Archive for December, 2002

i’m off to florida


location aware devices . nomads . mapping sex . future architecture [life without buildings] . human geography . hyp(g)nosis . esoteric energy intelligence . community schisms . waypoints . psychogeography . community and spatial interfaces


SF Solar :: nice. online access to solar power data in SF. also tells you which neighborhood is foggiest.



The library bookmarklet meme propagated over the weekend, mutating along the way, and by Monday there were all sorts of variations being tried. It’s delightful to find that such a simple idea can yield such a powerful result. But why are we always so surprised by these things? We should all expect spontaneous integrations, and take it for granted. [Nobody expects the spontaneous integration ]

I ask Jon…
What will it take, to get to the point, where a librarian could have built Library Lookup?

In other words, what do we need in tools for manipulating and combining “Web Services” (which I mean loosely — manipulating urls in bookmarklets qualifies), to appeal to end users. Maybe like a Hypercard for the Web? Javascript fills this role, yet the environment for building javascript apps is less than welcoming to the non-techie.


A collection of links and thoughts, somewhat comprising an essay on visions of my future works.

Recombinant growth refers to reassembling existing technologies into something novel, innovative, and ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.

Recombinant growth needs to be activated at the user level. Tools and Services flexible and powerful enough to reassemble into new applications, without deep technical knowledge. Aggregation tools attach, understand, and use SOAP, xml-rpc, REST, HTML, ODBC, as well as accessing users own library of writings and multimedia. Publishing tools stitch these together into apps (using the eventually standard for web service coordation, or maybe this X#?), for personal use (traditional personalization like My Yahoo) and distribution, a domain currently limited to techies.

Recombinant growth sounds like engineered Emergence.


Does this promise any of the above? I’m looking forward to testing it out. It seems to show Services wrapped in constraints, to guide the Tool to permit certain combinations of actions. Connections are made visually and through menus, at the user level.

I agree that HyperCard was way ahead ahead of its time, and still is in many aspects. No environment has put the power of programming into so many otherwise unprepared hands.

I know little of Hypercard, would like to know more. From this description, the vision could be summed as “Hypercard for the Web”. Put the power of the web into unprepared hands. How does hypercard do it? Can its model be updating for online, distributed apps?

That’s a mini google zeitgeist timeline. Timeline is one of a fewgreat viewpoints on data. Tools should enable users to build their own zeitgeist timeline, by attaching references to dynamic web services and their own diaries. Or, how bout attaching a discussion, from egroups to weblogs to newspapers, stretched properly along a timeline, with referred with resources attached. Shift effortlessly to another viewpoint. Pieces of the timeline are made world writable, for others to build apon.

From XML-RPC to SOAP: A Migration Guide

Well the Web Services stack grows and solidifies, hopefully in the next couple years. What about legacy? With a demonstration of shoehorning xml-rpc into soap, it’s conceivable to build soap wrappers for other legacy protocols, like screen scraping, to fully utilise coordination protocols.

Well some conception is taking shape at least!


ALifeVIII: Accepted Presentations

Some papers to dig into..


OPML Directories. Marc Barrot, reviving outliners again!


O’Reilly Network: Last-minute business RSS [December 17, 2002]

On one hand, I agree, business info should fit into aggregators, as part a digital dashboard or web object application. But why must everything be RSS? Shoehorn everything into this format, and lose a lot of potentially cool integrations. The aggregators should extend to whatever is out there.


Microsoft ‘X#’ On Tap? One source close to the company said that Microsoft has held internal discussions to kick around ideas for XML-specific language, referred to internally as “X#.”

I have been thinking a programming language, based in XML, can open some very interesting possibilities. Such as, the ability to add user-level tools, on an XML instruction set, for easily manipulating and coordinating “Web Objects” into personalized, dynamic, web apps.


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