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On Big Goals and measuring Success

On Big Goals and measuring Success

I’ve been following Erik Benson’s recent posts about his quest to find a “Big Goal” to work towards. The conversation has been very heavy, which is hardly surprising since we’re talking about The Meaning of Life here 🙂 I recommend you go over and read the discussion for yourself, but I wanted to cross-post my latest “comment…

Game Neverstarting?

Game Neverstarting?

Does anyone know when the beta of Game Neverending will start? I signed up a month ago, but I’ve only received one email from them and it basically said: wait till the beta starts. I can’t find any timelines on the official site. Incidentally my GNE article is currently the number 2 ranked Google link for “Game Neverending” – second only to the…

Ain’t that the truth

Ain’t that the truth

S¯ren Kierkegaard, 19th century philosopher: “Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion–and who, therefore, in the next instant (when…

Random thoughts about Blogging Overload

Random thoughts about Blogging Overload

Thought a) Some people post too much. Recently I subscribed to 7 Journalist Bloggers – 6 of them post too many items, so I’ve fallen behind already. One of them has 81 unread items sitting in my RSS Aggregator and it’s only 3 or so days worth. It’s too much! I don’t have the motivation to catch up, so I will probably unsubscribe from most…

Internal Corporate Blogging

Internal Corporate Blogging

One of my 12 main categories for this weblog is Corporate Weblogging. I recently wrote my category headings in the form of a manifesto, so here is how I actually phrased it: “Weblog technology can be used to enhance Corporate/Business communications and KM.” Thus far I haven’t written much on this theme, but it’s something that’s been percolating…

Fun with XSLT – my draft thematic taxonomy

Fun with XSLT – my draft thematic taxonomy

Over the past few days I’ve been doing some work on a new XSLT-based topic navigation for my weblog. I started it over xmas, but had parked it since the new year because of a couple of bugs. My goal was to swap my Radio Userland-hosted OMPL-to-HTML transform (see Weblog Archive – by Topic in my menu) with a…

This is off our first record, most people don’t own it

This is off our first record, most people don’t own it

Well my Fractal Blogosphere concept seemed to generate some interest this week. I think it’s the first article I’ve done that got picked up by the populace without the support of an A-Lister. By that I mean, it got linked to by many “normal” people and no A-Listers (as far as I know). However one person did steer loads of…

On the meaning of fractal

On the meaning of fractal

Some people disagree with my use of the word “fractal” (see the comments to my last post). I’ve done some extensive reading on the subject this afternoon and I have to say I’m satisfied the term “fractal” is applicable both to my idea of a scaled blogosphere and to Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Fractal Society concept. The Wikipedia defines…

The Fractal Blogosphere

The Fractal Blogosphere

In this article I draft guidelines for a Fractal Blogosphere and suggest that it be used as a measure of scale in the weblogging world. The goal is to help bloggers, particularly new ones, easily fit into a suitable blogging pattern. Joi Ito wrote an interesting post today in response to Clay Shirky’s…

Fractal Web applied to Blogging

Fractal Web applied to Blogging

I review Tim Berners-Lee’s recent interview with Christopher Lydon and analyse how the Fractal Society impacts on the world of blogging. Today I listened to Christopher Lydon’s recent interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web. In it Berners-Lee discussed the state of the Web and outlined his vision of a “fractal…

How my PDA is mobilising my read/write lifestyle

How my PDA is mobilising my read/write lifestyle

I got my first PDA for Christmas, a Palm Tungsten T2 – cost about $700 in New Zealand dollars. It’s already changed my reading/writing habits for the better. For a start, my information management has improved because I now have my goals and ‘To Do’ list on me all the time. I review, edit and add to my tasks each day, then at night I…

Citizen Blogger

Citizen Blogger

I’ve been getting more and more interested in the concept of a “Citizen Blogger”: a person who actively participates in politics via their weblog. For such a person, weblogging becomes a political act – an ‘Uncle Sam Needs You’ for the 21st Century. The term has been floating around for a few months now, primarily driven by the big…

Favicons – more web design trifles

Favicons – more web design trifles

This is the last piece of self-promoting babble I’ll post for a while – I promise – but I thought I’d mention that I’ve added a favicon to my weblog. I’ve been admiring the favicons displayed in my Bloglines aggregator for some time now and a recent post by Makiko Itoh reminded me I should design one of my own. Here’s an example of favicons, copied…

RSS button – look Ma, no graphics!

RSS button – look Ma, no graphics!

I’ve been meaning to add the orange RSS button back to my menu for a while. However I’ve been reluctant to upset my finely-tuned but fragile CSS/Radio Userland code synchronisation, by throwing a gauche graphic into the mix. But today I discovered a nice CSS method which solved the problem neatly – the sort of CSS you could take home to meet…

Portrait of a Geek as a young-ish man

Portrait of a Geek as a young-ish man

Note to self: don’t bother with any more surveys, because I’m not popular enough. As Homer Simpson might say, Stupid A-List… 🙂 But seriously, I was a little disappointed more people didn’t respond to my survey: what do I look like in real life. Particularly as the responses I did get were brilliant. I enjoyed the detail of Cristian and Andrew’s…

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…