself occupied. I’ve been diving into XSLT to try and develop something interesting for my weblog’s topic-based navigation. XSLT can be infuriating at times. I got most of what I wanted from my XSLT session today, except for one tiny thing that I spent a…

I am Game Neverending

I am Game Neverending

Summary: I analyse Game Neverending, a multi-player social software web application, and compare it to a virtual world that I created in my recent novel. One of those silly but addictive questionaires is doing the rounds: What kind of Social Software am I? You could be a Wiki, the Blogosphere, FOAF, or other…

Linkblog added to sidebar

Linkblog added to sidebar

I’m doing some incremental changes to the site. First up, I added my linkblog to the sidebar. I use my linkblog to save links, ideas and memes that interest me. Hence its name: Web of Ideas. It’s a Movable Type site and the search functionality in particular makes it very worthwhile. Often when I’m thinking about a topic, I’ll search my linkblog…

First read-through of my Nanowrimo novel

First read-through of my Nanowrimo novel

I’ve just finished reading my Nanowrimo novel as a whole piece for the first time. I’m pretty pleased with the story, apart from one thing right at the end (which I’ll address at the end of this post). The whole point of Nanowrimo for me, as a first-time novelist, was to gain confidence in my writing and discover if I could write a novel. A big…

Do we really need Web Design and Taxonomy?

Do we really need Web Design and Taxonomy?

Two recent memes from the blogosphere seem to me to be ripe for mixing: Meme 1) The current trend for tech blog re-designs to have a minimalist, lotsa-white-space look that places emphasis on the content. Dave Winer probably started this trend with his re-design, but I’ve seen it elsewhere before him (e.g. Peter Lindberg and Erik Benson). And now…

The New Puritan Manifesto

The New Puritan Manifesto

As I was browsing my local bookstore, ostensibly looking for a Christmas present for my Grandma, I came across a book called all hail the new puritans. It was a collection of short stories from young British writers circa 2000. So it was a few years old and probably collecting dust on the shelf. But the book intrigued me. It seemed to be…

Update on Weblog Ontologies

Update on Weblog Ontologies

Couple of bits of feedback from last night’s post on weblog ontologies. Bill Seitz points out that his Wikilog does in fact have a hierarchical view, the user has to enable it though (via their user settings when they visit Bill’s site). For example the post of his I used as an example yesterday has this hierarchy: Front Page > Personal Network…

Weblog Ontologies, Part 1

Weblog Ontologies, Part 1

I’ve been jotting down re-design ideas in my trusty paper notebook. On the Web there is an unwritten maxim: learn (steal?) from the best. So I decided to review some of the weblog ontologies/taxonomies on the Web that I admire. My method of review is informal and non-judgmental. I try to illustrate my findings with a test drive of each site. In…

Aesthetic Morality in the 21st Century

Aesthetic Morality in the 21st Century

Morality in art has always been a fascination of mine. And by art I mean literature, music, movies – the works. Some weblogs even. A favourite artist of mine is the great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. One of Gould’s theories was that music should be judged on moral considerations rather than aesthetic ones. In an interview with himself, he told the…

Motivations: comparisons between novel-writing and blogging

Motivations: comparisons between novel-writing and blogging

I had written a long post describing my motivations for writing my novel, but on reflection I won’t publish it because it belongs more to my personal journal than on a public website. That is to say, it’s probably only relevant to me. But to sum up in a sentence: my main reasons for writing a novel were 1) to prove myself as a writer; and 2…

Reflections on writing a novel in 27 days – Part 1

Reflections on writing a novel in 27 days – Part 1

In November 2003 I embarked on a new adventure: writing a novel. I took part in Nanowrimo, an annual novel-writing challenge that takes place every November. Nanowrimo stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ and the task is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. I first discovered Nanowrimo just 3 days before the 2003 edition started, while…

Re-design braindump 2: Ancillary or Primary

Re-design braindump 2: Ancillary or Primary

What’s your primary content? I felt a bit guilty about dissing Jason Kottke’s new design yesterday. I didn’t mean to be negative, actually I admire that he’s put all his content in one feed. It has its merits – for example readers only need to subscribe to the one RSS feed. The drawback though is ‘info overload’ for that RSS feed and readers may…

Dirtside to Spaceside – my novel in PDF form

Dirtside to Spaceside – my novel in PDF form

I’ve released the 0.9 version of my Nanowrimo novel, which I wrote in 27 days during November 2003. Apparently there were 3680 people all over the world crazy enough to successfully complete the Nanowrimo contest in 2003. So here’s my effort: Dirtside to Spaceside (PDF – 344KB) Shortly I will begin to write some thoughts on the processes I went…

Braindump of weblog re-design thoughts

Braindump of weblog re-design thoughts

I’m thinking about re-designing my weblog. While I was busy writing my novel in November, others were exploring the boundaries of the weblog form. Dave Winer re-designed his hugely influential blog, Mark Pilgrim did a re-design (and curiously, Dave and Mark’s blogs have ended up looking pretty similar – or maybe it’s just me!). Dave is doing a…

Liv Tyler waved at me

Liv Tyler waved at me

The world premiere of the Lord of the Rings was held in Wellington, New Zealand today – my hometown. Peter Jackson, the New Zealand director of the Rings trilogy, is from Wellington. He’s the King of Wellington as far as I’m concerned. And NZ’s capital city turned on a beautiful sunny day today for the premiere, temparature in the early 20’s and…

Dirtside to Spaceside – the novel

Dirtside to Spaceside – the novel

I’ve published my Nanowrimo novel on Read/Write Web as an HTML file. The PDF version will have to wait till Monday. I tried to use the Adobe Online Conversion service, but I couldn’t get the file size under 600KB for some reason (which is odd because the Word file is only 350KB). So I’ll use Distiller at my work on Monday. Update, Monday 1 Dec: A…