Archive for April, 2003

Announcing: ENT v1.0 Easy News Topics for RSS2.0.

Easy News Topics

Paolo and I are pleased to announce the release of the first public draft of the Easy News Topics (ENT) specification.  ENT1.0 is an RSS2.0 module designed to make it really easy to incorporate topics into RSS feeds.  Why would you want to do that?  Because it will help to enable a raft of new, smarter, aggregator products.

I will soon be releasing to the public the next version of liveTopics which will be ENT compliant.  At that point any Radio user will be able to easily add topic metadata to their RSS feed.  We hope that there will soon be many applications available to make use of it.

We look forward to your comments.

[Curiouser and curiouser!]

Gooood … a clear, useful spec, with applications lined up. Expect support from myRadio soon


Wage War On Your Lower-self

My brother has published a flash animation with his thoughts on war. Check it out.


Putting More Meaning Into the Blogosphere

Excellent summary of the current meta-structure injection scene. Another approach, hinted at by memigo, is to enable explicit support of a particular piece of micro-content, short of using blogging as an endorsement, to build recommendations. We read tons more than we blog, and there’s plenty of datamining potential.

There’s been a possible myRadio project here, integrating memigo into myRadio. And it should cover any feed in the aggregator, not just those in memigo’s database.

Explicitly setting ratings on articles is still a lot of work. Background monitoring of web browsing behavior has potential.

and further :: Two cool things about Puzzlepieces
Posts are color coded according to topic. Visual cues (color, icons, meters) are key to compressing the overwhelming aggregator tide. Second, he lists all places he has left comments in the sidebar. Good idea. He also points to Ben Hammersley’s Contemporaria, a data snapshot at blog time — interesting idea to expand on.


Sketches of Philly

Sketches of Philly
Back from Philadelphia, great place to spend a weekend. Mysterious old downtown and normal people. Great ideas embedded in building edifices — makes you wonder how different the US would be if the Capitol had stayed there.

And the damn funkiest, hardest, 11 oclock news theme song! Action News for the Delaware Valley delights its viewers nightly this 30 year old rocker. It’s available for download on this Tremendous Resource [just scroll to “WPVI-TV 6-ABC”]. Yes, this is begging for a dnb remix.

It’s always creatively stimulating to travel. Maybe it’s the warp-like emergence in entirely different environs. Or maybe it’s the jet fuel fumes at the airport. Riding the SEPTA train, to catch our flight home, we were held for nearly a half hour, as President Bush drove nearby in his motorcade, then took off in Airforce One. Having such direct contact with the self-appointed leader of the apocalypse, had me feeling physically ill.

Though, that could’ve been the delicious and life threatening Jim’s Cheese Steak.


Complexity Digest

Complexity Digest RSS

Big big plug for new RSS feeds of Complexity Digest.

Edited by Dr Gottfried Mayer, a member of the complexity community since his residence at the Santa Fe Institute fifteen years ago, it’s a broad weekly survey of Complexity Sciences, from numerous scientific journals … covering diverse subjects from Biology, Physics, Business, Astronomy, Ecomics, Mathematics … anything Complexity, which is defined as you know when you see it. Additionally there’s conference announcements, webcasts, etc.

The RSS feeds are beta, so their location may move. Anyway check it out!


the Animals of War

the Animals of War

Besides guns, butter & bodies, the military is shipping over numerous enlisted animals to Iraq. Dolphins are locating mines (under a 40 year old training program), dogs are sniffing out arms, pigeons wait to detect (and die) bio/chem weapons. While some are protesting, I’m torn over the amazing abilities of the animals, and the rapport with their trainers.

Animals have a long history in war. Horses of course, even so recently in Afghanistan. Hannibal’s Elephants.

The Bald Eagle has made quite a wartime memetic rebound among the folks whose blood runs red, white, _and_ blue. The Bald Eagle is a scavenger, mostly feeding on carrion, seldom live prey. When scavenging dead fish, they will sometimes plunge into the water and may have to use its wings to swim out.

I’ve been reading Diane Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mists. When two gorilla groups interact, mostly attempts by the silverbacks to steal females from the other, often it only takes a demonstration, say a chest beat and bluff charge, to end the conflict. Sometimes it turns violent, yet most of the time gorillas are intensely peaceful. I couldn’t help thinking of the US administration, before the war, strutting out, hoping the Iraqis would simply realize they couldn’t win. Guess the gorillas are a bit smarter about this sort of thing.

War has not been kind to the gorillas. Refugess have been forced into the National Parks, placing pressure on the gorilla habitat. The research facilities and park management have been disrupted by the conflict. Diane Fossey repeatedly writes that the best way to conserve the gorillas is through enforcement of laws — nearly impossible in the total law breakdown of war.

Surprisingly, war is sometimes, rarely, good for the environment. The Korean DMZ, with practically no human presence, is a refuge for many rare plants and animals, including rare Asiatic Black Bear and perhaps Siberian Tigers. Maybe this one conflict should continue, to save this wildlife, since peace would open the dmz to waves of development.


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