Experimenting with a new style of World as a Blog, using Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion projection. From the Buckminster Fuller Institute….

The Dymaxion Map is the only flat map of the entire surface of the earth that reveals our planet as it really is an island in one ocean without any visible distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents.

Heavy lifting thanks to Geo::Dymaxion.


This spring, I have been monitoring bird populations at Heron’s Head Park — a wetlands restoration site in the heavily polluted Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. I’ve seen many amazing birds, including Great Egrets.

Last week, this egret flew in for a role reversal. He’s standing on the back deck of my apartment, in the middle of the city, monitoring the humans. While I stood amazed, Anna reacted quickly, grabbed her camera, and took this great pic.

Reactive Links

Reactive Links

This idea has been burning a hole in my pocket, since pre-etcon.

With much talk of the network of HTML links driving an intelligent emergent system, it seems the links themselves can tell more of a story. I like the ideas of adding opinion metadata to do links.

That is explicit information. What about information implicit in the network. BBC did a very interesting study and then launch, of behaviorally modifying links. The more you click, the more pronounced the color. Would it be possible to extend the model to reacting to network behavior?

Here’s a possibility. A PURL-like service, where you register for a shortcut URL. However, rather than a shortcut hyperlink, this service provides shortcut javascript. The javascript is a simple document.write, generated from the purl database, writing out a redirect hyperlink. They key is that this hyperlink contains a css class id, representing the current state of the link.

Anytime someone click-thrus on these redirect links, the service records that action. This was commonly used at Yahoo to montior user navigations through the network. So when the javascript is requested, the service can dynamically set the css class of the link, according to how much activity that link has seen in the recent past. A link that has been click-thru’d >20 times in the past 24 hours, could be assigned a class of “veryactive”. The duration and count could be sent as parameters to the service. The requesting page would have css classes set up to display links accordingly.

So, straightforward, more active links could be big and red and quiet links could small and blue, or whatever you like. These links change their character depending on their usage.

Hopefully this makes sense? Always easier to explain an idea through actual demonstration, but I don’t have the spare time at the moment to code this up.

Blog For Sale

Blog For Sale

Here’s an experiment in Weblog Commerce. A few big items I’m looking to sell this next month. All located in San Francisco, CA. Let me know if you’re in the market for any of this. Can weblogs sell? Let’s see…

2000 Toyota Corolla VE
Automatic Transmission
44,000 miles
Champagne Paint
Good Condition

IKEA Karlanda Chair
Black Leather
just 1 year old

Small Tweak to World as a Blog

Persistant Login. Login once, and future sessions auto-login. Hopefully, should result in more Online@Geoblog reprezant.


1- mt lake symposium
2- etcon
3- reactive links
4- distributed rss aggie
5- geo links

restore lost links