There’s a particularly good mashup album available for download and I presume it’ll be “all the rage” among “the kids.” The group is called The Kleptones and the double album is called 24 Hours. The music includes artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Pop, Rock, Alt, Punk, Downtempo, Industrial, techno, rap, hip-hop, R&B, Motown, lots of sampling. No matter who you are, you’ll like at least one song. They’ve also got a decent music video on Youtube.[via]
There is something insidiously cool about Ajax. As a nonprogramming-type, I will always be on the periphery of new technologies; however, when I see loads and loads of sites hyping a new web development tool, I take an interest. For months now, I’ve been observing a lot of chatter about Ajax. I could tell it was a revolutionary application, but I didn’t really know what it did. If you look at this chart* from Technorati, you will see how mentions of ‘Ajax’ went up from around a hundred per day in March of 2005 to roughly five or six hundred per day in March of 2006. That’s a trend worth noticing.
So, what is Ajax? Even after a bit of background reading, I am not quite sure what it is or what it does. From what I gather, Ajax is a programming language, like java or flash, but it allows you to build complicated applications that run in a webbrowser. Somehow, these applications take seconds to load and don’t strain the CPU.
Today, I took an Ajax application for a test drive. The application is called Ajax Write 0.9 [via]. The site loads in seconds. It took me a moment to get my bearings because I really didn’t believe that Ajax Write looked exactly like Microsoft Word, but it does. And even though its a little buggy, some of the functionality is missing, and their are not a lot of fonts to choose from, I believe Ajax Write will become a popular and robust word processor. Its great to know that if I’m every jonesing for a word processor (like when I’m using a public computer terminal), there’s a familiar interface I can use. Also, since one of my computers is running Microsoft Windows 95, I welcome the free upgrade.
*chart updates daily, so this will not longer be relevant in 2007.
In this fast-paced world, its tough to keep up with all the new stuff that keeps whizzing by. To complicate matters further, it seems like there is always somebody out there who is ahead of the game. So, in order to better understand how innovation and the adoption of new paradigms happens, I have created this chart. Where do you see yourself?
larger version here. See also, Innovation Curve of Rogers
Thank you You Tube for letting me syndicate/post/see an rss feed of my favorite videos simply by adding [feed://www.youtube.com/rss/favorites/username.rss] to my feed aggregator. Oh, and by the way, thanks Andy of WordPress for letting me add rss feeds to my sidebar. Now, what would be really bitchin’ is another sidebar for the left side of the screen and let me edit the titles of the rss feeds. You hear me?
Today, the Internet is popping with cool shit. To quote Homer Simpson, “I feel like a kid in some kind of store.”
A Japanese-led research team said it had made a seeing, hearing and smelling robot that can carry human beings and is aimed at helping care for the country’s growing number of elderly.
I am pretty ambivalent about the idea of having cyborgs take care of the convalescents in my life. I would have to try one out for a while. If the robot does a good job of taking care of me, and doesn’t run amuck ala Katamari Damacy then I will trust he/she/it with my loved ones. Seriously though, what if you had the option of trying out a nursing home before consigning a family member to one? Would you? Maybe it should be required.
Now over to Ireland, where the marketing wizards at Guiness & Co. have developed this device called the Guinness Surger which will revolutionize life as we know it. The Guinness Surger transforms a crappy can of guiness into a beautiful, delicious, heady pint. I tried to understand how this thing works, but the science is lost on me [via]. Now if only it were powered by USB. Then, typaing thsi bolg woiuold be much mcuch eassier..
Imagine denying a Brit a pint or banning a Swede from a sauna.
Hard to contemplate. Yet many Middle Easterners in England are trying to come to terms with a new reality — life without the shisha.
This story really makes me sad. I am quite fond of smoking flavored tobacco out of these beautiful water pipes, especially in the quaint Tea Rooms around Manhattan. My favorite is the Tea Room on Fourth Avenue and 91st Street in Brooklyn. On any given night, you’ll see Middle Eastern people, trendy hipsters, and guidos (I use the term in the most endearing way) all grouped around their hookahs, drinking tea or beer and chatting peacefully while the TV plays either a soccer game or a news program on Arab Television. I really enjoy the delicious, flavored smoke, which some find offensive, as I walk by. And I don’t care who you are, it beats the smell of fifty sticks of burning incense on a card table outside Penn Station anyday. For those of you who have never tried it, smoking a hookah with a group of friends is a very pleasant, mellow thing to do. If you’re afraid to try it because you don’t want to get lung cancer, grow up. We’re all going to kick it some day anyway.
Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. -Shunryu Suzuki
I haven’t read her whole argument, Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace, but I’m glad that people are taking notice of the work that academics are doing on this subject. The Internet and the effect it has had on our minds is not a novel thing anymore. One scholarly area which has gotten a lot of attention this year is the study of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPG for short. Apparently, much can be learned about economics and sociology by studying the habits of players in games like Everquest and World of Warcraft.
My feelings are that we have only begun to understand the Internet. Everything is worthy of discussion. Besides, in a few short months, I will be a graduate with a Masters in Library and Information Science, and I NEED SOMETHING TO DO TO GET PAID!
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