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A library dump

Without direct access to my long term library record, here’s a coredump of some recent readings. An Ecology themed primer, overdue and charged.
Biodiversity II
Modelling for All Scales, An Introduction to Systems Simulation
Ecology of Shallow Lakes

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Somehow this disappeared, so I repeat (perhaps I didn’t hear it the first time)

Timo Maas, you are almost forgiven for destroying my hearing last weekend, with the hardest set I’ve heard in San Francisco.

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how the dead live. A couple years ago, I started this book, and just couldn’t continue. Just coulnd’t start into a book, where the second introduced character a reanimated dead fetus. Yea and yuck.

So this time, two years later, I started in the middle. That worked out better. Cynical, bitter, and hilarious takes on the whole fuckin living world, from the point of view of the dead. Will Self’s prose in chewy and laugh out loud poetic.

Maybe not the best book to read before moving back to London. Geez, I lived in Dulburb Junction myself. The consolation is, only someone who loved London much could write about it with such venom.

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New Feature for World as a Blog

Trying out a new feature tonight .. you can see who else is watching geoblog with you. Users login with their geo-coded url, to be mapped. Check it out! (hope it holds up)free mp3 download ringtonesfree ringtones phone downloads cellfree ringtones engine sounds f1ringtones 7 final free fantasyfree panasonic ringtone g50free high ringtones school 2 musicaliphone creator free ringtonefree kat ringtones deluna Map

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!WOW!

!WOW!

never thought this project would resonate so loudly. the response has been great, yea! and almost overwhelming for the poor little perl server running the show. still up and running, yet a mirror may need to be set up if the bandwith keeps going crazy. #1 on blogdex and metafiltered, big smiles. it’s cool to watch the geoblog, and see a post come through about geoblog itself. seems lots of folks went through geourl to annotate their weblogs, in order to see themselves pop into the blogosphere from space-high perspective. there’s an interesting positive feedback loop — as bloggers see the geoblog show up in their refers, they check it out, then join in, and so on and so on. great to push forward geotags and rss auto-discovery. good timing too, creating some buzz at etcon. even got mentioned in a couple presentations.

Some responses that caught my eye .. “Its like eavesdropping over the entire planet” [RoadSassy],
” Interesting to just watch how the world is updating as the sun rises, and find out who the night owls are.” [compulsive.org] , “Is it really real time? Anyway, very neat with a different perspective like that. I am fond of global displays. That’s how I’d like to get all sorts of information.” [Ming] right, it’s ~almost~ real time, “Sit back and watch the world blog its way around the clock.” [Sean McGrath]. TechViews sites geoblog as a news sourece, rather than just a cool toy – whoa, could it happen that way?

thequietone has many smart things to say..

In a few years the particular paths that bits take over wires and routers won’t be as important as the path that an idea has taken, and the level of confidence that an idea has maintained its original semantics based on the people/sites it has gone through. Somatic routing for the Semantic Web.

I love that vision .. a routing protocol for ideas. That’s what we’re building! The addition of meta-data, like ENT, ThreadsML, microcontent markup. Comeon tool builders, get it on!

Anywhere from here? dav wants to see the ability to move back and forth in time (hrm that something central could do). headmap has some eeencredible 3d animations of earth geocoded information. blogger has a changes.xml — with many many more updates than weblogs.com, so still need to test if there’s any geourl representation in that blog segment. would be nice to see these changes files include a bit more info – like geocodes, rss info, latest post.

some inspirations: moveon.org, indyjunior, day & night (via paolo), blueMarble

What’s the take home on all this? (wait I am home, right where brain off is geocoded). Build apps: Discussing and standards only goes so far. Apps push things forward. meta-data: it’s hard to agree on, without an app. the app settles the question of what the standard will be. i know this can end off very messy (re: html) but it’s movement — let’s push things forward. Visualize Be it a map, colors, diagrams, .. in a world of firehose text, visualization is essential for quick understanding of complex relationships. take advantage of all that subconcious info processing. Live when it’s live, it’s alive. Recombinant Growth small existing pieces, put together, emerge into something more. this project lightly stitched together some heavy lifting. and perl, thanks for perl and perl modules (IO:Socket, XML::Parser, HTML::Parser, LWP::UserAgent, XML::RSS, Date::Manip, Proc::Pid_File). Larry Wall was at etcon, much praise.

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Yessum, I’m going. Minus a mobile RU setup, I’m blogging over here for the conference.

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the World as a Blog

the World as a Blog

Real time & updating display of weblog postings, around the world

Check out my
Flash visualtization of the blogosphere.
It’s
Weblogs.com + ICBM + RSS

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myRadio supports ENT 1.0

My supports

Announcing the release of ENT 1.0 (Easy News Topics) support in myRadio. One of the stated goals of ENT is to “represent topics sufficiently that they be useful in enabling smart aggregators (e.g. filtering, recombining feeds, etc…)”. RSS+ENT feeds can be filtered in myRadio, by selecting topics of interest.

Available topics for a feed are those seen by the aggregator, in the RSS feed. That list will grow in time. Later, myRadio will support topicRolls for this purpose. Future features may also include recombining feeds according to topic.

Update myRadio.root in RU, or download the latest here. Configure using the “Edit Topics” link in the myRadio navigation bar. Please contact me with any feedback, suggestions, and bug reports.

Currently, the only known feeds supporting ENT 1.0 are Curiouser and curiouser and Topic Exchange. ENT enabled feeds should increase greatly when liveTopics 1.3.3 is released.

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Why is Ask Yahoo! RSS interesting? I’m reminded of how far the architecture of Web Personalization has advanced.

To build the Ask Yahoo! module in My Yahoo, just a couple years ago, required (in simplified, not revealing too much manner) ..

  1. Engineers, producers, and surfers, from My Yahoo and Editorial, meeting, and deciding to do it.
  2. Ask Yahoo engineer creating a process to feed the content to My Yahoo, via email. Basically a file containing a <table> of content.
  3. My Yahoo feed engineer created email address, directories, and updating various configuration files. This was fed to numerous production machines through a specialized client/server.
  4. My Yahoo engineer created the module, by editing various configuration files and perl code, check-in to source control, push to production machines, and restart of various processes.

Of course, we worked hard on improving this process — and today this yahoo module could be created by non-technical folks through a simplified web-based tool set. Offset, I guess, from beauracratic process to build business cases for each new feature.

Yet now, to offer this content to anyone, yahoo user or otherwise, it only required the creation of one RSS file. A vastly improved architecture (yet, Even with recent improvements, like etag supports, the many-to-many system of RSS aggregation will hit its limits. Look for more intemediaries soon…)! This is why my Personalization interest shifted from MyYahoo to RSS aggregation.

  1. Anyone can contribute content – not just those companies contracted with Yahoo
  2. It doesn’t require complicated, highly scalable, systems to gather , configure, and view content.
  3. Anyone can read the content – not just those using MyYahoo software.

Getting Company News into MyYahoo was a very hefty process — easily solved by RSS, yet pulled, for lack of a business case. Yahoo! Travel is stalling for same reasons. Many are familiar with Yahoo Groups RSS feeds, implemented prior to Yahoo purchasing eGroups … yet My Yahoo has been unable (or unresourced) to find a personalization solution.

Some of MyYahoo’s personalization features are still unrivaled — stock portfolios, tv and movie listings, evites, mail, calendar, among a bounty of cool features — that is until the semantic web, web services, smart aggregators and digital dashboards, community and communication tools, rumble into mass consiousness.

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ask.yahoo.com RSS beta. Ask Yahoo!, a daily column that features Q&A with Yahoo!’s expert team of Surfers, is now syndicating its content via RSS. Here’s the link to the RSS file:

[Michael J. Radwin’s blog]

Hey hey — some RSS action from Yahoo — subscribe now so they know we’re out here!

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