Blog review o’ the day/week/whenever

May 31, 2007 at 7:49 pm (Uncategorized)

http://www.xkcd.com/

I love this guy’s sense of humor. Dig back through the comics and you’ll find some real gems of geek humor. It’s nice to have a little chuckle as part of your day – it doesn’t all have to be serious, does it?

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30 Boxes

May 29, 2007 at 10:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Trying out another social networking thingy.  30 Boxes.  Online calendar, but with lots of other things.  Found out about them via their blog.   They’re always developing interesting widgets.  You can add your various blogs/profiles to a form, and have your recent activity at those sites show up on your profile at 30 Boxes.  I’m hoping that the process can be reversed – I type a message in a box, and check the places i want to post it to.

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response to Librarian in Black post

May 28, 2007 at 2:22 am (Uncategorized)

Her post is here.

As of this moment, I have 22 profiles floating around out there.  I keep track of them at my blog, in the blogroll.   I’ll probably get 20 more by the time this year is over. I don’t have time for them all, but i don’t intend to spend more time than i have to at one or antother.  I just want to know why they’re there and how they work.

My philosophy with the whole thing is that right now social networking is expanding – the first big hits in social networking (like MySpace, flickr, YouTube) are these massive, brainless beasts with no sense of direction.  This paved the way for specialty social networks – ComicSpace, Oort Cloud, etc.  And for improvements on existing themes – Twitter, LinkedIn, Technorati.  All these new incarnations fill niches not viable with the big beasties.  Two years down the road, I would be willing to bet that ninety percent of them will be defunct or failing or just squeaking by, for the exact reason that everyone here is talking about – no one has time for all of them.  On the other hand, I don’t know which of the huge numbers of social networking sites will survive the next big bubble burst.  Further, I have nothing but my instincts to back up my impressions.  And finally, trying out all of these different sites is giving me an interesting perspective on what might be down the road: (Warning!  Sci-Fi Nerd Alert!)  Something like SecondLife – a 3-D virtual environment, with feeds and alerts and widgets that funnel information to you from various places and update those other various places automatically from where you are at.  Maybe audio messages/phone calls in world.

Oh, and if we’re not where the people are, then where are we?

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Like Digg, only more

May 27, 2007 at 11:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Hypeit

Social networking with digg-like features for hyping a story or post or youtube video.  make friends and hype each others stuff.  Hmmm.

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and then there’s…

May 24, 2007 at 9:08 pm (Uncategorized)

Purplenova

All of today’s posts came from my new favorite blog:  Library Clips.

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p2p

May 24, 2007 at 9:04 pm (Uncategorized)

p2p networks have gotten some negative press, and maybe that makes librarians shy.  I’ll be looking into the technology a little bit, and seeing if things like BitTorrent would be appropriate for this site.  I’ll also be looking at Triblr, which is a p2p network with social networking aspects – user profiles and file download/uploads.

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Widgets

May 24, 2007 at 9:00 pm (Uncategorized)

I suppose I should do a section on widgets.  I like a good widget.  Not much use for them here at WordPress, which is starting to bum me out.  I try out widgets that i’m interested in over in my Blogger blog.  I put a widget that gives the front page of Japanese newspapers, and a ClustrMap, and a Twitter badge.  I tried MeeboMe, but I was never around.  I just saw a new one to try though, called Backwardblog, where people can put in a comment and have it show up in my RSS feed.  Could be good, could be useless.

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mashup social network

May 24, 2007 at 12:08 am (Uncategorized)

http://www.popfly.ms/

Another one to look at when i get a minute of PEACE AND QUIET!

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KurzweilAI

May 23, 2007 at 7:23 pm (Uncategorized)

New blog review:

KurzweilAI.net is a feed about “Accelerating Intelligence News.”  I’m not precisely sure of what that means, but a lot of the posts have to do with technological upgrades and their possible implications.  I’ve just started following it, so I don’t have an in-depth review ready, but so far I just like having them as a different perspective.  The science-fiction junky in me enjoys the hard science stuff being presented because i like to let my mind wander ahead to what might come of one technological advance or another.  Visually, it’s a little on the technical side for my aesthetics, but it feels appropriate for the content, so all is forgiven.  Nice newer post with some library and archive implications is this one about a holographic storage system.

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Jaiku

May 23, 2007 at 1:59 am (Uncategorized)

Like twitter, only different?  Or not so much?

Anything new that comes along is going to be stuck in some ways with whatever major aspects they started with.  That leaves the door open for the next guy to come along and start something up that does all the same things, but with better features, or navigation, or searching, or indexing or access, or whatever.  So I wonder if Jaiku is like that, or if they started at about the same time and Twitter just got all the press.  I need to look into Jaiku a little more and see how they compare.

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