"I discovered the Sacred Order of the External Mind. I realized I could outsource those mental tasks I didn’t want to perform. Life is a math problem, and I had a calculator."
Stumbled upon this yesterday. So pretty.
And, yes, there is One Web, but if you can tailor the experience, then do it.
Link: Google Calendar:
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A colleague was mentioning how his (American) daughters were getting all caught up with Webkinz:
"Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net!"
There's some IM involved and he said his daughters were nuts over it.
Yes, girls are natural connectors and communicators and love IM.
But, my daughter has no interest in the Web or IM. Y'see, she's had a mobile since she was 7 and from day-one grokked SMS.
My thought is: How does giving kids mobile phones with SMS change the way they view things like IM? _Especially_ for kids who have never done IM (that's the spin - SMS kids of today grew up on IM)?
Haven't had many tired words lately (though I have had my overload of tired other-things). This one comes from an event I was at where it was way overused.
Technology - I am finding myself less and less a technologist and more and more a story person. I'm not an idiot (you can argue, if you want), I do know my tech. But, I spend more of my time searching for the story behind the solution - how is something used or hacked (as in, unexpected use and why) and how it relates to the person using it. It's my service mind. Technology is not a thing, but a tool that needs to disappear into the background. At this latest event, I kept telling folks to quit obsessing about the tech and focus on what they want to deliver to the user. The word was repeated so often, like some sort of object, that by the second day it really bugged me. All that repetition suggested to me that 'technology' was a place-holder for something that was missing that they couldn't put a finger on. And it seemed that the tech dominated over the simplest solution (hmm, sounds familiar).
You can review all my previous 'Tired Words' here on this page.
Heh, Hugo vK tipped me off that Lifeblog has a wiki page. And on that page you can find setting to your heart's content.
I think these settings can also be used in the web uploader on some Nseries devices, as well.
Way to go, Hugo!
... what would it be.
I dream of a button that, when you press it, does something amazing. Not sure, though, what that amazing thing would be.
What about you?
Yeah, the whole noise thing is still bouncing in my head. I was dabbling with some visualization ideas this week and it brought back the whole noise thought.
I was thinking still about our first world senses. We have 5 plus a great brain that brings it all together and does some magic with it.
How can we use these 5 in the second world that courses through the internet? What adaptations would we need, either new senses or changing our current sensing of the noise, to better cope with the noise.
Our 5 senses and brain evolved to specifically keep us alive and proliferate. What's the equivalent in the second world of the noisy internet?
Hm. I think a lot of this starts with some sort of interface.
One thing we struggle with, even with the access to the phone programs that we have, is the different time scales for phone, PC software, and Web development.
The development and response times are vastly different:
- A phone takes 1.5-2 years to make. Specifications are frozen way before the device ships. The learnings then take another 1.5-2 years to make it into the product line.
- PC software is usually frozen about 6 months before shipping. But, you can be pretty responsive at a 6 month to 3 months level (or at least it seems that way).
- Our Web software is usually ready when we code it in our 2-4 week sprints. And we are pretty responsive to changes.
Nothing new there. But, imagine having to give a specification to a device program for a Web service you haven't even figured out, much less started building, much less know if folks will accept. I get in trouble all the time for ignoring the device and how it can help me with stuff that I am building _now_.
A colleague then made a great comment: The device is not an innovation platform (embedding the software, that is). We should focus on the faster tools of Java and Web services to explore what works and what doesn't. Only when we know what is good, do we then work on embedding the service into the device.
When embedding something into the device, it needs to be good and smooth. But, if you try to shove something unproven into the device, trying to get it to match the innovations and explorations happening in the faster time scales, you risk a lot of head ache.
Being at an early stage of exploration, myself, I now know what to say when I get hollered at for not thinking of what to embed into the device.
I was listening to Ira Flatow interview a guy from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter team. The guy said they were getting a tera-byte of info a week, more than they can handle.
Why don't they just put that all in the public domain, let some hackers create a great interface, and let people 'roam' the data sets and start making their own discoveries.
Astronomy already gets a huge boost from 'amatuers'. Why can't NASA?
NASA Orbiter Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history