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all the "old" content is here, till I import it (somehow).
I've still got a lot of learning and hacking to do, but its happening.
I expect the only changes here will be changes to the template.
It's dead Jim! (and yes I'm using the forbiden blink tag)
Dictionary.com Word of the Day: parsimonious : frugal to excess.
not applying to anyone I know... ;)
via Dan Gillmor's blog we have Noriko Takiguchi's series of Sushi Lessons "How to eat sushi properly".
A gentle guide to the novice and those eager to learn more - history, etiquette, foodie isum, and plus a little San Francisco Bay / Silicon Valley Area sushi restaurant guide in 5 parts (so far). Parts inculde: 1 : read the signs, 2: some history; 3: The Encounter, 4: The order, 5: about soy sauce. The comments and responses are also well worth reading.
Looking forward to more on this and other "Living Japanese in Silicon Valley." topics. and it provides a counterbalance to Ontario's Sushi Wars madness last year (resolved).
I'll be moving this Blog to http://www.falsepositives.com over the course of this month (actually very very soon-ish). This will effect feeds, email and such. Wish me luck! Stay tune .....not yet...
update it's happening http://www.falsepositives.com and this content at http://www.falsepositives.com/bs/, but still much to do (learn/break)
Cuban folk musician José Aquiles is performing at Toronto's Brazilian-inspired Caju Restaurant (Queen & Shaw in the West Queen West part) on August 4st. Tell them False Positives sent you.
Having heard José Aquiles at the Free times Cafe last Thursday along side his son, and Jazz Pianist, Davide Virelles (hinted about here), we are looking forwarded to more.
The novel presents some of Doctorow's most striking insights into the cultural implications of new technologies, making it his best work to date.
Doctorow suggests that the notions of high and low tech, archaic and advanced, have less to do with the technologies we create than with the ways that we use them.
Over on IBM Developer Works is an article on Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla. Lots of useful information, evey if its too late for me....
Is Mozilla / FireFox important? Should you care Yes.
Given FireFox's increasing market share amongst the average user ( ~ 9% and much much high in the pointed head population), it's large download rate (curenttly 75 million in 8 1/2 months), and the stagnation of IE 6 (released Oct 2001!), and the - finally - pending release of a IE 7 beat (soon-ish? (see IE Blog).
If your web application only work in Internet Explorer, you might be tempted to say "Don't care" or "Our users only use IE". But, will your application work with IE 7. Does it work for people using Mac OS X (which has a different version of IE)?
How many users, customers or partners are you prepared to annoy?
Mozilla (of which FireFox is the web browser part of the Mozilla effort) it made the conscious decision to support W3C, and other, standards when ever possible. As a result, Mozilla is not fully backwards-compatible with Netscape Navigator 4.x and Microsoft Internet Explorer legacy code.
IE7 is expected to have Better Standards support (improved CSS, Transparent PNG support, XHTML, etc), although MS is known for its flexible ideas of what is a "Standard".
July 28th Update : speak of the devil....the IE 7 beta is out, although not as a public release:
Contrary to some expectations, Microsoft says Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 will not be publicly available for download. Only invited beta testers and Microsoft TechNet subscribers will be provided access to the bits. The company did not say whether a public beta would follow, and has no timeline for a final IE7 release.
Internet Explorer 7 is prioritizing compliance to CSS standards by first implementing the features that developers have said are most important to them. As a result, in Internet Explorer 7 beta 1 Microsoft has addressed some of the major inconsistencies that can cause Web developers problems producing rich, interactive Web pages.and says it addresses the IE 6 Peekaboo Bug and the Guillotine Bug. Also limited support for Alpha Channel Transparency to PNG graphics has been added. Very, Very, little in general standards support (CSS/DOM/etc) at this point. Disappointing. Within a week I would expect more detailed reviews on the this aspect of the beta. Most of the changes relate to improving the underlying security architecture (badly needed). Its also looking like MS will sacrifice Standards for Backwards complatiblity ("It's not a Bug it's a Feature").
I asked this below , but it's really a big enough point to ask on it's own.
Update : AjaxDeveloper.org kindly notices, and says "maybe".
What sets Konfabulator apart from other scripting applications is that it takes full advantage of today's advanced graphics. This allows Widgets to blend fluidly into your desktop without the constraints of traditional window borders. Toss in some sliding and fading, and these little guys are right at home in Windows XP and Mac OS X.
Via the Big Slash, comes ONLamp.com: Calculating the True Price of Software, which applies arbitrage - looking for price differences between two things that ought to be exactly the same - to warranties and - more to the point - software, and software maintenance.
the conclusions are interesting :
a) that the free and open source software folk have stumbled across the financial engineering insight that a significant portion of the value of software is the embedded "derivatives"--options or warrants--on future maintenance and enhancement.
b) the major difference in worldview between open source advocates and proprietary software license advocates is explainable as a differing opinion on the correct value of the volatility of maintenance and upgrade pricing.
BBC News website is speaking to people whose creativity has been transformed in the digital age. Today they have a profile of Cory Doctorow : BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Digital Citizens: The activist.
Via Reuters.co.uk, USA Lawmakers are considering expanding daylight-saving time by two months to conserve energy (but refused to boost mileage requirements for gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles!) by starting daylight saving time one month earlier to the first Sunday in March and delaying the end of daylight time by one month to the last Sunday in November.
Up here in Northern America (Blue'r than Blue), we are likely to quickly amend our policy to stay in step with our large trading partner (red'er than red).
For back ground here is the wikipdeia entry on Daylight Saving Time. (Note: it's "Saving" Not "Daylight Savings Time"). And I've also posted in the past on this issues, with lots of links to other resources in : Complication in Daylight Saving Time; Global reality: TimeZones+ Daylight Saving Time, is hard; RE: Global reality.
Here is a new issue / question: How many Servers and Desktop will NOT adjust for the new Dates for the DayLight Saving Time change? I wondering about all those Window 2000 and Win NT servers, plus all those Desktops? How big a issue is this going to be for Linux / Unix servers?
Update: My submition was rejected but it's now on slashdot anyway : One Step Away from Changing Daylight Savings Time
via SlashDot, as reported on Yahoo! News, TiVo will now give advertisers direct access to viewers who are interested in their wares...Consumers can select an option to tell TiVo to release their contact information to an advertiser.
unfortunately it appears to be a pure "please spam me" invitation to the advertiser. No options, refined repsonses, control or protection for the consumer. No options or refined information for the advertiser. So much less than it could be...
Word about Zazzle.com a new inventment from the money behind Google.
The name Zazzle means 'to embellish something' from the root word 'zazz.'"
Zazzle is a 2-year-old online marketplace where people can buy and sell artwork in the form of customized gifts, T-shirts, stamps, posters and prints.
The New York Times saturday magazine has a piece on Ron Moore's Deep Space Journey (here's the no registration link, and now on SlashDot) and his re-creation of Battlestar Galactica (which started it second season on the USA SciFi Channel last Friday - Does any one know hen it's showing in Canada?), and the process and journey that it has gone though. (Mr Moore also has his own blog.)
Now I've enjoyed the new series and it interesting settings of people, places and things, especially how it contrasts to the "original" series, which seemed like the disco offspring of Star Wars, although with its own interesting angles.
It is that contrast that I find interesting. Star Wars and Star Trek are the templates for all Science Fiction (in any media) that the general public understands. When selling a concept to media executives it would be the path of least resistance to sell to that template, but I cannot think of the any such story that has interested me.
The stories that have interested me have been the ones with a) imaginative good writing, b) playing off the stereotypes of know science fiction. c) Explore the consequences and / or possibilities of the environment imagined.
However the constraints of Television are many:
we all know that the secondary DVD market on movies is now what's driving the business. Its superior profit margin has been estimated at, conservatively, 4-to-1.I’ve long commented to friends that the possibilities for internet based marketing and distribution for a well known name to build a fan based syndication of a new series to sell DVD’s as a primary target and the Television market as a secondary market.
TV networks survive off advertising, where they earn money by measuring the consumer as a metric of success. TV studios (in the pre-DVD days) made money off of syndication
To stay on the air, in order to generate enough perceived value for advertisers (for the network) and syndicates (for the studio), a show needs, regularly, ten million consumers a week. Five or seven on a smaller network.
In order for a show to create a profit on DVD (the fat pipe model of the present), it needs one million consumers.
There are a whole lot more risks one can take down here when you only need a million consumers.
Trustafarians : trust fund babies who live supported solely by the trust fund income (i.e. they don't work for a living): Paris Hilton, various members of the Kennedy clan, the characters of The Talented Mr. Ripley, or Hugh Grant's character in About a Boy come to mind. Down market Trustafarians would be those with a bohemian lifestyle, but with hipper accessories, living off he money of parents. (ski bums who don't have to wash dishes.)
Word is related on "rastafarians" and the associatation of the easy, layed back, lifestyle of reggae music and Ganja.
a quick google turned up this rant, and several definations from the Urban Dictionary the best of which are:
- financially backed wanna-be hippies
- priviliged kids who subsribe to the hippie lifestyle (because they can) since they have no worries about money, a job etc. They can then devote their lives to eating organic, following Phish, and wearing dreadlocks (no need for job interviews).
Saturday Night we had a chance to heard the excellent Davide Virelles Quintet at Toronto's The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, lead by Cuban-born pianist David Virelles (and including Quinsin Nachoff (Sax); Luis Denis (Sax); Devon Henderson (Bass); Ethan Ardelli (Drums) ). Most enjoyable. Davide was "discovered" by Jane Bunnett (Listen to her Cuban Odyssey album), and is destined to be a major jazz pianist. But then, I might have biased motives.
also there should be some related music at the Free Times Cafe on July 28th
Via Waxy, spoted on Flickr, London Tube logo reworked as protest image :
Update : the "You Missed Me" London Underground Roundel image was pulled from Flickr (related to the IP issues mentioned on the London Stands blog? ) but I had a local image :
(Originally uploaded by dario.agosta. )
See also : First-hand account of the London train bombing and the followup.
Or for something completely different see Bunny.
As always Londoners remain "Un Afraid", Thank You!
The Accelerando Technical Companion is a technical companion to Charlie Stross's latest novel, Accelerando,
Cool! and part of Wikibooks, a collection of open-content textbooks that anyone can edit........as an addition to my ExoCortex...I could use this....I was thinking (I know, I know) building a Accelerando vocabulary and using GreaseMoney to build a Hyper-glossary of the html texts...hmm...
ExoCortex : From Greek "exō" for outside; and from Latin "cortex" for bark, the cortex is the outermost layer of the brain. My ExoCortex is my Brain outside my Brain. Hardware or Software. Clear? Early examples include 6,620 B.C.E. and 2,700 B.C.E., slide rulers, and HP and TI pocket calculators (see also social bookmarks (like Del.icio.us) links and Blogs).
Spotted via 0xDECAFBAD: Suffered a Stroke in my Exocortex and though out Charles Stross's Accelerando novel :
Manfred used to be a flock of pigeons literally, his exocortex dispersed among a passel of bird brains, pecking at brightly colored facts, shitting semidigested conclusions
exocortex (eks'o kor'teks) an organ that resides outside of the brain that aids in high level thinking.
DataSpill: the kind of word I would expect security guru Bruce Schneier to use. DataSpill is the Digital equivalent of an oil spill, when a company springs a leak and spews confidential consumer or corporate information out in to the world. Spotted on Wired Mag's June 2005 issue. Two recent examples that come to mind :
Me2Me : a variation on P2P (Person to Person) file sharing. Me2Me (Me-to-Me) is sharing Media and Data on different devices for use by me. Example : Listening to a CD track on my stereo, then converting it to MP3 to listen on my Computer, then Listening to the same on my portable digital music player (MP3 player / iPod ). Or Taping a TV Show then transferring to watch on my Computer, or watching it on a mobile Video player (Sony PSP). Spotted on CopyFight's Slings and Arrows of Outraged Hollywood, and on Wired Mag's July 2005 Issue Jargon Watch
Sharing media files - movies, TV shows, music - among one's own playback devices. Copyright holders have attempted to label the practice as piracy.As soon as I heard Me2Me it clicked. This is what Grokster vs MGM was about. The entertainment cartels have been insisting that we pay for music / movies / etc for each device. Their DRM (digital Rights Management) protocols are designed to enforce this, even though Me2Me is clearly a fair or non-infringing use.
Author Cory Doctorow - and Boing Boing co-editor, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) European Outreach Coordinator - is doing a Book Launch at Toronto's Bakka Phoenix Books on Monday July 11 (2005)@ 7PM to celebrate his newest book "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town" (Amazon USA ISBN: 0765312786).
Currently I'm a 1/4 the way thur and enjoying it, especially the Kensington Market (Toronto) setting.
This is at Bakka's wonderful new location : 697 Queen St. West, half a block west of Bathurst, on the south side of Queen (GMap).
I will not be able to accost Cory on his visit ( and buy a horde of books ), but I'm sure he'll have lots of fun as he takes a break from teaching the Clarion Writers' Workshop at Michigan State University.
Confirmed by Cory
the acronym "BANANA" (like the fruit) stands for "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody" which appears to be the universial version of "NIMBY" ("Not In My Back Yard"). BANANA's would be the most extreme anti-growth or anti-X activists, in that a proposal cannot be modifed to ever meet their objections.
via July 2 The Economist is a peice about the 3 atempt by the USA Congress to pass a engery bill in four years.
Another cool Google Maps hack : Gmaps Pedometer, which can be used to record distances traveled during a running or walking workout. Via Darren Barefoot with examples.
I wonder how hard it would be to complie walking tours with something similar? A variation of First We'll Map Manhattan!! and tour-guide PDA.
The global rate of innovation today, which is running at seven "important technological developments" per billion people per year, matches the rate in 1600.Several thought occur (usually all at once!) :
The period between 1873 and 1915 was certainly an innovative one. For instance, it included the major patent-producing years of America's greatest inventor, Thomas Edison (1847-1931). Edison patented more than 1000 inventions, including the incandescent bulb, electricity generation and distribution grids, movie cameras and the phonograph.
Extrapolating Huebner's global innovation curve just two decades into the future, the innovation rate plummets to medieval levels.
During the last week rumors of Google developing an online-payment system (Google Wallet) to rival PayPal surfaced (First on Wall Street Journal then everywhere like:SlashDot, SearchBlog, and The Unofficial Google Weblog) and then had a offical confirmation, by Google CEO Eric Schmidt which was interesting for want wasn't said:
"We do not intend to offer a person-to-person stored-value payments system."Lots of wiggle room there.
"The payment services we are working on are a natural evolution of Google’s existing online products and advertising programs which today connect millions of consumers and advertisers."
"We are building products in the area to solve new problems in ecommerce."
Via The Guardian, Margaret Atwood on why we need science fiction...She likes us she really likes us....see why this is a big deal Margaret Atwood Vs SF.
I'm too chicken to face the "Wrath of Atwood", and ask the "question". Perhaps I'll just quietly move "Handmaids Tale" and "Oryx and Crake" to the the SciFI section of our local library branch? (Ms. Atwood lives in the Annex neighbor of Toronto)
Via Boing Boing, we have a combining of US census and Google Maps to make GCensus.com (the latest in a long line of G names), by Jimmy Palmer of DrmBlog.com and DrmBlog.org fame ("devoted to the discussion of Digital Rights Management (DRM)"), down to the level of Census Blocks extracted from 10 gigs of data from the 2000 United States Census.
and Surprising Expiration Dates:
# Tuna, canned
Unopened: 1 year from purchase date
Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can
# Brown sugar
Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.
# Batteries, alkaline
Pulp Fiction... in 30 seconds with Bunnies by Angry Alien
More Bunnines : It's a Wonderful Life ...in 30 seconds with bunnies, Jaws and The Shining or The Exorcist and there is allways The Titanic or Alien. All 30 Seconds, all Bunnies. Boy those Bunnies get around!
Long awaited, Charlie Stross's Accelerando! is available for downloading (and mindloading) under a Creative Commons license, in various formats (use Bit Torrent to save his bandwidth). Then on July 1st buy the book and support a hard working and nice guy.
I'm currently - slowly - reading it, and doing a mental diff with the original short story "Lobsters" ,published in Asimovs in 2001. Noticed a couple updates.
I've previously related mentioned related stories in Jan '05 (and Cory's book is also out very soon), Aug '04. Cory say's Charlie writes like love-child of Vernor Vinge, Neal Stephenson and Hunter S Thompson. That's a good thing!?
What is Accelerando! ? It's the story of several generation of the Macx clan (and their cat) surfing the edge of the Singularity . think: Over-clocked, ADD'ed, slashdoted and future shocked.
Update:I've started reading it on my Palm Zire (71) using Plucker (an offline Web and e-book viewer for PalmOS? suggested by Charlie ) and I like it! (the story and the reading) Much better ( and easier on the eyes ) than doing so on my much older Palm II - which is the last time I tried it. and Plucker works like a charm too! After this I'm going to find some more (non-drm) reading.
Via Space.com, and following up Getting Space Exploration Right reveals a little more real information on Russian's successor to the Soyuz, called Kliper (or sometimes "Clipper"?), which is way ahead of NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), with a full scale mockup.
European Space Agency (ESA) is on board to ensure it is adapted for launches from the European space port in Kourou, French Guiana, and are considering further funding the Kliper spacecraft during its meeting in December of 2005. Japan has also expressed interest in joining in on Kliper development.
Space.com has 2 photo's of the Kliper from the Paris Air Show, but if you what last more here's a gallery of over 100 images from March 16th 2005 on a Russian Language space new web site (any russian speakers who can tell translate some of this, or at least tell me when and where this happen?), and the Russian Space web site has a great wealth of details on the Kliper.
Question: Doesn't that last row of seats seem completely upside down for launch? Do the seats orient differently for launch, and then swivel to this position for re-entry? Just asking. (that's the parachute section above their heads).